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  1. 35 points
    Well that was interesting. Full story and explanation to come soon. But I have spent a huge portion of time to get this forum back up and running and damage to our community to a minimum. Hold tight, I'll be back.....
  2. 20 points
    Hi guys! I haven´t been here for some time, but I always enjoyed the great bomber community! Here is my latest video. I hope you like it! In almost the whole video I am on an Oxess Sl 162 Custom with an Allflex H plate hexagonal cut flex M. Only one scene is on an Oxess GS 185 with an Allflex plate normal longitudinal cut flex M. https://vimeo.com/260086557
  3. 13 points
    Let's hear your story. Short answer: because I can't fly an F-16. Long answer: I've always loved the sensation of carving. I started snowboarding when I was 13, but before that my ski buddies and I would drag race each other down narrow, winding green trails in a then-unpopular area of Sugarloaf only serviced by a T-bar at the time. We would tuck and only turn where the trail turned and go as fast as possible. Back then this was the best way to ride what little sidecut we had and purely carve. Those are some of my best memories of skiing. My first in-person glimpse of people snowboarding was my friend's older brother and his friend chasing each other on their Burton Cruisers down the trail under the chairlift I was riding. I was blown away by how much they could lean in and surf their turns. At that moment I told myself I need to do THAT. The next season I took a lesson with my dad at Stowe and we got certified, January 10, 1988. I bought a Burton Elite 150 with babysitting money. Soon afterwards I was drooling over the 1989 Burton catalog, trying to decide if my next ride would be a Mystery Air, or a Safari Comp II. I realized a few things - 1, I really liked just cruising the mountain and going fast. Carving was practically impossible with the Elite's V-shaped sidecut and concave tail, so I figured the Safari would be a big improvement in that department. 2, I didn't have a ton of aptitude for freestyle. 3, there were way more groomer days here in the east than anything else - there were no parks or halfpipes or manicured glades back then. So I bought the Safari on sale at the end of the season and figured I'd get good at carving next season. My one snowboarding buddy at the time had a copy of Burton's Snow Rules which we watched religiously all summer. I was mesmerized by the turns in this 10 second clip of Peter Bauer in Chamonix: https://youtu.be/riHicmC5_DU?t=6m53s Even though it's powder, that was the style I wanted to learn. I knew it would translate to corduroy. I've been chasing the perfect carve ever since. I rode Burton 3 strap bindings and the gray and white 1989 Comp Boots. Late in the 1991 season a Rossignol snowboard demo van appeared at Sugarloaf. They had full alpine setups, so I figured I'd give hardboots a try. They set me up with a VAS Race 173 and Alpina boots. As I was already carving on my softboots, the very first run on hardboots felt something like this. I switched to hardboots the next season. The sensation of carving is my meditation and my church. It's what I call an "absolute activity" - something that while you're doing it you're not thinking about anything else. It's also my personal roller coaster, motorcycle, and fighter jet. The equipment keeps getting better and better, and I feel like I get better every year. I'm not looking forward to the day that stops. Hope everyone has a great 2019 season!
  4. 12 points
    Your 56 year old going on 13 self returns from a mountain bike ride after not quite nailing the landing after launching off of a small double, then executing spectacular butt bouncing front flip complete with a face planting, sand eating non excellent dismount (9.5 according to a guy coming up the trail)and your bride of 23+ years, spies your sand encrusted smile and nostrils and asks if you had fun. You reply, "yes, but I have some cactus quills in my ass cheek" . Her response is not" you are such a dumbass, grow up" but, "let me get my tweezers". You are the epitome of awesomeness, Honi, thanks again for saying yes! Mario
  5. 12 points
    My SL babies ... 162cm/10m and 164cm/11.5m
  6. 10 points
    A favorite shot of mine from ECES a few years ago, taken by Bob Jenney.
