Quick edge to edge and speed control
I can link my turns all day without any problems. Right now I have two things I'm trying to work on: controlling my speed better and going edge to edge faster. Mastering either of these would benefit the other, I think, as they both seem to be related issues.
Right now, I get on an edge (either edge, it doesn't matter, I'm comfortable on both, and riding either regular or switch, they both feel natural to me) and sideslip a bit to control speed. The problem is that my board sometimes gets locked in and starts carving. The carving is fun, and feels great, but that's not what I'm trying to do here, and it is kinda unnerving since I don't have a lot of control over the board when this happens. Also, it tends to really increase my speed, which is the opposite of what I'm currently trying to learn. Also, when locked into a line I have a really hard time letting it go to switch to my other edge. So, in order to really slow down, like when waiting for someone, I have to all but square up to the fall line to slow down. Sometimes, squaring up out of the line isn't enough and I have to bail the turn to keep from hitting something or someone. This is all mostly (90% of the time) a problem in icy conditions. I hate ice!
The other thing I'm trying to get is very fast changes in direction, fast edge to edge control and things of that nature. For example, if traversing heelside, I can unweight my board and flip it 90 degrees toeside with moderate success. However, what I really want to do is be able to go edge to edge very, very quickly without catching instead of having to essentially hop up and spin the board. I also see people doing this to control their speed, which is something else I'm trying to master.
Any advice would be most appreciated!