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coastal elite
3/2/2009 6:48:00 PM
My mom's boyfriend's 8-year-old is really interested in learning how to snowboard. They're trying to get some starter gear for him; what are some basics? And any tips to pass along to the kiddo?

Thanks!
carlos danger
3/2/2009 6:55:00 PM
rent before you buy all the equipment in case he decides he doesn't like it, or doesn't want to put up with all the falling in the beginning.
Otzi
3/2/2009 7:02:00 PM
Make sure he knows the first time he goes he's going to fall a lot and he won't get the hang of it until the 2nd or 3rd trip.
Lifetime74
3/2/2009 7:16:00 PM
Rent, and take lessons the first time.
-Jeremy-
3/2/2009 7:20:00 PM
Definitely rent and take lessons.

His tailbone will hurt pretty bad his first few times.
..::localeye::..
3/2/2009 7:25:00 PM
Originally posted by:Cocoanut Grove

rent before you buy all the equipment in case he decides he doesn't like it, or doesn't want to put up with all the falling in the beginning.

but as far as wear gear. get some snowboarding pants. even if he doent like snowboarding he will still use them
Ian G.
3/2/2009 7:40:00 PM
make sure to rent a helmet...or just buy a pro-tec for like 25- 30 bucks. my buddy cracked him head the first time snowboarding so bad that he had to get flown by helicopter to the hospital. def take lessons, or go with somebody experienced. i went through all the classes to be a snowboarding instructor, and the most common mistake people make is putting too much weight on their back foot and leaning back.
..::localeye::..
3/2/2009 7:48:00 PM
Originally posted by:Ian G.

make sure to rent a helmet...or just buy a pro-tec for like 25- 30 bucks. my buddy cracked him head the first time snowboarding so bad that he had to get flown by helicopter to the hospital. def take lessons, or go with somebody experienced. i went through all the classes to be a snowboarding instructor, and the most common mistake people make is putting too much weight on their back foot and leaning back.

really? thats how i snowboard. i find it much easier to carve and cruise down...im not a big jump person...more speed
chrisNJ
3/2/2009 7:51:00 PM
flow bindings are good for beginners cause theyre easier to get on than traditional bindings and of course nice snug boots are important cause when youre just starting out your ankles are gonna be really strained. so make sure to try out the combo at a store rather than order online and hope they work out well together. id get a cheap board to start with, just make sure its the right size.
coastal elite
3/2/2009 7:55:00 PM
Awesome, thanks for the advice everyone! I think lessons were already part of the game plan, and we found a store here that rents stuff and sells used equipment.
existential antelope
3/2/2009 9:32:00 PM
get him drunk first, then secretly dose him with some liquid LSD before he gets on the chairlift. he'll have the time of his life
chrisNASE
3/2/2009 10:11:00 PM
reminds me, i dint go riding once this season
Ian G.
3/2/2009 10:24:00 PM
Originally posted by:..::localeye::..

Originally posted by:Ian G.

make sure to rent a helmet...or just buy a pro-tec for like 25- 30 bucks. my buddy cracked him head the first time snowboarding so bad that he had to get flown by helicopter to the hospital. def take lessons, or go with somebody experienced. i went through all the classes to be a snowboarding instructor, and the most common mistake people make is putting too much weight on their back foot and leaning back.

really? thats how i snowboard. i find it much easier to carve and cruise down...im not a big jump person...more speed


next time you go, focus more of your weight on your front foot. it makes it easier to cut in and out of turns and carve in a more "s" like fashion. everyone has different methods, but after i went through the classes to be an instuctor, they helped me fine tune my riding...this method def helps. leaning on your back foot makes it easier to catch an edge an usually can result in slidding out/fish tailing almost.