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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570281440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570281440
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By john@johnmerrifield.com on 20 July 2001
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THis book is superb, I am on oldie snowboarder still struggling to get it right, I had previously read Lowell Hart's book and thought it good but this surpasses it big time! I particularly liked,the illustrations, the tips from pro riders, the information on stance and riding position, the exercises to help ones style, the importance of positive attitude
The only problem is remembering all the good advice when you are on your board!! IF you are into snowboarding you need this book!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Chandler on 25 Oct 2001
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What an incredible book! I'm new to snoboarding and after taking an intensive course thought I'd read up on the subject while away from the slopes.
I'm barely a third of the way through and I've already learnt a huge amount. It's highly readable, the illustrations liven and support the text and the author projects knowledge and enthusiasm without resorting to being dry and technical or smug.
The most immediate thing is the book crams a wealth of material not just on the actual technical issues of riding. Mental and physical preparation, relaxation, the physics of snowboarding, techniques, styles, equipment, background history, the whole package all provided in a concise and light-hearted book that should appeal to newbies and veterans alike.
Ryan's text is supported by small snippets from other snowboarders which broaden the experiences and information offered.
To round off, the book provides a glossary of terms and there's a list of books, magazines, organisations and equipment providers in the back - though, inevitably, they're biased towards the USA.
Highly recommended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Christina Sedden on 13 April 2002
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After reading the useful reviews, I bought this book after taking a couple of lessons. Always was into skiing, but apprehensive towards snowboarding. This book let me know all the answers to the questions I felt were going to be too stupid to ask, like equipment. What to look for in your lessons, how does the falling leaf pattern help, etc. etc. I've been snowboarding for six months now and I still read it because it stops me from forming bad habits and helps me go over things again and again. Plus, the cool thing is the author is so laid back, I feel a lot more relaxed being a 25-year-old beginner getting made fun of on the slopes by a bunch of pre-teens for falling off a poma lift. Whenever I'm discouraged, I reach for this and read it like a bible. You should too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 1998
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Just one look at this guide will tell you that the author has spent the better part of his life on a snowboard. I had a chance to ride with Kevin in Colorado and he was impressive both riding and instructing others in his lessons. The book includes a warm-up section with snowboard-specific stretches, as well as how to ride bumps, carve boiler plate ice, tune your board, fall safely and enjoy the sport to its fullest. In my opinion, this is the best snowboarding book on the market and the pictures are excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec 2000
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Kevin Ryan's book is an absolute gem. His use of 'nifty' prose, and ability to explain in the simplest of details go to show this guys methods are an absolute sure fire winner. With novice, intermediate and techniques for advanced riders, easy to understand pics, Q&A sections and even your board maintenance........This book is a must for any snowboarder worth his powder, buy it today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Reid on 25 July 2006
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Mental rehearsal is the way to bettering yourself with any sport. The author has really managed to get across the technics in simplistic, easy to follow terms. Guaranteed you will find ya self standing in the middle of your lounge trying out the moves!

New to snowboarding. . .?

This book has what you need to get you started on the slopes. It can never replace private lessons but it can help you understand why it is you do those strange things during lessons. It also has some great tips on what to look for in your equipment - helping you look cool as you fall.

Already snowboarding. . .?

This book helps you visualise the steps you need to take in order to help you achieve that next level - Feckin' awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov 1998
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I'm 48 and only in my second year of snowboarding, but Mr. Ryan's examples and explanations ring true when he explains the "how to" in controling the board and the body. I can't wait to get out and try the exercises for carving and control. Imagine what I'd have to pay in lessons to get this kind of advice! I've recommended it to the local snowboard shop.
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By "andy_tells_it" on 23 Jan 2006
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This book is brilliant. I read a friends copy each night before my snowboard lesson and it backed up / expanded on what my instructor had to say during the day.
It's true the book is written in a very relaxed style but it reflects the laid back, jargon fueled humour that you'd expect from a veteran of the sport.
It tackles both the technical and psychological aspects associated with boarding. The simple advice to "relax and commit" stuck with me and helped me through a few situations where I was scared to go ahead.
Ever watched National Lampoon's "Animal House"??
- The author of this book would most likely have been a Delta.
- If you identified with the popped collar, sweater round the shoulders Omega's then best stay clear.
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