This was a really great season for me. 17 days on the snow (typically 1 day a weekend, sometimes 2). I achieved lots of mini-goals:
* Realisation that my general technique sucks, and learning to correct it
* Cleared the lip of a 16ft half pipe
* Shifty air off a kicker
* Method air
* 360 off a bit larger (15ft) jump
* Learning carving on fresh corduroy
* First actual attempt at a wildcat (Once, i havent found a suitable kicker/landing to try again)
* Started trying tamedogs. Mainly just jumping onto my back right now
- 50-50s and BS boardslides on downhill box, pipe, then rails (50-50 on the rail was a fairly big moment)
- 180 on to the box
- FS boardslides on a box. Cant seem to stay locked on for the rail unless i land with the rail right in the middle of the bindings. Kept trying for that stylish nose biased slide but kept slipping off.
- Main thing is, i *get it* now. Rails are fun, they have the same accomplishment feeling as jumps, but once done i just unbind and go back for another go - no lifts or waiting. More of that will be done next season!
So on Sunday, after spending a bunch of time on rails, i was heading towards the Medium line of jumps when i saw that my wife and a friend had come to wait for me at the bottom of the park so we could head off to the regular slopes (it was at around 3pm). i figured "what have i got to lose - Its the end of the weekend near the end of the season", and lined up for their "L" jump. Looking at the homepage now it says 15m (50ft), but I doubt that Maybe 30ft?. I do know it had a bigger kick than the "M" i had been hitting with confidence - skiers and boarders were getting some serious height off it.
Super shakey gopro footage. The kick caught me off guard and messed my balance. Caught a toe edge right before the lip, whacked the gopro and proceeded to tumble in a backside rotation before landing on my left side. Much of the movement you see is the gopro, on the cheap pole i have
End result is a broken collar bone, and the corners of my radius and ulnar bones
Its all fairly clean, not too painful, but a bit of a hassle. Sucks to end the season when there is still snow out there, but i keep looking at all the positives, and just cant wait to get back into it next season! Though I think the M jumps are all i will hit from now on. At 35 I am a bit old to get into big airs
That was way out of my level.
Hope you heal quick and thank goodness it was the end of the season.
I said it before and bares repeating, sure seems like the end of this season is a little more filled with injuries than years past.
At like 21 seconds you can see your front foot dig into that lip and shoot up snow. I'm guessin that's kinda where things went bad.
From your shadow it almost looked like you were doing a nose grab of some sort and saved it but the xrays don't lie.
I can't jump with a gopro in my hands, I don't know how ppl do that. I've got to much to concentrate on without adding that.
1. Look before you leap and check the features.
2. Put the gopole down till you become a better rider
3. Stop getting too gnarly for your own good.
4. I suggest investing in some tumbling classes so you know how to suck up like a ball and not hurt yourself.
I just tuck my head in and try to roll as much as possible. you have too much momentum to realistically hope to stop yourself quickly, which would be the first reflex. oh and also tuck your arms in as well. no point in trying to punch the earth, it's much bigger than you.