My first season, I got hurt way more offloading those damn things than I ever did falling while riding. I had to get off on all fours
for the longest time!
I still tend to do the majority of my falling in the lift line!
I come screaming down the run, slam on the brakes at the bottom in a spectacular "powerslide" display,... spin around 2-3 times for dramatic effect!
...and the second
I come to a complete stop, I'm off balance and do that wave the arms around for a second before slowly falling over right on my ass!
....Impressive, NO? LOL!!!!
In fact, that's how I met David_Z for the first time. Saw him heading down the run from the lift so I quickly strapped in and flew down to the lift line,.. When I hit the brakes, I washed out and slid, board first, right into this little kid standing there.
I knocked him off his feet and fortunately I caught him so he didn't slam into the ground! Turns out it was Dave's nephew! So there I am, on the ground 10-12 year old kid in my hands, and Dave just lookin' at me kinda shocked & puzzled, say's "Chomps I presume?"
(...and I wunder why they're reluctant to ride with me!) LOL!!!