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Old 01-10-2011, 01:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any tips, trick on how to get good at this.. I've seen a few guys do it, and it's something I'd like to learn... Nothing worse than being stuck on a hill and having to undo the bindings ..

here is a vid of what I'm talking about..

http://www.youtube.com/embed/q7lBKcTltZg

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Old 01-10-2011, 01:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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here's what you need to know, from me learning this.. on flatground... not uphill...

he's swinging his arms for a reason, it's hard as shit to balance while doing that... and it takes a lot more effort to do than unstrapping lol... but hopefully you get better advice.. a flexy or broken in board is easier.... and yeah just practice on flat ground first.. .like getting from the lift... don't skate just strap and try it.... good luck.. doing it down hill is pretty bad ass
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Pick your feet up and swing your arms to counter the motion of your feet. It is easier with a board with rocker in the middle since the ends want to come up already.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I learned to do this by first rockin from nose to tail, sort of pressing the board. Once i got that motion down i then added some lift to each end of the board. As your hopping off the ground side to side lean foward a little bit and rotate your hips from left to right or right to left (almost like your trying to kick foward with your quads). It takes practice and balance. Hopes this helps

Ill agree with Blind, it does take alot more effort than unstrapping the board and walking, but its fun to do sometimes...
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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As everyone above me stated, its all about flexing your board and rotating your hips. The trick to doing it uphill, is to lean back because as soon as you lean slightly forward your toe edge will catch and stop all of your momentum. Trust me, it does not look cool lol
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Doing that uphill increases the difficulty by quite a bit, you could see too that guy was tired out from not going very far. In a situation like that I usually end up doing the chop-hop, which is simply hopping forward and sticking your edge each time you land so that you don't slide backwards.

Having a softer board, with rocker and forgiving edge profile also makes it a much more forgiving maneuver. To get used to the motion, the easiest way to practice is to stand on a flat, and start rocking your board back and forth. You want to get enough momentum so that you are pressing one side, popping in the air, then landing on the other side and pressing, popping, and so forth.

Once you have this down, it's pretty much just popping the board back and forth while rotating your hips back and forth.
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As everyone above me stated, its all about flexing your board and rotating your hips. The trick to doing it uphill, is to lean back because as soon as you lean slightly forward your toe edge will catch and stop all of your momentum. Trust me, it does not look cool lol
This seems counterintutive. Isn't the point to use your toe edge to dig into the hill when going up?
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This seems counterintutive. Isn't the point to use your toe edge to dig into the hill when going up?
That's what I would think -- I cant imagine trying to use the flat part of your base while trying to penguin walk up-hill. Seems like an unnecessary amount of effort/sliding involved.
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There is some truth to what he says, when you penguin walk on a flat or slightly uphill slope, you want to try and not use your edges at all because they mostly just catch the snow, and cause you to fall over because your hucking your body forward. It's a bit like someone tripping you.
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes, to a certain degree you would use your toe edge, or else you would go nowhere. But the most common mistake when doing this is using to much toe edge and consequently getting it stuck in the snow which kills all of your momentum and causes you to fall forward.
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