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With a duck stance, there will be some tweaking to your technique required and it will take a little time to get it dialed in. A major difference is in the body movements you use to maintain high edge angles. For good angulation, its all in the ankles. The idea is to keep your weight over the board, not nearly as much leaning toward the inside of the turn.
Something that is super important with a duck stance is good forward-aft movements. You want to deliberately shift your hips and upper body toward the nose at turn initiation then start shifting your hips and upper body aft as you progress through your turn. The final half of your turn should see you with considerably more weight on your rear foot.
What this does for you is it transitions your weight (therefore edge hold) along the board from tip to tail to correspond to the point where your sidecut experiences the most lateral force toward the outside of the turn as you progress through the turn. Where you will really notice performance increase most with good fore-aft technique is in your heelside carves.
Timing your fore-aft movements with your flexion-extension movements gives you even better board performance. Remember, for more dynamic carving, you want to use your ankles, knees and hips to use angulation to maintain edge angle and less leaning into the turn (inclination). With your forward stance, its more of a rolling of the ankle and driving your knees. This method does not effectively work with a duck stance so you must use different body movements to achieve the same board performance.