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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-31-2015, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Tips on turning and confidence

Hi guys, pretty new snowboarder here; 3 seasons experience.

How can I feel more comfortable in turning/carving? I get the general idea of how to do it (point leading shoulder, using the leading knee, using my toes, etc), but every time I get on the snow, even after a day or two of solid boarding, I can never be totally confident in my turning ability, and I feel like it's holding me back.

I feel the same thing about speed. I made a pretty big leap last season where I forced myself to get more and more comfortable with my nose pointing downhill, but I still can't get over the anxiety, even on easy trails. What can I do to make myself accept going fast is OK?

Same thing about getting air and controlling myself in the air. It feels really awkward. How do you get used to being in the air, and how can I practice landing safely/firmly?

Leading up to the Australian snow season now so I want to be a bit more prepared this time and hopefully make huge progress and go on some harder trails with my more experienced brother, and maybe even get into some easy park.

I've got an all-mountain board, and I'm buying bindings/boots/pants this season instead of renting.

Thanks for any advice!
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It's a lack of muscle memory. Snowboard more. Also stop turning from your toes, start using your ankles.

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Don't get air till you have your turns sorted or you will end up in the medical centre lol.
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The speed will come, work on sorting out your turning mechanics. I'd try working on some nice big, slow S turns that traverse quite a bit across the slope. So each turn almost takes you 180. Concentrate on bending those knees and getting rid of any ankle chatter as you turn. I suspect you are way too upright.
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lower your hips bend your knees keep your back straight.

focus power and a little extra weight on your front foot for control.

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Once season starts post a video here. Let your brother take it and then post here. People will tell you what's wrong.

It's all comes from confidence and experience. If you still scarred even on easy trails that means you are not in full control.

Taking a lesson also might be a good idea.
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Once season starts post a video here. Let your brother take it and then post here. People will tell you what's wrong.

It's all comes from confidence and experience. If you still scarred even on easy trails that means you are not in full control.

Taking a lesson also might be a good idea.
First of all, thanks everyone for the tips!

I'm not scared on easy trails, it's going straight downhill for extended periods of time which gets me nervous. I don't mind gaining a bit of speed but going 80 kph down the mountain is what scares me.
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First of all, thanks everyone for the tips!

I'm not scared on easy trails, it's going straight downhill for extended periods of time which gets me nervous. I don't mind gaining a bit of speed but going 80 kph down the mountain is what scares me.
So don't do that. You don't have to go fast, I'd advise against it if you're scared doing it. More likely to injure yourself and others.

Number 1 rule of snowboarding should be stay in control. If you're not in control, you're doing something you shouldn't be.
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Take a private lesson. The instructor will work directly with you and tell you exactly what you're doing wrong.
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First of all, thanks everyone for the tips!

I'm not scared on easy trails, it's going straight downhill for extended periods of time which gets me nervous. I don't mind gaining a bit of speed but going 80 kph down the mountain is what scares me.
90% of my snowboarding does not involve going straight down a steep trail. Unless you're racing or are a good rider and know how to bomb trails, most folks probably focus on their carving, which is more fun than just going STRAIGHT.

There could be any number of issues with your technique thatís causing you hang ups (video helps us with this), or maybe you just need to get out more and practice. Regardless, if you really want to get better Iíd recommend jumping on a few lessons, either privates or with other people (friends??) who are your level. A good instructor will help you work out bad habits and get you riding well.

Snowboarding is mostly muscle memory but there is very much a mental aspect as well. There are still many, many times when I catch myself ruddering or not weighting properly, and I try to correct. No one is a perfect rider, thereís always things to work on!
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