＜Easy Ways to Check your Stance＞
For those who want make things simple, here are tips on how to stand over the board.
This position is seen from the Toe or Heel.
Check your Triangle that made by your head and feet.
So you will be in a stable balance with your head above the center of the board.
Watch any how to videos with these 5 rules!
This tutorial shows you how to manage your practicing by having a coach in mind.
Tips in this video might not telling you how to do a trick specifically, but you will be noticed that they helps you more than typical trick tips later.
So you can learn tricks faster and more reliably with these 5 rules.
Now I’ll let you in on some secrets straight from a coach’s brain
3. Minimize Your Upper Body Rotation
Since you ride sideways in snowboarding, it's only natural to think that your body is facing sideways when on the slopes right?
Ordinarily however, humans face forward, living their day to day lives.
Since facing forward is human's natural posture, most snowboarders face forward without thinking about it when on the slopes.
Since humans live their lives facing forward, it is optimal for our bones, muscles, etc. to face the front when moving.
Because of this, a posture in which the whole body faces forward makes it easy for us to maintain balance and be able to use muscle effectively.
2. Bend Your Ankles
When we talk about standing position, we know that the center of the board is where we should be.
However how do you check your position?
There are 4 ways to check your standing position.
1. Nose to Tail balance
2. Toe to Heel balance
3. Rotational balance
4. Vertical balance
1. Weight On The Back Leg
Before we start let me ask you a question, where do you think is the best place to stand over your snowboard while riding?
The center of the snowboard would be the typical answer to this question, and I would agree with this answer sometimes BUT!
Did you know that this only works best in certain terrain and snow conditions?
For example, when riding on groomed terrain with not much speed,
keeping your weight in the center of the board is certainly the best, but please watch this video carefully… are they really standing over the center of the board?
While it may look like their weight is in the middle this is not always true, especially when approaching the jump and before takeoff.
When riding downhill all obstacles and bumps are going to hit us from the front meaning the nose of the snowboard is usually the first to take the impact.
If your weight is directly in the middle of the snowboard when this happens your body will keep its momentum and your snowboard will lose momentum due to the impact on the nose.
This will cause your weight to shift towards your front foot and nose, which is not a stable riding position so the rider will be more likely to fall down.
Ok now how can we prevent ourselves from losing balance in situations like this?
Try shifting your weight to your back leg.
If your weight is near the back of the snowboard when you hit a bump, you will still shift slightly forward but your weight will now stay closer to the center instead of being pushed all the way to the nose.
This will also make your nose lighter, and your snowboard will more easily pass over small obstacles and bumps.
Here are some examples of when you should have less weight on your front leg.
When riding in powder, it is essential to keep your weight over your back leg.
This will keep your nose above the snow and allow you to float on top.
This position will help keep the rider balanced and avoid get thrown forward when passing over the moguls too.
Any rail that requires you to jump on from the side will most likely be set up fairly high.
This means getting a good pop is Key to locking into the rail properly.
To get a good “pop” or “ollie” you must first shift your weight to the rear leg, this will make your nose lighter and easier to lift onto the rail and avoid smashing into it.
The angle of a park jump points up and into the air, so if the rider has their weight in the middle and stands up straight aligning their body with gravity, it will gradually shift their weight to the front leg as they move up the lip.
We want to avoid this by keeping our weight near the back leg as we ride up the jump.
Keeping your weight near your back leg when turning can also be a good idea as it will allow for better edge grip in the snow due to the strong pressure at a point under the back leg.
Too much pressure on both feet while turning can cause the snowboard to bounce because it will be harder to release the pressure.
For example, a racer will sometimes stand with less weight over the front leg and more pressure over the back leg.
This helps to release the forward pressure over the snowboard throughout the turn.
This will help the rider avoid losing grip with the snow through bouncing or “chattering” and will also increase acceleration.
This is useful in all snow conditions, but becomes exceptionally handy in the more challenging terrain.
Those of you who are beginning to feel more comfortable on your snowboard, and want to start moving on to the harder terrain should first try learning how to ride and turn while holding most of your body weight over your back leg.
Here is an example of one of the incorrect body positions typically used by beginners.
An ideal riding position on challenging terrain will be the opposite of this.
Review the video once more and now what do you think!?
Be sure to check back for Key #2 on how to get a better all-around riding position!!
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We have learned how to ride steep terrain with using your eye sight and upper body so far.
This time we will learn how to use our lower body to make turns on steep terrain.
This skill might be challenging for some of you since it will require you to have stronger balance while turning.
Ok, now let's begin!
3. Lower Body
If you could consistently make nice turns by using your upper body, next, try to use your lower body.
