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    Default Speed boarding stance

    Up to this point my stance on a long board has been like a skateboard, feed pointed to the side with my head turned downhill. My tuck is simply crouching as low to the board as I can, nearly sitting. But every youtube video I watch of speedboarding, the really good riders have their feet pointed forward and their tuck is standing but bending forward a bit. What is the advantage of this, are their advantages both ways?


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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmagoo View Post
    Up to this point my stance on a long board has been like a skateboard, feed pointed to the side with my head turned downhill. My tuck is simply crouching as low to the board as I can, nearly sitting. But every youtube video I watch of speedboarding, the really good riders have their feet pointed forward and their tuck is standing but bending forward a bit. What is the advantage of this, are their advantages both ways?
    Aerodynamics and stability at speed are the reasons for the tuck position that the pros use.

    If you ride a board in a regular skateboarding stance, your top speed will be severely limited by air resistance. Tucking allows for much higher speeds. However, it takes a while to get used to it, so practice tucking on less steep hills until you feel completely comfortable with it.

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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    please use search.
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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    1) its faster.
    2) it lets you roll from a heelside to a toeside faster without needing to change your stance much.
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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    the advantage or a tucks is that its more aerodynamic. a regular skate stance is probably easier to do but not as aero. tucking helps me alot but its killer on my legs!!!

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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    A good Euro tuck will probably come pretty close to minimizing your surface area -- so it's more aero -- while allowing still allowing you some control. If you can get your legs perfectly in-line and your torso perfectly horizontal, it's hard to beat it (without lying down).

    Search "tuck style" and you'll see lots of pics. Watch who's fast and you'll see who to imitate.

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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    Thanks guys, very helpful. It feels weird o.O but ill just have to get used to it

    BTW: What are good helmets to use? So far ive been using a normal skate helmet, but i'm questionable how good it would be at speeds. What speeds would you guys call it unsafe to use a normal helmet? Would using my dirt bike helmet be a smarter idea?

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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    Quote Originally Posted by holyroller View Post
    please use search.
    people telling people to search arte more annoying than the thread itself.... if you are gonna be a dick and tell em to search, why not search for yourself and give a link, actually make your post useful and reinforce that searching will work and provide the answer they need.

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    amen to that dubester!

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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmagoo View Post
    Thanks guys, very helpful. It feels weird o.O but ill just have to get used to it

    BTW: What are good helmets to use? So far ive been using a normal skate helmet, but i'm questionable how good it would be at speeds. What speeds would you guys call it unsafe to use a normal helmet? Would using my dirt bike helmet be a smarter idea?
    this downhill bike helmet of yours may do the trick for your everyday DH riding, but if you are going to eventually race, your helmet needs to meet IGSA safety regulations. So here is the link of approved DH helmets. they have visors but you unscrew them and also make your own face shield. it shows the price in pounds but in actuality it turns out to be about 90 bucks including shipping.
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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    Not only is a tuck more aero, the foot positioning allows for more stability at speed IMO. Firstly, leaning forward centers the weight more on the front truck. I know I barely put any weight on my back foot in my tuck (in straights) and only my back toe is contact with the board so I don't want to put weight on it anyways. Secondly (this is a kinda weird concept but hear me out), the front foot being angled at a 45 degree angle instead of straight across lessens the leverage on the board which makes turning more difficult but increases stability. I don't know how valid that 2nd point is but it makes sense to me

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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    Quote Originally Posted by holyroller View Post
    please use search.
    dude. this was the FIRST thing that popped up when I searched. Quit worrying about people not searching for **** right off the bat.... That **** is getting old. FAST.
    why dont you go and comment on something that reflects your SKILL bro.

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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmagoo View Post
    Up to this point my stance on a long board has been like a skateboard, feed pointed to the side with my head turned downhill. My tuck is simply crouching as low to the board as I can, nearly sitting. But every youtube video I watch of speedboarding, the really good riders have their feet pointed forward and their tuck is standing but bending forward a bit. What is the advantage of this, are their advantages both ways?
    ok so what you want to do is get your knee to your chest. You want to do this to eliminate any air that is hitting your pelvis. I highly recommend you STRETCH!!!!!! ALL THE TIME!!!! especially before you start bombing a hill. Stretching will help your muscles get used to the tuck, and will help you do almost everything that you do on your board, but better.

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    Default Re: Speed boarding stance

    Also, you need to be comfortable on the tuck of your choice. If you can, try to not twitch too much in a tuck. Train hard and you'll get comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johmey View Post
    dude. this was the FIRST thing that popped up when I searched. Quit worrying about people not searching for **** right off the bat.... That **** is getting old. FAST.
    why dont you go and comment on something that reflects your SKILL bro.
    Gotta love the angry three year old thread resurrection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thokk2 View Post
    Gotta love the angry three year old thread resurrection.
    Gosh has it been 3 years already,seems like only yesterday......


    I wonder if he got his tuck sorted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by B77 View Post
    Gosh has it been 3 years already,seems like only yesterday......


    I wonder if he got his tuck sorted?
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