Beginner looking for some tips.

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    Dec 12, 2007 4:19 PM GMT
    So this is the season where i want to learn how to snowboard and of course eat shit and get multiple multiple bruises. does anyone have any recommendations or tips for me?
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    Dec 13, 2007 11:13 PM GMT
    It's pretty *gay* but since you're gay anyway, get a pair of crash shorts to wear under your snow pants. Seriously. I bought mine for kitelandboarding as well, but my god do they save your butt! And that means you'll enjoy it a lot more icon_biggrin.gif

    And make sure someone shows you the proper technique. A lesson or two is a great idea.
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    Dec 13, 2007 11:14 PM GMT
    I learned last winter.

    Expect the first three days to be on your ass, and pretty bruised.

    Other than that, splurge and get the lessons. Prefferably from a hot instructor. icon_evil.gif
  • Artesin

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    Dec 14, 2007 8:05 AM GMT
    I started snowboarding when I was around 12 and again when I was 15. Basicly what I did was teach myself for a day no matter how much I fell and then the next bought a 1 hour private lesson. Also I'd recomend buying wristbands and kneepads to throw on under some skii pants, theyll save you a lot of pain especially if you fall onto some lightly covered rocks. Also the best snowboard pants (in my opinion) are Burton ronins.
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    Jan 14, 2008 4:23 AM GMT
    Where can I find decently priced clothing/boards and stuff I am itching to get back into boarding icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 14, 2008 5:07 AM GMT
    death_dodge saidI started snowboarding when I was around 12 and again when I was 15. Basicly what I did was teach myself for a day no matter how much I fell and then the next bought a 1 hour private lesson.


    I don't recommend this at all.... you will develop bad habits that become hard to break once you start learning from someone who knows what they're doing.

    Try to be as air tight as possible with your clothes. You are going to get snow in places you never dreamed of anyway, but you can at least try to minimize it.

    Wear gloves, and a beanie. I snowboarded for two days but by the end of the first day I was doing pretty good. The second day, I didn't fall too often because I learned how to maneuver around it.

    You are gonna have a blast
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    Jan 16, 2008 7:51 PM GMT
    The first time I went snowboarding was with my best friend and she wasnt in the mood to teach me how.
    basically I learnt how to snowboard on my own.
    It is true that you will probably fall on your butt every 3 seconds, but that is part of the learnign experience.
    My advice to you is to figure out which was you like stopping first. You can either stop on your toe edge (applying pressure on the toe side which would make you stop with your body facing the run) or else Heel Edge (Applying pressure on the heel side of your board) which would make you stop with your back towards the run.
    Then once you know how to stop, you can then apply the same concept while you are going down the hill (You wont be stopping, you will only be going slightly onto either one of your edges)

    Hope this helps
  • Artesin

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    Jan 20, 2008 4:49 PM GMT
    www.dogfunk.com has decently priced clothes and sales pretty often. If you buy from them once every now and again they send 20-70% off codes.
  • omgazn

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    Aug 05, 2008 6:27 AM GMT
    A little late but i have'nt seen anyone mention this yet. Try learning how to stand up on a board then learn to move then stop. To stop a moving snowboard all you have to do is dig your heel into the snow while balancing. Not too sure if that makes alot of sense but I'm pretty sure you dont wanna be falling all day. Once you learn how to stand and stop you eventually learn how to maneuver. That the first thing i learn and i was very grateful to a friend of mine to told me. Btw it's also very important for you to gear up for snowboarding. Make sure you have all your body cover including ears, hands, and face if your going to be outside long.
  • JayneCobb

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    Aug 29, 2008 4:13 AM GMT
    Lessons, lessons, lessons.

    I'm pretty pro myself but I always take lessons whenever I go out west to the mountains, they always help tenfold.

    txguy1605 said
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    Try to be as air tight as possible with your clothes. You are going to get snow in places you never dreamed of anyway, but you can at least try to minimize it.t


    I never worry about my clothes, sometimes i just wear a sweater, mittens, and a hat. But if your first starting out expect to fall a lot so wear extra padding.
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    Oct 01, 2008 1:09 PM GMT
    When i am teaching complete beginners, i always make sure that your boots are fitted properly, as you need alot of feeling down there. You dont want any space around your shins, personally i would go into a shop at a resort and just get them to have a look at them and see what they suggest, shops would normally have a look for free and then they can alter them to make them fit just right.
    You need a good pair of gloves, when you look in the shop, you can always see cheap ones, or ones that look cool, but personally i would pay the extra bit for some, that will last. Your fingers get cold and wet the fastest, so a good pair is always a good investment and they will last as well.
    Other than that, obviously make sure your board is set up right, you would be able to get this done in a shop at the resort and personally i would get at least a few lessons at the start, just so that you know the basics, once you do this you can go and thrash it up. Most people give up snowboarding after the first day or so, just cos they dont know how to turn, or have fallen on their ass so many times, and to be honest going down an entire mountain on your heels, cant be fun for anyone so i can understand why you would kick it.
    Have fun, dont sit in the middle of the slope, or on the other side of a kicker, get over to Andorra and get a lesson from me, icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 16, 2011 7:28 AM GMT
    Don't be too fearful of falling and you'll find that you won't fall as often. It's the fear that makes people do the things that make them fall, e.g. lean too far back and setting the board flying upwards or turning too quickly and trying to stop abruptly.
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    Mar 16, 2011 7:54 AM GMT
    Even though you won't be doing anything risky, a helmet can give you some confidence. When you are boarding on beginner slopes .. i.e. pretty flat .. it's easy to catch an edge and do a flyswatter fall .. like whip forward or backward. A few knocks to the head will make you hesitant, and that's how a helmet can make you feel more secure.


  • OJ89

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    May 02, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    Helmet
    Wrist Guards
    Have Fun

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    May 21, 2011 10:45 AM GMT
    Don't look at your board.
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    May 23, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    Lead with your back hip and lean on the back edge of the board.
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    Sep 17, 2011 5:06 AM GMT
    chrixx saidDon't be too fearful of falling and you'll find that you won't fall as often.
    It's the fear that makes people do the things that make them fall, e.g. lean too far back and setting the board flying upwards or turning too quickly and trying to stop abruptly.

    This and the gloves comment above. And have fun.