Riding freestyle is totally different from free riding so when you venture into the park for the first time remember these few things...
Nail the basics first
Don’t hit the park until you can turn confidently. You want your basic snowboard skills nailed before trying to enter the park. The better you are at free riding the faster and easier you’ll pick up freestyle riding.
Start small and work your way up to big
Most resorts will have parks built for beginners to learn on. Try smaller jumps before hitting the big ones, hit a box before hitting a rail.
Check out the feature before hitting it
Ride beside the feature and suss out the lip and the landing, get prepared before jumping in.
Don’t get frustrated if you can’t do something straight away
Learning anything takes time, enjoy the learning part, have a laugh! In saying that if you do feel frustrated go do a run and come back to the park.
Practice, practice, practice!
Just like when you were learning to turn and you had to do it a thousand times before getting it. You may land a rail once but do it again before moving to a trick or a bigger rail.
Wear a helmet
There is so much protective gear you can get made for when riders are learning. From helmets to wrist guards; don’t cut your season short because of an injury.
Follow the park rules
Look out for other riders, don’t cut people off, it is all pretty obvious but needs to be remembered.
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