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Rodman1978 05-03-2013 04:17 AM

Need help, mental aspect of snowboarding
Hi Guys,

some background information to help you explain my situation.
5 years ago i was heavy into snowboarding. I was an intermediate rider, i rode a lot of park. Mind you i wasn't one of the best but i had a lot of fun jibbing, started of with 50-50's,backside boardslides and frontslide boardslides on boxes. Then i took to rails where i could manage to do 50-50's. Just your basic stuff, nothing fancy. Always had a blast with friends. All this at the age of 30.

Then adult life hit,bought a house, started my own business, kids..just the whole nine yards i guess. Been really busy for the past 5 years. Did not get to do a lot of snowboarding and the passion kind of fizzled out i guess.

So fast forward 5 years and this winter i went on a snowboard trip with friends. And during this trip i felt the urge that i had 5 years ago coming back again. I was getting stoked again to go snowboarding. I felt like a little kid again whenever i rode pow on this trip. We even did a park session, nothing fancy just a couple of ride on boxes and mellow jumps. I had so much fun, that i decided that i was gonna pick up park riding again.

And here lies my problem, i'm 35 years old now and wanna start riding park again after a 5 year hiatus. I struggle to find that comfort level of doing basic tricks like a 50-50 boardslide. My mind locks up when i approach a box and i can't even manage a simple boardslide. I just can't seem to get comfortable on boxes anymore. Are there any tips you guys could give me, specifically the older jibbers on the forum. Kinda curious to see if someone went to the same thing i did.

Donutz 05-03-2013 07:59 AM

Getting more cautious with age is pretty normal, but it can get out of hand and paralyze you. I'm 56 and I have that in spades. My solution has been to figure out what I can do without locking up (but with a fair bit of fear), and keep doing it to desensitize myself to it. Then when it starts to get routine, push the limit a bit. Mentally you have to think of it as fun rather than as woosing out.

For your specific problem with boardslides, start with doing 50-50s then throw in a slight shiftie. Gradually increase the shiftie until you are boardsliding the second half of the box. etc.

wrathfuldeity 05-03-2013 08:44 AM

I don't do park but

and wait till the kids start pushing you....then the fun begins

snowklinger 05-03-2013 08:51 AM

I was in your boat, even bought a board for jibbing and everything. First few boardslides and I knew I was done with it, pretty sure this is pain I'm not gonna deal with. I started the season riding with some park rats but they stopped going as much as I was and I just ended up freeriding all year.

I'll 5050 most features and I love to get air but....

The fact that I live in CO makes it so I don't have to ride park...If I lived in the east or midwest, I'd probably force myself to do it....

david_z 05-03-2013 10:17 AM

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I'll be 33 in a month and didn't really start riding park until just a few years ago.

For jumps, I do mostly straight airs with a few grabs, 180s and occasional 360s. I started working on jumps again this year after a bad fall a few years ago I didn't really hit jumps for 2 seasons.

For jibs I can 50/50 pretty much most rail features unless they're multi-kinked, but sideways slides are trickier and I only really do those on boxes, and just started doing like front lips or back boards on low/fat rail features late this winter -- I'm at the point where I'd rather have fun doing a handful of relatively simple tricks, or taking those tricks to new/bigger features, than spend all day trying to learn something new on a beginner box :) but we all kind of determine how quickly we want/need to progress. Now that I am getting much better at these things, I might put more emphasis on progression moving forward but this year was more of a "take it in and have fun".

You can definitely still do it, but best bet is to ride with friends who share an interest in progressing your park game, that's the best way.

Personally, I don't like "ride on" boxes -- especially for sideways slides, because they're just too easy to pussyfoot it and not commit. A small ollie-on/gap-to box is much better, and even if you fall the first time or two, being forced to commit to the maneuver makes it easier in the long run.

BurtonAvenger 05-03-2013 10:38 AM

Go fast, look at the end of the feature, and when in doubt grab tindy. Fear paralyzes you and holds you back sometimes you have to ask yourself is the reward greater than the risk. In my case it always is, for you who knows. So either sack up or start practicing them Euro carves and going fast on groomers cause that seems to be what all the old people do these days.

61ragtop 05-03-2013 11:24 AM

A lot of great advice here!! I too am in the same position. Last season I ended up with a concussion and whiplash a couple times on a flat down box. But by the end of the season I was attempting to backside board lower rails and doing them on boxes. For some reason I find back boards less scary on rails than 50/50's:dunno:

This year I found it really hard to hit jib features and feel I am not as good/brave this season in jibbing (not that I was any good before). I am training for next year already for my core and balance so lets hope I find my balls by then to put it to use.

FYI I am 36

Donutz 05-03-2013 11:30 AM


Originally Posted by burtonavenger (Post 939370)
so either sack up or start practicing them euro carves and going fast on groomers cause that seems to be what all the old people do these days.


Epic 05-03-2013 12:44 PM

Get yourself some body armor!!! Seriously. I had some bad falls when I first started doing jumps and rails, nothing broke just bad bruises that killed the rest of the day on the mountain so I was hesitant to continue. Got myself padded shorts and shirt and it helped so much with my confidence. The shirt I have has a hard spinal column so landing flat on my back on a box feels like nothing.

neni 05-03-2013 01:08 PM


Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger (Post 939370)
So either sack up or start practicing them Euro carves and going fast on groomers cause that seems to be what all the old people do these days.

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