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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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Post-Season Redux

Posted 03-30-2014 at 10:04 AM by Donutz
Updated 05-27-2014 at 09:52 AM by Donutz

The season is over -- maybe not officially, but there's really nothing left. There wasn't much snow to begin with, and the temps and rain have been taking care of what's still around. So yesterday I packed up all my snowboarding gear to make room for the summer stuff.

This will certainly go into my record books as the worst season ever, weatherwise. I read somewhere that we had a similar season in 1990, and I vaguely remember some moaning by the local resorts back around that time. Well, here's hoping this is just a cyclical thing and not a trend. Seymour didn't even open until the second week of January. And if you consider the season over at the end of March, that's less than 3 months.

I had bought a Cypress Silver pass at the beginning of the season, based on the idea that I'd go to Cypress for my entire winter vacation. I did that, but I also started going to Cypress on weekends after that so I've definitely gotten my money's worth. The Seymour family pass, not so much. Because of the crappy weather, and exacerbated by my wife's shoulder problems, neither my wife nor my daughter even got their passes printed this year, let alone used them.

This season was an interesting one personally, though. I had my new Proto HD to try out. I also had some new Targa bindings, and a new set of NX2-ATs. I like the board, although it's a little finicky in some ways. I found it less forgiving than the Heritage when doing low-speed maneuvers. Not quite sure why -- might just be that I've gotten used to the Heritage over 3-4 seasons. The big surprise to me was finding out that (at least on the Proto) I like traditional bucklers better than Flows. I think because it's such a quick board, the slightly poorer responsiveness of Flows becomes a significant issue. So I've put the Flows on the Heritage and the Targas on the Proto, and that's the way I'm going to leave it. I'm definitely going to keep bringing the Heritage though -- for high speed and rough stuff, the Heritage is hands-down better. And now that I've set up the bindings with the proper setback, the Heritage will be my go-to pow board (if I ever see any of the stuff).

This was a good year for me for personal development -- kind of surprising considering the short season. I figured out my C turns for real this time ), the asymmetry of my turns in general, I got cross-overs and -unders nailed, figured out how to use them on steeps to keep speed down (although I still don't like speed much), and made great progression in park. In that area, I've finally made small jumps fairly routine, am able to run jump lines, and am finally getting past the knuckle. I also did rails for the first time, and started doing boardslides (shifties really) on boxes. If I had had a regular season, I think I'd be starting on at least 180s, if not 360s by now.

I think that my determination this season to not be timid made a lot of difference. Instead of waiting until I was really sure I was ready for something, I started taking chances. I also had a couple of good scares because of that, so have to remember I'm not invulnerable!

For next year, my new season resolution will be to get in better shape before the season starts. I went into this season 10-20 lbs overweight and way below my usual fitness level. With Cypress and the longer, steeper runs, you really can't be out of shape. I had to cut several days short because my legs were jelly while there was still daylight left. Ungood. So next year I need to have the extra weight off, I have to have the extra fitness from running, weight-lifting and isometrics, and I need to do a lot of stretching so that I can actually make those grabs on jumps.

Also, this year we didn't visit any other resorts. Not really a surprise since anything in the area would be having a crappy season as well. Next year we have to visit at least Hemlock, Manning, and Baker. Would be nice to visit an interior mountain as well, but there are only so many weekends in a season.

Anyway, it was a short short season, which I will whine about for years, but a good season personally. No regrets, unlike last year.
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