first time out on my sl 158, had something weird happen
So i recently got a ns sl 158 and finally got to try it out today. I have only ever riden regular camber so i was very curious about rc. At first it felt a little bit squirly but as soon as i leaned into a turn i was really suprised how well it hooked up. It was as good or better than my camber board.
So anyway, after riding it for a couple hours( just skidded turns) i started to feel pretty confident so i got a little more agressive and started charging to see how it carved. I was really suprised how well it did carve and this led me to push even harder. That is when something happened that i have never experienced before. I ride regular and was carving really hard and fast on my toe edge when all of a sudden the front of the board hooked and turned up the hill faster than i could control which then threw me backwards causing a really fast heel edge catch. I rocked my self pretty hard and tweaked my ankle.
I have carved really hard on a camber board and have never had this happen. What did i do wrong? Do i need to change my technique with rc tech or perhaps my setup?
Are you sure you didn't hit an ice patch, or a funny groove in the run? I had my Evo do some weird thing once where the back-right edge started pulling me in a weird direction, but it was also super slushy out and slush will do that to you sometimes. That was just a weird occurrence though, I haven't had it repeat the same incident.
That's definitely a possibility, it was really rough and choppy out. The thing is, the sl handled the chop way better than my other board so i was really pushing myself. It could be that i just hit something weird. All in all though, i think i really like the sl. It is way more stable than i expected. I just hope i can overcome any mental ramifications from today. I just need to convince myself it was an isolated event and move on. Unfortunately it was one of my worst crashes so far and walking is not so easy right now. Hope i can ride tomorrow.
Yep, its the board... sell it and buy a new one. If you catch an edge on the new board, sell it again and buy a different one. Repeat as necessary.
Seriously though, stuff like this happens. Less likely to happen when you're used to how your board reacts to a given terrain. Once you get used to a board, you can immediately tell when you're about to catch an edge and instantaneously compensate so you can prevent a bite.