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fj5 Name F.J. Sarmiento
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"Do what you love, love what you do." 
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Gender: Male
Age: 32
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 4
Average Days/Year: 30
Skill Level: medium features
Riding Style: freestyle park
Area of Expertise: general knowledge
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
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Height/Weight: 5'8, 153 lbs
Board Size: 151
Boot Size: 8-9
Clothing Size: M
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: S
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Region: Canada
Location: Ontario
Resort: Blue Mountain
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1/22/2013 1:27:26 PM Hey Y'all!  I just wanted to share with you my instructional videos for first time snowboarders.  Hope you guys find them helpful! Snowboarding 101 - How To "S" On Your First Day Target Audience: First Time / Beginner Snowboarders Part 1: Getting Familiar With Your Snowboard Part 2: "J"-Turns & Getting Off The Ski Lift Part 3: Braking & Leafing Heelside Part 4: Braking & Leafing Toeside Part 5: "C"-Turns & Linking To "S"-Turns UPDATE: A lot of people on their first day lack the confidence, balance, and overall feel for the snow and slope to be able to execute smooth turns. It's even more difficult with bumpy uneven terrain and sometimes conditions just aren't ideal. Add that to having a bunch of other skiers and riders around you (many being beginners trying to do the same thing) makes for a pretty scary and intimidating environment. I found that teaching this method (skidded/rudder turns) builds confidence and comfort sooner. I would rather people be able to use both edges in succession earlier and then fine tune their technique afterwards than to try to get everything smooth the first time around and fall and get discouraged.  Speed tends to scare beginners the most and being able to kick out the back foot makes for quick braking and, overall, a more dynamic and agile sense of composure. It's also easy to transition to more proper and smooth turning techniques once confidence has been built. NOTE:  My goal with these videos is not to get first time riders to "carve" on their first day, but to build their confidence with utilizing both edges in succession to get down the hill (break them away from relying on leafing down the hill). The focus is to NOT fall.  Developing back foot maneuverability also allows for quicker reactions to avoid obstacles and collisions.  A proper carve is definitely going to take much longer to learn than one day, especially because it does require more speed and advanced control. Shot with: GoPro HD Hero + Dynatran AT-1015 Monopod
1/7/2013 2:37:16 PM Sup y'all! I was browsing through the East Coast Riders forums looking for an Ontario thread but couldn't find any.  So, I thought I'd start one! For all you Ontario Canada shredders out there, which resort is your hill of choice?  And I do emphasize the word "hill".   And why?  Share your stories here. If you guys are hitting up any of the above resorts, don't hesitate to post on here to let us know.  I frequent Blue Mountain (5x7 pass holder) so maybe we can meet up there or even carpool up! Happy and safe riding! (Enjoyin' some beers @ Blue Mtn)
6/12/2011 12:47:11 AM Hey guys, this is my first forum question/poll, I would just like your advice/recommendations. I finally earned my 'Local' reward of free goggles and I've been set on getting the Oakley Crowbar for months, but with some new stock, now I'm torn between: Danny Kass Grunge / Fire Iridium: OR Seth Morrison Signature / Black Iridium: Lately, I've become a bit of a collector and I already have these Dragon DX with gold and silver lenses as well: Thus, I'm leaning towards the Seth Morrison, but any input on the differences between lens tints would be greatly appreciated. Just fyi, I also have a few Electric EG2's with various lenses to fill the night to day spectrum so not really looking to fill any holes here. I guess it's becoming just a taste thing at this point. Thanks in advance for your thoughts! (Side question: anyone live in northeast US?)

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