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Q. Am I regular or goofy? Any advice?
Josh

Lauren Traub Teton answers:

Cross your arms.
Ok, which elbow is on top? Left? Ride regular.
Right elbow? Ride goofy.

Pretend to kick a ball. The non-kicking foot should be your front foot on the board.
(These  2 ideas from "Snowboarding for Women" by Chickie Rosenberg.)

Now, slide across the kitchen floor in your socks. Which foot first?
Let me know if you come out the same on all tests.
Good luck!

Josh answers:

When i cross my arms, my right arm is on top. which means ride goofy. But then if i were to kick a ball, i would kick with my right leg, so that means i would ride regular. if i were to slide across the floor, i think i would be right foot forward. but when i jump on a skateboard it feels more natural when i stand regular.  i still cant decide which stance is more comfortable.  please help me, this is confusing!
Josh Walke

Dear Josh,
You poor tortured soul!
I suspect you're a regular guy. The arm crossing test doesn't always work for guys. Try sliding on the floor, not just thinking about it. But the ball and skateboard tests may indicate left foot forward.
Maybe you're ambi-footrous.
Have you been on a snowboard?
How many times?
Our goal is to learn to ride both ways anyway so we can land tricks with half turns.
So don't stress!
Just learn one way. If you're having trouble, take some lessons to see where the problem is.
Then learn the other way!
Let me know how this works!

Jeremy King answers:
Regarding all the tests, I have friends who find it easier to skate around goofy, but ride regular...so which ever is the most comfortable for you, go with it...

Gavin Ehringer  answers:

That's a loaded question. Most riders are regular (left foot forward), but about 1/4 are "goofy." If you don't know, here's a way to find out: stand with both feet side by side, spaced about 12 inches apart. Relax the knees. Now, have someone push you squarely in the center of the chest. You'll have to drop a foot back to remain balanced. The foot that stays in front will determine if you are regular or goofy. I've found this works with about 90 percent of the people I teach, but some people defy the "test" and feel more comfortable riding the opposite direction. Still, it's a useful test for never-evers.

Dougie Fresh (reader of SnowboardSecrets.com) answers:

Its funny how many different techniques there are. The one I heard and have always used is: have the person in question stand in front of you. When they are not expecting it GENTLY shove them forward (enough to make them lose their balance). Now which ever foot they put in front to land on is the dominant foot and that should be the front foot. Like if they go left foot first to catch them self, they are Regular footed so if you put your right foot in front, you are Goofy footed. Its a very simple idea, but its has always worked for me when i teach people . I also agree with that after you start riding try them both and go with which ever feels more comfortable.

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