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Learn to Snowboard

Sep 10, 2008
Snowboarding is a recent addition to the world of sports and its popularity can be attributed in part to the 1998 Nagano Olympics. It had to overcome some of its bad boy anti-establishment culture reputation by having the snowboard team conform to uniform standards as well as suspend some -- less that savory endorsement contracts. Some athletes like Terje Haakonsen just snubbed the Olympics saying, and I paraphrase, the conformity as well as the judging is SUSPECT. We have heard that before. Nevertheless snowboarding is around and is continuing to grow so read this if you want to learn how to snowboard.

Know that doing snowboard tricks is a dangerous sport and that for now it is leading the injuries list in outdoor sports. Some say that that statistic is just FALSE. Regardless boarding will abuse the body so make sure that you are capable of taking the gnormous ill-treatment that it sure to heap on your body for a first timer. Get a certified Snowboard instructor. Their abilities can help you save money and save yourself from unnecessary injuries. Look at the sport with an emphasis on safety.

Secondly, consider your budget for equipment. Spend a goodly part of your budget on the safety equipment. Boards can cost upwards $600 so don't blow your wad there and not leave money for a helmet and set of pads. You will always look at new boards but you will depend on a good helmet and set of hip and knee pads to lessen the abuse on your body. You will need a leash for your board as well. And, I cannot stress this enough, a large bottle of ibuprofen and I am sure I do not have to tell you what that is for. If you don't know then you shouldn't attempt learning this extreme sport

Where you live is a consideration for this sport. If you live in the Mohave then it is going to be more difficult for you to get slope time since you will have to travel for snowy parts to take advantage of snowboarding. You could think about sand boarding instead. Any extra travel time will only reduce the amount of time and money you get to spend on doing what you really want to do so seriously evaluate your local weather. This sport, like all others, requires practice and your weather should not be an impediment to getting as much practice as you can.

Decide what you want to learn about. Dedicate yourself to a snowboard method such as freestyle, freeride or freecarve. Each offers its own joy when it comes to snowboarding.

Video taping your exploits on the slope is a good idea. Trade off with your friend; you tape him/her and he/she will tape you. It is a fantastic way to record your successes on the slopes and to evaluate your technique or lack of. Post them on myspace or youtube. They are sure to be very funny. Mum might want a copy too so that she can see the drain that her money is going down.

Snowboard camps and snowboard lessons are offered through "Future Snowboarding" and these could be very helpful especially if you are interested in freestyle snowboard. Learning at the same time as other novice students can teach you a lot of what to do as well as what NOT to do. Generally a variety of instructors will be offered and you will benefit from different teaching approaches too. Check out other snowboarding mags too for snowboard lessons in you area.

Gearup and hit the slopes. Hope to see you careening by. Be a snowboarding maniac. The sport is here to stay.
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