Goofy foot or regular foot?
It sounds like a bizarre beverage choice, but these terms actually relate to snowboarding. It’s one of the first things that you need to know when you take up the sport, and it’s something that we will address here.
Goofy or Regular?
Goofy or regular relates to your foot placement on a snowboard.
It’s similar to the southpaw vs orthodox stance in boxing in that your least dominant side faces forward. The difference is that you’re focusing on your dominant foot and not your dominant arm.
A regular stance is when you place your left foot forward; a goofy stance is when you place your right foot forward.
It doesn’t just apply to a snowboarding stance, either, as the same principles apply to most board sports.
What is the Difference Between a Goofy Stance and a Regular Stance?
The main difference between a goofy and regular stance is the direction in which you face because when you change your foot placement in this manner, you also change your direction.
Other than that, it doesn’t matter.
However, you will definitely notice a difference if you try to ride with a snowboarding stance that is not suited to you.
If your right foot is your dominant one, for instance, then placing it behind you will allow you to generate more speed on the slope and more verticality when performing tricks. It’s also the leg that you will hang off the back of the board and use to slow or stop, and if it’s your dominant one, those stops will be easier.
Regular or Goofy Stance: What Am I?
If you’re a soccer fan or have played kicker in football, there’s a good chance you already know what your dominant leg is.
It’s the one that you kick with; the one that gives you more power and control.
If not, just go and get a soccer ball, place it down it front of you, and take a shot. The foot that you use is likely your dominant foot.
Alternatively, just pay attention to how you walk, as your dominant foot is often the one that you use to take the first step.
If you kick and/or step with your right foot, then you need a regular stance, with your right foot at the back of the board. If you use your left, then you should adopt the goofy stance, with your right foot forward.
What is “Riding Switch?”
When you ride switch, it means that you are riding opposite to your natural stance. As a right-footed rider, it would mean riding with your right foot in front; as a left-footed rider, it would mean putting your left foot forward.
Riding switch will help you to become comfortable with both stances, increasing the power and control of your non-dominant leg and making you a better rider.
It’s not something that you need to worry about as a beginner, though. Just stick with your natural stance, get used to that, and once you’re more comfortable with snowboarding, you can start to ride switch.