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post #31 of 34
You know maybe flying rear arm isn't a good way to put it, sticking your rear arm out for a second to regain balance after landing a drop is not the same as a guy sticking out his rear arm the whole way down the run because he knows that at any second he could fall over on that flat groomer and bust his ass.
post #32 of 34
Originally Posted by splitter View Post
I don't know about the 'flying rear arm', but you are definitely standing in the middle of the run below a rollover, gaper.
Ouch! Harsh crowd!

At least it wasn't at a resort...:
post #33 of 34
Originally Posted by danimal's dead View Post
The flying rear arm is one of the easiest ways to identify and separate an expert snowboarder from an intermediate beginner. The flying rear arm is a result of loss of balance, or lack there of. People who are sticking their arms out on groomed trails lack balance, strength, confidence and skill. These are the same people who heelslip steep terrain.
Best to avoid vast categorizations:
You'll see the top riders in the known universe throwing the rear arm up in competition, both Alpine and Freestyle, as a ripcord save.
While it's certainly a habit that warrants correction, it's not a definitive indicator of skill level.
post #34 of 34
"The Rudder" or "Blind dating" could have something to do with balance in the begining. However, for more advanced riders this could also be the nature of the way they were taught (or not taught).

For me, this ties into the bumps on board thread. I was fortunate enough to be taught by an expert rider who also was an instructor. His technique was aggressive, fast, backcountry, and technical. After my 3rd day on the board, he took me to the bumps, and the rest of the first season was in the bumps and warm ups on groomers. I was in a lot of pain, cussed him often, and was very tired after each day; but, by the second year I had learned good form, balance, and proper strength.

Naturally, I ride like him. I do not have a rudder, but that does not make me a better rider than my peers in the backcountry/aggressive style. In fact, I've been out with Rudders who could really lay it down at the resort and the backcountry.
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