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    Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 12:46am
This might sound like a totally stupid question... I live close to 24hrs drive from the nearest snow... (QLD Australia), and I sometimes strap myself onto my board in my living room and muck around just to keep the feel of being on the board and moving it around etc when I can't get to the snow and in summer. Is there anything specific I can try on carpet to improve my balance and my movement on the board? Thanks
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 2:18am
i would say wax your board before you go to the snow, all that rubbing the base on the carpet can't be good for it.

as for improving your balance, don't think you need your board to do that, plenty of exercises you can do to practice your balance. Tried skateboarding? :P
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 2:23am
Skateboarding, buy/make a balance board, get a Wii and Wii Fit with the board - lots of balance exercises and games.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 2:38am
see if there is a snoflex near u
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 3:27am
The rocker roller balance board is a very good tool. You can easily build one yourself using 4" diameter pvc tubing and a plank of wood set to the width of your stance + allowable for feet. I did the rug thing and found it a bit too tiresome in the end XD.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 5:50am
You could always try sand if you have some nearby... dunes are apparently pretty good for practicing tricks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-8K1hYpzPg&feature=related
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 6:52am
Longboard skateboarding...the closest thing I have come across to carving on a snowboard...if you can get to the point where you can carve a hundred yards or more on your longboard without putting your foot down it will transfer to the snow in my opinion.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 8:01am
If im bored, I usually get a board, then put a pipe underneath it and try to balance as long as I could. Its the same concept as a balance board. Give that a try.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 10:47am
I saw a video where a guy strapped a skateboard deck to his feet with elastic cords. He then would olie onto a stationary wood log as if he was doing a board slide. I'm going to try to find a used deck at a garage sale and try it out before the season starts over here in California.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 12:05am
awesome... thanks, and yes I plan to wax my board before I use it again! :) I'm using my second (old) board anyways just to muck around.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 12:48am
Hey i live in canberra which is only like 2.5 hours from the snow and i still do the same as you haha. I would say another thing that could help would be to go on a trampoline and practice spinning 180's and 360's.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 1:05am
haha yeah i might try the trampoline thing
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 1:29am
I hear rip sticks are the best thing to get the feel of shreading. 
Skateboarding and Longboarding are great i hear. 

Wow you must live like near townsville or something right? That must be a pain. 
If it is the country side id suggest Longboarding. I hear its a better feel compared to skateboarding. Plus you'll have open roads that lead to.... nowhere
If only Queensland had snow...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 6:28am
Originally posted by koji3

I hear rip sticks are the best thing to get the feel of shreading. 
Skateboarding and Longboarding are great i hear. 

Wow you must live like near townsville or something right? That must be a pain. 
If it is the country side id suggest Longboarding. I hear its a better feel compared to skateboarding. Plus you'll have open roads that lead to.... nowhere

Yes longboarding is much different than regular skateboarding and much closer to snowboarding at least from a carving perspective.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 6:47am
l knwo that at my local workout place, they have this ball that they sell with a platform on it, thats used to help balancing. not 100% sure if it helps for snowboarding, but improving your balance can help in alot of situtation and more or less for snowbaording
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 7:03am
Yeah I longboard and its just like carving with a snowboard putting pressure to the front toes and back heels to turn. The balance is just the same maybe a little harder cause your not strapped in. Also helps you with your "skating" when your going to the lift lines.
One thing is that I longboard goofy and snowboard regular so this is my first year of longboarding and last season was my first year snowboarding so I hope it helps me with switch riding. I hope I dont go up to the Mountains and get confused on which way to ride.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 8:35am
If you really want the snowboard feel, you could always try the Freebord.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX99quvLyv8

There's also the Flowboard, but I hear it's too heavy to practice any tricks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 11:19am
Longboards are close, but they're just not the same. I'm really lucky in that they are building a snowflex center 25 min from my house. I can't wait till they're open! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/25/2010 at 3:16am
Was thinking of trying out a longboard... freebords look amazing! but I can totally see myself in the emergency room after my first go...
And yeah I don't quite live as far north as Townsville, I'm on the Sunshine Coast. :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/25/2010 at 3:37am
long boards all the way. they are really good for carving, borrowing my friends for liek 2 weeks all ready
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/25/2010 at 5:16pm
I longboard a lot and i have so much fun with it.I also like to throw my board on my feet when i play shaun white snowboarding and just do butters and stuff for fun. Also if you have a trampoline tape your edges up and have some fun
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