Padding, padding, padding!
Hi all. I'm learning slowly and sporadically to snowboard on the infrequent trips I get to the snow (I'm from the UK and surf, on a longboard, most of the year - and I'm working on linking my turns at the mo.
What has stood out for me about the videos for beginners I've been watching on Youtube (and the actual lesson I had) is that the need to pad yourself up like a STORMTROOPER is completely understated.
Especially when the snow is icy the chance of doing yourself a serious injury - even on your first day - seems to me seriously underestimated.
On my few outings, I've already lay on an icepatch wondering if I broke that hip I just landed on, had seven bruises on one arse cheek and an elbow bruise the size of a beermat, landed on my wrist so hard it hurt - even with a wristguard, and crunched my knees close to destruction. I bandaged blocks of polystyrene to my forearms after my third session at Christmas - and rammed a chair cushion down my pants! (That caused some amusement behind me in the line for the lift. . .) I had some padded pants - but they seemed way to thin - especially in the tailbone zone.
Last edited by offshore2morro; 01-15-2014 at 08:18 AM.