From Skateboarding to Snowboarding?


I've been in the same position as you and hope I can shed some light on the subject: I found that it wasn't super difficult to transfer over, but the major thing was the idea of bindings and boots. This is a major difference, as now your feet are attached to the board which will change you balance and how comfortable you are on a board. The technique is pretty similar with leaning and balance etc. Watch some videos online to decide what footing you are. If you are a proficient skater, you should have no real issue transferring over to snowboarding.

I would advise you to start on the short hills to promote safety and learn the ropes, and in all seriousness WEAR A HELMET! I know it isn't cool, but neither is having your brain scrambled! I received a severe concussion from snowboarding and it altered my life mentally and physically. I never wore a helmet when I would skate, but I was glad to have it that day on the slopes. Keep it real and enjoy the slopes this...

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I have over a decade experience in snowboarding and just started surfing recently. So far I would say it's a different experience.

First, unlike snow, water moves under you. Water has it's own physics which you need to take into account.

Second, unlike on a snowboard, you will control the movement of your surf board with the flow of the wave by moving back and forth on the board.

Third, surfing (at least for me) is about the right timing. You need to feel the force of the wave before you will get up and actually surf. In snowboarding timing is not that crucial.

May be, sharp turning technique, by moving your shoulders first and passing the momentum to your hips, legs and surf board will be somewhat similar to turning the...

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All the basic tricks snowboarding comes from skateboarding:

Stalefish, Mute, Method and Indy Grabs
50-50, Five-O grind (50-50 is where the rail is straightdown the centerline of the skateboard trucks, but on a snowboard the name makes less sense)
Frontside or Backside Boardslide and Lipslide
Frontside or Backside rotations
Air to Fakie and Cab (named after famous skateboarder Steve Caballero)

Of course, some of the more crazy tricks like YOLO flips and Tomahawk (double corks spins in the pipe) that have only be done on a snowboard afaik, so they only exist in snowboarding. Similarly, snowboarding has a trick called the Michael Jackson, where you slide across a box completely on your toeside edge (so it looks like how Michael Jackson used to balance on his toes). Note: I'm not a personal fan of the Michael Jackson slides as they look kind of ugly (like a messed up, recovered frontside board).

Note that snowboarding generally it a bit looser with...

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Key difference: Snowboarding is a winter sport where the participants ride their snowboards over snow slopes. Skateboarding is an action-adventure freestyle sport, which the participants play by riding their skateboards and performing stunts.

According to Wikipedia, "Snowboarding is a winter sport that involves descending a slope that is covered with snow while standing on a board attached to a rider's feet, using a special boot set onto a mounted binding". Snowboarding is as simple as it is fun, and its rules are really easy too. To snowboard, all one has to do is get on the snowboard and go down snow-covered slopes. However, beginners do require professional assistance while attempting this sport. Reason being that this sport is based on body kinetics. While riding a snowboard, one must keep his/her balance intact at all times. Although balance can be ensured through bindings at the toes and heels of a snowboarder, he/she must also sustain a set of correct body postures to avoid...

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Learn more about Snowboarding

Snowboarding is a boardsport that involves descending a snow-covered slope on a snowboard that is attached to one's feet. It is similar to skiing, but inspired by surfing and skateboarding. The sport was developed in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s and became a Winter Olympic Sport in 1998.

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Snowboard instruction from certified snowboard instructors is available at most ski resorts. Professional instruction is a good way to learn proper technique, safety policies, mountain etiquette and resort rules. Beginning snowboarders, whether young or old, should consider taking a series of lessons. Lessons are not only the fastest way to learn, but they also build confidence in sharing the mountain with other members of the snowboarding/ski community.

Snowboard lessons, as with ski lessons, can either be group or private lessons. Group lessons are cheaper, but often have a...

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Today’s reader question:

Will skateboarding help my snowboard skills? Should I try skateboarding in the off-season?

Indeed it will! Skateboarding is a great off-snow board sport and a lot of the skills you learn in skateboarding will help in your snowboarding as well, particularly in the freestyle area.

In fact, I’d say about roughly half of the pro snowboarders that I’ve met are skateboarders as well. From what I’ve seen, it’s quite common for a lot of snowboarders to be skateboarders too.

