In terms of outdoor activities, there are fewer things that are more exhilarating than the activities of surfing or snowboarding. Surely, there are apparent differences in the activities as one primarily involves the surface of water, while one involves mostly dealing with the surface of snow; however, there are many ways in which the activity of surfing and snowboarding are related.
First of all, avid surfers and snowboarders will both agree that a key common denominator is the importance of control and balance. Both surfers and snowboarders have to train hard to master body balance and control on the board. Some even use yoga as a way to better build their balance skills.
In terms of balance, both activities require participants to get the knack of adjusting their weight with the tips of their toes. Surfers and snowboarders will have to master the use of the edges of their respective boards to ensure that their turns are excellent.
Surfers and snowboarders also have to maintain the quality of the board itself by waxing it. While surfers wax the board to gain traction, snowboarders go through the process of waxing their board to improve their glide during their run.
Aside from the major differences between the two sports being the surface of snow and water, there are also differences. One significant difference is the duration of ride times. Ride times for surfers and snowboarders are generally quite different. Surfers are generally used to a ride that’s no longer than a few seconds to minutes. Its a quick and invigorating ride that is really based on the condition of the tide and waves. For snowboarders, rides can last much longer depending on the trail or course.
The style of cutting and turning is also a big difference between snowboarding and surfing. Many tricks involved in surfing require hard cuts and turns. For snowboarding, many tricks require small technical movements or big-air ariel tricks.