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About lafcadio

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    Carver Extraordinaire


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    New Hampshire
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Crotched Mountain, NH
    Bretton Woods, NH
    Berkshire East, MA
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  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Pure Boarding Two 158
    Donek Axxess 163
    Loaded Vanguard 107
    Loaded Bhangra 123
    Carver Surfskate 86
  • Current Boots Used?
    Deeluxe Track 225
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Pure Boarding setup: Carve Company Speed, 54/33
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  1. Wow! This is great. How do the measurements for length from the app compare to previous length measurements you've made manually?
  2. I answered "Local pitch available but too narrow or too steep." However, I don't think pitch came into play for me taking so long to discover carving. There was always some pitch available somewhere to learn. For me, it was not even knowing about the existence of carving on hardboots that was the major blocker.
  3. I'll be out on Sunday. Anyone else?
  4. That was fast. No sooner did I reply to the thread and I got an email from Sean at Donek. Parts are on their way to me now!
  5. I connected with Sean yesterday and he indeed does have parts! Just waiting on confirmation that he has the straps in stock.
  6. This past weekend the cable which holds the instep buckle on my Deeluxe Track 225 boots broke and needs to be replaced. Ideally, I'll replace the cable on both boots. With the Bomber Store no longer selling Deeluxe, what's the easiest way to purchase Deeluxe boot parts here in the US?
  7. Bobby, you still RIP on this board! One thing that impresses the hell out of me, is that when I'm following you on my Pure Boarding TWO 158 with 9m sidecut radius, you can turn fast and TIGHT! Crazy tight. I'm on a 9 meter SCR board and I have to be on it to follow you down the mountain and match your turns. This is also true for your other Coiler VSR board. Both of the Coiler VSR boards you ride are 171-175 cm in length with larger sidecut radii than my little 158 at 9 meters and it just doesn't seem to matter to you. And you've only been out 2 days this season?? Thanks for putting the rest of us to shame. I have some work to do, my friend.
  8. Agreed. @Tugboater, after seeing you ride in person yesterday and looking at your video more closely, two simple things that might help get you in a better position on heelside turns: 1. Try touching your left knee or left boot with your right hand. You absolutely need your right hand in front of you. 2. Look farther into the turn. WAY UP into the turn. "Look up to hook up" I posted some more details in the Beast 2019 thread.
  9. Eric, it was a pleasure getting to meet you. I wish we were able to catch you earlier and take some runs together. You were laying some serious trenches and contributing to the utter destruction of Exhibition much to the chagrin of the non-carving skiers and snowboarders. Hey, it's not a proper carving session if we don't hear complaints about what we're doing to the hill and we did not disappoint! Regarding your technique and things to look at for improvement: 1. Toeside turns look fantastic! Your mass is stacked over the edge and you're making clean carved arcs. 2. Concentrate on looking WAY up into the turns, especially on heelside turns ("look up to hook up") 3. On heelside turns your lower and upper body (knees, hips, torso, and shoulders) are out of position for a heelside turn and still mostly facing the toeside direction. This causes your butt to stick out on heelside turns and is typical of a snowboarder with many years of soft boot riding experience. This can also be seen on heelside turns in the video you posted in the "Critique my riding" thread. To combat this try the following when starting a heelside turn: Turn your head towards heelside and look into the direction of your turn. Drop the hip by "corksrewing down" rotating hips towards heelside edge of the board. You will need to significantly bend your back knee more than you already are. This will cause your belt buckle to turn towards the nose of your board and your mass to be lower to the heelside edge. Concentrate on placing more weight (up to 75% on mild green, more on steeper pitches) on the front heel. Torso and shoulders must follow the hips. For regular rider making heelside turn to left, your right arm MUST be in front of you. Extend your right arm and touch your right hand to your left knee, left boot, or board ahead of your front binding. Look even further up into the turn. Your goggles should be visible to someone following you (or taking a photo) from behind. The last point is important for safety and technique. When watching a video of yourself taken from someone following you with a camera, you should always catch a glimpse of your goggles on turns. If not, you're not looking far enough into the turn. On toeside turns you should easily have a clear view of the hill above you. If someone is following with a camera, you should see them. If it's too much to do at once, just start by looking farther into the turn. Then add the boot grab. Keep at it and I look forward to getting the chance to ride with you again!
  10. Today was EPIC! Beast was in prime form. Thanks Bobby, Jim, Eric, and Robin for coming out. Bobby, I told you Hemlock was calling your name!
  11. Thanks, everyone! I was looking for something that I could quickly share with a newbie who is interested in trying hardboots. Lots of good options here. And I agree, simply measuring the length of the foot from heel to longest toe in centimeters is easy enough.
  12. Bobby, you gotta make it back for Saturday. Hemlock is calling your name!
  13. Me too for this Saturday! Sorry, @jtslalom. I won't be able to make it to Jiminy. So much carving and so little time.
  14. No. It's not. Saturday? Maybe. Keep us updated. Now I actually have options. Just great!
  15. Beth, welcome to the dark side! Look for Robin (@Armtron2000 on this forum). He teaches at Berkshire East and is out often. I do have some Pure Boarding demo equipment I can lend out. Most important will be getting your correct boot size. Do you know what your ski boot size is in modo point? I'll be around again next weekend (Sunday) and can bring a hardboot setup for you try and give some pointers if you would like. Contact me through the forum (either private message or post in the Berkshire East thread) to confirm. Cheers, Michael Happy Birthday, Mark! We all miss you. The Beast is not the same without you. Can't wait to ride with you again. More snow is on the way this week. Next weekend should be spectacular! Just sayin.
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