Tweak Your Bindings
How To Fine Tune Your Binding Fit

Once you've figured out your stance, fiddle with these functions for better boot, binding, and board ergonomics and a more aligned ride. And remember, bindings are like shoes—they're sized to fit and come with a right and left—make sure you have the correct size, mount them accordingly, and leave the pigeon stance for the birds.—B.G.

How To With Ben Gavelda. Illustration by Shawn O'Keefe

Centering your bindings from edge to edge evenly balances your feet and body on your board, providing stability and warding off toe and heel drag. If your bindings feature an adjustable heelcup, slide it so it's flush with the heel of your boot and centers the boot over your board. If you have a fixed heelcup, use all those Swiss-cheese holes in your discs to do the same. Balance is boarding beauty.

How To With Ben Gavelda. Illustration by Shawn O'Keefe

If there's angle in your front or back binding consider rotating your highbacks to match your baseplate angles—it'll take away that bite in your calf, give you tweakability, and keep your knees safer if you're banging out a wider stance. Loosen your highback hardware and rotate your left highback clockwise so the angle is flush with the edge of your board, then do the same with your right, moving it counterclockwise.

How To With Ben Gavelda. Illustration by Shawn O'Keefe

Forward lean bends your knees so you don't have to … as much. Crank it forward a few notches for a more responsive ride and direct edge control in pipe, hardpack, freeriding, or if you just want help sucking up your knees  for that stompy style. Back it off for a looser, jibby ride and more mobility without the edge catch.

How To With Ben Gavelda. Illustration by Shawn O'KeefeStrap
Your straps should be centered, too, which means adjusting the length of the strap so that the midpoint rests over the middle of your foot when snugged. This uniformly distributes the pressure around your feet and prevents pressure points, foot pain, rolled ankles—problems that result from straps that are either too loose or too tight.

Illustrations by Shawn O’Keefe