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Old 02-02-2010, 09:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I'm new, I used to ski, but that got boring, so I took on Snowboarding. I rented about 3 times. The 1st time I rented, I went down the hill once, and my legs told me that if I ever did that again, they were going to leave me in the middle of the night.

I went a 2nd time, same outcome. My legs just about died.

I went more recently, within the last month, and I was able to keep on the board the entire day, and I started getting much better. So I got sized for a board, and I am going to get boots and bindings today. Heres a pic of my board: (Brand new)





What do you guys think?

I am roughly 160lbs, 5'10'' and I like anything fast enough to do something stupid on? Stupid quote, I know, but I enjoy speed.

Also, any tips are welcome fellas, I am new, and could use as much advise as possible.

(Yes, I read the stickys, and yes, I know the rules. Learn how to STOP, and people in front of me have right of way.)
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Also, I wanted to post up an experience I had, just to see if anyone else was like me. I am a normal rider, but I tend to ride goofy down the mountain, and I do almost everything else normal. I seem to be switching back and forth alot. I do alot of 180's on the hill, when my legs get tired of going 1 way, I lean back, switch feet, and go down the other way. So basically in 1 run, I start off normal, then get off the lift normal, go down goofy a little, switch back to normal, switch back and forth over and over, then when I get to the bottom, I unstrap my back foot, (my right foot), and push myself to the lift with my left foot still strapped.

Sound normal, or is there something wrong with me?
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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^ left foot forward is called 'regular' not 'normal'. i don't think there's anything wrong with you.

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What do you guys think?
i think it's a burton board.

welcome to the forum.

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Old 02-02-2010, 12:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome,

There's no problem with switching back and forth between goofy and regular so long as your linking turns between heel and toe edge when your going down and not doing the falling leaf, while the falling leaf is comfortable when your a beginner you really have to be able to link turns to progress in snowboarding.

But if you progess equally both goofy and regular while linking turns it will be a advantage down the road.

Good Luck
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Can you explain falling leaf? I can ride regular, and turn both heel and toe, as well as ride goofy, and turn heal to toe with no issues.

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Welcome! This is a great site for info and such. Here's a link to a youtube on falling leaf. I'd explain it myself but don't have time to do it via the keyboard.

Btw... "Turbo_Lag"? What do you drive?

YouTube - Snowboarding Tips : Falling Leaf on a Snowboard
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome! This is a great site for info and such. Here's a link to a youtube on falling leaf. I'd explain it myself but don't have time to do it via the keyboard.

Btw... "Turbo_Lag"? What do you drive?

YouTube - Snowboarding Tips : Falling Leaf on a Snowboard
I drive a GTI now, but I have also owned an Big Snail SRT-4.


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I feel you on the fatigue thing. You're just using different muscle groups and using muscles in a different way than while doing virtually anything else. Pretty much the only thing you can do off the slope to prepare yourself for riding is using a balance board. I'm planning on making one for the off-season.

It took me about 6 weeks to get whipped into shape this year. When I say whipped into shape, I mean being able to physically ride well until I was ready to hang it up for the day, not hanging it up for the day because I was physically exhausted.
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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^ left foot forward is called 'regular' not 'normal'.
Feel free to refer to riding regular as normal. People who ride goofy are generally freaks and weirdos, it's a statistical anomaly like webbed toes or gingers.
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I drive a GTI now, but I have also owned an Big Snail SRT-4.

Nice MkV. What % tint is that?

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