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Old 03-15-2014, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't know how big of a problem this is with anyone else, but after my first day boarding I noticed that on each turn I would be side-slipping a lot. I think it was largely due to my initial fear of speed, but I was wondering if anyone has any tips to just not to that and make my turn keep going in the direction of the turn. I would complete turns but it felt like I was sliding down in the turn direction rather than riding the edge of the board.
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get a lesson. for realz.
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I did. It cost over $100 for 2 hours of being taught next to nothing.
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that sucks. sadly not all instructors are created equal. sight unseen, you're probably not bending your knees enough. I'm sure there's other issues too, but that's always a biggie when folks are just starting.
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The more I think about it, the more it seems like it was just a fear issue and that if I get over it I will adjust naturally. I think that because I was thinking about my heelside vs toeside turns, and I would only sideslip on heelside (probably because I see down the slope and am like "damn son") but on toeside I was going much faster and not sliding down the hill.

Also probably knee bending, I shall find out on Monday
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noticing was probably 3/4 of the battle. psych yourself up that you are not going to sideslip on the heel, catch yourself if you do and go right int that next turn... this game is mental to a great extent
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The more I think about it, the more it seems like it was just a fear issue and that if I get over it I will adjust naturally. I think that because I was thinking about my heelside vs toeside turns, and I would only sideslip on heelside (probably because I see down the slope and am like "damn son") but on toeside I was going much faster and not sliding down the hill.

Also probably knee bending, I shall find out on Monday
gotta learn about torsional twist with the board. that will help you feel your edges and help with having confidence in having the board pointed more down the hill, but still being on edge.

good instructional vids on this dude's youtube channel:

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You've only gone once? That's totally normal. Ride more and practice, they'll clean up dramatically over the next 2 or 3 trips. It's probably too soon for another lesson until you practice what you know already. Even as you progress, it will be a constant challenge throughout your progression to "ride the edge" instead of slip/bleed speed as you do steeper/choppier stuff. You'll get better at doing it in sketchier conditions, but everybody is going to be doing that while they progress.
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Yeah it has only been once. Just tryna get a bit more info though so I can work on it rather than just trying to figure it out on my own, and more importantly so I do not make stupid mistakes or pick up bad habits.
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I don't know how big of a problem this is with anyone else, but after my first day boarding I noticed that on each turn I would be side-slipping a lot. I think it was largely due to my initial fear of speed, but I was wondering if anyone has any tips to just not to that and make my turn keep going in the direction of the turn. I would complete turns but it felt like I was sliding down in the turn direction rather than riding the edge of the board.
From the above...the issue is about turn initiating, i.e., how to make the next turn. which is basically having some speed, weighting the nose, waiting a split second for the nose to drop into the fall line and engage next edge. It sounds like you turn, continue in the same direction, stop and make the next turn. Its easier to watch some vids and get a lesson...than trying to explain it.
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