Am I Regular? (was Am I Goofy?)

Am I Regular? (was Am I Goofy?)

Post by Greg Beg » Wed, 23 Mar 1994 02:23:19


I've completed two snowboard lessons in the past 2 weeks with the
last one last Wednesday.

My first snowboard lesson was at a small resort (Eldora, Colo.).
The instructor taught us the "stance" - centered over the board,
weight on forward foot, hips pointed forward.  By the end of the
lesson, we were able to do some slow and sweeping turns.  The snow
was very slow (it had just snowed several inches :-).  I chose a
goofy stance on the board because my right foot is stronger and it
"felt" better, initially.  I was able to make it down some very
short and slow runs as long as I didn't try any sharp turning.

I would rate last Wednesdays time on the board as a disaster.  After
last Wednesday, I was very sore from shoulders to knees for several
days.  I was at Breckenridge.  In the morning, I decided to try to
ride the lift up and try to board some green slopes.  In the morning
the snow was very icy and fast (it's been warm here and the snow is
freezing at night and getting soft and slushy in the afternoon).  
Well, I ended up unstrapping my board and walking down the slope
because of several very hard back slam type falls.  I spent the
rest of the morning practicing on a small hill.

I decided to try another lesson that afternoon.  This was also
a disaster.  Every time the instructor would ask me to do
something, I would seem to do the opposite.  He asked me to do a
right hand turn, but I couldn't because the back of my board kept
rotating below the front of my board and I ended up falling or going
in the opposite direction.  I kept catching my back edge making for
some very scary and painful falls.

Near the end of the lesson (which I came very close to walking out
on because of the frustration), the instructor told me that it's
possible that I'm regular and not goofy.  He said that every time
he suggest I do something, I would end up doing it backwards.  On
our last run, he suggested I go ahead and try my left foot forward even
though I was strapped in a goofy stance.  This felt _a little_ better
though it's hard to say because of the way my feet were strapped.  
Basically, I've lost all confidence and about all I can do is sideslip
down the slope.

From my description does this sound like a good explanation for the
problems I've had (ie, I'm really regular not goofy)?  The way last
Wednesday went, I'm ready to go back to my skiis.  The instructor
encouraged me to try one more day on a board, but this time in a
regular stance.  Are some people just not suited for a snowboard?

I'm in excellent shape.  I'm an intermediate skier and and am
reasonably coordinated and balanced.  I usually can catch on to
new sports quickly.

Any help, ideas or comments appreciated.

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Am I Regular? (was Am I Goofy?)

Post by Crispin Cow » Wed, 23 Mar 1994 04:11:49

Quote:

>I would rate last Wednesdays time on the board as a disaster.  After
...
>ride the lift up and try to board some green slopes.  In the morning
>the snow was very icy and fast (it's been warm here and the snow is

                   ^^^^^^^^^^^^
This is the key.  It is very painful to try to learn to snowboard on an
icy day.  It's not that riding is more difficult (it is, but not a
lot), but crashing is a LOT more painful.  Thus you're more nervous
about crashing, so you do it more, and you tolerate it less.  It's
spring--practice your riding on mushy days.

Crispin
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Am I Regular? (was Am I Goofy?)

Post by Todd Blakait » Wed, 23 Mar 1994 05:21:19

Quote:

>I've completed two snowboard lessons in the past 2 weeks with the
>last one last Wednesday.

[ deleted the bulk of an interesting article about a guy who is
  having trouble getting started, bad lesson experience, doesn't
  know if he's reg or goofy...]

Quote:

>I would rate last Wednesdays time on the board as a disaster.  After
>last Wednesday, I was very sore from shoulders to knees for several
>...
>I decided to try another lesson that afternoon.  This was also
>a disaster.  Every time the instructor would ask me to do
>something, I would seem to do the opposite.  He asked me to do a
>...
>Near the end of the lesson (which I came very close to walking out
>on because of the frustration), the instructor told me that it's
>possible that I'm regular and not goofy.  He said that every time
>...
>regular stance.  Are some people just not suited for a snowboard?

Greg,

*** the lesson.  The instructor has given you pointers, you KNOW
what you are supposed to do, just hit the slopes by yourself or
with a friend (even another beginner who you can learn with) and
work it out.  The lesson gave you the knowledge, now you just have
figure it out at your own pace.  Fall.  Get-up.  Fall.  Get-up...

First off, I'm also a beginner.  I've been boarding three times and
I'm ready to sell my skis...or at least, not buy a new pair.  :)
My first day I didn't know if I was goofy or regular.  My room mate
went with, and he used to skate-board, he picked up snowboarding
amazingly fast...by his third run down, he looked like a natural...
long carving turns, it was nice.

Anyway, he rode goofy.  So all day, whenever I fell, I'd think shit...
maybe I should ride goofy???  So finally, half way through the day,
I turned the bindings around and trid "goofy."  It sucked.  By this
time, my body was already getting used to riding regular, and goofy
felt even worse.

So what's my advice?  Stop making excuses, pick a friggin' stance,
probably regular if thats what you've been using, or *** it, try
goofy...but stick with whatever you decide.  Just don't give up
man, its a lot of fun.

Here's another tip- whenever you see some other boarders getting off
a lift, or sitting around, ask them for a tip.  I found most of the
boarder's to be very friendly, and the ones that were eagerly
gave me some advice.  With what you picked up in your lesson, and
help from anonymous others, you should do fine.

Anybody want to sell me their board?

todd

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