“The first step to staying safe while still progressing in the park and pipe is being prepared. That means having the right equipment. Your board, boots and bindings need to be up to par and you have to be feeling very comfortable in them. Very few people have successfully learned a new move the first day in brand new boots. Having them broken in and being really comfortable in your set up improves your odds of safely learning new tricks by a long shot.
You also want to have the right safety equipment such as impact pads – Burton makes good ones –, a helmet and even a mouthguard. Having all of these things will help to give you the confidence and the protection you need. We are all human and even the best mess up now and then. I’ve seen it first hand how having on crash pads and helmets, when things go bad, can really reduce the amount of injury in a huge way. So, buckle up and don’t be afraid to put on pads when its go time.
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- Jarret John “JJ” Thomas coached Shaun White at 2018 Winter Olympics. The US-Duo won gold in Halfpipe. JJ himself competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics and took bronze in the men’s halfpipe competition. Today he is running his own coaching company. We are more than proud to have him on our MBM Crew.
Landing in powder is one thing, but dealing with hard packed snow which is basically frozen ice is a whole new ball game. That being said, don’t worry what your friends say when you put in your mouth guard.
Now that you have all your gear and safety equipment dialed in. The next thing is your body! This is the most important piece to the puzzle. You want to be feeling good mentally and physically. If your body isn’t cooperating with you or if you feel weak that day then hold off!”