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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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First day on balance beam

Posted 06-20-2011 at 04:15 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

I finally tried out the balance beam yesterday. I put the old Fives back on the Ride, set everything up, and gave it a try. I was pretty tentative the first few times -- I think I have this image of trying it and breaking both shins or something. Anyway, it went pretty well. I mastered jumping on and off the beam in a few minutes, was doing 180s on the beam within 10, and hopping back and forth between nose and tail presses in a few more. Took a little more time to start 180'ing on and off. Not...
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2011-06-05 Got a balance beam together

Posted 06-05-2011 at 05:54 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Like the title says. Finally put together a balance beam, from an 8' 4x4 and a couple of 2x4 cross-braces. I'll have to sand the top of the 4x4 and round the corners a little. Probably won't get around to trying it until next weekend. But this thing's been preying on my mind. At least it'll give me an excuse to put the boots and board on.
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Grouse is open until Canada Day

Posted 05-14-2011 at 09:26 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Unbelievable. Grouse announced this morning that they will be open at least until July 1st. They're not ruling out being open even later. Granted this has been an incredible season for snow (in the late season anyway), I have to wonder how often this is going to happen. If I can get an extra month or two of riding, should I consider Grouse instead of Seymour? Of course there's the problem of the wife...
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Transfer from snowboarding.com (part 2)

Posted 05-09-2011 at 10:27 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)
Updated 07-27-2011 at 03:44 PM by Donutz

Nov 30 2009
I didn’t know they made fog that thick…
Went up the mountain Sunday morning. The fog was so thick (HOW THICK WAS IT??) that I couldn't see the ground from the chair. But I could hear the occasional skier or boarder down there saying "Where's the f***ing ski run?"

Eventually, the fog started to lift, but then it started to rain for real. Yee-freakin'-haw. Oh, well. Even a bad day of snowboarding is better than nothing.

Nov 21 2009...
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Transfer from snowboarding.com (part 1)

Posted 05-09-2011 at 10:26 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)

snowboarding.com is getting deader and deader, so I've decided to copy my old blog posts from there before the site shuts down completely.

Oct 11, 2010
New stuff!
Got some new stuff for the new season (well, new to me anyway). I bought a slightly used Ride Havoc and some not-used NXT-ATs. The board came with Burton Mission bindings, which I've removed and boxed. Guess I'm going to have to get rid of the Salomon CForce bindings. 4 sets of bindings for 2 boards is a bit...
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