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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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2012-04-08 Easter Weekend

Posted 04-07-2012 at 08:27 PM by Donutz

First, some news. Seymour announced this week that they will be putting a high-speed quad in to replace the Mystery chair. That is cool, and has sparked some questions as to whether it'll be in the same track as the old one. I don't think they have time to lay new ground, so they'll just re-use the existing pylon locations. Anyway, wife and I will be going up to Seymour as often as possible this off-season to watch and take pictures. If we don't come back, the bugs got us. Seymour has also announced that next weekend will be the final weekend of the season. No extension this year. I think that's because their schedule requires them to start work on the new lift right away.

Now, to current events. I went snowboarding all day yesterday, and for a couple of hours this morning. As usual lately, I started out the day feeling kind of, well, indifferent. I think I've become bored with Seymour and with the stagnation in my progress this year. And as usual, once I've done a run or two the old excitement comes back.

Yesterday I spent a considerable amount of time on Chuck's. There's a very small hit just down the hill from the lift, a small jump just below the beginner park, and the usual side hit just above where Unicorn merges. I hit all three time after time. I was doing 180s on the first two, and I think I've just about got them to the point where I can do 180s on demand. On the third hit, which is kind of a small hip, I started trying to do frontside 360s. For the record, I did actually manage one, although I suppose it was fluke as much as anything. I also caught an edge while trying one and did a total faceplant. Scraped my face up just a bit. I think the problem with that last hit is there just wasn't enough loft to give me time to get all the way around.

So this morning, I spent some time on the side hit on Manning, practicing backside 180s. Again, I hit one successfully, but more work required. I think those hip-style side hits are the way to go when learning spins, both because you can get loft at low speed and because you don't need to get a full rotation to complete the jump. Once I've got the confidence, I can hit regular jumps.

I've got all day tomorrow, and either one or two days next weekend to hit these two items on my bucket list.
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