The Illustrated Guide to Snowboarding / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
"As a PSIA examiner I have worked with Kevin on and off the snow for several years. His creativity and knowledge of what works comes through clearly in The Illustrated Guide to Snowboarding. I'd recommend it as a reference to the professional instructor, as well as a how-to for the avid snowboarder and those who wish to be." J. Randy Price Member of the PSIA-AASI national demonstration team "As a professional athlete and instructor, working with Kevin and reading his book helped my riding immensely. One of Kevin's principles is straightforward and perfectly applicable for snowboarding, climbing or just about any sportyour mind leads and your body follows. It works!" Robyn Ebersfield 4-time World Cup rock climbing champion "Never in my thirty-three years of pioneering, shaping and defining the sport of snowboarding was there ever access to material explaining the technical aspects of riding in such an easy to understand manner. . . . This 'encyclopedia' of snowboarding how-to belongs on the shelf of every ski area, snowboard park and bookstore in the snowbelt." Paul Graves
|Publisher:||McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.98(w) x 10.68(h) x 0.67(d)|
About the Author
Kevin Ryan has been teaching people how to ride snowboards for the last ten years. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his partner Lisa and their son Maxwell. He has set up a 3D illustration/animation studio and is currently producing a video series and eventually a CD-ROM based upon the information in this book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is by far the best howto book on snowboarding that I've seen. I took up snowboarding in 1997. I took classes in Austria, from an instructor that turned out not to be a good instructor (I think he really was a skier). I did have fun, and a black tail bone, but after 7 days of snowboarding I still wasn't doing ok at all. The summer after, I read "the illustrated guide". The book pointed out to me tha basic things about snowboarding, like "put your weight on your front foot", "always go on an edge, never go flat", "don't bend over, but rather bend your knees". Basic stuff the instructor failed to tell me about. The year after we went to Switzerland twice, and I got good at snowboarding. I decided to take my next classes when I stopped getting new ideas from the guide, but so far I haven't taken classes. Brilliant book!
Before I bought and read this book, I was a beginning rider, struggling to advance. After carefully reading the book and applying what I learned, I became comfortable riding blue and black trails. After seeing my progress, the rest of my family now has the desire to snowboard.
I bought this book for my daughter who had never skied or snowboarded in her life. She was having trouble after her first lesson. After buying and using this book she was carving and linking turns and 'Boarding! Her instuctor couldn't believe she was on the snow for only the second time in her life and told me she was 'Totally awsome!' If you buy only one book get this one!
This book gives you the information, ideas and great tips for a novice (that's me) all the way to expert technique. I had never been on snow before and at 47 was a little nervous. The info in this book made all the difference between pain and pleasure - what a rush! I feel like I'm fifteen again. Take a lesson like the book recommends too.