Your stance says a lot about you as a rider, whether you’re a duck-footed park rat or a forward-facing carver. Swapping out your angles or moving your bindings towards the tail (as long as it’s not in the middle of a pow day) can change how a board responds, how much force you can put into the edges, how much float you can get and how stable you feel, regular and switch.
Given your average pro spends more time with their feet pointed a specific direction than most, we thought it would be interesting – and useful – to compile a table of your favourites’ stance width’s and angles, as well as their natural front foot and how far they set their boards back, if at all.
“Given your average pro spends more time with their feet pointed a specific direction than most, we thought it would be interesting to compile a table of your favourites’ stances”
After we hit up around 60 riders, most of them fall where you’d expect: centred duck stance for park riders, a little more directional for pipe hitters which crept into some positive stances for some freeriders like Nicholas Wolken, Jake Blauvelt and Jeremy Jones.
The most ‘positive’ rider we spoke to was ‘The Cat’ himself, Terje Haakonsen, who sometimes rocks a +24/+8 stance on some backcountry boards, and the tightest stance went to Sami Luhtanen with +6 in the front, -3 in the back (modelled on Vesa Nissinen’s stance back in the day).
By far the weirdest sounding was back-to-back triple-corker Yuki Kadono, who rides +6/-9, so with his feet pointed towards the back of the board more than the front, though being Japanese he’s probably on to the next big craze in snowboarding already.
See where your favourite riders stand, literally, and if you need any help changing up your binding angles, we’ve got a handy guide here to help you.