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Help please - Whenever I build up speed my weight always shifts to my back foot

and I start to lose control. I do try to keep even or forward - reaching forward with my front hand but it doesn't help.

Any tips or tricks will be greatly appreciated! If I can fix this weight shift, I can move up another step.

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grow some bigger balls.. really, confidence has a lot to do with this. Just tell yourself, "I'm gonna crash if I lean back, I might as well attack the slope". By attacking, that means leaning forward like getting ready to run. Shift your hips forward, not your shoulders.
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Practice. "Fear lean" is really common. it's your mind's reaction to sliding downhill. It wants you upright which, against the slope of the hill, leans you backwards. You have to train this behavior out of your brain.

Here are some things that might help, leaning backwards is going to make you go FASTER it's also going to eliminate your ability to initiate responsive turns. When you start feeling the fear lean, stop. Take a second, and then continue downhill.

Keep riding and stay in control. This behavior will correct itself over time if you do.

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Good advise Mooz and Earl,

I'm going to try that hip shift as presently I lean in with shoulders. Practicing leaning forward going down holl will help too.

I've progressed a lot in the past few weeks but this "fear lean" has been holding me back from moving into carving clean lines.

Thanks Guys!

I think I'd rather grow my d*ck than my balls though;<)

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Great advice Snowolf - thank you! And it makes sense why I try to stand vertically even when going downhill!

Question - would a wider stance help?

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It can because a wider stance does give you the ability to ride lower and you have a wider range of movement fore-aft on your board. Just don`t overdo it as going to wide will inhibit good turn initiation.
Thanks again Snowolf! I'll widen it this weekend and see how it goes in combination with the other advice on this thread.

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