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Old 12-27-2010, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Once I'm strapped in, I'm fine. Linking turns isn't a problem and I'm starting to carve a little bit.The problem is when my back foot isn't strapped in. I can glide off the lift in a straight line, and turn the board to stop, but if I try turning to glide left or right, I end up spinning into a switch stance. I've got a stomp pad on the board. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Be sure to keep most of your weight on your front foot. It's the only one strapped in so that's where your control is going to come from. It sounds like you may be trying to turn with your rear foot.

Also, any turn you make is going to have to be gradual. If you try to turn hard, then yeah, you're probably just gonna helicopter or fall. I usually turn when unstrapped by slightly shifting my body weight. I don't really try to turn at all so much as I just slightly lean.

I don't know if any of that stuff is actual good advice or not, but it works for me!
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It sounds like your are pivoting your board to much. Stop trying to turn the board by rotating your body parts and instead try pressing the heel or toes side edge down into the snow to help your boneless turn. To practice go to a learning area or slightly almost flat area. You may feel a sensation of your foot rocking from toe to heel as if a ball was under your foot. Now added in a little bit of hip rotation(pointing your hip in the direction you want to go) for sharper turns.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Two things basically....

One...watch out for unwanted pivot. Make sure your hips and shoulder remain aligned with the board and turn your head to look straight ahead over your shoulder.

Two...use the back foot as well! When riding one footed, you steer by pressuring the edge with the front foot. This will initiate a turn just fine and hold the turn. If you forget to pressure the edge with the back foot after you establish a turn, the tail of the board remains flat and will spin around you. You need to ride the edge even one footed, so pressure that edge with the back foot as well to lock your board into a turn.

To straighten out from a turn, relax edge pressure with the front foot firt and maintain the pressure with the rear foot until the board is tracking straight.
I also find it helps when you push against the inside of inside of your binding on your inside unstrapped foot when you exit the lift.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I also find it helps when you push against the inside of inside of your binding on your inside unstrapped foot when you exit the lift.
Maybe try riding and turning a little on a hill with only 1 foot strapped in and the other pressured against the binding. Doing this on a hill with lots of room and many, many times to practice all the way down the slope will develop this skill so you can exit the lift better.

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Old 12-28-2010, 10:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks!
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