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Old 01-04-2012, 08:58 PM   #21 (permalink)
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just stay with it and if possible have more time boarding.i'm in my second season and i've skied/skiboarded for seven years but always wanted to see if i can snowboard. stayed with it with all the aches and pain but i'm getting better and enjoying it everytime. i can honestly say,i love snowboarding than skiing: DO NOT GIVE UP!
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:42 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Keep going. I was the same - started at the age of 30, never any snow experience before that. My first year I did 4 days (um, hated it...), 2nd year did 6 days and at the end of that could link turns but very badly and very slow. Third year did 6 days and was a bit more fluid but still slow and scared. Now I have moved somewhere where there is a ski slope 10 mins away and really believe I will improve with regular practice. What I am aiming for is to conquer the dreaded t-bar. So no, you aren't crap, you're just on the steepest part of the learning curve, don't give up!
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:18 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Lou, I totally feel you. Although I've gone twice in the past 10 years, this is my very first real season snowboarding. Like everyone else, the heel edge was my safety net and could NOT muster the courage to practice toe side. In fact, after 2 days, I seriously considered selling all my gear (which I bought spontaneously in Nov.) and just quitting altogether; I just didn't think it was for me.

The eureka moment came when I took lessons, and believe me, having a good instructor helps a LOT. I barely started linking my turns after the 4th day, did my first blue run on the 6th day, and 11 sessions later, I'm perfectly comfortable on blue runs without stopping.

Here's the catch-I've been boarding every weekend since mid-December...also putting myself in crazy debt, but I went from hating it to obsessing over it, and getting better and better with each session.

There were a few comments above talking about initiating turns with your FRONT leg. Man, that was one of THE best advice I ever had when trying to turn toe-side. Next-best advice is to get pads. I still wear my knee and butt pads as I still catch a nasty edge once in a while, usually when trying to get daring.

Anyway, best of luck to you. It sounds like you're not planning on giving up, so I imagine you're going to excel in it.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:24 PM   #24 (permalink)
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a lesson or 2 is ESSENTIAL when learning to snowboard. you will learn the wrong way...
Not necessarily, unless i'm just really speshul. Dad took me to a hill in a park at the age of 4 and pretty much said "k now snowboard". Never took lessons. 14 years later with like 1-2 outings per year(3-4 in recent years where my love of the sport has grown), just trying things out as I go, and I'd say I'm pretty good fundamentally. I use weight shifting and torsion when turning, keep my carve lines thin, and can take on steeps/trees/powder stashes without breaking a sweat. Maybe the early exposure did it for me, I dunno.
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Not necessarily, unless i'm just really speshul. Dad took me to a hill in a park at the age of 4 and pretty much said "k now snowboard". Never took lessons. 14 years later with like 1-2 outings per year(3-4 in recent years where my love of the sport has grown), just trying things out as I go, and I'd say I'm pretty good fundamentally. I use weight shifting and torsion when turning, keep my carve lines thin, and can take on steeps/trees/powder stashes without breaking a sweat. Maybe the early exposure did it for me, I dunno.
i mean, 14 years provides a lot of time to practice.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:07 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Some years I didn't even go up lol
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:28 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Just hang in there. The initial learning curve is steep and those long breaks are tend to be "3 steps forward, 2 back" kinda deals. At least you've had a taste of the fun (linking turns frequently and more easily). I think most will agree that that's the point at which the learning curve flattens out and the progression starts happening quickly.

You know now that that point isn't far away so get a lesson and ride as frequently as possible. That light switch moment isn't far away... a few more falls should do it!
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:00 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Not sure that lou1600 is checking this today supafobb.

Nice necro btw. Hmm, actually, how old does a thread have to be qualify?
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:07 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Like everyone else says, hang in there! I am in a similar situation. I live on the east coast and was a skier for 20 years or so.....never got to go
that often, maybe 10 times a year being a record. I wasn't a great skier but I could get down most black diamonds with relative ease. Well I bought a wakeboard boat a few years ago and really got in to that....first time I had ever ridden anything sideways. So I began to wonder if I would enjoy snowboarding. Last year I went twice. I took a lesson on day one and fell about 50 times! I had bruises all over my a$$ and was sore as hell the next day. Despite that I had a good time and went back. By the end of the second day I was able to link a turn or two a few times but for the most part was a heel side hero! I bought my own stuff for this season and went for the first time last week. I swear I was shocked at how much it felt like I had forgotten ! I mean I had trouble skating and getting off the lift to begin with, but little by little I began to pick it back up. By the end of the day I had an epiphany or something and began to link turns!! I literally had a big $hit eating grin on my face going down the mountain, lol. So I was jacked to go again and was able to yesterday.....long story short...I sucked! Fell a bunch again and lost some of my previous mojo. It was much icier this time out though which didn't help I think. I was having trouble with being confident enough to point the board down the hill and pick up enough speed to make it easier to turn. Anyway, sorry for the long post....don't give up. I am not going to! I just turned 46 and if an old fart like me can hang in so can you!
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:24 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Really?

Ok, i'll play along. I'm sure the OP is finding these cool stories very inspirational right bout now
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