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02-21-2014 09:39 PM
tokyo_dom Thanks for all the replies!

MeanJoe, it makes me feel better to know i am not the only one. Gives me confidence...

The argument "If it works for you, why change it?" is valid, and i am half tempted to go with that - as i said, i am confident in just about any conditions i have come across; can bomb runs, even mogul tracks dont phase me.
BUT in the park it seems to be causing problems. As MeanJoe said, on rails, and especially on the bigger jumps it causes me to be off balance. I will never be able to pull off a wildcat (my ultimate goal) with rotated shoulders - the attempts i have made all end up with some lateral rotation. The problem is, when approaching the jump with closed shoulders; i spend half my attention on making sure the shoulders dont open up, instead of 100% on the jump i am about to go off. So it feels like i need to stay away from the park until i have fixed that technique

I will go and see about getting an instructor with me on Sunday, if only just to get a professional opinion on my technique.

And I still push off mongo on a skateboard too

As an example, a video i posted last year:

When i posted it last year most people agreed there were many problems - approaching the jump in the back seat, open shoulders and lack of balance all lead to the wavy arms
02-21-2014 11:31 AM
neni Oh boy... got the new cam packed for this weekend. I fear the first vid open shoulders and gf arm ring a bell

Props to those who manage to overcome long time bad habits. I've one while horseriding (20y without lessons, 10y with) - left hand is not where it should be (thumb over withers). Bad thing if bit off balance on a high jump and land with all your weight on that thumb. It pops. Again and again. Joint is a mess meanwhile, many ligaments broken. Trainer still needs to remind me each lesson to watch my hand. I manage to conciously avoid it most of the time but if it gets hairy and pure unconcious reaction... nope. It's only a week ago I again dislocated that joint... I'll never learn it
02-21-2014 09:32 AM
MeanJoe I would say that you can reverse those years of muscle memory. I started riding in 1987ish and never had lessons. Back in the day (and still!) the guy I looked up to the most was Craig Kelly. I'd watch videos of his style and try to emulate it. As a result, I developed a very open upper body position riding (narrow and forward binding angles didn't help either!). After years and years of doing this, it worked for me 90% of the time. But there were also times when it was a big disadvantage - having your upper body rotated downhill kinda hurts you when you're learning to ride boxes/rails or when doing jumps. Again, I had been riding so long I could compensate for it but it was still "bad form" technically.

About three years ago I decided to correct my form. I worked every day out making sure my shoulders were parallel to my board instead of open downhill. I'd do dumb little things while riding to force my shoulders parallel like grab the seam of my pants, or put my front arm across my belly and back arm behind my back. It was awkward and uncomfortable at first but eventually new muscle memory kicked in. Honestly I feel I ride better today than I ever have. I still don't think I have it 100% licked... at the end of the day when I'm tired, I will realize I've reverted to opening my shoulders up.

So yes, anyone can unlearn bad habits and learn new ones. It just takes a concentrated, sustained effort over time.

02-21-2014 08:58 AM
ekb18c Is it bad technique to lift the toes up on your front foot and press down on the toes on your back foot for turning? I do that for my heel side turn too.
02-21-2014 08:00 AM
speedjason just ride whatever is comfortable for you really. even pros dont have the perfect form either.
02-21-2014 07:34 AM
chomps1211 I had the title of "Low Intermediate" conferred on me by forum members only last year, so my advice/opinions for and intermediate/advanced rider are obviously suspect. But,... I did post a question about Good riders, Bad form a while back.

Basically, I was questioning my observation that many, many riders I see around the resorts here, can shred the fuck out of the hill! Bombing the groomers at mach speed, ( far as I could see, in complete control btw!) Hitting jumps and features, Stomping 180's, 360's 5's etc. Nailing just about any flatland trick I saw them attempt, etc etc. All while exhibiting the same type of Quote "Bad Form" Un-quote you are talking about!! Shoulders completely facing forward, 90˚ to their boards, Arms akimbo, etc.

I wondered how this was possible for them to ride so well considering all the advice and discussion around learning proper technique I had read here.

The one answer that really stuck with me came from BA with his usual penchant for distilling things down to the very essence with his verbal brevity,...

Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger View Post
Personal Style > Robot Teaching Techniques!
There were a lot of good responses from other people for learning good technique and they were pretty much on point, but it's still hard to argue with BA's comment when I see people tearing it up, using every bad habit I have been taught NOT to use!

If it really bothers you, I'm sure with a LOT of diligent work and effort you can correct and progress beyond those things that you feel are embarrassing.

But then again, as Wrath said, If it works,.......?

Good luck!

Btw, If you're interested in reading the entire discussion of good vs. bad form,.. Here's the link to my thread.
02-21-2014 04:13 AM
ETM When I was a kid skating I always pushed mongo style. Once I got older and better I forced myself to change. It was hard but I did it because I really wanted to.
02-21-2014 03:54 AM
wrathfuldeity On 1 hand...whatever works

On the other hand...if what has been working and is now not working...why not change?

It seems there is no wrong way...its just if that way becomes a hinderence; got to do something else. Such as the invisable gf or arms flying around is a big hinderence to doing alot of tight agile things...being compact is much more efficient and doing moguls. Its a progression....the first step in changing us usually becoming aware that its not working. Second step is trying to learn, then doing and later reaping the benefits from learning something new.
02-21-2014 03:29 AM
tokyo_dom Thanks. Of course i know the rest is up to me. Its frustrating, because i thought i was at a fairly high level, especially with the park stuff... Only to realise i need to go all the way back to basics again.

I guess i was looking to hear how others got out of using bad techniques. I have book marked a few threads and other pages on line. I will be doing what i can. The instructor idea is a good idea. I will ask about this on Sunday when i go out next.
02-21-2014 03:09 AM
Eat Sleep Shred
Originally Posted by tokyo_dom View Post
Can i correct bad technique that has been cemented in over 15+ years and 50+ days of riding?
Why ask us this question? Who are we to say you can or cannot do something? The answer is up to you...

I do believe in my opinion if you can learn proper technique and take the time to commit it to muscle memory, it should override your poor technique pretty darn quickly. Good riding habits feel more natural and give you a more rewarding experience when you ride with them. I can't imagine any poor technique would be able live up to that...

Wouldn't hurt to take out an instructor, if only for positive reinforcement and to learn some drills. I occasionally do a garland or some J-turns once in a while when I'm out practicing a new technique, even if I'm not with an instructor. Learning some drills to use by yourself is a good tactic to progress.

Best of luck to you.
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