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    Posted: Dec/15/2013 at 2:05pm
Hey Everyone,

First off, I hope everyone's having a great season injury free..
I just got back into snowboarding after 7 years and I came from a secluded area growing up and didn't really learn much about snowboarding. I only snowboarding in local parks and semi sleep slops so wasn't exactly a pro. I have learned a lot about kinds of boards, bindings, boots, technique, skills, etc which I believe would have been very helpful to me when I started in 2nd grade to 5th grade.

I was at Liberty in PA and it was fun, but after a while, UI realized i couldn't do much and was pretty bad. I have included the picture of my Original Sin 160 Board I bought to practice with (did not want to spend hundreds on a new board when I gotta get back into it) just to practice. I paid $60 which I think is a fair price for it. I wax it before going to liberty every time and am planning to buy boots, but I was unsure.

While coming down their beginners hill, I was a little insecure about how I came down. I was using a rental and everything felt wobbly a little. I feel like I would have better control if the board was stiffer, does this imply I should get boots that are stiff and I was unsure on how to tell which boots are good for me. I am trying to limit myself to $100 to start off and get different boots in a year or two when I am willing to spend more. I was hoping I could get some boot recommendations and also some recommendations on how to determine how to snowboard.

When I snowboard, I am unable to tell if I am better with my left foot forward or my right foot forward. The guides say that we should use left since most people are better with left, but I feel safer going down and controlling with my right and turning while going down with my left, so I alternate a lot while going downhill. If I switch, I fall about 2-3 times at most, while if I only use one side, I fall 5-6 times. I feel like the switching allows me to better position myself and adapt with the change in speed and moving my body weight throughout the board as I go down. I am unsure if I am just making this up or if this actually reflects on how I am able to snowboard better.
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well first off there isn't a side you should be pointing down hill more of the time just because it's what everyone else does, just do what feels comfortable to you. Riding a stiffer set up is usually harder then riding a slightly soft or mid flexing set up because every little mistake you make is transferred to your board/edge more completely, so if you make a little mistake it makes a bigger difference. I think you're just new to the sport and it not something most people just jump on with perfect comfort and ease in the first few days. Findings boots at 100$ or less is going to be very difficult. I would just recommend sticking with a mid stiff set up and practicing. 
 
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I found when I just began snowboarding to have someone push you lightly from behind and whichever foot you step with first will be your lead foot. And when your trying to find a good first setup try to wait until the seaso. Ends and everything goes on sale for pretty cheap. I did that and scored new boots and bindings for about $150. Hope this helps:)
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yeah riding is pretty much your style and there is no right or wrong.
One trick people use all the time is having someone push you from the back and seeing which foot you step with first as lead foot, BUT a much easier method is to hold a baseball bat. I'm righty so i put my left foot forward, so you should do the same when snowboarding.
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hmmm... i'm right handed and i'm goofy. and i hit baseball left foot forward. does it mean something? push from behind is the classic but true and tried method. just do that. or you can always try this one (no guarantee but work if you don't have anyone to push you). stand still, than walk forward, whichever foot go first is your leading foot.
hmmm... Now What???   
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There're plenty of how-to videos on this site. All are very helpful.
Boots are preference originated, for beginners, a softer boot will be more comfy and forgiving, a stiff boot might feel restricted. Burton Moto is probably the best cheap boot, but only if they're comfy to you.
A softer board is more forgiving. It'll translate less inexperience flaws.
Bindings, any will be fine. Go with a pair between soft and mid-stiff. Just not overly soft or stiff.
If you like to control with your right, ride with your left foot forward. The way I feel is that I initiate the turn with my left and control the carve with my right.
Nope you are not making it up and not the only one. There could be one or few things that causes you to switch back and forth.
Tip 1: Shift your weight to bias more toward your front leg. This way, it'll help you lock in to your carves and you'll feel less of the need to switch.
Tip 2: Don't lean on back leg, spine should be perpendicular to the angle of the slope and shoulders should be parallel.
Take your time and have fun. Is not about how little you fall, is about how you want to ride.
Let us know how you're progressing. Hope the tips help.
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