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The Basics of Snowboarding

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"Inform, explain, describe" The Basics of Snowboarding Snowboarding, the alpine version of a combination of skateboarding and surfing is an enjoyable and rewarding sport. It is difficult to state exactly when snowboarding was invented, but it seems it began with a toy invented in 1965, known as a "Snurfer," a pair of skis tied together. Eventually Dimitrije Milovich invented the modern snowboard in 1969 from this idea. I find it more graceful than skiing, though requires more skill to master. The adrenalin rush I get when facing a misty, vertical piste I can race down is magnificent and I believe everyone should experience it. Most people begin with lessons and this is advisable as most injuries occur with people who have not got a proper poise or skills. When I started, I tried without lessons and found myself too scared to go down an almost flat slope. I then tried with lessons and after two weeks I found myself able to go down a seventy-five degree slope with a great sense of satisfaction. There are two types of board, and beginners are advised to use the twin tip board as it is more general and is easier to manage: * The twin tip board On this type, both sides of the board curve up. This is generally used in free-riding (the down-hill, speed-oriented side of the sport) ...read more.


* The traverse The traverse is used to manoeuvre the board across the slope rather than down it. If you are in "back-side" and you are riding "regular," you will be riding left. To carry it out you lean to the left and put slightly more weight on the front foot. You tilt the board down slightly but not too much or you will ride parallel down the hill and fall over (as I also did many times.) You will slide to the left on the back side of the board, and should stop when nearing the edge of the slope by performing a side-slip. When these two basic manoeuvres can be performed with ease, you can then do a "falling-leaf," when you traverse to one side, then traverse to the other. When this too can be done in both "front-side" and "back-side" separately, you are ready to learn turning, which involves turning from front to back very quickly. Personally I found it a daunting prospect and it took me a good four days to learn to turn with no fear. * Turning Once you can learn to side-slip and traverse with ease, your instructor tells you about turning. He makes it sound an entertaining and natural thing to do as he shows you with ease and confidence. But do not be fooled, it is the most difficult of everything to learn. ...read more.


Contrary to popular thought, you do not in fact jump off the board at the point the ramp finishes, you must instead allow your momentum to carry you off, bringing you legs up. Before landing you should line your board up to hit the snow so all parts hit at the same time, so you can ride away skillfully in an attempt to look professional. There are many places to board in the world, but the best seem to be in Europe and America. The best slopes are situated in remote parts, as the slopes are empty. Snowboarders often take up the whole slope, as the basic movements consist of going from side to side, whereas skiers generally travel down in a straight line. America and Canada are the best places I have found, as the instructors are more friendly and speak English. They also tend to be better, as America is obsessed with the sport. I found snowboarding a struggle at the beginning, but once I got into it I have found it a much more exhilarating sport than skiing which looks, in my view, more graceful. Even though it may be painful and tiring, the feeling of rushing down a slope or performing a really high jump is amazing, and I believe everyone should try it. This is just an introduction to snowboarding, a complex and demanding sport that exhausts you physically and mentally but is well worth it once mastered. Henrietta Howells English Coursework Spring 2001 ...read more.

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