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Old 03-02-2012, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this isnt the best vid, but would you guys care to 'tique my riding as best you can from this vid?
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Thanks in advance, and seriously, let me have it! I want to get better!! (Im in the orange pants, fyi)
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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64 views and no replies..... I'm either doing just fine, or I SUCK..... I'm not sure which it is though..
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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64 views and no replies..... I'm either doing just fine, or I SUCK..... I'm not sure which it is though..
Or people don't want to waste there time giving every single attention-starved person tips in the middle of a work day.

1. You are really hunched over in your shoulders (you head is leaning forward at least 1.5 feet), try to keep you head/chest more upright
2. You need more work your on toe flexion/extension movements to help you the board edge to edge as you shift your weight from toe to heel.
3. Stop swinging that back arm to initiate your turns, that is a bad habit... try practicing riding with your hands grabbing the sides of your pants, then later when you get used to that, holding your hands together behind your back. Every time you have to let go and swing out your arms means you weren't doing #2 correctly... or your were off-balance
4. Because of #2 and #3, you aren't very smooth in linking your turns (you noticeably take a while to transition out of the end of one turn and into the next). This will improve as you fix the other issues (basically at the point in your development, you should never need to use your upper body to turn... keep it upright and quiet with no disco arm swinging).
5. Stand in front of the mirror every morning and say "Every day, and in every way, I am becoming better and better." to your reflection ten times to help with your insecurity issues.

Hard to say more than that due to the less than ideal POV in the video.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A: Thanks for the feedback.... aside from the sarcasm, that was exactly what I was looking for.....
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5. Stand in front of the mirror every morning and say "Every day, and in every way, I am becoming better and better." to your reflection ten times to help with your insecurity issues.
Really? Is all that necessary? I don't have "insecurity issues", and I am FAR from "attention starved". I just noticed that there were quite a few views, and honestly, I figured I was so bad that SOMEONE out of 64 riders would have ripped my riding apart by now.....Its not "insecurity", its called "a desire to improve"..... I didnt say "Awwww. please give me attention and tell me how wonderful I am".. I made a statement, containing a FACT...There were 64 views, and nobody had replied... Furthermore, if everyone was SOOOOOOOOO busy, and SOOOOOOOOOO uninterested, then why were 64 people busy reading my thread, instead of working, in the "middle of a work day"? (this is the internet isn't it? worldwide? multiple time zones? could be midnight where some people are? just sayin')
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A: Thanks for the feedback.... aside from the sarcasm, that was exactly what I was looking for.....
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Really? Is all that necessary? I don't have "insecurity issues", and I am FAR from "attention starved". I just noticed that there were quite a few views, and honestly, I figured I was so bad that SOMEONE out of 64 riders would have ripped my riding apart by now.....Its not "insecurity", its called "a desire to improve"..... I didnt say "Awwww. please give me attention and tell me how wonderful I am".. I made a statement, containing a FACT...There were 64 views, and nobody had replied... Furthermore, if everyone was SOOOOOOOOO busy, and SOOOOOOOOOO uninterested, then why were 64 people busy reading my thread, instead of working, in the "middle of a work day"? (this is the internet isn't it? worldwide? multiple time zones? could be midnight where some people are? just sayin')
Lol... I apologize if my hazing of you as a new person to the forum rubbed you the wrong way.

Either way good luck and keep that back arm under control.
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No harm, no foul!!... I have thick enough skin, but I am also a very "literal" personality... That seems to get me in to trouble on a forum setting...sorry if I came across as an overly sensitive bitch...lol but thanks for the feedback, and Ill work on all those points (if i can get another trip in this year, which at this point isn't looking too likely :-( )
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Snowolf, Thanks so much for the feedback!!... Ill work on all those issues next time out!!!
I found a more recent vid, Here, in which i had much more riding under me, and its a better view (again, I'm in the orange pants).... this might help? Check it out if ya want, and again, any help and feedback MUCH appreciated!!
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i think your buddy seems to ride a bit sketchy too i guess not much to add from snowolf's advice but i'm self taught myself and his(snowolf's vids and advice) helped me a ton.also having a snowboard instructor as my neighbor is not bad either. The CASI level 1 to 4 video,and Snowprofessor.com is good too
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I agree with SnoWolfs analysis. You need to get a little lower at the knees and get over your edge more as you turn. This will couse it to really dig in. A good drill to use to feel what we are talking about is called j-turn washouts. Start by going straight and picking up a little momentum then without using any body rotation lean over your edge until your board turns for you. Keep leaning slowly until you either head back up hill or you slip out and fall lightly uphill. You will instantly feel a difference in your old turning method and this (which is carving).
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Range of movement is huge as you begin to move toward more dynamic riding. Your first step to becoming a lot more dynamic is simply to be in constant motion up and down throughout your turns. Your default position should be about midpoint.

Standing fully erect with knees locked will be a 1 on your 1 through 10 scale for your range of movement. Now flex down as low as you can stand while still maintaining a somewhat erect upper body. This will be your number 10 in your range. Now, halfway between these points is your number 5. This is where you should be as your resting, default position.

To initiate the turn, drop to your 10 and transfer edge pressure to the new edge. If you do this drop abruptly, you will feel a slight momentary weightless feeling from the board. This is a down unweight and is a crucial part of dynamic riding. As you ride through your turn. you should slowly and steadily rise toward your number 1 spot as you reach the apex of the turn, then begin to drop back down. This will help set a good rhythm of rising and falling through the turns.

Use the ankles to pressure the edge of the board and add a little bit of whole body lean to start getting a feel for using tilt to engage the sidecut to actually turn you without pushing the tail around. Try to actually prevent board pivot for these scarved turns.

Keep at it and try the cross over technique.
Sorry to interfere, but i have been following your posts with technique instructions and they seem very good , but there is something i havent been able to figure out. I am a bit confused about when exactly to bend down and rise again. During dynamic riding, where the board mostly does quick and small "S" , while the upper body mostly goes forward, i can understand your instruction about bending down to release the edge, so the board can travel under you to the other side while slowly rising and so on. However, i have seen a lot of videos like that CASI Level 2 Standards 2010 - YouTube , where it seems to me that the opposite happens. It looks like their knees are bent while they are on edge and they rise in order to change edge and then bend again to finish the turn and get on the new edge. Is something difference happening which i cant see or this is different type of riding which isnt dynamic? Thanks for your help.
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