Why skateboarding helps your snowboarding

1) Shared tricks

Skateboard tricks are very similar to snowboard tricks. Sure they have wheels on the bottom of their board, but a lot of the trick execution is very similar thanks to the fact that snowboarding borrows most of our tricks from skateboarding.

There’s some differences in how we deal with using our edges in snowboarding, but tricks like spinning, rail/box tricks and controlling...

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For snowboarders who don't like waiting year round for fresh powder, or someone just looking for a new ride, this is for you:

Freebords are a recent evolution of the skateboard. They are designed to closely simulate the behavior of a snowboard on downhill rides. To this purpose, they have (when compared to a skateboard) two additional castor wheels, located along the longitudinal middle axis, and protruding slightly more than the edge wheels. These wheels are able to turn freely in all directions, which allows the Freebord to glide as long as no other wheel touches the ground. By exerting some pressure on the edge wheels, the freeborder is able to control the board.

All freebords are currently being manufactured by a single company, Freebord manufacturing Inc. The inventor of the freebord, Steen Strand, had originally planned for the board to have a total of 8 wheels, with two central middle axes. This design, however, resulted in the rider's fluidity and freestyle flow to...

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Once you get the balance, learning how to use your edge, and pivoting on your front foot; I would say the concept of riding on a skateboard transfers over to snowboarding is easy.

Last year was the first time I bought a season pass, so technically I've only been snowboarding for 2 years. The year prior to last season, I only went up 5 times. Before that, I learned how to board in middle school but never had the money for the gear.

I grew up skateboarding (11 years now) and moved to Bellingham. Now, Bellingham's skate park is not at all my type of park. I'm use to street parks: ledges, rails, fun boxes, planter boxes, snakes runs, etc. I got really depressed in the winters because I couldn't ride due to all the rain... and I wasn't a big fan of riding bellingham's park because it's all vert / gnarly bowl heshing.

After realizing I had an epic mountain in my backyard, I said "fuck it, I'm going for broke. Next two paycheck is going towards gear and I'll eat ramen...

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Today’s reader question:

Hey Jed! I remember you said you skateboarded in the past, how does snowboarding match up to skateboarding? I’ve been thinking of trying skateboarding for a summer sport. Is it easier or harder and do falls hurt more?

Yeah that’s correct, I used to skateboard a ton before I picked up snowboarding (and it probably helped me with a lot of body position in snowboard tricks).

I’m assuming you’re talking about street/ramp skateboarding with things like kickflips and ollies.

Overall both sports are very different, yet very similar in some aspects.

Here’s a quickie breakdown of some differences:

1) Skateboarding is harder to pick up

I’d say skateboarding is harder to pick up the basics because the balance and basic tricks take some extra time to get down.

With snowboarding you can spend a full day in a private lesson and figure out basic turning pretty quickly.

With skateboarding you need to really...

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US Snowboard Olympic team used to crosstrain on all terrain skateboards in the 90's (probably still does). Investing in competent body armor can seriously affect the occasion. I'm guessing the "trespassers will be prosecuted" refers to heavenly. How can a person trespass on their own land? Snow Summit resort is on public property and allows mtbing in the summer. Wait till you want to skate down 3600 feet of vert on your all terrain skateboard and heavenly says the public can't use public property in a responsible manor.

By the way I have had hundreds of days on mtbs off road, maybe 30 to 100 lift assisted. I consider my lift assisted mtb experience on public property as some of the greatest bicycle riding I have ever done. The accent from over 10,000 feet at Heavenly into Nevada was one of the most challenging and incredible memories I have ever had on 2 wheels. This doesn't even include the awesome sensual absorption of the area.

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Snowboarding is a recreational activity and Olympic and Paralympic sport that involves descending a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard attached to a rider's feet.

The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfing and skiing. It was developed in the United States in the 1960s, became a Winter Olympic Sport at Nagano in 1998[1] and first featured in the Winter Paralympics at Sochi in 2014.[2] Its popularity (as measured by equipment sales) in the United States peaked in 2007 and has been in a decline since.[3]


Snowboarder riding off of a


Freeride snowboarding is snowboarding in areas off of the main trails.

Modern snowboarding began in 1965 when Sherman Poppen, an engineer in Muskegon, Michigan, invented a toy for his daughters by fastening two skis together and attaching a rope to one end so he would have some control as they stood on the board and glided downhill. Dubbed...

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