Possible to learn park without lessons? - Page 2 - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
SnowboardingForum.com is the premier Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-23-2012, 10:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
Official SBF Blogger
 
david_z's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Detroit suburbs
Posts: 3,398
Blog Entries: 5
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by oefdevilvet View Post
Welcome to the forum.

SMH, number one who cares what other people think about you on the hill, if your having fun that's what matters.
But it is hard to have fun while trying to progress, if the vibe at your local hill blows. There are some assholes at a few of our spots, I fucking hate riding there some nights. Interestingly enough, the "progression" park seems to have the highest asshole ratio. The bigger parks are usually less crowded and people don't really care what you're doing as long as you get out of the way like oefdevilvet says.

It's going to take time. Best bet would be to try and make some new friends - not to discount your current riding buddy, but if you have someone to ride with in the park, you can push each other, feed off each other, help each other out, trial & error, get stoked together... just makes everything so much more fun and you learn faster, too.
__________________

Repping the world's smallest mountains... 2013-2014 snow days: 48

Mt. Brighton - 13
Hawk Island - 6
Mt. Holly - 5
Mt. Bohemia - 3
Mt. Tolle - 3
Boyne Mountain - 2
Pine Knob - 2
Crystal Mountain - 2
Treetops - 2
Alpine Valley - 2
Caberfae Peaks - 2
Cannonsburg - 1
Urban - 1
Slackcountry - 1
Nub's Nob - 1
Sugar Mountain, NC - 1
Beech Mountain, NC - 1
david_z is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-24-2012, 02:48 AM   #12 (permalink)
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
oefdevilvet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Stevens Point, WI
Posts: 105
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by david_z View Post
But it is hard to have fun while trying to progress, if the vibe at your local hill blows. There are some assholes at a few of our spots, I fucking hate riding there some nights. Interestingly enough, the "progression" park seems to have the highest asshole ratio. The bigger parks are usually less crowded and people don't really care what you're doing as long as you get out of the way like oefdevilvet says.

It's going to take time. Best bet would be to try and make some new friends - not to discount your current riding buddy, but if you have someone to ride with in the park, you can push each other, feed off each other, help each other out, trial & error, get stoked together... just makes everything so much more fun and you learn faster, too.
Listen to Dave he's a smart fuck, and he's dead right, I've noticed the same things at my "home hill". I will say this though, use the shit talking as motivation. If they want to yap, push yourself till the bashers have no room to chop jaws. I'm a freerider with a little bit of freestyle mixed in, but I spent 3 years where all I did was work in parks(I've thought about working on it again though for kicks, I'm a sucker for a huge tweaked out method over a 7 or a cork any day however) the biggest thing is that first big kicker though. It always looks huge and intimidating, but you just need to hit it full force and not be scared about getting hurt or what people will think. You'll take a beating at first, but once you get the air awareness and find your balance on the jib lines, you'll start to think "huh, I wonder if I can pull that" and you'll be hitting the 50 footers and box-zilla's in no time. After that it's not so much "can I hit it and land it" as it is "do I have the balls to try it". But it takes time to progress up to that, make sure you focus getting the basics down: ollies, spins, landings, boxes, rails, grabs.
__________________
When I was in the Army I knew a man who had 3 rules about sex, one of them was "quantity not quality". I really regret not asking him what 200 pound twins would classify as.

Last edited by oefdevilvet; 03-24-2012 at 02:53 AM. Reason: You need to make sure your staying within your skill level, I just forget to add that in.
oefdevilvet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 07:39 AM   #13 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
readimag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 741
Default

^ I agree, with snowolf at some point you cant see what you are doing wrong and need someone to help progress. I started learning park back in 2000 and still take lessons when I go to a big park like keystone or breck. Also people are always going to pick on people cause it makes them feel better, just get some tunes going and dont listen the best you can. Most mtns also have a park progression lesson plan you can buy for the year or sign up for. Look at next year seeing if they have a something kind of like that or talk to the ski/ride school manager and work something out. Best of luck with what ever you do decide to do.
readimag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 09:57 AM   #14 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
slyder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Milwaukee Suburbs
Posts: 2,743
Default

Go for it, being a dad I was real self conscious about starting park. I never got hassled and I was able to be-friend some people to ride with and help me out a bit.
I am athletic but I would not have known all the finer points of knowing what to do in the park without some instruction being as I never grew up or even tried snowboarding till 3 years ago.
Instruction can help get you into the right positions first possibly eliminating some not all of the "hard-knocks" kind of learning.

