2012-06-17 Mid-off-season update - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
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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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2012-06-17 Mid-off-season update

Posted 06-17-2012 at 10:13 AM by Donutz

I've been to the longboarder get-togethers and I've tried a longboard, and I definitely like it. If I had to come up with a metaphor about the difference between longboarding and skateboarding, it'd be like the difference between park/pipe and freeriding. You don't do tricks on a longboard -- it's more about flat/downhill. And it does feel a lot like snowboarding. One of the club members has offered to sell me a pretty good longboard for good $. Weather's been pretty crappy this Juneuary so I haven't seem him in a couple of weeks, but maybe next weekend we'll get it done.

Anyway, on to snowboarding. Haven't been doing much of that but as usual I'm still thinking about it. I made the comment in an earlier post, but more ruminating on this last season just confirms what I said -- the best thing I can do for myself this upcoming season is be less cautious and start going for things. For one I'm going to have to hit the Northlands jumps when they first go up. If necessary I'll work up to it by hitting the rollers on either side, gradually increasing my starting-point height. In order to get to the point of being comfortable going for this, I have to get my snowboarding legs back quickly. And that means hitting the bunny slope early on and doing techniques. I can't wait a month to get back up to par.

The last thing is that I have to pay more attention to the little techniques that I want to work on, like ollies, nollies, 180s, etc. I've got to stop bombing every single run and start taking time to do small side hits and practice the techniques on the way down.

Lot of stuff to think about for next season.
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