|: There are no big half pipes here, just big bowls. And thats where I hurt myself. I havent hurt myself on small stuff ironically. Every time I've injured myself its been on the bigger stuff. I dont fall hard if I'm close to the ground.
I can't really comment on the big bowls. I've seen some which very steep transitions which I deem dangerous for learning control. For this purpose you want to visit the softest transition available, ride it up a bit and practice falling on your knee pads. The ride up a bit farther, practice falling and so on. Of course you can stay close to the ground but if you want to get higher, you will want to survive it.