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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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2012-01-13 Finally!!!

Posted 01-14-2012 at 10:17 AM by Donutz

Well, there's been a lot to write about since last Sunday! First, I'm now on 2 weeks vacation. About last Monday or so, the snow forecasts started to look very very hopeful. I decided to take a chance and book my 2 weeks in order to take advantage of it if the snow materialized. And last night Ullr started to deliver! We went to Seymour for our regular Friday Night session. About halfway through the evening, it started to snow. There were a couple of false starts, but once it got going, it was great! Heavy but fluffy snow, no meltie shit even at the bottom of Lodge. And it snowed at ground level too. This morning as I look out my window, I see about 6 inches of new snow, and it's not going slushy. And it's still snowing! There's a predicted bump up by next Thursday with some rain, but I'm going to wait and see rather than panic. Anyway if we get enough snow, a day or two of rain won't wash it all away.

Anyway, on to last night...

I finally got my act together and moved my bindings to widen my stance a little. The Heritage has a 1.5" setback, so I moved the front binding about 1/2" to 3/4" forward. It's a small move but made a significant difference, allowing me to get down into a proper horse stance. Whether it's the change in stance or just finally getting enough hours in, I finally started to feel my riding coming together.

I practiced butters for a while. Had one bad butt-spill (I always catch my heel-edge, never my toe-edge) but by the end of the evening I was feeling pretty good about it. I also discovered a BIG problem with my ollies -- I've been looking at my board when doing them! This seems to be a general problem with me, looking at my board when doing stuff instead of keeping my eye on the environment. Anyway, once I started looking ahead instead of down, ollies started going much better. I've also realized that I have to practice just straight pops as well.

I got the penguin shuffle back. Still inconsistent, but working again. I practiced lead-foot-switching and switch riding a lot. Really coming along.

The big thing is that the Seymour park crew has a set of beginner features in Mushroom. The line dumps out onto Chuck's instead of feeding back to the Goldie magic carpet, so they've avoided reigniting the park-rat issue. Good work! Anyway, I hit the first feature a number of times. Not ready to do a series yet, but I'll be starting to practice that next time up.

Anyway, I think I may be finally ready to start giving smileys/thumbs-up to sessions again. woo hoo!

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    Woot for Powder! You guys are getting it a little before us, but we're still getting some and I'm STOKED!
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