Well, hello and here goes: Started boarding back in the late 80's, when most every person who shared a chair with me asked what boarding was all about and the lift monkeys would check to see that my board actually had steel edges (K2 Gyrator with Sims bindings). Boarded obsessively into the latter half of the 90's, including instructing, then put it aside as "life" took over. Finally drug my sorry butt back up the mountain last Spring, rented a board more appropriate for a 16yo with a hyper thyroid problem rather than a spongey near-mid-lifer, and got re-addicted. For the up-coming season I ordered up a Burton Flying V Wide, channel bindings, new jacket and pants, season passes for the whole fam (they are plankers, but "The Boy" wants to board next year) and now I'm not so patiently waiting for the snow to fly. Looking forward to really getting back into boarding, although I won't be doing any inverts like days of old (dude, I've got freak'n arthritis from my old boarding injuries). Damn it was tough shelling out hard-earned for season passes (used to always work on the mt for the free pass).
For giggles: Circa Spring '91 (Kemper Freestyle 165):
So, part 2 (Gloves): I still have my old Kombi Kevlar gloves with wrist supports built in. Before you get all in a bent out of shape about wrist supports, I snapped my wrist right through the joint during a stupid comp back in my 20's (thus that's why I started wearing such gloves). Skated since I was a wee pup, so I do know how to fall, but crap happens. My wrist sucks, bad, so I still want a good glove with wrist support if they can be found. Frankly, not having much luck. My Kombi gloves are still in pretty good shape, but given their age, they won't last long I suspect. Not looking for separate wrist supports, but rather, a glove with integrated support. If you know of a good one, please advise. Thanks.