As an old, old skool rider, I don't take to new tricks very easily and it takes ages to build up confidence, learn how to do new stuff. What makes things worse is I ride 99% of the time in Suffolk/Norfolk so some of the more normal trail features (drop offs etc) are absent in my day to day riding.
A recent trip to Dalby highlighted my complete lack of technique and cohones when it comes to drop offs. I watched riders flow over them as if they weren't there but could I do it? No... and I embarrassed myself every time by chickening out. I don't mean the little ones that you can get air off but the (what to me) were precipitous drops with uncertain landings such as those muddy ones on the red/black section just after the Pace play area.
How the hell do you do them and how can I practice something when there is nothing much to practice on? The only thing I have found is a concrete pad for storing sugar beet which starts at about 8 inches and goes up to 2 foot. Trouble is there is no run off so you'd have to launch and then get on the brakes within nano seconds.