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Old 10-11-2011, 01:15 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Me and my buddy one year just said, lets go to Baker and snowboard!

Ever since then i've been loving it.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:02 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Was with a bud picking up some gear from Ruapehu in NZ and he had to wait around for someone to drop off. He had his board and boots which fitted me so he gave me a quick lesson, hiking back up with no lift ticket to get some slide going on. Probably spent an hour getting soaking wet in jeans and a down jacket but had a blast and felt like I could get it pretty quick...

Fast forward about 6 years and I found myself and girlfriend moving from NZ to Vancouver to live. I'd never really forgotten how much I enjoyed that first attempt at riding so I had a lesson at Seymour, got a cheap board, the $99 spring pass and never looked back.

About to start my 3rd season here, bring it on!
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:12 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Started out skateboarding when I was 9 or so and that winter and for the next few, my friends and I would stand on our toboggans in the winter. For Christmas 1989 I got a Black Snow Legend and 23 years later I am still hooked.

Edit: Ha, JRZBoarder and I have pretty much the same story.
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:26 PM   #34 (permalink)
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skateboarding when i was young but never went anywhere during winter.friends come back with broken bones from skiing so thats was a "no way" to me.but as years go by,i always though why not?! rented snowboard,crash a lot,quit,then tried skiing and did better.i skiboard instead because it was more fun and did that for years.but i always wondered about if i can learn snowboarding,so last season i rented again and suck it up on falling a lot(almost quit again)then i finally got it and had a's so much easier on my knees and back(except for the strapping part)than skiboarding. so i'm hooked!
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:02 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I got bored with skiing after the 85-86 season and was going to give up the snow life. Then some buddies and I went to Denver for a concert and I saw a Burton Elite at one of the local stores so I figured why not. I took it to our local hill not even knowing if they would let me ride it there but they we cool with it, so my claim to fame is being the first rider there. Another guy moved up from Colorado about half way through the season and showed me some sick tricks (for those days). From that season on I have been hooked.
Im curious how much riding has progressed since it originated. What where good tricks back then?
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:02 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Started a few years ago when a friend of mine took me out to a local hill called Tuxedo Ridge. The first time was nasty; one toe strap broke, the board I borrowed from my buddy was about 10cm too big and the snow was hard and icy as fck making my ass look like it had a short stint at the state pen by the end of the night. I kept on with it, got my own gear, and went as often as I could. One day, it all just clicked, turning, carving, it was fun as hell! Now, like many of you folks, I'm hooked.
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:58 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Started last year, had one hell of a season.

Ive been skating for about two years now and i was bored out of my mind in the winter, and since ive been skiing pretty much my whole life as a kid i have always favored winter. Progression and boredom took me out to the local hill to rent and fuck around for a day or so. Let's just say it bit me, and a month later I bought my own setup and got around a 30 day season in.

On a side note, i should really come back here more often.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:28 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Kwanzaa View Post
Im curious how much riding has progressed since it originated. What where good tricks back then?
When I started most of the tricks were grabs, like methods, stalefishs and things like that. The boards were directional but could be ridden switch to a point. There wasn't much sidecut so effect edge was minimal which made carving difficult but not impossible. The pipes were nowhere near what they are now and were few and far between. I think it was around 89 that boards started taking on more shape and trick progression really expanded. The skiers were being dicks, even the ones I rode with before I left the dark side. They bitched about boards pushing the snow off the hill which was weird because I don't remember ever seeing big piles at the bottom. It was worth the hassling though just to watch them flail in the powder as we floated by.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:13 PM   #39 (permalink)
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For years I'd been interested in learning to snowboard. It always looked like so much fun. But a variety of things, work, obligations, a lack of people to go with, a ridiculous fear of being 30 and having to take a class to learn, and a general lack of self confidence stopped me from starting for way too long.

Then interestingly, I started dating a guy who lived in Whistler and snowboarded. The season was over by then, but we made plans for him to teach me the following season... only to be dumped a couple of months later. I took this breakup VERY hard. Never before had I connected with someone so fully and completely. So I was upset and angry.

So when the next season rolled around (last season), a friend wanted to go skiing... and I was like... HELLS YA!! Partly cause I wanted to... and partly out of spite. Perhaps not the best reason to start... but it was healing, and now I feel amazing whenever I'm on a hill. Just me, my board, and the snow. Going with friends is fun, but I actually really enjoy being on my own.
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