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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 10-07-2011, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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transition from regular camber to reverse camber?

I bought my first reverse camber board this year (forum youngblood chillydog 154) and have been riding regular camber boards ever since I've been snowboarding. My quick question is how hard is the transition or will I really feel a big difference? I know all the pro's and con's and I'm just wondering if I'll be able to strap in like nothing changed especially since I'll be taking my snowboard instructor test this year and don't want to show up with the reverse camber board and screwing up...
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My first and only obstacle was the narrower contact points. I kept on catching the edges in-between my feet but nothing a nice detune couldn't fix. Other than that... Rockers are IMO much more fun.
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When you're just cruising around on flat or mellow, hardpack groomers you are going to want to steer it more deliberately through the contact points or it will saucer around you'll catch. This can result in some bad scorpions if you get careless. I like ride my front binding. This effect is amplified skating one footed getting off the lift. Really use that torsional flex and weight distribution to keep it in check when skating off the lift.

Once you have it on the sidecut, it behaves more closely a cambered stick.
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I made the same transition last year.

First hour was a little sketchy, but without any advise or thinking hard it just clicked. If you know how to ride your body just figures it out. Just make sure you have plenty of time on it before the test. You'll love the more playful feel, but don't expect to power the carves quite as hard.
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Long live traditional camber!!! Rockers and Hybrids are fun but I think you can work the traditonal camber to be more adaptive and responsive to snow conditons and slople angle; just takes a little more work but you get better results.

Ride whatever feels right to you and don't let em' tell you any different.
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There is still a place for pos camber no doubt. Nothing else carves as aggressively and cleanly. Still he already bought a rocker (or hybrid). Enjoy them both. I find riding different decks and getting them dialed in helps me get more out of my older decks too. Improves overall control and balance and its just fun to ride different boards.

I like to change up with friends and get used to their board for a few runs.
I think its a great way to improve your skills.
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I think it depends on how coordinated you are.
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My first and only obstacle was the narrower contact points. I kept on catching the edges in-between my feet but nothing a nice detune couldn't fix. Other than that... Rockers are IMO much more fun.
Does this mean you detune both edges between the bindings?

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Does this mean you detune both edges between the bindings?
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I made the same transition last year.

First hour was a little sketchy, but without any advise or thinking hard it just clicked. If you know how to ride your body just figures it out. Just make sure you have plenty of time on it before the test. You'll love the more playful feel, but don't expect to power the carves quite as hard.
Any advice when I strap into my Arbor Westmark this winter? This'll be my first time on a rockered deck after years of camber riding. Any tips/techniques to keep in mind or practice when I first strap in (to shorten the learning curve)? Or as dreampow says, just go ride as usual and let instinct take over?

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