Monday, December 11, 2017
Building a Stable and Maneuverable Snowboarding Posture
An experienced executive and former CEO of NIC, formerly known as the Kansas Information Consortium and the National Information Consortium, Jeffery Scott Fraser guided the company to its initial public offering and brought it back to profitability following the dot-com crash. Now owner of the Tsaina Lodge in Alaska, Jeffery S. Fraser enjoys snowboarding in his free time.
One of the keys to snowboarding is establishing a solid stance. This begins with the feet, which is typically just a bit more than shoulder-width apart. In this position, the legs are spread far enough apart to be stable yet not so wide that they restrict the rider's range of motion.
The weight should also be evenly distributed between the feet. This allows the snowboarder to feel the terrain and respond to it. Boarders who ride with their weight habitually more on one foot than another have trouble responding to the ground and may have a more difficult time maneuvering.
Maneuverability also requires the knees to be slightly bent and over the feet while the hips are relaxed and directly aligned with the knee. Likewise, the weight of the torso should remain over the center of gravity, as any bending from the hips or waist can disturb balance. The arms should hang loosely by the sides, and the head should be pointing in the direction that the board is traveling. However, the trunk should remain stable to allow for additional stability and maneuverability.