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Old 02-01-2014, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Update: Dad reaches a goal !!!

Well guys as many of you again know this old dad is trying to keep up with the my kids in the terrain park.
This season I have spent a ton of time teaching and riding with my daughter. Her 1st full season and we've mainly stayed to the green groomers. Father-daughter time but no me time....I'm good with it but sad at the same time.

Well today we had a whole park session her and I.
My goals:
  • 3's
  • street style rails
  • boardslides
  • just more park in general
  • 1/4 wall

I know for many of you this isn't much but it is the Grand Canyon of a gap for me. I think I had more of a mental block than anything but today I landed and rode this rail nearly all day





Again not huge, but as many of you have taught me. Start small and work up.
I "manned up", lined up my board, good speed, small olly and just locked on perfect !!!! The sound of the board as if left the ground, to the board hitting the rail at that slight angle, then me feeling it flatten out and riding down was exhilarating. Yes it's small, that doesn't change my euphoric high of nailing it.

I played on this for a few hours and landed cleanly every time. I slide off a couple of time just a tad early but nothing major.

Just thought I'd share my joy. I tried doing a GoPro vid but the angle of the camera on my helmet didn't show much.
In addition I hate the GoPro Studio & Windows Movie Maker, plz recommend some free software if you can.

A very happy dad
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If your outside the park riding is good, then transitioning to these (at least 50/50) isn't bad stay centered, and like you said speed is your friend! Now for some real fun start working on that C box beside you! I love those things, and S rails.
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Awesome story. Just wait in a few years you're going to have to listen to your daughter's crap because she had to wait for the old man at the bottom of a run.
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If your outside the park riding is good, then transitioning to these (at least 50/50) isn't bad stay centered, and like you said speed is your friend! Now for some real fun start working on that C box beside you! I love those things, and S rails.
I had intentions of trying that today but I was so stoked on my rail accomplishment I kept with that.

Were riding tomorrow so hopefully some videos of me actually riding and I am gonna try that "C" box.
I am only doing 50/50's as of now, baby steps.

Koi that has not happened yet even with the boys. Yes they beat me down but by the time they un-strap, poof, there is the old man, me hahhahha
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Now for some real fun start working on that C box beside you! I love those things, and S rails.
i think i would have hit the C box before the rail lol! I guess i just like boxes better.
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Old 02-02-2014, 06:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default 1/4 wall totally forgot

I forgot about the 1/4 wall I was riding as well. I managed to do some very good and/or simple up - fakie down (sorry don't know the terminology)
It is a wooden wall I'm guessing 15 feet from ground to coping.
I made it usually 1/2 way up sometimes 3/4 up. I haven't had the skill or get rid of the mental block to try to reach the coping for a stall??? again terms...

I had issues with not staying flat based and I would know it immediately! As soon as I go the GoPro I got worse with using my edge or being heavy on toe side. I had to really concentrate on staying flat based.
Wanted to try a hand plant but it is a pretty narrow feature, Im still progressing slowly on this feature and not sure how good a feature this is for a hand plant.

Question: when doing this where should I be looking? When I stall towards the top to ride back down fakie. Do I look at my tail, the transition, or more down slope (if that makes sense)

I will work more on this as well today. Small rewards keep me going
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Nice man. It's got to be one of the best feelings in the world when you conquer a jump or rail that's been scaring you in the past.
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Nice man. It's got to be one of the best feelings in the world when you conquer a jump or rail that's been scaring you in the past.
my daughter was a little mad when I hiked back up to snap those pics. She is still new and doesn't know how hard I've been working up to this.

Jed you and Nev have been a great help !!! whether you know it or not, now you do, your vids have helped many of us to progress. I know for me it has been huge, since I was never a skateboarder and I started at a late age in life. I know my limitations and am happy to add or stay where I am. Progression is always my goal, but weighing the reward is reality.

Hope to post some vids or more pics to share with everyone
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my daughter was a little mad when I hiked back up to snap those pics. She is still new and doesn't know how hard I've been working up to this.

Jed you and Nev have been a great help !!! whether you know it or not, now you do, your vids have helped many of us to progress. I know for me it has been huge, since I was never a skateboarder and I started at a late age in life. I know my limitations and am happy to add or stay where I am. Progression is always my goal, but weighing the reward is reality.

Hope to post some vids or more pics to share with everyone
That's great, happy to hear the videos are helping Got a lot more planned this season.

By the way, I'd look at using a free trial of Cyberlink Powerdirector or Sony Movie Studio if you want better editing software. They're one step up from the free software you're using now at the $100 pricepoint, but you'll get a good 30 days or so of free use from just doing the free trial.
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From an old fart who doesn't ever see himself in "the park," (...WAY too chicken!! ) I just wanted to say,... Congrat's on reaching your goal!!!!!!

Daddy/Daughter Park Rats sounds like an awesome combo!!! (....if nothing else, you will be there to keep an eye on all the baggy pantz, XXXXL Hoddie wearin', pierced lips n tongue board ratz when your daughter eventually starts noticing the Boyz on the hill!)
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