How to Find Your Snowboard Stance: Regular Foot or Goofy
Updated: Jul 5
Just like in skateboarding, surfing, and other board sports, snowboarder can choose to ride with a regular stance or a goofy stance. Snowboarders should choose a stance that makes them feel the most comfortable while snowboarding. However, it can be difficult for beginners who have never played sideway-riding sports to decide on a stance.
So let's give you some advice on how to decide on your stance!
Many beginners cannot decide on a stance
I've been taking many beginner snowboarder lessons for over 30 years, but some of beginners couldn't decide their stance.
They doubted the stance they decided on first.
For example, a shop clerk was recommended a regular stance, but when they actually start snowboarding, they felt like a other stance. That's why they asked me to change to a goofy stance.
So I used a screwdriver to change my stance. But they had a troubled face again. "I thought it was a goofy stance, but it wasn't. I want you to back to regular stance again." Oh gee...
You might think, "Is there such a troublesome person !?", but in fact, there are many people who do not understand their stance like this.
When the board starts running, beginners are too scared to shift their weight to their hind legs. If you do so, the tail of the board will come forward and run to the other side.
My daughter was same. She was always zigzag slipping (pendulum) on the heel side.
Regular stance and goofy stance shown in the photo
Anyway, take a look at the pictures below to see which stance is called "regular" or "goofy" in the first place. Because some people don't know about it.
The person whose left foot is in front and whose hind foot is the right foot is a regular stance.
If your right foot is in front and your hind foot is your left foot, that person will be in a goofy stance.
Perhaps about 70% of people have a regular stance, and about 30% have a goofy stance. By the way, in my home in Japan, probably more than 80% of people are regular stance.
Example of how to determine regular stance and goofy stance
The example below is said to be a regular stance. Please see for reference.
・ People who have their left foot in front when playing baseball or golf
・ When kicking the ball, right foot ・ When tightrope walking, the left side will be in front
・ When you go into the pool, enter from the left foot
However, the above is not exactly the case, so please consider it as a reference.
No one has a perfect regular stance and goofy stance
I don't think there is a perfect regular stance and goofy stance.
So, again, I think the decision method introduced above is just a guide.
Some people have a "pretty" or "absolute" regular stance.
Also, some people feel uncomfortable with either stance, and it is hard to say either stance as a centrist.
It is also related to the dominant foot that the person originally had, the history of sports that he has walked through, and exercise habits.
For example, when he was a kid, he was standing in the right batter's box playing baseball. He was kicking with his right foot when he played soccer. When he started skateboarding as a kid, he became regular stance because his brother was a regular.
There will be some people who have a regular stance like the one above.
On the other hand, some people can't decide on their stance. But don't worry! Because, in the end, snowboarding should be in either stance. So, let's practice so that you can make a turn with the stance you decided for the time being. And if you could snowboard the beginner's course, start practicing the reverse (switch) stance.