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01-07-2015 09:18 PM
SkullAndXbones edit: nevermind. i didn't realize how old this thread was.
01-07-2015 09:16 PM
john doe
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Originally Posted by alexnaseth View Post
Just curious what is the height from your feet to your waist. I am wondering if this will be different than other people, since others who are 5'8" might have a longer torso and shorter legs or longer legs and shorter torso. Please reply. If I post this weird let me know, this is my first post on here
Sure, I'll reply to a question about something I posted almost 4 years ago. Im pretty normal in proportions. My inseam is 30 inches. Your stance comes from what ever feels right. You want it as wide as you can while still being able to do full ass to ground squat with no stress on your joints. Be aware that trying changes in stance width can also mean changing your angles.
01-07-2015 08:43 PM
Rotcoddam411 Number one scariest thing in park riding is riding up to a booter. IT always feels like you are going to fast. Honestly what helps me when I try new features or tricks. Have the mindset you are gonna land it, no matter what. You will!
01-07-2015 07:40 PM
alexnaseth I understand that it is all preference but if I can get a better understanding of what most people find comfortable I can save a lot of time trying to find the perfect stance
01-07-2015 01:56 PM
Brewtown It could be different even for people with your exact proportions, there is no universal rule for stance width. Experimenting with different widths and angles is the only way to find what works best for you.
01-07-2015 01:52 PM
david_z
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Originally Posted by alexnaseth View Post
Just curious what is the height from your feet to your waist. ... If I post this weird let me know, this is my first post on here
Yeah, this is a weird post, although I don't think that's what you meant.

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Originally Posted by alexnaseth View Post
I am wondering if this will be different than other people,
I think you answered your own question:

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Originally Posted by alexnaseth View Post
since others who are 5'8" might have a longer torso and shorter legs or longer legs and shorter torso.


Stance width is ultimately a personal preference about what feels good. Of course the length of one's inseam is a factor, but it's not the only factor
01-07-2015 01:44 PM
alexnaseth
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Originally Posted by john doe View Post
When you are on a box it should feel the same as just standing on your board in your living room. Completely flat.

For the jumps you want to watch other riders and the motions they make. If you see someone that is doing good strait airs ask if you can check their speed by following them on the approach. Don't follow them over jump but just go to the side.

What angles you ride is completely up to you but I do notice alot of new people ride a more narrow stance then is ideal. I'm 5'8" and started out at under 20". Moved to 21" after a few weeks last year and got a big improvement in my riding. Went to 22" for this year and it has been even better. With being 6'3" I would be suspect of a stance under 23". That's measuring the distance between the center of your binding mounting disks.

Videos to help you.
Park rules Smart Style in the terrain park | SnowProfessor.com
Jumping YouTube - Introduction to Jumps
First snowboard jumps | SnowProfessor.com
Boxes YouTube - Introduction to Boxes
How to 50-50 a funbox on a snowboard | SnowProfessor.com
Just curious what is the height from your feet to your waist. I am wondering if this will be different than other people, since others who are 5'8" might have a longer torso and shorter legs or longer legs and shorter torso. Please reply. If I post this weird let me know, this is my first post on here
01-30-2011 12:57 PM
shaunnorum05
thanks

thanks to you last few posters. Ive been getting used to doing a few baby jumps now. Havnt tried any advice in boxes yet due to a HUGE gash on my shin from a mis-hap on one haha. but once thats healed up ill be giving them another shot. Thanks again.

btw the panic is going away haha
01-30-2011 08:40 AM
john doe When you are on a box it should feel the same as just standing on your board in your living room. Completely flat.

For the jumps you want to watch other riders and the motions they make. If you see someone that is doing good strait airs ask if you can check their speed by following them on the approach. Don't follow them over jump but just go to the side.

What angles you ride is completely up to you but I do notice alot of new people ride a more narrow stance then is ideal. I'm 5'8" and started out at under 20". Moved to 21" after a few weeks last year and got a big improvement in my riding. Went to 22" for this year and it has been even better. With being 6'3" I would be suspect of a stance under 23". That's measuring the distance between the center of your binding mounting disks.

Videos to help you.
Park rules Smart Style in the terrain park | SnowProfessor.com
Jumping YouTube - Introduction to Jumps
First snowboard jumps | SnowProfessor.com
Boxes YouTube - Introduction to Boxes
How to 50-50 a funbox on a snowboard | SnowProfessor.com
01-30-2011 04:04 AM
Thad Osprey
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Originally Posted by shaunnorum05 View Post
Soooo im really new to park. Semi-new to snowboarding, started last year and the beggining of the season, so yes i know how to ride decently, can control the board well and am comfortable on it. Im not trying anything crazy just the small begginer stuff. I have a Ride Kink 2011 159W (im 6'3" with size 14 feet, yeah i know its big for park, no need to point it out) with Ride EX bindings. A few questions:
1) How should my bindings be set up for park?
2) Whenever I get into the air, i feel like time stops and i panic....yes its begginer stuff, not that high i know haha...but when my board loses contact with the ground i have a mini panic attack inside, what can i do about that?
3) Any tips for takeoff? landing? anything will help

and lastly...
4) I try little wide short boxes and towards the end I always find my board slipping out from under me. I feel like im balanced, but apparently not.

OH! and how do i know what speed to approach jumps at? I chicken out a lot thinking im going too fast. Any tips will help, thanks.
i) Bindings for park are whatever ur comfy with. In general you should try to get a duck-ish stance because with progress comes rotations and you want to be able to ride decently switch. So entirely positive stances for free-riding are not so helpful here. Sometimes a wider stance could help. If you are jibbing, you may wish to tone down the highback forward lean to make it more forgiving.

ii)There only one thing you can do about the panic attack, is to stop panicking. Haha. Sounds silly right? But it comes with time and practise. Ollies, rollers, small jumps on a regular basis helps you get accustomed to the feeling. When you were at the never-ever stage of learning to ride, toe side turns probably caused panic attacks. A few hundred turns later, ur good.

iii) Take-off and landing are too complicated to address in summary. But for a newbie panicker, try to watch where other people hit the jump and see what kind of speed-checking they do, then try hitting the jump and bailing at the last minute i.e. dont hit the jump, turn off. This will familiarise yourself with the take-off. Ride-around the jump and down the landing when the jump is empty if it makes you feel better knowing what it feels like riding over it. Stay loose during the jump cos panickers freeze their upper body and lack knee mobility when they land for some reason. Take some lessons. Having an instructor to guide you and be there to encourage you helps lots.

iv) I assume ur only 50-50 ing the box? If so then it may seem somehow u are favouring one edge or the other if you are sliding out. This can stem from getting onto the feature crooked then correcting yourself. The FIRST THING about jibbing to me is that if your approach is screwed up, everything else follows suit cos u cant correct yourself once you get onto a feature. Try to ride on with a steady speed, fast enough to power yourself onto the feature and off. Lots of newbies go on REAL SLOW which actually makes it harder to balance and you spend a longer time holding the position on the box so the likelihood of you falling is ironiucally higher. When you get onto the feature, make sure you are looking at or past the end of the feature. Knees must be bent (dont lock them when u get on, which most newbies do cos when they freeze their ankles to keep their base flat, sometimes they lock up more than they need). A lower centre of gravity will help you maintain balance.
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