Snowboarding is an exciting sport that captures many people’s imaginations. This is a fun sport that requires proper training, implying that there are guidelines and mistakes to avoid during the sport. The following are safety tips for all snowboarders:
Leaning Back While Turning
While making a turn, you can be tempted to lean back. Ensure that you avoid this as it will make you lose control as it prevents you from pushing your board onto its edge effectively. For smooth turning, you should use your upper body and shoulders to put more weight on your front foot. Practicing this may be uncomfortable at first, but with time and training, you will make progress and learn to balance without leaning backward.
Wearing the Wrong Clothing
You should always wear the right clothing when snowboarding. However, few people get this right. Put on a base layer to keep you dry, mid-layer aimed at keeping you warm, outer layer for breaking the wind and keep moisture out. Snowboarding takes place in severe weather; hence you should always wear clothes that keep you safe and warm. You can get warm while learning to snowboard.
Rushing Your Turns
While riding with your back foot unstrapped it forms you’re binding and use it to push yourself forward, this is an essential snowboarding skill that many people forget. If you want to snowboard smoothly, ensure that you are able to skate up to and off of lifts. You can learn to do this by training and focusing on skating skills that will help you get used to balancing on the board quickly.
Catching your fall with Hands
During your first moments in snowboarding, you are likely to fall. Instead of catching your fall with your hands, let your clothing and the snow cushion your fall. However, this may seem unnatural, and it is the best and safer option.
Leaning too Far While Riding an Edge
If you are a beginner rider, then you will feel uncomfortable while riding on your toe and heel edge as it looks like standing straight up as you try to put weight on your heels. Ensure that you are straightening your heel while riding will make you unbalanced. Ensure that while riding on your heel edge, you force yourself into a sitting position using your knees.