Slipping on the heel edge?
Hello, first time post-er for a long time stalker of these forums. Thought I'd finally bite the bullet and make my first post a question to the generally well informed people of these forums. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated. I apologize for the length of this post.
I currently ride regular on a 158 Rome Agent(185lbs @ 5'6). My board before this was a shorter 153 Rome Crail that was softer, as well as obviously shorter. No weight fluctuation occurred, just happened to use the height method before and bought the Agent used while using the weight method. I feel as if I'm an intermediate rider, who mostly rides mountain but likes to do a bit of everything on the ground and I'm interested in progressing towards park.
But here comes the brunt of the matter, this could all be skill and technique related, but I'm having difficulty adjusting to the new(er)board with my heel side when going down the steeper slopes. When I'm trying to transition from one edge to the next, putting my weight on my heels randomly causes my board to slip out from underneath me and I land on my rear end, so to counter this I started forcing the board to turn as in kicking my back foot either forward or backwards, as it seems to take too long to transition from one edge to the other. This makes all the steeps a bomb down the hill or nothing the only choice. Any know what might cause these issues? Simple control issues or something more?
I could get used to it, but as I will go be going to CO in the next couple of weeks and purchase a board out there while I'm at it. I thought I'd ask the pros if I should invest in a shorter board despite the weight or something with a bit more flex to learn to control it a bit better?
I am thinking of the Neversummer EVO 151-155. (Long time stalker like I said, love all the things that its supposedly capable of) I'll probably invest in the Proto next season as well to replace the Agent as it seems around the same stiffness as the Agent.)
In short: I occasionally slip on steep slopes during the transition randomly, while on my heel edge making me swing my back foot to carve on the blacks. Any reason this happens? Could it be the length of my board that gives me difficulty? And also, interested in hitting park and playing around the mountain. I'm short and heavy (5'6 & 185lbs) and having strange control issues, 151-155 Neversummer EVO good choice? Or stick with 158?