Hi all, Bare with me pls as i am a newbie forum-user as well as a newbie boarder.(6 months) Thinkin i need some pro advice. (I've had 4 lessons in the UK) Anyways, i Just got back from my 1st boarding hol in Austria where i got beaten up by the Alps My main problem was the fact that alot of the blue(beginner) pistes they had there, were pretty narrow, pretty flat/ low incline, and pretty close to some STEEP edges. Well this kinda led me into some rather straight 'n fast runs which in the end became a chore. I didn't really have the room to keep my speed down, so ended up frustrated, which i've already learnt isn't a good recipe for a good days boarding. I'm pretty sure i'd have been fine, but alot of the time i found myself with my board flat on the ground and eventually the inevitable would happen. An edge would catch n i'd be on my ass...AGAIN. I did try to stay on my heel or toe edge, but this was hard work...especially doing 6 or so hrs of boarding every day. I'm currently on my 1st board. A Ride Prophet 156. (had some strange looks when telling people this is my first board) gotta say, it does seem alot stiffer than other boards i've tried. I'm 6ft, and 165lbs if that helps. Someone did mention about my size vs. board size affecting the 'effective edge'. i think i understood this. kinda. Hope i've come to the right place. I'm hoping to sort this prob out, cos i've just found the BEST fun in the world, and i wanna do it ALOT!!! Thanks in advance. P.s. tried some wide red runs 'n loved 'em P.p.s. I'm 32, why did it take me so long to discover snowboarding
Thanks Snowolf. Just the info i needed. Hopin to get back out on the mountain in a few weeks time, i'll let ya know how it goes. Startin to realise there's alot more to learning this than just linkin a few turns. I also plan to spend alot of time at my indoor slope between now n then...it's all about board time, right?? Thanks again.
hey, went boarding last night at me local indoor slope. Damn, them conditions are awful. Even worse, since experiencing the real thing. But they do seriously need to sort it out. Looks more like a sloped skating rink than a board/ski slope :s...well anyways apart from that, had a wicked night. didn't fall on my first run (unheard of), didn't fall more than twice (unheard of) And i even tried a few of jumps off a small kicker, and landed all 3 (it's a miracle) so, yeah ya could say i'm havin tons o fun. Didn't get a chance to put your advice in2 practice due to limitations of slope (ie. pretty much just one consistent gradient) however i did do some pretty straight runs and used the skidding method to bleed off speed. Seemed to work pretty well, can't wait to try it on the real thing. Thanks again, dude. Think i may have to do the U.S. next year