new boarder here 19 years old in college park maryland.
I went snowboarding about 3 times when i was in 6th grade, broke my wrist, and quit for a year.
Came back in 8th grade and went about 4 or 5 times where I got more comfortable riding but I realize now I couldnt carve or link turns well, I mostly just turned just turned my body perpendicular to the slope and sort of hockey stopped whenever I went too fast.
Yesterday I went for my first times with my friends who are all park rats. I watched snow wolf's instructional videos and some other small things on jumping before I went out, then started carving (I am pretty sure at least...) down the blues and a black at the local mountain (ski liberty so its really not comparable to most more difficult ski resorts). Once I was comfortable I joined my friends in the park and managed to hit the butter box, ollie onto a box, handle the roll ins to the big jumps... and then avoid the big jumps, and land indies on the small jumps.
Looking forward to learning more and buying my gear after the season ends so it will hopefully be cheaper.