I have been teaching beginners over 10 years and there are three common mistakes that I found in their riding.
This time I’ll introduce and think about it with you.
Firstly, here are three common mistakes that beginners typically make while turning.
1. Looking down or lock the gaze downhill
2. Not changing the direction after finishing turns
3. Leaning back while turning
Ok, now let’s found out what is happening and how we can solve it.
1, Where to look while turning
Beginners are typically looking down while turning.
Since snowboarding is the balancing sports and if you are looking just very close to you, it’ll be hard for you to maintain balance as you can’t see what is coming to you in next few seconds.
However looking too far is also not good idea as you can’t see what is coming under your feet.
So try to look 3 to 5 meters away from your body then you can see your feet and view around you at same time.
Beginners are also not looking the direction to move all the time.
They typically looking downhill or uphill while finishing turns.
I can understand that people want to be in natural position to keep balance better.
If your face, chest, hips and toes are aligned in the same direction, it’s the best position that allows you to stand with strong balance.
With your gaze pointing downhill or uphill while finishing turns, your body naturally adjust your balance over your board to slide straight down the hill.
So if your gaze are locked downhill or uphill while finishing turns, your board won’t change the direction but instead it’s going straight down the hill as a side slipping.
However we want to move to the side to change the direction while sliding the hill.
If you can look the direction where the nose of your board pointing while finishing turn, then your body adjust your balance with your board to go across the hill.
And your board gradually start moving toward the side of the slopes.
This gaze control is actually what you are naturally doing as a human while running, driving and so on.
Here are more tips to lead your turns with your gaze;
2, Direction to move between turns
The gaze control that I talked in previous section might be a part of it.
But let me explain it again with a different aspect.
Beginners who has just learned turning don’t want to keep its speed while linking turns.
So they try to control speed after finishing each turns with the board turning and moving straight down the hill as a side slipping.
To start turning your board from this side slipping state, beginners typically fail with their downhill side of the edge catching the snow.
Because the direction where they are moving is the downhill, they can start turning with rotating and LEANING their body too much into the downhill at same time.
If your board is moving across the hill while starting a turn, you will rotate and lean your body but can’t lean your body too much inside the turn arc thanks to the direction of your board.
So this way to start turns is rather safer than starting from the side slipping
You can follow these steps to start turns while going across the hill;
3, Standing position during the turn
Beginners commonly lean back when their snowboard start pointing downhill.
It is because speed is increased by snowboard going straight down the hill.
Once your posture is not standing straight in the center of your board, turning your board into the direction by rotating your body will be hard.
Then your board will keep pointing downhill and increase the speed.
To avoid this trouble, we teach them to put more weight on your front foot while turning.
So even if you lean back from this weight position, your weight will stay centered while turning.
With this, you can use your front foot to guide your board into the direction by twisting the board with your front foot. (Please see previous article talking about “Pedal”)
More tips are introduced in the last article.
But here is another tip you can try;
Thanks for visiting here and hope you having fun this summer!
You can read previous article that I wrote in this blog too so that you boost your snowboarding skill.
Snowboard Dojo Wiz Team