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02-02-2009 11:55 AM
Relyt23
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Originally Posted by stevetim View Post
I just don't get why people don't just get on a skateboard and see what they are comfortable with?
That is how I did it. lol
02-02-2009 02:04 AM
gamer539 I can slide with both feet foward as well, it's not hard, I'm more inclined or more natural to slide with my right foot foward, and I'm goofy. Usually if you don't tell the person what you're trying to do to figure out if they're regular or goofy stance, and just have them do it; there's your answer on what kind of stance they should use.

However I've asked a friend before if they imagine they were sliding on a slippery floor, which foot would be forward, he said right, but he ended up being more comfortable with a regular stance.
02-01-2009 01:32 PM
Willy36 First time I tried to ride a longboard I tried left foot forward and it was shaky but worked. Tried right foot forward and ended up on my ass. I figured that was a good indication that I should ride regular.
02-01-2009 10:11 AM
BEC61408 Well we did the floor test but the problem is she can slide on both feet. She DOES naturally slide with her right first though. I can slide with both feet foward as well though and I ride regular. We've been trying regular but I'm gonna have her try goofy this weekend and see how that goes.
02-01-2009 07:57 AM
N~R~G
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Originally Posted by Triple8Sol View Post
Based on the dominant foot, kicking a soccer ball, etc... I should ride regular, which is what I did my 1st season. I tried out goofy my 2nd year, and never looked back.

I think a better test is to find a smooth/slippery floor, like wood or vinyl. Run in your socks and slide somewhat sideways. See which foot you put in front, and use that as your stance. I think I read this on this forum somewhere else. Sounds like the best test to me.
qft. i think that's the best way too (aside from just doing it & seeing which is more comfortable). and sorry for my bitch answer earlier...i had just woke up & hadn't had my coffee or morning bowl yet
02-01-2009 07:49 AM
Triple8Sol Based on the dominant foot, kicking a soccer ball, etc... I should ride regular, which is what I did my 1st season. I tried out goofy my 2nd year, and never looked back.

I think a better test is to find a smooth/slippery floor, like wood or vinyl. Run in your socks and slide somewhat sideways. See which foot you put in front, and use that as your stance. I think I read this on this forum somewhere else. Sounds like the best test to me.
02-01-2009 07:37 AM
N~R~G and if all that nice advice doesn't help, you can search (regular or goofy) and come up with probably another 10 topics to read through of the exact same answers.
02-01-2009 06:22 AM
gamer539 For me, I find that the best methods are:

1) If you skateboard, which ever foot you ride with forward, that's your forward foot.

2) Next best way if you don't skateboard, wear socks, and slide on a slippery waxed floor, like the kitchen, see which foot is forward (if you're at the mountain, just imagine, may not work too well; or if they slide straight forward, FAIL). EDIT: tell them to slide sideways. much better way of saying it (from Triple8Sol 's post =D).

3) If you're a basketball player, which foot do you normally pivot on, or tend to use, or is more comfortable with? The stationary foot is the backfoot and the moving is the front.

4) I also heard of the have them stand up, you give them a slight push and see which foot goes forward, and that's the front foot. I find this method quite flawed

5) Just ask them which they feel is most comfortable, or just try going down the mountain.

6) All else fail, just have them go regular as like 80% of snowboarders have regular stance, then they can progress and then figure it out and switch, if they realize that they're actually goofy; they'd be ahead in learning switch =P.
02-01-2009 03:04 AM
stevetim I just don't get why people don't just get on a skateboard and see what they are comfortable with?
02-01-2009 01:00 AM
nitroboarder22
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Originally Posted by gibbous View Post
A friend of mine swears by something similar to this, except you just have them stand there and when they're not suspecting anything you give them a good push in the back. Then whatever foot they extend forward to catch themselves is which side they might naturally favor being their downhill foot. Highly accurate, probably not. Entertaining, yes.

I'm a righty and ride goofy, but I basically figured it out through the initial trial and error that exists for everyone who is just starting to ride.
haha yes it is fun to watch but i think its more chance than accuracy that makes that method work
right handed or left handed doesnt make any difference in terms of goofy or regular im pretty sure
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