I will drill--holding hands in front, then holding hands behind, for... perhaps the whole day next time. Any special way you hold your hands? Just like, clasped? how low? crotch level? chest? One of my boarder friends traverses with his hands clasped behind his back! maybe it'll double as good traverse training :P As for getting the foot on the heel instead of just flattening--absolutely! that's totally my goal. I think. Should it be my goal? hmm.
Can you help me get things sorted out on how to turn? I think I might be confusing some concepts.Pivoted turns:
I believe you approve of rotation if it originates in the... hips? and knees? and ankles? but definitely not in the shoulders. Correct? (This would be closer to skiing... I don't know how a person could board all day with a twisted spine and still be healthy.) And the hip/knee/ankle rotation creates a pivoted turn. Edged turns:
heelside: Pulling the hips in a sitting motion--do you keep your back straight when doing this? I feel like I'm doing a drinking bird. how do you ensure the board doesn't slide away from under you?
toeside: you just push your hips forward and arch your back?
In both cases, you can apply an up-unweight... yes? Like in skiing, the up-unweight happens during the traverse, before you turn down the fall line, so that you can flex and make the turn easier...? Twisted turns:
you'd edge the front foot first. Your rear foot follows. (I'm not intentionally twisting the board--this is where I'm getting hooked up.) Is this correct?
On the Whistler snowboard school's method... I'll do whatever works best! And this rotation from the shoulders seems hard on my spine. Rotation is part of CASI manual, but they seem to refer to rotation as pivoting the hips to trigger the chain--not the shoulders. I can't imagine shoulder steering is a good long-term technique.
mdf: I think I'm cheating already
My bindings are set to +21 / +6ish. Is this hurting my ability to... control the board?
Any thoughts on a good progression for skill development? I'm happy to go back to the flat-ish green runs and work up.