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Old 03-06-2012, 06:49 PM   #21 (permalink)
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For summer, i personally recommend these two activities:

1) Mountain biking - super fun, adrenaline pumping, GREAT exercise, great for keeping those snowboarding legs in good shape for the winter. Quite expensive though, since a good MTB will cost you at the cheapest $600.

2) Longboarding - ridiculously fun, especially when cruising park paths. Great exercise for one leg, so be sure to practice switch to change things up a bit. Scary when going downhill, considering a speed check consists of sliding four pretty grippy wheels. Expect some road rash. Chicks dig longboarders, at least in my area. Great transportation method too. A good longboard (Landyachtz-level quality) will be ~$250 at the cheapest.

Make sure you protect your noggin' with a good helmet for both. Pavement is not as forgiving as snow.
Thanks for the info. Would longboarding in anyway relate to snowboarding? Mainly, if I get into longboarding, would that benefit my snowboarding skills directly?
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Thanks for the info. Would longboarding in anyway relate to snowboarding? Mainly, if I get into longboarding, would that benefit my snowboarding skills directly?
Only the most basic of board skills translate across the sports (I say board skills specifically, because advanced aerials have plenty of gymnastics in common, but are not so much board skills), in particular just the comfort of the stance. Hiking is going to be much better for your actual muscles. Longboarding is just fun. Yea u can hike all ur runs, but u can get rides to the top of stuff too

Its funny we used to "longboard" 20 years ago on decks we made ourselves or even on normal freestyle decks, we called it "downhilling". Longboarding is surfing.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:52 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Well, you are going to have to find something that interests you. We can only provide suggestions. Personally, I like to build and use primitive type things. Snowboarding is a bit of an anomally for me in that it is a high tech sport, and of the shortest seasonal duration.

One of my passions is building and hunting with primitive wooden bows. (I've made 130- or 140- something of them.) I also make wooden arrows and sometimes the broadheads.




Quivers are a part of that mix, too.




I dabble in blackpower flintlocks, too. Here's an 18th century powderhorn replica that I recently finished for a friend, who does reinacting.

A musket shooting clip...
Smoothbore Shooting - YouTube

I also like kayaking and fishing. These are a couple of traditionally constructed, skin-on-frame kayaks that I built in the last year.




Greenland Kayak Practice in Stormwater Basin - YouTube
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Personally, I like to build and use primitive type things.
^ is ready for the apocalypse... I just loaded up on guns and ammo over the last couple years. Took up trapshooting as a summer hobby. As long as you don't do anything to piss off the crusty old guys it's a really fun sport!
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Thanks for the info. Would longboarding in anyway relate to snowboarding? Mainly, if I get into longboarding, would that benefit my snowboarding skills directly?
I would say no if you're using it as a direct 1:1 training tool for snowboarding. You may never get the same turns on pavement as you will on snow, depending on how your longboard is setup. Your stance on a longboard is also very different than a snowboard, given that you can be standing straight up when cruising or have your back foot further back on the kicktail if your board has one.

If anything, you can skate to the lift lines significantly faster now. You'll be the fastest skater on your mountain if that counts for anything.

In any case, it's something fun to do in the summer. It's not completely related to snowboarding, but have fun with it, see where it can take you. It's a hobby after all. Sometimes it's a good idea to change things up a bit.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:01 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I find the motion and balance to be very similar to snowboarding, more so than freeboarding. I feel like longboarding in the off season for me helps with balance so that when I get back on the slopes I'm not as rusty. They are a blast to cruse around on and you can do awesome slides after you start getting a little more advanced.

I would second mountain biking also. Or if you have a downhill mountain bike course around it's so much fun.

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No disrespect intended. Nice craftsmanship on everything and those kayaks are sweet!
Man I was thinking something along these lines, but you put it perfectly - ha!
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My snowboard off-season hobby is Paintball. Its actually my main hobby as I've been playing that for 10 years now. Great exercise. Requires teamwork. And will have you adrenaline level redlining

Only downside is that it can get a bit costly
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Defiantly mountain bike.

Good for the legs. Good for the waist line. The ladies like what it does to your butt. You're allowed to wear sexy maxi pad skin tight shorts in public.

I ride single track and snowboard in the off-season!

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Ha! If only I'd be so lucky as to get stuck on a deserted island in a tropical paradise, surrounded by wild game, cool "stations", and mysterious "others". "The island" would be right up my alley!
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