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    Hardboot Wizard


  • Location
    Toronto, ON
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Coiler Racecarve 178
    Kessler GS 185
    Dupraz D1++
  • Current Boots Used?
    Raichle SB325
    Deelux Indy
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    F2 Race Titanium
    Apex Race Plate
  • Snowboarding since
  • Hardbooting since
  1. oh shit!

    Is our maintenance and inspection regimen absolutely unimpeachable? Do we have an independent body ensuring that we meet standards or do we self-police? That's what I'd be asking.
  2. oh shit!

    We have the Technical Safety and Standards Act (TSSA) that governs safety standards in Ontario. It's primarily meant for operators not the public. They're the guys who do the safety inspections that lowrider alluded to. Once in a while, they issue a media release that nobody reads with safety tips like "wear your mittens". In Ontario, I don't know of any laws that govern behaviour that is specific to ski lifts.
  3. oh shit!

    Yes, I have read the back of my lift ticket. I accept risks that are inherent and integral to the sport. Chair lift failure is not an inherent risk, no matter what it says on the waiver. Case law and the history of settlements in those cases would seem to support my argument. The same would apply to an elevator accident.
  4. Snowboard (non) development

    I rode a Swingbo once. Then I thought "you know, I really like my collarbones." and gave up on it.
  5. ISO a slush slasher (mashed potato surfer)

    The Kessler Ride is a little stiff to be an optimum slush ride. It's capable but not ideal. The nose will slam into the piles of slush and want to drive through. If you're strong (ie. young), you just brute force it all day. But me, I don't want to work that hard. I need something with a big, soft nose to ride over the piles of slush. My go-to spring slasher is the Korua Shapes Tranny Finder. Ya, I know, stupid name. But it rides great.
  6. oh shit!

    We accept the danger of skiing or snowboarding. I willingly engage in it knowing full well that I could be injured or killed. When I ride a ski lift, I don't sign off on it possibly falling out of the sky.
  7. oh shit!

    What I meant was, I've never seen lifts in Europe or Asia that are as old as the ones we have in North America. The first time I snowboarded in Austria, I was blown away by their lifts. Automated RFID entry gates, conveyor belt loading and heated seats! Then I came back to Canada and went to Lake Louise and rode their gondola that must have been 50 years old. I know this has a lot to do with the fact that the lift systems are built in Europe and shipping costs must be enormous. That Outside article I linked to is long but it's worth a read. It seems that a lot of the ski industry is in denial. They regulate themselves with very little or no independent oversight. I know most ski areas are conscientious about safety but running lifts that are 30 years old is not any different than driving a vintage car every day. The old car might look and run great and you might be religious about maintenance but you're not going to be able to spot metal fatigue and one day, you'll hit a pothole and the balljoint will just snap. I don't know if you recall but I was at Sugarloaf the day the King Pine chair failed. That was too close to home for my liking. That chair was manufactured by Borvig and installed in 1975. Borvig went out of business in 1993. Trying to find parts for one of those must be like owing a Studebaker.
  8. oh shit!

    You might want to give this a read. It's an eye opener and a bit scary. https://www.outsideonline.com/2069911/your-local-chairlift-death-trap In the same article, the writer talks about the 2010 Sugarloaf failure: I'll just leave it at that.
  9. Kessler 171 board - reduced

    You can actually lightly stone grind the top and remove all the marks. The topsheet is p-tex.
  10. oh shit!

    Anyone thinking this incident wouldn't happen here should be reminded of two incidents at Sugarloaf in less than 5 years. The first was a lift cable falling and the second a rollback in 2015. In both incidents, the chairlifts were over 25 years old. I have never been on a lift that old in any other part of the world.
  11. Carbon Fiber Longboard - Nor'easter price drop

    I honestly don't know. I've ridden it and I'm a beginner. It's stable. The dropthrough trucks help with that. But... you definitely don't want to be bashing this against curbs.
  12. Carbon Fiber Longboard - Nor'easter price drop

    Last call on this at $USD250 or CAD$325. Be the only one on the block with an Apex longboard!
  13. Hardbooter at Pyeongchang Paralympics

    The head-to-head finals races are up on Youtube now. Besides Oguri and Narita, there was Bruno Bosnjak from Croatia who wore hard boots on both feet. And if you want to see guys rip, check out the final with Matti Suur-Hamari and Keith Gabel. It's worth noting that Matti races in FIS SBX and has done as well as fifth at the NorAm level. He's missing his left leg below the knee.
  14. Hardbooter at Pyeongchang Paralympics

    Oguri was 7th and Narita was 3rd. So maybe they are onto something. Will have to keep an eye on the banked slalom. I hope I can stay awake long enough to watch the final. BTW, the women's LL2 gold medalist, Bibian Mentel-Spee is an incredible story. She was the Dutch SBX and HP champion and would have made the 2002 Olympics but was diagosed with cancer and had to have a leg amputated. She came back as a para snowboarder, won multiple championships including the 2014 Gold. Then cancer came back in her spine last July. She had surgery in January and here she is, a gold medalist again - two months later. What a boss.
  15. Hardbooter at Pyeongchang Paralympics

    Teammate Diachi Oguri had the same setup. This opens up a secondary market for selling one boot or one binding.