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Old 03-17-2015, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone ever run into the problem of using 1 edge way more than the other and it hinders your performance? This is my second year riding and I find myself way too heel edge oriented. For example when I'm approaching a jump/kicker I always jump off my edge and land on my edge and it usually causes me to be off balance in the air and slide out on my ass when I land.

This isn't a big surprise because Im most comfortable on my heels, but when approaching natural jumps and stuff, sometimes it would make sense to approach it with my weight forward rather than back (AKA slightly on my toe edge) because of how the jump is positioned on the snow.

I know that the answer is to just focus on using my toe edge more until it feels natural, but this shit is frustrating.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You kinda answered yourself. You seem to not want to do what it is you have to do.
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If you are doing a striaght airs with maybe a board grab or shifty off of level kickers you need to leave the lip completely neutral and flat based.

And the more you ride and the more experience you get the more natural your riding will become and you'll be confindent in any position. Keep working on the areas you have trouble with and don't let them control you.

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There is nothing wrong with jumping on an edge or landing on one if you know how to control it.
In fact if you want to do any kind of spin you need to jump off an edge.
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If you are doing a striaght airs with maybe a board grab or shifty off of level kickers you need to leave the lip completely neutral and flat based.

And the more you ride and the more experience you get the more natural your riding will become and you'll be confindent in any position. Keep working on the areas you have trouble with and don't let them control you.
This is what I'm thinking too. I just have the hesitation about "if im not on edge, i dont have control". I need to trust myself and the board to be flat.
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This is what I'm thinking too. I just have the hesitation about "if im not on edge, i dont have control". I need to trust myself and the board to be flat.
Well, yes and no. If you are riding counter rotated, your back board can easily slide out. Try riding straight with no pressure on either edges at different speeds.
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How comfortable are you at flat basing on groomers? How long can you ride completely flat before you start to edge again? Practice that as much as possible till you are completely confident when flat and only need a slit shift to turn without completely getting on your edge.
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Well, yes and no. If you are riding counter rotated, your back board can easily slide out. Try riding straight with no pressure on either edges at different speeds.
Youre right. Great point. That's why this season i've been putting more effort into riding with my lead shoulder pointing in the direction I want to ride. I'm still not where I need to be, but it's definitely something I've been addressing more.

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How comfortable are you at flat basing on groomers? How long can you ride completely flat before you start to edge again? Practice that as much as possible till you are completely confident when flat and only need a slit shift to turn without completely getting on your edge.
If it isn't windy and it isn't steep then I can ride flat for a while (it gives my muscles a break from holding an edge). Sometimes I feel my board being a bit catchy if I'm flat basing, but I could do it. My stance isn't perfect but I'm working on it.
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As a total park beginner I took my first lesson last weekend. We spent a pretty good part of the lesson just practicing flat basing. Once I was comfortable going about 5s he said that was pretty good and we moved on.
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