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Old 12-12-2012, 10:44 AM   #21 (permalink)
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As a noob, year 2 with an option vinson/trinity fr stiffy...that thing beat my ass for about a season and a half; first time I've literally saw stars ...another time thought I had ripped some neck/head arterial due to sharp stabbing/burning pain in the neck and could taste blood but there wasn't any...and don't remember even biffing. Part of being taken for a ride, is that as a noob you don't have the aggressive attitude, the skills to see the snow/terrain, the body awareness to anticipate or have confidence in the board nor the skills to control the board. Thus the board knows/designed to do what it does best...and if high end...usually likes to go fast, react to the terrain, is stiffer so it literally bucks/rebounds and keeps going.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:54 AM   #22 (permalink)
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First time on the slopes.

Buys Burton Custom X 10cm too big.


*endless laughs for the rest of us*
the bigger mistake here is not taking a lesson. I think you could put any fool on an oversided custom X and send them off for a few hours of coaching with SnowWolf and they'd come back with some good basic skills and stoked for more
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:58 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Got a Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix after 5 days on the mountain. I was a bit heavier back then so it was a 160. Never would I have imagined how fast that thing would take me vs my cousin's 5150. Whooped my ass till I figured out how to make it dance.

Best way to learn? Probably not, but for me, I like to know that I'm in over my head. Barring personal injury, it's only made me want to try harder and get better. And when I did, that board was wonderful.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:09 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Yeah,.. I didn't mean to suggest anything like that!! ...still, maybe it suggest's a teeny, tiny "little bitty" ability/talent?? Maybe??
I would say your not doing to bad for an old man.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:38 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I learned to ride on a stiff directional cambered board but it was 10cm too small for me. Which might be just as bad as too long.

It wasn't too painful until I tried to take it on anything steep or god forbid moguls!!! There was more then one painful faceplant for sure. I once tried to zip up my jacket will riding on a cat track and it just dumped me on my ass. hard. But it makes me appreciate my nice new board that much more.

I can't even bear the idea of using that thing for a rock board. Tho I do like taking it off jumps....it like "booiiiiiiooooiiiiooooiiinnggg!"
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:12 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I learned on a 180 Skunk Ape. Yeah it sucked in the beginning, but after some time I made her my bitch and now she listens to what I say. Makes me sandwiches too. Fucking skank.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:39 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I learned on a lib-tech skate banana which was perfect, but the conditions were whiteout and dumping. Not exactly idea for learning my first season. Got a FISH in the off season. but didn't ride it till 2nd season.

Got rid of it and got a GNU RC, so much better and stable for my 2nd season, but no pop.

Got an GNU DK 2 months in for sunny park days, got a GNU BG 3 month in for MT riding.

Some people are fast learners and some aren't.

It all depends how athletic one person it.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:10 PM   #28 (permalink)
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You guys had it easy....My first "snowboard" was a Black Snow snowboard...13 years old..size 145...had metal edges, but no base and was basically a toy... But I still tore the shit out of Lake Louise on it! I can't believe they actually let me on a chair lift with that thing... But it was probably 1987-88... I went from throwing myself down black diamond moguls on that piece of hell, straight into a Kemper 165 Freestyle a year or so later... Just a little bit of a change... All the while rocking my Sorels with ski boot liners! I'm pretty sure those board were riding me at the time, especially with a +20/+10 narrow stance and the most uncomfortable bindings ever... I used to duct tape pieces of carpet underlay foam onto the binding straps to reduce the insane amount of foot pain.


Before those days we tried making our own snowboards and we used to take the trucks off of our skateboard decks, feed shoelaces through the holes and tie our boot down, and Ride them backwards down the hill.... But that was just on the local sledding hills, etc.

Holy shit I'm old

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Old 12-12-2012, 08:08 PM   #29 (permalink)
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You guys had it easy....My first "snowboard" was a Black Snow snowboard...13 years old..size 145...had metal edges, but no base and was basically a toy... But I still tore the shit out of Lake Louise on it! I can't believe they actually let me on a chair lift with that thing... But it was probably 1987-88... I went from throwing myself down black diamond moguls on that piece of hell, straight into a Kemper 165 Freestyle a year or so later... Just a little bit of a change... All the while rocking my Sorels with ski boot liners! I'm pretty sure those board were riding me at the time, especially with a +20/+10 narrow stance and the most uncomfortable bindings ever... I used to duct tape pieces of carpet underlay foam onto the binding straps to reduce the insane amount of foot pain.


Before those days we tried making our own snowboards and we used to take the trucks off of our skateboard decks, feed shoelaces through the holes and tie our boot down, and Ride them backwards down the hill.... But that was just on the local sledding hills, etc.

Holy shit I'm old
Ha! My story is pretty much the same as yours. We would staple crazy carpet to our skateboards in the winter, didn't think to use the laces. My Blacksnow didn't have the edges so I had to wait to get the Kemper before hitting an actual resort hill. I was riding the 165 at maybe 120 lbs. The only way I could get it to turn was a half jump turn to unweight the thing enough to get it around.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:52 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Well I've been riding this Palmer a little bit lately, it only likes to go straight down & I know it can go faster than me. This thing is fuckin' lightning.
Palmer Snowobard

But it's almost no fun to ride.
You can't relax @ all, it's like a fucking job.
I haven't ate shit on it yet, thank god, cause fuck is it ever gonna hurt.

When it gets choppy & shitty, you gotta watch out. With this type of board it's really hard to "make a save" if you will.
You know, when for a second you are out of control & you are fighting with everything you have to make it out alive.
This is a split second thing, once you're out of control, you have a fraction of a second too "make a save".
Some boards you can just manipulate & pull out of it every time.

This one, not so much. I've had a couple heart stoppers on this thing already.
So close to eating shit viciously, my fuckin' life flashes before my eye's.
For the next ten min or so it gives me heebeegeebees/goosebumps

This is one of those boards.
If anyone around me wants to try it, you're more than welcome.

I've also noticed that, if you didn't started out on a camber deck, a normal camber deck is really hard to ride. Every person I know that started on any sort of rocker/hybrid, hates regular cambered boards.


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