dude to be honest, don't let other smash u on this, although they might be right.]
I started snowboarding for my first time ever, in the end of last november, and as of today I can take down a black diamonds with out any problem, and be able to do some kickers and learning on the freestyle phase. I'm not saying how good i am, but I really like this sport and I am quite happy with my achievement.
I forgot to mention that i didn't do any instructor lesson stuff, but I went up more than 40 days this season, it's all about how dedicated you are to this sport.
And the really best way to learn this sport, is to FALL !!!, a lot, literally