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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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2011-02-07 More of the same

Posted 02-09-2011 at 10:07 AM by Donutz

Went up Seymour on Monday. It was essentially a repeat of Saturday. Same blue sky (although clouds rolled in occasionally and it did try to snow), same snowcrete base, although maybe even harder than on Saturday. Except being a Monday, it was not busy. Thatís always good.

I spent pretty much the whole day working on the jump at the top of Northlands. I also hit the roller in the transition from Manning to Northlands, which turns out to be a pretty nice little practice jump for trying pops. Iím finding that any attempt to add pop to my jumps throws me off, and I bit a couple of big fails on the Northlands jump. On the plus side, it doesnít really hurt so unless I land on my head or something I think I can relax a little.

On one of my fails, I hit the jump too fast and way overshot. I felt the launch when I hit the lip Ė it felt like Iíd been slingshotted into the air. I think I actually could have landed it except I panicked and turned frontside. Shoot. For the most part Iím undershooting, which could be fixed with just a little bit of pop. Iíll need to work on that on rollers and such.

I spent considerable effort on my ollies on Monday. Made a point of trying to ollie several times on each run. Thereís definitely some psychology involved because the faster Iím going the uglier my attempts. I also tend to go heelside rather than straight up, so I have to correct my form. However, theyíre coming along. Iím actually able to pull of a reasonable ollie about 50% of the time at moderate speeds.

I also spent some time working on my switch riding on Chuckís Place. I mostly do ok, but once in a while I get onto my back foot and I canít get off. End up crashing like a noob. I need to make the turns more fluid as well. Iím not really linking them right now. Maybe some more time on the bunny slope.

There was a posting on the forum by Snowolf that explains the deep S pattern on steeps much better than Iíd previously seen. Next time on Unicorn Iím going to have to try that. Essentially I have to try to bleed off most of my speed on the top half of the S, not the bottom half. Just requires a more aggressive turn downhill combined with more slip than Iím allowing right now.

Iíve been having so much fun lately with the jumps, though, that Iíve been ignoring my small techniques. Buttering, lead-switching, and such are all suffering. Iíll have to spend some more time and energy on those.

Lastly, after all my ranting about the crappy weather, it looks like we might finally be getting some good snow by the end of this week. Weíll seeÖ

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