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SunSurfer last won the day on November 5

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About SunSurfer

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    An aesthetic carver


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    Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
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  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    10+ boards between 160 & 180cm, 1995 to 2017 builds.
  • Current Boots Used?
    Modified UPZ RC10S. A pair of standard boots is just the start of the fun!
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Regular stance. Models: F2 & Bomber TD3 Intecs. Isocline plates, both DIY design/builds and BBP 4mm, with UPM & 4x4 pattern, ride with fixed axle front. Experimenting with stance distance & skwal style stances.
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  1. My Riot Supercarve 178(? length, take a bow @Corran) pimped with extra inserts and a UPM plate still gets ridden alongside a Coiler Nirvana Energy T+ 174 and a Kessler KST 162 slalom board. It's still a lively, responsive, rewarding ride.
  2. Nah. You just wear your poor boards out! 100+ days a year riding. (Jealous!!!!!!)
  3. Interesting to see where the edge of the board is actually engaged as the rider's path crosses in front of the camera. To my eye there's a gap of light between nose and the edge just in front of the rider's rear foot. And the ice spray points would seem to confirm that. Looks like a handy drill for practicing carving on real ice (Turoa powder!)
  4. Andrey, good as the video is, watching you in action in real life at the Aspen sessions was a pleasure.
  5. Two different styles in the videos above. Different tastes, different goals in riding. For me "good" form has an aesthetic, movement that is graceful, economical, flowing. I've seen freecarvers and extreme carvers whose riding, to my eyes, is a thing of beauty. That aesthetic drew me into this sport and keeps me here.
  6. Not necessarily not necessary. Rather you might like to try a different approach and possibly discover something new.
  7. Just doing a little math to put a context on your proposition above. To create a 1 degree base angle on a 3 mm steel edge requires the removal of .05 mm of material.
  8. I had read and heard the same thing many times. But I wondered how such a tiny change could make such a big difference especially given the large, and by comparison relatively imprecise, angulation changes made by the rider. The chance to try a board with 0 degrees on the base was part of what led to me trialling the board as it was delivered. Over the course of my 35+ year career in my professional life, much of the "received wisdom" I was taught in my training has been replaced by guidance based on experimental evidence, and often counter to that received wisdom. In my snowboarding I've enjoyed the analytical thinking and the experimental aspects of my riding almost as much as the actual riding itself.
  9. Got a new Nirvana from BV a couple of years ago. Came with 89 on the side and 0 on the base and the storage wax. BV provided the edge treatment details. Decided I would try it as delivered without any extra tuning or wax treatment. Brilliant to ride from the get go. Easy to side slip, hockey stop, manoeuvre at low speed, initiate turns, and edge hold was fantastic. I no longer add in any base angulation when I clean up the edges on any of my boards. I'm more with Dave Redman above when it comes to tuning. Make sure the base is well waxed rather than dry. Make sure the edge is an edge and not rounded or burred, but I no longer obsess about the actual edge angle. I suspect base/edge tuning is a little like buying and listening to high end audio equipment. Rapidly increasing costs for increasingly little return. That doesn't stop lots of people buying high end audio gear and being convinced they can hear the difference. Each to their own. Enjoy your new board!
  10. Was playing around with 9 degrees of lift (front toe/rear heel) vs. 6 degrees at an indoor ski slope a couple of days ago. Setup: Boots: UPZ RC10s with an inside boot sole slope (zeppa) of current estimates 11 degrees. Bindings: Intec heels, F2 race with custom wedges @ 6 degrees, vs. Bomber TD3 with custom 3 degree wedges under the toe and heel blocks plus 6 degree cant discs. Binding angle 60 degrees front and rear with no cant. Stance distance 2 X my zero cant distance so no cant needed. Impressions: Rear foot: Comfortable with either 6 or 9 degrees heel lift. Possibly a little easier to get my centre of mass lower @ 9. Front foot: I'm used to riding with 6 degrees. My front boot is normally set with the minimum forward lean and tight springs for minimal forward flex. Going to 9 without any other change made me feel a little more on the tail of the board, not as well controlled and balanced in the exit from each turn. Moving the ankle position lock for one notch of forward lean preload returned my normal nose/tail balance over the board and was comfortable to ride. It felt like that the angle of my front lower leg was a more crucial setting for completing a clean controlled carve than the slope of the sole of my front foot or the degree of ankle flexion. Only a relatively few runs were made with each combination. Longer term comfort/function checks will have to wait till August 2020 for me. My experiments with using a skwal setup with outward cant and front toe/rear heel lift utilising those same 9 degree TDs will have to wait till then too.
  11. @Corey I don't remember coming across your comment above when I was developing my more formal geometric approach to cant and lift, but it's fundamentally the same way of thinking about the problem.
  12. Bump. Sean Martin's advice above could be usefully re-read every season.
  13. All well here. About to pay for my pass for the NZ 2020 winter at Cardrona, where I have 2 weeks of sliding planned for August. The only thing I'm suffering from is "flight shame". Made a personal decision that long distance travel primarily to go snowboarding is no longer justifiable to my conscience. Sad that I am unlikely to see again a whole lot of people I have had the pleasure of meeting and riding with.
  14. You look pretty comfy. Did your anesthesiologist give you a nerve block +/- catheter & infusion?
  15. That's what happens when you can only propel the right wheel! Looks like a ZTR design to me
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