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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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2012-03-06 Not nearly as good as expected

Posted 03-06-2012 at 08:41 PM by Donutz

It was a beautiful blue-sky sunny day. Cold, so no snow-melt to worry about. Lots of recent snowfall.

Unfortunately, with the teacher's strike it was as busy as a weekend. And with the rain the previous couple of days, the hardpack was very hard (although not icy, fortunately).

And for some reason, I was just off today. Stuff that I normally can pull off, I just couldn't do. I wiped out today on the flat box, on the rollers, on Pete's Run, on Alley-Oops, not to mention that I was getting all crossed up just trying to maneuver in the line-ups. WTF? It did not make for an overly fun day. In fact I ended up leaving a little earlier than I strictly had to.

One small sort-of bright spot though -- I finally got up the nerve to hit the step-up at the bottom of Northlands. I knuckled and crashed, of course -- just one more insult for the day. But it made the point that I just have to dial the speed right, and the crash didn't hurt. Unfortunately I literally couldn't get close to the jump again with the crowds. I'd have liked to have just hit that one again and again until I got it right. Once I have that one, the step-over at the top of Northlands would be within reach.

Also, I have the 180 alley-oops dialed now. Despite my problems today, I'm feeling the flow now when I do one, and it doesn't feel like I'm muscling through it. The secret was to do the hop before I stall at zenith. Now I just have to work on stability in the landing.

This season really is turning into a bit of a bummer overall. The conditions have just not been good enough consistently enough for long enough for me to get it together. I've managed to refine some of my skills from last season, but in terms of advancing my game it hasn't been good. I'm hoping the Whistler trip will allow me to play catch-up.
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