Snowboarding and surfboarding are two sister sports that many believe are very similar to one another. While that may be true, the two sports also contain a few key differences that would make it somewhat difficult for someone to transfer between the two sports. Below we will examine the key similarities and difference between these two boardsports that have grown so much in the previous years.
Both snowboarding and surfing require a boarder to balance themselves on their boards. In order to participate in either sport, a boarder must master balancing. Balance is essential when not only standing still, but when moving as well.
Snowboarders and surfers need to wait before riding. Surfers often need to wait among masses of other surfers before hitting a wave, while snowboarders often need to wait to board a chair lift or hit a slope. Both require waits to ensure that someone does not get hit while a boarder is riding. Riders in both sports are very careful not to cut someone off and disturb their line.
Paddling versus Chair Lifts
To ride the waves, a surf boarder needs to paddle out to the wave and time their movements with the wave. On the other hand, a snowboarder has to take a chair lift to the top of a slope in order to ride the mountain. Though both involve some sort of preparation in order to hit a line, the preparation required for both are different.
Both sports require balance in order to stand on the board, but surfing requires a different kind of balance. The water, underneath a surfboard is already moving, which can make it difficult to stand up straight. Standing on a snowboard is somewhat difficult to the slipperiness of the ice and slopes, but the ground does not move as you try to maintain your balance on the board.
Though the snowboarding and surfing share their similarities, they have major differences that make it somewhat complicated to transition from one to the next. Both sports are great and teach essential skills in balance and general riding. Therefore, getting better in one of the sports may make it easier to transition to the other.
If you’re a serious winter sports enthusiast, you know that great destinations are worth some travel time. Traveling to great winter sports locations can be incredibly rewarding, offering world-class facilities and the ability to see places you might not have otherwise. If you’re starting to plan your next big trip, read on for some suggestions on where you might want to consider booking tickets to.
Japan isn’t often thought of as a haven for snowboarders and skiers, but those in the know consider it a top destination. Hokkaido, the country’s northernmost island, is located in the path of consistent weather conditions that provide it with a constant supply of fresh snow. Better yet, the snow is known for being incredibly dry – perfect for winter sports. The island is home to a few great resorts too, so getting comfortable after a day of activities is easy.
Wanaka, New Zealand
Visiting New Zealand for a winter sports vacation is an experience like no other. The resorts are open snowfields, meaning that there are no trees to block the sightline. It feels like skiing or snowboarding in an endless sea of snow! This incredible sight is only furthered by the other natural wonders in New Zealand. Volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls are all only a short drive from where most of the resorts are located. Better yet, lines are often short since the resorts are generally not too crowded.
Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb is an absolutely beautiful place to ski and snowboard. This location is a great place for everyone, as it offers groomed runs for beginners and more adventurous tree runs, cliffs, and open bowls for experienced athletes. It’s an absolutely enormous area, so visitors can ski and snowboard somewhere new every day. Whistler Blackcomb is also home to the largest vertical drop for any resort in the world.
Verbier is a freeriding paradise. Accordingly, it attracts many extreme riders, but its luxury also attracts families and more casual athletes from around the globe. It’s known around the world for its unrivaled terrain, making it pricier than some other locations. However, this also makes for a lively, international clientele, as well as thrilling spectator events. Consider planning your trip around one of these events to really get the most value for money.
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Skiing and snowboarding are sports that are open for typically one season a year (depending on your location) but it requires year-round work to maintain physical shape. Athletes all over the world have to train during summer months to stay in shape and maintain their skill-set for the winter season. Here’s how they do it!
This one may seem obvious but the exercises done inside of the gym is where things get interesting. Winter athletes need to engage specific muscles to maintain their shape for their sport of choice and utilize unique training methods such as ab wheels, rowing, high-intensity cardio training, and agility work. Look to your favorite pro’s and see if they put out the specific workouts they do to stay in shape.
The cool thing about skiing and snowboarding is that they can both essentially be done in the summer- just using a different medium (aka water). There are obviously differences in water and snow, however, wakeboarding or water-skiing is the closest you’re going to get to replicating the experience and engaging the muscles in a similar fashion.
Skating is both easy to pick up and fun! It also helps maintain balance and mental stamina (you don’t want to fall while snowboarding or skating). While your feet will be positioned differently on a skateboard than a snowboard it is still a fun way to get some good practice in and can still improve your snowboarding game.
Biking is hands down one of the best ways you can keep your legs in shape for snowboarding and skiing. You should be biking as much as you absolutely can be- take it to work, to the coffee shop, to the gym, for a casual ride, just make sure you do it! If you can take it up and down some hills or a mountain that’s even better.
There are many things winter athletes (and you) can do to stay in shape during the summer. Activities as simple as getting in the gym or taking it up a notch and learning other extreme sports like mountain biking or surfing will contribute to a better winter season ensuring that when you get back in the snow, you will be ready to pick up right where you left off!
Snowboarding is an activity that offers great exercise, a rush of adrenaline, and a beautiful time out in nature. But the truth is if you’re not careful while out on the slopes, it may also offer you a nasty dose of frostbite, too.
Wearing quality apparel when engaging in an extreme sport is essential, and this is undoubtedly true with snowboarding. Not only will it help ensure you have the best time possible when out on the mountain, but it will also ensure you do everything possible to stay safe and prevent any harmful issues that would not otherwise occur.
To help prepare you for your next epic snowboarding trip, below are three excellent brands that won’t break the bank.
Prices can vary widely with Burton, but it’s a great brand that has proven itself in the world of snowboarding. But the nice thing about Burton gear is that you can often find a discount on their apparel, with possible discounts of 30-40% in their clearance section. Helmets, for instance, can range anywhere from $50 to $150, but the quality is indeed something that the manufacturers at Burton keep in the forefront of their minds, so you won’t find yourself paying for something that will not serve you well and last through any harsh conditions.
