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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-14-2007, 04:57 PM
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Thanks for all the update people, I hope I'll be able to practice it this saturday. The only thing that saved from those dicks with sticks was that I before the falt part of the track gained alot of speed by going straight downhill with no carving(still on toe edge, which gave me some pain in my legs for a short time). I'll try your advice snowolf. Mike altough I did type ''downhill'' in my topic name I mean't about going straight in general, doesnt matter if downhill or on flats.
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Originally Posted by PaoloSmythe
flat base is defo a skill worth getting comfortable with.

without getting technical (coz i lack the grapes for such) if you are applying an edge, then you are using friction. if you use friction then you slow down. if you are riding on flat, you need all the speed you can get.

more flat = need more speed = want less edge = go more flat

control ain't worth shit if it means you have to unstrap and walk, as the dicks with sticks whizz past, pushing away with self-assurred grins. bar stewards!
Yes in deedy. It took me some time to ride the board flat at all without getting hurt, and all in the ultimate goal to go a little faster. You can definitely ride a board flat but you need to be real comfortable with where you place your body weight and how you react to your edge catching. When I ride my board flat I do catch my edges a little bit but usually with a little persuasion I can get the board under control at the same time. Knock on wood, I haven't taken a hard hit from catching my edges in some time now. I've been spending the past 2 seasons getting as proficient as possible going fast because I feel it will provide me a solid platform for big spins etc. I kind of like it because all my friends can ride the park, but they can't catch me lol. I know the flatter I keep that board, the faster I go but it may be different for others.
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the best place for unavoidable flat base riding practice, is the poma; aka button lift.

with one foot unstrapped, it is hard enuff as it is to apply a constant edge, but then if you are edging, then you are in a tug of war with the pully system of the lift, with the pole around your bollocks being the rope!

the real practice however, comes from your flat board catching and nicking the carved snow that has been created by days of relentless ski tracks going up the drag path.

oh yeah! good times! but practice makes perfect!

Just coz you don't understand it
Doesn't mean it makes no sense!
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