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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Okay this maybe silly but ....
I heard that you could practice getting lowers on your toe-side edging by getting better balance by edging on your bed or carpet even heard that you can get higher Ollies by practicing on your bed.this doesnt sound too safe for your board. any one know?
post #2 of 8
It's more likely the board will damage your carpet or even more likely, the bed. Practice out on the lawn instead. Then everyone in the neighborhood will know for sure that you are silly.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
the main problem is damaging the board, could this happen?
post #4 of 8
Any use of a board will do wear or damage. There are 3 things to be concerned about:
1) dirt in the base
2) scratches to the base
3) bent/dinged edges

Who knows? You could have a stain protector on your carpet that acts as a solvent for PTex. That's extremely unlikely. Any dust or grime that you pick up from jumping up and down on carpet or a bed spread is easy to clean off with base cleaner. (same with dirt and grass)

Sometimes there are loose carpet tacks hidden in carpet. Those could put a nasty gouge in your base if you hit one just right. Anything sharp and pointy, like the corner of furniture, could do damage.

Edges are made of some really strong steel. But they can be bent if you hit them just right against something strong enough. So if you jump off the bed and jib the samurai sword hanging on the wall, you could do some damage there.

If you're just going to experiment, the odds of problems to the board are low. If you really really want to do this. Go to a swap and buy a junk board. Then remove everything breakable within 10 feet, wear a helmet and have at it. Otherwise, please consider that there is a very good reason why we usually snowboard OUTSIDE.
post #5 of 8
I will respectfully disagree, Rusty.

For the 20+ years that I have been riding, I have spent numerous hours before every season "carpet surfing". I have done it to get the feel of the board back and also to learn new things. A lot of the early grabs that I learned were learned on carpet. My first spins (up to 5's) were also done on carpet. I have never had damage to the carpet or to the boards.

I regularly recommend carpet drills for students. It is a great way to set up your stance and get used to it. It is also a great way to learn the feel and positioning of being neutral, or "four on the floor" (as referenced in the "how to take jumps" thread). As far as toe side edging - yes, you can learn a lot on carpet about toe side and heel side edging. More importantly, you can learn how to get your ankles involved without having to concentrate on self preservation like you do on the slopes. I have also regularly taught angulation drills and recommended that students repeat them on the carpet. Just yesterday, it rained all day, so I took some instructors inside and taught them the ankle movements necessary to get to a higher balance point on their noses and tails while buttering. When you do this on carpet, you don't have to worry about your board slipping out like it would on snow. Then when you take those movements out to snow, they are second nature. This is also the kind of movement that would help improve your ollies - we worked on that yesterday too.

Every board I have ever had has seen it's hours of carpet surfing. There has never been a problem. There are many snowboarders who do this, and I recommend it to more all of the time.

As far as the bed thing, I don't know what the advantage of a bed would be over carpet, but I am too tall to jump on a bed without hitting my head, so I will stick to the carpet. There is also not enough room for me to move around on a bed as much as I would like to.
post #6 of 8

We don't disagree a whole lot here-
"If you're just going to experiment, the odds of problems to the board are low."

I imagine crashing on a bed would be softer than crashing on a carpet. That is if you could manage to stay on the bed. Being the clutz that I am, I have visions of collisions with walls and furniture when I imagine indoor training with a board on, especially when jumping is involved. I'm sticking with my recommendation of the lawn being a safer place to practice than the living room or the bedroom.

But to each his own - all opinions are respected.
post #7 of 8

if I could just chime in with my couple two three hay penny of thoughts:

I totally agree that "carpet" session benefit teaching a rider new movement patterns,board performance concepts etc. As for the tacks, cutting the carpet...well ship happens, but in retrospect hopefully excercising better judgement there's ususally little or no damage to either board or rider.

Next topic at hand is the bed...well this on screams "sketchy" for sure. Rusty I'm with you having heard my fair share of..."while practicing "x" on my bed I successfully created a divot in my bedroom wall. In my book keep the students on the flat carpet surface.

Other suggestions to consider guys..I have friend at a local gymnastic training center. Yep you know where I'm going with this..we'll if your clever enough and can make it happen, on an older, smaller sized board with duct taped edges your good to go. Of course this situation is not always availalbe to eveyone..just a thought.

One other note, sometimes standing between two chairs while practicing on carpet is helpful as well. This may allow the rider to safely use the chairs to help aid in understanding the intended movement patterns at hand. Oh yeah, and the benefit of not worrying about catching and edge...lol had to say it yes cheesy I know!

For those into more tech savy stuff..check out "Feldenchrist" I think it is...spelled something like that. Strange approach to learning how to snowboard, better understanding your body and what it does. I believe to the best of my know this particular "DR." worked pretty closely with the Delaney brothers program out west. One of my very good clients had an excellent experience with this particular program. Alot of the pre-snowboard sessions..started with some floor work. Actually lying on the floor (w/o board) and doing alot of skeletal, muscular tasks, and visualization stuff.

Jonah D.
post #8 of 8
I have some large canvas dropcloths I bought when painting the inside of my house. Fold them over a few times and they protect the carpet from my snowboard edges.
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