  7. 9 points
    When I was running Apex Sport, I avoided this forum. Now that I've left the company, I'm back here so I can bash manufacturers without reservation. I have my shots already loaded: "Why so expensive? There must be $10 worth of materials in there." "I can tell you that thing won't work. No I've never ridden it. Why does that matter?" "Judging by the photos, I can see that it deminophies the torpinonal flangency by 12.4%" "You big corporations should stay out of our sport. (actual comment)" "How dare you try to make a profit!" "Euro-trash!" "Canuck-trash!"
  8. 9 points
    Quebec Carving Session 2018 - The photos... https://flic.kr/s/aHsmdxyJVs
  9. 8 points
    So I pulled the trigger pretty much sight unseen and never riden.. I'll give a great local guy a try any day!! All I got to say is " Classy" and "professional". It's a one man show so the anticipation was driving me nuts as my season is done.. Well good fortune hit and it showed up Priorty Mail (standard with purchase) today... And it's snowing!! So off I go this weekend..!! Everything about the purchase was great.. Down to the cool build sheet ya get!! And the included baby blanket is sweet.. Just a really cool professional job.. Not to mention the board is bangin cherry !! So much cool detail.. I tried to pick it up in photos but like others have said photos don't do it justice.. I'm just taken back by the effort and attention to detail and really the little things that just give it that personal touch!! I know what I'm buying next!! Definitely worth the chance.. So glad I did!!!
  10. 8 points
    Fresh Pow and 1st on the Gondola equals
  11. 8 points
    We're on the chair with a mom and kid. She points out that we have carving boards to her son, which prompted a discussion. She mentioned that her husband used to race snowboards. Mario: "What's his name?" "Chris Klug." Me: "Yeah, we've heard of him!" She was super nice. :)
  12. 7 points
    Didn't notice the spray, when I was riding
  13. 7 points
    My six year old grandson won his age group at the NASTAR Nationals the last two years on both skis and board. I picked up a never-ridden Rossi board for him but he'll still need to grow a bit.
  14. 7 points
    Walker, you're going to need an avatar that demands respect. You're welcome.
  15. 7 points
  16. 7 points
    Thanks Jim. Watch for changes in the days ahead for how members can support the site. At the moment I am paying out of pocket. The plan is for ASB to become self-sustaining, and to also financially support USASA and USSRT. Stay tuned!
  17. 7 points
    Allways perfect lighting conditions and few people. If its snowing the diffuse light is enough to ride in the trees. A big plus is that winter actually arrived in Kongsberg this year!
  18. 7 points
  19. 7 points
    Guys the MK is a board designed for a very "specific purpose" and is not a board that can be used in any conditions. The 58 Madds did not do well in crude or soft snow, same is the case for the Donek MK. This board thrives in firm and icy conditions and will set its self apart from any other board when conditions are to icy to ride on. Testing the board at the ATC in soft groomers would not show the full capabilities of the board. The MK is a perfect board for Northeast given the firmer conditions, crowds and narrower trails. I only pull it out when I know the conditions are firm or icy. This board is some work to ride (as were the Madds). You can't relax and ride it like a Coiler you need to be on your A game or the MK will kick you off the saddle. I have a great example of how the MK performs in terrible conditions that I just experienced this week: Mondays temps were in the mid 40's and sunny during the day, but by 4'ish the temps began to plummet in to the high 20's and the entire mountain changed from mash potatoes to corn, cement and ice. I switched to the MK and head over to a head wall that was completely scrapped off with big sections of blue ice and the rest was cement. Skiers where literally loosing an edge and sliding down the entire pitch. I figured this would be a perfect test to see if the MK could bite in on these conditions. As I started down the head wall I drove the nose hard, got some serious angulation to dig into the ice and began to link turns all the way down the entire iced up head wall. It was very difficult to concentrate, as carving on the ice was very loud, it sounded like I was breaking glass on every turn. I got down to the bottom and stopped to catch my breath, I couldn't believe I was able to link turns on it, it was surreal. When I got down to the bottom and back in line I had a ski partrol come up to me and ask me how the hell I managed to carve down that ice, I guess he had been stationed there to pull all the skiers that had been sliding down the head wall, they were thinking of closing the trail because of how bad the conditions were. Conditions like that is what will change your day on the mountain, when just about any other board will not hold end edge, the MK will if you have perfect form, angulation and the balls to commit. @Donek @Ripturns Nice work Sean and Curt. The only complaint I have is, I wish it had more of a 10m radius so I could ride it all day. However, I know that would change the fun nimbleness of the board.
