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Old 03-16-2014, 05:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I am a newbie boarder, started near the end of the season. Been skiing for 12 1/2 years, but wanted to try snowboarding out for fun and absolutely loved it. Went out twice with a friend who is licensed to teach and just did some greens and easy blues (small mountain) using toe side and heel side falling leaves. I was super proud to even be able to stand on a board!

I was renting everything at first, but my family and I were going down to Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada over March break. I was originally planning on skiing it, but decided to try boarding with a lesson instead. Invested in my own board, bindings and boots and went off.
Took a 2 and a half hour lesson and learned to link turns on my first day up there. Second day I practiced them, and got down the hill in slow motion, but got down alive. Third day was awful. I fell and lost my confidence, and continued falling and hurt my tailbone. I'd already bruised it about 2 weeks prior after falling on an icy patch while boarding and just hitting the ice hard right on the bone. So this third day at Tremblant, I was crying by my third run down the mountain from the pain and frustration after too many bad falls and gave up and just walked around town the rest of the day.
Fourth day we took off and soaked in a hot tub and sat in a sauna to give our legs a break. Really rejuvenated me and woke up on the fifth day ready to go. I knew the reason I kept falling was that I sat in the back seat too much but I couldn't get over the fear of speed and falling to get my weight on my front foot. I was petrified of falling on my tailbone again.
So I went out and bought impact shorts which really boosted my confidence. Got on the hill and managed to really pick up speed. By the sixth day, (fifth day actually boarding), I was going down green runs with lots of speed and was doing really well. Didn't get on blues as it's a big hill and the blues get steep.

So to sum up, I've got linking turns down. Can't carve yet, and I'm not really sure what carving is exactly...? I'm hoping to carve and learn how to ride switch. Is that a logical step forward? I'd also like to learn to jump, but will hold off to next season. Am I setting my ambitions too high? What should I do next/what's a logical step forward? Any tips would be appreciated as well. Thanks so much for reading all that and for any advice you may give
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just ride more, tighten up the turns, make more of them and try to do it with more speed. Board edges work the same as ski in the front seat to steer...leaning back is natural result of fear....counter-intituitive...lean into the nose not away.

Learn how to fall...when falling back...don't sit down straight...try to land on one butt cheek or the other....also drop in the knees. Try grab yo mammies and try to land with the biggest body part...thighs, hips, torso...DO NOT put your hands out!!! you will break them....just grab your self, fall loose and roll or slide with it. If ur worried about knees...get some good volleyball knee pads.

Otoh...take more lessons.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Yeah I've learned how to fall, but when I fall when going quickly/fall very suddenly I find it hard to pull myself into the right position to fall haha. Something I have to work on.
And more lessons have already been booked, but thanks for the advice! I'll keep working.
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