How to build confidence on the toe-side turn
Nothing beats the feeling of a toe-side turn, the feeling of leaning in and feeling the force as it whips you around. Often overlooked as we put our first turns together, we try to rush back to our heels. It’s the turn for anyone that’s ever strapped on a snowboard, has most certainly been taken by surprise by catching the toe-edge and finding their chest firmly planted on the snow…
Usually with a few adjustments to the body position and changing the way we steer the board, our toe sides will become more consistent, then we’ll be nailing them every time.
Here are our tips for doing so…
Centre your body position
Having evenly distributed weight between both feet is what you should aim for, an even flex in the knees with give us the mobility to steer the board with the lower body and overall, making us more stable. Try to avoid making big movements with the upper body. This will keep us more stable throughout the turn
Close-off your shoulders - stay aligned with the board
When we start to make our first turns, there’s a tendency to open up our upper body to face the direction of travel. Doing this can block the rotation to make a complete toe-side turn and put us out of balance. Bring your leading hand to the inside of the turn, which will help to a) keep your shoulders aligned and b) get your knees and hips over the toe edge giving us more control to turn.
Follow through on the toe-side turn
Aim to make a complete turn on the toe-side so that we we finish with the board across the hill. To ensure we do this you can look up the hill at the end off our toe turn with our back facing down the hill. Also making equal turns between our heel and toe will help us to moderate our speed and flow, reducing the risk of picking up too much speed and wiping out.
Change to the new edge earlier in the turn
On completion of the previous heel side turn and you are horizontal with the fall line take a quick second to reset the body to a neutral position (and by neutral position means shoulders aligned with the board and no pressure on any edge). Take your time with this, keep that neutral position for two seconds, then as you get practiced, speed up that transition until the two edges flow into one another. This moment of ‘reset’ is important, so as you speed it up, don’t loose it as it keeps us balanced throughout our following turn. Whilst on that same plane of movement make the edge change to the toe-side. Making this change whilst horizontal with the hill will ensure we don’t pick up too much speed as opposed to making the edge change when the board is pointing downhill or the fall line.
1# Center yourself
2# Close off your shoulders
3# Follow through on the toe-side turn across the hill
4# Aim for earlier edge change for consistent control
So there you have it. A few tips if you are struggling with your toe-side turn. Get out and practice as much as possible. Don’t be afraid, and own that toe-side turn!
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