I’ve always said that anyone can become an awesome snowboarder.
However, even as I type that last sentence, I know people will look at my current skill level and the big tricks I’m pulling and say “Oh, that’s easy for you because you’re naturally good at sports. You happened to pick it up faster” or “I’m not like you, I can’t do it that easily” or “Jed, you’re so amazing good looking like Brad Pitt!”
(last quote may not have happened)
Well, I’m not any more talented than any of you, it just takes time and energy to get good at snowboarding and you can do it too… however I know people will still use excuses and say my situation was different from theirs.
That’s why today I have something awesome that I want to share with you. It’s one of our readers who was able to see results in his snowboarding by taking the tips and advice we give and taking action and effort to improve his snowboarding.
2 things to note:
- He’s a beginner at park riding
- He isn’t even at a ski resort and has had to build his own mini park features in his backyard to practice his park riding (that kind of kills the excuses for most of us)
I’m mailing you to let you know that the frontboards are starting to click.
As I told you in one of the blogs it snowed in Belgium and I finally got around to making a backyard freestyle setup with a 2m long plastic pipe mounted slightly down. Yesterday is the first day I tried it and I did nothing but frontboards.
On small boxes I already managed it in the parks, but once it becomes a rail or pipe I always lost stability and couldn’t keep it flat.
With the help of SnowboardAddictions tutorial on frontboards I already knew the technique, but I missed the commitment and mental aid to really try it on rail-style features.
Thanks to several blogs you wrote I can concentrate much better on the trick and I try to always do a self-analyses after the trick (good or bad). It’s still a bit sketchy and I’m not always right how I have to be, but I’m getting there.
The reason why this has always been mentally so hard is because I once had a bad experience and it took me several years away from rail-riding and the fear never went away (it was in fact one of the first serious encounters with rail-features).
It’s only now that I’m starting to use that fear and turn it into something positive.
I’m going to try and capture my attempts on video and I wonder if you could take a quick look at it and see where I can improve so I can concentrate on that.
For now I already came to this conclusion after only riding frontboards last night:
- Never forget to look at the end of the feature
- I need to counter-rotate more to be better balanced (this I also train on my balance board)
- I need to be more relaxed in the knees when landing on the pipe and sliding it and not be stiff-legged
- Keep base dead flat at all times
I’ve also never tried backboards onto rail-style features so I’m going to tackle that too. But that will be easier I believe because it’s already in my muscle memory from riding boxes. The only downside is the stability.
If you could check out that video sometime it would be awesome. I’ll try to shoot it this week and upload it accordingly because I’ve never worked with HD images and uploading them to youtube.
Excuses will always be there, but there are always ways to get around them if you’re willing to put in the work and effort. Nice work man and I’m looking forward to checking out your videos.
By the way, I’m always happy to look at footage or help any of our readers critique their technique, it’s what our contact form is there for and I always answer every single email we receive from our readers.
If you have a shorter question, a twitter or facebook msg works just as well, so never be afraid to send in a question or ask for help.
ps – don’t worry if you’re scared I might publish your question/email on the blog, I never include last names when I publish any reader emails unless I have their permission.