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Old 11-16-2013, 11:57 AM   #2181 (permalink)
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Quick question...I'm using my lead foot to guide and ruddering the back end of my board. I ride with my shoulders pretty open and although this feels comfortable to me, I've read that this is poor form? And it's setting me up to plateau once I start attempting more advanced runs/tricks?
Yep, that'd be about right. If it hasn't been mentioned already, take a lesson or two. Private if you can afford it. I've done that at least once every season and it's well worth it.

Snowboarding properly has "big" rules like keeping your shoulders parallel to the board at all times and keeping your weight forward 60/40 at all times. Then it has more subtle rules like when NOT to keep your shoulders parallel and your weight forward . As you progress, you'll start to use the more subtle movements and expand your abilities, but if you haven't got the big ones working right, you're basically arsed.

Of course if you snowboard long enough and you're athletic enough, you can get really good even with bad form -- but it'll take longer and you won't be as good as you could have been.
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:49 PM   #2182 (permalink)
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Thanks for the welcomes and responses guys. I'll be using the gear I got until I get my form corrected and more confidence riding.

Quick question...I'm using my lead foot to guide and ruddering the back end of my board. I ride with my shoulders pretty open and although this feels comfortable to me, I've read that this is poor form? And it's setting me up to plateau once I start attempting more advanced runs/tricks?
yep,.....you wanna break yourself of that habit asap.....
you don't have to ride like a "stick",....not moving your shoulders past your heelside or toeside EVER......but for the most part, you want to shoot for having your shoulders relatively parallel and then moving slightly past the edge when initiating a transition, but not big open, sloppy shoulder swings.
what it does is keeps your body and board relatively "one" instead of your upper and lower body moving independently, throwing off your timing, strength and technique.
when you go toeside,.....your rear arm will tend to go out past your toe edge,.....alittle of this is ok.........it's more important to keep your lead shoulder within a close range of the nose of your board,......as you gain experience you'll see how it improves your technique.
there are a lot of threads on proper carving/body positioning .....read until you have to pick your eyes up off the floor!......hahaha
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:53 PM   #2183 (permalink)
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Thanks for the welcomes and responses guys. I'll be using the gear I got until I get my form corrected and more confidence riding.

Quick question...I'm using my lead foot to guide and ruddering the back end of my board. I ride with my shoulders pretty open and although this feels comfortable to me, I've read that this is poor form? And it's setting me up to plateau once I start attempting more advanced runs/tricks?
the reason it feels "comfortable" now is because beginners feel more comfortable facing forward. they're not used to going down a hill sideways....
but you have to stop yourself from opening up so much and you will eventually see why it's so important.
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Old 11-16-2013, 03:31 PM   #2184 (permalink)
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Right on. I'll be sure to break the habit and see if I can get some guidance on the mountain from an instructor. Thanks again guys.


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Old 11-19-2013, 02:49 PM   #2185 (permalink)
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Hows it going, been reading these forums for a while. figured id join.

Ive been snowboarding for maybe 8 years, but living in Aus that was only like 1 week a year at either perisher or over in NZ. I did a month over at squaw valley near lake tahoe. and ive hit a few spots in norway over the last 2 years. pretty much gonna marry my norwegian chick now so i gave up the sun and beaches of Australia for the snow.

Ive always loved board sports. surf and skate pretty much every day back home, this will be my first full winter snow season ever so just got myself a new setup. looking forward to a big dump here so i can ride. been skating around the local area sussing out some street gaps and a few things in the woods behind me that im really hoping turn out sick. would love to find fellow riders around oslo area that are keen to shred.

Cheers, I hope you all have a rad season. i know i will.
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Old 11-24-2013, 12:48 AM   #2186 (permalink)
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Hey all. New guy here. Been riding on and off the better part of two decades. I'm currently living in Alaska and super stoked to be here but, originally, I hail from Portland, OR. If there's anyone in the Anchorage area, hit me up. I'm always looking for people to go ride with.
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:46 PM   #2187 (permalink)
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Hello all, I just decided to join your forum. I started snowboarding in the late 80's and rode alot up till about '98 or '99. Life kids and career moves kinda got in the way and took a break from boarding till december of 2012 when I started back up again. It was like I went through a time warp, the gear is totally different and much more advanced, had to learn alot about new equipt. real fast. Since last yr I've developed a small arsenal of boards, and gotten my 13 yr old daughter and 10 yr old son into boarding. We live in WA and the places we usually ride are Snoqualmie area, White Pass, and Hood Area.
Thanks for providing a great place to come and learn...
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:44 PM   #2188 (permalink)
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I'm 14, I live in Minnesota, I've been snowboarding for like almost 7 years and it is my favorite thing to do. I don't fully understand what to do on this website so if someone could explain that would be awesome haha
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:02 PM   #2189 (permalink)
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I'm 14, I live in Minnesota, I've been snowboarding for like almost 7 years and it is my favorite thing to do. I don't fully understand what to do on this website so if someone could explain that would be awesome haha
Welcome fellow midwesterner. Where do you ride at? Mostly what we do here is share information about gear, conditions and other things. We also talk a fair amount of smack.
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:09 PM   #2190 (permalink)
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I ride usually at Buck Hill and all over MN, and occasionally Trollhaugen and Wild Mountain in WI, it's pretty cool that most places are starting to open up so early!
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