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Old 03-21-2012, 09:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ya commitment really is everything isn't it? I'm going to work on turning my head and committing past 3 and I know the 5's will come. I'll work on backflips off the dock but in all likeliness I will never huck one on snow... too bad because it looks so rad when I see them.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If you're failing to commit, then commitment is certainly everything

It's possible to huck a 3 with no real skill as long as you commit to it. Beyond 3 you need some skill, but without the commitment all the skill in the world will never get you around a 5 or a 7 if you don't commit and don't lead the spin with your head.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I quit working as an instructor because the man challenged me on a personal level about the way I **know** it is done on the hill.

I realized the hill here wil never satisfy me again. There's one or two runs in the area I wouldn't mind bombing in future .

I learned how to surf when I'm carving and not knowing carving could feel better I was impressed with that.

I chose life over snowboarding ... I peaked out in my ability. Sure I have a lot of railing to learn and the 5 and maybe 7 one day but I like big 1's and dirty tweaks way more than spinning anyways
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Sure I have a lot of railing to learn and the 5 and maybe 7 one day but I like big 1's and dirty tweaks way more than spinning anyways
Big back 1's are the funnest trick IMO... And look sweet. I likem' with a steezy tail grab. Hope you find some runs that challenge you again.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I peaked out in my ability...
Not sure this is actually possible. To even keep up with the pace you had last year (past a certain age) you have to get better to make up for the weaker system.

I've certainly felt a bit of a plateau this year with regards to my groomer carving. So I'm spending more time in the glades, powder, riding switch, etc. There's always something tougher to help you go beyond the plateau. Unless you're winning gold at the X Games you're not peaked in your ability!

Now not wanting to get better is a different story...
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:32 AM   #16 (permalink)
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yeash i just watched this and decided there are a few small areas i could work on given the proper space...

The Best Snowboard Scenes Filmed from Helicopter - YouTube
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:38 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Hoping to hit some 20+ but it's so freaking icy down here that one fall ends your week. =/
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:54 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm 33 and got started way too late, with this being my 2nd season. You guys have had some nice goals and accomplishments. I hope to conquer some of those next season- like 25 footers and 3s. I have had some good accomplishments so far. I'd say the best thing I've picked up this season is having a really good feel for my board. How to use different amounts of pressure in different areas on my board to use all over the mountain.

Rode my my first boxes this year, although they have all been flat, it has been easier than I thought it would be.

Took my first jumps regular and switch- off small park jumps (10' and smaller table tops) and natural hits. And I improved my straight airs through out the season. I can now easily and without hesitation clear those 10 footers with some decent height. And last time out started throwing in some shiftys. I've landed a few sloppy 180s FS and BS. I can do decent looking 180s off natural side hits, just haven't been able to apply that to the park jumps yet- 130s only work on soft landings I still would like to throw down solid 180s before this season is over, and start trying some grabs. Also discovered when I know I don't have enough speed for a jump, its best to not try it anyway, knuckle landings hurt.

Forced myself to start learning switch by helping a friend learn to snowboard. Now I try it a lot on various terrain and conditions. Got it down to skidded / scarves on greens for the most part, and getting better with the skidded on blues.

Turn improvement- went from skidded to scarves to a decent beginning true carve on the groomers, but still with a big radius. Along with this turn improvement I upped my comfortability and turning on steeper blacks. Learning different un-weighting techniques and fore and aft shifts during my turns really helped a lot.

Still got a lot to try before the season ends. Hopefully this late winter in the Sierra continues. Looks like possibly 2 more feet coming in this weekend



Nice scenes on that Heli you tube vid. I won't be trying the trick at the 2:30 mark. Half-backflips to 50-50 face slides aren't my thing.

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Old 03-22-2012, 09:23 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I had a really simple goals this year. This being my first year on a board and not skis, goals were basic.

1. Learn to link turns and not fall on your butt
2. Get comfortable on East Coast blacks so I can board with my expert skier fiance
3. Learn to carve
4. Stretch goals: Down unweight and dynamic turns

The basics happened by the end of January. I didn't get 3 and 4 accomplished until a trip to Killington the first week of March due to an incredibly bad winter out East.
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Hoping to hit some 20+ but it's so freaking icy down here that one fall ends your week. =/
Ya icy kickers are no fun, but hit some straight airs and you should be fine
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