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Old 01-27-2014, 03:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thank you all for your tips and points (and friendliness with all ). I do agree about the beer, actually, maybe I should try and make that more of a point lol.

I would say each year I think I have been able to get out fairly often, maybe 10 times or so, enough time to have surpassed my level of suck by now. I am lucky to be able to board for a free at a small mountain near me since I have connections with a local board shop.

I do think I need to bend my knees more and not rely as much on my feet alone as well.

I should get another lesson. It has been a few years since I had one, they are expensive but would definitely be worth the money if I made actual progress. I will def look into that again.
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I should get another lesson. It has been a few years since I had one, they are expensive but would definitely be worth the money if I made actual progress. I will def look into that again.
If money's an issue, FWIW I didn't even pay for my ride along. I was at the place I frequent and asked about lessons and explained that I just wanted someone to take a quick look and give a couple pointers. They had the head snowboard instructor take a couple of laps with me for free (tipped him of course). Never hurts to ask.

But even if you have to pay for it, it's money well spent if it enables you to more fully enjoy the time you do have on the hill, right?
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:48 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Don't bother going until you get the lesson. Everyone learns at a different pace but you should be better than you are. Go post in regional section on this site and see if you can get a recommendation for an instructor.

Edit: didn't read that you ride for free. Ride all you want but get the lesson soon.

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If money's an issue, FWIW I didn't even pay for my ride along. I was at the place I frequent and asked about lessons and explained that I just wanted someone to take a quick look and give a couple pointers. They had the head snowboard instructor take a couple of laps with me for free (tipped him of course). Never hurts to ask.

But even if you have to pay for it, it's money well spent if it enables you to more fully enjoy the time you do have on the hill, right?
I completely agree. I would just pay if I need to, but your suggestion is definitely worth looking into.
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Don't bother going until you get the lesson. Everyone learns at a different pace but you should be better than you are. Go post in regional section on this site and see if you can get a recommendation for an instructor.

Edit: didn't read that you ride for free. Ride all you want but get the lesson soon.
I know, I feel exactly that way. I don't expect to be riding in Sochi but I should be moving better by now. I will definitely be looking into a lesson again. It should've occurred to me already, honestly.
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Be sure you find a way to make it fun. Get that lesson. Go with friends that will help with games and staying close so you feel safe. My little girl is 12. Our deal is every time she tries something new, I try to throw a trick that I can't do and wip out spectacularly. It really helps her loosen up and fun.
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Another thing that works with me is to ride with people who are faster than me. That little competition always trumps any hesitation I have. My wife is a skier and likes to straight line down runs and whenever she flies past me I forget all about any fear of speed because there is no way I'm going to let her get to the bottom first. I went with a friend of mine who skis last night and it was the same deal. Don't know if this would work for you but it's another idea to try.

If you want to do it badly enough, you'll figure out a way to overcome it.
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If you want to do it badly enough, you'll figure out a way to overcome it.
This is a fact, I'm just going to have to make it happen. It's time.
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bend your knees, get relaxed on your board and get fluid is all I can say.
also get your gear figured out too.
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Another thing that works with me is to ride with people who are faster[better] than me. That little competition always trumps any hesitation I have.
This.
I had the same mental block which I'm sure most people had.I have some friends who are much better than me and watching them (riding with them) I can pick out how to do little things and generally improve my riding in the process.
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