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Old 05-13-2013, 08:17 PM   #71 (permalink)
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So I have another question (yay!). I've been trying out my heelside speed checks/powerslides. Yeah, I should probably get my colemans down but all I have is a street deck and for the life of me I can't place my feet in the right position - the board's too short. I have a longboard in the mail which should arrive Thursday , but in the meantime I've been trying to do speed checks.

I can swing the board out from under me and slide, but after that I can't bring the board back. I'm regular, so if I rotate counterclockwise (towards my left), I can get the board to slide and push it forward, but I can't pull it back by rotating clockwise (towards my right). I should specify that by "rotate" I mean rotating my upper body - hips, shoulders, head. It seems like I can get 90-100% of my weight on the front of the board when I'm pushing it, but when I try to pull it back the board doesn't want to move and I can tell that I'm putting more weight on my back foot when I try to pull. What can I do to get a good speed check? I'm going much faster now, and I've been practicing on smooth concrete with 100a wheels, but the problem persists. Any tips?

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Old 05-14-2013, 12:02 AM   #72 (permalink)
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Are you going fast enough? Are you weighting/unweighting the board as you do these speed checks? Try thinking about it as almost like short radius turns on a snowboard. Also, you might just be getting stuck because of the equipment you're on, though I'm hesitant to point my finger as that being the reason.
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Are you going fast enough? Are you weighting/unweighting the board as you do these speed checks? Try thinking about it as almost like short radius turns on a snowboard. Also, you might just be getting stuck because of the equipment you're on, though I'm hesitant to point my finger as that being the reason.
I'm probably not going fast enough. I'll man up and go faster then. I'm definitely unweighting the board when I go into the slide, but it feels like I'm "accidentally" weighting the board when I pull it back to me. Then the wheels have more trouble sliding and are reluctant to come back to me. Maybe I'm just not comfortable putting weight on my front foot and pulling the board back with my toes. It feels a lot more natural to push the board out with my heels than pull with my toes. I dunno

And short radius turns on a snowboard are sooooo much easier than standies... At least for me.

It's probably not my board. It's a street deck with 54mm 100a wheels (muy bueno). In theory it should be easier to slide. I've also been practicing on smooth concrete which should make it super-easy to slide. Whatever. I'll work on them once I get back from school.

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Sounds like it's just a case of the "grow a pair" then. Assuming you're just learning how to do this, it'll get easier with more practice.

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So I have another question (yay!). I've been trying out my heelside speed checks/powerslides. Yeah, I should probably get my colemans down but all I have is a street deck and for the life of me I can't place my feet in the right position - the board's too short. I have a longboard in the mail which should arrive Thursday , but in the meantime I've been trying to do speed checks.

I can swing the board out from under me and slide, but after that I can't bring the board back. I'm regular, so if I rotate counterclockwise (towards my left), I can get the board to slide and push it forward, but I can't pull it back by rotating clockwise (towards my right). I should specify that by "rotate" I mean rotating my upper body - hips, shoulders, head. It seems like I can get 90-100% of my weight on the front of the board when I'm pushing it, but when I try to pull it back the board doesn't want to move and I can tell that I'm putting more weight on my back foot when I try to pull. What can I do to get a good speed check? I'm going much faster now, and I've been practicing on smooth concrete with 100a wheels, but the problem persists. Any tips?

Thanks

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