Snowboard stance is one of the pillars of this sport. The position on the board, the angles of the bindings, the direction, etc. all affect the behavior of the board, your muscles and your progress in snowboarding.
The main difference between anyone who is rolling or just about to get on the board is the direction of movement of your body in space.
There are those who find it convenient to roll with their right foot forward, and there are those who are more comfortable with their left.
Right forward – you are GUFI! yes, the same character from Disney cartoons. It was he who became the pioneer, albeit on the surf, in the 1937 cartoon “Hawaiian Vacation”. He rolled with his right foot forward. And so it has come down to our days.
Left forward – regular. The origin of this term is not known for certain.
The ratio of riders outweighs towards Goofy. There are more people who ride their right foot forward.
Determining which lead leg you have is easy enough. Usually the snowboard instructor stands behind the student’s back (student in normal shoes and no snowboard)
then slightly pushes him forward so that the subject takes a step forward. Which foot went first – that will be yours) It’s very simple.
Ideally, you should learn to ride both directions. Be both a goofy and a regular. This style of riding is called a switch.There are two schools of instruction:
1 – you are taught to ride initially not in your stance (that is, the test showed, for example, the right one, and you are forced to learn to the left). In the future, it is easier to retrain on your own leg.
2 – you are taught to ride in your stance right away. This is convenient because you get up on the board as quickly as possible and can conquer mountains. For just piste skiing, this is enough. You do not waste money and time on additional activities. And in the future you can master another stance yourself.
Stance width on snowboard
Many will say: “What kind of…. the difference is how to stand. ”
Here we need to understand how a snowboard works. Let’s give an example for this. Take a sheet of rectangular paper or any tape that is wide enough. Keep horizontal, parallel to the ground. And at the same time, you rotate the brushes in different directions: one from yourself, the second to yourself. The sheet or ribbon is curled like the picture below.
We’ve got a twist along the length of the sheet. This is how a snowboard works, that is why it has such a shape. When twisting, the lateral surfaces begin to work and write out those very arcs.
Let’s get back to the main question – how to properly position the mounts on the board.
There is a universal rule – to put the bindings a little wider than “we put our feet shoulder-width apart.” Nuances:
We put it wider and we get an easier twisting of the board, and therefore finer control, in which you need a minimum of effort for turns. They will be very accurate.
We put it on and get a stiffer board, since you will need more effort to twist. This arrangement is often used for Freestyle.
You increase the recoil force of the board when jumping, and the rotational moment also increases (the closer the limbs are to the body, the easier it is to rotate)
You can even try jumping 360 degrees in place. Try the first and second options and you will feel the difference
Installation of the mounts is done on an individual basis. But we will show you where to start and what it will affect. The figure shows the options for Goofy and Regular. In fact, they are mirrored.
We remember! For beginners, the easiest and most convenient location of the bindings is a little more than shoulder width (approximately the middle holes in the fastening places)
Set 12 degrees (toe out of the center of the board) on your FRONT foot
Set 5-7 degrees (the toe is also turned away from the center of the board) for the BACK leg.
You remember – the front one, the one that moves forward, and the back one is behind)))
There are a lot of options for installing mounts. For beginners:
12-6, for those who ride on both legs in the “switch” set the same degrees 15-15 for example. For freeriding, it is purely individual. It happens 12 and 0 or 12 and minus 5 (the toe of the back foot is directed towards the center of the board)
All comes with experience. RIDE everyone!
The article is taken from the site Spotbus.ru