I think that a few early lessons to get the fundamentals and you would progress very fast and continue on your own till you feel a coach may again be necessary.

Good luck and you'll have a blast I know I am and I"m WAY older than you and still learning.
__________________
Thanks
-Slyder
slyder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 11:11 AM   #15 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Granite Peak
Posts: 221
Default

I only started snowboarding 2 years ago and because of working my ass off and having a buddy to push me past my fear I am now throwing down Rodeo 540's, frontflips off of anything i can, 270 on/270 off of rails, and any other basic tricks. I never had coaches until i went to a 2 day camp this year and i wish i would have had a coach earlier because they help tremendously. Learning by yourself works but you definitely need a lot of athletic ability and a great work ethic and most importantly to have fun. Also expect to get hurt a little bit as there is risk to anything you do but learn to fall correctly and most importantly wear a helmet.

Listen to what everyone says on here because i guarantee it will make you a good rider in a year or two all depending how hard you work and how many days you get in.
gprider_capita is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 12:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
Resident poet
 
wrathfuldeity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Bham
Posts: 3,820
Default

why would you not get lessons...assuming you can find a good instructor/coach?
__________________
wrathfuldeity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 12:11 PM   #17 (permalink)
Drunk with power...er beer.
 
Donutz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posts: 4,597
Blog Entries: 217
Default

Excellent question. If money (or lack thereof) is a huge factor then the whole discussion is moot. I'm intending to take several different kinds of lessons, including park, next season. Would have done so this season, if we'd had one.

Yah, I know, it's great now, but March is a bit late for it.
__________________

In retrospect, "Let's get the goat drunk"
should have been my cue to leave the party.
Donutz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 06:31 PM   #18 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 85
Default

Wow.. Totally wasn't expecting so many great answers. I can't thank you guys enough, seriously. (: I'm taking in all your suggestions/help, and I'm reading your answers over and over again haha. Thank you thank you thank you for taking the time to write such informative + great answers! (I know I sound super cheesy haha)
I'm going to go an kill myself in the park tomorrow and hopefully learn something, thank you all for the motivation.

Oh and no, money isn't an issue haha it's just my mom doesn't think that an instructor is necessary unless I really get serious.

Again, a big big thanks to everyone (:

PS If one day if I get anywhere big in snowboarding I'll be sure to tell you guys first haha (jkjk no chance)

Last edited by jojoinabox; 03-24-2012 at 06:35 PM.
jojoinabox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 07:37 PM   #19 (permalink)
Reformed Creep-o-saurus
 
poutanen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 5,452
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jojoinabox View Post
I'm going to go an kill myself in the park tomorrow and hopefully learn something, thank you all for the motivation.
I went boarding today and thought about this thread. Psyched myself up for some off-piste jumps and just went for them, got more hang time than usual, then I started trying backside 180s!!! Better late than never eh? I landed the first couple and then I went back to doing my backside 90s lol

Good luck and have fun!
poutanen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 07:54 PM   #20 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 85
Default

^haha thats pretty sick. I've got my backside 90's down too. or maybe backside 45s idk which one :P

& thanks! (:

Last edited by jojoinabox; 03-24-2012 at 07:59 PM.
jojoinabox is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:36 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
VerticalSports
Baseball Forum Golf Forum Boxing Forum Snowmobile Forum
Basketball Forum Soccer Forum MMA Forum PWC Forum
Football Forum Cricket Forum Wrestling Forum ATV Forum
Hockey Forum Volleyball Forum Paintball Forum Snowboarding Forum
Tennis Forum Rugby Forums Lacrosse Forum Skiing Forums