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Balance boards for strapless riding balance?

 
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DavidT

Since 30 Oct 2010
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
 



PostThu Dec 27, 18 3:19 pm    Balance boards for strapless riding balance? Reply with quote

Does anyone out there use balance boards to work on balance?
If so, any recommendations: Vew-do, Goofboard, Indo??
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chrissmack

Since 08 Jun 2005
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PostThu Dec 27, 18 11:05 pm    balance Reply with quote

made in portland. they had them at gorge performance a while ago.

https://eastsidelongboards.com/product/balance-board/

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BryanSWF

Since 01 Aug 2014
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PostFri Dec 28, 18 8:07 am     Reply with quote

I almost exclusively ride strapless but I haven't tried a balance board yet. I'd say the slacklining (hard to notice) and SUP (seems very obvious) that I do does have an impact on my riding.

After looking at the prices online (over $300 for some kits???) for those balance boards I'd say maybe try and DIY one for a demo session? That's a PVC pipe and a piece of scrap wood. Try that out for a week and you'll probably know if you want to invest more into it.

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eric

Since 13 Jan 2006
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PostFri Dec 28, 18 9:06 am     Reply with quote

I think a circular balance disk is a much better tool, and a lot cheaper. Moreover, you will be forced to work on balance in a full 360 degrees, with a lot of ankle work rather than simply at 0/180 degrees which takes about 10 minutes to get good at.

The circular balance disk is significantly more challenging--in a good way.

Example: https://www.prosourcefit.com/products/wooden-balance-board?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=6918136135744&gclid=EAIaIQobChMInfLr34DD3wIVNSCtBh0fewurEAQYBSABEgJgN_D_BwE

If you ever get the urge to try foiling, the circular is absolutely the way to go, imo.

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Singlemalt

Since 21 Jun 2015
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PostFri Dec 28, 18 10:24 am     Reply with quote

I built mine out of a scrap of 3/4 plywood and a 4” diameter piece of black PVC pipe.

I’m into it for maybe $4.

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Mrlaroo

Since 02 Jan 2007
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PostFri Dec 28, 18 10:37 am     Reply with quote

An old skate deck and a 2 liter bottle work just fine

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J.W.SURFS

Since 14 Aug 2012
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PostFri Dec 28, 18 2:23 pm     Reply with quote

For the "Surf Feel" the GoofBoard is the one I went with.
It's fun to use, well made and helps keep the muscle memory going.

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ldhr

Since 21 Jul 2009
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PostFri Dec 28, 18 3:12 pm     Reply with quote

Indo board is a perfect simulator for foiling.
My wife and I practiced on the Indo board the week before we started foiling and we both agree it speeded up our progress.
Riding a surfboard strapless is not hard. Once you get the waterstart and get going it's just a matter of "time on the water" to build muscle memory and confidence.

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luke

Since 06 Jul 2005
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PostFri Dec 28, 18 5:56 pm    balance ball Reply with quote

Both the balance board (Indo, Voodoo) and the wobble board (circular balance disc) are incredible tools for training for action sports and also for healing injuries. The goal of one is to balance and the goal of the other is not to balance. Completely different and both super useful.

Homemade balance board instructions above. Cut a croquet ball in half for homemade wobble board if you would like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_TevR8p9Mk

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flipper

Since 17 Oct 2011
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PostTue Jan 01, 19 8:37 pm     Reply with quote

I doubt a balance board would help much for riding strapless, unless you are not an athlete at all. It's not that hard. Now SUP foiling... it would help that. That's like balancing on a greased pig.

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DavidT

Since 30 Oct 2010
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PostWed Jan 02, 19 9:57 pm     Reply with quote

Appreciate all the feedback! Thanks

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Inflictor

Since 17 Aug 2013
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PostSun Jan 06, 19 8:56 am     Reply with quote

Balance is balance, your're either in it or not. Like keeping a bowling ball on a pin in all directions. An acquired skill that can be lost, especially with age or underuse. All these things should help, or maybe try yoga on all of them too! Inflictor

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