just rotate on! no fear bro don't worry if you spin clockwise take it from the left and vice-versa.
i think its easier to go from the left cos otherwise its blind ive only just started going from the right
and i always pop too security i think lol
you only need to pop and come from the side if the rail is like the one mentioned before.
The easiest rail to learn on is a down rail thats level with the lip of the kicker. (imo)
alright lemme give you a legit answer.
definitly for your first rail ride up to it as if you were gana stradle it. Its the easyest way your going to get well centered on it and not catch an edge of fall off early and crash bad. So ride off the lip, knees slightly bend for the pop, at top of the lip pop straight up looking down at the rail in the direction your gana be going and when your skis definitly clear the rail turn completely 90 degrees. For some reason girls never like to actually turn 90 all the way and they turn like 30 and eventually you will catch an edge and crash if you do that. Once on the rail stay relaxed try to think about keeping your shoulders imbetween your 2 feet and balance. At end of rail twist back to riding position and repeat if you get it. Best thing you can do. goodluck
when your just learing, you want the rail to approach you. Its key that the rail be comfortalbe around you before you mount