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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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2014 Post-season ruminations.

Posted 04-27-2014 at 03:39 PM by Donutz

The season ended officially last weekend, not that it made any difference other than theoretical. I've long since started thinking forward to next season. I've got the "days until snowboarding season" sign up at work, stuff's all put away, summer clothes are out, and I'm making summer plans.

I've started losing weight, per my off-season goals. I'm sure my impact shorts and snow-pants would already fit better. By the time next season starts I want to have a minimum of 15 lbs off of my end-of-season weight (205). Ideally I'd like to hit 175, which I've always thought of as my ideal fighting weight. That'll take some work, as I like my food a bit too much.

I've also started asking around about tramp training. Even the small amount of training I got at Quantum was well worth the effort. If I could get going at someplace like Aviva with some proper equipment, that'd be even better. What I'm really looking for is some place that has the suspension straps for practicing flips. It'd also be cool to be able to use a Bounce Board.

I'm going to try to get another balance beam. I need to be comfortable with jumping on and off a rail. Like the last one, a 4x4 is good enough. I remember that using the balance beam was a ridiculous amount of exercise. Kind of like doing wind-sprints.

I want to get my videos organized on my ipod. Not just the Snowboard Addiction stuff, but also some of the youtube videos that have turned out to be interesting. I'll review them during the offseason and decide what I'm going to work on for next season.

On that subject...
  • Continue to be aggressive with trying things. That worked well this last season, and in fact was the only thing that saved an otherwise truly heinous season.
  • Perfect penguin walk. I can do it more or less, but I still don't think it's right.
  • There are a number of ground tricks that I've figured out but that I'd like to perfect, like butters, pretzels, ollie and nollie to 180, stuff like that.
  • Graduate to at least medium jumps.
  • Get good (not just adequate) with moguls, steeps, and speed.
  • Get out to the hill every chance I get. Once a week just doesn't cut it. Hopefully wife will be in better health this year and will push for Friday night sessions.

And that should about do it. If it turns out to be even an average season, I'll have a great time learning all the ins and outs of Cypress Mountain.
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