Neil Gendzwill

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About Neil Gendzwill

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  • Birthday 07/22/1961

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  • Location
    Saskatoon, SK, Canada
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Lake Louise, AB
  • Occupation?
    Software geek
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    2012 Coiler Nirvana Free Carve 180, 2016 Coiler VSR All-Mountain 167, 2001 Rad-Air Tanker 200
  • Current Boots Used?
    Raichle 224
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    F2 TitanFlex, Proflex TitanFlex, Raichle Intec RS
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  1. Nitro, what angle is the Cindrich base?
  2. I don't think the FA stuff is going to be a whole lot better than other premium brands in holding up to our particular brand of abuse. If you drag your hips and arms a lot I'm sure it will take damage. Freddie is a racer and doesn't ride in that style. I haven't seen his latest designs but a couple of years ago when I saw them up close they were comparable in quality to ArcTeryx, with high-end closures and a trim design. Freddie was saying that some of the fine details in production were better than ArcTeryx. He's using eVent whereas ArcTeryx uses GoreTex ProShell.
  3. Hadn't seen that before, browsing through their Instagram I just saw one alpine snowboarder, some poor racer headed off course into the nets.
  4. A pair of screwdrivers, preferably Robertson, will serve to get you out if the cable fails. ETA Just noticed Dave suggesting a hex key, did not know that only one side needs to get pushed in.
  5. I don't have problems with either of my Coilers, the Nirvana 180 or the AMT 167. If the crud was heavy I think the AM would be a better choice. My Tanker 2K blows through anything.
  6. That last one was really nice. I note he seemed to have an easier time getting the toesides to finish, on heelside he would usually transition before bringing it all the way around.
  7. The solution is to plan to attend ATC next year and pick up your new ride then!
  8. Coiler's prices start at $CDN880, about ‎€620. For that price once you pick the basic design you choose length, width, nose shape, tail shape, plus side-cut and taper (from a few choices), with flex built to your weight and riding style. Custom topsheet is another $30 if you provide the graphic. If you want a completely custom shape he can do it too but I'm not sure why you'd need to.
  9. Having your board have little contact with the snow is not the purpose of inclination. If you think about it, if the snow is hard as soon as you have any inclination at all, only the edge and a little bit of the base is touching the snow. The purpose of inclination is to take the force of your turn in the correct direction. Think about it like riding a bicycle or motorcycle. If you try to take a corner by just turning the handlebars without leaning, you are going to fall over to the outside of the turn. If you try to lean the bike over too much, you will fall to the inside. Same with a board. However, we have the additional problem of trying to keep a strong connection with the snow. If you stand tall and lean at just the right angle for the turn, then the base of the board should be at a 90 degree angle to your body in order to best push against the snow. If it is not leaned as much as your body, it will tend to skid. The problem with turning in that fashion is that your body when standing tall is exerting leverage sideways on the edge. Once the edge pops out of the groove, then your nice inclination doesn't work because it has no snow to push against. So we angulate, to get the centre of mass closer to that edge. If you are flexible (not me unfortunately) you can also compress your body and get even closer. More angulation allows more inclination which then allows turning force to be exerted on the board.
  10. "The Norm" parts 1 and 2 are the top links in the tech articles here.
  11. Find a run with a double fall line.
  12. Inclination is not "bending at the waist".
  13. Inclination is how much you tip the board over. You can accomplish this without angulation by simply leaning. However the more you lean the more weight you take off the edge. Angulation is how much you bend your body to accomodate this. My avatar shows me in a heel-side turn with angulation: my upper body is more upright than my lower body. This is sometimes called the "bomber" or "racing" style. It is the best way to hold an edge on the snow because it pushes the edge into the snow. In "extreme" or "euro" carving (different terms, same thing) there is no angulation, only inclination. As the board inclination approaches 90 degrees in an angulated turn, the rider's hip and leg will contact the snow. In a purely inclined (EC) turn the upper body will also drag on the snow, producing that lay-down effect at the expense of edge pressure and also typically getting a major speed check. With softies in duck stance you can make a nicely angulated turn on heel-side but it is harder to create angulation on the toe-side. Conversely you can lay it down on the toeside but on heelside it is much more difficult. A forward stance will make it all much easier. Lots of info in Bomber's newbie section. Ryan's youtube channel is a good resource for softie carving in duck stance.
  14. My style comes from being largely self-taught and my other experiences as skater and skier. I have a ways to go before I carve as well as the best here. But nobody has ever accused me of riding slow before... my wife would be thrilled, I tend to worry her.