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Old 12-23-2013, 03:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I started snowboarding yesterday at Big Bear mountain in California and I got it down in a couple hours. The only problem I have currently is turning/weaving im not sure the term for it. When I look at other people it seems so easy/effortless but for me I feel as if after 3 or 4 turns my legs are BEAT.

I ride with my left foot back which is goofy when you skateboard not sure about snowboarding. Basically what im asking is why is turning/weaving taking so much energy out of me when other people are doing it effortlessly. Is it just something I need to learn as time goes on?

Also turning left(edit*) seems to be hard for me. I ride goofy so turning right means Im turning into the mountain with my body facing upwards toward the mountain and my back facing downwards.

Sorry if this did not make much sense just leave a post below and ill try to clarify anything thats confusing. Thanks in advance guys.

EDIT: Also sometimes when I turn I catch alot of snow and fall.

EDIT2: Okay sorry for the confusion the turns I am having trouble with are TOE SIDE turns. Just got the term for it now.

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Old 12-23-2013, 03:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So I started snowboarding yesterday at Big Bear mountain in California and I got it down in a couple hours. The only problem I have currently is turning/weaving im not sure the term for it. When I look at other people it seems so easy/effortless but for me I feel as if after 3 or 4 turns my legs are BEAT.

I ride with my left foot back which is goofy when you skateboard not sure about snowboarding. Basically what im asking is why is turning/weaving taking so much energy out of me when other people are doing it effortlessly. Is it just something I need to learn as time goes on?

Also turning right seems to be hard for me. I ride goofy so turning right means Im turning into the mountain with my body facing upwards toward the mountain and my back facing downwards.

Sorry if this did not make much sense just leave a post below and ill try to clarify anything thats confusing. Thanks in advance guys.
if you ride goofy wouldnt turning right means back facing up hill?
anyways, learning proper edge control and front foot to add pressure to initiate turning.
also how are your bindings set up?
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Rental board?
too big? too stiff?

camber?

It could be anything.

any video?
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if you ride goofy wouldnt turning right means back facing up hill?
anyways, learning proper edge control and front foot to add pressure to initiate turning.
also how are your bindings set up?
Im not sure what goofy is to snowboarding. So ill just put it like this I ride with my Right foot forward Left foot back. A right turns means me turning with my face down the mountain and my back facing up mountain. A left turn means me turning into the mountain my face facing upwards looking up the mountain and my back downward.

My bindings are at 15 Right and Left
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Rental board?
too big? too stiff?

camber?

It could be anything.

any video?
It was a rental board. And I am actually glad you said this the whole trip I was telling my cousins this board feels to big. I remember the board saying 155W. I am going to get my phone to see exactly because I took pictures of the setting for this reason ty man.

Also they measured me by height but on youtube I saw a lot of "pros" saying that you should go by weight and comfort.
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Im not sure what goofy is to snowboarding. So ill just put it like this I ride with my Right foot forward Left foot back. A right turns means me turning with my face down the mountain and my back facing up mountain. A left turn means me turning into the mountain my face facing upwards looking up the mountain and my back downward.

My bindings are at 15 Right and Left
now you are saying it right.
15 degrees duck seems like okay. how heavy are you and length of the board? what board?
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now you are saying it right.
15 degrees duck seems like okay. how heavy are you and length of the board? what board?
My phone is charging up at the moment its totally dead I took some pics of the board ill add them here soon. Just stay tuned.
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Its really hard to tell what you are doing (or not doing) without being able to watch. Since you just started I would highly recommend a lesson so that the instructor can really correct your technique to get riding on your own safely and quickly.

That said, guesses based on common beginner problems:
You are leaning too far back which is making it hard for you initiate turns. Moving your weight to the front foot will make it easier to start the turn.

It sounds like you are having trouble making toeside turns (but I would think of that as a left turn for a goofy rider). You may be leaving your sholders "open" which will make it hard to turn toeside. Try keeping your shoulders parallel to the edge of the of the board and try to both look and point with your lead hand where you want to go. Looking and pointing will naturally take your body through the proper motions for the turn.

Again, it could be something else, those are just common problems and tips for beginners.

EDIT: I see you cleared up the left/right turning statement, technique still applies for it
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Here's a picture of the board not that great of a pic sorry.

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Its really hard to tell what you are doing (or not doing) without being able to watch. Since you just started I would highly recommend a lesson so that the instructor can really correct your technique to get riding on your own safely and quickly.

That said, guesses based on common beginner problems:
You are leaning too far back which is making it hard for you initiate turns. Moving your weight to the front foot will make it easier to start the turn.

It sounds like you are having trouble making toeside turns (but I would think of that as a left turn for a goofy rider). You may be leaving your sholders "open" which will make it hard to turn toeside. Try keeping your shoulders parallel to the edge of the of the board and try to both look and point with your lead hand where you want to go. Looking and pointing will naturally take your body through the proper motions for the turn.

Again, it could be something else, those are just common problems and tips for beginners.

EDIT: I see you cleared up the left/right turning statement, technique still applies for
YES EXACTLY! Toe side turns. Wow I should have just said that I am extremely sorry. What can I do to better my toe side turns.

And yes I am turning left I am sorry if I was unclear on that as well.
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