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So I've been playing on boxes. I took a park lesson about a month ago at Breck and it went really well. I rode pipe for the first time--which I effing loved and I wish there was a pipe close by--and learned boardslides. Kind of...

I got the concept, but I can't execute. I'm working on frontside, and it's pissing me off.

So, I'm approaching the feature 50-50, I'm getting on the feature 50-50 and then turning the board on the feature. I need to wax my board for sure, but I get a lot of resistance on the feature. I don't know if I'm not lifting my weight enough, but I can't get the board to turn on the box. I really try to shove my back foot out, but when I do I naturally compensate by leaning back and going on edge.

I don't understand how I'm supposed to manage my weight distribution. Same thing with butters. I can press, but I can't turn the board without engaging an edge. I can get it sometimes while I'm on flat, but once I'm moving, it's hopeless. I tense up and I can't make myself light enough to rotate the board under me on the snow.

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rotate your shoulders and your hips will follow. the force is with you luke.
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I was taught to counter rotate so that when I unwound, my shoulders would be facing straight down the feature.


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I was taught to counter rotate so that when I unwound, my shoulders would be facing straight down the feature.
yes counter rotation is what you need to do when you jump straight to boardslide. when your doing what i think your doing you need to open up your shoulders to create the momentum to get to a boardslide and rotate them back to be parallel with the rail so you don't just ride off and stay sideways.
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Star, getting on the feature and then trying to shifty yourself into boardslide position feels safer but takes alot more effort than popping into a boardslide position. How is your speed? That could have something to do with you having so much trouble shiftying yourself.

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I try to get enough, but I may be hesitating because of how many times I've tried the trick and no been able to push the board out. So I psyche myself out.

@alec: You might be right about not opening up my shoulders. My instructor told me to focus on a point in the center of my board between my legs, and looking down might be keeping me from opening up my shoulders to get good rotation. I am going to have someone video me next time I work on it to see. The only video I have is POV on my helmet, so it's not helpful.

I may try just popping onto it. I'm a little nervous that my natural reaction will be to lean back. I'll just give my board a nice wax and hope for the best. I suppose it's why I wear the helmet. :P


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Keep working at it Star.

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I'll have my sister video some on Tuesday. Catamount has a halfpipe, apparently, so I might have to get on that, too. Very excited. Been a couple weeks off the slopes now. I am losing my mind.


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