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Riddle me this, Goofy is Regular?

Hi Guys,

So I'm confused, I read tones about working out your stance and I've been riding Goofy. I'm a complete leftie and am extremely comfortable with riding this way, however according to the general tests my left foot leads so this should be in front and therefore regular.

So call this an observation or complete stupidity. Statistically there are more right footed people in the world, so why is Regular called Regular if its left footed???

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No, population-wise, there are more people who ride left-foot forward. In North America, i'd say its around 60%, but in japan it may be around 80 or 90%.

There are lots of different methods for determining stance, and some are not very accurate. Like the "Which foot do you kick with?" thing.

The most accurate tests i know are "Which foot is forward when you slide across the kitchen floor in your socks/ do a tug-o-war?"

But in the end, whatever, ride whichever way you like. I had a girlfriend who got on the lift regular but rode goofy, because of how she was taught.
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Well, if you're completely comfortable riding goofy, then ride goofy. Simple as that. Screw the tests.

But, if you're completely comfortable riding goofy, start riding regular anyway, that way you can ride switch!
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The tests are generally pretty shoddy in my experience. May as well be random, I haven't noticed any correlation between the tests and what is more comfortable on the slopes among the people I have been with.

No need for a test IMO, put your weak foot as your leading foot, if it doesn't work out for you then change it.
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Right footed people ride left foot forward because the rear foot is doing most of the work for stops and turns. Also, ollying is a reason as well.

Those tests are BS in my opinion. I am all over the place with those tests. I step out with left foot forward when pushed from the back. I slide across the floor with my left foot in front. My dominant leg when I kick is my right. I skateboard with my right foot forward. But then, I ride regular with my left foot forward on a snowboard.

As someone stated above, ride whatever you feel most comfortable with. Screw the tests.

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As far as I'm concerned, you are ALL goofy!

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a right footed person like myself "should" lead w/ the right foot to carve "properly." this is because you are supposed to initiate the carve with your lead foot rather than yuse your trailing foot as a rudder.
ive always rode regular and finally worked on switch this season. it was much easier to get started with carving riding switch, maybe because it was proper maybe because i know what im doing after 8 years?
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a right footed person like myself "should" lead w/ the right foot to carve "properly." this is because you are supposed to initiate the carve with your lead foot rather than yuse your trailing foot as a rudder.
ive always rode regular and finally worked on switch this season. it was much easier to get started with carving riding switch, maybe because it was proper maybe because i know what im doing after 8 years?
This isn't really true. A right footed person "should" lead with their left foot (there can be exceptions but this is what I have noticed). As I said, lead with your weaker foot. This may seem counterintuitive since you turn with your front foot but you do most of your balance and weight shifting work with your back leg.
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So I did a little search on the tinternet, and lets face it, "nothing's wrong on the Internet!"

Laterality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

According to this 81% of people favor there right foot. However I completely agree do what feels right and screw the tests, but still its not logical?

I've also started riding switch, but I'm thinking of setting my board up as regular to see how I like it... Next season ah...
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ahhh ok... I can see what "anti-bling" was saying...

I've read a little more on the Wiki:

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Board footedness: The stance in a board sport is not necessarily the same as the normal footedness of the person. Boarders can be goofy-footed, but otherwise kick balls and perform all other activities with their dominant right leg.
So all the tests determine you dominant foot but your dominant foot isn't necessarily your board-footedness.

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