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Some people find it difficult to get up after falling over. As it can take so long, you risk using up your energy and become fatigued. If you learn the knack for getting up on your snowboard, you'll be able to perform this motion smoothly.

Standing up after falling forward

When standing up after falling forward onto your chest, moving your body onto the snowboard makes it easier to stand up. If you fall onto your chest, first position your knees on the snow and stabilize your body before moving your upper body onto the snowboard.
Gradually move your knees back and shift your center of gravity so that your bottom is placed over the snowboard.
Lift your upper body straight upward while in this position to stand up.

Standing up after falling onto your bottom

When standing up from your bottom, first bring your body close to the snowboard. Grasp the tip of your snowboard with your right hand and then move your center of gravity to stand up.
While supporting your body weight with your back hand (left hand), lift up your body so that your center of gravity is on top of the snowboard.
Lift your upper body straight upward while in this position to stand up.

Hold the edge of the snowboard against the slope

If the tip and tail are flat against the slope, placing your body weight onto the snowboard will cause you to start sliding downhill. When standing up, make sure that the edge of the snowboard digs into the surface for grip.

You can't get up

If your body is downhill from your legs, you won't be able to get up. Move the board or flip it over so that your legs are downhill from your body. Then place the edge of the snowboard against the slope and stand up.

Flip the snowboard over to change your position

We will now show you a way to easily change the snowboard's direction while remaining seated. This method is useful not only when getting up after falling, but also when changing direction on the slope. First try flipping the snowboard over from the toe side to the heel side.
Hold your hands against your body, with your upper body facing the slope, and rotate the snowboard in the direction you want to go.
Once you've rotated the snowboard to some degree, flip it over with the momentum that you have gained.
Also try flipping the snowboard over from the heel side to the toe side.
Rotate your arms in the desired direction and twist your upper body.
Use the opposing force to this to flip the snowboard over.
photo & text : Chiho Kuriyama

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