Stuck in a rut? Don’t know what else to do to get better at this awesome sport?
Well, we’ve got some tips for you from pros around the world – Mark McMorris, Sage Kotsenburg, Jenny Jones, Scott Penman, Billy Morgan, the list goes on… Here were their top tips for getting better at snowboarding.
1) Don’t be afraid to be a badass. But, know your limits and progress naturally at your own speed. Yes, you’ll have to push yourself outside of your comfort level. That’s the fun part. Gets some of the funniest pictures too. But, know your limits. Challenge yourself at your own level & speed to build your way up.
2) Get out there with your bros, homies, kanes, wahines, whatever. Don’t ride alone. Get out there with a group of friends who have the same mindset as you. If you’re snowboarding with people who drag you down, you’ll never get better. You’ll progress way faster with others who also want to get better.
3) Get on a trampoline, visualize yourself doing those flips in the air and practice on the mat. If you’re not on snow or skateboarding, get on the trampoline. Practice your body movements so you know what to do in the air. Safer than concrete.
4) Bend your knees more than you think. Yes, more than you think. You want your point of gravity to be low to keep your balance and keep you moving smoothly. Also, don’t ride too big of a stance. You’ll limit your mobility.
5) Have fun!! Don’t get stressed out. Even if you’re trying to learn a trick or a move that is taking forever to nail, don’t let it bum you out. Remember, it’s snowboarding! And you have to enjoy what you’re doing. Nobody ever gets better if they’re bummed, stressed out or in a crappy mood.
6) Ride as much as you can, whenever you can. Even when you think you can’t ride anymore, take a little break but get back out there. Don’t stop, ride that thing out. Practice makes perfect. Oh, and buy a lift pass. It helps. You don’t want to tire yourself out by having to trek up the mountain.
7) Turn more. Turning is the key. Yes, tricks and jumps are dope. But, if you can't turn, you'll run into that tree.
8) Watch pro snowboarder videos. Take it down to slo mo and learn the movements. Picture yourself doing them in your mind. When you’re done with that, watch some more videos.
9) Get a proper set up. You can’t snowboard if you’re cold, wet or uncomfortable. Get yourself a good pair of boots, waterproof pants, snowboarding gloves, goggles & helmet. You don’t have to break the bank, just get some good gear. You’ll feel better, have more fun and will be able to handle a lot more. See #4.