So Sunday was the first day of the season for me this year, and I was less than impressed with myself. Yes I'll admit I approached the hill thinking with a sense that I had become a snowboarding badass simply by sitting around reading about riding all summer/watching YouTube videos; needless to say I was quickly reminded of where I stand technique wise.
So here's what has changed in my setup and approach since last season. I come from a skateboarding background and would say i'm naturally drawn to learning tricks. While at the same time I like to ride everywhere on the mountain as none of my friends are into park riding. My natural move was hey i'll trade out this stiff, to me, Burton Custom and get a Burton Process. I stuck with camber as its my preferred profile and seemed like the board would be a good match for what I needed.
[Jump here if you don't want a meaningless back story]
Here's where we get to the Help me I still suck.
I'm riding a 157 process and weigh around 183 lbs. So far i'm able to ride just as fast and comfortable as I was on my 158 custom. Boxes and rails felt the same (mind you first day gritters only allowed me to do small ride on 50-50's). My problem lay in the butters, which happened to be the sole reason for going softer in the first place. When i now try to pop on to my tail (with a small nollie or lean back) and gently lift the nose the board tends to slip out on me. It's like I've loaded the tail for an ollie some how and it just pops right out from under me
. Side note I wish I was able to actually load the tail this much on purpose. On the custom I was able to use all of my weight focused just beyond the outside of the binding and hold this just fine, but on this thing no deal?
Is there a different approach for butters on softer boards, was I just over thinking my first day, or was this post useless in providing the information needed to help me.
in any case if someone has butter tips throw them my way, or just share a first day back on the mountain story (good or bad) to make me feel better.