Testing, Testing RSTP Theory – Snowboarding, PART 5a (today’s practice)

Today I really starting to put some of my basic building blocks together – this is where the fun really begins! Up until now, I’d been heavily practicing tiny micro-skills in isolation. Now, i’m starting to string the individual pieces together.

All the other instruction I’ve seen treat the “falling leaf pattern” as a single piece of instruction. But, let’s break it down to see why most instruction fails. Individual building blocks, which appear to be one single movement when strung together are often composed of several pieces. The falling leaf pattern is actually a complex set of movements.

To execute the sequence properly, you must be able to do the following:

  • Initiate a heel-side slide with light pressure on the left heel with a simultaneous slight left upper-body lean
  • Shift both legs to exert an even pressure across the entire back edge of the board in order to stop
  • Initiate a heel-side slide with light pressure on the right heel with a simultaneous slight right upper-body lean
  • Shift both legs to exert an even pressure across the entire back edge of the board in order to stop

Then, if we want to add in the complexity of finishing the run with a glide down the rest of the slope, it’s necessary to exert additional pressure on the downhill foot to orient the board with the tip pointing straight down the slope and continue on with your body weight distributed evenly over the board.

 When broken down into its constituent parts, it sounds like there’s a whole lot more involved in this one “simple” move than meets the eye!!!

 Be sure to check out my progress report (see “Testing, Testing RSTP Theory – Snowboarding, PART 5b – To-Date Progress Report” )

 

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