This Guide Is Brought To You By Dj's Boardshop.
So your package has just arrived and looks something like the scene below. You have your board, bindings, and boots.
This guide will help explain how you determine your stance, mount up your bindings, and adjust them properly to fit your board/boots.
Some of the steps we cover may seem obvious...if they do just skip that step and go on to the next. Most of the time the only tool you need is a Phillips screw driver.
Step 1: Determine the board direction. Most boards have graphics that make it pretty easy to do. Like the photo of the board below, use the graphic to help you establish what is the tip and what is the tail of the board. Usually the make, model, or size of the board is written on the board like a piece of paper. The end with the paper is the top, the other end is the bottom.
Step 2: Lay the board down on the floor or a table. Open up the binding box. Make sure there are two bindings, two mounting disks, and hardware. Note: The disks and hardware are usually in a sperate bag within the box.
Step 3: Determine your stance goofy or regular? Goofy stance is when the riders right foot is forward and regular stance is when the riders' left foot is forward on the board. If you're not sure here are a few helpful ways to find out. If you skateboard, wakeboard, or slalom water-ski you will keep the same stance. For example, if you skate with your left foot forward you'll snowboard and wakeboard regular stance. If you still don't do this. Very quickly without thinking about it too much stand up and get ready to run a race. On your mark, get set, go! How did you get set? Was your right or left foot back? If your right was back mount up your snowboard regular. If your left foot was back mount up goofy.
In the picture below we are setting up a regular stance (left foot forward). If we were setting the stance up regular the backs of the bindings would be facing us rather than away.
Step 5: Set the bindings on the board over the pre-drilled inserts. Here we want to determine the stance width (the distance between each binding). As a general rule, if you don't already know your stance width, you should have the bindings mounted slightly wider than shoulder width. Stand behind your board and move the bindings to accommodate your stance.
Step 6: Check the bindings relation to your edges. Look down the nose of the board and make sure the bindings are centered from edge to edge. This will provide the best ride.
Step 7: Determine binding angles and mount your bindings. If you don't already know what degrees you like to run on your bindings use ours. Go 15 degrees on your front foot and 2-5 degrees duck on your back foot. You can set the angle by using the numbers on the disks. If the arrow on the bindings is pointing to 15 your binding is at a 15 degree angle. The bindings will be pointing out sort of duck footed...if they are pointing towards each other you angled them the wrong way.
Step 8: Once you have the bindings at the right width from each other and the right degree you just need to mount them to the board. Take out the hardware packet that came with the bindings. Fasten all four screws per binding (note: if you have a Burton Board there will only be three screws to fasten). Easy hulk, you want the screws tight but don't over do it. It's very important to check these screws before every time you go riding because the can loosen between sessions.
Step 9: Once you've got your bindings mounted to your deck take a minute to step into the bindings (with or without your boots on) to make sure your stance feels comfortable and natural.
Step 10: Adjust your binding straps to properly fit your boots. You want your toe and ankle straps to be as close to centered on your boot as possible.
Step 11: GO RIDE!