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Originally Posted by Basti View Post
Welcome to the forums.

As for riding advice: Do yourself a favor and invest in snowboard lessons. Instructors can see directly what you're doing wrong and teach you how to avoid mistakes. Once you get used to a wrong technique, it is very difficult to lose it. You will enjoy snowboarding so much more!

As for waxing: I wouldn't worry about that too much. Waxing is important when you go faster but in the beginner's stage it doesn't make that much of a difference. If your board is really dry, have it waxed at the resort. It's usually not as perfect as a hand wax but in your case I'd rather save than money for lessons.

Originally Posted by Zombaco View Post
It's definitely a money saver in the long run to wax and tune your own board, and it's really easy to do. The links in this thread have great do it yourself info on board maintenance: If you don't like those, there's a quite a few board tuning / waxing vids on you tube. There's other threads in the tips, tricks & instructors section with more specifics on waxing and tuning as well (like plexiglass vs. metal scrapers, etc.).

I personally use the Dakine Super Tune Kit, gave me everything I needed. For wax I can't say how the Hertel performs, as I haven't used it yet, but I've been working my way through trying every brand to see what I like best. Dakine, Swix, and Toko have been ok. My favorite so far has been a combo of One Ball Jay 4WD Cold and Black Magic Graphite. I'll probably move onto Hertel or some other brand after those bars are used up. I favor supporting your local shop even if it's priced a bit more than online retailers, but I would think there's has to be some online Canadian retailers so you don't have the import shipping high cost, if you go that route.

I don't have many tricks down yet, but I started doing straight airs on small to medium jumps (throwing in shifty's and 180s occasionally the last couple times out) and 50-50 boxes this season. Most of this season I've focused on starting to do true carving, riding switch and in the trees (when there's enough snow). But trick progression is entirely up to what you want to do. There's a lot of resources out there to help you learn most everything- Snowboard Addiction covers a ton freestyle tricks (they have a few up on youtube as well), and the tips, tricks & instructors section in this forum has a ton of useful info as well. Post a vid of your riding in that section and people will give you tips on what to work on, how to do things. etc.

And yes, right foot in front is goofy.
thanks for the answers, i guess im not THAT much of a beginner but im still really not good, i can do slaloms ok and stuff its just when i wanna get some speed to do small tricks i have difficulty staying in a straight line, i also started recently doing straight airs on small jumps too. id get the dakine kit but the only place ive found it was on amazon and any seller would charge me like 50$ for shipping for a 50$ purchase when i started snowboarding my cousin was an snowboard instructor at my ski resort and she gave me free lessons for the basics, like slaloming and stuff
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