So I go to my local gym to practice a whole menagerie of tricks, and I was wondering if a big springboard into a foam pit is as good practice as a tramp. Or, is it better to try fronts on a tramp or flat ground onto a firm mat on a foam pit? Thoughts?
More than you. A trampoline is best. A 3m springboard set on minimum bounce is fun too, or a 5m platform but those are uncommon. I was at a place that had a 7.5m and 10m, but I never did anything but jump normally off those. There are some bluffs around where I live that have a 20ft, 40ft, 60ft, 70ft "max air" where you have to run off to clear the 40ft bluff below it, and a rarely-hit 110ft (!!!) About 15 people have died at these bluffs, usually from drinking or getting knocked out on impact, and sinking immediately as the cliff continues 100 feet underwater below the bluffs.
You can jump basically how ever but you have to make sure you are like a stick when you enter the water. If your arms are out they will bruise from the impact. I havent jumped of those bluffs personally but I have jumped of some big cliffs in the Tahoe area