  20. 7 points
    Thirst Snowboards is a builder in north Idaho, and they brought their demo fleet to the North Idaho Carving Event (NICE) at Schweitzer, giving me a full day to ride the 8R Warp. Conditions were near-perfect, with mostly sunny skies and firm but grippy snow. The day before, I rode my primary carving board, a Coiler Monster 182 (the mini Monster), so I naturally compared the two when I was riding the Thirst. The first thing that I noticed was that the Thirst board felt substantially lighter than the Coiler despite being about 3 cm longer. I noticed the difference on the chair (not many lifts have foot rests at Schweitzer), and when riding, when the board felt livelier and more "flickable". Another major difference between the two is that the Warp doesn't have a metal layer like the mini Monster, which probably contributed to the feeling that I was getting more energy back out of the Warp - it was much readier to do an airborne transition than the Monster and generally felt poppier and more energetic. The biggest difference between the two for me was in initiating carves. I feel like the Monster is very forgiving of lazy / improper riding (the metal probably plays a part in this) and it hooks up pretty well if you just tip it over without actively pressuring the board into a turn. The Warp was still friendly, but wanted more dynamic / mindful turn initiation. I was riding it with my weight pretty much centered, but felt that some pressure on the front foot was needed to get the board hooked up. I don't mean to suggest that the Warp is excessively demanding in terms of technique -- it's not -- but I did feel like it rewarded more mindful turn initiation. But - having said that - once you get it hooked up, the Warp is grippier than the Monster. At 185 cm, the Warp might have a bit more effective edge than the Monster (though I didn't measure), but I felt enough difference between the two that I think construction and geometry also play a part. The Warp has some black magic in its design -- for instance, it's asymmetrical, with somewhat complex geometry, and feels soft when you hand flex it even though both myself at 155 and NWboarder at (I'm guessing) north of 200 lbs felt like the flex worked perfectly when riding it. Thirst builder Mark Miller (BLOODTYPEZX10R here on Bomber) explained how the flex and the board shape worked together to me, but frankly it was over my head. At any rate, I felt like it all came together to make a great board and the next day when I went back to the Monster, I realized that I wanted the Warp back. I'm pretty tempted to pull the trigger on an 8R, but first I want to demo the shorter Warp (the 7 Warp) and see if I can get that same grip and liveliness in a slightly turnier board - if so, that could be an even better daily driver. Unfortunately, I didn't get any good closeups of the board, but it's what I was riding in this photo.
  21. 7 points
    Shredded Keystone with Andrei, Aaron and Pete yesterday and we took turns taking pics. Lotta nice ones imo.
  22. 7 points
  23. 6 points
    Saw this and thought it deserved to be here. These riders carve with impressive style.
  24. 6 points
    Cowabunga! Stoked !! this just came in the mail... average days per season, was actually 124... well over 20,000 miles, with over 50,000 lifetime so far ...
  25. 6 points
    A Virus and a Madd Killer in my checked luggage, Bombers in my carry on. I see no problem...
  26. 6 points
    Been a while since I have been here... Built myself a new board, very happy with the result Titanal/ carbon laminate, maple core, 160 eff. edge, 14m radius. Can't wait to take it to the snow!
  27. 6 points
    Queue porn music. Bow chicka bow bow...
