Not all people get on the slopes with confidence in their boards and their gear. Some people tend to get numerous falls, and then just give up on the sport on their first try. What happened really is that they skipped one of the most important steps for beginners, which is training themselves to get used to their boards.
Familiarizing yourself with the board and the rest of your gear is the first thing that you need to do when you get to the slope. Without doing this, you would not be able to be confident that your equipment would be able to protect you when you start picking up speed. Doing this would also make you sure that you can carry and maneuver your board.
Now, gear up and start getting used to your board by following these steps.
- Select an area that is somewhat flat near the slopes, or if you can’t, go to a gentle slope. Place your board on the snow with the bindings facing you. You should do this to prevent your board from sliding away.
- Turn your board in such a way that its back touches the snow. If the ground that you are standing on is inclines, attach the snowboard leash to one of your legs to prevent the board from sliding down the slope.
- Fasten your front boot, which is the one that you would not be using for kicking, unto the board. Put your boot first into the binding then secure it with the ankle strap. You should feel that your heel is held securely in place.
- After you are done fastening the ankle, work on securing the toe strap. Make sure that you fasten it in such a way that it is snug, but not tight enough to the point that it is hurting your toe. Once your front foot is secured, it’s time to start getting to know your board better.
- Stand up. Using your front foot, begin lifting the board. It might feel a little bit weird at first because you are still not used to the weight. Now, move your board up and down. Do this until you get used to it.
- Place your free foot, or your kicking foot, forward. Do Step 5 again, but move your snowboard while it is behind you.
Once you feel that you are used to the board, you are ready to hit your first slope!
Carrying Your Board
Proper carrying of your board is one of the basic things that you need to learn before you can say that you are a good snowboarder. Surely, you would not want to hit other people when you are headed to a crowded slope. Worse, you do not want to damage your board or chase after it before it crashes.
The right way to carry your board depends on your preferences, as long as it would not damage your jacket or hit others. Here are the three most popular ways to do so:
1. Under your arm
When you carry your board under your arm, make sure that it is tilted up or down to keep the edge from touching what’s in front of you. However, take care to not let your board rub on your jacket too much or you might cause a tear on it in no time at all.
2. Behind your back
You may put your board behind your back and carry it with both of your arms. This is the most comfortable way to carry it since you lessen the weight by using both your arms. This method is also very useful when you need to trek to the next slope. However, it may de disadvantageous to use when you are walking uphill, since the weight of the board might cause you to lose your balance.
3. Pull it with a leash.
You can use your leash to pull your board, especially when you need to walk uphill. This is among the most convenient way to carry your board, provided that there are not much people around you. However, be careful to not let go of that leash, if you do not want to give your board a chase.
Of course, the way you should carry your board is a matter of preference and convenience. Your only goal is to prevent it from hitting anyone or let it slide away from you.