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Re: What does stance really do?

When I first started, I went with the usual duck (15-15). Most of my friends have lesser angles and initially I though that would be too ducked for me. But then I noticed that my legs kept wanting to angle out. I tried 18's, but still the same. Then I tried 21's and I couldn't be happier. No knee pains... nothing.

My friends think I have mutant feet, and I probably do, but hey... everyone's different.
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Re: What does stance really do?

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On a slightly different note, would it be fair to say a wider stance (ie: 23 inches as opposed to 20) will give you a more stable platform and perhaps eliminate some of the boards speed related unwanted behaviour? Chattering and the like?
I imagine that would come down to what's comfortable as well but in theory?
When I went wider by about 2 in., I didn't notice less chatter, and it became more of a pain in the ass to turn, so it wasn't worth it for me. Wider stances give you stability on landings and make it easier to straight line flat base.

When I went and got a stiffer deck, I noticed a LOT less chatter. There could definitely be technique issues involved, but oftentimes a stiffer, damper deck mitigates those issues to some degree.
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Seems to me angles have more to do with comfort. There are some guidelines like carvers having a +/+ stance and park rats going duck +/-. I still prefer a duck stance even if I never ride switch again.

As for stance width:
closer together = easier carving but less stability at high speeds and landing jumps.
farther apart = harder to carve but more stability at speed and landings.

It's all about finding that sweet spot that works for each individual.
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