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Old 01-22-2014, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Got lucky and a friend managed to capture a little bit of footage of me in the mellowest run of that day. Not exactly the best video since it was in wet pow, but any tips/comments would be appreciated. I personally think I am still opening too much on the body.

(I'm the one with blue jacket and backpack, leapfrogging my partner in the red plaid/checkered jacket.)

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Old 01-22-2014, 01:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Got lucky and a friend managed to capture a little bit of footage of me in the mellowest run of that day. Not exactly the best video since it was in wet pow, but any tips/comments would be appreciated. I personally think I am still opening too much on the body.

(I'm the one with blue jacket and backpack, leapfrogging my partner in the red plaid/checkered jacket.)

I'm no pro, but a few things stand out.

1. Your upper body is really static. You're crouched over bending from the waist, and static in that position, especially on your toe side. Try to be more upright from the waist but dynamic. Stay athletic. It'll help with balance and edge to edge quickness.

The practical effect here is that your edge pressuring isn't as efficient as it could be. On the toe side, if the board is tilted across the fall line, imagine a perpendicular line come out of the board from the toe side edge. Try to line up your knees and hips with that imaginary line. Now you've got better weight over that edge PLUS you are in better balance. When you are hunched over toe side most of your weight is actually not over the edge, it's past the edge. Causing instability and sketchy turns.

On the heel side, similar thing. Imagine a perpendicular line coming out of your heel side edge. Stack your hips and shoulders on that line. You'll have better heel side turns this way.

2. I noticed some ruddering/windshield wipering on a few turns. On that type of terrain (mellow and powder) this sort of turn shape isn't necessary to do quick turns.

Try to practice more unweight to change edges, and then weighting to pressure edges through the turn. Unweight by shortening the distance from the board to your upper body, weight by lengthening that distance. The board will flow edge to edge under you. In weighting, I find it helps to gauge/throttle the edge pressure, and thus tightness and quickness of the turn, with lateral, fore-aft knee action. Bring knees together on the toe side through the turn, pressure knees apart on the heel side, in a cowboy-like stance.

Practice 1 and 2 together.

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^ This covered a lot of good points. The main thing I saw was as stated above, you're very rigid, stuck in that hunched over body position and your legs are not moving, just staying in that bent position. Loosen up and let yourself get dynamic, get down as you're entering a turn and straighten up/push off the edge a bit as you exit a turn (unweighting). No sense in me going into that, I'm not good at explainging it and there a crap load of tutorials and vids on dynamic riding out there already. My guess is your lower back hurts after riding?

Looks like a fun run though, was this at Castle???
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Nope not at all. This is cat boarding in fwa( bowling alley)

Good call on the bent upper body. I feel like that is a problem as well. As for dynamic riding, take a look at the first two secs of the video. I am not concerned with it in this clip. I am much more active if there's actual bumps/speed or on harder surfaces.

When I am cruising especially in deep pow or a cat track. (Except squaring low for those flat spots) I tend to not move much at all unless necessary. Maybe wrong thing to do?
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It's just relative to whatever kinds of turns you're making.
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that may not have been the terrain for it, but when things are deep and steep enough i like the bouncing bomb to turn and control speed moreso than any edging

just from what you showed i would say stand up taller and get some bounce in your turns. don't just react and go along for the ride, attack and destroy that shit
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Paused at 1:02 when you got sideways and real close to the camera. Maybe it's just the perspective, but that board seems awfully short for you. Looks like a swallow tail but I'm just wondering what your effective edge is vs. your weight. Might be what is contributing to your current posture.
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Nah. It's a fish 160. Plenty long for my current weight of 178. I started to suspect the posture problem when the pov cam always had images that tilt.

Plus on a steep turn I always have to drive the knees really hard to make the weight stack over the board.
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I've seen you bomb I wouldn't worry about your technique TOO much! We'll head out one day and spend runs just working on certain turn types if you want...

Guy rides down a chunky 45 deg pitch no problem then posts a vid riding a 10 deg pitch and asks for advice. JEEZ! lol
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Nah. It's a fish 160. Plenty long for my current weight of 178. I started to suspect the posture problem when the pov cam always had images that tilt.

Plus on a steep turn I always have to drive the knees really hard to make the weight stack over the board.
Ah k, just the camera then.
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