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Old 01-03-2014, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my a video from my 5th time snowboarding. What can I do to improve on my technique or lack of. I am now able to ride switch but not as confident. I'd love to hear some tips.


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Old 01-03-2014, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off GREAT job! I'm fairly new as well and have gone about 8 times this season so far. I don't feel comfortable giving you advice since I feel like we are at the same skill level but I would say (and this is advice I try to practice as well) bend your knees more so you can get more on edge, and try to not kick the back end out on the turns. I do it as well to speed check and to help get the turn completed but it looks more fluid and stylish when I see more advanced people leaving thin edged lines on there turns...

Again I feel my riding resembles how your riding and am also curious as to what the more experienced riders in this forum have to say, and what advice they will have.

Keep it up
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Today was my eighth time, and we've had more snow, things were a little slower. I am nervous about going to fast, so that's probably why I rudder. I haven't had a lesson, but am considering getting one to help me ride switch. I think I have progressed since the video, but who knows, I actually look better in the video than I did in my head. Ha.
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Getting comfortable with speed is essential, its also something I'm getting adjusted to as well. I can bomb hills on the street with my longboard fine but when I'm on a blue run I tend to always play it safe (for now anyways)... but I always tell myself that you just gotta put in the miles & days (and falls) on the mountain to get better. The more I fall the more I learn how to handle the speed and physics of snowboarding, I call it earning my stripes & every scar is worth it

Best and only advice I feel confident in giving you is always push yourself, and when you eat it, think about your error (really analyze what went wrong), and try it again...

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Getting comfortable with speed is essential, its also something I'm getting adjusted to as well. I can bomb hills on the street with my longboard fine but when I'm on a blue run I tend to always play it safe (for now anyways)... but I always tell myself that you just gotta put in the miles & days (and falls) on the mountain to get better. The more I fall the more I learn how to handle the speed and physics of snowboarding, I call it earning my stripes & every scar is worth it

Best and only advice I feel confident in giving you is always push yourself, and when you eat it, think about your error (really analyze what went wrong), and try it again...

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That's good advice , thanks.
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Lessons are a good idea, not only to fix the things you know you need help with, but also to fix the things you may not realize you're doing. For instance, in that video you have a strong tendency to face downhill at all times. When you're heelside, you're square to the board, but when you're toeside, your upper body is rotated so you're facing forward on the board.

While it's possible to get really good with bad habits, it's easier to get really good when doing things right. Lessons are worth the $$. Take one every year at the beginning of the season.
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So I should be square to the board, I'll work on that.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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haha vertical recording
It depends on what style you want to learn/create

I would say you need to bend your knees a lot more and dig in a lot harder to carve. You have a nice smooth transition but it seems a bit timid at first. If you bend your knees and dorsiflex your ankles into your front edges to initiate you can get a lot more aggressive.
Think of it like this, knees down for toe side, butt down for heelside.
Also be mindful of your shoulders, not a huge fan of the open shoulder toe side like that, seems lazy. Close it up and aggressively carve. Of course, i've seen people give advice to keep your shoulders open, shrug.
Looks great for 5th time riding though, enough to have a blast out there.
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