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The Snowboard Book: A Guide for All Boarders Paperback – December 17, 1998
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From the Back Cover
The Snowboard Book is for skiers and non-skiers alike who want to get in on the fun and excitement of the world's fastest-growing winter sport. This is the first guide to snowboarding aimed at the post-teen crowd. Learning to snowboard is surprisingly easy - with the right instruction. Seasoned teacher Lowell Hart delivers just what you need to succeed. In his complete, fully illustrated guide, beginners gain the know-how to get started, from choosing the right board to becoming familiar with snowboarding's unique techniques and lingo (do you ride "goofy" or "regular"?) to making the transition from skis to board. Using a step-by-step approach combined with focused confidence-building drills at every stage of the way, Hart opens up this youthful new sport to all ages and all ability levels.
About the Author
Lowell Hart helped develop one of the country's first snowboard programs. A founder of the Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA) Snowboard Education Team, he is snowboard training and development manager at the Keystone Resort in Dillon, Colorado.
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Top Customer Reviews
I work as a snowboard instructor--and am always looking for ideas and suggestions to help me teach. This book has helped me (most other books haven't) and will help you, too!
Great photos and illustrations.
Have fun and happy riding!
The first complaint I have is that many of the pictures are far to small to get a good sense of how the person is standing. There are some nice studio shots of a young woman in various snowboarding poses and different sunglasses, but the other shots are not so helpful.
Even less helpful is that the main snowboarding model is using a carving board and so has a completely difference stance to a standard board. This is not addressed in the book and and is a major problem. The author needs to show the kind of boards and setups that beginners and early intermediates would use. Advanced riders do not need this info, they know what they are doing.
Finally, the "lessons" are unstructured. A beginner needs to know that after their first lesson, this is what you practice. Then after your second lesson, this is what you practice. Associated with this should be tips on overcoming the problems like turning the tail because you are leaning back
All in all, I'd suggest a beginner avoids this book and looks to something a little simpler. I bought the Cindy Kleh's book from my local store and found that to be more useful for the beginner. It particularly addresses some of the pitfalls a beginner might experience and there are some great pictures to work with.
Although I'm not yet good enough to ride black diamond trails I already know what to do when I get there from reading the book. It's good!
I am also a snowboard instructor, an examiner in fact. Please do not try and learn from this book, if you are serious about learning, spend the money on a lesson and request an instructor with level 3 certification. The techniques and strategies described in this book are simply inefficient, and quite frankly, bad habits. This book was written when the sport was young, and the equipment was bad, the movements described in this book were necessary in order to get an inefficient tool to move. The technology has improved such that it is no longer necessary, efficient, or even cool to ride like this. That being said, this book was not bad 15 years ago when it was written...and it is a pretty funny piece of history to keep around the cabin and say wow...look how far we have come...