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Long boarding to snowboard transition issues

 
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Roger1



Joined: 04 Dec 2016
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Location: Long Island, NY

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:01 pm    Post subject: Long boarding to snowboard transition issues  Reply with quote

This past June I got my first longboard and started practicing in earnest. I've been snowboarding for 21 years and as a result of encouragement from a snowboarding buddy to get into the longboard scene, I took the plunge. Since that first day in June, I've accumulated probably 180 days of practice as well as  
2 more boards.  I couldn't wait until the snowboard season to "reap the benefits".

I got my first day on my snowboard and skis this past Friday and it did not go as well as I'd hoped. First run on my board I had all kinds of problems trying to turn toeside (and I usually never have any issues on that side). Usually on the first day of the season it takes me a few runs to "get my legs". It took all day to get my rhythm and flow back.

I'm not exactly sure of the reason for this. I'm thinking that with the skating, turning is more about toe to heel edging, while snowboarding is more about weight transfer fore and aft. I also thought that maybe my binding angles on the snowboard didn't correspond with the angles on my longboards. Yesterday, I measured my front foot angle and it was exactly the same as my snowboard (muscle memory in action), but the rear foot was about 10 degrees off. So I changed the rear angle on my snowboard and hopefully will see if it makes a difference.

My question is......do others experience these kinds of difficulties after a summer/Fall of skating when transitioning back to snowboarding and if so....
what are the culprits?

-Roger
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crote123



Joined: 31 Jul 2009
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Location: St-Lambert

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Softboot or Hardboot?  I solely ride on HBs.  I don't have any issues  transitioning.  It's two different techniques.  You may want to lower your center of gravity on the snowboard.  And you may not be used to the stance width on your snowboard as it's probably wider than on the longboard. If on SBs, don't forget about the counter-rotation.
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Roger1



Joined: 04 Dec 2016
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Location: Long Island, NY

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ride primarily soft boot nowadays. I really wasn't expecting to have such a problem that first day. I was aware that my stance on my LBs is narrower as there isn't enough room on them for my 21.5inch snowboard stance. I think it's easier to be lazy with the LB in terms of weight transfer as those boards will respond (at least for carving, cruising) with ankle rolls. So, maybe at first I wasn't moving my weight forward to initiate turns on the toe side. As I mentioned.....my technique came back in the afternoon. Not exactly sure what I did to correct it as muscle memory kicked in. But I was really curious to see if other riders experience disarray like that after skating for months and then getting back on a snowboard.

So many variables can be involved. In fact, I had it tuned just before I went snowboarding and I initially suspected a bad tune.

Roger

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