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Old 10-14-2008, 04:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Initiating a turn

I remember during my lessons when i first started snowboarding the guy telling me to initiate my turns by dropping your toe and picking your heel up to turn and visa versa.

Thinking about it now I think I just turn by using my shoulders/upper body/legs

Is that how it is normally taught? That you should initiate turns using your heel/toe?
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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proper turn initiation starts with the feet ankles knees an hips.. bottom up not top down. Using the upper body to initiate is wrong. You were taught torsional steering which twists the board and changes your edge angle which enables a smooth edge transition. You were taught the correct method..
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Using your shoulders is a terrible way to turn. It is just bad technique. I used to do this my second year and my coach was so aggravated cause i couldn't break the habit.
You always need to keep your shoulders aligned with the rest of your body when carving.
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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you are working way to hard to turn. Let the snowboard do the work for you. like others in this thread have said. bottom up, first ankles, then knees, then hips ect. you can do this by opening and closing your ankle joint. If you are on your heel side edge looking down the mountain. First, push your front toe down. this will make your board start to go down hill. Once your board is at about a 45 or less to the fall line, push down on your back toe. This will finish your turn. Congrats, you just did a skidded toe side turn, now do the same to go heel side. First, lift up on your toe, the board will start to go down hill. once you hit your 45 or less, lift up on your back toe to complete the turn.

Rinse and repeat.
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