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Zakonax 03-06-2014 08:48 PM

Critique/Advice for Novice
Hi everyone,

My girlfriend and I have been snowboarding 10 days or so this year. We were somewhat slow starters and felt like it took a number of those days before we were comfortable on our feet and linking turns properly. The last few days we have been out on the greens and blues, progressively getting more confident and faster.

Yesterday, she took these 2 videos of me on a shallow blue. The first video is from a fixed vantage point as I started the run on the steeper section. The second (which is a little difficult to see, as she was following me while holding a hand held camera) attempts to show me doing the rest of the run. I would LOVE some critique/advice on what you think of my technique. I know I seem a little stiff/robotic, which I am attempting to fix. I think this was a by-product of applying "best practices" from our lessons of keeping the upper body quiet and initiating the turns from the lower body. I also need to bend my knees more, and have already adjusted my bindings to give me a slightly wider stance and more forward lean to force me into doing it.

Thank you so much for reading and your help.

Link 1: Static -
Link 2: Following me -

blackbeard 03-06-2014 09:35 PM

loosen up a bit and flex the knees so you can get low! good job and keep on riding!

slyder 03-06-2014 09:37 PM

From your post you have 10 days total, ever?? If so be proud your doing well. In addition you already made some great points that you know what your weak spots are. I was going to mention these.

This is all typical beginner riding, I did it, others did it and your doing it.
Since you know the knee thing I'll just generalize. Once you get those knees working you will be able to get those edges to initiate those turns. Instead of the skidded more flat based turns your doing. Nothing wrong with that, I did that for a long time, but once I learned to turn using the edges my riding jumped to the next level

Plus catching an edge from flat based turns hurts.

Keep at it, keep filming yourselves it is so much easier to evaluate your riding and pick out what needs work.
Have fun with it and it's great that you & your girl are doing this together

Looking good

Bones 03-06-2014 09:57 PM

That's pretty good for 10 days.

It is pretty normal for an instructor to emphasize a quiet upper body when starting out. That's the point in the learning progression where you don't want all kinds of extra variables happening that will make it harder to learn and also the point where you need to ingrain good habits like body position, stance and balance.

Looks to me like you're pretty comfortable with those concepts and they seem pretty well-ingrained (ie you're not fighting to keep your balance, you're pretty centered, you're not counter-rotated and you look pretty comfortable doing what you're doing)

Time to start using the lower body to initiate the turns and generally become more dynamic.

My experience has been that when you get to the point that you're at now, the learning process accelerates and you almost feel like you're getting better every run instead of every day! Enjoy!

speedjason 03-06-2014 10:11 PM

once you get knees bent and be dynamic you gonna start shredding like a mad man.
you need to start pushing the board instead of letting the board carry you.

twowheeled 03-08-2014 12:20 AM

loosen up at the hips more as there is no need to keep a stiff upper body. Quiet means you aren't flailing around throwing your arms, etc. But you still need the flexibility there to react to terrain.

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