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Hello everyone!

This is my first post on this forum, even though I have been looking around this forum for tips and trick for the last year!

I started snowboarding last year and being the daredevil I am I was attracted to the park. I can 50/50 almost all rails (besides ones that curve to the left and right) and can 180 on a flat or slight incline. Im just starting to try to boardslide and the only problem I am finding is that I don't feel confident with my abillity to rotate. I watch do on the park that seem to spin effortlessly and it seems so smooth. Is the key to learning this control just time and in my case falling a lot? So bascially I'm asking what should I be focusing on? What tricks should I try to master first and how should I go about doing it? I have a habit to just try to go big but with snowboarding I feel that I should have some sort of progression

Ps: what would your guys thoughts on lessons and things like that be? and I'm riding Cambered right now, should I try out one of my friends RC boards? I am 6ft tall riding a 154 stairmaster capita fyi

Thanks in advance everyone!

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As you seem to be more park oriented I highly recommend checking out http://Snowboard Addiction.

You can get a discount, see: Snowboard addiction discount

They provide very good videos that break different tricks into parts you can work on.

As for your current situation, it is really up to you. I learnt 1s before I could boardslide, and never had much issue with the rotation. More with keeping my board flat. I would recommend style over size of the feature. A clean 180 on 10 foot jump looks way better then a window rolling sketchy 25+.
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Sounds like you want to learn to spin.

Start with 180s on flat ground first (ie - 180s while riding down a green run). Your main goal should be to be able to 180 in all 4 directions (frontside, backside, switch frontside, switch backside). Once you can do this you can start looking at 360s.

Since freestyle seems to be your goal, I'd also start working on your switch riding as well because if you leave it too late it's going to be a pain to learn switch later.

As already suggested, the Snowboard Addiction videos are great for basic technique demonstrating. Start with the free videos they provide and if you enjoy them there's always the more comprehensive paid versions.

The SA videos do skim over certain areas though, so if you get stuck with a trick feel free to pm me, always happy to help with explaining trick techniques.

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As you seem to be more park oriented I highly recommend checking out http://Snowboard Addiction.

You can get a discount, see: Snowboard addiction discount

They provide very good videos that break different tricks into parts you can work on.

As for your current situation, it is really up to you. I learnt 1s before I could boardslide, and never had much issue with the rotation. More with keeping my board flat. I would recommend style over size of the feature. A clean 180 on 10 foot jump looks way better then a window rolling sketchy 25+.
I 2nd the Snowboard Addiction series. They break it down visually about as good as one can. And they cover pretty much everything.
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I 2nd the Snowboard Addiction series. They break it down visually about as good as one can. And they cover pretty much everything.
I think I will check these out then! Hopefully I can start to 180 off of rail and boxes soon with a little practice!
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could practice boardslides after you're on 50/50 by trying to rotate your board 90 degrees once you're successfully on a flat box...
you'll zeach and get made fun of but hey at least you're learning.

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On this topic, i have so far managed to stay away from anything rail related, but it seems that rails are becoming a massive part of park snowboarding, so i must be missing out on something? Last place i went to only had 2 runs open, one of which was the park run, and it was full of people struggling to link turns (seriously, arms out for balance and lots of falling on flat ground), yet going for every box/rail feature there. Saw some spectacular slams but it got me thinking that they must be enjoying it because they were doing that instead of going for the jumps...

Anyway, I was looking at the Snowboard Addiction site and saw their balance bar thingy and thought it might be a way to get into it during the summer months so i can debut as a rail star next season...

What is the concensus on these things, do they help at all? or will they just give me an inflated sense of ability, like these kids who ended up with bloody faces and other injuries whenever they actually managed to get onto the rails and then immediately slam?
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Yeah they do work. Great for muscle memory and a lot of snowboarders have been building their own balance beams for years.

I reviewed the Aratik/SA balance beam here if you want more details: Aratik Board Trainer Review - Snowboard Practice Jib Box

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I was looking at the Snowboard Addiction site and saw their balance bar thingy and thought it might be a way to get into it during the summer months so i can debut as a rail star next season...

What is the concensus on these things, do they help at all? or will they just give me an inflated sense of ability, like these kids who ended up with bloody faces and other injuries whenever they actually managed to get onto the rails and then immediately slam?
They allow you to mimic the movements of jumping and sliding on a rail, but when it comes to sliding on a rail it's completely different.

If you're new to jibbing, they can be a good tool to get use to the feeling of pressing something and spinning on and off. But it def gives you a false sense of ability. You'll be a balance bar hero but find out real quick it doesn't quite translate to the snow.

I find it's a good tool to add to preseason training in addition to skating and some conditioning. But really the only way to get better at jibbing is to jib.
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The post are providing a lot of information to me in this thread! I guess the best way it seems is really to justr get a group of friends and practice. Even if you fall and get laughed at I guess everyone starts somewhere!
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