Originally Posted by Snowolf
Okay then, its turn initiation. This is a very common issue and usually it is the result of one or more of the following body movements or positions:
1) Countered stance--- This is where the rider rides while twisted to face forward toward the nose of the board. This is probably the single most common cause of the toe side blues. If you want to turn toe side, align your upper body so that the front shoulder is turned a bit toward the toe edge of the board and turn your head to look in the direction you want to turn. Riding in a countered stance puts opposite rotational force on your board.
2) Leaning back--- A huge problem for any turn initiation but seems to be more severe for toe side due to more fear. There is a concept in snowboarding that is important to all of your riding and is very important in pipe riding and that is "Perpendicularity". In English, this simply means staying perpendicular (90 degrees) to the surface you are riding on. If going down a 30 degree pitch, you need to lean down hill 30 degrees to remain perpendicular. This feels very scary as we are designed to stand vertical in relation to gravity. It is a learned things that gets more comfortable with practice. Make your self an upside down letter T when you ride.
3) Stiff legs--- In order to ride well, we need to get very dynamic and that means a lot of movement going on and most of it very independent movement. When you try to twist the board to go toe side, remember to drive that front kneed down toward the snow and push your shin hard into the tongue of the boot to really get the board to twist.
4) Mystery Date--- Where is your back hand when you ride? Do you ride with it out in front of the toe edge of the board as if you have your arm around your date?. Often, we get in the habit of holding our back hand out to catch our fall when we start making our toe side turns. This has the same rotational effect as the countered stance. Put that back hand over the tail of the board and see how much easier it is to initiate your toe side turn.
To make a responsive toe side turn, shift your body weight a bit toward the nose of your board so that your are roughly 60-40 heavier on the front foot. Look in the direction of the turn and visualize the spot that you want to end up at when you complete the turn and rotate your upper body slightly to place the front shoulder roughly over the toe edge of the board. Flex your ankle and knees to get lower to the board and drive the front knee down toward the snow in front of the toe edge of the board and push the shin into the tongue of the boot. Hold the position throughout the turn and as the board steers up out of the fall line, follow through with the back foot by pressuring the toe edge there to match what is going on with the front foot. As you complete the turn, relax the front foot to allow the board to traverse across the slope and stop turning then set up to go back to heel side.
I FUCKING LOVE YOU!!! sorry for my language, i needed to hear this and what the definitions of what i was doing wrong... thanks... im going ion a few hours to blue mountain ill put my skills to the test and work on this till i get it!!! THANKS ALOT