One of the things that stopped me from falling when first learning was how to stop properly. You can give a vague idea about how to carve, but I would say it's more of a feeling for each person and this part comes naturally. If a new rider can stop confidently on any slope, they'll feel confident about letting go of the board and balancing themselves to descend the mtn. A tendency of new snowboarders is to 'make themselves' fall because they think they'll completely lose control with all this new speed. That's why I mention that if your bro learns only one skill, how to stop heel or toeside, he will have the confidence to let the board go and the carving will come naturally. -I speak from my own perspective here because I found EVERYTHING with my progression in snowboarding has to do with mental, not physical.
Your front foot directs the boards path and the rear foot works as the ships router. So, from this the new rider understands that if I want to stop, I simply put pressure down into the snow with my rear leg and I'll stop. So as someone else said, encouragement, mostly to instill confidence and make them feel okay with building up speed. Carving, jumping, jibbing, dropping and pretty much everything to do with the ski hill has to do with speed. Learning to come to a full stop is the most important aspect for me because it teaches you the pressure points of resistance of the board to the snow surface at all angles of carving. If you can balance stopping smoothly, you can carve up any run.
For edge control, even to this day, I still try to balance on the heel and toe side of the board. Maybe get him to do this and practice a few ollies to get comfortable and confident on the board before you even go downhill.
For me that confidence came after a day that my local hill got dumped on. I no longer feared falling and I essentially started tearing up the mountain from that day. Just trying to say that snowboarding is easy - beating down the fear of the worst case scenario may be a new riders worst obstacle.
Tell the truth, even if it leads to your death. - For the truth will set you free.
Last edited by Peaceryder; 12-07-2011 at 12:16 AM.