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Old 02-08-2010, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default WTF - Park riders who can't use their toe edge

Ok folks. I have to get this off my brain.

I spent today in Tahoe and I noticed something. Almost every single snowboarder I saw going down the trail under the lift line were simply riding their back edge until they got to the park gates. WHAT THE F.... seriously? That line is steep and consistent. It is an abso-fing-lute blast to rip big carves down. I was watching little girls learning to ski rip down that slope with more style than these guys and gals on their way to the park.

Now I followed them down to the park and watched them hit the jumps. They were pretty good. Nothing pro level or even expert. But I saw some nice 360s and one 540. Its obvious there is some freestyle talent. It is just a shame they could be so much better if they just learned to use their entire board.

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Old 02-08-2010, 11:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends if they're plowing down ruining hill, or just straight line bombing
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The good old heelside power side slip. When people learn to ride, many instructors/ski schools teach sideslipping &/or the falling leaf before turning. Problem is many of those beginners decide that heeside side slipping IS turning and never learn to turn. They go straight to the park and side slip everywhere else.

That's why I don't teach side slipping until people can link turns.

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Keep in mind that a true park detuned board affords as much edge control as a flattened cardboard box. They may not have had much of a choice. Then again, I wasn't there.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I know a person who has been snowboarding for years and still doesnt know how to turn toe-side and I dont think he even realizes it. Id feel like a dick if I told him though haha
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Before you judge them, try to realize that if they're serious about park they will most likely have a reverse cambered board and detuned edges, which would make carving extremely hard.
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Before you judge them, try to realize that if they're serious about park they will most likely have a reverse cambered board and detuned edges, which would make carving extremely hard.
I ride park 98% of the time and I can lay trenches when I'm riding around the mountain going from park to park. Most people it's a lack of skill totally.

Case in point other day I'm in the medium park at Breck and two fuck sticks that couldn't turn and were sideslipping point it at jump one and eat shit then falling leaf again then point it at number 2.
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wow, congratulations. this was a pointless thread, like 90% of the other threads out there, thank you for wasting my time, now im wasting yours by having you read this lame-o response. thanks. have a bad day!
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i can ride a gyrator with rounded edges anywhere, why can't you
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Whenever I ride my detuned Kink, I can still casually freeride on most of the trails. I feel sketchy making higher speed turns so I'm not laying down lines like BA, but its really not as uncontrollable as you might imagine.
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