Carving tips part 2

  • I've searched the forums for "carve" and "carving" and read all the relevant threads including and Now that more people have OW and more people have had it longer, I wonder if there are any updates on carving tips (other than just practice more).

    I only just went for my second ride on my OW today but I'm impatient to carve on land as I do on snow -- plus my feet are getting fatigued, I'm older now and less willing to risk bodily injury to learn something new, and pavement is less forgiving than even the ice coast.

    I can carve on a snowboard (and am still considering getting an alpine snowboard although I ride much less frequently now) and when I taught it years and years ago, the technique we were taught to teach was with the weight on the front foot and zero kicking out with the back foot -- let the edge of the board do all the work. Does this work on a OW?

    Any other tips, tricks, and hints?

  • @RLY for me it's all heel-toe on both feet. It feels like for minor turns I do more of that with the front foot, and for big turns it's more on the the back foot. That and a lot of leaning / bending into the turns. I still get foot fatigue but not as bad / not as often. I've found slower to mid-speed cutting back and forth to be good practice for overall board control, just grooving the board back and forth.

  • @RLY

    Sorry, wrong place for you.
    You just hit 19.5 mph on day 2 and asking us for advice?
    Look up Mike T and the pros at Onewheel.. lol...

  • @groovyruvy Thanks. At or around what speed are you able to carve? I know on a snowboard, it's impossible to carve when going too slow.

    @sonny123 Hah. I feel like I'm able to balance myself on the OW and hit high speeds in control, but I'm still unable to carve the way I want. It's like the snowboarders that bomb down a steep slope without making any turns -- they might be very confident and just too lazy to carve down that easy run, or they could be terrified and out of control and unable to carve.

  • @RLY

    True but honestly, it's not advisable on OW.
    As others have said, most nose dives happen during the beginning stage
    while understanding how Onewheel works and if it's gonna happen,
    as it happened to many of us, let it happen at slow speed.

  • @sonny123 Alright. I guess it's just practice, practice, practice.

  • @RLY

    Not just practice.
    There are things that come with time and you'll notice it overtime.
    To me, Onewheel ain't about speed.
    The addictive part is just cruising around at medium speed under 9 mph.
    I know in a month or so, I felt way more comfortable all around on it
    and I never go above 10 mph.

  • @sonny123 I wasn't looking for tips on how to go as fast as humanly possible. I was looking for tips on how to carve so I could shortcut the learning curve for that if at all possible. Carving is my favorite part of snowboarding and the comparison between that and the OW was my only reason for purchasing the OW.

  • @RLY I can carve nicely as slow as 2 mph with really big wide sweeps back-and-forth, and at maybe 10-12 mph I'm carving like I would on a wave or on snow. At higher speeds / just behind pushback I can slalom with ease and pull off larger radius sweeping turns, but I find myself doing less really deep carving at those points.

  • I lean from my ankles, I'm standing up pretty straight, but my body is angled over the edge of the board, it comes down to trusting the board and having confidence that you won't fall, just lean a bit deeper each time and build up your trust in the OW's abilities. The problem with carving at higher speeds is that the OW really wants to go straight, like a tire rolling down a hill, so when you lean to carve, your toes/heels start to lift. But I've noticed that the more I stand up straight (with slightly bent knees), the more leverage I tend to have over my carve, and my feet stay planted

  • My advice is to get your board onto smooth short grass.., learn to carve on the grass before doing fast carves on asphalt. Grass is more forgiving if you fall but also allows you to be more agressive and find your carving limits.. I take my board to a cricket ground a few times a week to practice fast carves. Spins and riding switch. It's great training as its harder on the legs and ankles..

  • Try carving on Classic mode for a bit. The turns are easier. Just don't try straight and fast or you will nose dive quickly. It's all heels and toes with a bit of mid-core. There's no back foot kick-out on a Onewheel.

  • @medhead I think I would have to disagree with you on it being easier to carve in classic. In extreme I think you have much more overall control of the board. Being able to dip the nose down into your turn feels much more responsive.

  • Elevated is the bomb for deep carves and everything else.

  • OMG.. Just had my onewheel on the beach. Amazing!!! So close to snowboarding because when you do a deep carve the sand gives way just like the snow when setting an edge on the snowboard. Loved it

  • For me it's all about initiating the turn with your forward shoulder and then letting your body follow.

  • @lieutenantglorp Yeah totally. It's about learning to trust that the Onewheel will go in the direction your body turns, so you get to where you just basically look and think about where you want to go and let the board follow without forcing it.

    Of course last night while riding to a friend's house in the dark, I was carving into a sharp backside turn and hit a sandy patch in the road and nearly disproved that theory. Luckily I somehow managed to stay on the board and recover.

  • I say don't overthink it. Just get on the board and carve.

    I feel like I have more control when riding on the edges of the tire, if less traction. I can build speed faster on the edges too. On the right surface, controlled skidding of several inches is even possible, but not easy to reign in.

  • @mrb so far most of my skids have been of the uncontrolled variety

  • @groovyruvy said in Carving tips part 2:

    so far most of my skids have been of the uncontrolled variety<

    me too

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