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Old 01-04-2012, 03:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I think I have a love-hate relationship with snowboarding. I went yesterday for the first time this season. I must have fallen over at least 20 times. My knees are really sore and bruised because the ground was pretty icy and hard. It didn't stop me though, I kept going.

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get some volleyball knee pads, get lessons, snowolf's vids and ride more...like try do go 2x/week;
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:02 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Hang in there! I agree with what everyone has said about both getting out there more and taking a lesson or two. Last year was my first year out. Learning to snowboard was the most frustrating thing I have ever done in my entire life! We got out there as much as possible (about 40 times) so that I had a good foundation by the end of the year because I didn't want to ever have to go through that learning curve again. I took a few lessons last year and in each one, the instructors provided little tips that stuck with me and that got me through some of the more frustrating times. There are lots of great lesson deals out there right now.

You will get it. Be patient with yourself. My boyfriend catches on to everything super fast too and it makes me incredibly hostile Just realize that you are different people and you will get it in your own time. Don't worry about what he is doing, it's not a competition. Just try to have fun. It won't be long before you are spending WAY more time standing up than falling down and you'll look at other people learning and be really thankful that you're past that point.

Also knee pads are essential. You will be more confident to try things if you are not worried about hurting yourself. Lots of times, confidence is one of the biggest factors in progressing.

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Old 01-04-2012, 07:00 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I hear the frustration in your tone. Please, don't give up yet. The thing about riding for a lot of people is that progression comes in little "light bulb moments". You struggle and struggle and struggle and then POP the light bulb clicks on and you have a breakthrough.
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Ever since I started snowboarding it has all been lightswitch moments. Couldn't link turns, then all of a sudden I could. Couldn't ride switch to save the world, then one day a switched up and went all the way down a 3.5KM run no problem. Busted my ass on butter boxes for an entire season, the next season it was like they were flat ground. I don't know what it is but everything for me, jumps, ground tricks, whatever... I can never get it right and then one day I just wake up and have it down pat.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:07 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Yeah I've had a couple of lessons before. I had two my first season, which were awesome, and one last season, which I really didn't get anything out of. I'd be willing to have another one now though, if it will help.

Knee pads would be a good idea ;-) Funny thing is, I've fallen many times before, but never been bruised like this before. The slopes were just so icy the other day that I took a beating every time I fell.
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If it was super icy conditions then I would just shrug it off and see how things go with some actual snow. Like others have said a lesson never hurts, even for some of the best.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:16 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I agree with Tech, if the conditions were icy, than it's already more difficuly for a beginner to feel confident.

I've been out 6 times on the East Coast this year and it is ICY. Everybody struggles with the ice, my knees are black from trying to do butter presses on the ice.

My g/f gets mad (don't tell her that though) that I'm progressing faster than she is.. but I've played hockey,lacrosse,football,skateboarded,ski,waterski ,wakeboard,bmx,motocross. I feel i learn faster because I was willing th throw myself down the double blacks the first year.

Don't fret it, you'll get it!
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Pretty much re-enforcing what everyone else has said: I jumped into this sport head first, put in about three days a week for the first year (which was all the time I could manage to get away from my day job). It wasn't until toward the end of the first season that I really felt "comfortable" on toe side turns. Went into the second season with more time (4+ days a week) and it wasn't until halfway through the second season that I got comfortable on black runs. I'm now six years into it, started instructing this year, and I still feel wobbly for the first week or so of a new season. Don't give up, get a lesson, and spend as much time as you can on the board. If you're like most of us, you didn't learn to walk, ride a bike or skateboard after ten tries either. And (having switched to the ride side after 20+ years of skiing); I can say switching to skiing won't be any different. You may not fall as much or as hard on skiis, but you won't be good or comfortable after ten tries on two sticks either.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:49 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I remember being a Florida boy(never having seen snow) and learning on the ice-coast(W.V.). For me, it was getting off the bunny/practice area and getting some speed(body in motion tends to stay in motion). I noticed that all of my edge biting slams were when I was going just a few miles an hour. Get off that heel edge!(referring to the falling leaf, thing). At some point you need to point that stick down the hill. The more perpendicular to the fall line you let yourself get, the harder it will be(until you gain confidence) to transition to the other edge. When transitioning(this was my BIG revelation) from one edge to the other, twist the board with your front foot. ie: If you are on the heel edge, use your front foot to initiate the transition to the toe. It will start grabbing on the toe edge and the rest of the board and your body will follow. Same process to get back to heel. Start unloading your leading foot's toes(your back foot will still be firmly on toe)and rock back to the heel. This twisting(for lack of better description) of the board will cause you back toes to start unloading and transition to back to heel. You're still gonna fall(if not, you're not trying enough new stuff) but the falls hurt less and less. Yes, you even get better at falling. Good luck!
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:54 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I'm in a similar situation to you. I've gone out boarding over the course of 4 seasons now, but am still just starting to move past the beginner stage because normally I only got 2-3 days per season. Now that I live out west instead of in Florida I've been out 7 days so far this season and things are starting to come together a lot better. And yet still my husband makes gains much faster than I do. Honestly it's not that surprising. Men have more muscle and gain muscle more quickly than women on average. The fact that I'm extremely slim and gain muscle very slowly even for a female just amplifies that. He's also more daring than I am and takes more chances, which contributes to him progressing faster.

I've come to terms with him progressing faster. I go out with him most of the time on the slopes because it encourages me to take more chances but I also make sure I go out by myself some if I start to get frustrated or too beat up/tired to keep up. I've taken one lesson this season that wasn't super helpful but will probably try again later this season. I've also found that there are a few things that I can do as well or better than him, so we make sure to go do those together. Powder is especially fun for this. Falling hurts a lot less and because I'm lighter than him I can get back up much faster.

I guess I don't have a ton of advice, except to tell you that you aren't alone and that it's also pretty normal for your boyfriend to learn faster. It doesn't mean you suck at snowboarding or will never be able to progress!
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Thanks for the advice Kapn, makes sense.

Great to hear about your experience cerdiwen. The annoying thing is I reckon I'm generally in better shape than my boyfriend, but for whatever reason he's just better at snowboarding. One of my instructors said it's harder for women because our center of body mass is lower.
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