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Old 01-12-2014, 05:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I took three coworkers with me snowboarding yesterday, two of them quit just after 1 hour and went for skis. When I told them we were going snowboarding they were all like they gonna be boarding like the pro right away. How hard can it be right?
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I had a similar experience with a friend of mine. Taking two of my other friends in a few hours for their first time as well so I'm hoping for the best.
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same thing with my friends who thought they could surf since they could snowboard and skate.

welcome to paddling...er, well, ur not paddling, thats more of splashing and getting tired....

and don't even get me started on roofing.....if I had a penny for every kid that worked a half day roofing and did not come back after lunch......


yea yea somebody post the "we got a baddass here" meme, I'm old and decrepit now anyway....
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So I took three coworkers with me snowboarding yesterday, two of them quit just after 1 hour and went for skis. When I told them we were going snowboarding they were all like they gonna be boarding like the pro right away. How hard can it be right?
Did you guys take lessons? The biggest mistake I see is people trying to learn snowboarding without lessons. It makes it so much harder just trying to figure out turning without lessons.
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Honestly I learned without any lessons and I love it. Maybe I might have learned it quicker with lessons but that didn't push me to quit.
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Honestly I learned without any lessons and I love it. Maybe I might have learned it quicker with lessons but that didn't push me to quit.
That's the biggest mistake though. Your friends are not you and some people get frustrated quicker.

The fact is if we could get every beginner to take lessons at the start, the drop out rate for snowboarding would be waaay lower. I see a lot of people get frustrated trying to figure out riding sideways and end up moving to skiing because it's easier to stand.

Not to mention how learning without lessons typically causes huge bad habit problems later, but that's a whole different issue.
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Can't argue with you there. I just feel that it's not impossible to learn without lessons, just takes some patience and perseverance. One issue is that most people would rather go with friends and learn with them instead of with a random instructor with a group of strangers. I guess it just depends on the kind of person that you are.
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Can't argue with you there. I just feel that it's not impossible to learn without lessons, just takes some patience and perseverance. One issue is that most people would rather go with friends and learn with them instead of with a random instructor with a group of strangers. I guess it just depends on the kind of person that you are.
Yeah it can be tricky, some people are just anti-lessons until they run into problems later.

The way I always convinced friends is to get them to split a private lesson between a group of them. That way everyone can stick together, the cost isn't as absurd, and they get lessons at the same time so they don't spend 3 hours figuring out what they could learnt in 10 minutes.
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Did you guys take lessons? The biggest mistake I see is people trying to learn snowboarding without lessons. It makes it so much harder just trying to figure out turning without lessons.
I was coaching them. teaching them how to work on edges, stance, where to put their weight on the board, riding with them.
the only thing left I could do is ride the board for them.
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I was coaching them. teaching them how to work on edges, stance, where to put their weight on the board, riding with them.
Are you an instructor?

Not saying it was your lessons (you may be be a great teacher for all I know), but I see a lot of people who aren't instructors try to teach their friends and it doesn't work out because the person teaching has issues translating what they need to do into simple beginner speak or doesn't know how to get beginners to do what they're trying to explain.
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