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Old 12-22-2012, 10:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm setting up a board for a friend. what's a good stance setup for a first timer ? I never had help so i did everything wrong my first time so I need your help.

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Old 12-23-2012, 12:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Goofy or regular

Set the front binding at 15 degree towards front
Set the back at -3 towards tail

Adjust accordingly
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Have a look at the guy's feet. Does he tend to walk pigeon toed or duck footed or french fry? Adjust angles accordingly.

My bindings were set up 12/-9 by the rentals guy when I first started snowboarding, and it was a good guess. I've fiddled a few degrees here and there over time, but I like that setting and have settled on it. It's probably a good "neutral" setting.

What's maybe more important is stance width. Too narrow and the rider will be tempted to stand up straight all the time, and won't be able to squat properly. Too wide and his knees will hurt.
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I learned duck, +15/-15 but my feet are a little duck footed anyway.

As Donutz mentioned stance may be more an issue. shoulder width which is usually 20"-23" or so
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If you can get him to stand on the board and do a few deep squats to find a comfortable place for his feet. If you can't, 21.5" width and 12/-12 is a decent general astarting point. Going even for the front and back foot is good since some newbs have no clue if they are regular or goofy.

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... and see guy in a loud jacket and pants ...
'Coz that narrows it down.
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I'm of the opposite opinion here. If the guy KNOWS which foot forward he is, as in he's boarded a few times on rental boards and one way is significantly easier for him, then I'd set up the board more directional favouring that foot forward. Something like -6/+18, -3/+18 or so. It'll make the basics easier while he's learning how to turn and hopefully carve one day.

Duck stance may make people favour heel-sliding everything instead of forcing them to learn to turn.

My GF has learned from scratch in the last couple years. She started with a stance above, then we moved them 3 degs towards the back to something like -9/+15, and then last year we moved it to -12/+12 and she's happy.

Stance width is important but as long as the board is suited to his weight, and he's not excessively stocky or lanky, then reference stance width will be fine to start.
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