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SunSurfer last won the day on December 10 2016

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About SunSurfer

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    An aesthetic carver
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    Southern Hemisphere
  • Occupation?
    Poison & paralyse people
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Ten boards between 160 & 180cm, 1995 to 2017 builds.
  • Current Boots Used?
    Modified UPZ RC10S. A pair of standard boots is just the start of the fun!
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Regular stance. Models: F2 & Bomber TD3 Intecs. Isocline plates, both DIY design/builds and BBP 4mm, with UPM & 4x4 pattern, ride with fixed axle front. Experimenting with stance distance & skwal style stances.
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  1. Saw this baby in Snowmass Village. Half the time I think it's great, and the other half I'm struggling with the idea of the roofbox & driving a Lambo on winter roads. Ah well, if you have plenty of money .........
  2. Bomber TD3s are built pretty solidly, "bombproof" construction, the website says. Yet I've just discovered that my riding style produces significant bending forces on the rear of my rear binding, and over thousands of turns over 4 years metal fatigue and failure finally occurred at the points where the mounting screws go through the baseplate to the cant disk. On my last day in Snowmass after ATC I thought I wasn't riding as well as usual and then I felt an odd "crack" under my rear boot. When I finished riding and the snow melted I found what you can see in the photos. I've e-mailed Jim Callen and he replied "I see it a couple times a year. It's usually from bigger riders who ride hard, after a couple years of riding them." I'm 182cm and 82 Kg (6 feet, 180lbs approx.) In a while I'll order a new base plate. The failure is clearly wear and tear. I'd never seen anything on the Bomber Forum about this kind of problem. So, periodically check your TD3 binding plates for cracks, because, strong as they are, they are not indestructible.
  3. Ice Axe
  4. Wasn't bad at Snowmass today either. Saw Jim & Angie clicking in by Venga Venga as I rode the Village Express up. Ah well, first up, best powder. My flight out last night after ATC was cancelled due to snowfall, so I found myself stuck in Snowmass for 48hours with a valid lift pass and a Rad-Air Extreme Pinkerman to ride. I rode more powder today than I have ever done before. Woo-hoo!!!
  5. Have had double elastic Booster straps on from the word go. I suspect that part of the reason it's only a issue on the rear boot is that I ride with the springs set to allow a lot of fore/aft flex on the rear.
  6. A shout out here for Richard Knapp who took the Steeps Clinic at Snowmass in 2015. Learning to gently lean onto my downhill edge on a traverse, feel it grip then downweight into the 'stacked" body position, lean into the turn and ride it round transformed my riding. Slot and Ruthie are fun now, to be carved not slarved.
  7. Two days (28th January 2017) into a 16 day snowboarding trip to the USA and I develop a reddened, almost blistering area over the front of my rear boot shin, just below the top of the boot cuff. The boots are UPZ RC10s that I've only recently bought to replace my Head Stratos Pros. I'd developed a similar problem after 8 days riding in the same boots last August in NZ. So I put my thinking cap on. This has the potential to ruin a much anticipated trip. Blisters are commonly caused by a shearing/rubbing injury on the damaged tissue. Hypothesis: The problem is being caused because my sock & the boot liner cuff material are sticking rather than sliding past one another, and the subsequent movement of my leg as the boot is flexed/deflexed is creating shearing forces that are directly transferred to my shin skin as a result. Experiment: If I protect the reddened area with a blister pad, then decouple sock & liner with some thin friction reducing layer, the problem should settle down. I take a Glad snap-lock plastic bag and cut out one wall, then attach Velcro hook dots to each corner to hold it in place against the sock. Result: It's now Feb 7th, and I've ridden every day since. The reddened area had completely healed within 4 days, I've continued to have a blister dressing over the spot just in case, and there has been no recurrence. I've been riding 25,000 to 35,000 vertical feet every day in between and pushing the limits of a new Coiler Nirvana Energy.
  8. Took delivery of a Nirvana Energy 174, 20cm waist, 12/14m SCR, 0.4mm Titanal, P-Tex top on Jan 27. Had been hankering after one since SES 2015 when I rode and loved an NFCE T+ (.3mm Titanal) of the same dimensions. Snow in Aspen has been more of the hero kind than Ernie's experience above, but I'm not complaining. Superb edge hold, I evenly wore away the base wax from around the corner of the hybrid nose to the tail for 2-3cm in from the edge on it's first day. It digs great trenches! I found it easy to manoevure at lift queues, sideslip/hockey stop. My poor technique led to one episode of control loss where just as I'm about to lose the edge completely, I feel the nose grip and then the rest of the edge just followed down the line and I was back in control. I have ridden it predominantly without a plate, which is very unusual for me. I tried it for a day with my 4mm BBP and it's Cadillac smooth, but I actually prefer it without. The 0.4 Titanal and the P-tex make it very damp so it soaks up the afternoon crud with aplomb. It still has enough pop to make for an airborne transition if you want to go that way. I am a better rider when I'm on it. I have carved runs like Slot @ Snowmass with afternoon snow conditions that would previously have had had me slarving my way down. My ride report Summary to Bruce echoed Ernie's first picture above: "I'm in love!"
  9. There are a few of us riding Snowmass, meeting at Village Express lift for an 0830 start.
  10. Even Benjamin Karl, who started the whole isolation plate revolution off and who has ridden that same plate design from the beginning, was on an Allflex plate.
  11. powder

    Sitting here in Southern Hemisphere summer mentally drooling! I'm not jealous, really, not at all!!!!! :-)
  12. If it feels good, do it! (Actually, that applies to Max and his girlfriend too ;)) ) Jack, I agree with you, but up to a point. It is a whole lot easier to breathe in when your abdominal muscles are relaxed than when they are firmly tensed and bracing your core. But the whole cardio respiratory response to sustained exercise is incredibly complex, and still relatively poorly understood. A myriad of sensors, effectors, and feedback loops, all happening without conscious thought on our part, deliver vastly increased amounts of oxygen to our working muscles, and deal with the carbon dioxide produced, as well as buffering the lactic acid when we're really going for it! The respiratory centre in our brainstem does the job of controlling frequency and volume of breathing. I know from undergoing formal cardio pulmonary exercise testing that at peak exercise I can move in excess of 120 litres per minute in and out of my lungs, compared with 5-6 litres at rest. And it will all happen automatically, without any conscious thought on my part. So, don't overthink it. Your body knows best.
  13. Don't overthink it. Breathing is too important a function to be left to the conscious parts of our brain for final control. It's got to keep on going when we're asleep, drunk, or even completely preoccupied with driving the heelside edge in....... If you really want to get into what happens to breathing, heart function, blood flow, and oxygen transfer during exercise at altitiude you could do far worse for an authoritative source than reading what the Centres for Disease Control have published. Personally I'm with Jim & Mario. Singing is good, making Ferrari Testarossa at full noise exhaust sounds is better, just having fun is best of all!
  14. Taken during SES 2013. Riceball must have some great shots of Bruce.
  15. Just measured the diameter and thickest & thinnest points of my 3 and 6 degree TD3 cant discs. Have done the maths and the discs have, as close as makes no odds, 3 & 6 degrees of slope. Can't say I'm surprised that Fin was right on the button with his machining.