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|02-06-2012 12:03 PM|
I'm a newb, so take my reply with a grain of salt.. (3 days practice, then just got back from 3 solid days at Jay Peak in Vermont). Been told I'm doing 'incredibly well' for so little experience, but still consider myself more or less a beginner, with a touch of talent left over from skateboarding as a kid.
You sound similar to me in the sense of being a 'technical learner'. Wanting to understand the physics..
I think you've accurately diagnosed some of your own sticking points.. The losing confidence from a fall can make you keep your weight back (for stability) and cost you your turning ability. Try to 'reset' your brain before a run, KNOWING that to do what you want to do, you HAVE to be moderately aggressive, keep your weight centered and forward when needed.
Shallow runs are the hardest. Coasting on the flats requires a fair bit of edge control that I'm not sure I've got yet, it will come. Don't let that spook you. Some experienced riders are telling me it can be one of the tougher things to feel comfortable with. I'm avoiding most green runs just to keep away from the too slow stuff
You do seem to have a 'speed issue', but I wouldn't worry about it. That middle phase when you're switching edges at high speed is where you cant be tentative. If you 'linger' in that float zone on the flat of the board, you're just asking to catch an edge and get thrown down hard. Commit to that turn and get thru the middle quickly
One thing that helped me is squatting more at higher speed, it helps get your legs out from under you quickly when switching edges. Commit your weight transfer and use your shoulders to help with your weight shift.
|12-22-2011 02:02 AM|
|evilfeline007||i do wear protection... wrist guard, knee pads, helmet and RED impact shorts. I have an azzpad but I stopped wearing it because it hurts my azz. lol. when i fall on it, it protects my tail bone but hurts my seat bones|
|12-21-2011 08:44 PM|
Level gloves which have a built-in wrist guard and Azzpadz (tailbone protector)... you can PM me if you have more questions about protective guard as I have tried a lot of brands.
Here is a decent video on pivot turns
Here is a "ok" video of how to do cross-unders
|12-21-2011 08:17 PM|
Originally Posted by KIRKRIDER View Post
|12-21-2011 07:35 PM|
|12-21-2011 07:27 PM|
I think that's great advice. I went out a couple of days ago when conditions were pretty good and I took your advice and rather than slowing down and being like "OH GOD! A LUMP" I tried said to myself "let your legs do their thing" and it totally worked!
I always ride with my boyfriend who is better than me even though we started at the same time... maybe not better but more fearless.
Today I had less luck but it was icy out...
|12-21-2011 01:52 PM|
|lisevolution||Yeah I agree with this also... my riding has sort of plateaued at this point because I don't ride with anyone better than me anymore. The only time I find myself being pushed is when I go out west and ride with some of my friends that made that move out there.|
|12-20-2011 11:10 AM|
Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
I rode by myself on sunday and realized how crap I ride when I'm not keeping up with my buddies (and gf). Riding with people who rip def helps Less thinking, more just hitting shit
|12-20-2011 05:10 AM|
Start riding with folks who are better...forget everything and just try to keep up. And if you fall, its fine, just pop back up and mob. You need to get your head out of the way...thinkin is too slow...your body is starting to know what to do...so if you start to fall...struggle to keep going...let your body do everything to keep going, you'll be suprised.
Another thing is to pick a spot further down the hill to end up at and then is getting used to reading/anticipating the terrain infront of you...start looking at the terrain 50 yards down the hill and trust your body to deal with what's flying under you at the moment...you can't think fast enough for that...and if you do...its too late, you've already rode it. Its about staying ahead of the game and your riding becomes more stragetic or tactical...how are you are attacking the line instead of reacting to the line.
|12-17-2011 01:48 AM|
|grafta||Ha, yeah all good, I know what you mean. It's difficult to translate theory into practice sometimes.|
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