My name is Arthur, I’m 11 years old and I’m stuck not knowing how to spine transfer. If you have tips I’d love to here them thanks.
Art, can we call you Art? No matter, we are gonna do it anyway, so just roll with it. Spines have haunted BMXers since the dawn of ramp riding, but as you have probably noticed, they aren’t impossible and are actually quite fun, so think of this question as a huge step in the right direction, towards the fun you could be having. The best way to attack a spine for the first time is to start off small and work your way up. For example, a 4’ street spine is going to be way easier then a 6’ double-coping spine, so if you have the option, we wont think any less of you for taking that route. You have probably already figured out that riding straight at the spine and trying to hit it like a really short box jump doesn’t work, so if you haven’t yet, scratch that idea. The trick is to hit the ramp at an angle, making your landing zone a little larger and reducing the risk of hanging up. As you get more comfortable, work on pulling back to go higher and catch more backside. As you get the feel for the motion and your fear of the ramp is brought under control, try to shorten up the angle of your airs by setting goals. Set landmarks on the ramp, like stickers or sheets of plywood and try to stay between them. Tighten it up until you can hit the ramp head-on and still catch full backside. Get that dialed and the sky is the limit, or the roof of the skatepark, but either way, it will be the best ramp you ever learn to ride.
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