Hello, I have been reading on here since i started snowboarding, which was about 2 months ago. Since then I have gone 12 times I believe, some days half days and so forth. I finally realized that my main interest is park and freestyle snowboarding. Anyways I guess my question is does riding crazy features and big jumps happen over time or is just fear holding me back or is it i just dont have enough time on a board? I feel comfortable hitting 20 ft jumps, started to attempt 360's(I can on the ground just not off a jump). I got 50/50s down on rails/boxs/etc as well as BS boardslides, not on anything crazy though just striaght rails/boxs. I know you cant get good overnight but i keep stressing and telling myself I suck but i have no idea how long shit takes... What are some tips to master in park riding, any input is awesome!!
As far as progression speed goes, you're doing fine. Don't get caught into the 'bigger is better' nonsense that many kids get stuck with. Bigger is not better - more stylish and stable is better because you learn basic techniques like 'how to create rotation' that you can apply to bigger tricks while the idiots who progressed too fast are still hucking ugly, unstable rotations and end up injuring themselves.
The guys who push progression too fast are the same guys who end up in the hospital and miss 6 months of the year unable to walk. The key to fast progression is to progress without injury and get the basics mastered so you can use them to learn bigger tricks quicker than morons who try to skip past the basics to impress their friends with bigger spins on bigger jumps.
Think of the basic snowboard techniques like a jigsaw puzzle made up of 1-5 pieces. If you master the 5 pieces you can learn almost every trick in the world in a short amount of time, but if you push past them too fast you're trying to shove wrong pieces together and you end up progressing slower.
Some basics I'd suggest focusing on for your first season (roughly in order of what you should learn):
- Carving at speed and riding the whole mountain smoothly
- Decent level of switch riding (up to blues at least)
- Popping off a jump while straight airing (20 foot and under)
- Stable straight airs with a grab
- Basic 180 and 360 technique and rotation on flat ground (aka green learner runs), focusing on creating rotation using carving+pop+timing
- Taking those 180 and 360s to the smallest jumps you can find after mastering the technique on green runs
That list should be more than enough for a full season if you truly work on mastering them and not just 'kinda' learning them. Heck, most people doing full seasons won't be able to master all of that (particularly spin smooth 360s in all 4 directions - that is HARD).
Those basics are skills you will use for every single trick in the future, so it pays to get them mastered early.