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board_to_death Name Mike
Location Tappan, NY, US
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Gender: Male
Age: 38
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Years Riding: 5
Average Days/Year: 35
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: professional instructor
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'10, 175 lbs
Board Size: 157
Boot Size: 9.5
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
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Region: East Coast
Location: Vermont
Resort: Mt. Snow
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12/5/2010 7:21:29 PM Just thought I'd start a thread for Educators and Instructors to share their day's work with people and each other. My hope is that people share their lessons or clinics with each other and hope to progress each other's teaching (and riding in the process)
12/5/2010 7:11:15 PM I am moving from NYC to Philly this year and wanted to see if there were regular south jersey/Philly people who make it up to VT on a regular basis.  If so, why do you do it? Worth the drive? Or do many prefer the PA mountains.  We have a house up there in Mt. Snow which would be ~5 hours ea way, but afraid I might have to give it up.   Thoughts?
4/19/2010 3:00:23 PM OK, so I am jonesin' to ride again and I just got into watching movies.  Unfortunately, I think that That's It That's All has ruined me.  Can anything else come close to the tree bonk scene? Looking for the community's opinion on Top 5 snowboard movies (other than TITA) ... I need some help.   Bueller? Bueller?
4/12/2010 12:52:30 PM A couple of my AASI examiners at my exam were riding experimental Burton boards. anyone know about these? Here is what I saw: the Sherlock - it was short, I think a 152, with psychadelic graphic design that said Burton like a magic eye drawing.  It was light green and yellow, and sort of trippy.  Examiner said it was stiffer than his Custom V-Rock.   "the Dwarf" - not the real name, but what I think about it.  it only came in a 149, zero camber, and an tapered sidecut.  Weird, right? Powder sidecut, park camber, but mid-stiff flex.  Sort of an odd frankenstein of features.  It was just a plane gray.   Both were EST, of course. Anyone know about these?
4/4/2010 7:03:48 PM Anyone have any ideas on some cool flatland progressions? Here are a couple I've been working on 1. Linked Toe to Toe - FS 180's such that you are always on your toeside edge (reg to switch, switch to reg)2. Linked Heel to Heel - BS 180's so that you are always on your heelside edge 3. Ollie to 90 degree nose butter, pretzel 270 out then a cab 1, or a cab 3 ... AASI examiner then pushed me to add a tripod at the end of this.  [fyi ... 1-3 are AASI staple "stupid human tricks" ... if anyone is going to take an exam] 4.  Pop butter - just a ollie, FS 90 degrees, pop off the nose, another 90 degrees then come out switch. 5.  FS tail press 360 to stall, to BS tail press 360 -- that stall is harder than I thought.  basically, after the first 180, I use my tail edge to create the stall and I need that whole 1/2 rotation to stop and then turn the other way. Any one else have a cool one to share ... if you have video, more power to you ... link it up.
1/18/2010 10:14:09 PM East coast rider shredding solo for 4 hours in the AM .... anyone wanna meet up or have suggestions?
12/23/2009 3:55:32 AM Hey everyone ... anyone from the Emilio's group in my tour group (Mike, the Chinese instructor) here .... Lorenzo? Awesome to have you guys out with me on Sunday!
10/22/2009 5:06:33 PM Curious as to what people want to work on this year.  For me ...  - dial in switch better to be able to do manage quick, short radius turns- handle more steeps without washing out my heelside turn (I have trouble when it's really steep - Ripcord at Mt. Snow is 43 degrees and I have this problem under hard conditions)- spin 3 more consistently off rollers / jumps- do grabs other than lame methods and tindys ... - get out of the 18 ft pipe at Mt. Snow- work some spins into my boardslides on boxes (270 to FS boardslide was where I left off)- ride 50-50 on rails and get over my fear of crashing my teeth all over the park If I can do these 7 things, it will be a good season.  What are others trying to work on ... want to hear all ideas from beginners to advanced ... 