Since your lower body is much closer to your board than your head and upper body, your board react much quicker after rotating your lower body.
This time you can focus on rotating knees and ankles.
Reason why advance riders are riding such stable without much body rotation is because they use their knees and ankles.
Since this way to make turns don’t require you much body movement you can ride with less effort, and maintaining your balance while turning will be increased too.
You can start practicing this movement from gentle slopes.
Try rotating your knees first to make turns.
And next, try rotating your feet in your boots to make turns.
You can compare this way to make turns with rotating your upper body.
Then you will be noticed that by using your lower body your board start turning quicker.
Also, you might be noticed that your hips or whole your upper body are following your lower body.
Furthermore, rotating your knees and feet (ankles) are physically twisting your board toward the toe and heel side as well.
Therefore, you make edge angle to start turns by rotating your lower body.
As we learned here, rotating your body help to make turns.
But we also learned if all body parts work together, we can get the best result.
For example, if your lower body is turning right but your shoulders are turning left, you will make things difficult.
Try not to hinder each body to rotate to right direction by the other body parts rotating toward opposite site.
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With the last article we have learned rotating our "Line of Sight" to initiate turns on steep terrain.
For people who solved your issue with the last article, congratulations!
For people who still have an issue to initiate turns on steep terrain, here is next tip for you.
Now let's begin!
2. Upper Body
Now we can focus on rotating our upper body.
While beginner snowboarders are taking a lesson, instructors sometimes let his students focus on rotating arms and shoulders as well as gaze.
It is not wrong way to make nice turns but if you understand the core fact of these rotational movement, you will get deeper understanding and make it much easier.
Rotating arms and shoulders are to turn your board.
But do you really think rotating arms and shoulders are enough to turn your board?
It's actually not enough.
Let's analyze what will happen when you rotate arms and shoulders.
First visualize spinning your body.
You will use your arms to generate spin.
Then your shoulders follow your arms.
People who don’t get much spin at this point, they rotate only arms and shoulders but don’t rotate whole their upper body.
Same issue is actually happening while people are making turns.
You can use your arms and shoulders, but rather try to focus more on rotating whole upper body.
With my coaching experience, I can say that this way is much effective to make nice turns.
Or you can focus on rotating hips to get same result with rotating whole your upper body.
You can try both ways and find the one which you feel better.
We just focus on different body parts this time but how to rotate your upper body is exact same as rotating your gaze.
Rotate gradually and point it just little ahead of where we are going.
Think if you have eyes on your chest and hips, and just rotate them as your head.
Rotating your whole body might be easy while in the heel side turns, but might be scary while in the toe side turns since you face and lean toward downhill at same time to start turning.
This is the most reason people stop rotating their upper body in the middle of the toe side turns and they can’t complete it.
Start practicing it from gentle slopes and gradually move on to steeper terrain.
If you still struggling to get over the fear, try to be small while toe side turns.
Hope you solve your issue with the tip we've learned in this article.
However we have more tips and will introduce it next time so please come back again!
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Last time with my post on this blog, we focused on the standing position to ride steep terrain.
That skill is the most important to ride steep terrain but that is not enough yet.
Here we can learn next skill to make your turns easy on steeps.
While coaching students riding steep terrain, I see many students who is riding with good standing position over the board but they can’t control speed and turn shapes sometimes.
There might be another reason but you can first focus on Rotational movement while turning on steeps.
Snowboard is made with a side cut which is rounded shape along the edges.
When you lean your body and board right or left while riding the slopes, this shape will enable you to turn easily.
However, leaning your body and board on steeps is not that easy for beginners and sometimes for intermediate riders.
So for those people I’m suggesting to focus more on rotation instead of leaning your body.
Now how can we rotate our body to make turns easier on the steeps?
Here we can talk about it by focusing on 3 body parts.
1. Line of Sight
To start, let’s focus on using your head to rotate your body and make turns easier.
Line of sight which is very important for all snowboarders at any level while snowboarding.
When you start your heel side turns, snowboard is about perpendicular to the downhill while standing on the toe edge.
Whatever if you are not moving or moving toward the nose side of your board at this point, rotate your gaze gradually toward downhill.
But try not to rotate it too far and point it just little ahead of your turn arc while turning.
As we are doing so while driving a car and bike, we are searching and being ready by seeing little ahead of where we are going.
Therefore, we can maintain balance and be ready for any changes while snowboarding, and so we can make nice turns.
While sending your gaze little ahead of where you are going, try not to look too close to you.
This way your head is leaning forward so that your body balance while turning will be unstable.
Try looking up to make nice turns.
For your toe side turns, we can apply same method.
More people are struggling with toe side turns than heel side turns.
