The Way to Correctly find your stance
Opening day, chilly temps, and a parking lot. You are setting up your new board at the parking lot and realize that if you continue doing this you won’t feel your hands after awhile…
Do not be that guy. Be prepared when opening day comes. All you need is a screwdriver and a small bit of knowledge. A tape measure may also help too.
This is the way your feet will point when strapped to the board. To begin with, lay your board in an even surface, then put on top of it. Watch what feels comfortable, getting your angles the opposite or the same. The basic posture angles are between -18 to 18 degrees. If you’re thinking about riding switch, ensure you’ve got a little “Duck” to your position. If your intention is to perform some harsh carves, place both bindings in a positive angle. Try an assortment of stances to find out what you are most comfortable with.
The width of this stance is that the distance between the middle of each binding. To quantify what your stance width is, measure from heel to knee cap. That is what the normal distance is for many people. Make sure of something, that it’s not uncomfortably narrow or wide. The normal stance width is somewhat wider than your shoulders. The main thing is not to feel awkward while strapped into your board.
For this step you’re going to need a #3 Phillips head screwdriver. First, put the bindings on the board in which you discovered what was comfortable. Now you’re going to need to set the center plates as we like to call them biscuits from the bindings. Put the bolts in the proper place, use the #3 Philips head screwdriver to tighten the bolts. A simple way to check the stance is to earn the bolts loose and stand at the bindings. This way it will be much easier to re-adjust them if it does not feel right.
As soon as you’ve the bindings on and tightened, it’s time to strap. When you strap, be sure that the binding strap is based around the boot. If it’s not centered you could have irregular pressure points, which suck the way. If the straps are not centered, there should be something on the strap that allows you tighten and or loosen it.
Before hitting the slopes you’re likely to need to dull or sharpen your edges. If you hit rails you’re likely to need to dull the edges just enough so that it reduces the chances of you catching a border. To dull or sharpen them you will need a file. Watch this short video on how to dull your borders. After you completed the technical part, it is time to make your board look great. As everybody calls it, a “decal job”, is an affordable way to make your board look slick. Die cut decals or routine decals can turn any board into a masterpiece. You simply need to find stickers that you enjoy!
Get to your Regional Mountain, strap in and shred.