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Old 12-30-2010, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im not the BEST at park, but i can do little stuff like boardslides, 180s, butters, presses, etc..

One thing ive been noticing is that when the park isnt too crowded, i tend not to try new things. When the park is crowded, or there are some pretty good riders around, i tend to sack up and go way bigger than i usually would feel comfortable with. I think ive narrowed it down to a couple reasons

1) I generally ride alone, so when the park is empty, im scared that ill wreck hard and nobody will spot me, and ill be laying there hurt for an hour before someone cruises by

2) When there are better people around me, i get motivated and figure they rather see me bail a 540 off a huge jump than land an ollie off of it. I'll usually try to spin out of a boardslide or press if people are around, and not if the park is empty.

3) I generally hope (and it seems to be true) that if people better than me see me trying to go big and not landing it over and over, theyll come up and give me some pointers on how to stomp it out, but if im just ollieing over everything, they wont come up and say "Hey dude you should be doing bigger things off that jump"

4) i admittedly like to show off and let people know that, even if im not landing a certain trick, i got the balls to keep trying it till i get it.

What i dont understand is why my motivation goes way down when nobody's around me. you would think that with the park empty i would be trying bigger things so im not embarrassed when i fail, but its the exact opposite. Can anyone relate to this or am i just weird/trying to be a douchebag showoff?
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Old 12-30-2010, 06:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the total opposite for me. I try to avoid gaping it up in the park. I'm a real good big mountain freeride snowboarder, but a total gaper in the park. I try to avoid making an ass out of myself in a crowded park . have more confidence to try things when its less crowded and you don't have to worry about crashing into someone or having them crash into you. or having somebody follow right behind your off a kicker and having them crush your ass if you don't land it.

where are you riding that you could be hurt in the park and not have anybody ride by for an hour? lol. parks i'm used to are usually the most crowded area on the mtn. generally filled with short fat kids smoking cigarettes talking about this and that trick that they supposedly can do.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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an hour is pretty exxadurated, but riding mid week, the place can be pretty dead.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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4) i admittedly like to show off and let people know that, even if im not landing a certain trick, i got the balls to keep trying it till i get it.
Guess what? Nobody cares.

I find it sad that all of your reasons for stepping up involve the need for other people to be around watching you? Ain't no one watching you man, nobody gives a shit what you do.

I snowboard for me. My new tricks are for me. I like to stomp a fun trick and smile a mile wide. I'll poke a fat method over bailing on a 540 to prove I have "balls" anyday... and if someone doesn't like it, fuck 'em.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree with shocktroop. I prefer riding park when it's dead. This just happened to me tonight. Park was dead and I did my 1st ollie on-to rail and loved it. I worked some ride on rails and boxes too. Rode pretty good and crashed a few dismounts.
Now I built up some confidence and I can ride when it's a little more crowded and be comfortable.

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Old 12-30-2010, 07:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I used to ride the park alot when I had a season pass a few years back. Now so many guys are tearing up the park, almost makes it intimidating to attempt rails. I like to hit natural stuff while riding the mountain and hitting jumps and buttering around. Its all about having fun for yourself, I need to work on my confidence while better riders are around. But they didnt get that good overnight, they were once in the same boat as me. My new years resolution for riding is to step it up and let go of what others think of my riding.
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bail 540's? i bail 1080's. 540's are nothing.
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Guess what? Nobody cares.

I find it sad that all of your reasons for stepping up involve the need for other people to be around watching you? Ain't no one watching you man, nobody gives a shit what you do.

I snowboard for me. My new tricks are for me. I like to stomp a fun trick and smile a mile wide. I'll poke a fat method over bailing on a 540 to prove I have "balls" anyday... and if someone doesn't like it, fuck 'em.
You may exit your high horse now.

If anyone says that they dont like it when someone notices them is a flat out liar. Of course i do it for me, but when i have better riders around, i get more inspired. How hard is that to understand? Probably pretty hard for you since youre so pompous. Nothing but negativity from you everywhere on this forum. Oh and people do notice me, or else i wouldnt have people going "DUDE THAT WAS DOPE" when i land a cool trick, and other people giving me tips when im bailing a certain trick. Now please, drop the attitude or stop posting in my threads because you seem to have some sort of hierarchy attitude that i can do without.
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Yeah, I'm with shocktroup too. I'm a little more likely to try something if there aren't a lot of people watching. LouG may be a sociopath, but most of the rest of us are socialized enough to care if we're being laughed at.
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You may exit your high horse now.

If anyone says that they dont like it when someone notices them is a flat out liar. Of course i do it for me, but when i have better riders around, i get more inspired. How hard is that to understand? Probably pretty hard for you since youre so pompous. Nothing but negativity from you everywhere on this forum. Oh and people do notice me, or else i wouldnt have people going "DUDE THAT WAS DOPE" when i land a cool trick, and other people giving me tips when im bailing a certain trick. Now please, drop the attitude or stop posting in my threads because you seem to have some sort of hierarchy attitude that i can do without.
You seem to think the world cares about you overly much. Shut up ride for yourself or man up and go ride a real fucking park with real pro's in it and see if anyone notices you.
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