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Old 04-27-2014, 02:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I've been snowboarding a little bit, can quite happily do linked turns. I'm regular footed and when I do turns onto my heel edge, my right foot (back foot) comes forward as if I was going to lead with that foot, this is slowing down my transition to toe edge turn. From toe edge to heel edge is quite smooth, however this way kinda disrupts my flow.

Any ideas on why this is happening or exercises to try and stop it?

Thanks for any help in advance!
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Easier with a video..

Bend your knees! Stop using your upper body to turn. You're probably "ruddering" to complete your turns and you don't have as much control on your heels.

I'm sure some guys who can explain stuff better than me will chime in, but that's what I suspect..
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Do you mean that the tail end of the board slides out on the heel turn?
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Sounds like your using your back leg to turn instead of foot steering the board. Best bet is to get a lesson with a qualified instructor, all too easy to get into bad habits which are a pain in the ass to get rid of later on.
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Do you mean that the tail end of the board slides out on the heel turn?
Yes that's exactly what I mean.
I have had some lessons with an instructor for the basics, however this seems to be a bad habit I've picked up since then!
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Are you sure you're doing the turn motion? I've had a problem with asymmetrical turns where my heelside was much tighter and more like a braking maneuver. By concentrating on the motions of the toeside and heelside turns, I realized that I was actually doing them differently. You're probably doing some combination of not using enough edge and having your weight shifted tailside.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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^^^^^ Yeah, I reckon it sounds like uneven weight, predominantly on the back foot!!!!! As suggested, video would help!!!!!

Do you feel like your going too fast into the transition when it happens?????

Also, is your board a Rockered Profile?????
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Actually now you mention it, it is more like braking than turning.
So your suggesting I tilt my board more and shit my weight onto my front leg more to stop this happening?
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^^^^^ Yeah, I reckon it sounds like uneven weight, predominantly on the back foot!!!!! As suggested, video would help!!!!!

Do you feel like your going too fast into the transition when it happens?????

Also, is your board a Rockered Profile?????

I'll try and get a video next time I go, I often go on my own which doesn't help!
I've had this on two rental board (unsure of profile) and current board which is a cam rocker.
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So by cam rocker you're saying that its predominantly camber in the middle?????

I only asked because while some predominantly Rockered boards can be great to learn on, and less "catchier", they can be harder to apply an even edge pressure when trying to hold turns properly!!!!! (Carving)

Like what's been suggested with too much pressure on the back foot, try and keep your body centered over the board, with if anything a slight added pressure toward the front foot when initiating the turn!!!!!

The idea is to use the whole effective edge of the board to turn by making it engage with the surface of the snow entirely!!!!!
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