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Snowboarding basics

Snowboarding can take some time to get used to. It will take several tries before you finally get the hang of it. After that, practice makes perfect. It is much like riding a bike or roller skating. You never forget how to snowboard once you learn, but your technique might be a little rusty until you practice. Choosing the correct board for your body type will make a world of difference. If you choose the wrong type of board, it could cause you to have a hard time learning how to snowboard. If you are renting a snowboard from a ski lodge, there are usually people there to help you choose the correct one. If you are buying a board, the store clerks are very educated about the topic as well.

If you already know how to ski, you will find that snowboarding is very similar. Make sure that you keep your entire body relaxed. If you tense up, it could cause you to have an injury. While learning to snowboard, it is very easy to tense up when you get frustrated. Try to block that frustration out, because it will cause you to have a serious mishap. Bend your knees as you make a jump. Your legs will take the shock off of your ankles.

Freestyle boards are very appropriate for those who are just beginning to learn how to snowboard. It is much easier to turn a freestyle board than it is to turn a regular board. A freestyle board does not have a curve at the front and it is shorter and much wider than a normal board. A freeride board is very modern. Because it is long and thin, it allows you to go on all different types of jumps and terrain. Once you become advanced at snowboarding, you may want to try an alpine or race board. These types of boards are often found in competitions. They are thin, much more thinner than the freeride boards. They allow the rider to go very fast and make quicker turns. The nose is slightly curved, while the back is completely flat.

Before you try to go down the hill, strap one foot in the front harness and ride on a flat area to see how the board performs. If you are comfortable with the board, strap the back foot in and ride the hill. You front foot is your steering wheel. Press your heel down and then lift your toe up. Then move your hips backward. This is basically all there is to snowboarding. When you are ready to stop, turn so that you are looking up the hill.

April 23, 2008 - Posted by | Blogroll, Snowboarding

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