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Progression STOKE thread!!

I have to say that I am not a person who learned to snowboard easily. It took me a good 5-6 days before I was even linking turns. Even then, I struggled for all of my first season with a fear of steep slopes and speed. Happily, this season has been a much more positive one. After a lesson with Snowolf, my turns are cleaned up and I'm getting more and more comfortable at higher speeds and on challenging runs, such as tree runs.

And today was easily the best day I've had on the slopes. Since I've been riding, there have been several steep sections that I've never been brave enough to attempt. The snow was soft today, so I went for it and much to my surprise, I conquered my very first black diamond run. And then another. And then another. And they seemed easy! I rode every single black diamond at Timberline (not saying a whole lot, I'll admit), with no falling leaf and no falling. These are runs that just two weeks ago I was unsure I'd ever be able to ride. I was also having a hard time staying upright in choppy, bumpy snow, but I killed it there as well - first time! It felt great - as if a door had opened and all I had to do was step inside.

So I'm beyond stoked about the progress I made today and want to hear what all of you have accomplished this season so far. Any exciting new tricks, first times on difficult runs, significant others who are finally able to keep up? I wanna hear about it!!!
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noseslide to bs tail 270 out .. just kinda tossed it for the hell of it one dAy and found that it was super easy ... of course I already had all the three components on lock just had never put them together .. my new " go to " trick for the season ... STOKED!!

snowboarding is kinda funny to me in that many times its just about sacking up and trying to do something .. many times youll discover you alreay had the skills to do it you just needed the nuts
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So far, I've gotten to the point where I could make it down blue runs riding switch...Also landed some switch BS/FS 180's. Also, got to the point where when I throw a 3, I actually make an effort to spot the landing and control my rotation instead of just hucking it and hoping for the best like I was doing last season.
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damn!! I wish linking turns went faster for me in the beginning, I had the worst time trying to get from heel to toe but once I got it, it seems so natural to do like I don't even have to really think about it.
So far this season I have been able to confidently link on blues, properly land small jumps, tail presses, 180 ground spins, be a much more aggressive rider, and I have dabbled into the trees on a few occasions (heaven)! I rock the black diamonds on pow days only, I hate them on groomers!

By the way lilfoot, if you ever want to hit up Bachelor you have a boarding buddy here!!
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earlier this week i nailed my first cab 5. pretty stoked about that!
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got the 360 shifty shifty, was easier than I thought it'd be though. If you can do front 3's it's not bad at all.
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I already had 50-50s and bs boardslides but hadnt ridden in two season so first day out I was a little worried but they after a run or two through the park it was natural again. Since then I have gotten nose presses and tail presses down perfect. 180s on and off. fs boardslides. working some stuff on kinks. Best season Ive ever had and still plenty of time left.

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Right on lilfoot! That's awesome! I've been getting better and better too, and on Sunday, I did my first backside run in wicked powder!!!! It was fucking beautiful, tears seriously came down my face when i was done. It was so beautiful and I felt like i belonged there, I wasn't scared or sketched and I handled that shit!!! I also linked turns on blacks, the most important thing i finally figured out over the past couple weeks (what Snowolf's been trying to tell me all along) is how to make those big c's and come all the way back across the fall line, which bleeds off my speed on the steeps and helps me stay in control. I did it!!!!

Best feeling in the world! Only thing in my life that has topped this is having my son

Every turn is a blessing.
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i think of myself as a very comfortable rider.. very sure of my edges and my control of the board and almost never have issues that I cant save with some fancy footwork.. however I couldnt go 30 ft in switch without eating it. Well I did a little switch riding sat for the first time successfully on sat. It totally looked forced but hell it WAS FORCED! lol.. However I was able to continue down the slope with a HUGE grin on my face. For me that was a huge accomplishment.. butters, jumps, spins, all were a walk in the park compared to riding switch for me. I am at the point where I want to do some spinning when I jump and HAVE to be able to land switch as a safety net so I am forced to get comfy with that first.. next up... BS 7's

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So far, I've gotten to the point where I could make it down blue runs riding switch...Also landed some switch BS/FS 180's. Also, got to the point where when I throw a 3, I actually make an effort to spot the landing and control my rotation instead of just hucking it and hoping for the best like I was doing last season.
thats where its at right there.. its funny how snowboarding progresses like that.. you learn how to do something, but there is luck involved every time you do it.. THEN all of a sudden you take the calculation into it as well and truly master it! awesome!

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