How To Ride A Snowboard Halfpipe
Learning how to ride a snowboard half pipe is the first step in tuning up your snowboarding ability. Half pipe on a snowboard is a precursor to a myriad of fantastic tricks. The half pipe offers unique challenges and will take your snowboarding to new levels and increase the over all fun level. Half pipe on a snowboard is a trial in balance and overall board management. The slope and grade present different issues than normal down hill or alpine challenges. Take the half pipe seriously, it is no joke and can lead to grave injury. Learning how to properly master the half pipe will open the door of opportunity for some excellent snowboarding. Check out the directions below for a description of the technique to handle the half pipe.
What you will need to do this:
- Snowboarding gear
- Half pipe
- Appropriate skill level
How to ride a snowboard on a half pipe:
- As always, it is important to warm up and get limber. Be sure to strap in and put on all your protective gear. Start out at the bottom of the half pipe. Snowboard out and then up one side of the half pipe. Go up as far as you feel comfortable.
- Turn and come down but make sure you push up onto the other side of the half pipe. Run this regiment back and forth on the half pipe to get a feel for the turns and flow of coming down the half pipe.
- This routine will give you a valid feel of things but not the full rush. When you are ready to challenge the half pipe, head up to the top and position yourself with your toe side just over the edge. Take a mini pop and let the half pipe take you down.
- Bend your knees and you are going down. You can place your arms out to your side to help with balance. Coming up the other side of the half pipe, straighten your knees. Turns back down are done by leaning in the direction you wish to board. That is it; this is riding a half pipe. Trust me though. It is much harder than it sounds!
Tip: Approach the half pipe like everything else in the sport. With confidence, respect, and you will be fine.