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post #11 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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I was under the impression that certain times call for carving to pick up more speed. But I guess if you are flat basing for a prolonged period of time, there comes a point where gravity simply takes over getting out of your ducking position to do anything will cause drag.
i was definately pushing off bumps and hills i.e. sucking in knees and standing up pushing off.
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How do you slow down at those speeds? I can only imagine opening up my jacket and using it as a parachute.
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How do you slow down at those speeds? I can only imagine opening up my jacket and using it as a parachute.
surprisingly i never felt out of control. i did come over a roller i wasn't expecting but i always use toe edge and hug the mountain. i would never try and dig my heels in. i don't know if it's just me but i feel much safer using toes, stomach, and hands. on all the other runs i just start carving slightly and then more and more until i've slowed myself down
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I have peaked out in the mid 50's my hill is just not made for speed.

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I've gotten clocked in at 72mph before. It's all in how you lay down your turns. Once you learn how, you can actually use your turns to gain speed. Many may question/doubt this, but I'm sure there are some guys out there that know what I'm talking about.

Also, you really can't be flat basing it at high speeds. The risk of catching an edge is too high and the board becomes too unstable.


In all honestly though, nothing feels better than coming out of turns at that speed. If you aren't ON TOP of the board, you're going to fall. It literally feels like your getting thrown out of your turns.


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I hit 100mph once using rub on wax and a metal lunch tray.

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I'd imagine the fastest I've gone would be somewhere in the 40's.. Needless to say, terrifying! Hahah Now I'm kind of scared to go fast at the moment... I was blitzing a mountain with my friend, whom is a skier, (gay, I know) and he was in front of me, and his ski comes off and before I can react, hits me in the torso, and takes me out pretty hard! I've been looking for a helmet ever since, so in the meantime, we will see if I can get over that fear!
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The only time I flat base is to traverse or something

Flat basing is unsafe and creates more drag

It's all about getting slightly up on an edge just enough to basically go straight

Those speeds aren't a big deal and aren't as much fun to me anymore.

I'm having way more fun progressing with flatland tricks

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I was at Mammoth and using GPS to track my speed. First run, 45. Second run 53. Thoughts burst into my head... I want to get to freeway speeds.

Backside of the mountain, firm untouched corduroy beneath my feet.. 76mph.

(Disclaimer: I had one run that said I went 114 but I was on a bunny hill. I'm not sure how this GPS wizardry works but I used it in my car coming home and it was accurate.)
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The only time I flat base is to traverse or something
Huh? Isn't traversing riding directly across the fall line?
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