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  1. 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.....
    35 points
  2. My passion for the edge has followed me almost my whole life and it took me to a lot of places and helped me meet a lot of good people (in real life and online). I am grateful for the journey so far and I hope it will continue in the same fashion for years to come. Here is my latest clip. I hope you enjoy it! I always appreciate a good feedback. I haven‘t been very active here lately, but I am always ready to exchange some ideas or give some advice. Just contact me via Facebook or Instagram. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WevV_8EvYso&t=14s
    29 points
  3. Probably for me to be accurate. 14 months after my injury and a half year after cancer surgery I hit slopes at Soda Spring resort where I took my first snowboard lesson decades ago. I started on the absolutely easiest beginners slope and slowly worked up to the “steepest” slope on the picture. Of course my legs were like noodles and people around scared me. It will not be like before I will just carefully slide the hills but just to be outside on the snow was like small miracle. Ladia my old log in just dos not work
    26 points
  4. We had some early season snow that got us off to a fairly early start to the season around here. This was the first day back on the hill for Bruce since his knee replacement. Seemed like a success.... Except for hikes back to the car to switch up boards, he rode for over 5 straight hours without a break! : )
    24 points
  5. All, Please welcome David Redman, @dredman, who has joined our Moderator staff! David is a 12 year veteran of the forum and as you may know recently organized the very successful Montucky Clear Cut carve session at Turner Mtn, Montana. This event brought carvers from all over to enjoy a private carvers-only mountain, and raised over $21,000 for the Kootenai Wintersports Ski Education Foundation. Here he is inspecting the groom. Thank you David!! David is replacing @Mellow Yellow, who graciously stepped up and volunteered to help during the transition from BomberOnline last year, but regrettably simply can't be online enough. Thank you Mellow!
    22 points
  6. This is pretty much my only trick. The crowds love it and not many people can do it, but it's not that hard to learn and it's not dangerous. These are my best tips, give it a try. As long as you end up on your feet it looks cool. What the heck else are you gonna do with all that kinetic energy at the end of your run? Don't waste it on a skid stop, you came out to make turns right? There are at least a few variations to the carved 360, I classify them according the shape of the track they make (the perfect circle, the spiral, the teardrop...). More on those below, what's described here first is the toeside spiral. 1. Head check: I said it's not dangerous, but that presumes there's no one behind you... That moment as you're coming around and traveling back uphill straight at that oblivious oncoming skier will make you question some very recent life choices... Head check both sides before you start, abort if your zone isn't clear. 2. Equipment Any hard boot setup will work, soft flexing boards are better, soft tails are best. It'll work with the same technique in soft boots; a wide board with no overhang is best though I have seen it done in somewhat decent style with stock setups. 3. Terrain choice Flat and wide is the easiest place to learn. Funner if there's a natural bowl shape or quarter pipe, but harder too since you have to constantly adjust your position for the rapidly changing fall line. When you choose a feature, try to approach such that you reach the highest point before you've carved 180 degrees so that you can start gaining speed again. 4. Approach Start with a lot of speed. Initiate your turn wide and gentle so that you can keep almost all your momentum through the first 90 degrees. I tend to start in a bit of a tuck and just tip the board over a little to start. Any chatter or skid through the initiation will slow you down too much to finish in good style. Minimize the snow displacement by carving wide and shallow to start. Keep your weight balanced over both feet rather than forward as you might initiate a tighter turn on steeper terrain. 5. 90 to 180 Degrees Put your hand down, carve deep, tighten up the turn radius and start shifting your weight back. Extend as normal through this part of the turn, but get your weight mostly on the back foot. Like way back; the front of the board should start popping up out the snow by 180 degrees. It might help to put your front hand on your front knee, extend that front arm and hang off the knee to lean far back. This is key. The further back you can get your weight, the tighter your turn radius and the more likely you can get all the way around before you stall. 6. 180 to 270 Degrees Here is the other key technique. Past 180 you're going to be slowing down a lot. You need to maintain momentum and at the same time start standing back up from the deep carve. Do this by pulling your dragging back hand through the snow toward your back toes. This hand serves simultaneously as a moving pivot point to tighten up the carve and as a crutch to help you stand back up. When I look back on my tracks, I can see that the mitten usually touches down early but lightly, gets farther away from my board track (and deeper) as I extend by body up to 180 degrees and then starts to come back closer again. Where the mitten track ends, it's about 20 inches away from the board track - very close to my back toes. Use the back hand like a rudder or an outrigger, as you might use a kayak paddle to turn tight: you're gonna stick it out behind you to the side and then pull it toward the back of the boat/board while leaning back and to the inside of the turn onto and toward the blade/mitten. 7. The Finish Once you get to 270, even if you're stalled, you should be able to regain your feet by pushing off the back hand. If you can come out standing up, look around for the dropped jaws. If you can come out with some momentum and ride past the gawkers you get extra points for the snub. If your board is soft enough to tail spin and you still have a little momentum left, try the 720 flourish. @dredman was the first person I ever saw do this finish (at ATC 2014 I think, whichever was the last one). I was gobsmacked, and immediately began attempting to replicate this fantastic style. (I will forever be trying to keep up with The Dredman...) 8. The Perfect Circle Pretty sure it was @John Gilmour who used to put down five perfect circles arranged like the Olympic rings. That was my original inspiration for the carved 360 (circa 2009) and led to many failed attempts. This variation has a similar initiation, but you'll stay centered on the board and balanced over your edge without dragging your hand or leaning back. As you lose speed toward 270 degrees, find yourself in a position with your knees pointed down toward the snow, your body erect and upright and your board high up on edge. Balance there as long as you can and let the board keep turning. You'll need at least some momentum at 270 to complete the perfect circle, it helps to carve very smoothly with minimal snow displacement. This one is among the harder variations, but it's also the least fun and the least cool looking (unless you do five and describe the Olympic rings of course). 