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Old 11-06-2011, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

Whenever I go out with my friends I find myself always bringing p the rear. I can tell my actual turns are just as good as my friends, but they still end up first down the mountain. Do you think this is because of my size? I am quite small, 5'7 120lbs. Do you think the problem is my weight or something else? Do you have any tips on generally how to go faster?

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Old 11-06-2011, 09:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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is your board waxed? if ur base is really dry then that will def slow you down a lot.

another key thing is that even though you may have no problem transitioning from one edge to the other, you prob shed a lot of speed by doing skidded turns. as ur cruising down, try not to lean too far back on your rear leg. You want to keep your body perpendicular to your board. Lean as far forward as you can and even though you will think you are hanging over the nose of your board, youre really not, in fact the steeper the hill is the more you have to lean in order to keep that 90 degree postion.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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you want to initiate each turn with the front of your board, meaning by having your body perpendicular to the board, you put more pressure on your front edge and then the back edge will follow thru and this will eliminate your tail from skidding.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Also are you just flat out making more turns going down the same run as your friends. They make 5 linked turns/carves you make 10 linked turns/carves??

My kids bomb, I'm technical, I make many more turns then them. Partly as I don't want to wipe out and I carve a lot more to where I feel I'm at the edge but still in control. I keep pushing my speed little by little as my skill progresses as well
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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if youre 120 lbs and your friends are a lot heavier than you are, they will def be a lot faster than you. They will just gain momentum a lot faster than you would.

that's just physics mannn

so, if your turns are comparable to theirs, and you slow down as much as they do, then you will obviously have a hard time keeping up.

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Old 11-06-2011, 10:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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1. wax the shit out of your board. the lighter you are the more this matters.... wax, scrape, repeat - until you have 3-5 wax jobs on the base.... ski racers stack their waxes like this and it makes your shit slippppppppppppery

2. don't turn.... obviously you have to turn your snowboard but flat-basing the board as much as you can is what gains you speed. stay off your edges as much as you can.

3. put rocks in your pockets.... ok, not really - but being that light you're gonna have to ride with perfect technique if you wanna catch your 165lb friends. try to put on muscle.

4. the board you are riding DOES make a difference. base materials, dampening, length, sidecut - all play into how fast the board will be. a short, noodley, or wide board will always be slower than a longer, stiffer board

5. learn to pump your front foot. downhill weight is what makes you go faster.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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ride as flat as possible and quiet
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Things that will affect speed:

- shorter boards go slower
- extruded bases are slower, sintered bases are faster
- heavier riders go faster
- Unwaxed boards go slower
- As others have mentioned, your riding technique and the line you take will affect things.
- As well as questions of top speed, there's acceleration. If you accelerate to top speed faster you'll get there sooner.

Just for kicks, challenge one of your friends to a straight-bomb race - no turns, no speed checks. Start out from a dead stop. See if he accelerates to top speed more quickly as well as watching for top speed. This will narrow down the possible reasons.

Other tnigs can affect speed too, such as your riding profile. How wide is your silhouette? Are you in a forward stance? Wearing a puffy jacket? Carrying an open umbrella?

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Old 11-06-2011, 10:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Have your edges tuned. The burrs and scratches slow you down considerably. But there are many factors to speed.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I get in a little ball right near my board and just go flat based the whole way down. I wouldn't suggest doing this though until you are experienced enough to do it. when you are though try it out. Works good. Never lost a race against my friends.
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