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Old 09-10-2007, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need Advice on Vew-do Balance Boards for snowboarding

Anyone use a vew-do balance board that could give me advice on which board and rock to start with?

I Started snowboarding last winter - only got out a few times. Need to gain more confidence on riding and switching edges quickly - and not catching! These boards are supposed to help with balance, heel-toe, carving, edges & switching, not to mention there is an add-on you can get for more exercise that is supposed to help strengthen and condition for the season....

Having a hard time deciding which is best for my snowboarding level - i want one that works for beginners but also can easily upgrade rocks for more advanced techniques. I used to skateboard, so it would be fun to ollie and kickflip and do some 360's again too!

I was looking at the Indy, Flow and Zippy. I like the Indy and flow deck cuts best, as they seem to mimic the shape of a snowboard the best. While the zippy rock seems to be best for learning toe-heel, carving, and switching edges, I'm not a fan of the zippy board's shape - seems like it is best suited for surfing more than snowboarding!

Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated!

Here is their website:
Vew-Do Balance Boards, Balance Board Exercise Training Equipment

Thanks in advance!
Valerie

PS new here, and as I've just gotten into this sport, I'm sure I'll be posting more! So Aside I'd also just like to say hello!
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Hey, if you are handy just build one. Here are some instructions: How to build a balance board
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Thanks, I am aware of the diy options & I'm handy....I just don't want to put the time into it, i'm too busy! Not to mention, the "rocks" they supply seem like it would be more efficient for dealing with riding on the edges....as well as the additions available for different exercises you can do. So again, any thoughts into which would be best for a snowboarder would be most helpful! Through researching online, I'm leaning towards the Indy though! I don't mind spending some $ on this if it'll help me when time comes to hit the slopes (can't come fast enuf)!!!
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You might find it surprising but what really works best for "riding on edges" is in fact a set of stairs. Stand on a step facing up the stairs with just the balls of your feet (right behind your toes) on the very edge. You will need to bend your knees and crouch as you would when riding on your toe edge. Now try and balance so you don't bail down the stairs. You will feel the burn in your quads and your balance will improve significantly better than any balance board can give you. Try rocking back and forward as you would on your snowboard just on the balls of your feet. Just try it, you will know what I mean when you do.
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thanks slaughter, already doing that one - its a great exercise! I'm actually doing like 3 sets of like 20 right now.

But I think I really need to "feel" the motion - and the board should definitely help w/ balance....did u look at the rocks they have on that site - some of them are supposed to mimic riding on your edge. And the shape of the board is curved very similar (but shorter of course) to that of an SB....U really think that it won't help or isn't worth using? Just seems like I could get a lot of use out of it...to stay in shape, for fun, to mimic snowboarding and skateboarding...I used to skate so I thought it would also be fun to just do some stationary ollies, 360's, and kickflips too

Here's a little excerpt on how the boards can help snowboarders....if you get a chance to check it out...lemme know what you think...i know its off the site that sells them, but it seems to make a lot of sense....

Snowboarding Balance Boards, VewDo - The Snowboarding Balance Board


So I went out boarding about 4 or 5 times last year....the best runs I had were my second time out way up north (i'm in chicago) near the UP - Powderhorn it was...I did amazing! But the next day we were at a different place, conditions were crappy and really icy...and i didn't do well...even people I was with who have been riding for years were having trouble! But after that day, I "lost it" - maybe because I bombed out and caught my edge, lol...i just want to be really prepared for the season...and feel like this will get me to understand the basics again....i can do turning leafs, over and over, lol and look like an idiot spinning down the mountain...really need to learn to switch edges MUCH quicker...once I get that down, and get in shape my muscles won't burn out so fast, I'll feel better about all this i think!
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Hey, that is pretty neat! I personally use this as an offseason trainer http://www.tierneyrides.com/
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Nice! I have seen those, never thought about that as an option till now!! How close does it feel to riding, and do you think that it would help me get better at carving? Or as a beginner, would it be best to start w/ the balance board (IN a perfect world, I'd probably be able to buy both)

The balance board is a little less in price, and is nice to be able to do at home at any time...hmm decisions decisions! lol.
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Nice! I have seen those, never thought about that as an option till now!! How close does it feel to riding, and do you think that it would help me get better at carving? Or as a beginner, would it be best to start w/ the balance board (IN a perfect world, I'd probably be able to buy both)

The balance board is a little less in price, and is nice to be able to do at home at any time...hmm decisions decisions! lol.
Unlike a traditional longboard, you need to use the EXACT same muscles and balance as you would on a snowboard. The first year I used it resulted in an unbelievable first run of the snow season. It was as though I had never stopped riding at all. People had come up to me asking if it was my first day of the season and where I had been riding (it was Nov 3 lol). The only thing that sucks is trying to STOP it
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Damn that looks fun! I have a Sector 9 longboard I cruise around on, but it does not turn sharp like that. I have been using my 4 meter kite to pull myself along on the long board to get used to it for kite snowboarding!
Oh, it FEELS like snowboarding. I have some conventional longboards and sure you turn them kind of like a snowboard. However, the T-board requires good snowboard posture (knees bent; sitting on your quads) and you turn by dipping your knees and rotating your body. It has a "floating" feeling to it and while it looks difficult, it feels more stable than a longboard at high speeds (no wobbly front end, etc). You can really dip deep on this board making it feel like your digging into snow. I really want to power slide this thing like my snowboards but I'm a little nervous trying to slide out my rear wheel on concrete (feels too grabby for me). The board itself is truly directional meaning the rear wheel is stationary while the front truck rotates slightly sort of like a motorcycle or bike. There are even small "squares" on the top of the deck to point out where your "bindings" would be placed if it were a snowboard. I thought sky hooks would be a good idea on this board (like the freebord) but this thing rides so stable it hooks are pointless. You do not kick it like a conventional longboard. Instead you need to skate as you would on a snowboard. You feet are placed sideways on the board like a snowboard instead of more forward like a longboard.
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I cheaped out and got the Eurothane wheels which picked up speed NOW when going down a hill. The Indy wheels are larger and made out of the same rubber as the tires used on the Indy 500. This is for tackling steep hills you would not even consider on a longboard. From some of the opinions of people that have used the Indys is that while they are great for the steeps they wear out fairly quickly and are awful on flat areas. Their solution was to actaully utilize the Indy wheel on the back truck and the Eurothane on the front truck which seemed to somehow work well for them. I also got the 38" board so I rotated the rear truck in the other direction making it feel more like the larger board. In hindsight I would have purchased the larger board.
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