Imho, take lessons; but from a learning theory, you want to involve or integrate several approachs or pathways. Each person has their perferred way they learn. So there is book or reading...which is great to become familar with concepts. Visual seeing it done but you want a good example...and beginners usually don't know a good rider from a poor one. Auditory or hearing, instructions, e.g. "now swing your knee forward toward the nose". Also there is kinetic learning...by physically doing it. And there is the affective or emotional feedback/encouragement/support of pointing out what they are doing well...(don't point out what they are doing wrong...but what they are doing right/well and how they might improve) Anyway a good instructor should be able to present the general theory of how it works, how the board is effected by isolated body movement, show (visual) how this works; have the student practice the body movement (perhaps on and off the board), give isolated verbal instructions while they are on the board and positive vibes/stokage so the student can experience what success is (sometimes its hard to know when you are succeeding...example...when learning and it feels that you are going too fast...anxiety/fear takes over...so you slow down and don't have enough speed to link a turn and fall over thinking you failed...but in truth you are suceeding in that you need some speed to make linked turns...so the instructor can normalize or reframe the "anxiety/fear of speed" into that's normal and what you want...you need some speed...and then you just swing or drive your leading knee to turn)and thus can isolate/internalize the correct form/movement and experience the improvement/suceeding. I think a cool thing about snowboarding is that the feedback is immediate, i.e., crashing or shreding.
Some truth..."arsenic said at least 80% of the time the average instructor is just going to tell you the same"...the salient point is "average instructor (?=poor)"...but a good instructor will do much more than tell you the same thing.
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Last edited by wrathfuldeity; 11-23-2010 at 06:21 AM.