Most beginner snowboarders are learning turns and trying carving and they’re trying to figure out how to bend your knees and all that fun stuff, but you know what most beginner snowboarders tend to do?
They develop bad habits and problems with their technique that are ignored and never fixed. This slows down their progress and makes them learn slower and leads to more issues with more advanced techniques later.
Why most beginner snowboarders fail to recognize and fix mistakes
There’s two reasons:
1) Don’t try to fudge your way through techniques you don’t understand
For whatever reason, most snowboarders tend to avoid asking for advice when faced with simple techniques that they don’t get. Instead, they’ll try to figure it out themselves and make up their own technique.
There’s an attitude of ‘I can’t ask for help since this is so basic… I should be able to figure it out’.
I’ll let you in on a secret… the guys who progress the fastest are the ones who are willing to ask for help and admit that they don’t get it. Fudging your way through with bad technique just makes the problem worse and slows your progress.
So what if you don’t understand how to turn properly? The sooner you ask for help, the sooner you’ll fix it and move on to the next trick/technique.
To this day I’m still asking for tips from former coaches on new tricks that I’m trying to figure out, so don’t be afraid to admit when you don’t understand something.
2) ‘I’ll figure this out later’
Don’t have the attitude that you’ll come back and figure it out later if you can’t figure out a certain technique, especially if you’re just starting off.
Most techniques in the early stages of snowboarding are crucial, core skills that you have to know. You can’t just skip them and come back later without bad consequences for your riding.
How many times have we said ‘Oh, I’ll figure this out later’ and never bothered coming back and doing it properly? We do this all the time.
The longer you put off figuring out key snowboard skills, the more bad habits you’ll pick up to compensate and the harder it will be to get rid of those bad habits later.
So the next time you get stuck on a new snowboard technique or skill, ask for help (or google it) and make sure you learn it the correct way.