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Old 11-14-2012, 06:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so it's almost time
this is my second season
last year i went to baker about 10 times
sunpeaks for a week
and revelstoke for almost a week
and hemlock with kids a few times.

i have no issues riding anywhere but long straight aways destroy me.

if anyone has boarded revelstoke bowl.........then to next lift.........i swear it's almost a mile on a straight away about 15-20 feet wide.
i caught so many edges.....wiped out million times........ started to go too fast for my liking.

any suggestions?
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Keep practicing. Usually long open mellow areas are the best for beginners. Also, the most dangerous too since they think they can start flying and be safe.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Two options: practice making short frequent turns, this will limit the speed.. or my preference, see if you can tail press the entire way
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in spots where it feels like you need to keep a flat base to keep speed stay as flat as you can - while still favoring one edge over the other. you can even kind of 'micro carve' and switch from flat/heel to flat/toes.. its when you get truly flat-based and standing up tall that you catch the worst edges.

that's another thing: keep you knees bent and stay aggressive. too many people get to the runout or the cat track and they stand up perfectly straight and start fucking with their iphone and the next thing you know - scorpion!
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks for the quick responses
I found that once going fast on the straight aways if i felt i was going to fast i would slow down, heel or toe............. then it sometimes would come back and bite me........where i would have to do the walk of shame..... unbind and walk........ffs.
also i noticed that sometimes i would do the speed wabble...........i'm assuming i had too much weight on my front foot ( i ride goofy)
i also realize it's a confidence thing to........ but pain is a good mental block for me.
my tail bone still hurts from a fall back in feburary.
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If you're on an edge, you can't catch an edge. Keep on pushing yourself as you ride. Don't ride balls out but take yourself just outside your comfort zone.
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Cat tracks were the bane of my existence when I started last year. I hated them, literaly avoided them at all cost. But as the season went on I just learned to deal with them. My method is the short turns back and forth to bleed off speed.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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in spots where it feels like you need to keep a flat base to keep speed stay as flat as you can - while still favoring one edge over the other. you can even kind of 'micro carve' and switch from flat/heel to flat/toes.. its when you get truly flat-based and standing up tall that you catch the worst edges.
Exactly, gotta micro carve as shred called it. You should basically NEVER be flat on the base of your board when snowboarding. Get flatbasing out of your head. On a long flat just rock from edge to edge doing really light carves. If you get too much speed just carve a little harder...
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Cat tracks were the bane of my existence when I started last year. I hated them, literaly avoided them at all cost. But as the season went on I just learned to deal with them. My method is the short turns back and forth to bleed off speed.
Like you before I just hate cat-tracks. But by learning to do turns in narrow area, I just love them as long as it is not too steep and where I can do turns while going down. I straighted lined down the lift tracks that was not been use with one of my buddy and we must have gone down 60-70km and it was great...
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You should basically NEVER be flat on the base of your board when snowboarding. Get flatbasing out of your head. ..
I agree that as a beginner you should forget about flat basing as you will catch a nasty edge.
However as you get better flat basing can actually be used to gain speed for flat run outs. I do it all the time, I can get a lot more speed by not putting an edge into the snow.
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