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Old 12-15-2012, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to go fast without catching edges?

Everytime I seem to get going fast, I end up flat-basing and catch an edge. Any tips on how to stop doing this?
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Everytime I seem to get going fast, I end up flat-basing and catch an edge. Any tips on how to stop doing this?

Stop flatbasing and keep a higher edge angle . It will take some practice and feel, you seem new so it will come with more time.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Stop flatbasing and keep a higher edge angle . It will take some practice and feel, you seem new so it will come with more time.
Yup, quite simply stay on one edge or the other. You can't catch an edge if you're already engaging one.
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If you're carrying any real speed whatsoever you should always be "pressuring" an edge. Not to the point you're turning, just slight enough that the edge is in contact with the snow.

Like Hobo said, you can't catch an edge if you're already on one.
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you can go fast and flatbased but you better be in the front seat driving...sounds like you are in the backseat
...you can do it from the backseat but you better know what ur doin....and apparently you don't...so get in the front seat
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you can go fast and flatbased but you better be in the front seat driving...sounds like you are in the backseat
...you can do it from the backseat but you better know what ur doin....and apparently you don't...so get in the front seat
I think what this guy is saying is try to keep weight over your front foot. I also try to keep my shoulders parallel to the board when flatbasing to make sure its not going to start turning on me.
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I think what this guy is saying is try to keep weight over your front foot. I also try to keep my shoulders parallel to the board when flatbasing to make sure its not going to start turning on me.
Thanks...yes. If your board is generally going down the fall line and your weight is on the nose....there is no edge to catch. To demostrate to yourself, put a 10 pound bag of sand in your front binding and it will go right down the fall line and not catch and edge. Next, put the bag in your back binding and the tail will swing around to go first...meaning when your weight in in the back seat. Additionally if your shoulders and hips are not closed/paraelle (or rotated open) this will also add the tendency for the tail to swing around...and when it does you are at much greater risk for catching an edge.

A way to practice not catching an edge at a slow speed is to ride 1 footy or on flat cat tracks.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Just wanted to re-iterate what everyone so far has been saying.

I used to have the same problem as you when I first started too, but the thing that really changed my perception was to realize that you rarely ever want to flat base. And the faster you go, the worse it is to flat base because then you don't have as much control over your board. It starts to shift and get all squirrel-y under you.

A good thing to practice this season would be to start always staying on an edge as you pick up speed and start making your carves as straight down slope as possible. Once you get comfortable with that start bringing your board back down closer to flat base but always keep pressure on 1 edge at all times. Once you get the hand of this it will be second nature and the only times you'll ever truly flatbase from here on out is off the chair or maybe when you're just cruising along at a snail's pace.
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Just wanted to re-iterate what everyone so far has been saying.

I used to have the same problem as you when I first started too, but the thing that really changed my perception was to realize that you rarely ever want to flat base. And the faster you go, the worse it is to flat base because then you don't have as much control over your board. It starts to shift and get all squirrel-y under you.

A good thing to practice this season would be to start always staying on an edge as you pick up speed and start making your carves as straight down slope as possible. Once you get comfortable with that start bringing your board back down closer to flat base but always keep pressure on 1 edge at all times. Once you get the hand of this it will be second nature and the only times you'll ever truly flatbase from here on out is off the chair or maybe when you're just cruising along at a snail's pace.
Mmmm dunno if I agree. I have flat based at massive speeds. It's about keeping your weight over your front foot and your shoulders in line with the board. If you are on an edge you are washing speed off
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Mmmm dunno if I agree. I have flat based at massive speeds. It's about keeping your weight over your front foot and your shoulders in line with the board. If you are on an edge you are washing speed off
But then you come by a small piece of ice that engages your edge thattaway.

You can adjust it back but sometimes its hairy.
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