Just joined recently and wanted to say hello.
I live in San Diego, and I'm an intermediate level snowboarder. I used to be a ski racer in a previous life, and now I just ski twin tips in the trees and pow whenever possible, and am getting back into snowboarding, committed to learning how to board as well as I ski. My son and I are learning together, and it's incredibly fun.
I never snowboarded a lot in the past, mostly skied. I owned a board quite a while ago, a Kemper asymmetrical with plate bindings. Used it a few of times, then sold it and just rented every so often. Boarded at Baldy, Jackson Hole and Big Bear.
My 12yr old son has become quite a good skier, and can follow me down pretty much any mountain when we're skiing (he's been all over Mammoth, Kirkwood, Solitude, Steamboat). I intro'd him to snowboarding at Steamboat a couple of seasons ago, and then had him take a lesson at Solitude last season. This season, no lesson, I took him on a father-son trip to Mammoth, just the two of us, and we luckily caught a major storm, and got our first taste of really soft, fresh, deep powdery snow on a board. Wow, so much fun! It felt just like surfing. We had a total blast! Swooping through the trees, and cruising down the uncrowded runs on an off-time at Mammoth was just the ticket to catch the bug for snowboarding big time.
When we returned home, I showed him The Art of Flight movie, and now he's completely obsessed with snowboarding. He wants to be the next Travis Rice! (Don't we all?)
My son wants to learn how to do all of the tricks he watches on TV, and he's got a pretty good shot at doing that. He's a martial arts and acrobatic expert already and can do a full twisting backflip just on the ground. We have a gymnastics place w/trampolines nearby, and I got him a foam trampoline snowboard to practice on, and he's already doing flips and tricks on it easily. Can't wait to see what he does on the snow. I just want him to learn and train safely, so he can keep the major crashes and broken bones to a minimum.
We're gearing up for next season, and I already have our gear mounted and will wax it shortly. I bought him a Nitro Demand board w/Burton Mission Smalls bindings, and Burton Invader boots. Got myself a Salomon Sabotage w/Burton Missions and ThirtyTwo Lashed boots.
Actually, since it's not a birthday or Xmas, I had him share the costs with me on his foam trampoline board, and he's paying me back for the Burton boots. I bought the board and bindings myself for him early for his upcoming birthday. I'm trying to get him to invest money he earns and squirrels away into his own hobbies, so he values his gear, and realizes that he can earn, save and buy things that create new opportunities for himself. We'll go halves on things, so he has some skin in it, and on top of that, I'm going to sell my street car and replace it with an AWD or 4x4 for serious snow time next season, so I'm being as supportive as I can. Hey, it's fun for me too, so no complaints.
We got into skateboarding together this year (him for the first time, and me back in after a lonnnnng time off since high school and college). We skateboard on the street at least once a week, and I'm going to get us park lessons together at the Ecke YMCA in Encinitas where they have ramps and half pipes. I'm getting pretty close to getting an Ollie, and sliding the board on both front and backside a little bit.
Well, that's about it for me. If there are any father-and-son duos on here, maybe we can meet sometime in SoCal for some snowboarding. Hope we get a massive snow season next Winter.
P.S. I also have a 10yr old daughter who just got her first pair of skis this season, and is loving it. She skied at Mammoth and Steamboat, and I got her to ski down some blacks without telling her at the Boat. She did great, never even fell. She's a very solid athlete, but says she's not interested in snowboarding. I taught her how to skateboard this Winter, so I'm hoping to get her on a board next season and see if she takes an interest. She's pretty stubborn, so I'm not sure what will happen, we'll see.