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Old 01-17-2011, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone i need some advice,

heres my set-up: burton operator board 161, burton custom bindings (large) and burton poacher boots(11). im 6'1 165lbs.
I ride goofy (right foot first) with a 12deg on front binding, and -9 on rear (almost duck foot).
My problem is this: when i ride toeside, I go nice and straight down the hill wherever I aim, as fast as i like. I can transition back to heelside no problem, but when im riding heelside I have great difficulty pointing the board straight.
My back foot always drifts forward when riding heelside and i end up traversing or sideslipping down the slope, both feet pointing downhill, or sometimes end up riding switch down the hill, without meaning to. I cant seem to keep the nose straight no matter how much weight i shift forward or backward, and i cant control the speed, usually way to slow. ....again, no problems toeside. nice and straight......I have problems transitioning from heelside to toeside, its sloppy.
Any tips on how to fix this? do I need to change my binding angles, heelbacks, etc, or is it something im doing wrong, aka not bending my knees enough or leaning the wrong way?
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sounds like you are putting too much weight on your front foot and not pressing hard and accurate enough with your back foot when you ride heelside.

you also might be twisting your body around toward the nose of the board and so not keeping your shoulders parallel to the board.

go back to the blue runs for a day or few and just do as many turns as possible when you do while paying particular attention to these things i mentioned and see if that's what you're doing wrong.

the end result is you want to be shoulders parallel to the board, even weight distribution between front and back foot, and an awareness of your toe edge and heel edge, with both feet.

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Old 01-20-2011, 11:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It's funny, I've been having the exact same problems riding switch. Riding regular is second nature to me at this point so I can't really figure out what I am doing differently, although I've been using thetraveler's advice which helped me a bit on green trails (combined with trying to keep my board as flat as possible while still being on the heel edge).

Just to play around, I got on a lift riding switch with my right foot strapped in (I'm regular). Riding off the lift was fine but as soon as I tried skating my front foot felt like it was spring loaded and trying to whip my board around and knock me on my ass. Since I ride 15 -12 and pay attention to my upper body, I think (at least in my case) that it's just a matter of getting my right ankle used to flexing a certain way so as to not immediately initiate turns.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey everyone i need some advice,

heres my set-up: burton operator board 161, burton custom bindings (large) and burton poacher boots(11). im 6'1 165lbs.
I ride goofy (right foot first) with a 12deg on front binding, and -9 on rear (almost duck foot).
My problem is this: when i ride toeside, I go nice and straight down the hill wherever I aim, as fast as i like. I can transition back to heelside no problem, but when im riding heelside I have great difficulty pointing the board straight.
My back foot always drifts forward when riding heelside and i end up traversing or sideslipping down the slope, both feet pointing downhill, or sometimes end up riding switch down the hill, without meaning to. I cant seem to keep the nose straight no matter how much weight i shift forward or backward, and i cant control the speed, usually way to slow. ....again, no problems toeside. nice and straight......I have problems transitioning from heelside to toeside, its sloppy.
Any tips on how to fix this? do I need to change my binding angles, heelbacks, etc, or is it something im doing wrong, aka not bending my knees enough or leaning the wrong way?
Is your board rockered? I had the same problem with my v-rocker. Be sure that your boots are centered and that the foot beds are positioned so that your toes and heels get good leverage on your edges. Shift your highbacks so they are parallel to your heel edge, and consciously work on not squaring your shoulders perpendicular to your edges, especially when your riding flat on a rocker or on your heel edge.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If your problem is riding with your upper body facing forward as thetraveler and snowolf suggested, one exercise that might help is to grab the rear of your left pant leg (like right below your butt) with your left hand while you ride. That sort of forces your upper body to stay aligned with your feet, at least it does for me. Riding with both hands clasped behind your back can be instructive, too.
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