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Help with binding angles and turning

Hi guys,

I'm pretty new to boarding, only been out 3 times and had a question about binding angles in regards to turning. I searched online and these forums but couldn't find the answer to my particular question.

Basically wondering, is it typically okay to have no angle to either binding? To be at 0/0?

Backstory and reason for question:
On my third day out I'm still having tons of trouble turning; its not that I fall during the turn, it's that most of the time I'm struggling to even initiate a turn, namely heel side, then when it get's going it takes everything I have to keep it going. I ride regular, and when I go from one side of the trail to the other via heel side turn, literally by the end of just going sideways across it once, almost my entire left leg is shot. My lead calf is cramped and fatigued and my quad feels like I just went up 20 flights of steps. I was using +15/0.

I messed around with some angles yesterday, and notice the larger I got with the front angle (without adjusting the back), the worse this fatigue effect got. I think I tried +18/0 and +21/0. After the 21/0 I couldn't even go back out; I had to rest my leg for a bit in the lodge. But I also noticed when I happen to go the other direction (goofy leading) where my angle is 0, I do heel side turns MUCH better than going regular with my lead foot, having never even practiced it which is weird.

I'm trying to figure out if stance width or highback angles are affecting this as well, and I'm trying to figure it out asap since after my third day out I'm seeing no improvement in myself and it's quite demoralizing. The ease of the reverse side heel turn is what led me to the main question of is it possible 0/0 would be beneficial setup for me? Is this very abnormal and unheard of to use? Would their be any particular pro's or cons to having no angles like that?

Any help would appreciate. Thanks everyone!
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