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02-13-2012 10:43 AM
sabatoa
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Originally Posted by slyder View Post
At 2:39 your instructor busts that guy for almost taking you out LOL
That was a close one too.
02-13-2012 07:56 AM
Leo If you're on a directional board like that, my first advice is to never try to center yourself on the board. Keep the setback even when you widen your stance. This means you move your bindings out in equal parts front/back. Trying to center yourself on a directional board will mess up the feel and you'll likely have problems riding.

You ride the same angles that I do. I am 5'9 and have a 23.5" stance just to give you an idea of how narrow your stance is. You should widen your stance little by little until you find the most comfortable. Having a wider stance will help with stability, but you will sacrifice a little control so it's going to feel awkward at first. Once you're used to it, you'll get the control back.

Also, canted footbeds in bindings helps with the knees so that's something to consider on your next pair. Ideally, you want to be at least shoulder length apart at the feet.
02-13-2012 07:52 AM
Donutz You may find that bindings with canting capability will help you get a wider stance without hurting your knees.
02-13-2012 07:43 AM
chomps1211 Hey Leo,

How was your weekend? Get any riding in?

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Having seen your setup and now you actually riding it, I would like to say that your stance seems really narrow for your board and stature. What's it set at? Reference?
You know, that very issue was raised a couple times last week. Right now my board is a directional twin, 163W. I'm set up with my stance between 20-21 inches. I'm centered on the boards binding marks, but that puts me with about a 2 inch set back! (My Arbor Roundhouse is really meant to be a "Powder" board!)

My bindings are set up "ducked" @ +18 front -12 rear. Last year & early this season, I had them set @ +21 front, -9 rear. I rode with them set like that until just a few weeks ago. I tried a wider stance early last year, but had some knee pain in my back leg when I did. Granted, at that time I still had my binding angles @ that +21/-9 setting.

I've been thinking about widening my stance a bit, especially since hearing that very observation several times recently. With my current less severe, more ducked binding angles, that knee pain might not be an issue anymore!

Truth be told, it's only been this season that I have been riding well enough to be able to judge what, if any differences any small changes were having in how I felt on the board! Last year, I tried a number of small & radical changes in settings & whatnot, but unless a change resulted in Pain or a really, Really BAD board feel or response,.. It was hard for me to judge the effect of most of those changes. My riding sucked no matter what my settings!!

That's another reason why I would really like to get with a couple of seasoned riders for a few runs to help me judge those kinds of things.

So,... after another LONG ramble,.. whattaya think??
02-13-2012 07:00 AM
chomps1211
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Originally Posted by slyder View Post
Chomps,
I agree great job don't get me wrong wasn't tryin to put ya down. Just pointing it out, hell, I sometimes still do that in my non-switch riding
Hey Man, No worries! I didn't take it as a "Put down" at all. I can see the "Back Seat Driving" you pointed out in the lesson clip too. I still have to work Really hard to remember to get "forward" whenever I'm nervous or scared. Reg. or Switch! (...it's ironic that when I need the control most, that's when I'm likely to freak & revert to riding in a way that gives me Less control!)

Probably takes a few seasons for good form to become "Instinct", especially when panicked eh?
02-13-2012 06:32 AM
Leo Having seen your setup and now you actually riding it, I would like to say that your stance seems really narrow for your board and stature. What's it set at? Reference?
02-13-2012 06:10 AM
slyder Chomps,
I agree great job don't get me wrong wasn't tryin to put ya down. Just pointing it out, hell, I sometimes still do that in my non-switch riding
02-12-2012 10:11 PM
pmoa That's pretty good! I'm just beginning to learn switch and keep sitting back....great vids!
02-12-2012 09:37 PM
chomps1211
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At 2:39 your instructor busts that guy for almost taking you out LOL,..
Oddly enough,.. during EVERY lesson I've had with this instructor, He's had to chase down some dip shit for doing the same kinda thing! Last year it was some "Snarky" little 13 YO kid!

...as for your other observations, yeah, I can see what you're talking about. Honestly though, This vid clip was "Literally" my first try @ linking turns with the instructor. prior to this run, I had NEVER successfully linked a toe-side turn switch!! I Always wiped out on each attempt!!!

On that first run, I was nervous as hell and did NOT trust my ability to accomplish this at all! Looking at the clip again, I can see that fear & nervousness!

That's why I included the two clips from yesterday. I'm totally blown away at how well I did during the lesson, but even more so with the progress in my own confidence & ability since that lesson!!
02-12-2012 08:17 PM
slyder At 2:39 your instructor busts that guy for almost taking you out LOL

I noticed that your lead knee still looks locked and not much bend in it. Also you still seem to be a bit heavy in the rear or back seating it.
It will come in time, looked good and keep practicing you'll get it.
I have to literally tell myself to keep my weight forward.
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