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    Props to Ryan Knapton & to Russ Britt for this video out of ATC 2017. Russ was the guy with the soda-pop Donek and the crazy, narrow stance. Russ tells why it's that way, and shows what he can do. (Subsequent post in this thread from Russ explains what the top sheet really is! Russ is full of surprises!) When I found this, having heard from Russ that Ryan had shot it, it already had nearly 6,000 views on YouTube. (1st March 2017 - 11,000+ views)
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    Return of winter(temps). This is basically a sheet of rough ice (from our recent meltdown) with about 3" of packed sugar groomed on top. Riding a new stick (baby Coiler), required a deft touch on edge and attention to form. Really fun to get out and make some tracks!
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    Hey why not spectacular Norway? I'm thinking of taking the family to Folgefonna for a long weekend in June. Season starts in April (when they dig all of the lifts out of the snow) and runs until September.
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    I just received this today. It is built with the design and performance philosophy of the MK but in a 172cm length. SCR is 11 and the waist is 19.
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    My new "baby"! Coiler Nirvana Energy 170, T4, 20.5w 11m VSR.
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    Just pulled the trigger on one of Mig's Fullbag Longboards. Hammerhead 181cm in route from the great white north!! https://fullbag.com/collections/snowsurfs/products/hammerhead-181 376US$ SHIPPED!! Probably end up paying some customs / duty or drayage but still sounds like a great value.
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    Grateful here just to make some new friends with great riders! Katie and I are stoked for one more Sunday with the crew. Sorry we won't see Mario but happy he will be getting some surf! Carve it anyway you can! Excited for our first full summer here in CO. When the house is done, BBQ at my place. All are welcome and I'll post up here. Thanks for sharing!
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    Was a blast riding with you and watching you this season. You have come along way since I started filling your head with gibberish. Till I see you on dirt, have fun on the waves. The best part of my day was seeing KarverKai killing it on Hillb's 157 SG. KK has now been inflicted with the "board bigger than you" fever that plagues our carving slopes. Was a blast and we'll be back this coming weekend. Ink
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    You live in the Northwest. There is no need to be so dramatic about the end of the season because the season has a long way to go. It is a great place to be truly burnt out on riding snow until the beginning of the next season. I'll be riding until July. Timberline on Hood has a $119 spring pass and 15' of base at the lodge. I think they've got you covered close to home. The Magic Mile is amazing for a beginner carver. They will be open all summer although it does get crowded after Memorial Day.
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    I have to say that I was pretty much over it by March (which was a pretty horrible month), and then the snows came once again. Up until the new snows, conditions were icy and chunky which is absolutely not conducive to any sense of form or flow. I manage to keep my interest up by staying off the groomed slope and working the off piste. There's always room for improvement and honing skills for changing conditions (glades, trees, bumps), and trying to keep up with the better skiers. I understand the desire to carve the groomers, but I would have my fill within a couple of hours. Life on the slopes became much more interesting (in my opinion of course) when I have been exploring everything off the groom. I'm about to turn 68, and every year has seen an improvement in speed, skills, and in pleasure. I like the challenge of the whole mountain experience even when I find myself taking a fall, and even more so when I don't have to look behind me to see if I'm about to get creamed by a high speed idiot screaming down the grooms. Sometimes life is most rewarding when challenging yourself with new experiences - and that may well be on or off piste. INTERVAL TRAINING AND MITOCHONDRIA By Andy Coghlan HIIT it! We’re often told that exercise is the best medicine, and it now seems that regular high intensity interval training (HIIT), in particular, is great for reversing the declining ability of our cells to generate energy. HIIT involves short bursts of very intense activity, interspersed with recovery periods of lower-intensity exercise. Sreekumaran Nair at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and his colleagues assigned groups of people aged between 18 and 30 and between 65 and 80 to three months of interval training, weight training or a combination of the two. Muscle biopsies were taken before and afterwards to measure the impact of these regimes on their cells. Read more: Just a few hours’ exercise a week makes your heart grow bigger Interval training boosted the ability of the mitochondria within cells to generate energy by 69 per cent in older volunteers, and by 49 per cent in the younger group. Mitochondrial activity declines with age, which may aggravate fatigue and reduce the size and ability of muscles to burn excess blood sugar – a risk factor for diabetes. But this decline was halted and even reversed in the older interval-training group. “After three months of interval training, everything converged towards what we saw in young people,” says Nair. Interval trainers also saw surges in lung, heart and circulation health. The amount of oxygen they could inhale and consume at full tilt rose by 28 per cent in the younger group and by 17 per cent in the older group. There was no corresponding change among weight trainers, although combination training boosted oxygen consumption by 21 per cent among older exercisers.
