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Old 04-23-2011, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Did you experience a fundamental shift in attitude when you were learning to board?

That needs a little explaining. This year was a really good one for me for learning. I've noticed that in the last month or so I've stopped thinking in terms of things I can or can't do, and started thinking in terms of things I haven't done yet. It's a big change from last year where I was basically dismissing the idea of park or big jumps or drops (you know, the really fun stuff).

So do you remember when you started thinking "fuck, I can do that.." ? I know some of you egomaniacs always thought that way -- you're the ones who were trying rails on your second day out. How's the leg healing by the way? I'm talking to the ppl who are semi-sane.

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Old 04-23-2011, 09:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well when I first did a 180, I was like holy fuck I can spin and then I did a 1440 the next day.

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Old 04-23-2011, 09:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I remember when I started looking at the terrain differently and seeing more possibilities than this is a roller, this is a rock, this is a tree, and you get the picture.
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I remember looking at a slope and seeing a bunch of different lines to take and untracked patches to hit instead of standing at the top going "crap, is this steep!"

By the same token, I also find that I have new enjoyment of greens and blues for lazy, big turn, late day cruiser runs instead of thinking that I was "wasting" a run instead of pushing myself all day/every run.
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I actually rode some very cool park features I never thought I would be able to at this point in my learning. We went to a good park hill around here. I attribute this to lots of riding this season and not to shill for them, but, snowboarding addiction videos have helped me greatly.

I'm still a long way off but I'm progressing and saying YES I can try that...still to a point...can't get to greedy.

I'm actually looking into a 2nd set of season passes for a hill that is a lot more park then our local, close hill, for me and the boys. We'll see if I can scrape up the money.

I got so stoked on "I can do that" that we built a drop in ramp and a box it's ready to try out this week. Just bought the astro turf.
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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towards the end of this year, i really started to learn switch, and that is when i really started to open up to waaaaay more stuff, and then the season ended today, and part of me died inside.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I started linking turns with speed early this year and I got a real "f--- it" attitude about taking big falls. I took one of those falls and separated a shoulder. I just have not gotten that feeling back, that was about 20 days (on the mountain" ago. I hope it comes back again next season.
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i started snowboarding this season, and with 8 days out, ive already tried rainbow rails, some boxes, some kickers, etc... i just look at the people doing them and say "if they can do it, why cant i?"

the more i ride, the more i realize that once you have the fundamentals, its 90% sacking up and doing it and 10% not killing yourself in the process.

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Old 04-25-2011, 04:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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IMHO when it comes to snowboarding I find that once you get it, you've got it. Similar to what EastSide said previously it's all about 'sipping that cup of concrete, and hardening the fu*k up' to get something new and somewhat 'gnarly' done!

All about them 'kahones'...

Over the course of 10.11 season I have progressed rapidly. It's a strange feeling looking back at where I use to be, starting out, those J turns, etc. Now, attempting anything in sight w/o a second thought (w/in reason, as to preservation of life).

Is it 'fear or lack thereof' that separates extreme skiers/boarders from the everyday skier/boarder, or 'reason/logic'...
I'd like to think that I'm not scared and that 'reason' is why I don't huck off anything w/ a 20ft drop @... then again... who knows? Still a 'rookie' in many ways.
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i think its just being confident in yourself, mixed with a little bit a "fuck-it" attitude - the more i ride, the more i learn, and what I've learned thus far is this:

(this is with the assumption that you can ride safely down the mountain, link turns, etc.) The only limitations on you are the ones you set on yourself, and the moments when you doubt yourself are the moments when you're destined to fail. This weekend was my first weekend handling double black runs and moguls (fyi i fucking hate moguls now)and this was easily the steepest, roughest terrain I've ridden so far... But i looked down the run, realized it's a run made of snow and that I'm going to ride down it like every other run, and guess what? I did. Sure, it was tough, and I fell a few times trying to maneuver between the moguls, but I made it, and I did it because I knew I could.
It's the same thing with every rail, every jump, every run... I've never landed a jump that I tried where I was thinking "i might fall" beforehand..and sure, sometimes you fall, but you pick yourself up and try again. No guts, no glory, right?

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