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Old 02-17-2014, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all .. nice to meet you.

I am brand new to snowboarding and this forum, so bare with me.
My 9 year old daughter has expressed she would love to try snowboarding, so I put her in few weekends ago. She has had 4 lessons since than, one and a half hour long each time. She has just finished her beginner lessons and is now moved to improvement snowboarding classes. I spoke with her instructors and both have advised me that she is improving greatly (which was expected) but that she is and I quote "toe rider" which is rare. I am sorry I sound ignorant but what does that mean. I didnt have time too much to chit chat with the instructor as it was extremly busy that day. So here I am, asking you guys. Keep in mind, we are all new to this.
Also, watching her ride, she seems to be ok going forward but when she is learning backwards boarding she seems too scared and falls a lot. How can I help her improve this and whats the best method for this? She has told me the reason why she does it is because she is a bit nervous. She seems to really love snowboarding and I encourage her as much as I can.

Another thing I was confused at was that very first lesson, she had a rental (her bindings werent mounted on her own board since they sold me wrong ones and had to exchange them) so when she got her rental board they gave her board based on which is foot you kick soccer ball with and she did with right foot. So, when I went to the store to exchange her bindings and get them mounted on her board, they put it right foot forward. However, second lesson her instructor had to change it and fix her board since she was left food forward. So, she writes with her right hand. I am trying to take this all in but I have to be honest with myself, and say help me fellow boarders...

I am planning on taking snowboard lessons myself as we live close to Banff and we love going there. Anyway, I am glad I found this forum and I am sure I will be coming back with more questions

Thank you all!
Nina

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Old 02-17-2014, 08:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think they mean she favors riding her toe side edge over heel side edge. Thats the only thing I can think of. I know for myself riding toe side causes leg fatigue a lot faster. Heel side is more relaxing. So maybe thats what they are referring to. Her preferring and feeling more comfortable on her toe side than her heel side.


As for as which foot is first, their method of which foot you kick with is a bad one. A better method would be to have her take a short run and slide across the floor. The foot that naturally goes first is the way she should probably ride a board.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I can sympathize being more comfortable riding on my tie side as well. Sounds like she is just afraid of picking up speed and is leaning back. She'll need to get over this fear and put her weight over her front foot. She'll have more control this way. It will come with time as she gets more confident with handling speed.

I'm not quite sure what you're asking regarding her stance. Are you unsure of whether or not she rides regular (left foot forward) or goofy (right foot forward)? If so, the test that makes the most sense to me is have her slide across a hardwood/tile floor with her socks on. The way she faces when sliding with her sock should be the way she rides on a snowboard.
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I think they mean she favors riding her toe side edge over heel side edge. Thats the only thing I can think of. I know for myself riding toe side causes leg fatigue a lot faster. Heel side is more relaxing. So maybe thats what they are referring to. Her preferring and feeling more comfortable on her toe side than her heel side.


As for as which foot is first, their method of which foot you kick with is a bad one. A better method would be to have her take a short run and slide across the floor. The foot that naturally goes first is the way she should probably ride a board.

Oh I see, so its just a preference. The way they explained it to encourage that, made me feel like its something different and I wouldnt even know where to start to encourage that...


Oh ok, I will try this and see. Good method, thank you. She seems fine with the left foot forward as thats what she has been doing, but I will check this out and see!

Thank you for your reply.
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I can sympathize being more comfortable riding on my tie side as well. Sounds like she is just afraid of picking up speed and is leaning back. She'll need to get over this fear and put her weight over her front foot. She'll have more control this way. It will come with time as she gets more confident with handling speed.

I'm not quite sure what you're asking regarding her stance. Are you unsure of whether or not she rides regular (left foot forward) or goofy (right foot forward)? If so, the test that makes the most sense to me is have her slide across a hardwood/tile floor with her socks on. The way she faces when sliding with her sock should be the way she rides on a snowboard.
Yes, I think you are right there saying she might be scared. I saw a patern yesterday and when she knows how to do something, she gets in line first, then when its time for something she is scared she is last one in line. The hill where they practice seems a bit intimidating even for an adult (me) lol... and they only had one day (half a lesson) on bunny hill... (I think they still consider that top hill "bunny hill") trust me, it does not look like a bunny hill. So, this might be where her fear set in, she basically only had half a class to learn to come down that big hill...I am sure she will get better with time, I just want to inform myself and to be able to know where to encourage her and teach her right way, instead of guessing. So thank you again..

I will most def. ask her to slide on the floor just to make sure.
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as she progresses she's going to want to be able to ride goofy, and regular. better known as riding switch. now i am by no means a pro, but riding switch is the next big thing that they will work on after she's up and carving i think.
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as she progresses she's going to want to be able to ride goofy, and regular. better known as riding switch. now i am by no means a pro, but riding switch is the next big thing that they will work on after she's up and carving i think.

This is good to know when they start throwing those words at me, to at least not look like a complete idiot! Thanks
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Have her grab her pants leg on the inside of her knees and keep her hands in that area. It helps keep in form, knees bent and generally more stable.
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Your daughter might be a natural goofy rider or is ambidextrous. When my daughter started, we and instructors had her and teaching her regular and she was very strong toeside. Well a season and half later, she switched to a goofy rider and it was easier and she immediately took off on progressing. The good thing was she was a decent switch rider because she learned switch first.

Start riding with your daughter....its a great experience for both...still riding occasionally with mine.
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