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I am not a pro boarder. In fact I am a very late fan of the sport. This is more a diary than anything else, although comments and suggestions are appreciated. I'm going to try to keep track of how I do (and what I do) from season to season; what works and what fails; and how I improve over time.
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Best park day ever

Posted 02-12-2014 at 06:55 PM by Donutz

Went Seymour today. I wanted another chance at the Mushroom jumps, and the mountain didn't disappoint. There was some new snow, albeit pretty mushy stuff. But hey, a soft landing is a soft landing -- and very handy as it turned out . I took the time to scope out the entire park, and today there was a ride-on rail. Not sure if I just missed it last time or if it's been added since. Either way, it was exactly what I'd been asking for last season. Ride-on, low to the snow, not too steep. So yeah, hit my first real rail today!! Woohoo!! Once I saw that, I went back to the car, gathered all my protective gear, and went and put it on. Felt like a knight walking around with all that stuff on, but it sure helps with the confidence.

I hit the rail about a dozen times, but only a few times were good. The problem is that the flow in Mushroom is kind of wonky. I guess they're trying to fit a lot of features into a relatively small space, but the problem is that there isn't one really good line for multiple features. I kept hitting the uphill boxes then trying to muscle my way over to the rail, and that just didn't work. Really should have just headed straight for the rail. Oh well, there's tomorrow! Yes, I'm going back tomorrow. This park setup is worth it.

Anyway, Mushroom right now has two boxes near the top, the rail partway down, and a dance floor and a down-tube farther down. Off to the side, there's the two jumps. They aren't big, maybe 10 feet, but they're step-downs with enough of a gap to the knuckle so that you can't get lazy. This is good for a wimp like me who will brake for any excuse. On this line, can't do it. Have to go full throttle and pop to clear the knuckles, but if you get it right, it's sweet...

I tried several times to get a grab in, but I still have the rotation problem when I tuck too aggressively. Just practice I guess.

I did the dance floor a couple of times. Then on the third attempt I caught an edge and did a total face-plant off the end of the thing. Very thankful for the soft snow! I was curious as to whether the zero-degree bevel of the NS board was to blame, but on examination it turns out to be a problem with the feature. The top sheets on the dance floor are put on so that the seams form a short wide sideways H. If you aren't going straight across the feature you can snag your edge on the middle bar of the H, because the sheets don't meet up level. I may mention it in an email to the park manager.

On another subject, my beef with my new NX2-ATs is getting better. First, I discovered this morning that my lead binding wasn't assembled (by me) quite correctly. One of the cables was outside the strap instead of inside. This resulted in either the strap being squeezed (resulting in a tighter fit than expected) or the cable catching below the hinge and refusing to go up at all (resulting in my head exploding). Fixed that, took like 30 seconds, much better. The second thing was I figured out why my rear binding kept randomly tightening between runs. Board-slapping, it turns out, tightens the ratchets a click or so every time you do it. Derp. OK, that's a habit to undo.
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