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Old 02-10-2014, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,
I've been snowboarding twice before, first time with lessons, the second without and I was riding goofy, which I only realised was odd after I gave up the second time I went. My instructor commented that I should be riding regular and now, after I've done the "are you regular or goofy" test I realise that I actually should be riding regular. However, the second time I went boarding completely recked my confidence as I was awful and went back to skiing (I am a good skier). We're going to Austria next week and I'm not sure if I should stay safe and stick with skiing or try regular on the snowboard? Was the fact that I shouldn't have been riding goofy the reason I was rubbish? Has anyone got any tips for changing from goofy to regular?
Any help would be really appreciated, my confidence is in taters after I failed riding goofy last year, I'd be prepared to recommend abysmal who can help!
Thanks in advance lads!
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Both of my sons should be riding regular (based on the test) but one of them chose to learn to ride goofy. He didn't have any harder of a time picking up snowboarding than my other son (they were both 9 at the time and took lessons together). If you learned goofy, I would stick with goofy. Switching now will make going back seem like starting all over again.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply,
I understand the logic of not wanting to start again, but I am right footed and have completely lost confidence in my snowboarding goofy abilities. I was jut awful last year, couldn't ride, kept falling over etc. I felt awful. Ineptly be prepared to start again learning to ride regular if I was less likely to be such a failure. Will changing help me if I get lessons and stop
Me riding so poorly?
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you do decide to switch, I would highly recommend getting a lesson. You will have to relearn everything...it is the same as learning it for the first time.
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Hello all,
I've been snowboarding twice before, first time with lessons, the second without and I was riding goofy, which I only realised was odd after I gave up the second time I went. My instructor commented that I should be riding regular and now, after I've done the "are you regular or goofy" test I realise that I actually should be riding regular. However, the second time I went boarding completely recked my confidence as I was awful and went back to skiing (I am a good skier). We're going to Austria next week and I'm not sure if I should stay safe and stick with skiing or try regular on the snowboard? Was the fact that I shouldn't have been riding goofy the reason I was rubbish? Has anyone got any tips for changing from goofy to regular?
Any help would be really appreciated, my confidence is in taters after I failed riding goofy last year, I'd be prepared to recommend abysmal who can help!
Thanks in advance lads!
Alex (someone who needs help)
Alex, this is an all too common issue.

The best way to let your body find it's natural direction is to do the following:

1. Mount a twin-shaped board with the bindings at positive fifteen degrees and negative fifteen degrees.

2. Go ride, your brain will tell your body which way to naturally lead itself.

3. Once you "feel it" adjust your back binding to suite your natural stance.

This has worked with both my kids at the ages of 1.5 and 3. It'll work for you. Enjoy Austria (Mayerhoffen is fun).
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Is your question really: "Should I stick to skiing in Austria so I have a good time, or stick to learning to board?"

If so, only you can answer that:

- Sticking to the board is the only way to learn. Sell the skis and you'll learn to board fast!

- On the other hand, if you've paid a lot for the trip and it'll piss you off if everyone's riding crazy terrain while you're spending time learning the basics, then ski?
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Why not devote some time to each sport on that trip?

The hardest part about learning to snowboard is learning to snowboard. Those first few days can be a real bitch. Stick with it. You can thank us later.
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We're going to Austria next week and I'm not sure if I should stay safe and stick with skiing or try regular on the snowboard?
How often do you get to the mountains? You absolutely can learn to snowboard (regular, goofy doesn't matter for that proposition) so only you can decide whether it is worth it on this trip. If this is your one chance to learn then go for it - otherwise you never will. If you have plenty of other time and you will have more fun with your mates skiing on this trip then do that!

P.s. If it worked with the group I was with, I would definitely set aside some specific time to work on snowboarding!
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Every time I've had lessons in Austria, I've really enjoyed them. So much so that I went to France and wouldn't have lessons, but if I go to Austria, I will have lessons. I wouldn't be worried about whether you'll enjoy it or not - I'm sure you will.
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Alex, this is an all too common issue.

The best way to let your body find it's natural direction is to do the following:

1. Mount a twin-shaped board with the bindings at positive fifteen degrees and negative fifteen degrees.

2. Go ride, your brain will tell your body which way to naturally lead itself.

3. Once you "feel it" adjust your back binding to suite your natural stance.

This has worked with both my kids at the ages of 1.5 and 3. It'll work for you. Enjoy Austria (Mayerhoffen is fun).
Thanks buddy,what is a twin shaped board by the way? I live in the UK do have
No idea! Are you sure it will work? How long will I have to board like a duck to find out which is my natural way?
One more thing, which I ask to everyone and everyone, has anybody ever been in my situation before and found it easier and better when changing to regular after failing at goofy? Will it help and improve my performance and the rate I will learn and improve? Thanks lads!
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