Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Seattle Washington
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There is a lot that goes into it. Ill list a bunch of stuff here.
-Light/Narrow Board (Less weight to manage)
-Angles that are close to 0 (More direct energy transfer)
-Narrow stance (all energy goes off at the torso of the board) ***VERY VERY VERY UNSTABLE*** a stance .29 times your height is recommended, my stance is .36 of my height at 21.5" and i love it, very smooth and stable
-Duck stance (more balanced energy trasfer between tail and nose contact points)
-Mild Forward Lean adjustment (the movement of your legs is distributed a bit faster to your board)
-High Backs are rotated (They need to be parallel with your heel edge, just general rule for better response)
-Ankle and Toe straps are nice and tight
-Stiff overall binding including baseplate, heel cup and high back (touchy'er to the movement of your legs)
-Well tied boots (tight laces, boa helps a lot)
-Your edging will go like a breeze if you follow all of that stuff up above
-Stiff Boots and Bindings tend to be uncomfortable and even
-Forward lean can cause intense leg burn
-0 angle stance is very very very awkward
-forward(both bindings set positive) set stances and duck(rear binding is neg front binding is pos) stances are very different from one and another when it comes to the feel of the board. I prefer angles of -12/+12
-Narrow stances are good for what you describe, but overall suck because there is a lot of nose and tail of your board you need to haul around if you need to rotate the slightest bit. Wide stances are slower with edge transer, but much more comfortable to ride with because you can swing your board and then cleave your edge, which in all means you will hop turns almost as fast as a narrow stance, but feel much more comfortable.
I recommend that you play with a lot of different options such as duck then forward. Then further adjust the angles from there. Remember, the ".29x(your height)" rule and experiment by giving or taking an inch or two. It helps a lot when trying find a good balance between the effort it takes for your legs to give the energy to your bindings vs the effort it takes to swing your board around.
Its almost all in the bindings.