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Tips Monday: Toe & Heel cup binding adjustments

It’s one or the other, compromise fine tuning of stance width to enable fine tuning of where the binding sits (edge to edge) or vice vica. Unless of course you have toe ramp and heel cup adjustments

One important key factor we haven’t covered yet, to do with your bindings, is the position of them across the width of your board. (see picture below)

I’m not talking about stance width – that was discussed last week. read Tips Mondays – Stance width | Snowboard binding angles

I’m talking about setting the binding up in the center of your board, edge to edge.

If you read last weeks Tips Mondays article you will know that we rotated the base plates so the slots ran parallel to our boards edge and used these to fine tune our stance width.

With our stance now set up, we can use the toe ramp and heel cup adjustments to make sure that the boot sits in the center of the board with even toe and heel overhang.

Key factor when buying

This is another important factor to look into when buying bindings as without the toe and heel adjustments, you will have to use the base plate to fine tune and position your bindings in the center (rotating the base plate so the slots run vertically)

However, when using the base plates like this you sacrifice read more

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Tips Monday: Stance width & binding angles

…would you stand like that if I got you to do some squats in the gym? …then why stand like that on your snowboard….?

One thing that we haven’t covered so far, during our Tips Mondays discussions on bindings and how tweaking them can improve / change our rinding, is stance width.

Now I realise that this post isn’t actually specific to adjusting parts of our bindings to improve our riding, but I wanted to touch on this before next week when I will be talking about toe and heel adjustments available to us.

What should our stance width and angles be set at?

I have read many articles and heard many views on this subject over the years so I want to keep this (fairly) short and clear some things up. Hears my views and recommendations on the subject.

When you ride you want your body to be in the best possible position, free moving, able make adjustments without any restrictions

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Link Friday: Indoor Parks, Snowworld & Jake Terry

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First up – a couple of sites showing the latest park plans at snowdomes throughout the UK. Jibberjabber is more specific to SNO!zone slopes while parkshaper caters for all.

Regularly updated with nice visuals.


Second up is a short video of the 2010 progression series at Snowworld, Landgraaf.

Located in the Netherlands, Snowworld at Landgraff is a huge indoor slope boasting 5 slopes with a total of nine lifts. The longest slope being 520 meters with a 6-seater chairlift! Insane…

Landgraaf also has a 4-star hotel with 100 rooms and 420 beds.

I’m planning on doing a trip over to Landgraff sometime this summer, if you’re keen on coming along then register your interest below or email me.


Last on todays list, but by no mean least, is Jake Terrys Blog.
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SCUK Bash Hemel 14th May 2011

Last weekend saw the SCUK Bash descend upon The Snow Center at Hemel Hampstead.

Hourly performance and freestyle coaching sessions were ran throughout the day by Definition Camps.

The beginner area of the slope was reserved for freestyle sessions, with 2 kickers and 2 boxes, while technical riding, buttering and ollie clinics were ran on the main slope and at £5 a head, they proved extremely popular. read Link Friday – Definition Camps at Hemel spring SCUK Bash for details on what was expected from each session.

Massive progression was made from all who attended these sessions and I specifically made sure each individual came away with at least 1 new trick learnt, while tidying up the ones they already knew.

For those looking for the pictures taken on the day, these are now up on Facebook at the following address:

Pictures were taken by Paul Buttle

For copies of pictures please email Paul:

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Link Friday: Freestyle Max Snowboard Coach

This weeks link is to do with yesterdays post, The best way to turn on a snowboard – High vs Low cross over., in which I used Freestyle Max to demonstrate different types of cross over turns.

If you haven’t seen or heard about this excellent coaching tool, then get yourself over to the site.

Max is great for showing or explaining how a particular freestyle trick should be done, where certain body parts should be during tricks and where the body needs to twist or turn. Do you need to straighten one leg to make that grab?

His body can be twisted and manipulated to get into even the most demanding of positions and of course Max rides goofy just a well as he rides regular.

He comes in a range of different outfits and with a detachable snowboard, he can even turn skier with the addition of some ice cream sticks!

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High vs Low cross over turns

Last week I spoke about how we can influence the shape of a turn by manipulating the sidecut of the board through pressure control. (read How tilt can help you carve on a snowboard and tighten those turns up).

I would strongly advise reading the article about edge tilt before trying the below mentioned. As without edge tilt any pressure you apply through your snowboard will be limited.

I also mentioned in that article where this would be most useful (steep or bumpy terrain, where the need to tighten / influence the shape of a turn is of urgency).

This week I’m going to talk about the importance of getting onto the new edge quickly, how this can aid riding the above mentioned terrain and help with the manipulation of the sidecut mentioned in last weeks post.

