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03-20-2014 01:10 AM
twowheeled you can practice falling by sliding out on your heelside every time you stop to do up your bindings. Instead of just stopping, teetering on your edge and then planting on your butt, practice the sit down motion while sliding the edge out and extending your legs in one fluid motion. If you do it properly most of the energy will be spraying the snow out in front of you instead of falling on your ass.

Always elbows at your sides relaxed when falling backwards. Never reach your hands out to catch. When I fall backwards it's more like gently lying down to take a break. You will become more familiar with your point of no return, where you have to fall, and anticipate it.

Falling forwards is really tough to learn. I still reach my hands out sometimes, but usually slide them above my head. Saves your wrists but it can wreck your shoulders. Best way is to grab your chest with both palms. Remember always to relax when you fall, because when you tense up you start pulling and spraining things.
03-18-2014 10:11 PM
GnuBie
Beginners timeline expectancy?

Awesome falling tips guys! Thanks a bunch. I haven't been to baker yet but I'll be at Stevens alllllllll day Saturday! Dusk til dawn......

If I get the opportunity to head to baker I'll hit you up for sure, I can always use some pointers


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03-18-2014 05:31 PM
Booo! Did anyone mention helmet, padded shorts and wrist-guards?
03-18-2014 05:28 PM
CassMT sometimes it just happens so fast there is nothing to be done, stay low enough so you don't just slap like a falling tree if possible. anytime you find yourself sliding after the fall, be it on your back, butt or whatever, use that momentum to pop back up again, be not like the polar bear, though he is cute
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03-18-2014 05:11 PM
t21
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Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
falling,
try to angle yourself...so that you glance, bounce and slide...go with the fall and tuck and roll or slide...don't try to stop with your hands or arms...you will break them.

impact with the biggest body part, e.g. chest, torso, thigh, hip, one butt cheek (falling heelside...twist to the side...don't land or squarely on your butt...you will bruise your tailbone...also try to drop in the knees...so that ur lower to the ground...generally sit to oneside and roll back.

don't punch with your fist...instead chris cross your arms over your chest and hug yourself...do not put your arms out!

make yourself small/compact if ur about to bail...grab yourself and drop in the knees.

If ur worried about your knees...wear volleyball knee pads under your pants.

if you wipe out with some speed...keep your board up....just slide to burn off some speed before putting it down....actually going fast...get low and if you wipe out ...just slide...hopefully not into someone/tree/cliff/treewell.

if you fall down a chute or steep and your head is going down first twist around or if on your back...flip back...do everything to get your board going down first instead of your head.
just to add to wrath's list. If you happen to be falling head first on steep while traversing or turning with pretty good amount of snow,lower yourself and try to go with the direction your going and do a head over heel rollover then land on your board standing up,i just did that saturday
03-18-2014 04:24 PM
wrathfuldeity
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Originally Posted by USMC75 View Post
Hello All!
1) So a board does make a difference in the learning curve? Did he jump 'too deep'?
2)Should he stick with it on the equipment he has? Recommend more lessons?
1...yes and perhaps
2...perhaps...yes more lessons.

Actually I'm guilty of the same, highend stiff cambered freeride deck...the first 1-2 years it beat me up took me for a ride. Finally got the skills to ride the thing without completely wrecking myself. And now 7-8 years after getting the thing can probably ride it pretty well....note to self should take it out for a spin...haven't rode it for at least a year.
03-18-2014 03:29 PM
Booo!
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Originally Posted by USMC75 View Post
Hello All!
I have read this convo, pretty much top to bottom and have a couple questions...

I have a friend who had virtually no snow exp(ski or board) and went to buy a Full Advanced setup. Gnu board(?Pickle?), Union Bindings, And Burton boots..He has been spending 1-2 days a week on his board and not really picking up much. Taken a lesson or two, but still seems very out of control. He is not very athletic, is a doctor during the day, but has some ability.

1) So a board does make a difference in the learning curve? Did he jump 'too deep'?
2)Should he stick with it on the equipment he has? Recommend more lessons?
He might just not have the legs for it yet. Snowboarding is pretty hard. Practice makes perfect tho.
03-18-2014 03:06 PM
USMC75 Hello All!
I have read this convo, pretty much top to bottom and have a couple questions...

I have a friend who had virtually no snow exp(ski or board) and went to buy a Full Advanced setup. Gnu board(?Pickle?), Union Bindings, And Burton boots..He has been spending 1-2 days a week on his board and not really picking up much. Taken a lesson or two, but still seems very out of control. He is not very athletic, is a doctor during the day, but has some ability.

1) So a board does make a difference in the learning curve? Did he jump 'too deep'?
2)Should he stick with it on the equipment he has? Recommend more lessons?
03-18-2014 02:30 PM
wrathfuldeity hey if you come up to bakes and want some help or tour...pm and I try to meet up.
03-18-2014 02:51 AM
GnuBie My falls are pretty close to this.......lol
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