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Old 02-20-2010, 09:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, here goes... I'm fairly new to snowboaring. Been down the hill a few times. Busted my ass more times than I can count. Anyways, I can get down the hill pretty smooth on either edge but when it comes time to turn the opposite direction I can't do it for some reason?

My question...how the hell do I turn the other way?
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok, here goes... I'm fairly new to snowboaring. Been down the hill a few times. Busted my ass more times than I can count. Anyways, I can get down the hill pretty smooth on either edge but when it comes time to turn the opposite direction I can't do it for some reason?

My question...how the hell do I turn the other way?
If you mean riding switch, then practice, practice, practice.
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it's like learning something lefty when you're a righty - the only way to get better is practice your ass off. Gotta make those brain connections man

I've also heard that riding switch, doing things lefty, and other things like that is supposed to strengthen your brain...?
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Sorry, I got sidetracked reading on this site. Awesome info avail. here.

Anyway, what I mean is when I'm going down the hill on my toe edge I can't get back to heel edge? I can't make myself do it for some reason? If that makes sense.

I think I kinda figured it out through some searching, reading, and watching YT vids.

I guess I need to lean kinda back and let the turn happen slowly in itself. Because of the speed I am afraid of what might happen. I guess theres only one way to find out! haha
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oh, gotchya. When i was first learning, I concentrated on making a smooth, quick swing with my back foot - don't worry too much about the front foot, that will come. think of it like tapping your heel on the ground, and transitioning to tapping your toe. It's still practice practice practice - there's only so much you can learn on the internet. Keep at it!
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I've also heard that riding switch, doing things lefty, and other things like that is supposed to strengthen your brain...?
I can definatly see this being true. At first learning switch is pretty much learning snowboarding all over again haha. I ride switch more then i ride regular these days, but like most things in life, I think its more of a thing you need to just get on your board and practice away rather then reading and watching vids.
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Yeah, thanks. I plan on getting out at least a couple of more times before the warm weather hits. It would help too if I had a real hill to learn on. The hill I'm learning on is short and steep. I need a extended weekend at the resort.
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oh, gotchya. When i was first learning, I concentrated on making a smooth, quick swing with my back foot - don't worry too much about the front foot, that will come. think of it like tapping your heel on the ground, and transitioning to tapping your toe. It's still practice practice practice - there's only so much you can learn on the internet. Keep at it!
Oh dear

I hope you aren't being serious here, I really do. You should never recommend people to work bad habits like ruddering more in.

I'd really recommend that you get yourself a lesson, you sound like you have the basic balance down, so a lesson would do wonders for pinning down what your trouble is, something that we have a really hard time knowing here on the forum as we can't see you riding.
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haha didn't know ruddering was a term, to be honest. You're probably right - I'm in no situation to be giving advice to a total beginner, since I'm self taught. I suppose that's just how I learned - I guess I'm out of that habit now, but it didn't seem so bad at the beginning.
I appreciate you pointing this out though - I'd hate to give bad advice, no matter what the situation.
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