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Old 03-09-2014, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been boarding for about 1 season now. on the Ice coast
Had a buddy film me with GoPro. This was taken today on montage mountain (conditions were Icy) on one of the Blue Slopes.
Looking for some pointers as to areas i can improve my riding.

My riding style is cruising groomers. No park


Sorry about the quality of the edit. Have not figured out GoPro Studio

Appreciate any feedback on riding

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Old 03-09-2014, 08:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lose the backpack, there is no need for it.

Keep your arms in, keep your upper body quieter(your swiveling with the hips more than you should. Drive more weight to your front leg when on those groomers, it looks like your riding pretty equally weighted.
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Lol
yeah the backpack is to keep my kids hoodie and other bits. As it is getting warmer here and I hate having to go to car to put coat away.
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OK,by the time you read mine someone would have pointed it out to you. YOU are riding stiff! I can see your knees are bent but, your whole body is rigid. Relax, loosen up on your turns by initiating with your front foot with a slight lean forward and your knees and pushing your shin into your boot. put your hands down, keep them to your side as much as possible. Heelside turns is a bit ehhh too The biggest problem i saw on your vid is when you turn to your toe side(facing uphill), your heeledge is so close to catch an edge because you do not have enough angle on your toe edge. One lazy turn and you'd smack your noggin backwards! I did mention that your knees are bent but you need them to be loose as well to absorb bumps and initiating turn will be easier. Keep riding and stay relax.
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Try to stop the back arm from sneaking out in front of you, keep it over the tail.

Bend your knees more, get lower.

Loosen up the lower body and start initiating the turns with your feet and knees.

Pretty good though.
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Gotta lose that huge backpack until you get more comfortable on the board.

I agree with the stiffness comments. Use your knees like shock absorbers, not peg legs.

My best tips would be 1. focus on bringing your hips forward on your toe side. Like full on hip thrust. This aligns your hips, knees and toes over the toe edge of the board = more control and confidence. Bring the hips back for the heel side, but not a full on sitting position. You want your body position to be symmetrical to your toe side, so just align your hips over your heels for heel side turns.

Once you do that, 2. start leaning your whole body (board included) to start some carved turns. You really need to tilt that board on edge to get the carve going. Imagine there is someone downhill of you and you want to show them the bottom of your board while turning. This will get you making carved turns and really clean up everything you are doing.
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More forward lean on highbacks halos get your knees bent...... And your edge angle up
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Thanks guys.. that is good feedback. It seems like my knees are a common thread. Knees have always been my weak point. Been through a few surgeries and possibly on way for a third. My range of motion there is not the best. Are there any drills maybe I could do to get that more relaxed? loud and clear on backpack, will make my son carry it. He is only 10 but a much better boarder than I am. I am just trying to keep up (will have to post a few of his park vids) and as far as hand yes I notice back hand is out of place a lot. I will try maybe holding it down to my sides. I am hoping to get out at least 1 more weekend before the thaw. And hopefully I can put some of this to good use

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If he wants it, he will carry it. I'm guessing he will say he doesn't want it and leave it behind. I have made my son carry everything from 6 years old on.... Now he only carries avy gear as needed with a back pack
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Thanks guys.. that is good feedback. It seems like my knees are a common thread. Knees have always been my weak point. Been through a few surgeries and possibly on way for a third. My range of motion there is not the best. Are there any drills maybe I could do to get that more relaxed? loud and clear on backpack, will make my son carry it. He is only 10 but a much better boarder than I am. I am just trying to keep up (will have to post a few of his park vids) and as far as hand yes I notice back hand is out of place a lot. I will try maybe holding it down to my sides. I am hoping to get out at least 1 more weekend before the thaw. And hopefully I can put some of this to good use
Get Jelly...at the top of the hill...just wiggle, shake and hop up and down...shake out the stiffness.

For bending the knees...drill this...squat down, keep back straight and rest your forearms on just above the knees....do this for a quarter of the run (while linking turns from the squat position)...to turn toeside use your leading knee; drive it toward the center of the toeside turn and weight your big toe/ball of your leading foot....for heelside turns swing your leading knee forward to the nose and feel the weight on the outside of your leading foot or little toe. You should also notice that your leading shoulder will follow your leading knee and move 2-4 inches toeside and heelside...that way your upper body is aligning/coordinating...remember this is all from the squat position.


Then stand up and yet be loose for a qtr of the run...then back down/up.

Next run, do the same squat link two turns (one toeside, one heel side) then up-link 2 turns, and down...repeat for the whole run.

Third run or later practice squating down at the initiation of the turn (both for the toeside and heel side) and stand up at the compleation of the turn.

Also when standing up, glue your elbows to your ribs....ya don't need your arms them flaying about
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