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04-05-2014 04:46 AM
HuskyBlue
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Originally Posted by snowman55 View Post
When you do go for the first time, get some extra padding. It's not fun landing hard on your ass on a box/rail. The worst is when you taco on a rail and land hard on your ribs.
Yes, I've been thinking about getting some snowboard pants for the extra padding. I'll probably invest in some soon. I did, however, buy wrist guards and a helmet as soon as possible for safety :P
04-04-2014 09:27 PM
snowman55
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Originally Posted by HuskyBlue View Post
Thanks, everyone, for your help. If you guys feel that I'm not ready, then I'll agree and wait for another time to hit up my local park
When you do go for the first time, get some extra padding. It's not fun landing hard on your ass on a box/rail. The worst is when you taco on a rail and land hard on your ribs.
03-31-2014 01:07 AM
HuskyBlue
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Originally Posted by ListenUp View Post
To stop from doing a 180 while stopping, you have to really stick your edge into the ground. Remember, always travel on one edge of the board whether it is heel or toe side edge. Never go flat. I suspect when you stop, you go flat and slide out of place.
A random but important thing to do, though its hard when you're just starting out, really go aggressive with your switches from edge to edge. Even if you're going nice and slow, if you're flat on the ground for longer than even something as small as 5 seconds, you're going to fall.
I've been working on this, trying to consistently link turns and not stay straight. I have a ways to go in getting used to this, but I think I'm getting better. I think my issue with not pushing my edge into the ground is a slight fear of face planting; I know I shouldn't worry though
03-30-2014 10:17 PM
ListenUp
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How can I keep my board from doing a 180 on me when I stop?

Thanks, everyone, for being awesome!
To stop from doing a 180 while stopping, you have to really stick your edge into the ground. Remember, always travel on one edge of the board whether it is heel or toe side edge. Never go flat. I suspect when you stop, you go flat and slide out of place.
A random but important thing to do, though its hard when you're just starting out, really go aggressive with your switches from edge to edge. Even if you're going nice and slow, if you're flat on the ground for longer than even something as small as 5 seconds, you're going to fall.
03-28-2014 05:51 PM
Jed
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Originally Posted by HuskyBlue View Post
I went to my local hill again today, and I find that I'm actually not bad at all in determining where I want to go - I can lean on my toe side and heel side to turn, but my turns are super inclined yet.

I tried stopping today and did decent, I think. Perhaps it was because the snow was more on the wet side than powdery side, but I was able to stop myself without falling down! However, I do have an issue where I will do a heel side stop and then my board continues to rotate until I riding goofy. (I ride regular normally.)

How can I keep my board from doing a 180 on me when I stop?

Thanks, everyone, for being awesome!
As already mentioned, lessons will help you a TON here. I have some beginner turning and stopping videos that are stickied at the top of this forum (http://www.snowboardingforum.com/tip...o-lessons.html), but even if you watch those I'd still recommend lessons as well.

Right now is when you'll benefit the most from lessons and the small upfront cost of a lesson now will shave weeks to months off your learning curve later (and also make sure you limit the amount of bad habits you pick up).
03-28-2014 05:48 PM
Kevin137 I think the best thing you could possibly do right about now, is take a proper lesson, it will correct the issues you are having, build your confidence, make you a better rider and actually probably save you some bruises...

The outcome will be a more enjoyable experience with snowboarding...!!!

There are guys on here that have been boarding for years, and they will tell you the same, they will also tell you that some of them STILL have lessons...

Trust me, it will be the best thing you could do...
03-28-2014 05:17 PM
HuskyBlue I went to my local hill again today, and I find that I'm actually not bad at all in determining where I want to go - I can lean on my toe side and heel side to turn, but my turns are super inclined yet.

I tried stopping today and did decent, I think. Perhaps it was because the snow was more on the wet side than powdery side, but I was able to stop myself without falling down! However, I do have an issue where I will do a heel side stop and then my board continues to rotate until I riding goofy. (I ride regular normally.)

How can I keep my board from doing a 180 on me when I stop?

Thanks, everyone, for being awesome!
03-27-2014 10:16 PM
ListenUp
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Originally Posted by HuskyBlue View Post
Right, so I'm feeling comfortable enough to go to a park for the first time--I've been using an ordinary, local hill so far--this Saturday. Before I head out, though, I was wondering if you guys could give a snowboarding noob some pointers for their first park experience.

I'm still working on stopping properly, which pretty much means coming to a complete stop without any part of my body touching the powder - my go-to move to stop is simply wiping out

Turning is "okay," I suppose: I'm not in complete control of where I want to go, but I can generally point my nose in the right direction.

Kinda nervous about the lift because I have never ridden one. (Huh... I've jumped out of a perfectly-good airplane but haven't ridden a chair lift )

Thanks for the help, everyone. It means a lot!
Alright so if you're not able to stop properly that's when you should take a step back and keep practicing. I myself, went into the park after only 2 days of snowboarding, but I caught on pretty fast.
Before you go into the park, you should have these skills-
-Ability to start and stop easily
-you should be able to link turns (meaning toe to heel side movements)
-be able to speed check (ie, slow yourself down)
-be able to actually go down a blue run without falling.-
-be able to carve for short periods without falling on ur face
-not brake after you gain speed every time! I struggled with this when I was on my seconds day of snowboarding, I would be afraid of speed so I would brake after two or three linked turns. Don't do this! You need to be able to link turns and not brake because youre afraid of speed. Contrary to popular belief, speed is not always a bad thing.
Now, you haven't ridden a chair lift yet? You need to practice riding a chairlift other than the one up to the terrain park because stopping the lift is going to get you nothing but ridicule. (If you fall getting off the lift, they stop it... usually)
Have you done anything in the park yet? If not, start on low to the ground boxes. Do 50/50's then try boardslides. Once you've got this'd down, go to a little 5 or 10 ft jump and just do a straight air. Once you land it (and it will take time), get out of the park. That's where you need to practice switch riding. Start riding switch early on. Have anymore question? I'll look back at this post to see if you need more help
03-27-2014 09:43 PM
tokyo_dom One of my pet peeves. Even on the beginner park, it does not mean that it is meant for absolute beginner snowboarders/skiers. I am usually alternating between the beginner and medium park lines, even though i am already progressing to 360s and other tricks (often the differences are fairly large, and towards the end of the day i dont want to risk slamming big due to muscle fatigue).

I dont mind waiting behind people who are just getting started with jumps, falling due to lack of experience or technique on their takeoff, but when people wipe out before they even reach the jump (because they cant turn/speed check) i get annoyed. You will never land a jump until you can be fairly well balanced on your board coming into it, and comfortable with the speed that you will need to clear it.

Get the basics down on the normal slopes. I have not been to one ski resort that doesnt have at least some sort of natural jumps or features to practice jumping. They might even have a wave feature which you should be comfortable doing little hops on.
03-27-2014 02:55 PM
Kevin137
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Originally Posted by HuskyBlue View Post
Thanks, everyone, for your help. If you guys feel that I'm not ready, then I'll agree and wait for another time to hit up my local park
Sensible move, i have been hitting parks for about 4 years now, but i hit a brick wall with my level, just can't move past it...

I did 2 years before i started hitting them though, but i started at 38 and have bones that break easily, so parks scare me, but i still enjoy them, gonna try some more difficult stuff tomorrow, and see where it gets me... Hehe
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