STEERING THE BOARD

  Posted by sneakerfreaker on Monday 14th April, 2014 @ 10:44 GMT News Category: Camps/Courses | Visited 3967 times
Lesson number four:
Steering the board

There are many ways to make the board turn, and there is no set of rules saying you must turn in any specific way. People might tell you "this is how it is" however you can ride how you like.
If you are already turning and you haven't had any instruction; you are already turning and it works, so you don't really need me to go in to detail. However I'm going to describe the logic behind one method; you don't need to take this information on board, you can mix in your own style, go crazy or whatever you like. It's your ride:

We could initiate a turn using only our head; by keeping everything relaxed and relatively still turning only the skull. This will pull our neck, followed by our torso, legs, feet, and eventually board in to the same direction as the head which will initiate our turn.

Any area of our bodies we decide to put conscious attention in to steering the board, will in effect, steer the board.

However if we put our conscious attention predominately in our head, or arms etc, it takes a certain period of time for the initial action/force to enter the board. Resulting in a delay from thought of turn to board movement.

Taking this in to account if we focus our attention on body parts closer to the surface of the board we are more likely to have thought and action, without delay. Obviously the closest point to the board is our feet.

Next time you have your board on your feet (do it now if its close) notice how moving your feet in opposing directions twists the board. Imagining this in the snow as its going along you will see how the board can be precisely manipulated to plant a new edge in to the snow.

Nose goes in to turn first followed by tail; so using this "foot pedalling" manoeuvre will help an already natural occurrence. I.e front toes down back toes down; front heels down then back heels down.

Looking at how we manipulate the board for ease of use; the closer to the end of the board, the more flexible it is. Underneath the binding plates it's quite stiff and more difficult to manipulate than the ends of the board.

While you are riding (or get a pal to film you closely) have a look at which point of the board you are manipulating the most. If you see it's close to the centre of the board or over the binding plates you might be finding it takes a lot of strength to steer the board in this way.

If you can be in a stance that you are able to manipulate the the very nose and tail of the board, you will find foot pedalling is easy, simple, and effective. But it's not a "rule".

It's your ride.

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