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broke my helmet, help me with this

So yesterday was riding at around 3:30pm, very uncear condition, difficult to see the terrain, lots aand lots of little snow hills.
Me: 37yo, hadn't snowboarded for a very long time, overall this is my fourth or fifth week (in 4 years) spent on the board.
Board: k2 podium.
So i was going pretty fast, trying to turn every time the terrain allowed me.
I was transitioning from frontside to backside, but as soon as i charged my heel hedge the board hit one of those snow hills, and i fell very vvery hard on my back (a bit on the side lucky me) and i also hit my head.
My right ass is sore, and i discovered my Red helmet has broken in the front although i hit on the back.
So: what is the right technique to manage those little hills? I know you have to use your legs but what do you have to do when you set your turn and suddenly the terrain changes?
Thanks in advance
Any advice on helmet replacement is also apppreciated. Ii was thinking of going Red again, but i am unawere of any other brand.
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Snowolf already covered the bump technique stuff, so as far as helmet recommendations go I'm a fan of Smith helmets lately and I also like the Sandbox helmet brimmed design.

Really depends on what you're after. I like the new certified Sandbox helmets now that they have proper hard impact foam inside, but I'd also check out the Smith Maze helmet.

I was really impressed by how light weight and low profile the Smith Maze was when I went helmet shopping earlier this season.

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The Sandbox helmet is the only one I will wear other than my Capix, cant stand any of the regular helmets.
I wear a POC Skull Light helmet, it's a bit expensive, but I really like it.

In terms of technique. The way I like to think of it is, whenever I gain more speed or there is more bumps, i like to bend more in the knees and lean a little bit more forward. The bent knees will act like shock absorbers for all the little bumps and will help you let the board do what it needs to do to get through the crappy terrain.

In fact whenever I feel squirly or unstable i lower my center of gravity by bending my knees and going into a more athletic stance while still being relatively relaxed.
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In fact whenever I feel squirly or unstable i lower my center of gravity by bending my knees and going into a more athletic stance while still being relatively relaxed.
Same. I probably look absurd sometimes, but better that than eating it through rollers/bumps/or moguls.
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Any advice on helmet replacement is also apppreciated. Ii was thinking of going Red again, but i am unawere of any other brand.
Get whatever you like the look of, just make sure it is certified, not all helmets are surprisingly.
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Helmets are starting to get interesting:

This Soft-Shell Helmet Bounces Back With Every Hit

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Thanks really a lot to everyone!

So it came out yesterday, talking to my instructor, that my "backside transitioning" techniique is completely wrong!!!and that for sure contributed to my fall.
Since i found myself sitting in the snow from time to time when i transition backside i asked my instructor to watch me: and i squat in the wrong way to engage the heel hedge! What I do / did is pulling my hip/ass back and bending my torso forward at the same time. No surprise my ass keeps touching down!

Going to work on this today.
Thanks everyone again
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