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Old 02-20-2013, 12:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Drop straight down, do a full brake when you feel too fast. Then drop again. You need to know how to be aggressive with your braking. At high speeds, your quads will feel it. When your quads feel it, you need to keep holding it. Right before your quads are ready to pop/rip, do a full brake and feel the juice for one last second before taking the rest.

Attack the hill, drive down the slope, be ready to whip that tail out if you need to stop instantly.

A lot about going fast or going flat is about leg strength. It's very difficult to balance if the rider has weak legs that want to snap out of holding that crouched stance.

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Old 02-20-2013, 01:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Surr3a1 posted detailed and clear on the technique here. http://www.snowboardingforum.com/tip...ng-fast-6.html
Might be also of interest for you.
Enjoy!
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:34 AM   #13 (permalink)
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put your front hand on you front knee
+1. Actually, put both hands on your front knee (be careful not to twist your shoulders around though). This will tilt your shoulders just forward enough and parallel to the slope, counteracting your instinct to lean back.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:14 AM   #14 (permalink)
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It really is just a practice thing. The more you ride, the more comfortable you will get with speed.
This was the key for me. Get as much seat time, so to speak, as possible. Experience has been and always will be the best teacher!


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Quick question, are you flat basing or on an edge?
Getting on an edge really helped with feeling in control/confidence, for me anyway.
This definitely gives a more confident feeling under foot. However, the more you ride, the more you will understand the communication between the board and you. Even though I rarely flat base, It doesn't give that unsettling feeling.

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You need to find a place where you know your limits are being approached... the envelope if you will... and try to spend more time in that area.
This is how I learn. Once I get confidence in the fundamentals, I say fuck it and go for it. Not always the best method, but that's how I'm wired. I perform best when I'm in a sink or swim situation. The reward is the feeling of accomplishment I get drives my progression. It's a domino effect for me.

Oh yeah, and as long as you know how to stop, you'll be fine. Good luck man!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:18 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Another thing to do is:

Go to a very familair and easy run...keep at it and learn to straight line it. While doing this run...make sure:
1) you remain in the front seat,
2) get your alignment and stacking together,
3) work on getting low...crouching down and,
4) then learn to do cross under turns...snapping from edge to edge.

Once you get these things going, your confidence to attack steeper runs will be greater.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:22 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I would add another thought in here. Maybe straight lining to the point of being uncomfortable isn't the best way to improve your technique?!? I would suggest working on really solid slider turns and carves, and your speed will naturally come up. You'll also be better prepared for handling that speed.

The only time I ever straight line is if I'm trying to get through a long traverse, or if I'm trying to build speed to get into some really hard carving. Otherwise it's not really that fun!?!
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:44 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Pretend theres a big wad of cash on your nose and try to pick it up during your turns... like the horse/carrot idea. It's so much easier to turn and control yourself when your forward in your stance though, just keep at it.
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Otherwise it's not really that fun!?!
Take that back! I'm not saying do it during learning but yes it is fun haha.
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Take that back! I'm not saying do it during learning but yes it is fun haha.
Okay okay it's fun SOMETIMES! Only if it leads into a jump or a hard carve though. If you just straight line and then slow down again at the bottom it's quite anti-climactic!
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Okay okay it's fun SOMETIMES! Only if it leads into a jump or a hard carve though. If you just straight line and then slow down again at the bottom it's quite anti-climactic!
For me it's when it leads into weightlessness over rollers, sheer speed and when you get to the bottom your heart has to catch up with the rest of you.
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