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Old 09-19-2012, 11:24 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Welcome to the sport and to the forum!

I'm 35 now and entering my 3rd season this year so the pain you'll soon experience is still fresh in my mind. haha

Stick with it though. The first few times on the mountain will be a lot of falling. Just know that and learn to be okay with it. It'll come though and before you know it you'll be killing it out there and you'll wonder how you went your whole life without riding.

Like others said, get lessons. At least one. It's worth the money.

Also, the Michigan thread is very active during the season so go ahead and introduce yourself to the guys there. They're going to be a wealth of info on Michigan riding for you.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:38 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I've read that Ride and Burton made an MHL board.
You'll eventually need a helmet but you "may" be ok without for your 1st time. I say this because you'll probably be falling down before you get much speed. And often. I had one really bad spill after I was skilled enough to haul ass. It rung me. That's when I got a helmet. It's just piece of mind. If you have one already, wear it. Wrists...never used them or any of the other gear for that matter.
Take a lesson or two. You'll be glad you did. I taught myself and it took two half weeks on two different trips(I skied the first half and tried boarding the second part). By the end of the second trip, I could get down a run. The lessons pay for themselves in time spent actually riding.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Like everyone else has said so far, get lessons, and also get something to save your bum and wear wrist guards because you will be falling ALOT! If you want to keep boarding you dont want a broken coccyx or wrist to get in the way of the season...
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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One of the veteran members has some great videos here take a look well worth your time.
Learn to Snowboard--Snowolf

I would also take a peek at videos on and watch as many as Learn to snowboard videos as you can handle. This will familiarize yourself with the movements. Then blend all that info into what works for you and what you can recall from that overload of info.

A good lesson as well. I didn't and did fine, lots of ass time, but I got it. I bought pads after the pain, take our word buy the pads first.

Good luck and keep us updated on how your doing. 45 yr and this will be my 4th season on a board.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:29 PM   #15 (permalink)
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It all starts from the braking position, IMO.
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