Ever done a turn and had that feeling where you, wait wait wait and then the new edge comes into play? This is all down to the time it takes to shift the body and board over onto the new edge. Do you want to make this quicker? well read on.

What’s out there?

When thinking about getting onto the new edge we talk about crossing over.

I mentioned this in the following posts, Make riding a cat track on a snowboard effortless and Changing edge on a snowboard, but didn’t really go into the height at which we cross over from one edge to the next.

The high cross over turn:

freestyle max high cross over snowboard turnYep, you guessed it. As the name suggests, we are high when we cross over onto the new edge getting progressively low towards the end of the turn.

On reaching the end of the turn we then extend up ready for the next turn and cross over (change edge).

Now let’s take some time to think about this type of crossing over.

Since we are starting in a high position, there is really only one thing we can do throughout the rest of the turn and that is to get low, limiting the amount of movements / adjustments we can make throughout the turn.

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Tips Monday: Angle / Rotating the high backs

Over the past couple of weeks I have been discussing ways that you can alter / customise your bindings to enhance your riding. These can be found in the Tips-Mondays section.

High back binding Angle

This week I am going to be talking about rotating K2-fastplant-snowboard-drake-bindings2the high-back, so that when you stand directly above your board and look down over the binding, the high-back is flush and in line with the heel edge side of the board.

Some believe this improves riding performance by transferring pressure more efficiently through the newly positioned, ‘lined up’, high back.

A debatable subject since as a result from rotating the high-back, you have essentially created a gap on one side of your boot and a pressure point on the other.

This gap and pressure point are marginal yes, but if so, why rotate them in the first place..?

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Link Friday – Definition Camps at the SCUK Bash

SCUK Bash Hemel SpringNext month at Hemel is the SCUK Spring Bash. The 14th May to be precise.

Myself and the rest of the Definition crew will be on hand to offer coaching sessions. These sessions will be held on the beginner slope, totally sectioned off and reserved for those booked on each individual session.

Each session will vary from the level at which it is pitched to what is covered – both kicker and rail sessions will be run. There will be something for all levels with the usual steady but progressive development.

In the evening there will be jam session with a chance to try out your new found tricks and prizes galore.

Below is a schedule of the days sessions. I have also included a short description of what to expect*.

*this is based on past courses that have run and may vary on the day.

See the following site for more info on prices / times etc:

Snowboard Box Beginner:

Specifically for those who have never tried a box / rail before or maybe once, but want to develop their freestyle riding some more. Maybe you’re a little unsure about the whole freestyle thing, this is where you want to start! Basic alignment issues, common mistakes and correct approach will be covered. All to insure a safe, speedy progression.

Tricks: 50-50’s, tail / nose presses, ollie on ollie off

Requirements: Recreational standard, linking basic turns | Level: Beginners upwards
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Definition Camps 23/24th April Milton Keynes

– Another awesome freestyle snowboard course at Milton Keynes –


Definition Milton Keynes Snowboard Freestyle course 23/24 AprilIt was all about the rail and ‘due to popular group demand’ basics with an introduction to buttering, ground 180’s and 360’s, with the group then calling the tricks for each other.

Before lunch we polished up on some technical riding and for the more advanced riders some switch one footed riding.

Later in the afternoon the group set out challenging each other with set ground and rail tricks (I was lucky enough to get my own..! Thanks Cerys, Skyla and Jack for that one!) I think they just wanted to see me fall over, but I didn’t so HA..!

It’s amazing to see what is achievable even though some of the group had never heard, let alone, tried any of the moves.

I was very impressed to see everyone giving my selected ground trick challenge a go, which was backside 180 to nose press/butter 270 to 270 out. (a bit of a mouth full – oh and get that down switch too!)


Full of more challenges and progression but this time over the kicker. Basic Ollies and

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Tips Monday: High backs & forward lean

Filling the gap

As a general rule, when selecting a snowboard binding in the shop, you want something that can be adjusted easily on the hill. No matter if you believe that high backs are just there for support, or to help you turn, it’s best not to have a gap between the high back and your boot.

snowboard high back forward leanI don’t really tend to talk much about forward lean on bindings when coaching but when I do, I suggest to move the high back forward a couple of notches until it comes in contact with the back of the boot.

The reason being is that if there is a gap, this leads to unnecessary movements having to be made when you ride, which only delays the response time to your equipment.

Tweak your equipment so that it does exactly what you want it to do, when you tell it!

For a good fit

  • place the boot in the binding
  • do both the toe and ankle straps up
  • adjust the high back so that it rests up against the back of the boot
  • lock the high back in position and repeat on the other binding

Now, if you use your high backs when riding, the movements you make with your body will be translated instantaneously through to your board.

Wondering why we wouldn’t want to use the high backs? find out here

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