BBB 006 – Why Snowboard Reviews Are Useless

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Welcome to episode 6 of ‘Boards, Beer & BS’ the Snomie.com snowboard podcast.

What is ‘Boards, Beer & BS’ about?

You know those days after a long day on the slopes and you sit down to have a few drinks with your friends while talking snowboarding and bs? This is ‘Boards, Beer & BS’, where snowboard pros and instructors talk snowboard news and topics while having a few drinks.

Topics and links from episode 6:

Hosts:

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

BBB 005 – Good Vs. Great Snowboarders

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Welcome to episode 5 of ‘Boards, Beer & BS’ the Snomie.com snowboard podcast.

What is ‘Boards, Beer & BS’ about?

You know those days after a long day on the slopes and you sit down to have a few drinks with your friends while talking snowboarding and bs? This is ‘Boards, Beer & BS’, where snowboard pros and instructors talk snowboard news and topics while having a few drinks.

Topics in episode 5:

  • The first female snowboarder to land a double cork 1080 off a jump (video link)
  • The difference between good and great snowboarders
  • New goggle company ‘Aura Optics’ (link to kickstarter)
  • Why some people get their dream snowboard life and others don’t
  • Why becoming an instructor made me a WAY better snowboarder

Hosts:

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

How To Get More Rotation On Your 360 Spins

Welcome to our video series where I take footage from my Snomie VIP member’s group and breakdown a key mistake in their technique and how to fix it.

This week we’re looking at 360s!

How to fix your approach line, carve correctly and get more power in your 360 rotation:

The important tips to remember:

1) Speed is your friend

Before fixing anything else, make sure you have enough speed when approaching any jump. If you don’t land in the sweet spot (the steepest part of the landing), you need to go faster.

Pay attention to your run in and if you come up short of the sweet spot, you’ll know to drop in higher or eliminate a speed check on your next attempt.

2) Edging is not carving

Most of your power to spin comes from carving on an edge, but just because you’re on your toe or heel edge, doesn’t mean you’re carving. If you don’t carve, you lose a lot of rotation power and that’s a huge reason why people fail to rotate enough on their 360s.

The easy way to tell whether you’re carving is to ask yourself this question: “Am I riding in a straight line while riding on my edge?”

If you’re carving, your board will be turning. If you aren’t carving, you’ll be riding in a straight line (which means you won’t have any rotation power to help you spin).

Make sure you’re carving and not just riding on an edge.

3) Approach from an angle from one side of the jump

When you carve, you turn your board right? This means you can’t approach from right in front of the jump.

You need to approach at an angle from one side of the jump to compensate for the turning that will happen once you start carving, otherwise you’ll run into the trap of sitting on an edge without carving.

Want your riding analysed with 1 on 1 feedback to help you stomp new tricks?

If you’re interested in joining our VIP snowboarding group (which includes 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 series.

- Jed

ps – The latest Snomie snowboard podcast is recorded and should be up within the next week :)

Why Your Snowboard 180 Spins Aren’t Smooth

Welcome to a new video series where I take footage from my Snomie VIP member’s group and breakdown a key mistake in their technique and how to fix it.

This week we’re looking at 180s!

How to make your 180s buttery smooth and stylish:

Extra notes:

I will say, it’s not strictly *wrong* to use a bit of counter rotation for your spins. However, using counter rotation in spins is slightly more advanced and you want to be able to do 180s with typical upper body leading technique first.

Later as you get better you’ll be able to start mixing in counter rotation with style, but it’s important to know the difference between the rotations and be able to do 180s well with normal upper body leading rotation first.

One other thing I’ll add is that with bs 180s you do want to be careful with where you look. You’ll notice on some of his bs 180s he tried to look forward again as he finished the backside 180 and landed. This leads to overrotation and ideally you want to land any bs 180 spin looking backwards, back up the hill to land.

Want to join the Snomie VIP training and tutorial group?

If you’re interested in joining our VIP snowboarding group, click here and sign up for our free lesson series. You’ll get details for our VIP program after you finish our free series :)

- Jed

The Lie About Snowboard Trick Tips

Firstly, hi… I’m still alive, I’ve just been busy behind the scenes with our private snowboard freestyle members answering questions and adding more video tutorials to our members only trick tip tutorial library (if you’re not a member you can check our some free video lessons and join here).

I did record episode 2 of the Snomie podcast, but someone *cough* JP *cough* has a habit of tapping his hand on the mic constantly and I had to scrap that recording due to constant loud tapping sounds throughout the whole podcast, so we’ll be recording that session again.

Anyhow, I thought I’d do a quick blog about a snowboard topic that kind of annoys me… the lie about snowboard trick tips.

