ok guys, a few things:
firstly, what the trials riders do (ie, kris holm, dan heaton, etc.)you’ll never see this in the videos, but if you see them ride in person you get to see all the tricks:
they ride up to the obstacle, hop so their feet are in place, then ride backwards away from it till theyve got the right run up distance, this way, their good foot (or chocolate foot as the great sam calls it) will always be right where they want it
but this isnt much use if you’re in full flow, so, you have
what the street riders(like me) do
instead of jumping at the obstacle, you look at a point about 2 foot in front of it as your take off point, then, if you chocolate foot isnt infront when you get there, or just before, you can carry on rolling half a revolution or so till it is. you just have to learn to jump a bit further.
you should learn to jump small obstacles such as kerbs with your feet in any position, including one up one down, as this all keeps the flow, and its all about flowing.
oh yeah, one last thing, the cheating method,
instead of trying to get the foot positioning right at the right time, hop when you know it is right, then make your jump, if that makes sense:
so you roll up to your park bench for example, your good foots forward about three foot away, so you hop forward into position, keeping the good foot forward, then imediately hop again up onto the bench… see?
man that was long winded, but i hope it helps.
hope to see you all at buc, and take you on in the freestyle!