  28. 6 points
    The new Thirst 8RW is the best new thing in alpine snowboard design since titanal. This is an amazing and unique board with design features that fly in the face of what we'll now have to refer to as 'traditional' snowboard shapes. Yes, it rides. But let's talk about the design characteristics first, so we will have some context to discuss the feel. Mark has been building boards for decades, but pretty much in near-complete isolation. Only a select few had ridden his boards before these last few years, and he has himself has hardly ridden any other snowboards. Also, Mark is a free carver and not a racer, so his board designs push towards the ultimate carving experience rather than being influenced by what might get a rider through the gates faster. I like to imagine him like a surfboard shaper, adding a little here and shaving a little there every time out to get a bit closer to that perfect ride. So what has Mark come up with in his black box alpine snowboard laboratory? Quite a few design ideas and assembly techniques beyond my understanding, but at least a few wild ones which I can try to explain. First, the 8RW is asymmetrical. Asym seems to make sense, and Mark is not the first to try it, but the Thirst is asym in opposite ways to traditional asym. Heelside sidecut is shifted forward instead of back, and the toeside sidecut is tighter! The core and carbon layers are also asymmetrical, taking into consideration the fact that goofy and regular riders will apply forces to the board at different points. Second, the variable sidecut is the reverse of what we're used to seeing from other alpine snowboard manufacturers. That is to say, the sidecut radius is tightest near the feet and straighter near the nose and tail! I suspect this is necessary to accommodate the nose and tail shapes, which are straighter and longer than traditional. It is as though Mark has planed off the areas where the effective edge ends and elongated the nose and tail, thereby eliminating those rounded 'hooky' section. So to maintain sidecut depth, the 8RW scr has to be tighter near the centre. (The only other board I've ridden without that hooky nose and tail shape is the Furberg Freeride. Also a wild design, and also highly recommended.) Third, Mark's cores are built up in layers rather than shaved out of a block. The cores also run right up past the effective edge into the tip and tail to help smooth out the ride. Not surprisingly, this board rides quite differently from any other I've tried. It doesn't want the rider to throw their weight forward at initiation and back at the turn finish, and it won't really respond much to this technique. Rather, it wants the rider to stay centered on the board throughout the carve. Without that fore-aft motion on every turn, the rider's upper body is more relaxed and quiet, and you don't need your arms so much for balance anymore. The 8RW also doesn't want you to over rotate. It'll tighten up for sure when you put two hands down, but it seems to prefer just one, and quite often it's the elbow anyway. So rather than crouching down, diving toward the centre of your next steep turn, and putting both hands down before you even build up much edge pressure (to tighten up the turn radius more traditionally), the 8RW want you to remain more upright and just tip it over. It's more of a patience turn than an aggressive push-pull, favouring balance over power, at least for bigger turns. It's a nice easy initiation, a smooth turn with a thin track, and a slow controlled exit to give you plenty of time to set up the next one. To adjust your radius,you just tip it up higher and/or push harder. In short radius mode, the rider gets as low as ever, the board comes around fast and has enough pop to toss you into the next turn. To tighten up a steep turn in a bottleneck for example, you're gonna want to push hard and then use that built up energy to jump a bit in the transitions. It's not a subtle difference. Without having to throw your weight forward and back, and with the reduced rotation required, the 8RW rides very smoothly. One might say it's a board you ride rather than one you drive; the board does more of the work for you so you're not fighting with it so much. It's less fatiguing too with a calm and quiet upper body. You might notice right away that you don't know what to to with your arms now that they're not flailing for balance. You might find you're having so much fun that you don't want to go home even after the cord is thrashed. Then you might notice that the 8RW doesn't care that the cord is thrashed, it just keeps carving smoothly and you're getting super low and taking moguls in the chest! After a few days you might feel your cheeks flapping in the wind and realize that even your face is relaxed now... So yes, it's a killer ride and different from anything you're likely to have experienced. It did take me a few days to build up my confidence and adjust my technique, but the more I ride it, the more I like it (six days now). Whether it remains my new favorite after the novelty wears off, you'll have to ask me mid-season next year. Or better yet, just look under my boots at Turner to see what I've settle on. The 8RW is a medium speed board which will initiate at very low speed for a 185, and will still carve smoothly when you're going pretty fast. It's very forgiving of rider mistakes and it'll reset itself when you do lose an edge. It'll hold it own on ice and blast through chop. What it does best is allow the rider to minimize superfluous movement and remain upright, relaxed and smooth, and it does this far better than anything else I've ever ridden. What I would really love to ride next year is a titanal version of the 8RW. Preferably with the .4mm stuff to add more power to my turns, lower the frequency (Hz) of the chatter and eliminate that loud noise the 8RW makes on ice (like the universe is tearing apart). It's truly amazing what Mark has done with wood, glass and carbon, but let's face it, titanal makes everything better right? I'd also like to try it with a hair less sidecut depth so I can push harder in a wide turn and stay low for longer, and maybe even a little bit of that traditional hooky rounded shape put back into the tail so my carved 360s look more like circles and less like eggs. Great work Mark. Thanks for making my spring! To anyone else who got through this entire review: yes, it's still snowing in Revelstoke, right down to the valley. Lifts are spinning for nine more days and I'm not done yet!
