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?
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
Last time, you learned to simply “Spin Your Arms.”
That's probably because if you're going to do a spin you should spin right!?
I think that you were able to understand more deeply from a physical standpoint on how to spin.
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, please take some time to look at it now.
This time, we're going to look at a method that perhaps no one has heard of before!
That is precisely the reason it's a “secret.” It's a secret because no one recognizes it.
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
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.
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.
And here is tutorial for Goofy to do a Back side Blunt 270 Out on a Box!
Start learning the trick from practice on the flat ground!
＜Step 1 - Flat Ground＞
Get off your board and stand as if you’re sliding straight down the hill.
First, let’s learn rotational movement while doing this trick.
Start with a frontside 90 spin.
Land this spin with your chest facing your front leg.
Keep pulling your front elbow behind to prepare for the next spin.
Add a 270 spin in the same direction with a small pop to finish the trick.
Now let’s use this on the natural hit and park jump which is made as uphill.
This time, try to switch your mind opposite so that the lip is as the line on the gentle slope.
Also you can imagine that there is a big button on the lip.
When your back foot comes to the lip, you press the button down hard by your back foot.
So you will turn on the switch which will push you up by a spring hiding under the lip.
Remember, you press the button by back foot, not by tail.