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post #12 of (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 08:58 AM
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It has a ton to do with conditions. East coast VS West Coast..........

If there is any ice you do NOT want to flat base. If it is choppy conditions you do not want to flat base. (normally east coast)

Now if you are first tracks and its deep powder then it is not nearly affected as much. (alot of times west coast) I just lean back and float until I reach a speed where small carves are needed.

When I am bombing it, I always keep on an edge BUT the board is always pointed directly down hill. Now the only time I will flat base is right before a roller and I want to ollie it, even at that its just for a second. Full control is ALWAYS seen on an edge for the most part because from flat base it takes a longer period to engage a turn especially in TOUGH situations, ie: unknown rock, big patch of ice, fellow skier/snowboarder thats just on the other side of roller/hill that you cant see.........

Where I snowboard in VT it is usually choppy conditions...........
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