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

BBB 009 – How To Snowboard 100+ Days A Year

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Welcome to episode 9 of ‘Boards, Beer & BS’ the Snomie.com snowboard podcast.

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

In this episode of ‘Boards, Beer & BS: The Snomie.com Snowboard Podcast’, I talk about careers that give you the most freedom to snowboard and get the amount of days on snow that you desire.

Topics and links from episode 9:

  • How to snowboard 100+ days a year
  • Work to play vs. play as work
  • Careers that fit snowboard freedom the best
  • Why snowboard related jobs aren’t always that great
  • What about entrepreneurship to get freedom to snowboard? Is starting your own business for everyone?
  • Why college is really really hit or miss for most people

Job summaries and breakdown:

Work to play pluses:

  • ‘Safer’ option (your route is planned and expected if you pick a professional job)
  • Separation between work and play

Work to play minuses:

  • Might take longer and cost more money for a professional career requiring university and training (eg. engineering, dentistry, doctor)
  • You might not get as much free time to snowboard as you’d like
  • It can take time to get into a situation where your career grants you more snowboard freedom

Play as work pluses:

  • You typically get more time to do what you love from the start

Play as work minuses:

  • You might lose some love for what you enjoy once it becomes your job
  • Career path isn’t as clear and set our in a lot of ‘play as work’ jobs (future not guaranteed like a professional job)

Careers that fit best for freedom to snowboard:

  • Professional jobs that leave some freedom on weekends/off time (eg. engineering, dentistry, radiologist, ship/yatch workers)
  • Work from a computer jobs (graphic designers, web developers, programmers – set your own hours in a lot of cases)
  • Location based jobs (eg. Vancouver where most average jobs have more freedom to snowboard due to close vicinity to ski resorts / or working at a ski resort in a normal job)
  • Snowboard related jobs (eg. snowboard coaches, working in the industry)
  • Entrepreneurs (start your own business and set your own hours)

Why snowboard related jobs aren’t always great:

  • Blurred line between work and play time
  • Pay isn’t always great (eg. snowboard coaching for resorts)
  • May be ‘snowboard related’ but no different from non snowboard jobs with lack of snowboard time

Working for yourself pluses (entrepreneurship):

  • You set your own hours and choose your own field
  • You can create passive income (earn money while you sleep)
  • Your income is limited by your creativity and skill (sky is the limit)

Working for yourself minuses (entrepreneurship):

  • You have no future guaranteed path (no ‘safe’ or ‘traditional’ path to follow)
  • No set working hours (always on the clock even when you relax)
  • You’re responsible for your income (you get paid based on how well/hard you work)
  • You have to be a set type of person (positive, willing to adapt and constantly learn and improve)

Why college is hit or miss:

  • Most students don’t graduate in time (5 years for a 4 year degree)
  • High debt after graduating
  • Less than half of all college graduates end up using their degree in the field they studied
  • For the ‘career’ jobs (eg. accounting, dentistry, medicine, engineering) college is required, but for non-career jobs the benefits of college are very questionable (and often not worth it)

Hosts:

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

Pictures from my recent travels to the Dead Sea:

 
 

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BBB 008 – Top 3 Snowboards Of All Time & More (Avran LeFeber – AngrySnowboarder.com)

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Welcome to episode 8 of ‘Boards, Beer & BS’ the Snomie.com snowboard podcast.

What is ‘Boards, Beer & BS’ about?

In this episode of ‘Boards, Beer & BS: The Snomie.com Snowboard Podcast’, I talk with Avran LeFeber of AngrySnowboarder.com about how he got started, the future of the AngrySnowboarder site/brand, how to find good snowboard reviews, the top 3 snowboards of all time and more!

Topics and links from episode 8:

Hosts:

  • Jedidiah Tan – Snowboard instructor, founder of Snomie.com
  • Avran LeFeber – Founder of Angrysnowboarder.com

How To Land Perfect Frontside Boardslides On A Snowboard

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 frontside boardslides, in particular we’ll be looking at frontside boardslides with a regular landing.

The trick to the perfect frontside boardslide to regular (hint… it’s all in the body positioning):

The important tips to remember:

1) Twist your upper and lower body in opposite directions

Remember, the key to a perfect frontside boardslide to regular is all in the body rotation. You want to twist your upper body one way, and your lower body the other way.

Think of it like bowling a ball as you bring your back hand forward and kick your back leg horizontal.

2) Push your heels down (keep that board flat)

The biggest mistake once landing is landing toe heavy. That’s where 9/10 people faceplant because they aren’t keeping their board flat.

To fix this, aim to push your heels down and flat as you slide across the box. You always want to keep your board flat against the box as you slide across during the frontside boardslide.

The next step…

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 lessons :)

- Jed

BBB 007 – Why Snowboard Shops Are Closing Down

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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 7:

Hosts:

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