David made the journey up from Devon and the fog greeted us as we started and never left. The skills check showed I needed to work on his application of looking and body positioning in all techniques.
The drop technique was first and we worked on the mental skills here too but the ease it was all happening really struck David and the smile never left his face.
Onto cornering and the skills trail itself and before long, David was riding the 14 sections smoothly and with more speed and control than ever. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pumping, jumping, steps, rock gardens and drop offs and any errors were being now self diagnosed.
We moved to the pump and jump trail to work not only on pumping and generating speed to be able to jump but also on carrying speed through berms.
I also worked with riding down near vertical drop offs and that really stunned David as his new body positioning really hit home , finally we moved to the 6ft tabletop and in a few short moves David was sailing over his first ever tabletop to the transition the other side and a few more clears proved it wasn’t a fluke. A couple of goes at the gap jump was a step too far as mentally he was cooked and our session ended.
Amazing improvements David.