The Best Stance For Snowboarding


To begin, consider how you stand if you surf, skateboard, or participate in another sideways sport. You should probably adopt the same stance as you did in your previous sport.

It has come to my attention that correlations between which way one snowboards and other handedness tendencies are, at best, shaky. This is why there are so many "tests" to determine which way to ride, and they all fail for some people. I prefer the "linoleum" test: run towards your kitchen in stocking feet and skid across the linoleum floor. Keep track of which foot advances. Put one foot in front of the other on your snowboard.

This test can also be given on a hill by directing the student to the nearest icy sidewalk. Unlike other tests (shoving, jumping, kicking, baseball batting, cartwheels, and so on), this one directly assesses your preferred stance in a balance sport (balance sport: something where you stand sideways on a deck, e.g. snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, etc.).

Editor: When you first start snowboarding, determining your footedness is inevitably a trial and error process. Unless you are certain of your position, try it both ways; it will be easy to decide after that. Even if a "test" suggests one path, you may end up preferring the other. There are 5 or 6 tests that could be listed here, but some would indicate that you should be regular and others would indicate that you should be goofy.

To begin, there are approximately 20 schools of thought, and one must determine which is best for them, try something close, and then dial it in. A newer board with the Burton 3 hole or F2 44 hole patterns, or some types of adjustable plates, make adjusting stances very easy; these allow for maximum and easy stance changes.

Here are the average stances of pro snowboarders from various disciplines: notes width angle angle length stance front rear center board 20.7′′ 17 2 0.5′′ back 152.5 cm - some riders use negative rear angles (duck-stance) 21.1′′ 22 7 1.7′′ back 170 cm freeride Slalom: 17′′ 49.2′′ 47.2′′ back 156.8 cm Back 164.9 cm GS: 17′′ 49.6 47.6 0.44′′ 17.16′′ 49.4 47.4 0.45′′ back 170.5 cm 21.3′′ 12 0 1′′ back 152.9 cm - 0 rear on all riders (also known as freestyle) Angles are measured in degrees, with 0 degrees representing a straight line. The distance between the center of the board and the center of the stance is measured in centimeters.

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