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A start-up guide...
Member Name: superfly
Date: 22/01/01, updated on 22/01/01 (185 review reads)
Advantages: Great Outdoor Sport
Disadvantages: A little painful to start
Snowboarding is a great sport and to be quite honest you don't have to have started at the age of 4 to be good at it. I started at the age of 18 when I saw snow for the first time in my life and have progressed over 10 years. Many people get turned off by the fact that during the first couple of days you will fall on your hands and knees and bottom, until you get the hang of it, but this should not disilusion you. If you were trying to learn how to ski, you would spend even more time falling down.
Anyway, the sport is easy to learn and if you enjoy it, it is easy to pick up and get good at it. I admit that you will fall at the beginning and it can be painful but a couple of tips for beginners always help to make it a better experience:
- You can start wearing soft boots and this is easier to learn, but if you want to have better style and form it is better to learn with hard boots but this is harder to master (like ski boots).
- When learning always keep your hands in fists (as if you were boxing) as this helps protect your wrists when you fall.
- Always try to keep your knees flexed and as close together as possible. This is to help you keep your centre of gravity on the board and will also keep you from falling over as much.
- Stand low on the board which will come naturally if you follow the point above.
- Wear warm clothes because you will be on the snow a lot as you learn and it is not worth being cold.
- Before going up a chairlift, play around with the board with one foot in your front footstrap and riding it like a skateboard. Push yourself with your free leg and then step onto the board between the bindings. This will help you get used to getting off chairlifts, as you are not in strapped into both bindings while riding the lifts.
- On chairlifts try to be on the ends when sitting down so that you get a bit of clear area to come off it at the top.
- When starting to do turns make sure you t
hrow your arms into the direction of the turn, so that you commit and can complete the turn. If your arms are in the opposite direction you end up flailling your arms as you enter a turn and might end up not doing the turn and falling.
In summary these are a couple of points which are always helpful and many people forget to do when learning. So get a board follow these points and have fun. By the way, powder riding is much more enjoyable and effortless on a board then on skis!