Snowboarding is a funny sport. You really don't need that much skill to have a wicked time. You can get down the mountain somehow and it feels pretty great. The only problem begins when someone lets you in on the fact that actually you could do a whole lot better. That’s a hard pill to swallow for some.
Snowboarding is something that evokes very strong passions and emotions. It’s like someone criticising your child. Its not going to go down well. I think that’s why so many people avoid progressing beyond the basic foundation of riding or seeking some coaching.
Plus at the end of the day some people just feel comfortable at their own level and they ride for other reasons. That might be enjoying the après and the awesome social side as Snowboarding is a great way to feel and look cool without having to do much. There are quite a few armchair and bars stool riders out there :)
Step back and think about the last time riding or being on a mountain. What caused you stress? Was it that nightmare cat track? The fast lift exit? The cool trick a mate did and you tried it and ate shit? That steep powder run that made you bail 15 times?
Think about your weaknesses. What do you struggle with and what would make you feel like a hero if you managed to achieve it?
Use some supplementary media to backup your thoughts on where your weaknesses are. Check out that go-pro footage collecting dust on your hard drive. Also get your mate to film you riding. Have a good look at the footage and do some self analysis. Look for some obvious signs to see what could be improved.
So you’ve outlined some of the things you need to work on. Now write them down and if needs be break them down. When you think of some bigger tricks you may need to work on some other moves that will build skills towards the final goal. Look to be realistic about the time frame for each move. Build up slowly and do not put too much pressure on yourself. You’ll already be out of your comfort zone working on new skills.
When you plan to go shred or when you’re next on holiday review those tricks. What can you work towards that day or night?
Also think about your equipment. If I know I’m going to be working on some flatland moves that day I’m not going to be taking my all mountain stiff board out. That goes the same for boots and bindings. If you’re up for freestyle that day don’t be rocking the stiffest boots around. Give yourself that advantage if you have extra equipment options.
Now that you have the right kit and goals in mind how are you going to train towards achieving them?