77 thoughts on “How to really really really carve your snowboard part 3

  1. Great timing to release this video! I have been working on my carved a lot, but struggling with ice on the East Coast.

    Thanks a ton for many great videos, with a little humor in the mix!

    Two questions for you if I may:

    1-Any thoughts on balance between lead and trailing foot when getting low in the carve? From this video, when you were demonstrating testing the extra down pressure, it looks like you lead into that "press" with your forward leg, and then transition to more weight on the back leg.

    2- I have been playing with trying to flex the board for a tighter turn by pulling both knees in after the edge is engaged. This seems to help tighter the radius of the turn, but I am not sure if I should pursue this more. What do you think?

    I hope these questions aren't Dog $hit 🙂

  2. Your videos crack me up. This is a really good video demonstrating how your body should compress and expand when changing edges to really really really carve your snowboard.

  3. I'm a little bit confused. In your previous video, u suggest to keep upper body silence. In some other video, they suggest to use shoulder to lead turns. How do you think? Which part of your body takes effort first when you start your turns?

  4. Wish I could be out there at Breck rippin' it up bro! 🙂 Unfortunately, southern California has unseasonably warm weather these days including where I ride at Bear Mountain and I'm not lovin' it.

  5. Hey Ryan, I'm an intermediate rider but used to only ride park. I've been watching your videos for a while now and am really inspired by your carving. I've been trying to emulate you and take the advice from your carving videos, but I currently own a GNU park pickle which is both rocker and a total noodle. Do you recommend getting a new board like a Burton custom/custom X or should I just continue practicing on my spaghetti board?

  6. Hey Ryan! I was taught this technique as "turning by bending". You "drop" the weight of your body (by bending your kneees) in order to lighten the pressure on the edge (think of an elevator on free fall). Then you extend your knees during the turn to apply pressure to the snow and lock that edge!
    This is maybe the most powerful turn there is, and I think it's what racers use. It is VERY exhausting, though.

    Now here comes the mindblow (it blew mine for sure).

    You can also turn by "extension" . Extend your knees rapidly and switch edges at the apex of your little "jump", where edge pressure is minimal (do not actually take off the ground). Then bend your knees progressively during the turn in order to add pressure.

    This is the absolute opposite of the first type of turn in terms of knee movement, but it is a more relaxed, effortless way of turning. And very effective too! (although not as powerful).

    With great power comes great responsibility though. Once you master edge pressure, skiing becomes trivial to snowboarders (I've tried). Be sure not to fall to the dark side of the snow… 😛

  7. thanks, Ryan. this tip will definitely help. I have no problem carving but I'm not able to spray a lot of snow on the side like many boarders. I'll try this one next week.

  8. How steep are your usual runs? I find Blues the most fun when you can really let loose, reds are great if they're empty and untracked and blacks have there good spots but side slipping down ice and jumping from toes to heels every turn gets a bit boring.

  9. Hi Ryan, love your videos!

    Your videos improved my riding by a ton!

    Are you using camber board?
    I know it's not all about equipment but I have to ask.
    I have a flat rocker and on toe edge I'm feeling really nice carving but heel edge is giving me troubles sometimes.
    I've adjusted my highback forward as much as possible but still I lose heel side and slip sometimes.
    Any advice?

  10. Wider stance: check, forward lean: check (way better control), and was going to ask you about this yesterday or the day before and i see it today cool 🙂

  11. Nice one again Ryan, just a question, how often do you tune your board? I seem to get my board slipping when trying to carve too hard, I know there's lots to do with my form but I wanted to know if you keep those edges sharp, thanks!

  12. Ok Ryan after watching this video 10 times:D I must tell you you're doing it wrong:P You try to extend your legs during a turn and during edge changing and it looks unstable. You either extend during a turn and squat down during edge change or squat down during a turn and extend during edge changing.

  13. Hey Ryan! Question, when you are driving the edges into the snow, which direction are you applying pressure? So when you are deep into a toeside carve and your body is in a plank, are you pushing the force straight down into the snow (driving the side of the board into the ground) or are you pushing down towards the base edge (the pressure is directed straight down towards the bottom of the hill)? Every time I try to lean into a deep carve, my board washes out and I fall. So if you drew an arrow when you are laying into a carve to show the direction of force, which way is the arrow going, straight down into the hill or straight out towards the base of your board? Thanks man!

