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01-08-2014 04:28 PM
scott_murray
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Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
-use your leading knee...drive it toeside and swing it toward the nose heel side
"swing it toward the nose heel side" - Do you mean pushing the knee sideways towards the nose, so it's no longer above the foot??

What I do is try to never move my knees uphill or downhill past my feet, only moving them infront of or behind my feet depending on the turn and how far i've bent my knee(s) to adjust for the turn. Is this correct? I'd imagine pushing the front knee sideways towards the nose would be damaging to the knee...
01-08-2014 02:21 AM
Appelsien
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Originally Posted by jml22 View Post
You only initiate the turn with your front foot, you pressure the back foot at the end of the turn otherwise if you stay on your front edge, your back edge never engages and you slip out of the carve
Right. Sounds logical, it'll definitely work out on the track then Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Noreaster View Post
Just bring your arm across your waist, as if you're trying to reach your right hip but don't go so far you throw yourself out of balance, just let it rest comfortably. The idea is to bring your left shoulder forward so your upper body would line up with board. And remember that once you close your shoulder you will have to turn your head more to see where you're going.
Thanks for that explanation, clears things up! About turning my head. Until now I was just rotating my head to the left slightly, that'll have to change
01-08-2014 12:59 AM
Noreaster
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Originally Posted by Appelsien View Post
Sounds like an effective exercise. Would I be holding my right shoulder with my left arm then? Or just leaving it somewhere on my ribs.


Thanks!
Just bring your arm across your waist, as if you're trying to reach your right hip but don't go so far you throw yourself out of balance, just let it rest comfortably. The idea is to bring your left shoulder forward so your upper body would line up with board. And remember that once you close your shoulder you will have to turn your head more to see where you're going.
01-07-2014 05:07 PM
jml22 You only initiate the turn with your front foot, you pressure the back foot at the end of the turn otherwise if you stay on your front edge, your back edge never engages and you slip out of the carve
01-07-2014 04:57 PM
Appelsien So I let everything sink in and I really appreciate the feedback guys, I learned a lot!

So I definitely have to bend down more - be more relaxed and dynamic.
Another important thing is to keep my shoulder locked and my arms/elbows to my side.

Gotta learn to use my knees properly by using them actively while turning.

And most importantly: keeping the weight on my front foot

Cheers guys!
01-05-2014 07:11 AM
Appelsien
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Originally Posted by knoxious View Post
"Above my level" is my only criticism! You made it down, you had a go - no need to style everything all the time, sometimes it's about "survival"

Keep it up man!
It does really feel like survival sometimes, lol. Icy black slopes

Anyway, I'm leaving in less than a month, so stoked!
Will definitely be trying to improve on my 180's and riding switch. I can manage switch quite well now, but it still feels way more natural to ride regular. Popping 180's is still a rare thing, but I want to be able to pop em everywhere
01-05-2014 03:17 AM
knoxious "Above my level" is my only criticism! You made it down, you had a go - no need to style everything all the time, sometimes it's about "survival"

Keep it up man!
01-05-2014 03:00 AM
Appelsien
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Originally Posted by Noreaster View Post
Do this exercise: bring your left arm across your body and just rest it there, drop your right arm down and grab pant leg. That will force you to close your shoulder and quiet down your right arm. Get lower in your left knee and turn it out more, that will help you control the board with your leading leg.
Sounds like an effective exercise. Would I be holding my right shoulder with my left arm then? Or just leaving it somewhere on my ribs.


Thanks!
01-04-2014 05:59 PM
Noreaster Do this exercise: bring your left arm across your body and just rest it there, drop your right arm down and grab pant leg. That will force you to close your shoulder and quiet down your right arm. Get lower in your left knee and turn it out more, that will help you control the board with your leading leg.
01-04-2014 05:32 PM
Appelsien
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Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
-close your shoulders
-glue your elbows to your ribs...you don't need flaying arms/hands...instead
-use your leading knee...drive it toeside and swing it toward the nose heel side
when you are toeside turn...you are rotated open and looking left/back over your shoulder down hill...don't do that
-you are fairly stiff....loosen up...get more dynamic ...get going up and down in your knees....really drive your leading knee and shoulder into the turns. By getting low...try this drill...crouch down in the knees (not over) keep your back straight (not hunched)...rest your forearms/elbows on your knees (open your knees abit) and do a whole run crouched this way...get the feel of turning from this position...it doesn't take much movement. then start moving up/down in your turns...really drive yourself be getting on the nose...get comfortable with big open turns and start tightening them so that you rail a turn...then make the railed turns quicker.
-find some folks that are better and go mobbing with them....just follow and keep up...you will surprise yourself.

Ur doing nicely...low intermediate level...start bring it up to a solid intermediate.
Thank you! Sound advice.

It's weird (but interesting) to look at myself snowboarding. Looks completely different from how I think I look

Keeping my back straight is a big one. I think I always hunch over when going toeside, to 'lean' closer to the mountain. Will have to keep that one in mind!

Will loosen up and try out that drill

I agree with going with people who are better than yourself. Every year I go with people who've been skiing for more than 15 years. They really bust my balls Too bad none of them can snowboard really well, so I had to learn by looking around and trying stuff out.

Thanks again!
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