Today was Richards birthday and Jorda and Jeff joined him for a skills session. The skills check showed that they needed footwork, looking and body positioning enhanced and I set to work.
We began with the drop technique and I worked on the mental skills as well as the application of the physical to this technique and soon they rode all 3 drops and loved it.
Onto the skills trail and we worked on the top half of the trail to begin with and linked pumping, rock gardens to berms, flat and switchback corners. We took a break and resumed with jumping a fly out jump and linking it to a corner with a step on exit too. Later, we moved to the end of the trail to work on linking corners and drops together via line choice and braking areas . They began riding the whole trail and linked all 14 sections together on it. Any errors were self diagnosed as they now knew why it was right or wrong in any section.
We moved onto riding steeper terrain and the body positioning really paid dividends as they easily rode a near 40ft drop off and then used their mental skills to decide wether or not to ride a near vertical drop off later on.
For our final application of the skills I moved onto jumping tabletops and used a 6ft tabletop for this and in time, all of them rode it and landed on the transition perfectly. Jeff even rode the gap jump a few times too. I knew they were tiring mentally and A washout by Richard confirmed this so our session ended to keep them safe and the learning intact.
Awesome session guys.