Bodywork: Fitness for the Outside Athlete, November 1996
Chances are, you'll never try to pull off a 720-degree spin with a tail grab on your snowboard. But if you do want to, or if you just want to develop the requisite coordination, balance, and body symmetry, take a ride on the Vew-Do Balance Board from Balance Designs ($124, 802-362-7098). It's an elegantly low-tech training tool used by everyone from reigning world freestyle snowboarding champion Ross Powers to the kayakers and skiers at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York.
Part skateboard, part seesaw, the handcrafted Vew-Do consists of a nonskid wooden deck atop a plastic rail that slides along a grooved wooden roller. Kevin Moody, an athletic trainer at the Olympic Training Center, recommends that Vew-Do beginners start by simply balancing over the roller, feet at either end. "Once you've got that down, go dynamic: Play with your stance and
roll the board out to both sides," he says. "Then try all that with your eyes shut."