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Old 02-26-2011, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So now that the season is almost ending (about a month left for me), just wanted to get a feel for what everyone has learned new this season.

It will be fun to see what everyone has learned and hopefully will inspire me to try some new stuff before it's too late!

For me, I am more comfortable riding switch. Finally got into the intermediate park. Learned 180's on flats and on jumps. I am super stoked that I nailed my first 360 and did my first 20footer (straight air) and can now do boardslides.
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sadly having a very sketchy board kept me away from the parks but i got intermediate groomers down and learned backside 180's off a kicker at my freinds house. Next season im gonna focus more on the park and learning to hit big jumps. Probly get a season pass for big boulder in pa and go every day.
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Condsidering tonight is very likely my last time boarding for the season this is perfect timing. I got switch riding decent. Landed a few 360s. Got comfortable going fast. Front and back boardslides, nose press, tail press, and 50-50 rails from the side. I'm happy with what I have done this year.
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am way the hell ahead of my goals for this season, and still a month and a half of season left!

I've started doing park, I've started doing jumps, I'm getting simple spins, I'm going off-piste, I'm getting tricks like butters and alley-oops...

For me, everything from here on is bonus.
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huge season for me. decided to grow some balls and shred the park way more. before this year i was barely landing FS 180s on little side hits. now i can do FS 180s and FS 360s off the 20 footers in the park. I'm also much more comfortable in the air and can do nearly all grab variations with the 180s and 360s. it's all about setting goals and committing. last fall i hyped up this season and got it in my head i was going to greatly improve my riding. i've been out 20 times so far (with a month left in the season) and i've accomplished even more than i thought i would.
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huge season for me. decided to grow some balls and shred the park way more. before this year i was barely landing FS 180s on little side hits. now i can do FS 180s and FS 360s off the 20 footers in the park. I'm also much more comfortable in the air and can do nearly all grab variations with the 180s and 360s. it's all about setting goals and committing. last fall i hyped up this season and got it in my head i was going to greatly improve my riding. i've been out 20 times so far (with a month left in the season) and i've accomplished even more than i thought i would.
You managed going from 180s on little hits to 3's on 20 footers?? Wow, that is pretty impressive. I want to try that, but am still way too scared to do anything more than straight airs. Do you have any tips?
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You can read as many tips as someone can throw at you but it doesn't really help. You can't over-think the trick when your doing it.

Just commit. And don't think about the consequences on the run in. Try and choose days when the landings are softer.

Spring is the best time to learn stuff in the park if you live somewhere with decent spring riding.
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You managed going from 180s on little hits to 3's on 20 footers?? Wow, that is pretty impressive. I want to try that, but am still way too scared to do anything more than straight airs. Do you have any tips?
my main tip is to set a goal for what you want to do and a timeline (sounds dumb i know but it forces you to keep at it).
week 1: nail FS and BS 180s on every small hit and roller
week 2 and 3: start attempting 360s on smaller hits
week 4: move to the park, work on 180s on the small jumps (5-10 ft)
week 5: add in grab variations on FS and BS 180s
week 6 and 7: start attempting 360s on the 5-10 ft jumps
week 8: start attempting 360s on the medium park jumps (15-20 ft)
week 9: grab variations

i'm on week 9 right now. that is pretty much exactly how my season played out.
this was me 3 weeks ago when i was just starting my 3s on the small jumps:
YouTube - FS 360

i'll try to get a video of where i'm at now but i fear i'll be riding solo tomorrow

also important to note is that i have been riding for 8 years so i do have a strong foundation. if i didn't know i already had the ability to do what i set out to then it never would have happened. what i mean is that i knew i had the experience and the ability to complete my goal. if this were my second season riding then it would be a different story. it takes more than just courage to improve your riding, start with the fundamentals and work your way up. i see so many people in the park trying the 30+ footers that can't even carve, and you can tell they haven't invested the time in learning how to snowboard properly. if you watch the vid at the end there is a 35 ft jump in the background. i haven't even thought about attempting to hit it until i knew i could do all grabs and spins off the smaller ones first but there are kids breaking themselves off that thing all day. i applaud their courage but it really is stupid to attempt something like that before you know you are comfortable with your abilities.

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I've regressed this season. Probably due to the fact that I came into the season 25 lbs overweight. Still a fun year.
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I got pretty good at switch and can do some black diamonds switch now. I can do all 4 180s off small jumps with some grabs. I can also do some buuters now like 180 and 360 nose and tail presses.
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