Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Since you have some experience with skiing, this usually really helps your progression with snowboarding. Having some muscle strength and decent balance go a long way. With out a video, I would guess the transition is one of the more common problems:
Weight is shifted to the rear as you start to point the board down the hill. This reduces your ability to steer into the turn. You may sometimes notice while trying to turn you get popped around quickly and lose your balance. This happens when you shift to the rear quickly.
Focus on keeping your weight balanced, with a bit of extra weight on the front foot. Think about putting the weight on your knee and foot. You don`t want to be standing too tall and leaning over the front of the board with the upper body.
Not bending the knees, and ankles enough. While at the same time leaning the upper body. This sort of looks like this:
The lower body is not bent/flexed at all and you initiate the turn only with the upper body.
While standing on the flat ground, try and bend your knees and ankles. Almost like you are going to do a small jump. Keeping your back up straight, and head looking in the direction you want to go. Get used to this stance while not moving. As you take it to the hill, you will likely start to unbend the knees and ankles as the speed increases. Try and focus on keep them bent and flexed.
Riding open. This means that you turn you upper body to face down the hill.
Try and keep your upper body in line with the board. You can try grabbing the sides of you pants to keep yourself in line with the board. For some people, they like to stick their hands straight out, so they can see when they are not inline with the board. Try both, but for most holding the sides of the pants works best.
Good luck and keep at it!