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Old 03-09-2011, 08:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question consistent heelside to faceplant...

so this is something that's really been getting on my nerves.
whenever i do a heelside stop or even a fast turn, there's a good chance that i'm going to catch an edge and end up flying through the air and onto my face.

i have no problems going fast (as long as i feel that i have sufficient control) and my toesides are fine, but i'd really like to be able to use both sides of my board.

any ideas what this could be? or is it just something you learn not to do eventually?

thanks in advance
(if this has already been discussed somewhere else, i'm sorry. link would be greatly appreciated)

also, if you're wondering, i just picked up the sport back in december. lovin it so far
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it'll stop as you progress.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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well if you are on a heelside then you face planting you are catching your front edge. How much pressure is on your heeledge?? Because if you have a lot of heel pressure there is no way your front edge should dig in and throw you forward.
Almost sounds like you are riding "flat based" then catching your front edge or toe edge and face planting.

Does this make sense???
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stop leaning back to your tail.
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If you want you should just slam your heels in like you are almost about to do the stops that wiley coyote does in the cartoons....

Like literally push in as hard as you can... like beast mode... and you'll hit your ass, then gradually lower the pressure... just wear butt pads or something.. the issue is one common with new people.. you push on your heels hard.. and then the whiplash from your body carries your board over to the toe side.. so the issue is making sure you don't allow that 'whiplash' to occur... leg muscles.. or forward lean on the highbacks.. at your discretion...
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Heelside to faceplant?

Like mentioned earlier....You must be catching your toe edge. Keep them toes up.
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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lean back up the mountain and exert your force on to the heel edge of the board and dont lean forward until you come to a complete stop.
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:04 AM   #8 (permalink)
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sounds like you maybe having trouble going from heelside to toeside...rushing it...then faceplant.

...so you do a heelside stop/turn/traverse...board is across/transverse the fall line...ur probably not dumping/sitting enough, as Snowolf notes.

...but then you want to get going again/link to toeside, and it sounds like you are rushing the transition to toeside...first, you got to weight the nose and let the nose drop into the fall line then weight or pressure the toe edge...ur doing this too early....timing issue.

Just shift weight to nose, then let it drop in to the fall line, then engauge/pressure the toe-edge to initiate the turn, then sink into the turn...compress and center, then rise/extend and shift weight toward the nose to let it drop into the fall line before initinating the heel side turn.

another thing...assuming ur riding regular...u might infact be more naturally goofy...or visa versa.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm gonna try adding a little more forward lean on my highbacks and practice being lower on my board.

Thanks for the fast replies and good advice all
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It's a common thing when starting out. People think their toe edge is high enough off of the ground and then it catches and throws them for a not so fun ride. Like everyone else said, remember to keep your toes up it is higher than you really think is needed.
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