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01-08-2013 10:58 AM
that1guy Here is a sure fire way to tell if you ride goofy or regular.


Get a razor scooter. Hold on to it and run super fast with it, jump on and start scooting with what ever leg you are most comfortable with. This will make your subconscious kick in and tell you what leg you want to lead with and what leg you want to kick with.

Your kicking leg will be your back foot (or power foot) The foot that you put forward to steer the scooter will be your front foot.

This will be the same on your snowboard.


Now that you have figured out what way you ride, have a beer because the hard part is over (at least it is until you decide to learn switch)
01-08-2013 01:33 AM
NWBoarder
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Originally Posted by jennifer View Post
So do I follow what all the tests tell me...or do I follow what this instructor is telling me and move to goofy?
I certainly would. It's his job to pay attention to how you ride and then correct the things that need correction. Plus, if you absolutely cannot stand riding goofy after trying it, it's easy to switch back to regular. No test can truly tell you which way to ride. You will know after trying both though because one will be more comfortable than the other.
01-08-2013 01:19 AM
jennifer I am super new to the sport. Have only gone up 4 times, had 3 lessons. ALL the tests say I should be riding regular. My husband has been boarding for like 20 years, and after all the testing we did he agreed I should be riding regular so that is how we set up my bindings. That is how I have been taking my lessons. During my last lesson my instructor had me doing falling leaf, which I had done before. But this time it was just kicking my ass. I could not make it 10 feet without falling. He then tells me that he is 100% sure I should be riding goofy. He said that when I got up from fall and was ready to begin down the hill again I naturally gravitated to a goofy stance. I honestly was to frazzled and to focused on not falling on my ass again that I took no notice of which stance I started in...I just wanted to get down the hill. lol

So do I follow what all the tests tell me...or do I follow what this instructor is telling me and move to goofy?

I did worse on this last lesson than I did on my very first one. Seriously...it was an embarassment. But that is a whole different topic.
12-02-2012 11:32 AM
Edge Why over complicate things?

Try both. Stick with what works naturally with you. I like having my strong foot (regular) at the back. Helps me kick the board around with sharp turns, spins, and feels better in powder.

Do what works for you.
12-02-2012 11:32 AM
ARSENALFAN
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Originally Posted by gjsnowboarder View Post
This is why it's not about power and not always about balance. Its about left and right side of the body.
EXCELLENT POST!! So I am regular stance after all. No wonder I have been kicking some ass out there on the hills.....lol!
12-02-2012 11:29 AM
gjsnowboarder
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Originally Posted by ARSENALFAN View Post
Now you guys are getting me thinking too much. If I was going to kick you in the nuts left foot plants forward followed up by right foot, I would use my right foot. If I was going to balance for an hour it would be on my right foot your stationary no forward motion so stance doesn't really matter. All the power is in my right foot. I throw a baseball with my right hand LEft foot plants forward right side of the body then move through and forward, catch with my left hand probably left foot moves forward to help close distance between incoming ball and you and shoot hockey left I'm assuming that your left foot is closer to the puck and the left hand is behind the stick closest sport to relate to better that uses a stick is side of plate you bat from. I reel my right hand. which hand is forward on the pole

I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE MOST POWERFUL FOOT WAS AT THE BACK OF THE BOARD TO KICK IT AROUND.

AM I JUST FUCKED?
This is why it's not about power and not always about balance. Its about left and right side of the body.
12-02-2012 11:24 AM
davidj
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Originally Posted by Emkoz View Post
Hi! So I recently had surgery on my right knee a year and a half ago, however it's healed up pretty nicely but still has its weak moments. This week I am going snowboarding for the first time! (I was a skier but made the switch because its easier on the knees) I'm so excited and got a new board for a great price. And they set it up goofy style. I did all the "tests" so that I step out with my right foot, kick with my right, slide on the floor with my left and start a handstand on my left foot. Basically I have no idea what my stance is, but I want to keep my weak knee safe, soooo should I ride regular or goofy? What do you think?

P.S. I typically longboard goofy

Thanks for the help! It's greatly appreciated!!
OP, here's a slightly different approach...

Center your bindings. If you've got a twin board, great. If not, it's not too much of a handicap. Set your binding angles symmetrical, for example, +12/-12. Ride both ways and see which feels more "natural", don't worry, your body will let you know. There you have it.

PS: If you are somewhat ambidextrous (sounds like you are), you're in for a lot of fun - learn to ride both ways equally well.
12-02-2012 11:09 AM
ARSENALFAN

this is the best site i have found for determining stance. AND I AM STILL CONFUSED.
12-02-2012 10:58 AM
ARSENALFAN Now you guys are getting me thinking too much. If I was going to kick you in the nuts, I would use my right foot. If I was going to balance for an hour it would be on my right foot. All the power is in my right foot. I throw a baseball with my right hand, catch with my left hand and shoot hockey left. I reel my right hand.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE MOST POWERFUL FOOT WAS AT THE BACK OF THE BOARD TO KICK IT AROUND.

AM I JUST FUCKED?
12-02-2012 10:41 AM
gjsnowboarder
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Originally Posted by boarderaholic View Post
That's weird you mention that. I am right foot dominant when it comes to things like kicking and such, but I longboard/snowboard regular. I am tempted to say I have pretty decent form as well with minimal to no rear foot steering.
Not to weird at all. Dominant foot is't about the foot that is in the air. ITs about the side of your body you place forward more often and balance on. When kicking a ball with the right you usually step forward with your left and plant it. As you swing through with the kick you are rotating with that plant leg and balancing on it. In skate boarding "typically" the foot you kick with is the back foot. Thus the foot being balanced on and leading is the foot on the deck.

In snowboarding the best form for dynamic turns is a steering motion from the nose of the board that follows along the length of the board and is finished towards the rear of the board at the end of the turn. In the past I have taught lessons where we explore this only doing turn with the front foot using the ankle or rotating the front leg and then trying again but only using the back leg. The trying to do turns starting from the front finishing with the back and vise versa. It can be a great lead into butters, tricks, bump riding,etc.
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