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Snowboarding

What is Snowboarding?

Snowboarding is a sport that evolved from skateboarding and surfing. It is often described as surfing or skateboarding on snow.

What are the benefits of snowboarding?

Snowboarding is a great activity. It tones your entire body while providing an excellent cardiovascular workout; it strengthens your heart muscle and improves delivery of oxygen to muscles.

Before you head out on the slopes you should do some warm up exercises and a lot of stretching. Do your stretching before and after snowboarding to minimize the pain.

Snowboarding is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting to snowboardi.

Snowboarding Equipment?

There is a lot of equipment that is needed for snowboarding.

Check out our snowboarding gear guide for more information on gear you might need or want. You can shop here for great deals on snowboarding and ski clothes: http://www.dogfunk.com/mens-snowboard-jackets

Learning How To Snowboard

When learning how to snowboard, you should probably take a class with an instructor on the bunny slope. At most ski resorts, the prices of the classes are reasonable and they are held everyday. A bunny slope is a small slope on a mountain used by people who are just learning how to ski and snowboard. The bunny slope is also called a beginner slope and nursery slope.

When you learning how to snowboard, one of the most important things you will need to is how to stop. There are a few ways to stop, but the easiest way for a beginner is called the snow plow. The snow plow can be performed by pointing your feet towards each other and put weight on the insoles of your feet.

Snowboarding Styles

  • Freestyle
    • Freestyle riding focuses on jumps, tricks, rail slides, halfpipes and switch riding.
    • Freestyle equipment uses a soft boot and a relatively short, maneuverable board.
  • Freeride
    • People who freeride usually prefer the all mountain experience: open terrain, backcountry chutes, fresh powder, and fresh trees.
    • Freeriding is the most general style of snowboarding and has correspondingly versatile equipment. Freeride equipment uses a soft boot. Boards in this category are relatively longer and more directional in their shape.
  • Freecarve / Race
    • Focuses on carving and racing.
    • Takes place on hard-pack or groomed runs and focuses on the ultimate carving turn. Little or no jumping takes place in this discipline.
    • Also called alpine snowboarding.
    • Freecarve equipment is comprised of a hard boot and plate binding system, with stiff, narrow and long boards.

Cautions

If you are learning how to snowboard as part of an exercise program, check with a doctor before beginning your exercise program.

Don't overdo it. If you feel tired then stop.

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