Originally Posted by Rodman1978
some background information to help you explain my situation.
5 years ago i was heavy into snowboarding. I was an intermediate rider, i rode a lot of park. Mind you i wasn't one of the best but i had a lot of fun jibbing, started of with 50-50's,backside boardslides and frontslide boardslides on boxes. Then i took to rails where i could manage to do 50-50's. Just your basic stuff, nothing fancy. Always had a blast with friends. All this at the age of 30.
Then adult life hit,bought a house, started my own business, kids..just the whole nine yards i guess. Been really busy for the past 5 years. Did not get to do a lot of snowboarding and the passion kind of fizzled out i guess.
So fast forward 5 years and this winter i went on a snowboard trip with friends. And during this trip i felt the urge that i had 5 years ago coming back again. I was getting stoked again to go snowboarding. I felt like a little kid again whenever i rode pow on this trip. We even did a park session, nothing fancy just a couple of ride on boxes and mellow jumps. I had so much fun, that i decided that i was gonna pick up park riding again.
And here lies my problem, i'm 35 years old now and wanna start riding park again after a 5 year hiatus. I struggle to find that comfort level of doing basic tricks like a 50-50 boardslide. My mind locks up when i approach a box and i can't even manage a simple boardslide. I just can't seem to get comfortable on boxes anymore. Are there any tips you guys could give me, specifically the older jibbers on the forum. Kinda curious to see if someone went to the same thing i did.
When possible always try to re-create a park scenario on a flat green run before you try the same thing in the park. That's the best way to give yourself confidence in your own technique and it's also the best way to get technique figured out before you take it to the park.
So for example, for 50/50s picture a section of snow on a flat green run and pretend it's a small box. Then approach it like how you would if that patch of snow was really a box.
Focus on a nice balanced stance, flat base and ride across that patch of snow just like you would if you were 50/50ing a box.
You can apply this same technique to build up confidence and learn basic spins before taking them to the park as well. It's all about building up your confidence piece by piece by understanding and figuring out the technique before you take it to the feature.