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Old 08-19-2013, 06:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need some help when it comes to buttering and pressing, have been boarding for a couple of years 3 or 4 times a year. Been hitting little kickers and popping little 180 with out to much trouble, but can not butter or press to save my life, even stationary. I am guessing it has something to do with my board, I am riding a Burton process v-rocker 159cm and I weigh 85kg/187pound. I am thinking I need a shorter board and I am looking at a Burton process flying v 155cm due to it being compatible with my bindings and ease to swap boards, or should I go for different make??. if some one could let me know what they think??

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I need some help when it comes to buttering and pressing, have been boarding for a couple of years 3 or 4 times a year. Been hitting little kickers and popping little 180 with out to much trouble, but can not butter or press to save my life, even stationary. I am guessing it has something to do with my board, I am riding a Burton process v-rocker 159cm and I weigh 85kg/187pound. I am thinking I need a shorter board and I am looking at a Burton process flying v 155cm due to it being compatible with my bindings and ease to swap boards, or should I go for different make??. if some one could let me know what they think??

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I think you need to practice more/improve your technique. Process V is not a difficult board to press and 159 is not significantly too long for you.

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Might I suggest you check out the Snowboardaddiction.com site. They have several very good Buttering Tutorials! They also offer a discount price for SBF members!

If you don't wish to pay for tutorials, do a search on You tube and/or Vimeo. You will find plenty of Buttering vids! Not all are as good or comprehensive as the SA tut's, but they're free so,...
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You definitely need a new board and bindings. Support your local snowboard shop!

Look for these 3 characteristics:

-elevated contact points (called 3d or diamond tech, etc)

-rocker

-super soft flex

You are now a human spredder.

edit: oh and for your jibby stick I'd suggest something more in the mid 50's, especially if you look at something with blunted tips (you should) then you could get away with as small as 154.
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I think you need to practice more/improve your technique. Process V is not a difficult board to press and 159 is not significantly to long for you.
This.

It's not the board, it's you.
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It's not the board, it's you.
Yup, that's th right size and flex, just need more practice.

Watch the vids posted higher up, maybe spend some in the back yard.
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It's a lot more about balance than bending the board though that does help. Wide stance also helps plus it's sexy.
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It's a lot more about balance than bending the board though that does help. Wide stance also helps plus it's sexy.
I agree. Finding you're center balance and being confident that the board will hold you and will not break tho its doing some serious flexing. I would start strapped in facing a bed post and flex back getting use the feel. Do it till you are confident and can balance without holding on. Then try it on snow going straight (with the same feel). When starting to rotate remember to keep your downhill edge up just a little bit.

That's what worked for me and my girlfriend.

Oh and I watched a ton of YouTube videos.

Good luck bro. You'll get it if you really want it.

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Also practicing on a skateboard doing manuals really helps get a feel for the balance!
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