What Does It Mean to Ride Goofy?

If you’ve been around snowboarders, skiers, or resorts, you’ve likely picked up on the presence of some weird terminology. A lot of ski and snowboard lingo refers to conditions and the mountain itself—you’ll have “bluebird days” and “whiteouts,” experience “crud” and “corduroy,” and—most likely—have yourself a “yard sale” every once in a while. However, there are some words that pertain to the riders themselves.


In order to more easily ride your board, it is important for beginners to understand which stance they most comfortably utilize: “goofy” or “regular.” Once you’ve determined this, you can more easily tailor your learning, lessons, and rides to your specific style.


To “ride goofy” means that you lead with your right foot. To “ride regular” means you lead with your left. The most important goal of a boarder’s stance is to place the dominant foot at the back of the board in order to provide more precision in movement. This dominant foot will do most of the steering while the less dominant foot provides direction and balance at the board’s front. The only difference between these designations is the position of the foot—neither will provide any added benefit to the boarder.


More people ride regular than goofy, but, with practice, it is possible to ride both goofy and regular with equal strength. This can be a great skill when encountering difficult conditions, such as moguls, glades, or tight trails. If you are just starting out and having a difficult time moving your board forward, try switching positions—you may be using the wrong stance.