10/22/2009 4:29:10 PM Getting my proforms and my toys in gear ... here is my quiver 160 08 custom x (all mtn/ride fast)156 08 option mirror (park/jib)160 08 forum roost (pow)156 07 GNU CHB MTX (rock) Have my list down to Custom V-Rocker and the NS SL-R .. can't decide which to get.  I want to try a rocker board, but I am not a park rat.  Prolly 56 at either board. Thoughts ... Bueller .... Frye? Bueller?
4/2/2009 2:30:31 PM Just wanted to say thank you to the entire SS community.  I passed my AASI level II exam yesterday and one of the reasons were your great questions here in this forum about riding improvement.  It really let me think about how I would break down certain movements such as carving, spins, etc.  Very useful over 3 days of the exam.  I have not been riding that long, so for me, and over the hill thirtysomething to pass after only a few years of riding means I had help -- I want to include all of you in that ... so thanks. And thanks for SS for all the gear ... not that I needed it, but at these prices ... how could you not buy it. Also, if anyone is out there going for Level II or III let me know if you want to chat or perhaps even train for next season
3/24/2009 12:43:23 PM It has been a long bother since I have been doing snowsports that this is a) so much fun to slide on snow, but yet b) it is so damn expensive. While we are all fortunate that we can got to SS and spend a couple hundred on a set up (or some a couple thousand on a quiver), plunk down $70 for a lift ticket, it just isn't that easy to do. Yes, I know there is Chill and Stoked.  However, I think that there is real, systemic change that needs to happen for snowboarding to make its way to be prevalent to those less fortunate.  It has to get to the level of skateboarding, or pretty close to it.  Skating works because it is - inexpensive- accessible- practical (as transport, at least for urban areas -- I live in NYC). I've been thinking about my dream resort where there could be a couple acres which would - be accessible via public transportation (for those NY'ers -- I carry my clubs on the subway to golf at Van Cortlandt)- have a small bunny hill with a rope tow - have a little jib park with some rails and boxes- be staffed with a few full time ops people and volunteer instructors (I'd teach, hell, I'd do training for the instructors)- charge only a nominal lift price (like $10 for the whole day)- mostly cater to school/afterschool groups We could convert a golf course or an abandoned ski areahttp://www.nelsap.org/ny/ny.html What does anyone think ... this is the time to think big people ... I would love to put my head together with others to see if this is something you wouldn't mind to kick around.
3/10/2009 9:20:14 PM So I was at Sierra saturday and the "powder" kicked my ass.   First, i was submarining my nose everywhere.  I had to throw my stance back like a gaper to make the float occur.  Luckily the width stayed intact. Second, I got stuck.  It sucks, trying to find our way out of it. I was alos annoyed by the fact that everyone seeded to be doing so well with it. Anyone have any tips  ... especially toeside.  I seemeed to have a problem getting on this edge. 
3/4/2009 8:28:17 PM So, I may be a complete noob posting here, but since I have been doing it more recently, I realized the "posts" tab in my member profile has all my posts and makes it easier for me to tune into each thread i've written. while some of the more pros here may know this ... this may be a public service announcement for us up and comers. 
2/26/2009 3:01:49 PM Curious who wants to whine about never winning the giveaway ... I've been here for about a year and a half and log in about 50% of the days ... never won ... that means about 200 logins ... anyone else have a sob story to share?
1/14/2009 7:02:55 PM I have too many snowboards and was interested in what people think I should dump. I am 33, 5 10, 190#, and an instructor in VT ... all-mountain, and spend about 80% freeriding, 20% in the park. Here is my quiver: 08 Custom X 160 - my superstar go fast board 08 GNU CHB MTX 156 - my teaching and it's okay to ride on board 08 Option Mirror -- just ordered it, but I wanted this to be my jibstick. Been coveting this deck for a while now. These boards, I don't ride as much ... 05 Custom Limited Edition 162 - it has a bump on the base that cannot be repaired so I call it "bumpy" ... ok for freeriding, but definitely don't want to be sliding over bumpy. Yes this is the one with the ostrich topsheet. It just collects dust, but I can't get myself to get rid of it. 05 Salomon 550 164 -- a big free riding board with a huge nose ... was thinking of this being more of my powder board, but haven't gotten around to setting it up. What do people think ... which would you vote off the island?

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