Hey, what's going on?
My name's Joe. I've actually been snowboarding for about 6 years, but I'm still a terrible snowboarder. You see, I never tried to better my snowboarding skills at all, I just did my lessons the first year and went off with my friends in the ski program we have at our school. I've never attempted to hop, go to a terrain park, or even improve my balance, and it shows in the worst way.
I actually feel terrible for the people behind me. I'm bad enough that, when I break, I have to do a full-fledged stop and switch stances to keep my balance. I also have very little control over which direction I go to, and it causes a mess for the people around me, especially on early Friday nights when the place is packed.
Last summer, I made a commitment to myself to lose weight because I let myself become obese, and dropped 50 lbs by November. Now that I am much more physically fit, I took it upon myself to take my sports (Lacrosse, Rugby, and Snowboarding) a bit more seriously - replacing the time I spent playing video games with practice and exercise.
I know very little about snowboarding, a fact I realized from lurking around here. In fact, until yesterday I had no idea what "Camber" or "Rocker" even meant. I mean to change that; if I want to have a sport I should take it more seriously than I do now.
My current setup is a 2008 Burton Clash at 151 cm - given my height/weight I should be around the 156-159 range, but tbh I've never though about it until now. I've also kept the board in pretty poor condition since I lacked the knowledge on how to take proper care of it, and it shows from massive lesions and wax buildup on the base. Once the season's over, I'm going to get a 2013 model on sale for the following year and begin a paradigm-shift in the way I board.
If you guys have and advice for me or want to point me in the right direction, I'd be glad to hear it. I will be coming back more often to hear from the snowboarding world, which I hope to immerse myself in.