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Life Lessons Learnt From Snowboarding

Whilst I was in Canada I tried snowboarding for the first time. It was a lot of fun and as a longboarder I knew it was going to be something I enjoyed. However, I didn't realise how difficult it was going to be! 

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Snowboarders have this amazing freedom and flow of movement and watching the more experienced riders I was determined to learn. However, I quickly realised that this was not going to be something you can just pick up and do brilliantly, Olympic athletes definitely don’t learn double back-flips overnight without breaking a sweat. But like all great things, it’s worth it! During my lesson while I was listening to the instructor, it occurred to me that a lot of what he was saying could be applied to life. So here are a few things I picked up while learning to snowboard

1. You are going to fall down

When you learn to do any board sport, the first thing you have to learn isn’t how to go or how to stop, it’s how to fall. You are going to fall down and the fear of falling is what stops most people from learning. We are scared of getting hurt and we let that fear hold us back from taking risks or doing the things we could really enjoy.

2. Persist with patience

However after a few falls you realise that it actually isn’t as bad as you thought it was going to be. And even if it was as bad as you thought it was going to be, get back up. Get right back up each and every time you fall.  Be patient and know that within time those falls will happen less and less and you’ll only gain more and more confidence as you ride. Try not to take those falls as a direct hit to the ego either, nobody knows how to everything straight away.

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3. Confidence! 

Attitude and mentality really does mean everything and having confidence changes the way you feel and the way you act. This applies especially when fear, anxiety or risks are involved. Most of my falls happen from mental moments of weakness. Psyching yourself out is a phenomenon that is so common — fear just loves to creep up into the crevices of our minds — yet so easy to fix because your mind has the power to push those fearful thoughts away. Falling over hurts but I know that if I have confidence in my abilities that I’m not going to fall.  I like to envision myself ending it with sheer satisfaction… hitting every turn, every jump with pure ease… helps to regain my confidence. Dare yourself and eventually you will conquer every trail on the mountain

4. Find your rhythm

When you start learning to ride, you don’t have a rhythm or your own “flow.” Flow is the rhythm you obtain from sequentially carving and connecting turns. Once you have the basic mechanics of a turn, your rhythm will naturally develop. When you’ve reached the top of the mountain, strap in and start the descent, your flow will take control and gracefully glide you all the way to the base. My favourite thing is carving, I love the feel of my hips moving and the ease with which the board moves with me. I also like speed. I love the adrenaline and fear of going fast. Once you find your rhythm, confidence will follow and there’s nothing like it!

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5. Embrace your surroundings

When you start learning to ride, you don’t have a rhythm or your own “flow.” Flow is the rhythm you obtain from sequentially carving and connecting turns. Once you have the basic mechanics of a turn, your rhythm will naturally develop. When you’ve reached the top of the mountain, strap in and start the descent, your flow will take control and gracefully glide you all the way to the base. My favourite thing is carving, I love the feel of my hips moving and the ease with which the board moves with me. I also like speed. I love the adrenaline and fear of going fast. Once you find your rhythm, confidence will follow and there’s nothing like it!

6. You can always do better

Some of the best riders I’ve seen never stop pushing themselves to be better. No matter how good you get at something, there are always more things to learn and practice does make perfect. The more you ride, the more you learn, and taking each time you go to the mountain as an opportunity to focus on a new area is one of the best ways to actively improve. That’s not to say that you can’t have fun either!