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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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2011-09-13 Checking in

Posted 09-13-2011 at 02:59 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

As of today, it's 79 days until snowboarding season. Figure I should check in with a status report.

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It's coming along, and I'm having fun. As I said to slyder though, slow and steady keeps donutz in one piece. I've been practicing doing stationary kick-turns, trying to get dependable 180's. I can do them sometimes. It's just a balance thing. More practice required. I'm also pushing myself around reasonably well. My biggest issue there is that I sometimes move...
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2011-09-03 Very very beginning skateboarding

Posted 09-04-2011 at 03:01 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Started today. I found my snowboarding helmet and removed the snowboarding-related stuff like the ear covers and the goggle-strap hook on the back. I should get a proper summer helmet when I get a chance. Also some gloves and maybe knee pads.

Anyway, first time on the board was in my garage. The floor's nice and flat, controlled environment, and no audience . The first thing I ran into is my skating has to be different. I skate by pushing on my heel edge in snowboarding,...
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2011-09-02 My death?

Posted 09-03-2011 at 11:24 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)
Updated 09-04-2011 at 02:52 PM by Donutz

Bought a skateboard. Damn, I'm a pathetic addicted SOB. Hopefully this will give me my fix until the season starts. The balance beam is helping my balance and all, and well worth doing, but it's not inspiring.
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2011-08-02 Balance Beam Progress?

Posted 08-02-2011 at 12:12 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Did the balance beam twice this weekend. I'm getting better endurance (just a bit). I no longer feel like I'm about to cough up a lung after 5 minutes.

I haven't reached the point yet of being comfortable with any of the moves, though. I still have the newbie hesitation with anything more complicated than a straight hop on or off. And I absolutely can't 180 from a boardslide to lipslide or vise-versa yet. I think that just needs more work to get my balance better.
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2011-07-10 Balance Beam work

Posted 07-10-2011 at 11:10 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Well, I finally got onto the balance beam this weekend. Twice. That's definitely hard work. I'm falling a lot, but fortunately it's not hurting. The great thing is that this is showing me that falling down doesn't mean immediate hospitalization. Hopefully I'll be desensitized to the fear by the time the season hits.

I'm doing 180's on and off, frontside and backside, but only succeeding about 50%. Also, my boardslide and lipslide positions tend to not be very balanced. I even slid...
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