BBB 011 – The Snowboard Spin ‘Cheat Sheet’ Every Pro Uses

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Welcome to episode 11 of ‘Boards, Beer & BS’ the Snomie.com snowboard podcast.

Boards, Beer & BS - The Snomie Snowboard Podcast Episode 11

What is this ‘Boards, Beer & BS’ about?

In this episode of ‘The Snomie.com Snowboard Podcast’, I talk what’s been happening behind the scenes of Snomie and how to build your freestyle spin trick ‘cheat sheet’ just like the pros.

Topics and links from episode 10:

Hosts:

  • Jedidiah Tan – Snowboard instructor, founder of Snomie.com

How To Ollie On A Snowboard – Getting More Height

This week we’re looking at how to ollie on a snowboard, in particular we’ll be looking at how to separate the two main parts of an ollie to get more height and air time:

The important tips to remember:

1) Your tail is the spring (don’t just jump!)

Most people try to jump off their back leg when they ollie, but in reality the trick to getting height is to use that tail as a spring instead of relying on just jumping off the back leg.

Think of it this way… would you get more height jumping off your back leg OR jumping off your back leg with a giant spring underneath it?

2) It’s a 2 step trick

While it’s true that you want a smooth/fluid motion for your snowboard tricks, you still need to break up each part correctly.

In this case, you want to make sure you’re doing 2 steps:

  1. Loading the tail with spring power
  2. Springing off the tail with your back foot

Don’t try to do both at the same time or you won’t be able to load up your tail to get enough height in your ollie.

The next step…

If you’re interested in joining our VIP snowboarding group (which includes snowboard trick tip tutorials and our video analysis and coaching group), click here and sign up for our free lesson series.

You’ll get details for our VIP program after you finish our free lessons :)

– Jed

Buttering & Frontside 180 / 360 – The Key To Smooth Snowboard Tricks

This week we’re looking at buttering and frontside 180s / 360s, in particular we’ll be looking at what makes a a good snowboarder able to execute smooth snowboard tricks:

The important tips to remember:

1) Less is more

Style and smoothness isn’t always about what you need to add, it’s about what you need to remove. All those extra hand movements and extra upper body movements are the difference between someone who looks like they’re ‘hucking’ tricks and someone who looks ‘natural’ and smooth when they snowboard.

Focus on quiet upper body movements and good technique first instead of trying to power through tricks.

2) Watch your carve line

I probably say this every single blog in some way or another, but your carve line has a huge effect on your spin and landing. Planning your carve line ahead of time to get the correct entry line is one of the most important things to learn in snowboarding.

3) Master the 4 180s first (backside, frontside, switch fs, switch bs)

People get amped on landing big spins like 540s, 720s etc. etc., but it’s often how good you are at 180s that determines how good you are at everything else.

180s teach you how to use and control your upper body correctly, and 99% of people I see don’t master them properly before trying to learn 360s and 540s. Master 180s first – the rest will follow.

Basically if you can’t do a smooth 180 all 4 directions 9 times out of 10, than you aren’t ready to be trying big spins anyway.

The next step…

If you’re interested in joining our VIP snowboarding group (which includes snowboard trick tip tutorials and our video analysis and coaching group), click here and sign up for our free lesson series.

You’ll get details for our VIP program after you finish our free lessons :)

– Jed

How To Frontside 360 / 540 – Getting More Spin Power & Fixing Your Timing

Welcome to our video series where I take real snowboarding footage from my students and breakdown a key mistake in their technique and how to fix it.

This week we’re looking at a frontside 360 and frontside 540, in particular we’ll be looking at getting more spin power, fixing your approach timing and body position in the air.

The important tips to remember:

1) Don’t start your final carve too early!

You should be approaching the jump take-off for your final carve at an angle. If you’re riding in a straight line as you ride up the take-off ramp, than you started your final carve too early and that means you’ve lost all the spin power from your carve.

Tip: Start your final carve as you ride up the uphill sloping take-off section of the jump.

2) Spot your landing in the right direction

You should always know which way to look for landing each trick. For a frontside 360, you need to land blind while looking back up the hill. For a frontside 540, you land looking back down the hill for a normal forward looking landing.

3) Lead with your upper body – even in the air

Don’t let your upper body un-wind and get out of position in the air – this will kill your rotation and landing. Continue to lead with your upper body slightly ahead of your lower body until you’re setting up to spot the landing and land.

The next step…

If you’re interested in joining our VIP snowboarding group (which includes snowboard trick tip tutorials and our video analysis and coaching group), click here and sign up for our free lesson series.

You’ll get details for our VIP program after you finish our free lessons :)

– Jed

BBB 010 – How To Learn Snowboard Tricks Faster & “Injury Free”

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Welcome to episode 10 of ‘Boards, Beer & BS’ the Snomie.com snowboard podcast.

Boards, Beer & BS - The Snomie Snowboard Podcast Episode 10

What is this ‘Boards, Beer & BS’ about?

In this episode of ‘The Snomie.com Snowboard Podcast’, I talk about the keys to learning snowboard tricks faster with “injury free” snowboarding and the perfect amount of risk.

Topics and links from episode 10:

  • Why there’s no such thing as 100% injury free snowboarding
  • The difference between good vs. bad injuries
  • The difference in beginner vs. expert injuries
  • What top pros and expert snowboarders do different from average snowboarders to get ‘good’ injuries
  • What is the perfect balance of risk and injury to get the fastest snowboard progression
  • The 3 types of snowboarder types & which type learns tricks/techniques quickest
  • The 4 questions you need to ask yourself BEFORE trying a new trick/technique

The 4 questions you need to ask yourself before attempting any freestyle trick:

  1. Can I smoothly do all the little tricks that make up this trick? (eg – for a 540 you need to learn straight airs, 180s, 360s first)
  2. Am I 1 step outside my comfort zone? (eg – progressing from 50/50s to learning boardslides is 1 step beyond your current skill level)
  3. Do I know exactly how to do every step of this trick? (eg – For a 360 you have to know how to carve, pop, estimate speed etc. etc.)
  4. Can I land safely if I screw up? (eg – If you fail to land the trick, will you be able to bail safely? Are you in control even when you fail?)

Today’s tweetable (click here to tweet):

Good snowboarders don’t ignore or avoid risk. They take smart, calculated risks.

Hosts:

  • Jedidiah Tan – Snowboard instructor, founder of Snomie.com