First a little background: I had been wanting to learn to snowboard for quite a while and just recently got my opportunity. I had first went skiing about 2 years ago with a few people who had gone regularly for a while. One of them gave me some pointers and after picking up some rental equipment, I was off down the slopes. By the end of the weekend I was able to make it down a couple of blue (moderate) runs without falling, which I found to be a great accomplishment. Last winter season, my girlfriend began to learn how to snowboard at this local park in a women's beginnger class. She had bought her own equipment because she knew it was something she would like, and was definitely sold on it and had a good grasp of it by the end of her class term. Recently I had found out her brother (a good friend of mine) and one of our other friends were wanting to learn how to snowboard too, so this past Sunday we just decided to go give it a shot. [/END background] We get there, pick up some rental equipment, and sign up for a beginners class while my girlfriend got her gear out of the car and went to hit the slopes. Our class started off with basics: getting into the board, skating around when on relatively flat ground, turning, getting up from a fall, etc. It was much more difficult starting off with learning to snowboard then it was learning to ski. Much of what you need to do is so counter-intuitive or against what you feel, it is just so unnatural, yet at the same time exhilirating. One noticible difference for me: when I am falling in skiing it felt more of a gradual process, and I could somewhat control my fall to slowly skid while sitting down and maybe even spin-out. But in snowboarding when trying to turn and the board catches I just straight up fall. All this momentum and then forward movement stops and sends me crashing to the ground hard, so I was continuously breaking my fall with my hands and really doing some damage to my wrists. So here I sit, two days later after my first snowboarding experience and my entire body is in so much pain and I am insanely sore. I remember in skiing feeling a bit sore when I was done, because you use alot of muscles you wouldn't think that you use and you get a hell of a workout doing it. After snowboarding however, I think I almost feel worse and I was out there for maybe half the time than my first time skiing. Yet I look forward to going back again and again and again. I want to be able to master those turns. I want to be able to have control on the board and be able to make it down green runs without falling, and then blue runs, and then maybe even head off to a ski resort somewhere for a nice weekend snowboarding trip. The pain in my body just reminded me of all of this so I decided to share my long story with you guys, for those that skipped to the end without reading my overly long drawn out stoy above, here are the cliff notes: went snowboarding for the first time, in loads of pain but loved it. Will go back again. The few pictures that were taken are forthcoming. Thanks for reading! Anyone else been boarding and have stories to share?