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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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Great Day on Cypress

Posted 03-23-2014 at 10:44 AM by Donutz
Updated 03-23-2014 at 01:05 PM by Donutz

Cypress day yesterday. They had announced on the website that they were rebuilding Stomping Ground, so I was looking forward to something new. The reality wasn't up to last year's setup, but then last year they had actual snowfall. So I guess I can cut them a break.

Still, there were some nice improvements. They put a tabletop/pyramid hybrid thingy at the top of the park. That wasn't actually a terrific idea as you had to start outside the park in order to get up enough speed. So a lot of trouble with people trying to rocket through the gate while other people were trying to just ride through to get to the park. After the pyramid, they had a ride-on rail and a ride-on wide box in parallel, just above the old pyramid. Below that, they added a flat-down rail, and the crew were working on something beside that all day (although I never figured out what it was going to be). And of course the 3-jump line, which was all repaired and good. They also put a roller just above the first jump which turned out to be the setup point.

I spent the entire day doing Collins and Stomping Ground. I think I literally only did 3 runs elsewhere. I spent the first run or two, as usual, wimping out and knuckling. But I soon got used to it and was getting proper loft for most of the day. Also overshot once and almost landed on the flat. That was a bit scary.

I hit the flat-down rail several times, which is a new high for me. I'm pretty comfortable with rails and boxes now, but I still need to get into street-style and gap-to features. Just waiting for them to build one mellow enough to be a starter. I'm also getting comfortable enough with the jumps that I was actually starting to consider throwing a 180. I'm now tucking almost every time. I still can't quite get the grab, but I think there may be fitness issues there...

It was snowing when I got to the mountain, and it snowed all day. Not a lot of accumulation, but anything is better than nothing. Strangely, it wasn't crowded. Even around lunch the line-ups never got to anything like a typical day on Mystery Chair at Seymour. In fact I had chairs to myself for most of the morning.

All the blacks and blues off Raven Ridge chair are still closed. That's just the kind of season it's been. Horizon is open now, and I did a run on it. I guess I was kind of hoping it was relatively untouched, but no such luck. Scritch, scritch. I did however finally nail my C turns on steeps on that run. I've always had trouble with my toesides and heelsides being asymmetrical, and a lot of washing out on heelsides. But I figured out yesterday what was missing. On my heelside turns, I start out by leaning noseward and downhill, which brings me around quickly. But haven't been doing that on toesides, which is why I have trouble initiating them. On Heelsides, I fail to shift my weight tailward through the bottom of the turn which is why I get washouts. Yesterday I finally got all components working on all sides, and voila! Nailed it...

I had changed my bindings around last weekend. Put the new Flows on the Heritage, and put the Targas back on the Proto. When I started the day yesterday, the Targas felt funny, like they were too far to toeside. Close inspection said differently, so I have to assume that I'd had the Flows a little too far back. Or I've had a stroke . Anyway, I got pretty good at buckling them up over the course of the day. Still not as convenient as Flows, but not bad. I think I may be shifting to bucklers... who'd a thought? There is definitely a difference in responsiveness. I never noticed this with the Heritage (when I had the Romes on it), so I think it may be more of a case of the Proto being an otherwise quick board. However, I still think the Targas suck design-wise. Maybe I'll pick up some other bindings in the post-season sales. Union or something.

I finally broke out the Drift Ghost for this session. Up until now, I just haven't bothered, given the crap season. Kind of rushed it, since it was a last-minute decision. That resulted in a couple of problems: 1) I didn't read the manual, so I had some problems with the remote, and 2) I neglected to rotate the lens, so everything I took for the whole day came out sideways . Oh well. At least I know it works. Love the remote, too.

So this is one of the few times this season that I've put in close to a full day on the mountain, and wow was I feeling it. By the afternoon my legs were burning on just about any effort. No question that it started to affect my control, too. Most of my fails on the jumps happened after lunch. I knew going into this season that I wasn't in terrific shape -- in fact I've mentioned it in the blog several times. And I certainly haven't put in the days that I'd need to get in shape. But this is affecting my sessions, and that's just not acceptable. So this is a call to arms to myself to work on it this off-season, so that next season I'll be more prepared for Cypress.

All in all, this was probably the best day this season. Hoping I can get in at least one more like this before the season dies.
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