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First time riding duck stance!

Hi!

I'd like to give duck stance a chance this season since I want to get more into freestyle riding. In the past, I've ridden +18/+5 since I found it comfortable.

I've read some articles online and it seems most people recommend starting with +15/-15 or +15/-9.

Got any suggestions?
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Hi!

I'd like to give duck stance a chance this season since I want to get more into freestyle riding. In the past, I've ridden +18/+5 since I found it comfortable.

I've read some articles online and it seems most people recommend starting with +15/-15 or +15/-9.

Got any suggestions?
Yeah, keep the angle between your feet the same. If you ride at +18 +5 your current difference is 13 degrees. So try +6/-6 or +9/-6 to start. I find 15/15 to wide, my sweet spot it +12/-9 or so.
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Yeah, keep the angle between your feet the same. If you ride at +18 +5 your current difference is 13 degrees. So try +6/-6 or +9/-6 to start. I find 15/15 to wide, my sweet spot it +12/-9 or so.
I've messed with my stance angles for a while and started at +12,-9 and actually found my sweet spot at +9/-6. Weird.

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insert +/- for reg/goofy, assume duck

12/12 or 15/15 are very good starting points.

sometimes one notch further in the front foot is nice because it will force you into a better position for riding switch by rolling out that knee. I'm kinda torn between the 2, sometimes I like 18/12, lately 15/15.

For a directional board u never ride switch some offset is a good idea, 2 notches is nice.

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I've messed with my stance angles for a while and started at +12,-9 and actually found my sweet spot at +9/-6. Weird.
Yup yup! There are even people that come on here and say 0/0 works for them! I would considering anything between 9/9 and 15/15 to be "normal" for duck stance, but it seems like the more you board, the more you end up with your own little tweaks that you swear by!

I HAVE to hit the side of my boot before putting it into the binding. Even if there's no snow on the bottom, giving my back foot a smack psyches me up or something. I used to do it in the blue mountain park right before dropping in and it amped me up, now I do it even if I'm going to cruise the groomers
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Thanks everyone. I have a twin board (salomon villain). Thinking of going middle stance and 50 inches apart (I wear a size 44 suit). Maybe start at +12/-9?

Since this is the binding forum, I'll mention that I'm mounting a pair of salomon holograms on the board. It'll be my first time playing with adjustable high backs so I'm interested in seeing how they perform with the highback adjusted parallel to the board.

First time this season will be this friday! Even though we have pretty crappy snow out here in Tahoe, i'm stoked!

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Thanks everyone. I have a twin board (salomon villain). Thinking of going middle stance and 50 inches apart (I wear a size 44 suit). Maybe start at +12/-9?
Where you measuring this 50"!?! I wear a 42 suit jacket (if that's what you're referring to) and use a 21.25" stance width. Always measure centre to centre for stance width. Maybe 50 cm is what you're looking at, that would be 20" which may be too narrow. I had to setup my powder board at 22.25" stance width as that is the most narrow set of inserts on the board (I think it's meant for a 250 lb guy! lol), and I don't mind it at all. I thought it would feel too wide but it's not bad, the board is very surfy but I have fun on it...
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Thanks everyone. I have a twin board (salomon villain). Thinking of going middle stance and 50 inches apart (I wear a size 44 suit). Maybe start at +12/-9?
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Where you measuring this 50"!?! I wear a 42 suit jacket (if that's what you're referring to) and use a 21.25" stance width. Always measure centre to centre for stance width. Maybe 50 cm is what you're looking at, that would be 20" which may be too narrow. I had to setup my powder board at 22.25" stance width as that is the most narrow set of inserts on the board (I think it's meant for a 250 lb guy! lol), and I don't mind it at all. I thought it would feel too wide but it's not bad, the board is very surfy but I have fun on it...
Haha... my math wasn't always great. Let me check again when I get back home. I basically did shoulder width apart plus two inches (one inch each side) for center to center binding mount. I think you are right... my bad! at 50 inches, i'd be doing the splits. Haha

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Haha... my math wasn't always great. Let me check again when I get back home. I basically did shoulder width apart plus two inches (one inch each side) for center to center binding mount. I think you are right... my bad! at 50 inches, i'd be doing the splits. Haha
Just figure what your natural athletic stance is and use that as a baseline.

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