Today’s reader question:
I want to start recording myself to find out what I’m doing wrong with my snowboard technique, is there an ideal way to do this?
Firstly good job! Recording yourself is 10 times further than most riders are willing to go to improve their technique, so I can tell you’re going to learn fast.
Alright, so when recording yourself to check your technique, the position of where you record from is the key factor. You’ll want a friend with you to record because doing it yourself involves a large amount of hiking and you won’t be able to zoom in on yourself.
If you’re recording jump technique:
With jumps you have to decide what you want to focus on. You won’t be able to film both entry, take-off and landing in the same video clip, at least not with a good enough view of all 3 to really critique it easily and find your mistakes.
You may be able to sometimes film entry and landing from the side of the jump, but this can be really tricky depending on the shape and size of the jump.
So in most cases you’ll need to pick the one area you want to work on and record that.
If recording take-off technique: You should fim from uphill of the take-off and to the side of the jump so you get a good view of your entry lines and how you setup and take-off.
If recording landing technique: You should film from downhill of the take-off and to the side of the jump. Usually you’ll want to film from roughly just past the landing and to the side. This gives you a good view of your technique in the air and how you land.
If recording rail/box technique:
Filming to the side and slightly uphill is usually the best for rails. Rails and boxes are simpler because from this position you can usually film everything from entry line up to landing the trick at the end of the rail/box.
If recording turning technique:
The filmer should be downhill from you and looking back upwards as you ride down towards them. You’ll usually have whoever’s filming ride about 50-100 meters downhill (depending on how good your camera is) and record you from there.
Downhill is an awesome view because you’ll be able to see absolutely everything and see exactly how your body moves and where you’re looking during each turn.
Hope that answers your question!
ps: Remember, this isn’t about filming to make stuff look awesome or good on camera. We’re aiming to record technique, not make jumps look bigger or capture cool looking angles.
If you’re after that sort of filming you’ll want to check this blog out: How to make yourself look like a snowboard pro on film