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    Of course, Jack. I'm more focused on people debating if they should have 1-degree of outward cant or 0.5-degree of inward cant as if they were trying to save someone's life.
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    200cm "Tanker" is the solution :)
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    Almost. Perfect. Another groomer pass or 2 and it would have been a little less lumpy, bumpy, and a touch firmer, but still as close as you can get to a midwinters carving day at the end of April. It was chilly, and windy, and windy in some strange spots, with not a cloud in the sky. All in all, not a bad way to close down my season at lovey this year. I must say, I will miss being strafed by various types of fruit, tutu's, fruit in tutu's, bad white people dancing on the patio, and all of the other jackassery and tomfoolery that makes closing day so not special. Instead I will be getting in touch with my inner kook as I attempt to surf in the warm tropicalish waters off of cocoa beach, as well as having to choke down rum based boat drinks, with umbrellas in them. It is not an easy life I tell ya. Fun day today, with a whole herd out defiling the groom once again, You all know who you are, and I had a blast riding with all of you, and tormenting some of you this season. But now I am looking forward to a little bit of rest, and recovery for some of my balky body parts, at least until the start of Mtn Biking and crashing season as well as Sean's end of season bbq at the basin See you when I see you, Mario
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    A foot at my home in the foothills. Ink
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    Newest revelation a quote from the Donald " Being president isn't Easy " I suppose this may be my last contribution to the forum. Sorry for being so blunt for those who admire the guy but clearly the only ability i have seen come from the present situation is simply a disruption of acceptable standards that only serves to keep people off guard rather than to correct the issues. The Canadian dollar is profoundly affected by these latest outbursts with respect to farming and lumber but what Americans probably don't hear is that even American farmers and home builders don't agree that Canada is the problem. Wisconsin dairy farmers admit oversupply in their state and large corporate farms are to blame while home builders say that home prices will rise 3-4 thousand dollars with the imposition of a retro active duty on Canadian softwood lumber. Canada is a very large geographical area most of the land is and has been gov't owned since the birth of our country. The United States or more correctly most States on the other hand had sold off their forests to private owners who will now reap huge profits from the gap in prices for softwood lumber. It begs the question who stands to gain home buyers or Lumber Barons. Costs to the American tax payer due to the presidents travels to his golf retreat outstrip what Obama was heavily criticized for and we are only into 100 days of Trumps term. An interesting side note is that with a lower dollar value in Canada car dealers are offering huge discounts on new trucks if you trade in a relatively new one which they sell to American dealers and make 30% on the dollar exchange. Net result for Canadians is you can't find an affordable used truck. I wonder how many times previous leaders have silently done the " right thing " when making tough decisions rather than glorify their own self importance and history hasn't recorded it ? I'm having a difficult time accepting the fact that in today's world causing disruption is now the essence of leadership. The only other country that makes this point so evident is North Korea. Corey and Brian i leave this post in your capable hands keeping in mind i did post in the "off topic" as there is no WAY OF TOPIC.
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    Just got the EC 168x22 12/13 to compliment the Gen 1 Stubby 173x20 13.2. As always, Bruce's boards have astonishing edge hold.
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    I have a Fullbag Diamond Blunt and the more I ride it the more impressed I am with the board. I used it with hard and soft boots. Very impressing how well it can carve and the surfy fells it has. Amazing board for the price. You'll love it.
