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|02-10-2011 10:03 PM|
|02-10-2011 07:44 PM|
Thanks for everything snowolf, I was wondering if I could run everything by you one more time to see if it sounds like I got this right. Heading out tomorrow and wanna make sure I have it down! Anyways, I'd really appreciate it if you could just read over this and lemmee know if I'm misunderstanding something..
So I'm going down the mountain heel side, to initiate the next turn I'm going to flatten out my front foot which will cause the nose of the board to point down the fall line, a couple seconds later I'm going to flatten my back foot causing me to be on the flat face of my board, which will cause me to go straight down the mountain? I then get on my front toes and as soon as I feel that the turn has been committed I get on my toes with my back foot, looking in the direction I want to turn and moving my shoulder over my toe edge, keeping my hands behind me. And then repeat the process for heel edge?
Some final questions..
Do I need to do anything else with my back foot other than what I described above, will that be enough to go through with the turn?
When on my heel edge, my front shoulder needs to be behind my body over the heel edge of the board correct?
Also, do I, or do I not lean with my body when going through a turn? And if so am I just going to lean to which ever turn I'm on..
Also, do I need to be in a more athletic stance throughout linking turns, or during any more should I be standing up more.. I'm still kind of confused with what to do with my upper body is what I'm saying I guess.
Any other tips guys! I don't wanna miss anything!!!
|02-09-2011 12:39 AM|
Okay, seriously one more question and only because I'd like to hear this from a professionals opinion..
I understand what I need to do with my feet and knees now, but what about upper body.. If I simply look in the direction of the new turn will that be enough rotation to allow for it? Or do I also need to move the hips, shoulders, and head? Or by moving the head am I really moving all three?
Sorry, just want to get everything placed together!
|02-08-2011 11:39 PM|
Looking up the mountain is not a bad idea IMO. This is how I teach our beginners how to turn. When you're on toe side slipping down, you shift pressure onto your lead foot (similar to how you initiate the pendulum). As the board straightens out, you turn your hips to face uphill and allow the board to turn under you. It's like imagining your eyes are on your hips and you're looking up the hill with them. This eliminates the counter-rotation that people use so often for their toe-side turns. Once they get the idea that their body initiates and their legs follow, you obviously tell them to stop looking up the hill with their head but I emphasize keeping their entire body (knees, hips, shoulders) inline with the board.
Everyone will catch an edge when they first learn this and it's almost 100% caused by leaning back. It's 100% natural.. your board is picking up speed and you might not be comfortable with it and so you shift back and try to stop. You have to trust yourself and the board and lean into the fall-line so you stay centered.
Here is a good vid:
YouTube - QuickRide System Steps
Skip to 6:00 if you just want to look at the turning section. When they tap on their knees, they're saying where the pressure is. So if they tap on both knees it means equal pressure, if they tap on one knee it means that's the one with the most pressure. But notice how their upper body is the first to turn and they allow their lower body to follow.
Hope that helps
|02-08-2011 02:32 PM|
|02-08-2011 01:53 PM|
Thanks so much guys!!
So then, let's say I'm on my heel edge, transversing across the mountain, I can initiate that next turn when I'm almost perpendicular to the fall line then? And to do so, I relax my front foot, is the reason I'm bringing my back foot around last is so that the board will kind of skid from the back? I guess that's just how I'm picturing it.. Or is there a better way to think about it?
|02-08-2011 12:02 PM|
Keep at it. I had the exact same questions/issues, except that my problem was getting out of my toe side turn into heel side turn. I catch edges there alot and bam, eat shit.
I basically had what snowolf wrote out for you here memorized and keep repeating it to myself. Once you're out on the slope, it is very easy to forget everything. Try to read it over and over again, watch his videos too, helps alot.
Also, someone here also mentioned to assign numbers to each step, I find that very helpful as well, as to making sure I don't rush through the steps. I tend to want to get out of my toe side as soon as i can because I'm not comfortable with it, and neglecting to get my board completely flat before going to my heel side, and eat shit this way.
My other issue is purely the fear factor, I dont like the feeling of bombing down the hill with my board flat, and my body sometimes would refuse to go flat, but it is an essential step before you can make edge changes.
Good luck and don't give up.
|02-08-2011 10:37 AM|
PS I have used the command "look up the hill" when the student is not at least looking across the hill. This let them know how far they can look rather then stopping their sight at only down the hill. Exploring how far we can make a movement while snowboarding is an essential part of progressing. It opens up possibilities.
|02-07-2011 09:09 PM|
|huskerdye||Thanks again guys, Snowolf.. Could you read my first post on the second page and see if I'm understanding everything correctly.. If you can't understand what I was trying to say don't worry about it.. Then I'll be done! Thanks a whole bunch!!|
|02-07-2011 09:02 PM|
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