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Atom Ant

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About Atom Ant

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    Carver Extraordinaire

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  • Location
    USA
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    NH
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    JJA SL 164
  • Current Boots Used?
    UPS RC10
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    TD3 SWs
  • Snowboarding since
    1997
  • Hardbooting since
    2010

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  1. Lincoln. Can't remember the techs name, but he used to tune for Chris Klug, so could do worse!
  2. Sport Thoma does a good job. They are in NH.
  3. He will for sure customize for free to your desired flex. Has done for me. Worth a call!
  4. Why not a Jasey Jay? I have ridden Kessler, Oxess, SG, Donek, Coiler... all great, honestly no one to go wrong with. However, from a relationship standpoint--Jasey is my favorite (aside from Bruce). He remembers who I am every time, knows what I like (helps we have ridden together too) and hits me up when he has new stuff (before it becomes public). Hard to argue with the ride quality too: fastest bases I have ever been on, and he will customize anything you like. I think his boards are just as good as Kessler or SG, but Kessler will send you a "order sheet" and generally that is about as far as the "custom" aspect goes. Good luck getting him on the phone--Jasey will talk to you as needed and is responsive via email. Oxess is great too: but damn expensive for what you get (which is of course great, but less value for your dollar there I think). SG is non-custom, for the plebs at least. Think about it. His SL boards are, bar none, amazing. AMAZING.
  5. GS board /plate combo updated...now $600
  6. Happy to help, but I don't have a season pass the Bretton. Where are you located? Have you considered a formal program, assuming your of age?
  7. Mike, I will be a resident of wachussetts this season, but would love to hit the Beast a few times. Please keep me in the loop on your days there.
  8. Ok all, So believe it our not, this saga has continued over the summer. Since all basic logic was being questioned heavily, as I mention above, I decided to break out the ol' grade school math equations and present an analysis to EICSL to better illustrate the unfair set up of making a snowboarder race skiers in a ski-gate GS course with no adjustments. This isn't perfect, I don't pretend it is, it is meant as illustrative of the overall point. The high level walkthrough: The skier and snowboarder are on the same course, taking the same line, and traveling the same speed. Thus, all variables are held neutral to time aside from the distance a boarder needs to be from the gate itself relative to a skier (so by calculating the difference between the two, we can get an idea of extra distance traveled). Percent extra distance traveled vs. skier = percent slower time under these controlled conditions. I chose a 68-inch skier and snowboarder, and assumed 45* of lean for all gates. I calculated the distance from this from the gate. As skiers "crash" gates with their body, I assumed a 2-inch overlap of skier and gate, while for the snowboarder I assumed a 1-foot "buffer" as we cannot intersect gates as skiers can unless we have exceptional health insurance. So there is a 14-inch difference in distance to gate. Again, trying to keep things relatively simple here. I calculated the difference in ellipse this 14-inch gap creates, and using a pretend course of 850 vertical drop (which is the Attitash Course, by the way) over 20-gates, I calculated the snowboarder rides an extra 9%, roughly, relative to the skier. So he/she should be 9% slower all else being equal. As we all know, 9% disadvantage in a race is massive. This of course does not account for start-related differences (EICSL has perhaps 8-inch starting blocks for me to launch off, and flat starts the skiers skate). It doesn't account for the "slow snow" I have to ride given the extra distance I need to keep from the gates, or that I have to intersect the ruts differently--"fighting them" as opposed to riding them. It doesn't account for the aerodynamic differences as skiers can tuck more efficiently, grip to course with two edges vs. one, and so on... That easily gets us to the NASTAR handicap discount of 20%, arguably more for EICSL as the starting areas for NASTAR are generally better (sometimes yes, sometimes no) and the courses are more standardized relative to EICSL. What I heard back (after they YouTubed a few snowboard GS runs): "Speed boards" as they refer to them, where the rider "faces forward" do not drive as much lean over from the rider to turn. Therefore the above analysis does not relate to "speed board" riders... the implication is that "speed board" riders are similar to skiers in terms of how close we can get to a ski-gate. Snowboarders don't lean over as "when their back is to the gate". So we can get closer to the gate on heelside turns. Again, no difference vs. a skier. I was also told skiers can angulate the same as a snowboarder (even seen an EC turn from a skier?) They claim skiers hitting gates slows them down, and so they are trained to not do this. Bullshit. Ever seen any skier in the parallel races? They hit those gates like their holding a football. Thus the overlap assumption shouldn't be a basis for a discount calculation. "My calculations started at 6%, plus some of my points might bring down your discount percentage – if we continued." This is the portion of the response that irks me the most: that 6% is fair, and that "if we continued" that my entire argument would unravel. There is a pomposity to this I cannot wrap my head around. At it core, EICSL is effectively stating that even when adjusted for differences in the sport, snowboarders are slower than skiers and not as competitive as racers. Period. Control for all differences--we will still beat you because you are of lesser talent and capability. Skiers and thus superior. I am not entirely sure where to do here; if anywhere at all.
  9. I'll work on skidding less this coming season, you can teach me how. Fair criticism.
  10. I assume your referring to the extreme carves, including the double-linked and triple-linked versions? You jelly like a doughnut, brah.
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