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Ugh. I am so frustrated. I really want to get back up there for the lesson and practice a ton. I almost would rather stay home right now than go on the cruise.

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Just noticed that you guys don't have like these foot things to rest your board on? Here in Europe, every lift has like this footbar so you don't have to put your board on the bar and not on your foot
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Just noticed that you guys don't have like these foot things to rest your board on? Here in Europe, every lift has like this footbar so you don't have to put your board on the bar and not on your foot
We aren't babies, we can hold our own boards up

Some places have it, usually they are on longer high speed quad lifts.

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We aren't babies, we can hold our own boards up

Some places have it, usually they are on longer high speed quad lifts.
I was confused because I never sat on a lift without the bars, it's a nice extra piece that comes in handy
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When I went on the big slope the lift had a bar.

It's just simply because my little leg is not strong enough to pull up the board without the free foot helping. I'm going to try and make sure I keep my free foot on the back of my binding to help balance it immediately when I get on.
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When I went on the big slope the lift had a bar.

It's just simply because my little leg is not strong enough to pull up the board without the free foot helping. I'm going to try and make sure I keep my free foot on the back of my binding to help balance it immediately when I get on.
Don't worry -- it will come with time as you get better co-ordinated and efficient with your leg muscles. After a few times out, you will realize that you're swinging that board around with one leg without even noticing.
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Hoping so! Might work on the leg press more when I hit the gym. Get my skinny legs some muscle! : )
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one, kexp is awesome. two, whats your aquarium setup? third, its not so much the fact you need to build up muscle, its just the fact your body has to get used to things it never does on a day to day basis. yes, dangling your board is going to suck the first few times you head up, but when your body gets used to it, you wont notice it. well... until like the 10 to 15 lift ride up when your body, for the most part, is starting to give up on you after three lunch beers and a massive meal.
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Yeah, it's definitely not so much building muscle, but rather your body knowing which muscles to use.

I mean look at how many kids are throwing 3s and 7s like no big deal.
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The first few days are never good. I remember that I was so sore that it hurt like absolute hell just to get in and out of my car.

What I did for chairlifts initially:

Tell yourself that you'll ride straight off the chair. Expect, and welcome acceleration. Keep your balance or lean a little forward... and just ride straight out.

Keep your knees bent, even crouch a little if you have to.

If you ride straight.... you'll *eventually* come to a stop, because it always flattens out after you clear the lift.

Never panic... unless you're going to hit someone or something. If someone beside you bumps your board.. ride straight. If someone besides you crashes... ride straight. If there's a little kid ahead of you, or a giant metal bench... THEN you bail. If you can apply brakes, do it.. if not, just bail, being careful not to break your fall with your arms, tailbone, or skull (xD). Then cuss out the liftie for not doing his/her job to clear the ramp

Most crashes off the lift happen because people panic and lean back.
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