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Hey, I've been snowboarding for a few years now, but have never really attempted any tricks. I'm pretty sure this is mostly down to fear. I want to learn some tricks that are pretty easy, but also look good.

If you've got any suggestions of good begginer tricks or tips to combat fear it would be much appreciated.
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make some friends and ride with people that are better than you....its the fastest way to progress your riding ability
god, this 10000x over. aside from private lessons that is the best way to get better, fast. And i dont mean people that think they are better than you, or are more confident than you, or people that have been up 5 more times than you. Its people that are at least 2-3 years ahead of you. When me and my friend first got into it by the end of our first season riding together we could do the black diamond groomers confidently and with little to no falls. Fast forward 4 years and we bring up another friend, first time on the mountain, he takes a private lesson and we start riding with him. After his 5th day up with us he is at the same level it took us an entire season to get to. If you can find some friends at an advanced enough level that are willing to put up with your slower pace, you will get better very very fast.

oh, also have balls. The only reason he progressed so fast was because if we told him to hit something, he hit it, and if we told him you better take the blue run and we will meet you at the bottom, this section is pretty difficult, he ignored us and followed us anyway.
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On a sidenote, this is one of the most fun things you can do and is almost another style of riding all together (all-mountain freestyle?). So definitely do as Wolf suggests here and give it a shot. Everything from transitions between cat tracks, side hips, natural moguls or stashes and if your balls and the mountains you ride are epically big enough, dropping over big cornices into steep grades.
as long as there is some nice fresh snow, integrating these natural freestyle features into my line is what i usually do the most of, and i thinks its one of the funnest things you can do on a snowboard. Any trick you can do in the park looks twice as good if you apply it to natural terrain. Anyone can do a straight air + grab off of a park jump and nobody cares, but as soon as you take it to the mountain and huck it off of a 15 ft tall rock face...the entire chairlift cheers and goes wild. Doing smaller natural jumps will greatly help you when you take it to the park, because natural jumps are far from perfect, and if you can dial in your landings on the mountain, you take it to the smoothed out park jumps and land solidly every time even when you are just starting out.
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