If you want to get the most out of your next snowboarding season, think about your snowboarding stance. Everyone’s stance is unique, but if you haven’t given yours much thought lately, consider these elements of stance that can help you select your snowboards:
-Foot in front: Do you prefer your left or right foot in front? Most people go for the left, but go with what works for you. If you are left-handed, you may prefer your right foot in front.
-Width: Your stance width is the distance between the front and back bindings of your snowboard. If Alpine snowboarding is your thing, try adjusting your bindings so your stance is a bit narrower. Are you a freestyle boarder? Set your stance a little wider so you have a more stable foundation for jumps.
If you are breaking in a new board and you aren’t sure where to set your stance, use the width of your shoulders as a starting point. Ride for an hour or two and make some adjustments as you get used to the snowboard. Some other guidelines—if you are shorter than 5 feet, try a width of 17-18 inches. Taller than 6 feet? Try 22-23 inches. Visit one of our Sun & Ski Sports shops to check out the latest models of Ride snowboards 2010, as well as a selection of other great boards.