Helly Hansen possesses a proven track record in apparel that lasts through the frigid temperatures of the Norwegian winters. For apparel that can last through the harshest of conditions, this is an excellent brand that can still be found at a reasonable price. For instance, If you’re planning on snowboarding in extreme conditions, Hansen offers an excellent choice with their Backbowl jacket.
Again, the prices of Helly Hansen can vary as well, with jackets ranging from $100 to $500. But discounts of 30% can regularly be found, and the quality that comes with the purchase is hard to beat.
Chaos Hats make affordable headwear and neckwear for men and women. The brand offers some stylish selections, with a nearly endless supply of beanies and scarves, and the material is soft but durable—perfect for any cold winter day on the slopes. One of the coolest products Chaos Hats offer is their affordable fleece necktubes which run about $10.
Finding affordable and durable snowboarding apparel doesn’t have to be a strenuous activity that causes any financial burden. Many great brands that offer a variety of great products that leave you with little excuse to not head out and hit the slopes!
The Apple Watch has become a wearable essential for fitness fanatics everywhere, helping to track progress and supply valuable data. Until now, it seemed Apple was forgetting about those with a passion for winter activities. Not to be outdone, Apple gave the green light for several winter sports tracking apps.
New Apps for the Apple Watch Will Track a New Type of Progress
Among the first apps to sign on with the Apple Watch are Ski Tracks, Slopes, Snocru, and Squaw Alpine. The apps will help individuals track their performance in skiing and snowboarding activities by providing data that will be recorded, during the activities. This is something winter sports enthusiasts have been longing for and it seems Apple execs were listening.
Unfortunately, the apps won’t be compatible with older versions of the Apple Watch. The technology that makes this type of fitness tracking possible was only made available with the WatchOS 4.2, which was updated in December. This means Legacy Apple Watch owners will have to upgrade, if they want access to the apps. Currently, only the Apple Watch Series 3 will be capable of running the apps correctly, partly because it comes with a barometric altimeter installed in the device.
The Apple Watch Update Simplifies Tracking
It should be noted that winter athletes weren’t without tracking apps for their activities. The previously mentioned apps have been available on the iPhone for some time, but handling the phone while wearing winter gear was problematic. Wearing gloves made it difficult to use the apps and, for skiers, they would have to juggle their phone along with their ski poles.
Often, users want to track their progress on the field or while riding the chair lift, but that required removing gloves. Otherwise, there was the risk of dropping their phone or other equipment. The Apple Watch eliminates those concerns with the new update.
What kind of data will the Apple Watch record with these apps? Among the most anticipated features, it will track the vertical descent and the distance for each runs, as well as keeping a record of the number of runs completed. The apps will also be able to keep a tally of top speeds, providing an average speed for the user. For those interested in how their performance effects their physique, the Apple Watch will also keep track of the number of calories burned with each performance.
While this may mean buying a new Apple Watch for some, the investment will certainly pay off. Having a more convenient way of tracking this kind of data will help athletes improve their overall performance.
Now that the 2018 Winter Olympics Games has come to a close, it is an appropriate time to reflect on one of the biggest Winter sports: snowboarding. Believe it or not, snowboarding was once banned at ski resorts, but that was in the wild west days of this aesthetically arctic sport, before the likes of Ross Powers, Kelly Clark, and Shaun White made it the respected sport and household name that it is today.
Time Magazine once referred to snowboarding as “The worst new sport.” And while it did have a rough go with its humble beginnings as an Olympic winter sport, snowboarding has gone from odd one out to a mainstream golden child in a little less than a decade. So, to celebrate the athletes that participated in this sport in the past Winter games below is a brief history of snowboarding in the Winter Olympics.
Making the Olympics Cool Again
Known for being a counterculture favorite, snowboarding was often the back pocket gem for those involved in the sport. But In 1995, snowboarding was added as an official sport to the Olympic Winter Games. It made its debut in the 1998 Nagano Olympics, but even with its addition as an official Olympic sport, no one could have foretold of its popularity in mainstream culture some twenty years later. While the sport was a bit slow coming out of the gate in 1998, all of that started to change in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, where snowboarding went from up-and-comer to full-fledged Olympic sport.
Perhaps the highlight of the Salt Lake City Olympics was when 18-year-old Kelly Clark, in front of thousands of Americans, won the country’s first gold medal of the Games. A day later, Ross Powers, Danny Kass and JJ Thomas dominated the men’s halfpipe. Then, seemingly all at once, snowboarding became the Olympic sport that all the cool kids wanted to be a part of.
Continuing to Grow
Perhaps its first truly mainstream star, it’s undeniable at this point that Shaun White is a huge name in the sport of snowboarding. And in 2006, snowboarding found an athlete with the charisma needed to take it to the next level. With White’s domination of the 2006 Vancouver games, many Americans found themselves cheering for a sport that was less than fifty years old, and the sport truly found a home with old and young alike.
While it has certainly endured its fair share of growing pains, snowboarding continues a positive, upward trajectory both in the skill of its athletes and the popularity of it as a sport. And after a disappointing run for Shaun White in the 2014 games, White solidified himself as a true comeback kid in the 2018 games, a title that snowboarding itself has earned over the past twenty years, as well.
In the 2018 games, seventeen different nations earned a medal in snowboarding, with the U.S. at the top of the list and Canada coming in second. Truly, it was a great year for snowboarding as a whole, and indicative of its continual climb as a sport that showcases the excellence and skill of extreme athletes.