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Basic Snowboarding Tips You Must Learn

Aug 17, 2007
Some people who come into the sport buy their snowboards; others get theirs as gifts after much pleading and patient waiting. That is a start, but now you have to figure out the hardest part, which is learning how to become a real snowboarder. In this article we're going to talk about some of the fundamental strategies of snowboarding, and some of the main things you're going to need to learn, and the equipment you're going to need to get started.
As with any sport, the right equipment is vital if you want to perform properly, and you need to know how the equipment works as well. A general guide to the basics of snowboarding should include and outline of this information.

You need a board that fits you right. Boards come in all sizes, for adults and children of all ages and sizes so when you get your board, make sure it is a good fit. This way learning how to snowboard is going to be much easier.

Snowboarding works in much the same way as skiing, and the board is shaped in much the same way as a ski. For those with experience in skiing the transition should be much easier than for someone who is altogether new to the snow.

There are many types of snowboards, including freestyle boards, free ride boards and alpine or race boards. Beginners like them because they are easier to use than the other types of board. The two ends of the freestyle board are the same, so there is no front and back. This type of board is good for learning to snowboard, and for learning new tricks. Use a soft, short shoe for this type of board.
The free ride board is very versatile in terms of the kinds of conditions it can handle. Of course, an amateur or beginner wouldn't have much use for this facility. Many different kinds of snow and ground quality are within your reach with this type of board. It is not as short or wide as the freestyle board and it is less flexible. The free ride board goes well with soft, tall shoes that have soft bindings.

Race or alpine boards are the kind of boards you will see being used in major competitions, or by professionals. Its thinness increases stability and makes the board pick up speed more easily, and make sharp, fast turns more easily. The shoe that goes with a race or alpine board resembles a ski shoe, for support and control.

Be sure to keep your legs and your whole body relaxed. If you tense up it is going to be hard going, and you run the risk of experiencing a dangerous fall. Keep your knees bent a little, but don't lock them. Instead, focus on keeping your legs loose to absorb the pressure of any bumps you encounter.

That way, the ride will be smooth and easy and it will not be difficult to keep your balance. Avoid the urge to tense up your legs, or you won't get that smooth ride and you are very likely to end up on the ground, which is not a good place to be. Look at the pros and see the way they do it, and you'll get a feel for the sport. This is a good way to avoid having to learn by trial and error, which can be a very painful process.

Strap one foot onto the board and see how you feel going across the hill, just to get a feel for it. When you think you are ready, strap in the other foot and try going down the hill for the first time.
You steer with the leg that is in front. Use your front leg to guide the board, and use your hips to maintain balance. Don't forget to keep your knees bent to absorb the shocks of any bumps on the hill. You are now snowboarding. When you want to stop just turn sideways so that the board is heading perpendicular to the hill, and you are facing up. That way the board will stop moving. To start again, point your snowboard down and it will start sliding.
You might want to borrow equipment the first few times to get a feel for the sport before getting your own personal shoes and board. You will also have a better idea about what kind is right for you.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as snowboard gear at http://www.mountainboardgear.com
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