Snowboarding is the equivalent to surfing on a mountain. The extreme getaway is what attracts many snowboarders. Much like skateboarding and surfing, snowboarding holds its own grounds and has been celebrated throughout the years.
In Rockford, Michigan the first ever snowboarding competition was held in 1979. Competitors actually stood on a snurfer, a ski with a rope attached to the front. Sherman Poppen of Muskegon, Michigan invented the snurfer which inspired Burton Snowboards. James Burton Carpenter introduced his never-before-seen invention, a snurfer with bindings. He showed up to the 1979 competition at Pando and an open division was created for him.
If you want to be a successful snowboarder, or start your own snowboard company, you should know the proper equipment:
Snowboard goggles and a travel bag are also nice to have but are not necessary. Don’t forget to bundle up as well. After you’ve got everything, good practice is to stay off the hills. A very important element of snowboarding is balance. You cannot master balance while on a large slope. Try using a “bunny hill” like this or any virtually flat area.
The first step is strapping your boots in, which can be done standing or sitting. To secure your feet, slide your boots into the bindings. Just think of the bindings as another set of shoes. Lock your boots tight by pulling the straps through the buckle and pushing down on the buckle.
You’re going to be performing a lot of twists and turns when going downhill. On a practice hill, turns can be perfected. To turn left, shift your weight back and to the left. To turn right, shift your weight back and to the right. The further you turn the board, the slower you’ll move. When a turn is cut hard enough, it is called carving. Practice carving and you will learn how to stop yourself.
Think you have balance down? Let’s use the same principle of weight distribution and attempt to lift the board off the ground. To do this, bend your knees and lift your legs when ready to leave the ground; practice makes perfect. Ever wondered how snowboarders perform all those big tricks? You’re well on your way. Maintaining what we just learned, getting air off a ramp is all about weight distribution and speed.
One thing most people will not tell you is to watch the weather. The forecast could quite possibly be your biggest friend. Do not risk your life driving to a resort if conditions are bad. Keep your eye out for soft-packed snow and constant patterns of snowfall. Beginners should practice snowboarding basics regularly during the winter before trying intermediate and expert slopes. Trails should also be avoided until you feel comfortable turning and stopping.
Good luck and welcome to the sport of snowboarding!