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Old 04-09-2012, 08:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Freeride progression

This is a round up of shots of me freeriding.

Any helpful advice to help me improve my riding or things to be aware of are welcome.

I put a similar vid up at the start of the season and got some really useful tips.

My ego can take it and I am determined to improve so don't be shy.

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Old 04-09-2012, 08:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a round up of shots of me freeriding.

Any helpful advice to help me improve my riding or things to be aware of are welcome.

I put a similar vid up at the start of the season and got some really useful tips.

My ego can take it and I am determined to improve so don't be shy.

you always ride powder?
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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pretty much, although I do ride some groomed runs to get to the powder.
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looks fine to me. just go faster off everything and you'll go bigger but as you get more comfortable you will. the thing is on alot of that stuff if you went way bigger you'd actually find a better landing.

you might widen your stance. it looks better on video and it looks like you want it wider by the way you're standing sometimes.

so ya just maybe turn a little less, take it down the fall line more, and blast those hits going really fast
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Yea. Share the powder! lol
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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keep your hands closer to your body while riding and widen your stance a little
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Agree with Snowolf, most of the improvements you can make will just come with riding more over time. Once you get to the advanced level it's all about making fine-tweaks. You don't make leaps and bounds of progression as a rider, but your riding become more refined, stylized and consistent.
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Looks good to me

Powder much? Looks like really light powder, nice!
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot guys.

Firstly on stance I am 6ft tall and I was at 22.5" in most of these shots and the board is posi camber.
Its not in the vid, but I am now riding a 157 proto CT as my main board and I stand at 23". I have another board plus 40cm days.
I like the 23" stance better it feels lower and more controlled.

What are your stance widths?

Do you recommend I go wider still?

My arms are definitely quieter than at the start of this season thanks to your advice before and I will keep working on getting them quieter.

I love to turn and send up big clouds of powder, will work on making a few less and more smooth turns.

I could definitely take a lot more speed into those jumps and even purposefully shed some speed because there are some large trees not too far from the landing area. If you went very big and lost control on the landing it could be lights out.
Still I can definitely safely take it up a notch or two and I have gone quite a bit bigger on that main one, but its not on film.

Will try to keep a little more leg flex in the air.

I now have in total over a 4 year period about 80 days on the snow and I am pretty happy with the level I am riding at in that space of time.

Next season I am going to go for 50 days as I realize more time on the snow is the key to improving. I am going to get some lessons too just need to find the right person to teach me.

Powder season is over here, but watching this vid reminds me of the powder hit.
Nothing quite like the Japanese white room its so light and fluffy and as you can see its easy to send up clouds way above my head height.

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if you go faster you'll go bigger and you'll have more time in the air and you can grab and it will fix your legs automatically see, it's all full circle.

i'm about 5'10", 150# and i ride a 23.5" stance on a 155 Heritage. one thing you should have noticed about the rockered board is that even in pow you have alot more freedom to pump weight onto the nose of your board for speed. do this.
if you pretty much only ride powder then get your stance to a point where you can put weight onto the nose without sinking and leave it there. you shouldnt have to lean back all the time.

if you start going way fast off everything you'll be going bigger than that vid on stuff that looks like a much smaller feature then those abrupt kinda things you were hitting. look for the long, safe, drop-out landings and you'll be going 30ft. off of natural rollers.

i am not against turning per se - and i have logged serious time in the white room. i just try not to turn at the cost of speed, so sometimes that means straightlining it to a point where i can throw my slash and gain back my speed out of it. on flat stuff you won't really catch me swishing about.

as far as stance and form just play around with it. if you want to be an aggressive freerider then watch some video of Blauvelt and Pat Moore before you go shred next time and channel their style.

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