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Old 01-03-2012, 11:09 PM   #1 (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.

This is my third season. The first season, I had about 4 days on the slopes and spent most of the time on my butt. Last season I had about 6 days, and was starting to link turns properly, but was still pretty slow. That is until the last day, when something clicked and everything felt really natural - I had no issues turning at all, my speed seriously increased and I was even carving easily. It was so much fun.

I know I'm out of practice, but I wasn't expecting yesterday to be so bad. I felt like I was teaching myself to turn again. By the end of the day, I was linking turns ok, but slowly and it didn't feel easy or natural, and I was still occasionally falling toeside.

Everyone says it's hard to learn at first, but I really should have learned more by now, right? I don't know anyone who snowboards who has had as much trouble as me...I'm wondering how much more to keep trying before I admit that I'm just not very good and perhaps switch to skiing.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You've had 10 days with very long breaks between half of those days. You'll always forget a little bit and ten days isn't a lot so you haven't learnt that much so naturally you'll probably have to start from scratch. Just run through the things you did to learn how to link turns etc. Maybe even do a lesson. You should find you pick things back up faster than you originally learnt them originally.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:29 PM   #3 (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.

This is my third season. The first season, I had about 4 days on the slopes and spent most of the time on my butt. Last season I had about 6 days, and was starting to link turns properly, but was still pretty slow. That is until the last day, when something clicked and everything felt really natural - I had no issues turning at all, my speed seriously increased and I was even carving easily. It was so much fun.

I know I'm out of practice, but I wasn't expecting yesterday to be so bad. I felt like I was teaching myself to turn again. By the end of the day, I was linking turns ok, but slowly and it didn't feel easy or natural, and I was still occasionally falling toeside.

Everyone says it's hard to learn at first, but I really should have learned more by now, right? I don't know anyone who snowboards who has had as much trouble as me...I'm wondering how much more to keep trying before I admit that I'm just not very good and perhaps switch to skiing.
It was a love hate relationship for me too man. I hated that I loved it! haha sorry I just had to

But in all seriousness it took me up to 10 days on the mountain as well before I had my first real successful linked turns on the board. I wouldn't fret about your lack of progress just keep up the determination and it'll all click into place eventually. However if your that disgusted with your lack of progress you might wanna look into getting a lesson, preferably a private one so the teacher can specifically focus on you.

Beyond that man we all have our good and bad days. I know sometimes I can kill it on the mountain while other times I seem to be biffing like a noobstick. Also you might wanna load up on some crash pads as well if your body's taking a decent beating.
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You barely snowboard right now. 4 and 6 days in a season is nothing. That's barely enough to learn. I would recommend a lesson. It will do wonders for your mechanics and confidence. Then just get out more and you will gain even more confidence in your abilities. Unless you're a quitter, then you'll just ski, until that's to hard too.
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I went through the same thing for the first 3 seasons; essentially only putting in about 6-7 days after 3 years (pathetic). It's not until I go beyond 15-20 days that I can honestly say I'm comfortable. Just keep at it.
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I had the same thoughts for my first couple of years. But eventually, I got the hang of it and it's been a blast ever since. When I go out for the first time of the season, it takes me a few runs to get back into the swing of things. Get out there and do some more snowboarding!
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Ok, sounds like this is normal then. I just wasn't sure whether it was normal, or if it was because I am crap (especially since my boyfriend is progressing way faster than me).
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Some people can pick up things quicker, especially if they're more athletically inclined and are used to playing with their balance. It's perfectly normal.
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definitely invest in a lesson. For most people only one lesson is enough to learn the fundamentals pretty solidly.

After that, especially if you are not riding frequently or if you are taking long breaks between sessions, it's going to be sketchy. I remember when I was a kid in high school and only rode a few times a year, those first days out each season were always pretty uncomfortable.
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snowboarding has a steep learning curve. When you are just learning you will will fall a lot, and it is discouraging.6 or 7 days a season is nothing, its hardly enough to learn anything. I say this over and over but a lesson or 2 is ESSENTIAL when learning to snowboard. you will learn the wrong way if you try to teach yourself and it will make everything 10x harder. why are you a beginner...its because you haven't ridden at all, simple as that. Its all about time, albeit quality time, on the board.
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