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    Is this the longest span between double posts ever?
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    The tail of that board looks like you'll generate a lot of energy at the end of the carve, especially if you tail weight a lot. Airborne edge changes... looks like a lot of fun. I have Bruce building me something somewhat similar now- at 171x22 10/12/11.
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    By the end of the season, I am pushing myself to enjoy conditions that are becoming way less than ideal. I go out just to go out. It's still fun but... Then I'm ready for warm weather stuff. Backpacking, bonfires, ocean, mountain biking, swimming holes etc. Around Sept or so I get a sense of something in the air on those first chilly nights. It seeps into my brain and I begin to steadily fiend for snow more and more. That's the beauty of having the seasons change around me. You may or may not get the same sense as summer ends. I hope you do.
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    As with any endeavor worth pursuing, and improving on, it is about the commitment. It is all about the quality of your of time on the slope, not the quantity. If you cannot commit, and you don't have the passion, sell your gear and find something else to do with your time. If you can commit, get a tighter radius board, make more turns so your not waiting for the munchkins as much, slow it down and work on your weaknesses. Cut it down to one day a week, and raise the quality of your day, every day you are out. Raise the quality of your turns. Always leave the slope exhausted and worked, yet wanting more. If you cannot, see above. Mario
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    FA Design Review So after 10 years I finally got myself some new outerwear. Knowing that Freddy Ansara at FA Design is a fellow alpine rider I figured I’d give him my money rather than someone who doesn’t really support our community. First, the customer service was exactly what it should be. I talked with Freddy for help with sizing and he got the clothes to me (from Canada to Cali) in a couple of days. Based on his recommendation I got the Subsonic Hardshell jacket and Pant in a size large. Secondly and most important, the quality and performance. Without a doubt these are the best outwear shells that I’ve ever owned. Coming from 10 year old clothes to these are like a world of difference. I have only had them for 13 days of riding in them but I have gone through everything for high 50’s and sunny to snowing with 30+ mph wind and they have performed better than expected. On the hot days with just a t-shirt I could open up all the vents and stay nice and cool. While the on the colder days I just used one insulation layer and stayed warm. Because of the wind and waterproof capablilties of the eVent fabric I stayed either nice and cool on the warm days and nice and warm on the colder days. One thing that that took me by surprise was the pockets. When I first looked at the pants and more so the jacket I was wondering if the pocket design was any good?? Although I don’t find the pockets to be a conventional design they worked great for me. Stored everything I need for a normal day on the hill without missing a beat. Overall when you combine the quality and performance with the fact they are really dedicated to our niche sport, I think FA Designs hit a homerun.
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    "I'd never realised how much ground you cover!" from a boarder who'd just followed me down from top to bottom. "Yeah, it's the long way down." I replied.
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    Sometimes, I only use a stomp pad.
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    I can't believe that catek.com is still up and accepting orders. Who's even paying the hosting bill?
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    very nice to have for clearing compacted snow from your soles before clipping in
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    I think it would be interesting to watch if they were to get into hardboots again. I don't think they ever would, but if they did I think they would have to do a lot of backpedaling on their prior decisions to not look like total trend-chasing jackasses, and I think you'd probably see a lot of "over my dead body" type dissent from communities like this who have kept the hardbooting community thriving in the absence of any big-box corporate support.
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    Short answer, no. That allows you to anchor the middle and float both ends, but you can anchor one end (usually the rear) and float the other and ignore the center screw hole
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    Yea when the Burton circus comes back around next winter to my local mtn. I'd give them a try.......but from what I hear from the Moss sponsored softboot riders from Japan that are laying down the carves they need/use/want a soft softboot.......so expect this boot to be the polar opposite of a Burton XDrive for stiffness. I would like to see a photo of the base of the binding and the boot connection system. Carving in general is huge in Japan...... and Burton, not wanting to miss out their share of the $$ listened to those riders and made the "Step On" https://whitelines.com/news/burton-announces-new-hard-snowboard-boot-system.html Whitelines...aka: white lies. Great April fools using a Track 325. Could there be a Burton hardboot in the near future? Doubtful, but demand drives the market and the Asian market is really hardboot and softboot carving hungry right now and Burton being the money hungry whore they are might not want to lose their share of the market. If Burton ever has the balls to get back into hardboots they really should really call it the "Hard On" ....that alone would give Burton back some "Alpine" street cred!
