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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Welll, I had my friend sorta teach me, but he had only been riding a year and told me to do exactly what you just said not to do. To carve I maybe only use my foward foot by literally like lifting my heel up, which causes cramps so I know I'm doing it wrong. The majority of my carving is my back foot by sorta kicking it out using my calf and heel a bit. I try to keep my knees bent but when I start carving I naturally wanna straighten my back. I lean somewhat sideways, none backward or forward, and dont lift my edge up too much because I feel like I'll fall, which I probably won't. I do ask some of the other riders for advice buuuut they're all dicks and just tell me to quit, say I'm trash, ect haha
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Welll, I had my friend sorta teach me, but he had only been riding a year and told me to do exactly what you just said not to do. ...
Stop right there and take a lesson. One, maybe two is probably all you will need to feel 100% more comfortable and confident on the slopes, correct some bad habits, and start to develop good habits & correct technique & muscle memory.

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I do ask some of the other riders for advice buuuut they're all dicks and just tell me to quit, say I'm trash, ect haha
Haters gonna hate. In all honesty though, most of them - although competent snowboarders - probably couldn't come close to *communicating* what you need to do the way Snowolf or another instructor could.
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Stop right there and take a lesson. One, maybe two is probably all you will need to feel 100% more comfortable and confident on the slopes, correct some bad habits, and start to develop good habits & correct technique & muscle memory.


Haters gonna hate. In all honesty though, most of them - although competent snowboarders - probably couldn't come close to *communicating* what you need to do the way Snowolf or another instructor could.
^^^ What He said!! ^^^

I'm not sure, but wasn't there a thread here somewhere that had a lot of Snowolf's YouTube snowboard instructional links??? I remember watching a bunch of them, but I can't recall if they were all posted in one thread or not! If not, maybe go over 2 YT & search Snowolf? LOTs of good tips & technique!!

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That's the thread I was talkin' bout!!! Lots of good info. Still, as SW & others have already said,.. Nothing is as good as face to face time with a good instructor!

My first few months, I had lots of little "issues" with my riding that I couldn't have even identified let alone corrected all on my own. You really need someone competent who can give you instant feedback on the "bad habits" that could b tripping you up!

The biggest benefit being, with an instructor once you experience in real time, the difference between how it feels to ride with proper form & with your bad habits corrected, that feedback is doubly reinforced and it will start to become "good habit"!

Thanks SW for posting that thread link!

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I'm also a fan of Free Learn to Snowboard Videos | SnowProfessor Those video along with Snowolf's video made a drastic improvement in my riding.


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Alright so I watched all the videos and I can't wait to try these tips out when my local resort opens. They helped on how I should be leaning and bending my knees but I'm having a hard time understanding lifting my toes or heel, pressing down, ect with which foot to initiate certain turns. Also, I somewhat understand differences between turns but when to use which I dunno.
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Alright so I watched all the videos and I can't wait to try these tips out when my local resort opens. They helped on how I should be leaning and bending my knees but I'm having a hard time understanding lifting my toes or heel, pressing down, ect with which foot to initiate certain turns. Also, I somewhat understand differences between turns but when to use which I dunno.
Don't sweat it, it'll all come. If there's one piece of advice above all else, one thing that beginners do wrong more than anything else, it's going back-seat -- putting your weight on your back leg. This one mistake is good for probably more than 90% of beginner problems. Make a point of checking your weight distribution OFTEN. Don't let yourself get into the bad habit.


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Gotchaaaa, this honestly helps so much!! Another thing is my body is to stay perpendicular to my board at all time, correct? and my knees are to always be bent slightly but when I'm carving do I bend more?..
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Don't sweat it, it'll all come. If there's one piece of advice above all else, one thing that beginners do wrong more than anything else, it's going back-seat -- putting your weight on your back leg. This one mistake is good for probably more than 90% of beginner problems. Make a point of checking your weight distribution OFTEN. Don't let yourself get into the bad habit.
That was one my worst habbits. I always went to the backseat and started to swirl my backfoot to initiate my turns. I can't keep on saying how important lessons are.

I always go 2 weeks to the resort divided in 1 week lessons, 1 week practise. Great combination and fun!

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