  29. 6 points
    How many guys wive's buy them a new custom snowboard for their 62nd birthday? My new Donek Flux (Raven is our Greyhound):
  30. 6 points
    One of the common threads to discussions or comments I get from people in the lift line is along the lines of, "That thing must be FAST!", to which I reply that it can be, but that I spend all of my focus and energy trying to make it go slower. :-)
  31. 6 points
    Regarding Mountain Slope: my feeling is that we should welcome them and any other group willing to take the substantial financial risk to bring a new product to the carving market. Not all will want these, but I certainly welcome more diversity in boot choices - and any other new carving product. I don't see a line of manufacturers leaping into this market! There's already an low (albeit acceptable) number of board and binding choices, but a new boot is a tough thing to bring into the world. I don't think I need those boots just now, but I applaud Mountain Slope and anyone else who will employ their creativity and guts to enter into our niche market. Hey, the more successful they are, the more others may follow! No new equipment and the sport dies a slow death.
  32. 6 points
    Hey guys! I thought I'd post an update on how our boot project is doing. We started production on 17.07.2017 and the predicted finish is the beginning of Septemper (this includes the couple of week vacation Italy takes in August) We've had pretty good success with the test boots with a big surprise #1 Europa Cup the first time wearing the Point.951 by Bormolini B-Shell (in Scuol, Switzerland) Pictured above are all 4 shell sizes A, B, C, D (Mondo: 23-29.5) Extra in box will include an extra spring set and sticker. We will also offer spare parts and accessories. If you have any other questions regarding the boot or the project, feel free to send me a message.
  33. 6 points
    IMHO we need that here for history's sake: https://medium.com/@chriskarol/riding-the-beast-cad5a6bc9460#.1bq25xu2l
  34. 6 points
    Here's another one from ground hog day at Indianhead. It was a good day and I don't mind reliving it It's one of my favorite features at Indianhead─there are a few runs that feed into a relatively flat section just above this steep faced, rounded knoll. As you approach with some leftover speed from the upper sections, the slope disappears all around you and it always feels like a leap-of-faith as you dive over the edge into the first turn.
  35. 6 points
    Start with the liners in the shells. Put a turkey oven bag in each liner. Pour about 1.5 quarts of boiling water in each one. Let stand for about 15 minutes. Pour out the water, Pull out the bags, insert your feet & buckle. This saves having to put hot liners into the shells.
  36. 6 points
    Elle travaille fort cette Swoard la
  37. 6 points
    I make motor noises and shift gears on transitions sometimes But that's only because I'm so mature mario
  38. 6 points
    Seriously, the whole "why is the carving community so small" question is totally baffling...
  39. 5 points
    I can play this game! Just took delivery of yet another Thirst! 171cm XC ~20cm waist ~11m scr ra Same board, different light. Corduroy graphic disappears and color turns deep purple in dim or flat light. Kinda crazy topsheet. I expect it will ride as well as well as other Thirsts. Something a little turnier than the Super. Having a full quiver of boards makes small mid-western hills more fun. @crackaddict Nice board to start the thread James! I was tempted by the 178cm 23.5 waist all terrain board Carl was ridding much of the time. I never did get to ride one of his demo boards though, but really enjoyed hanging out with him.