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    3. Cobblestone cart paths — Belgian the F—k up, golfers! Read more at http://www.velonews.com/2016/08/news/road/heres-why-cycling-is-not-and-never-will-be-the-new-golf_419009#V1PjIdf2hHOwYRyr.99
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    I must say, boat drinks are a good thing, at least until tomorrow morning
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    No it isn't. However it did get to a point in mid-January where we were hoping it wouldn't snow so that we didn't have to get up super early and go ride. So many pow days in a row this January...
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    impressive, though denvers snarkiest and best news anchor might have something to say about that: https://www.google.com/search?q=kyle+clark+patio+furniture+rant&ie=&oe=#spf=1
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    As much as the world is focused on the changes in the US right now, let's keep this light. See rule 3:
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    A few weeks ago, my daughter and I had gondola cars all to ourselves at Killington, thanks to a big board that went into the car with us for the trip uphill. Maybe others were annoyed but they were not the in the car with us. There was no room for them. years ago, I would have to plead with the lifties to allow me to take the board inside but now they regularly suggest it, unprompted. Once, at Snowbasin, it was windy and the board was outside and in the rack - I was so nervous that I put a scarf around the board like a noose and held on to it through the vent window.
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    Thanks @Ernie00!!! Super stoked you like your Blunt Diamond so much!
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    If all goes normal Bryan, you shouldn't have to pay any import duty at customs because of the free trade agreement (NAFTA). Boards made in Canada and shipped to the US are duty free. And vice-versa, boards made in the US and shipped to Canada also are. We ship all boards with the proper paperwork for customs. The Hammerhead is now sold out in 181cm, but we still have a couple in 171cm left, as well as a few Lifer 166cm. They both go for the same great deal. Lifer is even a few bucks cheaper.
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    My wife and I have a craftsman bungalow built in 1917, and have always treated the house with respect, and all the work we have done has been with an eye to the past. We both feel that we are only caretakers, and we try to preserve the work and the materials of past with a nod to the future. I love old houses, and my job provides me with ample opportunity to work on them, and if the owner is willing, bring them back. Mario
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    To my understanding all Coiler boards except for the experimental Coiler BX convex prototypes are flat when they leave the shop. You should expect no less in any board you buy. I've watched Bruce perform this task and for anyone unfamiliar with the process it isn't as simple as turning on the machine and sticking the end of the board into it. It requires multiple passes and observation between passes to be sure the desired results are obtained. Certain tweaking can be done between passes to correct undesirable traits or imperfections but perfect results might not be obtainable if certain preconditions aren't already inherent in the boards build. Binding suck in an older board may be so deep that obtaining a flat base may never be possible since the ptex material along the edges or the metal edges themselves may have insufficient material to allow enough material to be removed to get back to flat. I suspect that even if your base is not perfectly flat a proper detune could compensate for much of the undesirable charasteristics.
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    Squaw has announced that with the 760 inches we got this year Their Not Closing - Period!
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    The main stok for me it is imagery of my ride. When I see my vids, I think - what the fuck, 8 seasons is passed and 'I'm riding like crap'
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    Thanks Eric, Yes that Crown 200 is a hard to find board and a lot of fun to ride. Still one of my favorites from the cambered Tankers. Sadly, there are still 7 boards missing from this photo as my floor space is limited including my Tinkler, a couple more tankers and my custom Donek Flux 182 cheers, sandy
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    I bareback it. Some say its risky, but I don't care. I don't use a stomp pad either.
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    @ilya.s Don't reach for the snow... matter of fact imagine it's lava. Oh, and listen to PSR... to say he knows this stuff is a gross understatement.
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