It's summer...you've got the time now to put your kit together, don't wait until opening day to figure it out! Grab your tape measure and Phillips screwdriver, here we go!
First, you need to figure our your stance. In order to control your snowboard you need to apply pressure to both the nose and tail easily though your feet. Move your legs around and play with the width of your stance until you find a comfortable “sweet spot”. Your feet will likely end up being slightly wider than your shoulder width. A stance that’s too narrow will cause you to feel unstable on the board, you won’t have enough pressure over the tail and nose to be able to control it properly.
Second, decide whether you ride goofy or regular. Goofy riders snowboard with their right foot at the front of the snowboard. Interesting fact... goofy riders are often left handed. Regular riders snowboard with their left foot at the front of the board.
Still can't figure out if you're goofy or regular? Here's a trick that you can try. Get in a comfortable position with both feet firmly on the floor and relax. Get a friend to gently push you from behind forcing you to step forward to break your fall. The foot that you use to take a step forward is your dominant foot. Meaning, if you take a step forward with your right foot than you're a goofy rider.
Third, set your binding angles. It's all about what's comfortable for you and your knees. An angle of 0 degrees means that the binding is mounted pointing directly across the snowboard with no forward or backward angle. A binding angle with plus (+) degrees means the binding is set pointing toward the nose of the snowboard. Minus (-) means the binding is set pointing toward the tail of the snowboard. Modern snowboard binding plates come with numbers etched on them by the manufacturer so you can easily determine what angle your binding is set without getting out your protractor. Basic stance angles are between 12 and 21 degrees up front and zero in the back. If you plan on riding switch, put a lil’ negative angle on your back foot for a duck stance. Want to Euro carve? Add positive angles. Ultimately you need to test different adjustments to see what feels best.
Well, there ya have it!