Where I ride, it's usually the beginners that aren't wearing helmets (can't figure that one out).
You didn't say whether you are in a pillowy-soft powder area or in the East, but either way you might appreciate some padded shorts to protect your tailbone. You'll fall and either bang your head or your butt and when you don't land on those it will be your wrists or knees. You might even want knee pads.
Sounds like a lot? The less it hurts, the more confidence you get and the faster you will progress, which is essential when you're first starting out.
As for detuning, it depends on the board -- camber you can do like in the vids if you want, rocker or otherwise - no.
i read it in a snowboarding magazine. They said when you get ur board from the factory you have to detune it, all my information is based on google searches lol..
Fifth season coming up, on my 4th board, and I've never detuned a board. If you are a total park rat and do nothing but hit rails and boxes, detuning will lower your chance of catching an edge on the feature if you put a little too much pressure on your leading edge. But for actual shredding, it's not a sharp edge that causes you to catch an edge. When you catch an edge in snow it's because you dropped the leading edge into the snow, and it wouldn't matter if you had completely rounded edges -- you're going DOWN!
I think to a certain extent, detuning edges is something "everyone" does because "everyone" is doing it.
Please dont make me catch edge after edge !! I WILL HUNTS U DOWN !
OHHHHHH you're talking about detuning the tip and tail!!! Yes I was 100% not joking about detuning the edges. That is only something you do if it's going to be a rail board, and it's not reversible.
Detuning the tip and tail is another thing all together. I've done very light detuning on the tips of some of my boards, and none on others. I don't really see the tip and tail as a place where you're normally "catching edges" so I don't quite agree with that article.
So in summary:
- go for as much protective gear as you can
- take as many lessons as you can
- have fun and the rest will follow (don't worry about little things like detuning)
BTW, I ride with helmet, spine protector, butt pads and knee/shin pads. Besides the obvious protection, they actually help keep me warm.
+1 as do I - the shin pads and add elbow pads. Learned my lesson after my 1st year that falling sucks and hurts a whole lot more for older guys (especially the next few days following). Appropriate gear is always a good thing. I'd rather be laughed at then take a beating and not be able to ride at all. And like everyone else has mentioned do no detune your board. you want sharp edges so that when you actually get you skills up and start carving harder and leaning over further your edges will hold and not slip out. Like already stated detuning is what the park rats do and has somehow transferred over my guess is by way of noobs who don't ask questions.
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