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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-04-2007, 08:41 PM
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Hey my name is aidan, i live in st.joseph, missouri. Ever i first watched winter x games i knew snowboarding was a tight sport and i wanted to be apart of it. See this is where you come in now, i really want to get in to snowboarding.. Wanna help me out give me like ski resorts near me or some equpiment that would be good for me to start on a nice board thats sturdy, clothes what am i to wear, tricks, magazines, whatever will help me out im new to snowboarding and i love it so much i want to be apart of it i will take any help i can get. THANX AIDAN
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-04-2007, 08:56 PM
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Hey my name is aidan, i live in st.joseph, missouri. Ever i first watched winter x games i knew snowboarding was a tight sport and i wanted to be apart of it. See this is where you come in now, i really want to get in to snowboarding.. Wanna help me out give me like ski resorts near me or some equpiment that would be good for me to start on a nice board thats sturdy, clothes what am i to wear, tricks, magazines, whatever will help me out im new to snowboarding and i love it so much i want to be apart of it i will take any help i can get. THANX AIDAN
For hard goods like boards, boots and bindings...RENT. Seriously, it might LOOK "tight" on TV, but you might not like it in reality.

As for outerwear, just make sure the ratings are 10 000/10 000 waterproofing/breathability.

And ski resorts...no clue. Google up "ski resorts" and something should come up.

And for the learning process, TAKE LESSONS AND LEARN HOW TO FREERIDE. Seriously, those tricks might look easy, but man, those riders have to work hard to dial them in.
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Rent your first couple times out for board/boot/binding. First off it will show you if you really want to be boarding. Don't spend 1,000 on gear to find you hate it and then sell it on Craigslist for 500.

Take a LESSON. It is not "lame" to take a lesson and learn the basics. It will help you and may teach you some tricks to get started like how to carve, how to turn and basic things that will keep you coming back!

Also go all-mountain/freeride and just cruise and have fun. Work on some small jumps and just "jump" and land. Eventually try to throw in a twist. You'll prolly eat it but hey. You can try again

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rent for the first few times untill you know your into the sport. you dont need much for outerwear, theres no sence buying a bunch of shit you might not need, i started in a plastic rainsuit and wore a sweat suit under it. it was all i had and kept me dry and warm.
post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-05-2007, 09:41 AM
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TAKE LESSONS!!!!!!! You may only need a couple but why waste so many good riding days just attempting to figure out just the basics. Take a few lessons and then watch some of the other riders at your local resort. You will discover how many of them have extremely poor riding skills and development and attempt this crappy style figuring they have steeze (like the reg/switch/reg/switch method of getting down the hill). You will then realize you made a wise choice going with the lessons. Hey, and the number 1 tip for a new rider? Don't lean back on your board just yet. This will make you flip backwards and hurt your rearend. This and catching edges are usually what stops people from ever considering snowboarding ever again, hence the renting of the equipment (aside from the fact that every rider has a different requirement in a board). If you decide you hate snowboarding you are not out a lot of money. I really hope you enjoy snowboarding as once you do it, you are doing it for life.

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personally, i knew i wanted to sideways slide so much, i bought the whole set up of board, boots and bindings before i had even been to decent mountain! such was the power of my conviction (and desire not to be forced to learn ski-ing with my in laws!)

from there and from having taught myself the tricks of the trade, i acquired my own opinion of what tricks, magazines, brands, stores, clothes etc, because due to my love of this sport / hobby / lifestyle, i immersed myself into it completely and immediately, so that advice on such matters was not needed.

whether i engaged in brilliant / averade / down right shitty elements of snowboarding, i didn't give a rat's arse, coz it was ALL SNOWBOARDING.

one tip i would gladdly give tho - it is a cardinal sin to call it boarding. you have to call it 'riding' or as i prefer 'sideways sliding'. i dunno where this pernickety complaint comes from, but boarding is what you do when you stay at a guest house / hotel.....

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i had the same mental as snowolf.

having the foresight of knowing arse and knee pain were inevitable 'growing pains' (it lasted only 3 days before the whole mountain was mine) the investment of hard earned cash ensured it was never gonna be just a 'fad'.

having said that, the boots and binders were bargain bucket drake items (or perhaps even no names) and the board was a sandwich construction (aka heavy as hell) wild duck, which was chosen on the basis of its colours and in fact was about 8 centimeters too short for my weight (not that it really matters on hard pack piste and anyways, i reckon a shorter board is easier for learners!)

as for the outer wear, welli was a motorcycle courier, so i just wore my skanky water proofs, but with extra thermals on underneath! yay pikey slider!

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ok well ive decided im going to just go and get a snowboard cause i dont want to have to deal with renting stuff but also i dont want to have a choice of backing out i want to stick with it. so should i get goggles? with my snowpants and hoodie and is there a specific type of shoe i have to get?


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The best advice I can give anyone that wants to get into snowboarding is the following.

Be prepared for pain. You're gonna wake up the following morning and hate yourself for snowboarding. You're going to take some nasty spills, and you're going to get jolted, bruised, and generally fucked up. You're going to get over your fear of the mountain and know exactly what you're capable of.

And then you're going to wish you could ride every single day.
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not all people suck there first time^^^ i wasnt that great but my buddy was hittin jumps whippin backflips by his 4th run i was pissed

if you learn from someone who actually knows what they are doing on a snowboard u will catch on fast
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