[Magazine-linked project] Neutral position utilization technique 2th (4 times in total)

FREERUN November issueIn the special feature "Things given by sessions with riders", in addition to the crosstalk between Yoshitaka Ota and Takafumi Konishi, we introduced the basics of "neutral position" that they advocate.Here, we will deliver the step-up version of how-to in a series of four times using sequence photos.
Special Thanks: Seki Onsen, Niigata
Photo: yoshitoyanagida.net

The second theme: Strategy for rough terrain (mogul burn)
Lecturer Rider: Yoshitaka Ota

Secret: When capturing a series of rough terrain such as mogul burns, the trick is to keep the neutral position and use the joints of the whole body softly.When some part of the body becomes stiff, that part loses its elasticity and cannot absorb the shock.Let's introduce it with a photo.

Determine where to turn the board while keeping the neutral position
It is OK to shift the board for speed adjustment without being aware of the carving turn
Tilt the axis of your body as much as you tilt the board according to the snow surface!
Gradually return the board to the flat at the joint between the bumps
While stepping on the board in the neutral position, check the terrain ahead
While stepping on the board with the hind legs main, open the upper body for the next turn
Gradually step on the board on the heel side.Of course, in the neutral position!
Align the board with the surface of the wall.The body axis is perpendicular to the tilted board!
The upper body starts preparing for the next turn while stepping on the board with the hind legs main
Keep the neutral position while aligning the body axis with the slope of the course
Gradually increase the weight on the toe side.Keep all joints soft
Judging that a quick turn of the board is necessary, it is strongly weighted to the toe side
Step on the toe side even more strongly and fine-tune the trajectory of the line to go
The position of the upper body is the same as the neutral position even when turning the board a little forcibly
Let's gradually reduce the weight on the edge while balancing with the upper body
Because you are riding with your hind legs main, you can respond even if there is a sudden change in slope
Using the knee as a cushion, gradually weighting to the heel side while absorbing bumps
Check the terrain and slide the board to adjust the speed.Never stretch your body!
Step on the board with the main hind legs while aligning the board with the surface of the wall
Gradually return the board to a flat to get to the next bump
Start preparing for the next turn while assessing the terrain ahead

"When there is no speed, I can slide in deep grooves or in places that are walls, but when speed comes out, I slip with the image of matching the board to the surface of the wall. By using the joints of the whole body softly, the bumps It will lead to equal board control that can absorb shocks, so be aware of that. It is also important to hold your upper body firmly. Even if you lose your balance to some extent, you should be in a neutral position. If you can keep your upper body, you can use your hips to flip the lower body and forcibly return the board! Also, pay attention to the position of your head. How to slide a person who can ride. People who cannot slide smoothly often have their heads and bodies moving from side to side and their heads do not come directly above the tilted board. However, slipping is still important. If you think about it one by one, the reaction will be slow. "--- Yoshitaka Ota

Next time (next week), I will introduce "Sawa play technique" by Takafumi Konishi.

The first carving turnClick here for more information.

The how-to article ⇩ of Neutral Position [Basic] is published in the November issue of FREERUN, which is currently on sale.Information on the latest issueClick here for more information.

If you really want to learn the neutral position, go to PS FREERIDING SCHOOL!