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Old 09-17-2012, 06:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Last winter I noticed that my back foot( I'm a regular) felt like I was always on my toes.
ur perhaps riding tippytoes instead of sinking in the knees

Even going straight on a flat run I fill like my board is always in danger of catching an edge.
if it feels squirrly you are in the back seat or tail...shift your hips forward/sideways toward the nose...just a bit...to weight the nose; the issue is that with more weight on the tail...it wants to swing around and go first down the hill....thus the squirrly feeling

I get the most pain in my rear calf especially when traversing a run trying to link into another run.
since ur probably ridding tippy toes and ruddering with the back foot...btw are you talking about traversing toeside?

i know some muscle fatigue is normal since I only ride a week out of the year. I also read something about front foot steering.
get in the front seat as noted above and steer with your front knee...toeside point the leading knee to the center of the turn and heelside swing it forward to the nose

I am self taught and I def. am a rear foot/ rudder steerer
dude don't be a ARRR-Tard like myself and take some lessons from a hot boarder chick...
Thanks for the help! I never knew before today that back foot steering wasnt proper technique. I am looking forward to putting these skills into action.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:41 AM   #12 (permalink)
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So you rent everything, even boots? Might be equipment. I suggest buying boots if you can. get them fit right. They might be too big.

Everything else can be adjusted. Boots need to fit well.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:22 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Learn to steer with your front foot. This will allow you to avoid trees and other people who don't get to go as often such as yourself.

If you are renting gear, chances are the setup is not nearly as far off as your technique and body positioning.

Riding in the back seat is probably the number one technique that can cause you to become a statistic - especially if you can do it linking turns, this creates a massive sense of false confidence.

Ironically enough, steering and weighting your front foot at the proper times actually causes a massive sense of confidence and control. The only difference is committment. You already bought the plane ticket, lift ticket and all that other shit, learn to steer with your front foot before you shatter your spleen on a tree.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:09 AM   #14 (permalink)
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So you rent everything, even boots? Might be equipment. I suggest buying boots if you can. get them fit right. They might be too big.

Everything else can be adjusted. Boots need to fit well.
Yeah I might try to go a half size smaller and see how they fit. Only one store in my area sells snowboard equipment so I have to wait for a good sale.
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I am self taught and I def. am a rear foot/ rudder steerer
dude don't be a ARRR-Tard like myself and take some lessons from a hot boarder chick...
I 2nd this motion. Find a local. Ask them who you should ask to get for a private lesson. Call the mountain ahead of time and arrange the lesson on day 1.

On day 1 you get an hour or two with someone who can really get you on the right track.

You spend money to fly there and get to the resort. You spend money to stay there. You spend money to get lift tickets. You spend money to eat there. You spend money to rent a board.

Spend another $100 to get a private lesson that will propel your boarding to a new level and give you technique to work on the rest of the trip.

Also think about getting your own equipment. It will be better than the rentals, especially the boot fit. You're paying for that new equipment every two years if you rent for a week once a year.
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Yeah I might try to go a half size smaller and see how they fit. Only one store in my area sells snowboard equipment so I have to wait for a good sale.
Rule of them is that boots grow 1/2 size as the liners get pushed out. I've been told new boots should be tight, borderline too small. Toes should not be scrunched. The boots will then wear to the proper size. Boots are the second most important piece of equipment. A helmet is the most important piece.

Best time to buy is always at the end of the season. That's end of March here in Ohio.
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sounds like you're going up on your toes to rudder instead of sinking in.
To initiate your turns, put weight on your front foot, things will just happen on it's own, it's a completely different feeling than ruddering and it's 100% more efficient
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Rule of them is that boots grow 1/2 size as the liners get pushed out. I've been told new boots should be tight, borderline too small. Toes should not be scrunched. The boots will then wear to the proper size. Boots are the second most important piece of equipment. A helmet is the most important piece.

Best time to buy is always at the end of the season. That's end of March here in Ohio.
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