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NewbALewb 01-08-2013 04:16 PM

1st time snowboarding didnt go so well
Hey whats up everyone !

I just got back from a snowboarding trip, and I am really not impressed with my performance.

First day private lessons we only were able to cover falling leaf, but the instructor had me doing length traverses ? He had me go from one side of the slope to the other side of the slope while side slipping I think. At the very end of the lesson i was side slipping on my heel edge, pointing the board down the slope, and switching to my toe edge, but I couldn't do it quickly. " I basically already knew how to do this thanks to Snowolf"

Second day the first 2 runs felt as if I had retained little of the previous days lessons. I was doing slow 360's at the top of the slope, because i was basically out of control, I am not 100% sure if it was something to do with my flow bindings or not.

After the first 2 runs i was warmed up, and controlling the board was a lot easier. Hit a green run, which totally cramped up both of my feet, because i was sticking to my toe edge, but i couldn't link turns, I could point the board straight down the slope, but was unable to bleed off my speed unless I was basically side slipping down; slowly coming to a stand still, then i could change edges, and go right back to full bore down the hill, and then back to sideslipping.

Everytime that I would full bore down the hill, I would go toe edge, aggressively push my knee down, but the board wouldn't dig in hard enough to make my turning feel agile. I would slightly veer off to the right, which freaked me out a little because of the speed i was picking up, so then i would lift my rear foot up to force my board to turn side ways, and side slip down the slope . I never caught an edge, but if the board wasn't turning slowly it was standing nearly vertical on the slope, and my edge would cut 1-2 inches into the slope. It was like my edge cut into the slope while i was turning, which made me turn really well, but in turn made me lose my balance, and i would slide out. The best way i can describe it is that my edge was cutting into the slope like a knife into cheese lol, and I would only leave a narrow incision where my edge cut in.

Had i taken 1 on 1 private lessons , I know that I would have learned a lot more, but we had a group private lesson, and some of the others were having a harder time than I was the first day, which limited my progression.

I didn't have trouble getting on / off any of the lifts, but skating isn't my strong suite at all. If I am not hanging my toe off far enough, than I was hanging it off too much kind of thing. " Thanks for the video Snowolf"

Roughly 6 hours into the second day I was getting sore, and sloppy with my boarding. I was catching edges due to being too tired to fully move the board around. So I decided to call it a day, and a weekend.

I am amazed that wake boarding didn't help out as much as i thought it would. I think wake boarding was a lot easier to figure out.

I think that my flow's were just too much machine for me. I had to readjust them every few runs because my ratchet strap kept flipping up, and when i got to the top i would push it back down, so it would gradually tighten over a few runs, forcing me to readjust it, and changing the way they felt. I am not positive that i have the high back adjusted to the right place, or a place that would be beneficial for my progression.

Definitely hooked, but being out off the bunny slope made me feel as if i was danger to anyone behind me, because at any second I could wipe out; slide out; catch an edge, or just completely apply the brakes. Not being able to link turns, or able to be half as fast as the other people blazing by me made me lose a lot of confidence in my newly acquired skills.

Sorry to write a book but is this normal ? Has anyone else had the same experience as I did the first time they went out ? I will be going again in roughly a month, and I plan on taking 1 on 1 private lessons the first day, also replacing my flows with traditional bindings until I atleast have 20 days on the snow.

Please let know if it sounds like i was doing something i shouldnt have been doing, or what your first experience snowboarding was like. Thanks =D

poutanen 01-08-2013 04:21 PM

Yes, normal. You're going to feel like an alien on the board until you get it... Don't over think it, just get back out and spend more time on the hill!

poutanen 01-08-2013 05:19 PM


Originally Posted by Snowolf (Post 563280)
The one thing that is true, is that everybody can learn to snowboard if they stick with it and make sure they remember to have fun doing it.

I think that's what a lot of people forget! A lot of people I know who've learned lately seem to take it too seriously... FUCK! Stop and look around and think about what the poor people are doing! :yahoo:

BlackhawkDriver 01-08-2013 05:32 PM


Originally Posted by poutanen (Post 563294)
I think that's what a lot of people forget! A lot of people I know who've learned lately seem to take it too seriously... FUCK! Stop and look around and think about what the poor people are doing! :yahoo:

^--Werd (Ive been one of the poor people this is better)

Varza 01-08-2013 07:06 PM

What these guys said.

I also just learned to ride and despite all the washouts and faceplants, I consider it a success. I also had group lessons, but was lucky enough to be in a group of 3 with both the other people being good friends of mine. I went from being certain that going down a green would be my death to (almost) comfortably linking turns on greens and even going down a blue without dying. On the second and third days, I felt like I had forgotten everything and my first couple of runs were strings of failures. Thus I learned the importance of warmups and on practicing moves on flatland whenever I feel the need to.

Even though you may feel like you're not progressing or not getting far enough, you ARE progressing. Just get out there, practice and have fun. You'll get it :thumbsup: (and I hope I will too someday)

XxSnowbunnyxX 01-09-2013 11:07 AM

I took a lesson 11 years ago (only 1) and that was all I really snowboarded until last year. My boyfriend taught me and he was much more helpful. You're seem like an idiot until you get a feel for it, like driving a car. I mainly stayed on my heels as a lot of people do (to stop) and would kill my thighs doing that cuz it wears them out. Then I went straight down and would stop on my heels every so often. Then my boyfriend said I HAVE to switch from heels to toes in order to take the pressure off my thighs and make an S shape, so I would do that a little and stop on my heels a lot. Well now (2nd year) I do heels and toes perfectly, but when I gain too much speed I make myself nervous cuz I don't wanna fall at that speed lol and slow myself down on my heels, and then I continue. It takes time but you'll figure it out.

XxSnowbunnyxX 01-09-2013 11:16 AM

Also, one thing that my boyfriend (snowboarder or 10 years) says is, "If you're not falling, then you're not doing it right" meaning learning... if you're not falling then you're not trying because falling helps you realize what NOT to do :dizzy:

snowklinger 01-09-2013 11:27 AM

I had alot of trouble learning to control my edges on a wakeboard :dunno:

If you can wake and skate, imo snowboarding will "click" for you sooner than later.

The only sports I do are surf skate and snowboard and imo snowboarding has the shortest, however steep and painful learning curve.

Getting out on a softer day can help.

Visualize, there's no reason you can't do this, maybe theres too many mechanics in your head. Its been proven over and again that you can't learn to snowboard on the internet.

wrathfuldeity 01-09-2013 11:30 AM

To all newbs....just go will click...just save yourself to ride another day. made stellar progression....from the couch to the bunny hill...big win :bowdown: :3tens:

when's the last time you fell off the couch?

sangsters 01-09-2013 11:55 AM

From the headline I was expecting some kind of disaster, broken bones, blown spleen kind of thing -- but, you know, understated.

I won't repeat what everyone else has said, but I applaud your, "calling it a day". Technique, progression, what-have-you aside -- only you know yourself. It is often better to live to ride another day. Any significant (I won't say "major") injury I've ever sustained was on that, "I'll do just one more" run.


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