2012-05-06 Thoughts for next season - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
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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2012-05-06 Thoughts for next season

Posted 05-06-2012 at 11:26 AM by Donutz

OK, I've had a few days to get over my snit about the end of a lousy season. Been doing some thinking, and now it's time to get my thoughts for next season down on, uh, paper.

First, as I mentioned in a previous post, I have to just go for it a lot more. Can't continue to be overcautious about trying things. So, with that in mind, here's what I want to accomplish next season.

1) Spend more time exploring and less time bombing. This especially applies to finding those side hits and such. If I am going to learn spins next season, I'm going to have to start by doing the small natural jumps.

2) Be less timid about stretching myself. Runs like Nutcracker and Sunshine Ridge are within my reach, but I have to go for it. And I have to keep remembering that every time I've tried something new that scared me, it's turned out to be not as bad as expected. (Except for that double black on Whistler. That was way worse! )

3) Spend more time practicing techniques. The season before last, I spent significant time on the bunny slope working on basics, and it paid off. This last season I didn't do that so much, and it hurt not only my techniques but also my basic boarding.

OK, that's the general attitudinal goals. Now, specifics.

1) Improve my park. Hit street-style boxes. Hit rails. Do jump-on boardslides.

2) Spins on jumps. 180s, 360s.

3) Ground techniques. Too many to list, but I know what I want.

I've started conditioning in the gym, and I'm going to continue that all year. I'm going to spend time skateboarding, and may get a longboard. I'm going to start using the balance beam again, and I'll make a point of gradually raising it to help my hopping.

Time to get serious.
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