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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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2011-10-23 Finally got a Contour!

Posted 10-23-2011 at 08:07 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Bought a Contour Roam today. It's the bottom-end contour, but for the price I couldn't walk away. Future shop had one on the shelf for $229, but Launch Helmetcams in North Van was selling them for $199 including an 8GB memcard. Future shop matched. Plus I had a $60 gift certificate that I'd never used, so $160 net after taxes.

We'll see if I use it a lot of if it turns out to be a novelty item that I get tired of. If the former, I'll maybe look at a Contour GPS for the next round....
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2011 Goals - update

Posted 10-22-2011 at 11:32 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

I posted this list earlier in the year:

- Alley-oops - proper ones, with a nollie and 180 or 360 out.
- Be able to adlib tricks off side hits.
- Learn as many tricks as possible from the Youtube "29 ground tricks" vid.
- Be able to ollie and nollie at will
- All the butter variations
- pretzels
- Be able to ride switch on pretty much anything
- Be able to ride pretty much any terrain
- Take Steeps at speed
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2011-10-18 Foo!

Posted 10-19-2011 at 12:38 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Well, the predicted snow last weekend fizzled. The temperature was "brisk", but nowhere near freezing. There was a huge bump up to 4000m at the beginning of the week, and it's now starting to gradually drop. By this weekend coming, freezing level is supposed to drop below Seymour peak, and they're predicting snow.

This weekend is also seasons pass pictures weekend. It's out in Langley this year, at the new Coastal Riders store on 201st St.

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2011-10-11

Posted 10-11-2011 at 03:33 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

snow-forecast.com is showing a snow prediction for Seymour on the 15th. Just at the top, and just 1cm, but woo-hoo!

A few days ago the predicted freezing level was up around 3500m. It's dropped considerably since then, and we're within spitting distance of 1000m this weekend. Looks like it's finally happening.
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2011-10-01 Season approaching

Posted 10-01-2011 at 12:15 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)
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We went up Seymour last weekend, and we're hoping to go up again tomorrow. Basement dog had her first exposure to a lake (Mystery). Jumped right in and started swimming around.

It was a beautiful blue-sky day, not too warm, not many bugs. Didn't really generate a lot of hope for an early snowfall, though . On the other hand, the forecast right now on Snow-forecast.com shows the freezing level dropping consistently below 2000m. I'm going to keep a close watch on things this year....
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