ok so im a relatively new rider and poster here and im wondering whether you guys push behind or in front of your board (i mean when you have your front foot strapped in and your pushing along with your back foot) Most people at my local "mountain" push behind their board and when i try it it feels much more comfortable than pushing infront, but i have to push 50 pushes behind to go the same distance as 25 infront... thanks guys
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I push to match the terrain if I need to engage an edge, so toe or heel in this case.
Having said the above, I try and teach to push heel side as often as possible because it allows you body to be in a neutral alignment, unlike pushing toe side that causes a rotation of the body in relation to the board.
I push in front 99% of the time probably and that seems to be what most people around here do, but we're just midwest gapers so YMMV. My wife pushes from behind. It just looks funny to me, like pushing mongo on a skateboard.
I usually only need like one push behind.. and then i put my foot on the board and coast... kick push kick push coooaaaast... and away we go... until we hit the patch of ice instead of the snow... and then we... fall... ow.
haha it's just personal preference.. of all the things people have said to me... it's never been about how I skated.. except when I fall... which is relatively often because I can have my weight all on my front foot... and sometimes it just wants to be goofy..