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Snowboarding is addictive! Join the millions of fans surfing deep powder, gliding through turns, carving through gates, and going big in the halfpipe. With stunning action photographs and clear, how-to illustrations, this new edition of The Complete Snowboarder gives you technique and equipment updates, expanded coverage of backcountry snowboarding, and tips from world-class pros.

Grab a copy of The Complete Snowboarder, grab a board, and head for the slopes!

Praise for the best-selling first edition:

"Read this before you ride."--Snowboarder

"The best book to come along on snowboarding. . . . Everybody should read it. An excellent and thorough job on this exciting sport."--New York Outdoors

"An intelligent, clearly written introduction to snowboarding. Every student and teacher of the sport should own a copy."--Snow Country

"The most comprehensive and up-to-date book on snowboarding."--Transworld Snowboarding

"Takes the reader from selecting a snowboard to freeriding and competition. Does a great job in getting the message across."--Ted Martin, International Snowboard Federation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071357876
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Bennett is an avid snowboarder and the author of The Essential Whitewater Kayaker and The Complete Whitewater Rafter. Scott Downey is a former top-ranked pro snowboarder who now coaches tomorrow's stars. Charles Arnell is the founder of Arnell Snowboards, one of America's first PSIA-certified snowboard instructors, and a former director of the Mount Hood Snowboarding Camp.

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Table of Contents


1 Getting Started: A Snowboarding Primer

Elements of Style: Snowboarding Equipment; Let's Go Shopping: Selecting Your Snowboard; Design Techno-Talk; Putting It Together: Setting Up Your Board; Looking Good: Snowboarding Apparel

2 On Board: Snowboarding 101

Get Ready: Pre-Trip Considerations; Get Set: Meet Your Snowboard; Go: Do the Snowboard Shuffle; Steering and Pivoting; The Joy of Gravity: Riding Downhill

3 The Big Picture: How to Use Ski Areas

The Lay of the Land: Ski Areas; Trail Signs: The International Trail Marking System; The Mountain Menu: Trail Maps; Rules of the Road: The Skier Responsibility Code; Lifts

4 Let It Rip: Freeriding

Warm-Up; Sideslipping; Traversing; Garlands; Linked Skidded Turns; Speed Control; Refinements; Practice; Carved Turns; Getting Better

5 Crank It Up: Alpine Riding

Techno-Carving; Eurocarving; Handling Different Types of Snow; Handling Varied Terrain

6 Out of Bounds: Backcountry Snowboarding

Backcountry Skills; Backcountry Access; Backcountry Safety

7 Satisfying That Urge: Freestyle

Some Important Terminology; Edge Awareness; Ground Spins; Riding Fakie (Switch Stance); Wheelies and Slides; Getting off the Snow and into the Air; Airs with Spins; Mix It Up; Airs with Grabs; Riding Obstacles Other than Snow

8 Vertical Tricks: Riding the Halfpipe

An Introduction to the Halfpipe; Building a Halfpipe; Halfpipe Etiquette; Your First Trip into the Halfpipe; Air Time; Introduction to Halfpipe Tricks; Spin Tricks; Grab Basics; Grab Tricks on the Frontside Wall; Grab Tricks on the Backside Wall; Grab Variations; Handplants, Inverts, and Aerials

9 Judges and Stopwatches: Snowboarding Competitions

An Introduction to Snowboarding Competitions; Alpine Races; Safety and Racer Responsibility; Other Snowboarding Events; Halfpipe Competitions; Slopestyle Competitions

10 Built to Last: Tuning and Maintenance

Shop Repairs; Tools of the Trade; The Five Basic Steps; Deck and Sidewall Repairs; Customizing Your Bindings; Cants and Wedges; Transporting Your Snowboard


Snowboarding Checklist; Backcountry Checklist; Snowboarding Camps; Snowboarding Magazines; Magazines and Occasional Snowboarding Articles; Useful Websites; Trade Associations; Snowboarding Organizations; Halfpipe Specifications; Halfpipe Trick Chart


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Awesome Book!!!

    I am 15 and last year i read this book twice before trying snowboarding for the first time. It prepared me completely. My sister who is the same size as me sucked the first day and hadn't read the book and i who had read the book did great! I read it again after and i still love it! If there was a Bible made for snowboarding this would be it!

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