Get ready for a crash course in quarter pipe basics.
If you have ever looked at a quarter pipe and thought about all of the tricks you could do on it but weren’t sure where to start, then keep reading and we will point you in the right direction. Unlike when you are being scolded by your parents, you should actually pay attention to this and read the step-by-step instructions so you can be doing these tricks in no time. We know that everyone of you out there would rather be doing triple tail whips and back flips but let’s face it, you need to get the basics down before anything else. So get your reading glasses on and get ready for a crash course in quarter pipe basics.
A basic quarter pipe air is a building block trick, meaning that it will teach you a lot about feeling out different transitions and getting used to the way a quarter pipe feels. Start low, carving tight turns on transition and working your way up towards the coping. This will help give you a feel for speed and transition. The next step is to add a slight hop at the top of your carve, keeping your focus on the turn and thinking less about the air. With the same speed, start carving tighter turns, allowing the excess speed to carry you further up and out of the ramp, and less across it. When your carve and small airs start to feel good, try leaning back when you leave the ramp to build bigger airs and land smoother. On steeper transitions, you will learn to let the ramp do most of the work, while mellower ones will require more of a hop to stay off of the deck. This is a trick that will take years to perfect and only gets better with time. You will start to feel more and more comfortable and be able to air higher the more you do this trick.
The tire tap is a good trick to learn before you try a fufanu. Ride up the quarter pipe straight with the same speed you would use to fly out onto the top of the deck. Begin by hopping out of the ramp, landing on your back tire and stalling it; don’t even worry about going back into the ramp yet. When you feel comfortable grabbing the lever and with the position, try landing closer and closer to the coping. When you get within six inches you are ready to go back into the ramp. When you land, simply keep your weight back towards transition, this will allow you to turn and roll into the ramp. Keep your legs loose and your back tire will roll right over the coping. When this motion feels solid, simply hop back into the ramp, leading with your front tire as you just learned. This is a good trick that you can learn quickly.
DOUBLE PEG STALL:
This is a great place to start when learning peg tricks on a quarter pipe. Try to find a quarter that is around four feet tall and is not too mellow. A steeper, taller quarter will actually make this trick easier to learn, believe it or not. Approach the quarter at a moderate speed and ride up it like you would if you were just going to do an air. Once you are near the top of the quarter, start to hop and turn in the direction that you are most comfortable with. Turn about 90 degrees and concentrate on getting both pegs on the coping. Once your pegs hit the coping, keep your arms stiff and push your bike towards the deck while keeping your body centered over the transition. You can stall it as long as you want if you keep your bike pushed toward the coping. Coming in is the easy part; just turn your front wheel and roll back into the transition, keeping your body weight over the front of the bike.
The fufanu is a step up in difficulty from the tire tap, but it is essentially the same idea. You want to approach the ramp with a little less speed than you would have for a tire tap. Ride straight up the transition, and once you get to the top pull up just slightly and set your back wheel directly onto the coping. Remember to keep your body back over transition and straighten out your arms. Look back over the shoulder that you turn into, which would be your inside shoulder, and allow your body weight to carry that direction. When you feel your body has turned enough for you to hop off of your back wheel and bring the bike back underneath, you let it fly and land as smooth as you can into the transition. Always keep in mind that if you lead with your head, your body will follow.
Don’t let the name fool you; this is actually a pretty simple trick. Ride up to the quarter pipe with about the same speed as you would for a tire tap. You are basically going to do a 180 but have your back wheel land on the deck and have your front wheel land below the coping. Take off and turn like a normal air, but push through the ramp to carry onto the deck. Keep your nose down and try to have both wheels contact the ramp at the same time, giving you the ability to hop back into the transition much easier. When you feel that you have made a solid contact with both wheels, pop off of the deck and back into the ramp. This is a good trick to start on a small, mellow ramp and build into bigger things. The cool thing is, this trick looks good no matter how you pull it, even if you don’t turn a full 180, or land with your back tire way up on the deck. So learn it and make it your own.
ICE PICK STALL:
The ice pick stall is a great trick to have under your belt, so make sure to take notes and impress your friends next time you are at your local skate park. The first thing you want to do is approach the ramp at the same speed you would go for a double peg stall. Once your front tire reaches the top of the transition, start to turn your body 90 degrees, keep your front end up and set your back peg on the coping. Remember to center your weight over your back wheel and balance the same as you would for a manual. Again, with all of these tricks you will want to keep your body more over the transition and use your arms to keep your bike over the coping. When you want to come back in just hop off of your back peg and get your front end down. Once you get the hang of this you will be able to stall longer each time.