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KB303

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About KB303

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  • Location
    Erie, Colorado
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Beaver Creek
  • Occupation?
    Software, Agile Coach
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    SG Full Race Pro Team - 175, VIRUS Slalom Hypercarbon - 168, Custom Donek -161
  • Current Boots Used?
    UPZ RC12, Mountain Slope .951 WC
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    TD3 Standard, SG Performance Bindings, 56/53 - give or take depending on the board, 0* cant, 3* toe and heel lift, 46.5 cm width
  • Snowboarding since
    1995
  • Hardbooting since
    2001

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  1. This is so helpful, @SunSurfer. Thanks for helping me understand how a skiing background influences our riding. I'll work on leveraging what you've shared thus far. I'm also sensitive to the fact that we're pretty far off topic at this point, and another thread in the future would be more appropriate for this discussion. And yep, @dgCarve, it was the typical binding angles of SL racers that had me try 45* on the VIRUS, but 58*/55* felt plenty quick to me edge-to-edge. For the reasons that SunSurfer's stating above, it makes sense that this would be more in my sweet spot given my skiing b
  2. That’s super interesting. Thanks,@SunSurfer. And that helps explain why I feel very comfortable even up to 67.5* / 65* on my Donek with an 18 cm waist, versus I felt like I had to learn to ride all over again when I tried 48* / 45* on the VIRUS with a 20 cm waist. More recently I was at 58* / 55* on the VIRUS, and that was a more intuitive feel. Other than being more aware of using the sides of the feet and boots for inclining and balancing (and having the appropriate binding angles), are there any other major technique tips that you would advise for this style?
  3. Hi @SunSurfer, I skied for many years before I started snowboarding. Just didn’t discover Harb’s system until 2007. Also I started snowboarding because I was intrigued by a snowboarder’s ability to carve on the western Pennsylvania boilerplate that I couldn’t hold an edge on with my straight skis. I learned about the importance of sidecut, and that was before shaped skis really took off. So I got the stiffest freestyle setup I could find and was a unidirectional rider who just wanted to carve fast. Then I learned about alpine gear and figured that would appeal to me more than the freestyle set
  4. Great video. Thanks for posting it, @barryj. Yep, been a big fan of the videos from this group.
  5. Hey @barryj, yep, going to be riding a direct mount for a while so I can hone these skills. Also as the run in this video was a mild green and I was going slower than normal, there wasn't a need for me to round out the turns. I'm definitely further across the fall line and making rounder turns when at higher speed even on this run and certainly on the blues. The 'too much speed' issue on the blues is primarily because I was initiating and exiting the turns with my board more downhill than across the hill.
  6. And I appreciate you sharing your experience. Also what I have borrowed from my skiing that has been helpful is transitioning to the downhill edge and applying pressure before the apex as you mentioned. That plus quick turns were primarily what enabled me to keep carving on the blues rather than having to scrub my speed. When I was riding previously, I'm sure I just missed those tips on this board. But after following Harald Harb's PMTS method for the past 12 years, I realized some of those principles and drills could be applied to my riding as well. It's been working well and allowed me to st
  7. Gotcha. Perhaps that’s something for me to work back to, then, once I’m more consistent with my heel sides and stop counter-rotating.
  8. Thanks, @Rob Stevens. You picked up on two of my habits from skiing: Counter-rotating and looking down the fall line. I thought I eliminated this (Lowell Hart pointed this out when I had a lesson with him years ago), but apparently it's still there. And as you mentioned, I have found from my experience that looking across the hill rather than down the fall line eliminates my heel side chatter. Need to be more consistent with that. 32-year habits (from skiing) die hard, I guess. Really appreciate the feedback and the direction for what I should be shooting for. @SunSurfer, you pretty well
  9. Since you pointed out how my knees were too close together and the softness of the plate could be the culprit there, I’ve been wondering that, too. With that collapsed knee position, it makes sense that this could open up several other problems with the fundamentals. I’m tempted to try the 5 mm, but that’s probably a bridge too far since I’m not actually doing any racing. I’m also pretty maxed out on how much weight I’m willing to have pulling on my boot when I’m on the lift, and I think the 5 mm would be too much. This exploration with the Gecko and the BP has been positive overall, part
  10. Hi @lowrider thanks for your comments. Yes, I’m definitely riding more upright here as I wasn’t riding at my normal speed and aggressiveness. I hope the video isn’t misleading as it’s not that representative of how I normally ride, and I was also riding with a lot of compensation for what I felt the board was doing awkwardly and unexpectedly. I rode in choppy conditions this weekend and really see the benefit. I’d like to dial in the setup so I don’t feel like I’m fighting it.
  11. That makes sense regarding the knees. I was also thinking torsionally it might not be stiff enough as well - not as a factor regarding the knees, but wondering about its overall fitness for how I'm riding.
  12. Definitely. Working on that and was surprised to seem some here. But again this was a pretty relaxed run, so I'm expecting a number of differences here from how I normally ride. I appreciate your feedback!
  13. I'm wondering if the minus position was part of my compensation. Earlier when I mentioned lowering the angle of the rear binding, that thought was based on the feeling this setup gave me that my right hip was rotating forward. I felt like keeping it back would help prevent this unexpected rotation. It's also interesting that you mention my knees. I have been more aware of how close they are after getting on this plate. I don't know the reason for that as it does feel unlike how I normally ride. I wish I had video of me riding on the Gecko or on a direct mount to compare.
  14. Sorry, I should have shared this video from the beginning, but I was reluctant because this isn't showing the primary problems in action. However you might be able to pick up on something. This is the first day on the Boiler Plate. Part of my reluctance to post this was because I was riding slower than normal so my fellow rider could keep up and keep me in view on his GoPro. I am SO impressed with his ability to keep me in the frame while on his board, but I also wasn't sure if this view would help or hinder your ability to analyze my riding. Also my turns really start around 0:15-0:16. Prior
  15. Hi, @SunSurfer. Awesome. I appreciate the advice on contacting Richard Knapp. I am 165 cm tall and have a 78 cm inseam. Using the method of 0.607 x inseam, that's how I arrived at a 47 cm stance width. I have also experimented with 46, 48, and 49 cm stance widths. 47 seems best for me. If this were only happening on my heel side turns, I'd agree that it's very likely something with my technique, or at least that has a large part to play. But since I also get this crazy rotation at a very slow, gliding speed with minor pressure on the heel side edge, and I'm primarily just trying to
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