Today’s reader question:
I always get worried when trying to learn new tricks because other snowboarders are way better than me. What can I do?
I think the big thing here is you need to try to remember that those amazing snowboarders you see in the terrain park are in the top 5% of snowboarders. Compared to the average snowboarder, you’re doing great.
I know we all love seeing video clips of pro snowboarders doing double corks, smooth spins and huge backcountry powder jumps, but remember that the average snowboarder is similar to you.
The average snowboarder isn’t snowboarding every day or living at the snow. Heck, the average snowboarder is lucky to get more than 1 snow trip to the snow each year.
In fact, the average snowboarder probably envys you being able to learn start freestyle tricks.
One more thing to keep in mind:
There’s always someone better than you. No matter how good you get, there’s almost always going to be somewhere better than you. At some stage you just have to stop comparing yourself to other riders because it’s never productive in the end.
Trust me when I say that even the guys you see spinning huge spins in the park look up to even better riders.
You start by looking up to the guys able to land 360s every time, then you land 360s and you look at the guys hitting big jumps, then you hit big jumps and you look at the guy spinning switch 720s… the list goes on and on.
Make this change: Instead of looking at them as “Wow I’m going to look stupid if I fall” start thinking “Wow so many guys to ask for tips and advice!”
This means being the worst snowboarder in the park becomes great because you have so many people who can offer you tips and advice. Just ask!
Turn everyone in the park that’s better than you into mentors, instead of looking at them as ‘those scary guys that might laugh if I fall’.