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David Kirk

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David Kirk last won the day on March 12

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About David Kirk

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    Groomer Grommet

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    http://www.kirkframeworks.com

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  • Location
    Bozeman Montana
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Bridger Bowl
  • Occupation?
    Bicycle framebuilder
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Kessler Alpine 185, Rad Air 187 Tanker, Rad Air 200 Tanker
  • Current Boots Used?
    raichle
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    TD 3's
  • Snowboarding since
    1978
  • Hardbooting since
    1982

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  1. I was the supervisor of the local snowboard school a bunch of years ago and many of my instructors wanted to try carving on hardboots after seeing me on the hill. Cool. But coming up with gear for them to try it on really held them back. I had a board or two to lend but I'm a big, tall and strong guy and my boards reflect that and the small and light rider would never be able to ride them on the first day out.. But there was a "carving board" that someone left in the school locker room and a few times a year people would take it out. It was a short (159ish?) and wicked soft and would fold up like an accordion if you pushed on it at all. Riders would take it out and come back and say that "carving boards suck" and never try it again. I'll bet a good number of those instructors would have loved it if they could have jumped on modern and appropriate gear....but the one antiquated board they tried sucked so bad that they never tried it again. I get it. dave
  2. I don't think it's either good or bad....it just is. I prefer one over the other for myself that that hardly matters to others that enjoy doing the opposite. It's all good. dave
  3. I bought it new in early 2018 and it's listed as Swiss made on the top sheet. dave
  4. It has the normal 2x4 inserts of course as well as UPM. And yes I'm for sure interested in selling it. dave
  5. My K168 is the go-to board on weekends when I need to take up less space and grow eyes in the back of my head. My K185 is a weekday board when I'm the only one on the hill.....that said it's being replaced by a custom K180 with an adjusted radius and stiffness so the stock K185 will be for sale. dave
  6. A week or two ago I contacted Hansjuerg Kessler to order my second custom from him (my 168 is just so good that I need a GS version) and I look forward to having it arrive next fall. At the same time my lovely and intrepid wife Karin is on a back country ski trip in Iceland. She's a full time ski instructor and guide and her gift to herself after a long winter of caring for others is to go to Iceland and hire a guide and enjoy some of the best back country skiing on the planet. Her guide this year is a gentleman named Dario. Karin and Dario get to talking and Karin tells him that her husband (yours truly) is an alpine snowboarder and Dario asks what brand of board I ride. Karin tells him I ride Kesslers and his face lights up - "I'm friends with Hans Kessler!" Dario explains that Kessler lives in a small village where there are no cars and the only way in/out is via a tram and then he pulled up this video that was made to promote the village. Hansjuerg is featured in the video. So two skiers, on a snowfield in Iceland, talking about alpine snowboarding and husbands and friends. Fun stuff. Dave
  7. The hill is now closed for the season but about 10 days ago we had what ended up to be the last great carving day of the season. I was on a fun blue run called "Thunder Road" when the general manager of the ski area pulled me over. I assumed he was going to complain about the trenches but instead he was asking if I could teach him to carve next season. How cool is that? He then asked me to ride in front of him and he videoed me from behind with his cell phone. It came out better than one would expect. Unfortunately he pulled up right as the trail got steeper and more fun. He told me a few minutes later that he was giggling too hard to continue and if you have the sound up you can hear him lose it at the end. I'm riding a K168 custom here. It's an awesome board and so much fun. dave https://www.facebook.com/david.kirk.142/videos/2282963401765026/
  8. David Kirk

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    I suppose that if you were too look VERY closely at the upper mountain you might see my tracks but that's not the point of the photo. This was taken yesterday at my home mountain Bridger Bowl and I just loved the super white snow and the super blue sky. Montana has it's moments for sure. dave
  9. Cool photo Jack - Our local hill Bridger Bowl does a daily video and I just saw that I made it on a few days ago. This was apparently shot from above with a drone. It's a very steep pitch that requires the rider to get the turn done in a hurry so as not to get going too quickly. Fun stuff. Riding the custom K168. My segment is about 30 seconds in. dave https://youtu.be/GEbAJ28nak0
  10. David Kirk

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    Another near perfect morning of carving Bridger Bowl. Empty slopes and firm edgy grooming. This run is directly under the Bridger chair and pretty darn steep and oh so fun when the conditions are good. Four days in a row soaking up the perfect conditions and my legs are telling me all about it. dave
  11. Yes....the answer is yes. dave
  12. David Kirk

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    There's some damn fine carving conditions at Bridger Bowl Montana at least for the moment. What a great morning in the sun on the Kessler 168. dave
  13. Right you are of course. Thanks for the info. dave
  14. As an instructor and clinician I always stayed away from using the word "stance" when referring to anything other than the width and angle of the binding set up on the board just to keep it simple. But I totally get what you are saying - thanks for the response. dave
  15. Got it....I assumed that was the case. I've always called that an "open" position. dave
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