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Old 04-14-2015, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been boarding for quite a while, however haven't seen myself on video until recently... and I was horrified by my bent-over-double old man style of riding. Well I am actually in my 40s so I am actually an old man but I was still horrified. Any advice for my stance and keeping a straight back? Or any other comment on my general riding? It would be great to have some input from those who know better than I. Video below, my bit starts at 5.25, I apologise for the weather and the long flat bit at the start.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZesiYwzut-k

Thank you in advance for any replies.

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Old 04-15-2015, 05:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you ever had any lessons...??? If not, then get a couple, it looks like you are "uncomfortable" and can't relax, there could be any number of reasons for that, but i would say that it is more psychological than anything else, you "feel" more comfortable to ride how you do, but it is not necessarily the right way...

I have a friend who rides exactly the same way as you, he is looking at lessons for next season... It is almost like you are off balance all the time is what he said and that is why he rides that way...

By the way, i am also an old man, there are lots of us on here, so don't think it is an age thing...
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Thanks for the reply Kevin. I had three lessons when I started many years ago and a more recent lesson for a couple of hours. The only thing my instructor said was that I wasn't bending my knees enough.... I have tried to improve that but I feel it just ends up with my back bent further over than ever to compensate for the bent knees. I can quite easily get down all runs at a reasonable speed without falling but how I imagine I look when I am boarding is nothing like I actually look in reality. But you are dead right, I do look uncomfortable and forced... I might try a different instructor and go back to basics.
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You are probably stressing about it too much, if you other think things they become complicated, if you are comfortable in how you ride, then ride that way, does it matter how you look...???

You could say the same in many other sports people do, i look like a complete twat when i run...! I probably don't look much better when i snowboard either, but i enjoy myself, and can get down every hill and have fun. And that is really all that matters, if you want to take it seriously though, lessons are the way to go, i will be having another at the start of next season, but a park lesson this time, my jumping while i can do it, scares me, and i stiffen up a lot when i get to the jump, i know this is an issue, that i am hoping an instructor can help me with, but i know most f it is in my brain and i just need some reassurance i am doing it right... I hope anyway... Haha
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I think "horrified" is a bit too strong of a reaction to your riding. We all can be our own worst critics sometimes, especially when we have high expectations for ourselves. I've been guilty of this myself, describing my riding as "garbage" when really it was just a little off. I see the things you've described as stylistic tics with minimal detrimental effect on your balance and overall board performance. Your problem with it is more aesthetic than anything.


If you want to tune up your style, just try to ride mindfully. Be aware of your posture and breathing as you ride, without judging or even trying to change anything. Perhaps you can visualize your head as a big helium balloon, gently decompressing and lengthening the entire spine (gently!). Be aware of where all your limbs are in space. If you don't like your back arm coming forward, don't let it! Often these things can self-correct just because you're aware of them.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've watched your vid and all i see is that you DO need to bend your knees, but your posture is fine(if you feel comfortable with it). I'm 48 and this just past season was my 4th season snowboarding. I know my posture some what mimicks your because i am used to that stance especially when i have to start going edge to edge, i ride and power thru turns when i'm low. I ski the same way(gorilla stance). the one thing you need to practice more is initiating your turns with your front foot. Also, as how to keep your back straight, push your hip out just a bit when you are just cruising and keep your shoulders aligned with your board, place your arms either to your side or just hold them tgether across your belly and relax, upper body steady while your lower part does the small edge to edges movements.
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For bending your knees, crank the highbacks of your binding to a higher angle.

This will basically force you to bend your knees (if you don't bend your knees they will dig into the back of your calves). This is an old instructor trick to force people to get used to bending your knees. Once it becomes more natural for you to bend your knees, you can lessen the angle or remove it completely if you wish.

If you're not sure how to do this, just have a look at the back of your bindings (the part that goes behind your calves) and you'll typically see an adjustment knob/lever of some sort - this is what controls your highback angle and you want to make it so it bends forward more.
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I had the same problem for a few weeks until I watched myself and noticed that the reason I was bending my back over so much was because my knees weren't bent. I see the same thing in your riding.

What I did to help fix this was ride ALL day with the intention of bending my knees and keeping my back straight and shoulders in line with my board.

So go out there and ride a full day, not with the intention of enjoying yourself, but with the intention of getting your form right. Once that's down, your riding will improve and you're going to have a blast.
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Like Jed said you can crank your forward lean or you can focus on bending your knees forward past your toes while bringing your pelvis over your feet. When your pelvis is on the heal side of your board then you kind of have to bend at the waist or upper back to balance so that you are not turning heal side.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Stick your butt out.
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