Why 9/10 snowboard trick tip videos are worthless

Since I got into the trick tip tutorials niche, I get asked a lot about why I don’t create more advanced trick tip snowboard tutorials beyond our current snowboard trick tip videos on basic tricks.

After all, current members will notice I always stick to the basics in my tutorials.

  • 180s, 360s, basic butters, 50/50s, boardslides

Everything else I teach is just drilling down even more into those tricks and teaching other aspects of snowboard freestyle designed to help you land those basic tricks better.

There’s the reason why… you don’t need advanced trick tutorials and advanced trick tutorials are worthless to 99% of snowboarders learning freestyle.

1) Advanced trick tutorials do nothing for 99% of people who can’t even land consistent 360s

How many people reading this now will benefit from an advanced jib tutorial teaching you how to 270 onto a box, switch up 180, switch up 180, then 270 out of a box? Not many. Most people can’t even land a 360 consistently on a 10 foot jump, much less  do fancy rotation combos on a box.

And yet those type of advanced tutorials are what more and more sites popping up everyday are creating.

They realize that to get more hits, more sales and more traffic, the easy route is creating more trick tip tutorials… but the problem is those tutorials rarely benefit the people watching them.

They watch them and think “That’s cool… but I can’t even do the basic tricks leading up to this yet” or “I want to do that one day, but not yet..” Screw that, what good is wishing you can do something when you’re still struggling with learning the basics.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather learn and focus on basics like 180s and 360s and get that mastered first instead of watching tutorials I can’t use and wishing I could do those bigger tricks.

I’ve probably said it a hundred times on Snomie, but the percentage of freestyle riders who can even land basic tricks consistently is so small that most trick tip videos are just clickbait that won’t help you at all because you’re still struggling with the basic tricks.

2) If you’re ready to do advanced tricks you’ll already know how to do them

Here’s a big thing most beginner freestyle riders don’t realize… everything beyond those basic tricks are just a combination of the same basic tricks.

Want to 270 on and 270 off a box? Great, just start the same technique as a 360 rotation, then land on the box, continue into another 360 at the end of the box… and if you have basic jibs and basic 360 spins mastered I bet you’ll actually be able to land 270s on/off within a day or two of trying them.

You simply don’t need advanced tutorials if you master the basics properly because the basics are what make up every advanced trick and you’ll quickly realize that once you move past a certain level in your snowboarding.

Do you think pro snowboarder Torstein Horgmo needs someone to tell him how to add another 180 to his latest trick? Of course not, he takes the same technique he mastered for basic 180s and 360s and puts together another 180 at the end of his current trick.

That’s why advanced trick tip tutorials are useless. The people they are designed for already know how to do the advanced trick and the people who can’t benefit from them are the ones watching them thinking it’ll help them while they still struggle with the basic tricks leading up to the advanced trick.

Why Snomie tutorials refuse to go ‘advanced’

So here’s my goal with trick tip tutorials. I’m not aiming to pump out a ton of tutorials you don’t need. I’m aiming to be laser focused on the basics and combining it with what you need.

The only ‘advanced’ tutorials I want to do are advanced tutorials for mastering BASIC tricks.

For example, with most snowboard spin tutorials, people create them like this:

  1. 180s
  2. 360s
  3. 540s
  4. 720s
  5. etc. etc.

However, number 3, 4 and 5 aren’t useful when most people get stuck at 180s and 360s and just dream about learning those bigger tricks.

Instead, with Snomie tutorials I always aim to build them like this:

  1. Detailed tutorials on basic tricks (eg: 180s/360s)
  2. Advanced tutorials on skills that aid you in mastering basic tricks
  3. Feedback and ability to ask questions on basic tricks
  4. Coaching and rider analysis to get you landing those basic tricks

To me it seems pretty obvious that helping people with the basics is far more important than cranking out another tutorial on an advanced trick that no one is ready to do yet.

If I make a new trick tip video, it always has to pass the test with me. I have to be able to say “Yes, this is a trick tip people will use, not just watch and wish they could do the trick.”

I aim to make it so that when I’m done, you won’t need me anymore because you’ll KNOW how to move on to the advanced tricks. You won’t need that advanced jib tutorial when I’m done because hopefully if I did my job correctly you’ll know how that advanced jib breaks down from your basic tricks.

There’s zero point having 500 advanced trick tip tutorials when 99% of riders can’t use them, so why not focus on actually getting people mastering the trick tip tutorials they do have and master those basics properly.

I’d rather have 1,000 snowboarders able to stomp smooth 360s, then 10,000 snowboarders still stuck on 360s while watching advanced tutorials they can’t do yet.

- Jed

ps – If you are interesting in joining the Snomie Snowboard Trick Secrets member’s area with all our trick tip tutorials and training + coaching, you can get started here with our free snowboard tutorials.