Snowboard Addiction Freestyle Program Review
I’m going to be up front and say that I typically hate video instruction of any kind, including snowboarding. It always seems to come off as cheesy, poorly filmed and edited, and the actual quality of instruction is often weak at best. Video instruction has never worked for me at anything and I typically avoid it like the plague. Having said all that, I watched the Snowboard Addiction Freestyle Program this afternoon and I was completely blown away. This is the best video snowboard instruction out there. Period.
It was actually the best video instruction I’ve seen for any sport. The Freestyle Program comes in 6 separate parts. They cover Jumping (in two volumes), Jibbing (in two volumes), Butters, Riding Powder, and a data package of MP3 audio files for on-hill use that offer coaching on physical and mental training. The production quality in each of the videos was outstanding, with high quality film from a variety of angles and crisp editing with good music.
As I watched all of these videos I noticed that a specific formula is followed for every maneuver. These traits are what make the program successful and worth watching.
Simple Progressions EVERY trick from butters to boardslides to spins in the park is taught in a very simple progression. It begins with working on the maneuver first with the board off, then strapped in on flat ground, then riding on a traverse, then to a side hit (if applicable) and finally to the feature in question.
Visualization A major focus is placed on visualizing each maneuver. Nev, the narrator, makes it very clear where you need to be looking throughout the entire maneuver, from approach to landing.
Demos Every maneuver is demonstrated clearly from a wide variety of angles. There are very clear illustrations of body postures and movements, with graphics showing where force or rotation is being applied. Every stage of every individual maneuver is broken down and explained in simple to understand language.
Skills Progression Similar to how we teach in lessons, the tricks taught in each segment build progressively upon each other. The program begins with the most basic maneuvers and slowly builds up to advanced tricks. A beginning snowboarder could watch this program and get a lot out of it, as could a much stronger freestyle rider. (I’ll be honest and say there are tricks I don’t have dialed yet that I WANT after watching the video).
Obviously nothing will ever take the place of personal instruction (and Snowboard Addiction does offer camps in New Zealand, Japan, and Canada) as well as private instruction at their home base of Whistler Blackcomb. But few people have the inclination or the finances for constant instruction. The Freestyle Program is a great supplemental tool for stepping up your game. I’m personally stoked to have found it and plan on working on their park progressions for a follow up article. The program is available as a DVD box set for $96, or you can download the program like I did for $59. Each segment is also available individually, but the pricing works out such that the Freestyle Program is a much better value. Check them out at Snowboardaddiction.com