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how do I stop catching edges?

It seems like when I'm riding down a hill at a slow/moderate speed, I'm fine. As soon as I start to go "fast," however, I just can't go too long without catching an edge and eating shit. It's literally the worst because it catches you off guard. How do I not do this? I would really like to stop eating it so often.
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mostly this is an experience thing. the longer you board the less it'll happen just be confident with your movements is the only true advice I can give you.
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mostly this is an experience thing. the longer you board the less it'll happen just be confident with your movements is the only true advice I can give you.
It seems like it happens most often when I'm turning toeside or heelside and my back foot goes out too far backward/forward and then I can't get out of it, so I just put my board flat. I guess I shouldn't do that. How do you get out of that situation?
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Pay attention and make a more conscious effort of staying up on edges and keep the downhill facing edge up... If it's up, you can't catch it.


And you just need practice to stop doing things to far

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Agree with the others. It's just experience. You haven't developed the awareness of when your board is tracking with the edge or side-slipping a small amount. When you've been doing it for a few years you could literally ride with your eyes closed (provided there aren't any trees).

I'd suggest working with an instructor and have them do some drills with you to teach you to carve. Also practice flat spins for edge control.


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Agree with the others. It's just experience. You haven't developed the awareness of when your board is tracking with the edge or side-slipping a small amount. When you've been doing it for a few years you could literally ride with your eyes closed (provided there aren't any trees).

I'd suggest working with an instructor and have them do some drills with you to teach you to carve. Also practice flat spins for edge control.
Are flat spins when you just turn 180 on the ground quickly?
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answer is in here

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/tip...ht-glides.html


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Are flat spins when you just turn 180 on the ground quickly?
Basically, yes except you keep doing it round and round spinning. When you get good at it in one direction, learn the other way.


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Yup, more then anything it's experience, the more time you rack up you will find your body automatically making constant micro-adjustments to keep the board from catching. Try and keep on your edges, because when you do go flat after coming out of a turn and don't have control and experience, that's when your most likely to get dumped. The board is gonna try and rock back and forth between edges until it finds a groove to go into, subsequently forcing you in a direction your not turning into.

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Make sure you keep your shoulders and hips perpendicular to the slope. Since you dont have a lot of experience riding fast yet, your body would instinctively lean back uphill for several different reasons (mainly fear, vestibular righting sense, guarding reaction). Imagine putting most of your weight on the rear foot (you may not realize this is what you're doing) then trying to turn, almost a guarantee your edge will catch. The faster you go, the more you should 'attack' the slope.

Same reason why learning on a rocker board is so much easier, because the rear edge will still have enough clearance from the ground to not catch.
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