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Old 04-09-2013, 07:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info Jed/Extremo. So far my problems with boardsliding on a box have mainly been due to the difference in frictional resistance - i seem to have some muscle memory that causes me to lean back as if it was snow, and subsequently land on my ass when the board comes out in front of me.

Seems postage to Japan is fairly expensive on both of those options though Perhaps its just cheaper to grab a skateboard and go for a skate this summer


P.S. Scotty, i promise i was trying not to laugh at these kids, and i have the utmost respect for anyone 'giving it a go', but seeing someone try something that was so obviously over their heads was somewhat amusing....

Granted next year they may be absolute heroes on the rail (and maybe they will be able to link turns!), and i would just be doing all the slams they were doing this year
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
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So far my problems with boardsliding on a box have mainly been due to the difference in frictional resistance - i seem to have some muscle memory that causes me to lean back as if it was snow, and subsequently land on my ass when the board comes out in front of me.
This is pretty common for anyone starting out. You have no edge control on a box so your habits on snow don't translate onto a box/rail. The snowboard addiction series addresses all of this. It's pretty good. You'll learn a lot. Def something I wish I had when I was starting out.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:53 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info Jed/Extremo. So far my problems with boardsliding on a box have mainly been due to the difference in frictional resistance - i seem to have some muscle memory that causes me to lean back as if it was snow, and subsequently land on my ass when the board comes out in front of me.

Seems postage to Japan is fairly expensive on both of those options though Perhaps its just cheaper to grab a skateboard and go for a skate this summer


P.S. Scotty, i promise i was trying not to laugh at these kids, and i have the utmost respect for anyone 'giving it a go', but seeing someone try something that was so obviously over their heads was somewhat amusing....

Granted next year they may be absolute heroes on the rail (and maybe they will be able to link turns!), and i would just be doing all the slams they were doing this year
Yah, I definitely make sure the jibbing I try is something that I'm ready for! I hope that I can pick up a rocker board for the advantages they have got on the rails
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Apart from park riding, if you can get out and work on hard carving and technical lines, it'll translate into better park riding too...
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Apart from park riding, if you can get out and work on hard carving and technical lines, it'll translate into better park riding too...
Im guessing that this just helps with overall control?
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Im guessing that this just helps with overall control?
Basically yeah. Being able to turn and carve really well and as well as having quick control of your snowboard and how it performs translates to better control and execution in the park.

It's one of those things that just trains general skills that come in handy in any area of snowboarding.
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Im guessing that this just helps with overall control?
Yeah, as you go bigger and bigger on jumps the landings get steeper and steeper. In less than ideal snow these could be steep and rough, and you're landing in the middle of it. Being able to control your board in variable conditions will pay dividends in the park...
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Not sure if my contributions count as a thread-jacking, but i will have to add my support to the Snowboard Addiction (and Snomie) video series. Went out for one last trip this season (by myself this time - normally go with my wife). I bought a bunch of protective gear (impact shorts, knee guards with inbuilt shin protectors, and a spine protector - ok so i am starting to get paranoid at my age), and decided to tackle the rail features...

It was actually one tip from one of the vids (cant remember which, but think it was the SA one) that really made everything click: "Make sure your body is perpendicular to the rail/box feature"

Once i had this in my mind (and the confidence from knowing i wouldnt smash my knees/tailbone if i fell), i progressed further than i had hoped to: Frontside boardslide (on flat boxes), Backside boardslide like a boss (flat, sloped, rainbow), spinning boardslides (flat boxes), 50-50s on flat and sloped rails, and backside railslides.

Still not sure if it gives the same rush as sticking a 20foot jump but sure feels great. This was most likely the last day of my season, but i will be buying the full SA set a month or 2 before next season starts (it will be too frustrating to watch over summer). Awesome vids!
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