Reviews of Onyx Snowboarding UK Freestyle Camps (SNO!zone (Castleford), UK - England)

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    5 of 5,  "Fun learning with patient, friendly professionals"  01/08/2012 @ 18:07
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Onyx offer three levels of freestyle one day camps (amongsth other offerings) and Ive been lucky enough to take part in the beginners course (green) and the intermediate (blue). Ive never really enjoyed the thought of freestyle, maybe I thought it was too difficult, or maybe just for the younger riders. A friend and me bumped into a very interesting chap at Cfe late last year named Baden, it turns out he runs his own snowboarding company and after a chat I decided I'd give it a go. The whole idea of freestyle can be daunting to a beginner and I was a bit apprehensive about the whole experience. The good thing with Baden and Onyx is that he's mega hyper about everything, very friendly/approachable and his main aim is ensure every step from the booking process through to finishing the course on the day is as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. The green course saw me go from normal riding to managing ollies, nollies, manuals, 50/50's on the box and even managing a grab off a kicker. The day is challenging but the approach of the Onyx team ensures it remains enjoyable and fun, with some interesting teaching methods along the way which adapt to the individual. As well as learning the tricks and the basics there is also scientific explanations for why certain stances work, which muscles are used and even some psychology if you want it! Having recently completed the blue course where boardslides, flatland 180's and kicker 180s were added to my bag Im already looking at the next course! My most recent course co-incided with Onyx's birthday and this involved everyone turning out in garish 1980's onesies, sums Onyx up pretty much spot on.

The days course runs from 09.30 to around 6pm, with lunch in-between and video analysis mid-day and at the end. Its good to see how you actually look when using the features and to pick up some more valuable advice. The whole process is very informal with lots of joking around, games, discussions (very random topics) with lots of advice available on things like set-ups, technique etc.

Overall, especially for your first time out I would definately say Onyx is a great place to start, Im a full grown sceptic but I can't help but be trapped by the enthusiasm the Onyx team brings to the camps. You feel like one of the gang regardless of your skill and come away a much more confident and better rider!
Friendly atmosphere, challenging, rewarding, fun, interesting. The level of the instructors, their atitudes and their commitment is inspiring, especially for lower skilled riders such as myself. The team are approachable, encouraging and genuinely interested in you getting the most out of the day, ensuring that you set goals at the beginning of the course and checking these at the end. The courses have an intimate feel and you don't feel like a customer at any point, more like a friend and have a feel of a good day out rather then being under instruction.
On some occassions, owing to being one of the hardest working people I know, Baden can be slow to respond to emails/requests. Normally a couple of days at worst but it is understandable, having said that the last time I called their number I reached him on the slopes in France!
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