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04-29-2011 10:36 AM
JeffreyCH This was mine, top of Vail pass last year. Once you go outback you never want to go back. Didn't get to go this year, thanks economy After that day of dropping into un tracked, knee deep pow, it changed me.



04-29-2011 09:12 AM
BliND KiNK It happened for me in Colorado.. used to be scared then saw a real mountain.. now not so scared... once you get over the steepness it's all down hill from there.
04-28-2011 09:56 PM
earl_je I remember when I attempted a cab 3, under-rotated, bit it hard doing a faceplant in the process, yelled "motherfucker that hurts, sonofabitch!"

had I not attempted it, I would have kept my cool and not yell...
04-27-2011 09:06 PM
xxfinnellxx I went from a super mellow progression to a super aggressive progression.

Started off when I was a little kid, thought it was fun. Then I went off a jump, cleared it with an Indy grab (super clean too), and got so damn stoked (still vividly remember that). Following year I had brand new everything, joined a camp, and wanted to ride park every single day. Couldn't really do much, but I was clearing almost all the low level jumps, had board slides and 50/50's on every flat box and just had more and more fun. then got into 3's which made my crap myself. I just loved how sliding boxes and jumping felt. It was all really smooth and interesting I could just talk for days about some jump or box or side hit.

Now its been like "aight, im gonna hike this rail, im gonna clean up these two tricks, and try to get these other 3 at least stomped" or "Im gonna drop this kicker line, I 3'd the first one then almost got 7 on the 2nd in my last run. Lets try cab 5' to get stoked and set up for that back 7". Other situations would be like "I really should test my integrity of frontboarding down this longer rail" (That got me way better with jibs) and "nobody has hit this jump yet, snow is slow, I'll tuck balls into it, as long as I can clear it maybe 20' I can safely spin it from this drop point".

It took a year of transition for me to shift that mentality. My whole season this year has just been super super progressive, and about getting bigger tricks to feel and look the best that they can. And Im still having LOADS of fun!!
04-25-2011 04:28 PM
InfiniteEclipse I went from "The Mountain is Winning" to "I'm going to make this mountain my bitch"
04-25-2011 03:50 PM
East§ide i think its just being confident in yourself, mixed with a little bit a "fuck-it" attitude - the more i ride, the more i learn, and what I've learned thus far is this:

(this is with the assumption that you can ride safely down the mountain, link turns, etc.) The only limitations on you are the ones you set on yourself, and the moments when you doubt yourself are the moments when you're destined to fail. This weekend was my first weekend handling double black runs and moguls (fyi i fucking hate moguls now)and this was easily the steepest, roughest terrain I've ridden so far... But i looked down the run, realized it's a run made of snow and that I'm going to ride down it like every other run, and guess what? I did. Sure, it was tough, and I fell a few times trying to maneuver between the moguls, but I made it, and I did it because I knew I could.
It's the same thing with every rail, every jump, every run... I've never landed a jump that I tried where I was thinking "i might fall" beforehand..and sure, sometimes you fall, but you pick yourself up and try again. No guts, no glory, right?
04-25-2011 03:43 PM
schmoz IMHO when it comes to snowboarding I find that once you get it, you've got it. Similar to what EastSide said previously it's all about 'sipping that cup of concrete, and hardening the fu*k up' to get something new and somewhat 'gnarly' done!

All about them 'kahones'...

Over the course of 10.11 season I have progressed rapidly. It's a strange feeling looking back at where I use to be, starting out, those J turns, etc. Now, attempting anything in sight w/o a second thought (w/in reason, as to preservation of life).

Is it 'fear or lack thereof' that separates extreme skiers/boarders from the everyday skier/boarder, or 'reason/logic'...
I'd like to think that I'm not scared and that 'reason' is why I don't huck off anything w/ a 20ft drop @... then again... who knows? Still a 'rookie' in many ways.
04-25-2011 03:19 PM
East§ide i started snowboarding this season, and with 8 days out, ive already tried rainbow rails, some boxes, some kickers, etc... i just look at the people doing them and say "if they can do it, why cant i?"

the more i ride, the more i realize that once you have the fundamentals, its 90% sacking up and doing it and 10% not killing yourself in the process.
04-24-2011 05:19 PM
eddoggydog I started linking turns with speed early this year and I got a real "f--- it" attitude about taking big falls. I took one of those falls and separated a shoulder. I just have not gotten that feeling back, that was about 20 days (on the mountain" ago. I hope it comes back again next season.
04-23-2011 09:23 PM
twin89 towards the end of this year, i really started to learn switch, and that is when i really started to open up to waaaaay more stuff, and then the season ended today, and part of me died inside.
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