Cross Stepping - Intermediate II

  CROSS STEPPING FOR INTERMEDIATES II

Three step sequence
Walk preparation
Stall and cross step
Edge lead
Cross stance
Knee lead
Nose approach and lowering
Tip ride

 

Three step sequence

Now it's time to put all this preparation to use, walking all the way up into a nose stance.

This sequence shows three steps to the nose. Really it's two full cross steps and a half shuffle, so I suppose you could call it two and a half steps. It's easier to just call it three steps. This routine uses some of the techniques described in the previous pages. Reread if you don't recognize some footwork terms.

 

Walk preparation

A walk shouldn't just come out of nowhere. There should be some sort of preparation for it, or a cue. This could be many things. A push, a turn from the tail, a kick stall wheelie, a toe drag stall, a drop knee turn, are some of the possiblities. In the sequence shown here, the walk starts with a toe drag stall.

 

Stall and cross step

I start at the tail. I hang my right foot off the rail and drag my toe to slow down a bit. This stalling technique keeps the board going at an even speed rather than accelerating as the board goes downhill.

 

Edge lead

I replace my foot on the board to get to the first cross stance. The inside edge of my foot leads the step. Actually the back edge of my foot will land first, then the instep and front edge will come down. This subtle hinging of the foot is another way to gain control and smooth out stepping.

 

Cross stance

Now the right foot is flattened out on the board, back edge to front. I am now riding in a solid cross stance. The stance is held for a moment. There is no rushing through this step.

 

Knee lead

I start the next step, which is an uncrossing step. I lead my left knee forward, keeping the ball of the foot planted. The heel lifts as the knee comes forward. All this articulation is important for control. It's a sort of surfing moon walk that owes more to Mickey Dora than Michael Jackson.

 

Nose approach and lowering

I place the left foot on the tip, slightly to the left to make room for the other foot coming up. You can see the board tilt a little to the left. There is some swerving here.

As I swing my left shin forward, I lower my weight over my right leg. I bend the right knee more. This keeps the weight back to balance the nose ride. See the previous section on weight transfer, approaching the nose.

 

Tip ride

The third step is not a cross step, but a half shuffle. I slide my right foot up next to my left to gain a parallel stance on the tip. The knees are pressed together and bent. The weight is held back. I perch on the nose as if sitting in a chair. The board feels loose again, like in a tail stance, only it's a different looseness. The tail now wants to swing behind and some balancing is required to control the tip ride.

On the Wave 1 routine is an example of four steps to the nose. The steps are a little smaller and tighter. Practice the three step routine until it seems easy. Then tighten up to four.

 

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