So you want to learn to Snowboard (Part I) (continued)
#2 Protect your wrists, knees, head and bum
As a beginner, you will fall on your hands, knees, bum and maybe your head … but mostly your hands and bum! Wearing wrist guards, protective knee pads, and bum impact shorts, plus a ski helmet is a very good idea when learning. The helmet is a good habit to start and keep throughout your snowboard expeditions.
#3 When snowboarding, always look where you want to go
Your shoulders follow your head, your hips follow your shoulders, and your board will follow your hips. It is natural when learning how to snowboard to want to look down at the snow. DON’T DO THIS!
Try to look up and where you want to go. This will help keep your body (and weight) in the right position over your snowboard, helping drive your turns and travel in the direction you intend. The saying goes, ‘if you look down, you fall down’.
#4 Wear proper snowboard socks
Good quality socks will make your first-day snowboarding so much happier. Don’t wear two pairs of socks as this will increase friction on spots of binding pressure or boot tightness. Avoid cotton socks especially ribbed, knee-high sports socks (like hockey socks). These give uneven pressure on the top of your foot which can be painful and cotton will soak up your sweat (not in a good way!) and give you soggy cold feet. It’s a good idea to invest in a good pair of snowboard socks. Plus you’ll have them for YEARS!
#5 Figure out if you are goofy or regular before your first day
Learning to snowboard comes with a few new words. Goofy and Regular are two of them.
Unlike skiing where you are (usually) always looking forward, snowboarding is one directional, in that you traverse in one direction looking over your left shoulder if you are regular (left foot forward), or your right shoulder if you are goofy (right foot forward).
This is the first thing you will need to know, even before you have stepped on a board. Luckily, you can figure out which one you are at home before your first day.
Have someone push you from behind and see which leg falls forward first (the leg you step to balance with, will be your forward leg). Stand in a boxing-ready stance or if you play/played netball, which is your leading, forward foot? Your front leg in all these situations is likely to be your forward leg or front foot snowboarding. (6 through 10 will be provided Dec 20th)