Carving tips part 2



  • @No I think you hit the nail on the head. I just need to build up trust in the OW's abilities. Today is my fourth day of riding and I'm comfortable enough that I'm happy with my heelside carve. A little more time and my toeside carve should be acceptable too.



  • @mrb any videos of this edge riding?



  • @RLY I am on week 2 now with the OW, so take this with a grain of salt. main things I've noticed when comparing carving a snowboard...

    On a snowboard your always on edge (mostly) so on a toeside turn you heels are higher then your toes, heel side carves your toes come up. the harder you carve, the more on edge you get. You also shift your weight more to your front foot. But on the OW, the board stays flat (parallel to the ground) so you have to adjust for that, keep your feet flat. Toeside turns should still feel very similar, but when doing a heel side, try forcing your toes and ball of your foot down, like your pointing your feet at the ground 10 feet away. This will help keep your feet flat and your heel side turn will feel more stable. It did for me at least.

    I don't focus as much on front and back foot weight, but more like shifting my hips forward and backward. Not sure how to explain it, but it reminds me of surfing.

    Another thing I noticed, if I push outward on both legs just a little, not enough to move my feet on the pads, stability increases on turns. If you feel the board wobble when carving, focus on pushing legs apart and the pressure may stabilize the wobble.

    other than that, I usually ride snowboard/wakeboard in duck stance 15deg both bindings, but after carving on the OW for a bit, I notice my read foot has shifted to 0 or even +5 degrees, like alpine boarders.



  • @augie09 rock on, good post!



  • @augie09 - Ya I've snowboarded powder for years and I wanted to resist the alpine stance SOooo much but it just works on the OW.



  • I agree too...usually when I ride on concrete, my angle are somehow around 0 to +10 for rear and something around +20,+30 on the front. I'm still in duck stance when I plan to ride switch and so on..



  • When I get into heavy carving my knees are bent at almost a 90 degree angle and I'm really leaning. This takes some serious trust in your board but that comes with time. I got mine on Aug 20th. That's also the day I had my first crash, and it was a major one.

    I'll just have to wait til I can get some video and show you :)



  • When I'm getting fast and freaky, I have my knees bent a lot and I am down low. I don't pay perfect attention to what I do because I have a lot of hours riding now but I noticed that I do some weird stuff without thinking about it such as shoving the back around with my back foot and even steering the board forward side for just an instant to initiate a sudden heel side turn. My favorite thing lately is carving at a medium speed but trying to carve hard enough to push me into the board with a little g-force.



  • First time post, whats up!

    I know this is an old thread, and I don't even have a board yet, but I thought I'd chime in on this thread for others looking for carving tips. With years of snowboarding and surfing experience, I think an often overlooked technique is leading with your head and shoulders when initiating a turn/carve/cutback. The harder/tighter the arc of the turn, the more you really need to commit to opening/closing the shoulders to get the turn going. The torso/hips/knees/feet/board all follow suit after the shoulders. Trying to turn, starting with the lower body up just feels horrible and looks even worse.

    I see a lot of videos of beginner/intermediate riders on this forum and they seem to be missing that key. I've never ridden a OW, but I have been studying up and watching tons of footage preparing to go on day 1! The talented riders seem to have this skill down, and I'm sure it comes with confidence/trust in the board. I know it's difficult to commit to a hard cutback on a surfboard, and that's on water!



  • @Snurfer OW is the same way- lead with the head and shoulders, the board and body follows. . . .


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