By far, the number one killer of your snowboard progression is waiting for ‘someday’.
What is someday?
Someday is what happens when you go up to the slopes and think “Oh, I really want to learn how to do 360s today, maybe I will later… I’m waiting for the conditions to be better.”
How many times have the conditions been good enough to learn something new? 9 out of 10 times. Sure there are those moments when the hill is too foggy or icy, but most of the time we’re just making excuses or waiting for the ‘perfect’ conditions.
Perfect never comes
Perfect days on the slope are rare. If you wait for perfect, that’s exactly what you’ll do the entire season… wait. This doesn’t just apply to waiting for perfect days either.
- I’m waiting for perfect conditions
- I’m waiting for <insert random minor injury> to fully recover
- I’m waiting to try this other thing a few more times then maybe I’ll try something new later
Notice the trend? Waiting. Guess what you’re waiting for? Someday!
The problem is that waiting for ‘someday’ is like deciding you’ll wait for sunny skies on the 4th Sunday of November with a light breeze and with exactly 5cm of fresh snow. Never. Going. To. Happen.
A little story of not waiting for someday
I remember riding with a friend a few seasons ago in Whistler and he was having an INSANE period of progression. He was slaying the 70 foot jumps, spinning in every direction and he was ranking well or winning every local competition.
What I noticed in him that season is he never made excuses. While one of our group might say “The jump isn’t perfect, I’m going home.. we’ll try that trick tomorrow” Not him. He always stuck around and rode as long as the jumps were ridable.
He went on to pick up a few snowboard sponsorships after that season.
What I’m NOT saying
Now, I’m not saying you have to put yourself into dangerous situations or even to push yourself to become as good as my friend was. We’re not all aiming to be pro snowboarders.
What I am saying is that if you want to get better at snowboarding, you have to be willing to work at it when the situation isn’t ‘perfect’.
Waiting for ‘someday’ is a waste of time and a great excuse. Don’t wait for someday.