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Old 05-25-2013, 07:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey every one!!

Just thought id introduce myself, im adam and live in the uk i'm not actually a boarder yet but i'm doing a learn to board in a day course friday 31st for my 30th birthday!! I CANT WAIT I'M LIKE A KID AT CHRISTMAS!!!!

I'm not foolish enough to think i'm going to be a pro boarder after a day but i cant wait to start and thought this would be the best way! Once i've done the day i plan on going as often as i can to brush up befor hopefully a trip out to bansko with the guys next jan!!

Any hints and tips befor i go would be appreciated as it is totaly new to me (i could ride a skate board as a kid but thats about as close to anything like this ive done)

look forward to chatting with you all!!
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey every one!!

Just thought id introduce myself, im adam and live in the uk i'm not actually a boarder yet but i'm doing a learn to board in a day course friday 31st for my 30th birthday!! I CANT WAIT I'M LIKE A KID AT CHRISTMAS!!!!

I'm not foolish enough to think i'm going to be a pro boarder after a day but i cant wait to start and thought this would be the best way! Once i've done the day i plan on going as often as i can to brush up befor hopefully a trip out to bansko with the guys next jan!!

Any hints and tips befor i go would be appreciated as it is totaly new to me (i could ride a skate board as a kid but thats about as close to anything like this ive done)

look forward to chatting with you all!!
Hey Adam, welcome to the forum.

Warning: Snowboarding can be addictive and harmful to your wallet (or chequebook, perhaps).

Now that you've been warned...

... make your learning less painful/discouraging, consider buying impact shorts (with tailbone protection, a must) and a decent helmet. Safety first, I sez . Beyond that, I'll leave it to your fellow locals to clue you in.

You going to a Snozone/Xscape? Where?
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah i'm off to snozone in castleford which is only bout 30mins from where i live so i shoulod be able to go pretty often once i get started!

and as for the harmfull to health/wallet i've already been pre warned by my mate who boards (hes just buying his first board/boots/bindings) and i think the mrs is fed up of me talking about and looking at snowboard gear lol.

I'm seriousley thinking i will buy some impact shorts befor i go as well as i dont want to be put off by been hurt too much but tbh i dont think i will as i'm so desparate to get to a mountain after loads of my buddys posted there boarding pics from trips this year on facebook!!
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Welcome to the addiction!

+1 on the impact shorts. After many bruises while I was learning I bought some and they improved my confidence so much.
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Yeah i'm off to snozone in castleford which is only bout 30mins from where i live so i shoulod be able to go pretty often once i get started!

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Castleford, huh? I may get a chance to hit that slope sometime later this year. Update us on how your first day goes.
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and as for the harmfull to health/wallet i've already been pre warned by my mate who boards (hes just buying his first board/boots/bindings) and i think the mrs is fed up of me talking about and looking at snowboard gear lol.
Get her on a board too

As for protection I'd recommend to get gloves with wrist protection. You'll crash on your hands many times... Got a friend who broke her wrist the first day snowboarding... (she went back to skis immediately)
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i learned with no lessons, and no protective gear... as a skateboarder of 16+ years, i felt pretty confident... but i see now that i should have taken advantage of both of those things.

i thought my tailbone was broken for like a week after the first couple days on the mountain, hahahahhahaha...
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I concur, some impact shorts and wrist guards are a good invetsment. If you buy any of your own gear find a nice friend in the US who will bring it home for you or ship it.

Finally be patient, the learn in a day course is pretty intense and tiring, make sure you go back for me however much you aren't sure to begin with, its a steep learning curve but well worth it once you get the basics down!!
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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another +1 on the impact shorts & helmet.

as for the helmet you should know besides protecting your head thing, it will be warmer than any bean (just another plus to convince you). be smart don't be like most of us and learn to get a helmet through trial and error.

also a big thing for beginners is patients, generally your first couple days is your worst; you get sore, bruised, and you fall a ton. but once you get the basic concept and balance down you may/should get hooked like the rest of us.
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Old 05-26-2013, 12:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I agree with you on the helmet and have asked the Mrs to get me one for my bday nothing expensive but if and when I get hooked I will upgrade at a later date! I do think helmets are provided where I'm learning fit beginners anyway!
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