  40. 5 points
    Nah... the hallmark of a well carved turn is that it sets you up for the next turn and everyone who saw the turn goes, Whoa! in their minds. A well carved turn is a subjective thing, not objective. So it means so many different things to many different people. There are some great carvers out there that carve with a more open turn, some carve the jump turns, some drag their clothes in the snow. The only commonality is one great turn leads to another.
  41. 5 points
    If it is wet and not yours, do not touch it.
  42. 5 points
    I’ll give it a shot. Mario, James, Ink, Odd Job, Arne, Lance and Katie, Aaron and Rachel, yamifumi and his crew and Ryan and Kristen. Day started off slow and then just became fun. Everybody was having a blast. Just another awesome day at the luv.
  43. 5 points
    Last night I finally got to take out a newly acquired Kessler 162 out for a casual spin (is that other 162 drivers I hear sniggering?). To put it mildly I was pretty naive as to what I was expecting. Over the past two years I've been getting pretty comfortable in the solid slice-slice-slice of my Coiler NFC. It feels like I know to the centimeter how big my turns are going to be on the local hill and the rhythm is almost as familiar as a heartbeat; confident, powerful and solid. This Kessler though... my first slalom board, and at a diminutive 162 cm it about had me peeing my pants (in a good way). I felt a lot like when I first started hardbooting and experienced carrying a lot of speed while spending 50% of the time pointing at the trees at the side of the hill. It was a rodeo from start to finish. After the first run I was convinced I was going to chuck the board out the window of the car on the way home. I kept spinning out, couldn't keep a straight line and went over the "handlebars" a couple of times. I was right under the lift to and I looked the idiot. The second run I could grudgingly say that I made a couple of ok turns and started learning the rhythm of the board. On the third run my brain melted out of my ear-holes and I somehow wound up safe and blissed out in the lift line with a feeling like I was in high school and had actually gotten to second base with the board. With no input other than to just try to keep up with the board, it was rocketing into the air at every single transition! ...And it would land and carve off into the next hop. Freaking awesome as long as I stayed in the sweet-spot. That sweet-spot however was obviously a fraction of the size that I am used to on my Nirvanas. It was so damned fun it was ridiculous, but... ...I'm pretty sure this thing is going to be the death of me. On the last run of the night I got a bit behind during the rodeo and wound up shooting off into an embankment and bonking my noggin on some snow features. Once this board starts really biting into the turns it seems like the margin of error really diminishes. Any other SL drivers with tips on how to approach this thing? I read somewhere that SL boards are good for beginners, but I can't understand it, this board feels way to hyper for that?
  44. 5 points
    At the time pot was not on the banned substance list, certainly not generally considered a "performance enhancing substance", although it was illegal in Japan. Rumour has it, for years Robin Williams told a joke related to Ross having his medal stripped and given back, saying how the only way pot could have been considered a performance enhancing drug was if there was a giant chocolate bar at the bottom of the hill. Apparently he paid Ross royalties each time he used the joke.
  45. 5 points
    This discussion is biased.
  46. 5 points
    No Worries Jack...I didn't vote in the Poll...my post is in reference to Carving Only, I am not interested in anything else, nor what Boots anyone else uses to Carve...you are right, I sure do feel special ! after working my ass off and then being able to retire and Surf everyday for the last 9 years... I hope all the Youngsters here get the same opportunity
  47. 5 points
    Some wider tracks on this Sunday afternoon...
  48. 5 points
    I put this under the tree for my wife for Christmas-I guess she is officially a hardbooter now! 165 Nirvana Free Carve Balance with custom Barnegat Lighthouse graphics. It is one of her favorite places and a perfect fit for a snowboard!
  49. 5 points
    Today, I finally passed that one remaining exam, so I'm officially a level 3 instructor. :) It was a huge pow day, which made it even sweeter. Park was "interesting" though... Most of participants said that watching the h/boots perform in all sorts of situations changed their perception of snowboarding!
  50. 5 points
    What a joy ride we had at our favorite ski area Elsigen-Metsch, Switzerland:


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