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Old 01-27-2013, 07:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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There are a few smart phone apps that track all your speed such as average, top, and sustained speed along with other stats such as vertical for the day and air time and shows graphs of speed on which parts of the slope.

Hit 52.34 mph hour last year with my goal being to break 50, working on breaking 60 this year. Scare the shit out of myself sometimes, but I love the adrenaline rush from it, though I have only managed 54.32 so far.
My goal was 50mph this season. I'm sure I would have hit it had my season lasted longer. The resorts weren't even fully open before my season ended.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:54 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My goal was 50mph this season. I'm sure I would have hit it had my season lasted longer. The resorts weren't even fully open before my season ended.
I feel for you bro. If my season ended like that i would of lost my mind. Even the though of summer before the next winter makes me want to cry. Recover and you will hit 50 in no time...

Arsenal, you should race me at sunshine next time we meet up. i want to see how slow i am...
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My goal was 50mph this season. I'm sure I would have hit it had my season lasted longer. The resorts weren't even fully open before my season ended.
Read that thread where you hurt yourself, rest up and get back out there when you can. Did a similar thing on a jump last year but luckily only bruised a disc thank god.
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I feel for you bro. If my season ended like that i would of lost my mind. Even the though of summer before the next winter makes me want to cry. Recover and you will hit 50 in no time...
I was bitter at first but now it just makes me hungry to get better and step up my game for next season.

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Read that thread where you hurt yourself, rest up and get back out there when you can. Did a similar thing on a jump last year but luckily only bruised a disc thank god.
phew, close calls. I saw a vid of David_Z doing the same thing. Knocked him clean out. Cray.
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Also, don't let anyone come on here and tell you it's your board. It's not.
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Speed is subjective and without seeing you ride and seeing at what speed you get spooked, it is hard to give accurate advice. For all we know, you might be riding at 40 MPH but are scared to hit 50. Most people would say that your fear in this scenario is not unusual or inappropriate. Now if you are afraid to go fast enough to maintain a solid carve, then yes, that is something you need to work on.

Now depending on the speed we are talking about and the snow conditions, yes your board absolutely can and does make a difference. Try bombing a bumpy icy run at 50 MPH on park noodle versus doing it on stiff, damp free ride board; huge difference and this difference will translate into your confidence to go fast.
My words in regards to the board not making a difference were based on a conclusion I had jumped to. I assumed the OP was meandering down intermediate runs making big S turns and losing a lot of speed in the process. That's just how I took his description. In that aspect, no board will give you confidence to point it and scream down the hill. However if you have that confidence and find yourself scared by what it feels like going that fast, then yes, a new, more stiff board may help. I am highly inclined to believe the former, and as such I believe the confidence would come from more riding and just trying to push yourself on a daily basis. A nice pair of ass pads surely won't hurt either!
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Help..... I have been boarding a few years now and think I have reasonable technique in turns and carving etc. problem is a am a naturally cautious person and always think what could happen in a given situation etc.

Problems my girlfriend filmed me at my local fridge today and I was shocked how slow I looked, although technique was solid.

What's the best way of letting the brakes off and gaining speed and confidence?

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I find it helps to become familiar with the optimal trails. Pick something with smooth fall lines with a safe exit. Find your lines and just keep lapping them. You'll be able to progress safely and will be hitting 50 in no time.

But make sure you have the right equipment. You don't want to be bombing on a park pickle with urathane highbacks and a $100 boot. If you're going to ride agressively, you need the right gear for it.
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ride and try to keep up with skiers who like to tuck and bomb...last week they were at whistler and their gps clocked at 76 mph and they did 72k vert that day. 40 mph is comfortable and now feels rather slow, 50 is getting to pucker speed and for me its fast enough...equip and technique gives you confidence.
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I hit 50 mph give or take a bit on my evo, solid as a rock. Just depends on snow conditions for me.

As for OP, why not post the video? Sometimes your form feels and looks good at slow speeds but changes dramatically at higher speeds. Your comfort level may be related to form at higher speeds.
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What is the name of the app you use to track speed?
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But make sure you have the right equipment. You don't want to be bombing on a park pickle with urathane highbacks and a $100 boot. If you're going to ride agressively, you need the right gear for it.
Sorry, but I know from my own experience that that is just bullsh*t. I have pretty soft highbacks (Union DLX) and even softer boots (ThirtyTwo Prion), and I've been going around 50 mph, according to the app on the iphone.

It's not about having fancy stiff boots and carbon highbacks and crap. Although yes, they do make everything more responsive and easier to handle, you don't need them just to go faster.
Having more responsive gear will only make it more comfortable to go faster, but that doesn't mean you can't already go just as fast if you have low end gear.
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