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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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.
Ok, now let’s add shifting weight into this rotational movement.
Keep your head straight as well as using tall posture before generating a trick.
With this tall posture, your head and hips are aligned over the board so you will have a straighter body axis.
A straighter body axis allows you to perform all the movements after this both nicely and cleanly.
Execute a frontside 90 spin and land it on your back leg while extending your front leg this time.
To start, you can distribute 70% of your weight on your back leg and 30%o of it on your front leg instead of putting your full weight on your back leg.
Try pushing your feet out as much as possible instead of just leaning your upper body over your back leg.
Keep pulling your front elbow behind and release weight from your back leg with a small pop and then add a 270 spin with your lower body in the same direction.
Land on both your feet while your gaze and chest are facing backward.
After this becomes a normal movement for you, try to imagine yourself getting on a box.
If you practice without an actual riding image in your mind, it won’t work well when you try it with the actual riding situation.
You can draw a box in the snow and try to practice the trick with it.
So you can imagine an actual riding situation in your mind and this image will help you when you try it on a box.
Be sure to go though this repeatedly until you remember the correct posture and balance.
You can try this with your board on the flat ground.
However, this is good enough and you are ready to do it while sliding on the slopes.
So, let's review the key points you learned in step 1.
1. Stand tall before takeoff.
2. Execute a frontside 90 spin.
3. Land on your back leg with an extended front leg.
4. Keep your chest facing toward the nose of your board.
5. Keep pulling your front elbow behind.
6. Release weight from your back leg to add a 270 spin.
7. Land on both your feet while your gaze and chest are facing backward.
Next time, try to use what you have learned out on the slopes.
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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.
And pop straight up on your back leg.
If the timing pressing the button is about to perfect and weight is over the back foot, you will get strong rebound force from the lip.
If you don’t feel it very much, you might pop your back leg too early, or your weight is still around the center of the board.
Then you can go back to gentle slope and practice with lines on the slope.
Also try not to bend your lower body after when jump start pushing you up.
Fix your legs to prevent being compressed by jump and be ready to press the button before when jump start pushing you up.
This new idea of doing an Ollie will help you greater when you start spinning as well.
So keep it remind and watch our spinning tutorial video to learn more.
After takeoff, try suck up your back knees after pop by the peak point in the air.
The phase in the air is between the jump and landing which connect uphill and downhill.
It’s not recognized very much but your body that is leaning slightly backward at takeoff should lean forward gradually to adjust body angle to the landing angle in the air.
To control your body axis in the air, try to spot landing as soon as possible.
With eyes locked at the landing point, head angle will be locked.
And because of this, your body axis will be adjusted by your head angle and your flexed abdominal muscles.
If you look at the sky after takeoff, your body will keep leaning backward in the air.
And if you look down after takeoff, your body will keep leaning forward in the air.
If your gaze are pointing right point, you can land on both feet unless landing isn’t groomed well.
Landing on both feet is what beginner and intermediate should focus on.
But if landing is bumpy, flat or covered by powder, you will lose balance and crash forward if you landed on both feet.
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Learn Front side Nose Slide for Goofy!
This time you will learn how to do it on the slopes.
Try practicing on gentle slopes so that you won't learn it with strong edge angle that reduce the chance to fall while sliding on the box.
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Finally we published tutorial for Goofy riders!
Learn Backside Nose Slide with video made for Goofy riders!
For regular snowboarders, learn the trick on switch by watching this tutorial!!
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There are long periods of time where you can’t snowboard, for example in Canada this would be from April to November, so roughly 8 months.
You can also think of it as you can only snowboard for about 33% of the year.
However, people who don’t live near ski resorts have even fewer days to snowboard.
So then, what should people who are passionate about snowboarding and want to improve do when they only have about 10 days every year to do so?
I’ve already introduced you to a lot of ways you can practice in the off season.
Trampoline, skateboard, and a snowboard training board to name a few.
But all of these come with a catch.
You may not be able to set up a trampoline in your back yard, and there may not be any places to use a trampoline near where you live.
You can easily buy a skateboard, but finding a place to use it may be difficult. And if you do it in the streets, you may cause some trouble for your neighbors.
Even if you already have a training boards, you need to have a trampoline as well.
There are training bars that are sold by famous snowboard related companies which are very useful for training at home but they’re limited to practicing jibbing skills and they cost extra money as well.
Having all of these would be very beneficial.
However, that would require special circumstances and for you to buy a lot of equipment.
So, isn’t there some kind of cheap alternative way to practice at home, at a park, or even at the office?
This time I’d like to introduce some ways to practice free-style without equipment and that can be done anywhere!
For the first one, let’s focus on practicing “Jumps.”
You might be asking yourself, “Do I need to practice jumping? It’s just a simple jump.”
You may not be aware of it, but when you’re actually out on the slopes a simple jump a lot of conditions to pull off.
First let’s start with the important points for how to practice jumps.
Keep these points in mind and your performance on the snow will show results.
Alright then, let’s get started!
1. Vertical Jump
This may be a simple vertical jump, but try to confirm your center of balance.
Keep your head and torso facing forward, jump up with both feet and land with both feet.
