Knowing how to go fast on a snowboard can help you keep up with your friends on the slopes. Follow these tips to pick up speed, but be sure to brace for impact with the proper safety gear.
To go fast on a snowboard, safely, you will need:
- A snowboard and snowboard gear including boots, jacket, goggles.
- Crash helmet
- Knee and elbow pads
- Wrist guards
- Spine protector
- Be confident on your snowboard. Snowboarding at high speeds when you're not confident on your snowboard is dangerous. You're more likely to sustain an injury if you fall at high speeds. Practice riding your snowboard until you feel confident enough to go fast.
- Wear protective gear. Even if you're the best snowboarder in the world, you could still fall and hurt yourself. Remember, the faster you're traveling, the more likely you are to shatter some precious, if not necessary, piece of your anatomy. Protect yourself with a helmet and pads. A spine protector makes it a lot less likely that you'll need someone to feed you for the rest of your life.
- Squat down as far as possible when riding your snowboard. Squatting down as low as you can go decreases your wind resistance to help you move fast. Bending your knees deeply as you ride your snowboard also helps you dig your edges more deeply into the snow, decreasing your risk of falls and injury.
- Slow down if you feel yourself losing control. At high speeds, it's very easy to lose control of your snowboard. Rather than go careening off a cliff or taking down half of the local ski school, slow down if you feel yourself losing control. The life you save could be your own.