I like to keep the snowboard tips short and sweet once in awhile because it gives you something you can go out and do right away, so let’s do a quick one today.
If you’re going to practice your snowboarding, don’t blindly practice
What I mean by this is don’t just blindly pick a snowboard technique and try it 500 times hoping to somehow get it to work. That’s a stupid, inefficient way to learn snowboarding, and if you’ve read this blog before you know I’m all about efficient, smart snowboarding.
People blindly practice because it’s easy. It’s not hard to decide “I want to try 180s today!” and blindly huck yourself 100 times off a small jump hoping to land a 180.
Unfortunately, this is what I see most people doing. They practice blindly and see horribly slow progress and wonder why it’s not working.
Practice with a plan and focus
Practice makes perfect WHEN you have a plan. For example, if you want to learn to hit jumps, then go do it, however, do it with a plan.
Decide exactly what part of learning to hit jumps you want to focus on that day. Think about what areas of jumping you’re having trouble with and focus on them.
Stop before each attempt and think through your technique. Think through what’s not working and what you need to focus on to get it right.
Use that beautiful brain of yours to think through and plan through what you need to work on each attempt instead of blindly practicing without thinking.
The bottom line
People don’t practice properly because it’s harder. It’s easy to switch your brain off and just try a random technique 500 times while hoping to see progress.
However, if you want REAL progress that you can see, switch that brain back on and practice with a plan. Think through technique, find your weak spots, practice exactly what you need to be practicing.
It takes effort and it takes time and you can’t blindly practice this way, but it gets results and you will improve your riding if you practice with purpose and a plan.