Most common failure while toe side turn is locking your gaze downhill at the middle of the turn arc.
If your gaze is locked while your board is pointing straight the hill, your body start leaning uphill due to fear to accelerate.
As a result you gain more speed and can’t control your turns.
More failure while toe side turns is rotating your gaze too far and too early.
Because you are not look at where you are going by rotating it too much, your body balance will be difficult to maintain.
Therefore, your body lean too much or too early toward inside of the turn arc.
And your toe edge catches the snow and you will fall.
This case of fail is happening not only while turning on steeps but while beginner is learning turns too.
Once again, try to rotate your gaze gradually toward downhill and point it just little ahead of your turn arc while turning.
However, where can you look at when your turn is about to complete?
Beginner snowboarders tend to keep rotating their gaze at the end of the turns so their gaze is pointing uphill at the end of the turn.
Please remember that we are just looking at little ahead of where we are going.
So we can predict and be ready for the next.
At the end of the turn, where we want to go is not uphill but where your board is pointing.
Try to visualize someone riding several meters ahead of you and try to follow him with your gaze while riding on steeps.
Then your gaze will be always at right position to make nice turns.
Next time, we will focus on using Upper Body for better management our turns on steeps.
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Can you keep turning comfortably on Speeps, Bumps, Powder and so on?
For most people who is feeling uncomfortable while turning on those slopes, they should focus their toe side turns.
Initiating heel side turns are easier than toe side turns because you can face forward direction while initiating turns so that you add a rotational movement naturally to the direction to go.
Ok then, what is happening while you are struggling initiating toe side turn?
Let's watch this video and figure it out!
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I have been teaching beginners over 10 years and there are three common mistakes that I found in their riding.
This time I’ll introduce and think about it with you.
Firstly, here are three common mistakes that beginners typically make while turning.
1. Looking down or lock the gaze downhill
2. Not changing the direction after finishing turns
3. Leaning back while turning
Ok, now let’s found out what is happening and how we can solve it.
1, Where to look while turning
Beginners are typically looking down while turning.
Since snowboarding is the balancing sports and if you are looking just very close to you, it’ll be hard for you to maintain balance as you can’t see what is coming to you in next few seconds.
However looking too far is also not good idea as you can’t see what is coming under your feet.
So try to look 3 to 5 meters away from your body then you can see your feet and view around you at same time.
Beginners are also not looking the direction to move all the time.
They typically looking downhill or uphill while finishing turns.
I can understand that people want to be in natural position to keep balance better.
If your face, chest, hips and toes are aligned in the same direction, it’s the best position that allows you to stand with strong balance.
With your gaze pointing downhill or uphill while finishing turns, your body naturally adjust your balance over your board to slide straight down the hill.
So if your gaze are locked downhill or uphill while finishing turns, your board won’t change the direction but instead it’s going straight down the hill as a side slipping.
However we want to move to the side to change the direction while sliding the hill.
If you can look the direction where the nose of your board pointing while finishing turn, then your body adjust your balance with your board to go across the hill.
And your board gradually start moving toward the side of the slopes.
This gaze control is actually what you are naturally doing as a human while running, driving and so on.
Here are more tips to lead your turns with your gaze;
2, Direction to move between turns
The gaze control that I talked in previous section might be a part of it.
But let me explain it again with a different aspect.
Beginners who has just learned turning don’t want to keep its speed while linking turns.
So they try to control speed after finishing each turns with the board turning and moving straight down the hill as a side slipping.
To start turning your board from this side slipping state, beginners typically fail with their downhill side of the edge catching the snow.
Because the direction where they are moving is the downhill, they can start turning with rotating and LEANING their body too much into the downhill at same time.
If your board is moving across the hill while starting a turn, you will rotate and lean your body but can’t lean your body too much inside the turn arc thanks to the direction of your board.
So this way to start turns is rather safer than starting from the side slipping
You can follow these steps to start turns while going across the hill;
3, Standing position during the turn
Beginners commonly lean back when their snowboard start pointing downhill.
It is because speed is increased by snowboard going straight down the hill.
Once your posture is not standing straight in the center of your board, turning your board into the direction by rotating your body will be hard.
Then your board will keep pointing downhill and increase the speed.
To avoid this trouble, we teach them to put more weight on your front foot while turning.
So even if you lean back from this weight position, your weight will stay centered while turning.
With this, you can use your front foot to guide your board into the direction by twisting the board with your front foot. (Please see previous article talking about “Pedal”)
More tips are introduced in the last article.
But here is another tip you can try;
Thanks for visiting here and hope you having fun this summer!
You can read previous article that I wrote in this blog too so that you boost your snowboarding skill.
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