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Old 01-28-2014, 09:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for a recommendation for an instructor/advanced boarder to help an intermediate (me) link my turns.

I board for free at Bear Creek in Macungie, PA, and, before paying their expensive training fees (which I will if I have to), thought I would see if anyone would be interested or able to help me learn to link my turns. I can either pay for your lift ticket/beers or whatever you think is fair.

OR, if you know someone in the area, I would appreciate the info.

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no offense, but you're still a beginner, if you cannot link your turns.

but... all it is, is just practice (with lots of crashing), and remembering not to use your torso as a balance.

One of the best things to do is observation..... when you're on the lift, look down and watch all the other beginners.... you will see them constantly lose balance because they are using their torso too much for balance. When you see an intermediate or advanced rider on the same trail, you'll see how smooth they are, and how they are not constantly shifting their upper body to maintain balance.

All you need to practice is slowly, from your heel side, turn so that you're pointing straight down, and then gradually go to toe side and vice versa. You're going to fall a lot.

But the movements to do so is actually very subtle... so don't overthink it too much (that's another common problem, overthinking it which causes you to crash).

One you get that basic long sweeping turns down, then you can work towards more rapid linking of your turns and so on.

It's gonna hurt, but once mentality it "clicks" with you.... you know you can progress forward.

Some people are faster learners than others.... It took me nearly a season to comfortably link my turns. I know people that did it in a day.
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no offense, but you're still a beginner, if you cannot link your turns.

but... all it is, is just practice (with lots of crashing), and remembering not to use your torso as a balance.

One of the best things to do is observation..... when you're on the lift, look down and watch all the other beginners.... you will see them constantly lose balance because they are using their torso too much for balance. When you see an intermediate or advanced rider on the same trail, you'll see how smooth they are, and how they are not constantly shifting their upper body to maintain balance.

All you need to practice is slowly, from your heel side, turn so that you're pointing straight down, and then gradually go to toe side and vice versa. You're going to fall a lot.

But the movements to do so is actually very subtle... so don't overthink it too much (that's another common problem, overthinking it which causes you to crash).

One you get that basic long sweeping turns down, then you can work towards more rapid linking of your turns and so on.

It's gonna hurt, but once mentality it "clicks" with you.... you know you can progress forward.

Some people are faster learners than others.... It took me nearly a season to comfortably link my turns. I know people that did it in a day.
I have been snowboarding for 4 years. By intermediate, I mean that I do not need anyone to show me how to do anything but link my turns. In this instance and for what I am looking for, beginner is not the term to use. I know how to turn but the linking is still not clicking for me, mentally or physically so I am going to get a training session to see if there is something someone with skill can show me that I am still missing. I know I am overthinking the entire process, so maybe someone can give me some better pointers in person.

I have been observing and crashing (pretty hard) for over 2 years, I've decided to try a different tactic.

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