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post #10 of (permalink) Old 02-27-2012, 10:02 AM
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I think your stance could be too wide, but it also depends on how long your legs are as far as I'm concerned, it's not totally height based so I can't advise that it's definitely too wide without knowing your body type in addition to you height. That said, I personally find it hard to ollie in boots that are too stiff, have too much forward lean, or are too tall. My leg from hip to knee is actually rather long for my height, and in my opinion, a little disproportioned in comparison to the length of my leg from knee to ankle. One thing that gets SO in the way for me is if a boot hits my calf muscle, at that point it interrupts my muscle use and flexibility in that area and it's also an indication of being too damn high on my shin hindering my ankle flexibility. I can't use a boot taller than 11 inches in total height and has to have a flex of less than 4 in general ratings (but I'm light and a girl plus this is what works for me, may not be the same for everyone.) But I need to be able to get a nice bend going and get some good balanced pressure on my tail (but not too much) and then use all that momentum to pop off the tail and then follow through with picking my knees up toward my chest. On another note, I'm about 5'6" 108 lbs and have been regularly riding a 140 ride OMG with about a 21.5" stance which I'm starting to feel is a pinch too narrow actually. I just picked up a new GNU B-street in a 141, I'm trying the stance out at about 22.5/23. I'm a pinch nervous to see how it affects things if any....

Anyway, I'm going to venture to say you just haven't found your sweet spot, I don't think it's a leg weakness or inability, I think you just need to find what works for you. Practice at home in a safe area just popping up in the air strapped into your board, make some adjustments until something feels like it clicks, when I used to work at a surf/snow shop we'd put boards on and jump and 180/360 in the store all the time, turns out it was good practice good luck!
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