first day out on new board
i've been piecing my new (and first) board set up for the past month and today i finally got to ride it. the set up is a burton x8 157 with cartel est bindings. i got the board hot waxed yesterday by my buddy because i read on here that new boards should be waxed before they hit the slopes. i think this was a big mistake...
let me a tell you a little about myself: i'm 5'10", 195lb, regular, and have one day of riding experience before today. before today, i was able to turn heelside, toeside, but i was never able to link them. my only experience before today was riding on the medium runs on wilmot mountain in wisconsin. today i hit up devil's head in wisconsin.
first impression: this board is fucking fast! too fast.
i had no idea what to do with the kind of speed i was reaching. it took me about 10 minutes to figure out the edges of the board and then i was able to link turns. whenever i gained too much speed during my toeside carve i had a tendency to end up riding switch, riding that for about a foot, attempting to get back to regular, and catching an edge resulting in a spectacularsly amusing wipe out. i was doing flips and spins all day, none of which were on purpose. i think my worst wipe out of the day was doing a front flip near the tree edge, smashing my head on broom stick sized branch, and breaking it. i was seeing stars after that one.
by the end of the day i was feeling semi comfortable on the blue runs. i was able to make it down carving toe to heel with only a handful of falls each run. i only thing i would change is getting the board waxed, this brought my learning curve up significantly.
overall, i feel the board will be fine. even though this board might be a little more than i can handle, i think it'll be fine to grow into.
i'm currently riding +1" on the front, +.5" on the rear with 13/-13 degrees. for some reason, my rear (right) hamstring started getting horribly cramped after a few hours of riding. i am keep most of my weight on my front foot and using my rear to steer. does anyone have any idea or cure of this hamstring cramps? at times they were unbearable and i was off to the side laying down in pain for like 5 minutes at a time lol.
-burton x8 with cartel est for first board
-second of riding, first on this board
-made the mistake of getting it hot waxed
-way too fucking fast
-spectacularsly amusing wipe outs
-hamstring pain, anyone with advice?
-skiiers are dbags