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Please help me analyze my technique (vids + pictures) - [email protected] - 02-13-2010

Hi there,

If somebody would take a minute and see my videos and pics I'd really
appreciate.
Basically I'm self-learner who want to freeride faster but also safe
and in full control. Riding for about 6-7 seasons, I have 167cm board
(I am 186), Voelkl Coal which is pretty stiff and I like it a lot.
I know I should take some lessons, but perhaps you can spot some
mistakes I make right away from the videos/pictures below.

Here are the links:

[url]http://pl.youtube.com/watch?v=zgwoLMTHpJ4[/url]
[url]http://pl.youtube.com/watch?v=BWMyj7ZenyA[/url] (riding from the right
side)
[url]http://picasaweb.google.com/mzawadzk/MarekSnowboard#[/url] (quickly click
over the pics, they are sequential)

Thanks,

-marek



Please help me analyze my technique (vids + pictures) - Neil Gendzwill - 02-13-2010

[email][email protected][/email] wrote:[color=blue]
> Hi there,
>
> If somebody would take a minute and see my videos and pics I'd really
> appreciate.
> Basically I'm self-learner who want to freeride faster but also safe
> and in full control. Riding for about 6-7 seasons, I have 167cm board
> (I am 186), Voelkl Coal which is pretty stiff and I like it a lot.
> I know I should take some lessons, but perhaps you can spot some
> mistakes I make right away from the videos/pictures below.
>
> Here are the links:
>
> [url]http://pl.youtube.com/watch?v=zgwoLMTHpJ4[/url]
> [url]http://pl.youtube.com/watch?v=BWMyj7ZenyA[/url] (riding from the right
> side)
> [url]http://picasaweb.google.com/mzawadzk/MarekSnowboard#[/url] (quickly click
> over the pics, they are sequential)[/color]

Sorry, can't see the videos at work. Here's an example of your heelside
turn:

[url]http://picasaweb.google.com/mzawadzk/MarekSnowboard#5298580676073280738[/url]

Your legs are much too straight here. You probably find that on harder
snow or higher speeds that you are chattering on your edge there.

These are a couple examples of your toeside turn:

[url]http://picasaweb.google.com/mzawadzk/MarekSnowboard#5298580869946851874[/url]
[url]http://picasaweb.google.com/mzawadzk/MarekSnowboard#5298580994762120290[/url]

In this case you are bending forward from the waist and reaching for the
snow. This is going to take the weight off the edge of the board and
again you are likely to skid in harder conditions. Also it's a little
hard to see from the picture but it looks like your shoulders are
rotated towards the front. This tends to rotate your board.

Although it looks/feels cool to reach for the snow, it's more stable
technique especially at higher speeds to just bend your legs and keep
your upper body more erect/over the board. Try to keep your body square
to your binding angles and just turn your head to look where you are
going instead of rotating your whole torso.


Neil



Please help me analyze my technique (vids + pictures) - [email protected] - 02-13-2010

Guys, really thanks a lot.

-marek



Please help me analyze my technique (vids + pictures) - Neil Gendzwill - 02-13-2010

[email][email protected][/email] wrote:
[color=blue]
> Just wanted to mention my bindings angles are: 45 front, 24 back. I
> found out over the years this setup gives me the best speed/control
> combination, probably not the best for jumping/tricks (which I don't
> care that much). What do you think about my setup?[/color]

45 is a very high angle for soft boots. At that angle and higher, you
aren't able to use the highback very effectively and must rely on the
stiffness of the boot for heelside turns. Also 20 degrees is quite a
difference at those angles. Generally, the lower the angles are the
more difference you can comfortably have but as you make the angles
higher it is better to have less difference.

You might try something like 35 front, 20 back and see if that works any
better for you. If you combine that with the bigger forward lean and
more bent-kneed stance Bob suggested, I think it will make an improvement.

Neil



Please help me analyze my technique (vids + pictures) - [email protected] - 02-13-2010

Wow, these are great instructions - thank you! Need to read them for
few days and think about the whole thing, but perhaps you guys have
some pictures or better, videos that show the difference between
crossover and crossunder turns?

-marek



Please help me analyze my technique (vids + pictures) - Neil Gendzwill - 02-13-2010

Bob F wrote:[color=blue]
>
> I really like both my feet at near zero - straight across the board. Virtually
> all the instructors I ride with are similar.[/color]

Symmetrical stances allow you to exploit riding switch, which is fun and
also necessary if you are at all interested in freestyle. They also
allow you to land jumps more easily. Furthermore, they are popular and
therefore ski schools sometimes mandate that instructors teach in that
stance.

However, if your goal is pure carving, then forward stances work better
IMO. The reason is that they allow you to keep your weight more over
the edge, and also to use your knees and legs more, whereas straight
across means hanging your butt out over the edge and using a lot of
ankle flexion.

Of course, you get some stuff in-between. Rob Stevens, who is the
national director for CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard
Instructors) and also a level IV instructor, rides +30, -5 or something
like that in softies. He posts quite a lot on bomberonline, well worth
searching for his posts for tips.

Neil