Steps III

Halfpipe Bring Down The Walls The abrupt transitions of the halfpipe can easily throw a rider off balance,slamming them into the wall or onto the flatbottom. But by keeping their body perpendicular to the angle ofthe walls, a rider can make almost any slope seem like a flat run. Consider an upside-down letter “T” whenriding, that should be the relationship between your body and board-always perpendicular. This position isespecially useful in the pipe, where the slope changes from horizontal to vertical in a matter of feet. Stay inthe “T” by moving fore and aft on your board in relation to the slope.

Your board will naturally take this course, but it’ll require a conscious effort for your body to follow and, eventually, anticipate. In theflatbottom, as on a regular run, the “T” won’t be hard to achieve-simply stand up straight with equal weighton both feet. But as the transition (beginning of the wall’s curve) nears, you’ll have to adjust. What was acentered stance in the flatbottom will position you too far forward for going up the wall, and cause you to goover the nose. “Never lean back” is common advice, and it’s appropriate in regard to the relationshipbetween your body and board.

But, as the board goes up the wall, leaning into the pipe toward the flatbottom (back) will actually keep you perpendicular and in a centered position. The same applies when riding down a slope (and back into the pipe), where leaning forward will center you. By staying in aperpendicular relationship with the pipe walls, you’ll be able to remain centered and ride smoothly as theterrain beneath you swings from flatbottom to vertical walls. -Kurt Hoy Kurt competes in boardercross,and lives in Avon, Colorado.