So I keep seeing a lot of stuff on hear defending side jumping.
"There's no right or wrong way to use the park as long as you're having fun" type of mentality. The park is about having fun but there are def do's and don'ts. For instance, the kids climbing on the jumps, and standing on the landings in blinds spots are having plenty of fun. You would never tell them that it's totally fine as long as they're having fun.
Side jumping for the most part you're a lot less likely to get killed doing, but it's still not something that should be defended/promoted.
In terms of parks, I think that most places generally don't hassle anyone about side jumping the smaller parks. Sure it messes up the takeoffs, but if they aren't snaking people let them have their fun.
The problem really lies in the bigger parks where most of these people should never be. I've seen a ton of stuff on here the last year defending it. "Side jumping doesn't ruin takeoffs" etc.
Anyway that's not true. Side jumping definitely kills takeoffs. No better time to notice that then the spring. A spring day can turn a whole set of rail take offs to sketchy moguls or berms. The reason why they don't disappear entirely is that people are constantly fixing them.
I get it. Everyone started off as a noob, everyone did dumb stuff when they were learning. Instead of embracing that, we should encourage people to learn how to use the parks safely.
Jesus says side jumpers go to hell.