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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-20-2009, 02:55 PM
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Listen to this lesson.

Ok, today I have ended up with a total of 12 hours of snowboarding.

I hit up a black diamond and just had some fun.

I also took a private lesson (EVERYONE should do this). My first private lesson sucked. The 'kid' was more concerned with himself snowboarding. He would zip down the hill and then watch me come down. He even went and road a different hill at one point and told me to meet him at the chair lift...... Wow

I went and told the head ski instructor that this was more of a boy trying to have fun rather than someone teach a lesson. So what happened? They gave me a free 1 hour private with a guy who has his professional badge and also is a huge skateboard instructor. The lesson was 6,000,000 times better.

What did I accomplish? Riding switch, linking turns like a MOFO, doing ground tricks such as both 180 and a 360, and jumps.

Im so pumped right now. I have only been riding for a couple hours and I feel like I am doing amazing. Its sooooooo much fun. GOOOOO SNOWBOARDING, TAKE A PRIVATE LESSON!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-20-2009, 03:00 PM
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I'v heard this before, but i find it more satisfying to take the time to learn on my own.
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first day ever snowboarding, i took a lesson, the guy was just showing me buttering and nose presses, i was like cool, so how do i snowboard?

never took a lesson since then
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It's definitely hit or miss with your instructor, but he must be the best instructor in the world and you must be the fastest learner ever if you accomplished all of that in 1 hour.
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You can do a 360 after 12 hours of riding?!





















I hate you .
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You can do a 360 after 12 hours of riding?!
I hate you .
I think he's talking about ground spins. Still that's a ton of stuff in one hour. Nice job.

One way to dramatically increase your odds of getting a killer lesson in the USA, is to ask for a level 2 or higher instructor.
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Wow! I hear stories like this and I wonder where they find these people. I am glad you got a good instructor out of the deal. These "kids with boards" who are only there for the free pass, discedit the ones who do it because they love to share this sport. Level 2 instructors have to go through a lot more certifications and generally will be better teachers, but don`t discount the level I guys either. Some of us Level I`s can be be more passionate about teaching than another level II. It really depends on the personality and I know I a may have a bias, but in all honesty I think age matters. A guy or gal in their 30`s, 40`, 50`, whatever generally is more mature and there for a different reason than the teenager or early 20 something park rat looking for a free pass, they are there because they love to teach.
I agree 100% The guy who I took the second lesson from told me to look for a Level 2 or ask for one. He was 27 and seemed a lot more mature than this 18-19 year old that taught me the first lesson.

Yes we did do a lot in an hour. It was crazy. When going down the hill we basically broke it into 4 or 5 segments. At the end of each segment we would stop and learn something new. He told me he was going to give me as much info as possible so that after he was finished I could go back and work on each individual thing.

And yes, sorry when I said 360 I meant 360 spins on the ground. I tend to learn fast because I have taught drum lessons for a long time. Yes, drum lessons and snowboarding have nothing to do with one another but I looked at the lesson like I was teaching drums. I know that doesn't make much sense, but it worked for me.
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I'v heard this before, but i find it more satisfying to take the time to learn on my own.
Oh don't get me wrong, I have learned a ton on my own. But before yesterday I could not carve (well skid) lol, umm and I had a horrible time trying to turn. It would take me about 50 yards just to slowly start to make a turn. After seeing what the instructors were doing in front of me I was able to turn almost instantaneously. People on this forum are right, when it clicks, it just clicks and you understand.
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My first lesson was with this older gentleman who kept telling me "to think as your sitting on a cold toilet"...Huh? WTF never told me I had to ride on an edge,board flex,weight distribution etc. And yeah he smelled like pure alcohol. My second lesson after about a year, I just wanted for someone to watch me ride and make sure I wasn't developing bad habit's. That was pretty cool the guy was younger and we just basically rode steeper terrain and even took a park run, although I chicken out on the park run.
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And yes, sorry when I said 360 I meant 360 spins on the ground.
Ok, I don't hate you anymore . Still, that's pretty impressive for 12 hours of riding .
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