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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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2011-07-10 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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2011-06-27 Grrrrrrrrr!

Posted 06-27-2011 at 02:16 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

so yeah, I got over the pulled muscle (ice is our friend) only to come down with possibly the worst cold I've ever had. Unbe-fucking-lievable. These are the times when I feel like Daffy Hood.

Hopefully next weekend I'll feel well enough to get back on the horse.
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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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