You could shave with a hunting knife, but that doesn't make it a razor. By the same token, you could try to snowboard train on a simple entry level balance board, but that doesn't make it snowboard balance board trainer.
It's true; all balance boards are not the same. What makes a Vew-Do Balance board unique among balance boards? It's simply and unarguably this: The tapered "rock." That's why Vew-Do Balance Boards are the World's 1st "Patented" multi-directional balance training devices. Let's find out why.
In 5 minutes I'm going to show you the difference between a Vew-Do Balance Board and simple lateral motion balance boards. Go grab your board and boots out of your basement or closet and meet me in the living room.
Got your gear?… Good. Now clear a small area where you can strap on the board. Put on your snowboarding boots and strap yourself into the bindings like you're ready to rock n' roll. Now, with your knees slightly bent, push down on the balls of your feet and lift your heels. With some decent balance skills, you should be able to tilt the board onto its edge. What you are doing is simulating a static toe turn on your snowboard.
This is the exact same body positioning you'll experience on a Vew-Do Balance Board. But wait, there's more. On your Vew-Do Balance Board, you'll simulate carving and edging while in motion. You'll be sharpening your snowboard carving skills along with your balance skills across every axis. This is all possible because of the taper in the rock.
Now let's see what happens when you're on a simple balance board trainer. First, release your feet by fully opening up your bindings. Stand up and bend your knees slightly. Now push down on the balls of your feet and lift your heels. What happened?...Absolutely nothing, except that now you're standing on your tippy-toes while the board is still flat on the ground.
Some common sense tells us that you don't snowboard on the balls of your feet while the board is still flat on the ground, right? So how can you get snowboard balance board training on a balance board that doesn't pitch the board under your feet and allow you to carve and edge?
Unfortunately balance board trainers without tapered rocks just aren't able to simulate the characteristics of snowboarding. That's because you can't get the unlimited heel/toe capabilities that you get on a Vew-Do Balance Board with its tapered rock. Snowboarding requires edging, pressuring, balance adjustments and carving.
Snowboard balance board training must give you the ability to develop the carving and edging skills you'll need to dominate a snowboard. Limited range of motion bongo board type balance boards cannot give you that. They never have, and never will.
By: Rick Contrata