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Does toe edge mean toes?

In snowboarding, we refer to our toe edge and heel edge all the time. I am sure we use our heels when we are on our heel edge. But when you are supposedly on your 'toe edge', are you really on your toes or in fact on the balls of your feet (the front part of the sole of the feet behind the toes)?

I think I have been using just the balls of my feet when I am on my 'toe edge'. At least there was once when I was scrambling to force a late brake, I thought I had to have used my toes in desperation. It hurt immediately and when I got home, I realized a painful hematoma had developed under one of my nail plates. I drained it and it was uneventful thereafter. But it got me into wondering if what we talk about toe edge pressure in snowboarding, actually mean the toes or rather the balls of our feet.
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The "toe" in toe edge only refers to the side of the board. Yes you want to be on the balls of your feet when riding that edge. You want to be in a comfortable, balanced position and for most people that means the balls of their feet.
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Ball edge just sounds wrong. I need to work on my balls edge turns. I stop better with my balls than my heels. Toes and toe side works much better. Although toe drag and toe overhang is your toes.
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ball side sounds way better to me! haha
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ball side sounds way better to me! haha
Ride on you balls and carve hard.
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put all the weight on your balls
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So I am not alone on my balls.

I never did ballet so my balls are the way to go.
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i definitely feel like i'm on my toes, especially during a traverse that requires me to stay on my toe edge.
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i definitely feel like i'm on my toes, especially during a traverse that requires me to stay on my toe edge.
Try bending your knees more, but I feel it only toes on a long slow steep traverse too.
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Try bending your knees more, but I feel it only toes on a long slow steep traverse too.
i think the fact that my boots are falling apart and i can't get them tight enough might have something to do with it too. it hasn't caused me any problems yet though.
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