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Old 01-17-2014, 02:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Going snowboarding for the second time tomorrow, last weekend was a disaster. I could only last about 10-15 seconds without falling. I took so many hits I couldn't move the next 2 days. Slammed my head so hard goggles flew off multiple times

And yes, this was with a lesson.

But it was probably one of the most fun things I've ever done, so of course I went out and bought myself a board the other day, something to master my skills on.

Any really general tips to improve overall? Like something I should always keep in the back of my mind while learning to ride?
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My tip, get a better instructor and really listen to what they say, then take it about half as aggressively as you think you should. No shame in learning and riding slow to start. There's another thread currently going on about teaching new people that I wrote how instructors teach in that may be helpful. Best of luck, if you loved it after the first day which is hands down the most painful and annoying, you're gonna be hooked for life. Those who fight through find heaven, those that quit never know what they missed.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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get protection. practice. and dont quit.
watch some videos on youtube tho. not all instructors are equal.
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Besides making sure you have a good instructor giving you lessons, and having fun, I'd say keep these in mind:

1) Learn to fall - learning to fall without sticking your hands out and learning to go with the fall will save you many sprained wrists and dislocations.

It's the hardest habit to fight, but you have to force yourself to slowly learn not to stick your hands out when you fall (keep them tucked close to your body when you fall... if you must use your hands, land on your forearms, not your wrists).

2) It's a marathon, not a race - Don't worry if it's slow going at first.

A lot of people get really excited at first, throw their body at obstacles and new techniques and say 'screw the consequences'. That works for awhile, but then injuries pile up and eventually you're just cutting years off your ability to snowboard later in life.

Snowboarding is all about analysing the risks and taking smart ones so that you're sometimes slightly outside your comfort zone, but never completely out of it and taking stupid risks (such as many beginners who you'll see trying to hit jumps before they can even turn properly).

3) Focus, focus, focus on your basic technique to avoid bad habits as best you can.

Every bad habit you pick up now, is something you'll have to go back later and fix. Save yourself the trouble and don't skip past those early techniques too quickly.

Being a strong turner, carver, and having strong basic board control skills are what you build everything on later and many beginners try to skip past that as quickly as possible without actually taking the time to master basic carving, turning and edge control.
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Awesome, thanks guys. Hoping I'll improve a bit this time. I'm not taking another lesson yet though, A) can't afford it, and B) going with a friend of mine that snowboards, hoping he can help a bit as well. But I'm expecting they'll all ditch me and I'll have some alone time to practice without feeling pressured at least.

Yea I gotta work on my falling. Last time I went I didn't think of the consicences, you don't feel the pain until the next day... I couldn't turn well, so I would just bomb down the hill full speed until I came up to a crowd of people or chickened out then I'd just bail... I took many hard hits a d regretted that lol I now know better.

Also, I have a question on how to prevent a certain injury... on my last run I really twisted my knee and ankle... because like, I guess when I fell I rolled, and of course the board didn't roll with me so my legs stayed straight as my upper body continued to roll. It hurt like hell... it was fine after a couple days but still, I don't want to seriously damage my knee by doing that again.. does that happen a lot?

I also have the problem of turning one way only... I can turn right no problem, but can't turn left... which makes it impossible to slow down in heel side... I spent most of the day going down the mountain backwards on my toe side edge...
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I think a lot of my issues were due to the rentals though, board way to big, and my board wasn't wide enough at all, my toes hung over the edge of the board by like an inch or two. I think that's why my toe side edge was way more dominant? Now that I have my own gear properly set up for me I should do a bit better hopefully.
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Awesome, thanks guys. Hoping I'll improve a bit this time. I'm not taking another lesson yet though, A) can't afford it, and B) going with a friend of mine that snowboards, hoping he can help a bit as well. But I'm expecting they'll all ditch me and I'll have some alone time to practice without feeling pressured at least.

Yea I gotta work on my falling. Last time I went I didn't think of the consicences, you don't feel the pain until the next day... I couldn't turn well, so I would just bomb down the hill full speed until I came up to a crowd of people or chickened out then I'd just bail... I took many hard hits a d regretted that lol I now know better.

Also, I have a question on how to prevent a certain injury... on my last run I really twisted my knee and ankle... because like, I guess when I fell I rolled, and of course the board didn't roll with me so my legs stayed straight as my upper body continued to roll. It hurt like hell... it was fine after a couple days but still, I don't want to seriously damage my knee by doing that again.. does that happen a lot?

I also have the problem of turning one way only... I can turn right no problem, but can't turn left... which makes it impossible to slow down in heel side... I spent most of the day going down the mountain backwards on my toe side edge...
learn how to stop properly. be on heel or toe edge.
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You have to pressure your front foot in order to turn properly. So basically itll feel like you're leaning down the hill at first, bend your knees onto that front foot and the rest will happen on it's own.
Buy pads, wrist guards etc.... that way you won't be so sore from falling
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Yea before I went the first time I watched some videos, and a lot of them explained how to turn using pressure with your toes/heels

But then during the lesson none of that was taught, he just told me to turn my head and point the direction I want to go... it works sometime, but not always.. especially when going to fast.
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