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Old 01-03-2014, 11:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings,

I had this great idea that I would like to get into snowboarding, but after the first day on the hill, I said "forget it".

Not that I did bad or anything, didn't fall too much, learned how to turn, got up and down the hill pretty nicely but this one thing ruined everything.

It just felt so wrong and uncomfortable ( That you have to have snowboard on certain angle to turn and overall stance ).

Is it something that you get used to?
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Think of it this way....

Do you feel comfortable riding a bicycle the first?
How about driving a car?
or walking on a tight rope?

The point I'm getting at is all of the things I listed, the average person is going to feel uncomfortable doing them for the first time. You listed that snowboarding felt wrong for you because of the angles and stuff to turn, but you also stated right after that it is uncomfortable to you. Theres nothing wrong about it, it only felt wrong because it was something new to you. As with all the other things listed, after doing them enough times you will get comfortable with it.

But with that being said, snowboarding may not be for you. Did you ski before trying snowboarding? Because that also may be why it felt wrong since you'd be used to facing down the slope.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My first time snowboarding was the most awful experience ever. Thought i broke my wrist/tailbone/back shoulder etc....
It's the reason why i wrap newbies i bring up in bubble wrap beforehand.
It takes 1-5 times to pick it up so you're not absolutely killing yourself every time.
Lessons make a big difference, as does bubble wrap.
Keep at it, trust me it's worth it.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm mostly used to skiing yes, whether its cross country skiing or mountain skiing.

Maybe I gave up too soon indeed ( Went to change snowboard for skiis ).
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dont give up!
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've been teaching for over 20 years now... riding for over 25.

I was an idiot when I first started. I was on a youth group trip and a lesson was included in my package, but I was mister fukin cool and that shit was for pussies...

Looking back on it well yeah that's kind of my learning style... makes sense why I became a US Marine. We like punishment and pain. That being said it was the DUMBEST way to learn to ride. If I would have had maybe just a couple lessons to start with and then tune ups while I was progressing, I wouldn't have had to re-learn and fix all the terrible habits I developed from learning on my own. I didn't even realize I had them until I started working with some of the best instructors in the world and having them look at me and be like "wow... how the fuk do you even ride?!?"

It was painful to hear that, the worst part was how right they were when I actually started video analysis of my own riding! However I learned a lot from this experience and its not only made me a much better rider but increased my teaching ability immensely.

So lesson of the story here is everyone has their own first experiences... I loved that my job allowed me to take first timers and by the end of 3 days watch them having the times of their lives injury free and loving this sport as much as I do. But seriously, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
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