  14. Tried this today but snow is watery now because it is not snowing anymore and temperature going up. Before when i go full speed carving across the run i feel my board barely touching the snow on heel side (rocker at the center). But with this technique i can go smoother also when switching to toe side i can make the board pop off the snow so it is adding more fun. Also noticed it helps a lot with buttering on the kind of snow we have now.

  15. was actually playing around with this! its really fun and feels very agile. i struggle so bad holding my heel edge though, i tend to slide more than carve and it makes me cry :'(

  16. Ryan do you have you eny teaching experienc in snowbordig, your carving and tips in this video is textbook carving and your wery good at explaining it. i normaly just watch for the awsom carving buttering and jibs 🙂

  17. I think this video really really helped my gf. She was doing these turns and during each one she was yelling "Neeerd Ratiooooo" as if it was helping. I think it was actually. luckily the ratio was next to nothing so all was well on the slopes.
    Great tutorial, I too had a blast trying this out and I felt a real improvement by the end of the day.
    Thanks for making these videos. They make snowboarding even more fun for nerds like us

  18. Yoo! I really like your videos!! I get a lot of good tips from them! There's something else too. I don't know if you can hear it, but there is this buzzing sound on this video, like tinnitus. I'm not sure if it's your mic or? Otherwise, the videos have been awesome!

  19. Love your videos man. I got a couple of questions for you. What binding angles do you suggest when mastering carving? And what angles do you use for when you do buttering tricks. Thanks and the advice will be most helpful.

  20. Это называется разгрузка вверх. Если бы не был самоучкой, знал бы с первых дней…

  21. I see you perform smooth turn without going up and down so robust in other videos.
    Do we need to do any adjustment after doing this practice to smooth out the up and down motions.

  22. This is the big skill I work to get my students to understand. How to truly dynamicly drive the board. Awesome stuff! Nice video!

  23. I like you tons. Biggest 2 likes are A) "that vertical motion" you do on the 3rd How to really really really carve. B) How you add things to carving that aren't already said in AASI or other places & you say things in your own way. C) You don't do it in a progression, you just give a bunch of different tips that are gems in their own, but even more so don't have to be done necessarily in that order. It seems like a constant adventure cause you never know what's coming next. You don't make turning so boring & instructional. I think the only time carving & many other things are said in a new way are when you hear them for the first time.

  24. awesome videos man ! i was just wondering what would be a/your preferred binding setup for carving like this . not just the forward lean but also stance angle or maybe if you ride with a setback or smth . i usually ride in duck stance with forward ~25 and back -8 . i guess it works differently for everyone but judging by the way you ride i'm guessing my angles are a little wrong 😀

  25. 你好 我是来自中国的 北京 。我是你的粉丝,非常喜欢你的滑法,希望你能有机会 来中国 !!非常 期待。你的视频 我几乎都看过了,动作干净利落 非常棒!

  26. When I try to carve, my back foot tends to come to forward and I end up with a slide instead of a clean line behind. Any tips?

  27. what type of snowboard do you use on this video .
    And what type do you suggest for a begginer rider .
    I am the type of dogshit rider that curves with the counter rotation 😛

  28. Hey Ryan, I recently bought a Burton Cutom Twin Flying V because I want to do everything a little bit. It has a camber profile on the edges and rocker on the middle (a hybrid profile with best of both worlds). I found it slippery (skidding) when carving. What can you say about the Burton's Flying V and can you share any tips to better carve with this profile?

  29. 2:18 how did you make the sharp turn while keeping your legs almost straight? This is so cool and Ryan you're the only snowboarder I see that can do that.

  30. Late to this party by a year, but nice call-out to Donek snowboards. I'm still riding an original Incline 169 with 42/30 angles. The edges are worn to the nubs so I may have to hit Sean up for another board soon.

  31. hay, sorry not trying to bug you or anything. I've completed part 2 and 3. But I am really not sure if other people reviewed it or not since I didnt get any notificatiion. Will you get notifications when subtitles are submitter or reviewed?
    Have a nice day.
    BTW, love the 180 tutorial, very thorough and detailed.

  32. Ryan your tips are awesome, watched it every time before I hit the slope and always felt I gain something afterward. Thanks!

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