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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-28-2010, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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I just started snowboarding, and while taking lessons(didn't have any friends around to teach me), ran into a small issue. I stumbled onto the fact that I don't seem to have a dominant foot. Started out goofy(used to skateboard and my right foot always ended up in front), and while doing the J-turns, I came to a stop, and then started going the other way, only it didn't feel weird at all. Neither way felt more "correct" than the other. Is this a normal thing, or does it go away?
Unfortunately I have to rent for the time being(hopefully will fix that for next winter), and not knowing for sure which foot is dominant, it makes it difficult. Any recommendations or ideas here?
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I ws the same when I started. You'll notice one leg is better as you progress. If you skateboard goofy you are most likely goofy on a snowboard

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Yup its common, and happened to me. Eventually my left foot became dominant and now its hard to ride goofy...

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Consider yourself lucky. I hate riding goofy.
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One other question for you. I used to ski, and am used to skis not moving even a hair seperate from my feet. When I was snowboarding though, the rentals where I went all had step in bindings, and I noticed that it seemed like the board would move on it's own under me once I picked up any speed, to the point where I caught an edge more than once and got dumped pretty good. Is that a normal thing for step in bindings, or just in my head?
I am looking at getting strap on bindings when I buy a board for myself, simply because I have a history of bad luck with things that have been made to be simpler, so tend to gravitate towards older designs.
Thanks again for the replies. Guess I'll have to figure out the lead foot by just going out more.
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It is not the bindings.

Try and keep both styles going if you can. If you can switch Goofy to Natural and feel comfortable doing both it will make life a lot easier when you start different tricks and doing fakies.

Having the board drift/rotate under you could be caused by a few different things. Firstly , it is hard for the board to get out of track and rotate if you are using an edge. If you are flat boarding then there is nothing to hold the board from rotating and it WILL rotate. So try and keep an edge (toeside/heelside), it doesn;t have to be a massive one, just one that keeps you stable. Thats why you see a lot of people doing small "S" moves as they go along, this is keepoing an edge. If you have an edge you have control, control to turn and control to stop.

I caught a massive edge trying to get up some serious speed to get through a long flat bit between two runs last month. I intentionally flat boarded to decrease my drag but ended up rotatng and catching a toeside edge. Thank god for my helmet. Though it still took me almost 2 mins to collect my thoughts and catch my breath afterwards. The helmet cam video is hilarious....

Secondly, you will stand more naturally when you are correctly footed versus fakie which ever that turns out to be(goofy or natural). Meaning your shoulder will be more side on and your head rotated correctly to the front. If you are actually doing a fakie and not realising it as you don't know which is your correct side yet, then there is a chance your body will be rotating a little more forward to compensate. This will cause the board to want to rotate too and there you have it again.

Remember the board will rotate based on your shoulders. Turn your shoulder and the board will follow. So if you are actually riding fakie then there is a chance your shoulders are rotaing slightly forward.

Hope this helps. Good Luck.

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