As winter sets in, and the weather forecasters start calling for snow, the thoughts of many recreational athletes turn to alpine events, especially skiing. But for some weekend warriors, winter sports means only one thing: snowboarding. Combining the fluid grace of surfing with the jump and spin techniques of skateboarding, snowboarding is a rush that has to be experienced. A few things to know before you go.
First of all, you’ll need a board. There are basically two types of boards, depending on what kind of snowboarding you will be doing. Freeriding is the more downhill oriented side of the sport, but freestyle is usually what you see on TV; riding the pipe, doing jumps, and looking styled. Most snowboards are designed for freeriding or freestyle, which is good because this shape is perfect for most beginners. It utilizes a twin tip (both ends are the same) design, as opposed to the freecarving or slalom boards, which are more directional in shape. Most people start out with a basic model, such as the Burton A Deck series.