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Quiz the Coach - How Do I Ride A Half-Pipe?

Quiz the Kidzworld Coach for skateboarding tips and advice on other sports like basketball, cheerleading and football.
The Coach Skates the Half-pipe
Bob Burnquist pumps while doing a vert trick in the half-pipe at the X Games.
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Quiz the Coach - How Do I Ride A Half-Pipe? - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
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Kidzworld's Quiz the Coach has sports advice, help and tips on camps, skateboarding and skateboard tricks, basketball rules, fouls, cheerleading tryouts and practice, making the team plus tons of other stuff! - Page 6

So ya dig sports but need some help with your game? Don't understand some of the rules of football, basketball or hockey? Got a gripe about P.E. class, skateboarders, cheerleading, teammates or coaches, or anything? Why not ? The Kidzworld Coach can help ya work out team problems or give ya tips and advice to improve your game - all ya gotta do is ask!

1Hey Coach,
My dad just made me a half-pipe in the backyard but I've never been on one before. How do pros keep going fast on them without pushing?
sk8r3six0

Hey sk8r3six0
Before you step into that sweet new half-pipe your dad made you, put on a helmet and some pads. One third of skateboarding injuries are suffered by rookie skaters who don't know what they're doing, so throw on some safety gear (your head, elbows and wrists will thank you later.)

To get the speed and height to do high-flying Mctwists and grabs in a half-pipe, Tony Hawk, Andy Macdonald and other pros use a technique called pumping. To pump in a half pipe, a skater drops into a crouch while crossing the flat bottom of the U-shaped pipe. As a skater enters the sloped part of the ramp, called the transition, he or she straightens their legs and rises up. By raising their center of mass, just at the beginning of the ramp's arc, a skater gains energy and thereby increases their speed.

Pumping in a half-pipe is kind of like pumping on a swing. To get the swing to go higher, you lift your legs as you pass through the bottom of the swing's arc, then drop them at the top of the arc. Each time you do this, you gain a little energy and swing a little higher. However, if you're just starting out in a half-pipe, don't drop-in right way. Start out by rocking back and forth on your board in the middle of the pipe. This will help you get used to the feel of the pipe and improve your balance on your board. Once you feel fairly comfortable, drop into the pipe, start pumping and go catch some air!

Do you have a question on sports like hockey, football or skateboarding? Do you need some advice on fitness, P.E. class or health? to the Kidzworld Coach. Keep in mind peeps, the Kidzworld Coach isn't a doctor or a professional athlete or anything like that. He's just a dude who digs sports, plays 'em and knows a lot about 'em. You should always talk to your 'rents, a doctor or your school gym teacher before starting a new sport or a new exercise.

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