The good feeling that you get from spraying powder feels just as good as when you do a good trick in the park.
In this lesson I will be introducing some tips for intermediate riders who often spray powder to raise their level up to the advanced level.
One of the characteristics of spray from intermediate riders is that they spray toward the downhill at the end of their turn.
On the other hand, advanced riders spray to the side while in the middle of a turn.
Both types of riders are spraying powder, but their timing is different.
For intermediate riders, it’s at the end of a turn.
For advanced riders, it’s in the middle of a turn.
Where is the difference originating from?
When you want to kick snow up out of the turn, you need to raise your board angle.
It’s understood that the more your board angle is increased, the more snow will be kicked up.
In other words, the edge angle of intermediate riders is strong from the center of the turn until the end, and the edge angle of advanced riders is strong from the beginning of the turn until the middle.
If you put it this way, you can say that intermediate riders lean their bodies inward while in the middle of the turn, and advanced riders lean their bodies inward during the first half of a turn.
It is difficult for intermediate level riders to lean their bodies inwards during the first half of a turn.
Because leaning your body inwards during the first half of a turn is means you are leaning downhill, it’s understandable that people will be afraid of it mentally.
And it’s also understandable that balancing like that is difficult.
When you finish a heel side turn, your chest and face are turned towards the nose.
Leaning downhill with this position in the beginning of a turn makes it hard to balance, and can bring out the fear.
When your whole body faces forward, you can use the most affective muscles, and your body’s skeletal balance will be easy.
Therefore, it is difficult for intermediate riders to balance when the upper and lower halves of their bodies are twisted like this when initiating a toe side turn.
So your whole body should align straight towards where your toes are pointing while initiating a toe side turn.
It means that your chest will immediately turn towards the center of the turn arc at the end of a heel side turn.
At times like this, by rotating your eyes inward your chest will naturally rotate inward as well and your posture will become more stable.
If your posture is stable, then it will be simple to lean your body inside of a turn arc.
By doing this, kicking up spray while in the middle of a turn is possible.
However, for intermediate level riders it’s difficult for them to “lean their bodies inwards” at the start of a turn and to “put their center of gravity on their hind legs” at the same time.
So, because you want to spray powder, if the center of gravity stays on the center of the board, the nose will go into the snow.
So you want to somehow keep your weight over your hind leg to raise the nose up.
It is difficult to try and practice “Leaning your body inwards” and “Keeping the center of gravity on the hind legs” while spraying powder.
First you should start with practicing on Groomed Terrain.
Actually, in addition to these, the Down unweighing technique is also necessary, so I will talk about it in the next tutorial.
Judging from my experience until now, it is a fact that many athletes I have coached show improvement at the beginning of the season.
One reason is probably because motivation is high at the beginning of the season.
However, upon reflecting on the tendencies of former students, I have learned a lot and therefore, I think there are other reasons.
Thus, the hypothesis that I've come to accept is "visualization."
What I mean by "snowboard visualization" is that put your senses into the image of yourself being on the slopes and you replay that image of yourself on the slopes over and over in your mind.
Allow me to introduce to you a famous basketball study that was done.
A study conducted by Dr. Biasiotto (spelling corrected 8/4/14) at the University of Chicago was done where he split people into three groups and tested each group on how many free throws they could make.
After this, he had the first group practice free throws every day for about 20 minutes.
The second group just visualized themselves making free throws.
The third group did nothing.
After 30 days, he tested them again.
The first group improved by 24%.
The second group improved by 23% without touching a basketball!!!!
The third group did not improve which was expected.
There's a lot of research like this that still exists and I believe that I am a personification of it.
It is said that the right side of the brain handles intuitive and sensible things such as "image."
It is also said that the right side of the brain in humans deals with the subconscious and that it actually can't distinguish between what's reality and what is not.
Essentially what happens is the image that is replayed in the right side of the brain causes the brain to hallucinate and act as if you actually had the experience.
The clearer the picture and the more times it is imagined the deeper that image is put into memory.
In other words, even though you're not snowboarding, in your mind, it's as if you had already snowboarded.
In the brain, when this image is replayed and kinesthesia is built up, signals are sent from the brain to the muscles.
As a result of that, the brain recollects it as if the image and muscles are linked.
This is how advanced snowboarders effectively use their time when they are not snowboarding.
You could say that this "image time" is equal to that of actual snowboarding time.
In the off season when my students can't snowboard, I make them do a lot of visualization.
I spend as much time on visualization as students who really enjoy visualization.
Students who really enjoy visualization spend more time for it???
Thus, these are kinds of students who show improvement at the beginning of the season.
For those of you who love snowboarding and want to improve, even if you can only snowboard a few weeks or 10 days out of the year, please make extreme use of visualization!
Even if you can only jump 10 times in 10 minutes wherever you snowboard, at home, you can visualize yourself jumping 6 times in 1 minute!
This is very efficient!
You CAN use the time in which you can't snowboard to improve a lot!
I'll show you how to do this in detail in another tutorial, so please check it out!