Self-Experiment | Learn how to Snowboard in 4 hours instead of 3 days | A beginners’ guide

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I’ve just returned from my first snowboarding trip ever, with massive success. I managed to  get cruising on my board in a mere 4 hours, compared to the average 3 days.
In those 4 hours, I managed turns, carving steep, intermediate runs and even a couple of tricks, despite never being on the snow before.

By the end of this post you’ll have a bombproof Cheat Sheet on how to hack your first time snowboarding, to yield the best results. I’ll include 80/20 analyses on how to prepare for your first day efficiently, what to focus on during your slope session, and I’ll even throw in a post-shred breakdown for efficient muscle recovery and memory retention for the skills you just learnt.

Is 4 hours realistic? Most definitely, and I’ll explain how you’ll be using Parkinson’s Law to master the basics of snowboarding in such a short time.

Note: I am assuming that you already have your snowboard gear sorted. This is a skill-based tutorial, with a couple of gear tips thrown in.

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November Slackline Workshop at Boulder Brighton

The open workshops I have been teaching at Boulder Brighton climbing centre have been going really well! This was my second session, focusing on Jumping techniques on the slackline. We had a great turn out, and lots of people landed their first few airs!

The next workshop will be held on Thursday December 5th. Check this event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/59160…

See you there!

Harry Cloudfoot Slackline Feature | Time Out London Magazine

Recently I was contacted by Time Out magazine, London, to do a feature for their “Whatever Next?” section, all about slacklining. I had the pleasure of teaching up-and-coming mag editor and writer Flo Wales Bonner the art of balance (and wobble).

It was a short and sweet event, Flo picked up the skills very quickly and was far more athletic than I think she realised! She writes well, and drops some funny one-liners in the article below. To read, just click on the image to load it full screen.


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To book a slackline lesson with me this Summer, you can contact me here.

Some more articles you might find interesting:

LATERALLY THINKING | THE SLACKER’S GUIDE TO RELAXATION

LATERALLY THINKING is a series of articles designed to explore how the lessons we learn on a slackline can be translated into lessons for everyday life.

This article explores the art of Relaxation. By the end of the post, you will have some techniques to relax on the slackline; how you do it on the line carries forth to how you do it in daily life. Relaxation is a skill and can be applied to any waking moment…

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FIRST TIME ON A HIGHLINE | VIDEO

The Frenchies are at it again! Pierre Chaffour and some of the Slack.Fr crew got together at Cirque de Sordidon, in the infamous Verdon Gorge to rig some epic lines and have some fun!
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EVENTS | SLACKLINING WITH THE SCOUTS | LONDON

I remember how fun it was to take part in all the games when I was a Beaver, and later on a Cub. Needless to say all the up and coming slacklining stars of the future were just as excited to find two slacklines to play on, for the 8th Holborn Scout Group Community Day!

Practicing on the ground! One of the stars of the day

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NEWS REPORT | SLACKLINING NEEDS A HEAD FOR HEIGHTS | VIDEO

Friends of mine Dean and Nadeem have been in the positive media spotlight for their highlining skills! Well done guys! This is actually one of the best representations of highlining that the media have done thus far – so extra well done to D and N for not letting them twist your words or get their facts wrong!
My favourite quote has got to be Dean’s “It’s an ‘ed game” !

Click this photo to watch the video on Vimeo directly

Check it out by clicking on the photo above to watch the video on Vimeo’s page.
You can’t embed the video for some reason…
Or you can watch it on ITV’s page here, too.