If any of you have kids just starting out snowboarding, take a look at this site . If you know of any new snowboarders who have griped about the beating their tailbone takes, read on.
A few years ago I was taking my friend's nephews snowboarding (they were newbees and had guttermonkey gear). From my own experience, it was the slams onto the hardpack, tailbone-first that made learning miserable, so I rigged up a solution that worked really well. This past fall I managed to get some of these manufactured and finally have them ready. It's a REALLY effective and way cheaper alternative to anything else out there on the market for saving your tailbone . It sells for less than $10, tucks into your snow pants and nobody else can even tell that it's being worn, and it WORKS!!!.
The key was to use an improbable material for shock absorptionn that works better than any of the foams I tried (as used in other more expensive, less effective products).
I've gotten great responses to the product from snowboard instructors ( including our own Eric Brammer from Stratton), so take a look. You can order with Paypal from the web site ( http://www.thetailgator.com ) and if you mention bomberonline in the 'special instructions' box, I'll include a CD with 26 minutes of edited carving footage that I shot over that past few years (here's a sample video clip of Mr. Gilmour from last year)
Thanks for putting up with the capitalist intrusion and dig 'em deep!!!