Of course you were very impatient to read the second blog post, weren’t you? Well, here it is! With the snowboarding (or skiing…) season ahead of us we have to make sure we have good material to conquer the slopes with and that we know which material suits us best.
Let’s start at the beginning. I’m sure you all have been doing snowboarding at least once in your life, if not, what are you waiting for? Ah, I get it, my tips and tricks, of course 😉 Well, for those who have been renting material all their life: have you ever paid attention to how the employees of the rental put the bindings on the board? Right, something weirdly in the middle between goofy and regular. What means goofy and regular, I hear you ask? It is all about which foot you put forward when you slide down the slope on your board.
Yes, I admit, when someone first asked me, I was like: “Huh, what are you talking about?” But it makes sense, most people have their left foot forward (at the nose), and the others have their right foot forward, since that group is a bit smaller, it’s called goofy. To be precise, 30% of the boarders is goofy, 70% is regular. With practise, it is possible to be equally good both ways, but let’s keep that to the pro’s!
Now, before you are at the rental shop, and before they overtake you with the question “Are you goofy or regular?” I can help you a bit to be prepared. You need help from your best friend, father, grandmother, brother or whoever is willing to help you. It only takes 2 seconds! Set the timer if you don’t believe me 😉 Oh, just another advantage of this trick, you can do it whenever you want, wherever you want!
So here we go: go and stand up straight. Ask someone to stand behind you and ‘surprise you’ with a gentle push forward. The other person has to pay attention to with which foot you step forward with. The foot you step forward with to catch yourself should be up front when you ride.
Since now we know how to stand on your board, it is time to discuss what materials to use. When I started boarding I started to rent materials. There is nothing wrong with renting materials, first of all. Usually they are the better brands, because they are used a lot, it needs to be quality. But when you decide to board a bit more often, you might consider to buy your own materials. Especially when you plan to board a couple of days in a row. Nonetheless, keep in mind that taking special luggage on an airplane might be very expensive. For example, when you fly with Vueling for example you pay €45 for one way for one piece of luggage, while renting materials for one day in the Pyrenees costs around €25. Therefore, plan ahead when and where you will board, to make a profit out of it in the end.
I was lucky enough to win my board: a Burton Déjà vu Flying V. It’s a really really great board, but I won’t elaborate on it too much, since it is a very expensive board as well. But what makes a good beginner snowboard?
– A board should be around the height of your nose;
– It also has to do with your weight;
– It shouldn’t be the most expensive;
– Choose a flexible snowboard to begin with.
Most important is to let yourself get well informed. Go to an actual shop and ask for advice, take time for it, because however you see it, it will be a big purchase. I bought my shoes online (not second-hand) and had them shipped to me from Belgium. The brand was good as was the price/quality ratio was good, but they were too small so I had to send them back. I got one size bigger, and they actually still are too small. So my advice is to always buy those things in an actual shop, instead of online, even though it’s cheap.
This was it! See you next week! I’ll be writing about the best places to board!
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