I skateboarded for a long time before I got a little plastic target snowboard. I wasn't any good at skating or snowboarding, but I knew enough to balance. The only problem was that I'm goofy, and the boards come regular(I didn't know you could switch them). But now that I'm into it, I guess it was for the better. Backyard snowboarding switch for 3+ years helps out with switch comfort in the long run.