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Old 11-15-2013, 12:03 PM   #2171 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, new member from Maryland, been lurking on the forum for the last few weeks and decided to join finally.

I'm 23 and have been riding for around 8 years. Normally ride the Poconos, mainly JFBB

Hoping to learn new things and make some new friends on here!


glad you decided to come in for a swim!!....
eight years undr your belt..i bet you're pretty good!
nice ta meet cha
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:39 PM   #2172 (permalink)
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Thanks for the welcome shelbybeck!

8 years is somewhat misleading, I probably averaged 6 to 8 trips to the mountain per year over that span.

I didn't ride much the first few years, then went a ton for a few years, then have been plagued with injuries cutting my seasons (really) short for the last 3.

Hoping to get that full season in again finally!
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:50 PM   #2173 (permalink)
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Thanks for the welcome shelbybeck!

8 years is somewhat misleading, I probably averaged 6 to 8 trips to the mountain per year over that span.

I didn't ride much the first few years, then went a ton for a few years, then have been plagued with injuries cutting my seasons (really) short for the last 3.

Hoping to get that full season in again finally!
ah crap.....sorry 'bout the injuries....that sux,....but you should get your buns back up to the mountain!.....just take it chill and ease back into it.....
you'll be layin' down carves in no time! you got the whole season ahead of you,
ENJOY!!
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What up everybody. New to the forum, I'm 28, and live in San Diego, CA.

I've got my own gear that I purchased back in 2007 when I went snowboarding for the first time. Since then, I've only managed to snowboard 5 days (Twice in Wolf Creek, CO. which spoiled me since the closest mountain to SD is Big Bear).

After searching the forum, my board and bindings probably won't get me to the snowboarder I aspire to be, so I'm Hoping to learn and gain guidance about the new gear that's out there.

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A little FYI. No board, binding or the combination of the two, regardless of the tech, will turn you into a superstar boarder. That takes years of practice. I could screw a pair of snow boots to a piece of waxed 1x6 and slide down any mountain and if I did it enough I could make it look good.

Does current innovative technology make that process easier, obviously it does. But, it still boils down to you putting time on the slopes my man.

My suggestion, don't worry about the latest and greatest marketed, hoopla, sales, B.S. and ride what feels good to you.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:00 PM   #2175 (permalink)
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After searching the forum, my board and bindings probably won't get me to the snowboarder I aspire to be, so I'm Hoping to learn and gain guidance about the new gear that's out there.
Welcome! And yeah, it's time on the gear, not the gear itself that makes you a good boarder. Also it doesn't really matter how much vert the hill has, just get out and board board board board BOARD!!!

THAT'S what makes you good.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:03 AM   #2176 (permalink)
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hey guys,

new to this forum. super stoked for winter, so i thought i should make an account. seems great so far. i dont know where to ask this anywhere else, but is there a place where i can post photos of my setup? i'd like you guys to critique my setup. my shift key is broken as well -- sorry.

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A little FYI. No board, binding or the combination of the two, regardless of the tech, will turn you into a superstar boarder. That takes years of practice. I could screw a pair of snow boots to a piece of waxed 1x6 and slide down any mountain and if I did it enough I could make it look good.

Does current innovative technology make that process easier, obviously it does. But, it still boils down to you putting time on the slopes my man.

My suggestion, don't worry about the latest and greatest marketed, hoopla, sales, B.S. and ride what feels good to you.
Thanks for the welcomes and responses guys. I'll be using the gear I got until I get my form corrected and more confidence riding.

Quick question...I'm using my lead foot to guide and ruddering the back end of my board. I ride with my shoulders pretty open and although this feels comfortable to me, I've read that this is poor form? And it's setting me up to plateau once I start attempting more advanced runs/tricks?
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Quick question...I'm using my lead foot to guide and ruddering the back end of my board. I ride with my shoulders pretty open and although this feels comfortable to me, I've read that this is poor form? And it's setting me up to plateau once I start attempting more advanced runs/tricks?
Yep, that'd be about right. If it hasn't been mentioned already, take a lesson or two. Private if you can afford it. I've done that at least once every season and it's well worth it.

Snowboarding properly has "big" rules like keeping your shoulders parallel to the board at all times and keeping your weight forward 60/40 at all times. Then it has more subtle rules like when NOT to keep your shoulders parallel and your weight forward . As you progress, you'll start to use the more subtle movements and expand your abilities, but if you haven't got the big ones working right, you're basically arsed.

Of course if you snowboard long enough and you're athletic enough, you can get really good even with bad form -- but it'll take longer and you won't be as good as you could have been.
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Thanks for the welcomes and responses guys. I'll be using the gear I got until I get my form corrected and more confidence riding.

Quick question...I'm using my lead foot to guide and ruddering the back end of my board. I ride with my shoulders pretty open and although this feels comfortable to me, I've read that this is poor form? And it's setting me up to plateau once I start attempting more advanced runs/tricks?
yep,.....you wanna break yourself of that habit asap.....
you don't have to ride like a "stick",....not moving your shoulders past your heelside or toeside EVER......but for the most part, you want to shoot for having your shoulders relatively parallel and then moving slightly past the edge when initiating a transition, but not big open, sloppy shoulder swings.
what it does is keeps your body and board relatively "one" instead of your upper and lower body moving independently, throwing off your timing, strength and technique.
when you go toeside,.....your rear arm will tend to go out past your toe edge,.....alittle of this is ok.........it's more important to keep your lead shoulder within a close range of the nose of your board,......as you gain experience you'll see how it improves your technique.
there are a lot of threads on proper carving/body positioning .....read until you have to pick your eyes up off the floor!......hahaha
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Thanks for the welcomes and responses guys. I'll be using the gear I got until I get my form corrected and more confidence riding.

Quick question...I'm using my lead foot to guide and ruddering the back end of my board. I ride with my shoulders pretty open and although this feels comfortable to me, I've read that this is poor form? And it's setting me up to plateau once I start attempting more advanced runs/tricks?
the reason it feels "comfortable" now is because beginners feel more comfortable facing forward. they're not used to going down a hill sideways....
but you have to stop yourself from opening up so much and you will eventually see why it's so important.
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