The basics of
Some snowboarding basics which
could be helpful:
(this article was written by
Campbell, not by the
So you just got yourself a new snowboard,
boots, and bindings. You've even made all the way to the ski hill.
But then it hits you, you don't know how to ride. Well here are some
simple things to keep in mind while you try to figure it out:
First of all make sure that your snowboard is right for you. Not too
long, not too short. Also not too wide or narrow. Any one of these
will make snowboarding more difficult then it has to be.
Okay lets get started. Here are the fundamentals of snowboarding.
Well before we begin lets start off by clearing up a little myth.
Snowboarding contrary to popular belife is very simmalar to skiing.
As much as we snowboarders don't want to admit it, it's true.
Simmalar body movements, the shape of the equipment, trust me on this
one they are very close. And if you've skied before you get on a
snowboard you'll know what I'm talking about. You'll probably pick up
snowboarding quicker then your bad ass skateboarding friend. Getting
back to what we are here for, learning how to ride. You have got to
stay relaxed. When you tense up bad things happen. An easy way to
stay loose is to keep your knees slightly bent. This will also help
you to absord the bumps that are in the snow, kinda like shock
absorbers. Okay now that we are at ease lets try going somewhere.
Start off by playing around with your board on one foot. (your front
foot) So if you ride regular that would be your left foot. And if you
are goofy, you guessed it smarty, it's your right foot. Try skating
across the hill for a while before you start down it. Once you are
comfortable doing that, strap your other foot in. Now we are ready to
head down the hill. Remember to use your front foot to stear your
board. (regular,left - goofy,right) To make a toe-side turn lift your
heel up, press your toe down and move your knee over top of your
foot. Your back foot will follow, you don't have to worry about it. A
toe-side turn is the same as walking forward. So that means that a
heel-side turn will be follow the same movements you make when you
walk backwards. You will lift your toe up, press your heel down and
roll your hips backward. Look at that you are snowboarding. Now that
you are moving you may want to learn how to stop yourself. To do that
all you have to do is turn more. If you turn yourself so that you are
heading up the hill you aren't going to get far and will stop.
Remember these are only the basics. And the very basic of the basics
at that. There is a lot more to snowboarding then I have given you in
this little article. It's a good idea to
take a lesson your first time out, and you may want to continue
taking lessons as your instructor can teach you a lot of cool
stuff. Things like jumps, spins, bumps,
steeps, the half pipe, and of course the ever important jibbing.
Don't forget to tip your snowboard instructor, and have fun out
This article was written by Jared
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