3. Minimize Your Upper Body Rotation
Since you ride sideways in snowboarding, it's only natural to think that your body is facing sideways when on the slopes right?
Ordinarily however, man faces forward and lives his life.
Since facing forward is man's natural posture, most snowboarders face forward without thinking about it when on the slopes.
Since man faces forward and lives his life, that is why it is optimal for his bones, muscles, etc. to face the front when moving.
Because of this, a posture in which the whole body faces forward makes it easy for him to maintain balance and be able to use muscle effectively.
Snowboarding is facing sideways and riding.
However, when the upper body faces forward while snowboarding, the body is twisted.
In other words, this optimized body takes on a posture that is contrary to it's composition.
So, why is it that most snowboarders don't snowboard with their upper body facing completely horizontal?
Well, let's compare the advantages and flaws of a forward posture and a horizontal posture.
Allow me to introduce a specific example of where "Facing forward" causes mistakes.
In a heel side turn, the board skids because the lower body is pulled by the twist in the upper body.
When going into a toe-side turn, since the upper body is facing opposite to the direction of movement, it makes it hard to go into the turn.
In a spin approach, starting a wind-up too early can cause your stance to be unstable for a longer amount of time, and therefore lead to a bad takeoff.
These issues are solved by adjusting timing and the upper body's rotation angle.
However, because snowboarders are human, it is for certain they gain a sense of motion by facing forward.
Facing forward while on the slopes is very possible, however, making sure that the joints have been stretched enough is a precondition.
Even if you twist your body, when the joints' range of motion is expanded, you can maintain balance without placing a burden on them.
Therefore, it is now possible to draw out the advantages of "facing forward."
Next, let's think about "facing sideways."
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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
We talked about Nose to tail balance in the other tutorial “Key #1 Weight on the back leg” which is about checking your position from nose to tail.
This time I will talk about “Toe to Heel balance” which is typically overlooked.
To check this balance, pay attention to your body position between the edges of the snowboard, while sliding down the hill.
Then we can see where our head and hips are toward the toe or heel side to find out this balance.
When we do turns on the hill, our body leans to the toe or heel side to make an edge angle.
Beginner and intermediate riders tend to lean their body more than the edge angle which will put your head or hips out of alignment over the board.
A strong rider won't be out of alignment with their head and hips over the board, so their weight will stay in between the edges.
Why do our hips and head fall out of alignment?
We get low while turning in order to keep a low centre of gravity.
To do this we bend our hips and knee joints.
This causes our head and hips to naturally leave alignment over the board which is not easy position to keep balanced, but a strong rider is stable even if they are in low standing position.
How do they stabilize this position?
They bend their hip joints and knees but they bend their ankles too!
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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?
While it may look like their weight is in the middle this is not always true, especially when approaching the jump and before takeoff.
When riding downhill all obstacles and bumps are going to hit us from the front meaning the nose of the snowboard is usually the first to take the impact.
If your weight is directly in the middle of the snowboard when this happens your body will keep its momentum and your snowboard will lose momentum due to the impact on the nose.
This will cause your weight to shift towards your front foot and nose, which is not a stable riding position so the rider will be more likely to fall down.
Ok now how can we prevent ourselves from losing balance in situations like this?
Try shifting your weight to your back leg.
If your weight is near the back of the snowboard when you hit a bump, you will still shift slightly forward but your weight will now stay closer to the center instead of being pushed all the way to the nose.
This will also make your nose lighter, and your snowboard will more easily pass over small obstacles and bumps.
Here are some examples of when you should have less weight on your front leg.
When riding in powder, it is essential to keep your weight over your back leg.
This will keep your nose above the snow and allow you to float on top.
This position will help keep the rider balanced and avoid get thrown forward when passing over the moguls too.
Any rail that requires you to jump on from the side will most likely be set up fairly high.
This means getting a good pop is Key to locking into the rail properly.
To get a good “pop” or “ollie” you must first shift your weight to the rear leg, this will make your nose lighter and easier to lift onto the rail and avoid smashing into it.
The angle of a park jump points up and into the air, so if the rider has their weight in the middle and stands up straight aligning their body with gravity, it will gradually shift their weight to the front leg as they move up the lip.
We want to avoid this by keeping our weight near the back leg as we ride up the jump.
Keeping your weight near your back leg when turning can also be a good idea as it will allow for better edge grip in the snow due to the strong pressure at a point under the back leg.
Too much pressure on both feet while turning can cause the snowboard to bounce because it will be harder to release the pressure.
For example, a racer will sometimes stand with less weight over the front leg and more pressure over the back leg.
This helps to release the forward pressure over the snowboard throughout the turn.
This will help the rider avoid losing grip with the snow through bouncing or “chattering” and will also increase acceleration.
This is useful in all snow conditions, but becomes exceptionally handy in the more challenging terrain.
Those of you who are beginning to feel more comfortable on your snowboard, and want to start moving on to the harder terrain should first try learning how to ride and turn while holding most of your body weight over your back leg.
Here is an example of one of the incorrect body positions typically used by beginners.
An ideal riding position on challenging terrain will be the opposite of this.
Review the video once more and now what do you think!?
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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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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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<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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