Next try facing your head in the direction you’d be going and confirm your center of balance again while you land.
2. Jumping in the direction you’re moving
Keep yourself focused on your center of balance, and jump with both legs in the direction you’re moving.
Just like if you were snowboarding, face the nose side of the board.
Imagine trying to jump over something.
3. Horizontal Jump
Face the way you’re moving, and try jumping to your toe side and heel side.
Imagine a box around your chest and back, and try jumping on it.
Jump off with both feet, but make sure to focus on your balance when you land.
4. 90 Degree Spin
Just like hitting the side wall or half pipe.
You need to add 90 spin in midair to land properly.
You’ll be spinning, but when you land make sure your head is facing the nose.
5. Jumping over an object
Try using a short, low to the ground object.
Jump over it with both legs, and land with both legs.
This is balance practice, so there’s no need to challenge yourself with high obstacle.
Try not to lose your balance when you land.
6. Jumping on and off of tall objects
Try jumping on some tall object that’s in your way.
Then immediately try jumping off.
Don’t try to going too high or you could get hurt.
Try extending your hands out in a grabbing motion to help you get used to it.
7. Horizontal Jumps with varying heights
Try jumping up sideways up some stairs.
Then try jumping down.
Jumping onto elevated surfaces while free riding and onto jibbing items in the park essentially have the same motion as a horizontal jump where you have to jump to different heights. So by practicing all of these while you are not on the snow will help you improve your balance in horizontal jumps when you're on the snow.
You can use these to practice ollie as well.
When doing ollie make sure not to forget to bring your front foot up.
Let’s reconfirm those important points again.
You can still practice and improve, even if you can’t go snowboarding or don’t have any tools!
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I’ve answered a common question!
This time the topic is “Where do I look while spinning”
So you will learn how to control your balance while spinning.
Where should I be looking during a spin?
Does it vary depending on the spin trick?
Please tell me Sensei!
I feel this is a very common question, but the answer can be different for every trick
For example If someone were to ask where they should look during takeoff, while in the air, and landing respectively, The way this would be answered depends on your goal.
This time try thinking about your line of sight controlling your balance from takeoff to landing.
Where you look during a spin also has a huge effect on your understanding of your surroundings, where you are throughout the spin, and how much time you have left to complete it.
First, I'll give an example of common failures some of my old students would make.
During takeoff, my student looked at his feet, and while in the air he looked at the sky or his surroundings diagonally, which is not a good situation.
If you look at your feet during a backside spin takeoff, then at the same time your body will lean greatly over the edge, and the spin will turn into a cork spin in the air.
There are other common mistakes that happen often, where they can't land on their feet even though they can rotate completely.
When I asked him about this, he said "I can’t see any surroundings while spinning."
This is him turning his gaze too far upward thus not being able to see the surface of the snow.
Because of this, he won't know exactly when he is going to land; therefore, he won't be able to land.
There is one way to fix both of these situations.
- Keep your line of sight 2 meters in front of you at all times throughout the spin.
When doing a spin trick, imagine yourself at the centre of a large circle.
While spinning use your line of sight to draw the edge of that circle.
This should be about 2 meters away from you.
By consciously thinking about that 2 meters from the start of your takeoff, your head and line of sight will be locked in a position that will keep the body's axis (the spin's axis) balanced and more flat, and easier to control and land.
After the takeoff, circulate your gaze around the area 2 meters away from you while simultaneously watching the surface of the snow and the surrounding landscape with your peripheral vision.
Do this and you will have a very good understanding of the situation and your position in the air.
It's the same whether it's the front side or the back side.
And you can practice this during the off season too even at home, while in the office?
There is also a method for where to be looking when wanting to continue a spin, but we'll discuss that in the next topic.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog I hope this helps your spins!
Snowboard Dojo Wiz Team
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<Step 2 – Downhill>
Let's try to do a Back side board slide while on the slopes!
First, review the key points you learned from Step 1!
Please choose a gentle slope when practicing out on the snow.
This is so that you can remember the correct balance when you are not on the edge of your board.
If you were to try this on a slope with a steep angle, you would get on the edge of your board.
Trying to remember this from being on the edge of your board would cause you to get on the edge of your board while being on a box and thus you would fall.
First, start sliding with a slow speed.
Turn your board sideways before you start to speed up.
At this point, you won't jump; you'll only be turning your lower body sideways.
Once you have turned your board sideways, you'll go into the posture that you learned when you were on level ground.
After you have stopped once, repeat the same thing again.
Once you have gotten used to this, next time, turn your board sideways after incorporating vertical motion in your lower body.
You won't jump here, but you can make your body remember this jumping motion just a little.
After you have gotten used to this, next time imagine the box being in front of you and try to time it accordingly.
First, try to ride straight on the box you have imagined on the nose side of your board.
Next, try to ride coming from the side toward the box you have imagined.
After that, try to add in a small jump and turn your board to the side.
When you jump even in the slightest, balance becomes difficult.
After you have turned your board to the side, be sure to concentrate so that you don't mess up this posture.
At this point as well, once you get used to this, try to picture the box in your mind.
Since you get on the edge of your board when you gain speed, try to practice at a slow speed even on gentle slopes.
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