Thanks for bringing up the point with the high angles in the other thread. This is a topic I’ve wanted to discuss for a long time. So let’s do it.
ok, I agree with this. But balance is also a matter of training.BlueDevil wrote:with high angles you get lousy balance
Here I don’t agree : Most boots don’t have any lateral flex; the only flex they may have is – let’s call it here “longitudinal”.BlueDevil wrote:plus you can't flex your knees on the longitudinary axis of the board as well as you can with lower angles.
The lower the angles are, the more lateral flex the boot (or binding) needs to be able to flex your knees in “the longitudinary axis of the board”. With higher angles, the flex of my knees in “the longitudinary axis of the board” goes along with the “longitudinal” boot flex and is therefore easier.
It follows that higher angles – not lower – gives you better knee-flex in “the longitudinary axis of the board”. (unless you have a boot with good lateral flex)
From the tech-section
I don’t understand this restriction. J or P, please help me!EC-tech wrote:“Don’t put more than 55° on your front foot.”
My opinion is as follows: With high angles, the backside turn is easier because it needs less effort to rotate until the hip is orthogonal to the board. “The butt hangs less outside the board”, which is also a nice style effect.
The other side is the frontside turn of course: With high angles it’s difficult to get the hip parallel to the board.
For those who don’t believe me: Proof with the extreme case of a low-degree-freestyle setting. I’ve never seen a low-degree-freestyler being able to bring his hip orthogonal to the board in backside.
Therefore a compromise should be found. For J&P it’s at 55°.
I hope I’m not totally wrong with the above statements and would like a discussion .
To J&P: Is it this (the compromise) what you mean or do you have any other explanation for the 55° restriction?
I’m looking forward to your critical answers
PS: I never had problems with high angles (up to 68 in front). There was only a problem on wide boards with high angles, because it needs more effort to bring pressure on the edge. Narrow boards and high angles were ok (except the balance problem)