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05-10-2014 04:46 PM
t21
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Originally Posted by jbirdbear View Post
I actually forgot about this thread until today. BUT...I finally learned how to turn at Okemo in Feb!! I felt like a million bucks man. So worth the years of bruises and heartache. Thank you all for all of your tips and advice! Can't wait til next season!
Congrats! now you just have to wait about 7 months!! but seriously though, glad you were able to get it down, it will get much better from there on out.
05-10-2014 04:10 PM
jbirdbear I actually forgot about this thread until today. BUT...I finally learned how to turn at Okemo in Feb!! I felt like a million bucks man. So worth the years of bruises and heartache. Thank you all for all of your tips and advice! Can't wait til next season!
05-10-2014 01:29 PM
get_railed
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Originally Posted by mojo maestro View Post
Beer.........everything is better after a couple of beers.
I agree. This caused me to break a demo board on a rail one day! I felt unstoppable haha i ended up buying the board next season
01-28-2014 08:51 AM
snownstuff Also getting a long board for the summer helps
01-28-2014 08:50 AM
snownstuff What i found really helped me with my turns was to let up a little wait on my front foot as i started the turn, and then twist my legs forward and sink onto my front foot.
01-27-2014 08:48 PM
jbirdbear I also found a link to a fantastic website off one of the other threads on here (snow professor) and they have some amazing videos that show me specifically what to do to accomplish what I want, as well as tips to fix what I'm doing wrong. So helpful.
01-27-2014 08:29 PM
jbirdbear
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Originally Posted by neni View Post
What kind of board do you ride? Appropriate size? Having a wrong board can hold you back quite a bit.

Check your body position the moment you feel the urge to slam the breaks. Where is your weight? On the back leg and leg not bent? I'm in a similar situation when I ride switch - or better, try to. I'd perfectly know what's to do but since I not yet have the muscle memory, I freak out when it gets "too fast", I get in the backseat, legs stiff and mess everything. Need to tell myself over and over again to keep the weight on front foot, initiate the turn, relax and let the board work, and see, it turns nicely. Weight distribution is key.

If you're rather anxious, you might as well be easily distracted by your surrounding? Maybe it helps to have some pushing music to keep yourself focused.

Good luck and keep having fun! Not everyone learns at the same pace - I'm slow as well but had and have a blast nontheless.
I ride a gnu 143, luckily my boyfriend tunes and sells snowboards so I have all of the appropriate sized gear.

Most of my issue lies where my body weight is, and I know I need to really focus on bending my knees more and paying better attention to the small details. I do also get easily distracted, especially by the punks who make it their mission to freak people out and show how cool they are.

I appreciate everyone's ideas and tips, I will keep them all in mind when I go this weekend and we will see what happens.

Thank you!
01-27-2014 06:27 PM
wrathfuldeity Most everyone goes through that plateau.... mobbing with others who are better...it forces you out of thinking and instead just doing....you can't think fast enough...and thus you learn to trust your intutive body/reactions and learn to trust your board. Then you can start becoming more fluid and just flow.
01-27-2014 04:58 PM
neni What kind of board do you ride? Appropriate size? Having a wrong board can hold you back quite a bit.

Check your body position the moment you feel the urge to slam the breaks. Where is your weight? On the back leg and leg not bent? I'm in a similar situation when I ride switch - or better, try to. I'd perfectly know what's to do but since I not yet have the muscle memory, I freak out when it gets "too fast", I get in the backseat, legs stiff and mess everything. Need to tell myself over and over again to keep the weight on front foot, initiate the turn, relax and let the board work, and see, it turns nicely. Weight distribution is key.

If you're rather anxious, you might as well be easily distracted by your surrounding? Maybe it helps to have some pushing music to keep yourself focused.

Good luck and keep having fun! Not everyone learns at the same pace - I'm slow as well but had and have a blast nontheless.
01-27-2014 04:40 PM
speedjason
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Originally Posted by Jollybored View Post
This.
I had the same mental block which I'm sure most people had.I have some friends who are much better than me and watching them (riding with them) I can pick out how to do little things and generally improve my riding in the process.
sometimes you just gotta ride it out to improve.
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