Originally Posted by lorcar
I guess I ignored there was a multiple way to engage your edge. Basically, I thought that if the board was tilted and not flat, THAT was the edge.
Now I discover "almost carving" and reading old threads "basic carving" vs "dynamic carving"
SO when you are going straight and try to avoid to keep the board flat (there is another thread about this, most people never keep the board flat) is that the real edge or a "quasi" edge?
To engage an edge you tilt the board onto that edge and put pressure on it - that is really the only way. What is happening to you is that you are not doing enough of both/either to get the edge set (i.e., fully engaged) - as a result you lose edge hold and the board is side slipping.
The solution to that is simple: More tilt/edge angle and pressure on the edge (especially the former - most beginners ride with much too little board tilt).