9. The Teardrop This is the track shape that results when you don't have your weight back far enough to match the stiffness and length of your board's tail. I have some pretty stiff boards and some of them would just stop turning as the speed dropped. With practice I learned that I just had to shift my weight even further back on these boards. This is where I start pulling on the front knee to lift that foot and get my center of gravity way back over the tail. 10. The Allez-Oop This one also leaves a teardrop-shaped track, but it's intentional. Usually performed on a little quarter pipe or side hill type feature, you ride out with speed and look very cool. I like to do these where a traversing cat track intersects a fall line run. This one feels great too, like Tony Hawk's Loop of Death only without the death. You should be more aggressive on the initiation, if you go wide you might end up traveling too far uphill and stalling out. So start by leaning more forward and turning tighter. Try to be at your maximum height by about 180 degrees with your weight back and hopefully enough momentum to keep you going until gravity picks you up again. If you're a bit slow, use your backhand like a fixed rigid pivot point. Straighten it out and put a lot of weight on it; keep your body stiff like a one armed yoga plank and kick your board forward. This should feel like more of a hand plant than a hand drag, even though your hand may still be moving. You can kind of fake this one because you have the advantage of the terrain. Sticking out the straight arm and leaning on it usually works to keep me turning through the stall. It feels like cheating but it's cooler than a face plant when I'm out of speed. So don't give up if you stall when your board is perpendicular to the fall line and your head is pointing downhill, stay strong with a lot of core tension and lean hard on that straight arm; a little forward kick and gravity should do the rest. 11. The Backside Harder, more awkward and less cool-feeling, but sometimes the terrain just screams out for a backside three! Same principles: start wide and centered, stay smooth and shift your weight back through the turn, but this time you'll bring your front hand to your front heel to stand back up. Hard to stand back up on the heelside but it can be done with practice. If you have enough underhang on your setup, your board will continue carving a surprising distance while you're sitting on your butt too. So you finish up sitting, but it still looks and feels cool. The backside 360 also affords a great opportunity for the backspin turtle finish if you're into breakdancing... So this is what I've figured out through many winters of trial and error, plus video and track analysis. I hope it speeds you through the learning curve for this trick. It's always hard to put into words what is only known to muscle memory so by all means add your own descriptions and experiences. Different descriptions will resonate with and make sense to different people. Even with all the beta, it's gonna take a few tries. I hope to see more of you guys doing this trick at MCC 2022, and adding your own unique style and flourish. I've added a slow motion video for the visual learners. Note how the front of the board pops out of the snow through the second half of the first 360. That tells you how much I'm leaning back. Watch carefully too the moment when my dragging hand comes off the snow. See how some snow is thrown toward the front of the board? That will give you an idea how hard I'm pulling on that back hand to regain my feet, and which direction the force is applied. Ignore the edge catch face plant, I don't know who left that pile of snow there...
    21 points
  7. Today we confirmed that a Warren Miller film crew will be at this years Montucky Clear CUT. They will be filming Tuesday - Thursday. I was concerned about how they have portrayed some of the fringe segments of winter sports in the 80’s and early 90’s. I was assured that they were on board with promoting our support work for Turner Mountain, the community of Libby and our sport of carving. We are really excited for this opportunity to showcase alpine carving on national media.
    20 points
  8. 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
    20 points
  9. Filmed by @Jcar Edit by Anna K https://youtu.be/bIa87Gcm1Aw
    19 points
  10. For only the second time this season I managed to spend the first 2 hours this morning in almost perfect conditions. This was the best carving experience that I can remember and I can say with conviction that I am now a better carver than I ever was in the past. My evolution from 90s Swiss based carving techniques to the current angulation approach has been enabled in part by the interest @Eric Brammer aka PSR has taken in me and the rest to the people and content on BOL. Which brings me to the appreciation part. I was more than surprised at the warm and informed response that I received to my first newbie post on BOL. I have since watched with increasing respect many thoughtful and patient responses to every new request for help. It is clear that there is a large number of both passionate but also very competent people who support this forum that makes it a must to review almost every thread. As someone who is not particularly social media oreinted I find myself visiting BOL multiple times per day and its obvious that I am not alone. I appreciate this forum and just wanterd to thank all of you who regulalrly support people like me.
    18 points
  11. Ask for hip dragging and you'll receive hip dragging
    17 points
  12. A video from Mr. Donek Sean Martin.
    17 points
  13. Jumped a chair this morning with a very chatty skiier who seemed intent on learning my whole life history in one lift run - toward the end I finally managed to return fire and discovered he was a physician - a psychiatrist to be precise. "Why do you think I ask so many questions? Don't worry, you passed the exam!" I swung the NFC out from under the chair in prep for unload and he looks at board, then the boots, and then back at me, shakes his head and says "Maybe I spoke too soon - you better take my card...
    17 points
  14. Hello Folks, Directly to the point I have purchased the Bomber inventory other than the Deeluxe boots Sean has. This has been in the works for a little while and today it finalized. I'll be starting a thread tomorrow with information on status, plans, etc. I will attempt to keep current and respond to these threads but there is a mountain of inventory to sort through and lots of wheels to set in motion so I may be slow to respond for the near term. The important take away is the inventory has been acquired and I will be making Trench Diggers, Fintec, BTS, etc going forward. Cheers, Walker
    17 points
  15. With the help of @west carven we shot this video the other day. @johnasmo of course is featured looking and sounding amazing.
    16 points
  16. Sorry guys, gotta brag a little. Some guys show off their boards, some their carving skills, I gotta brag about my kids!! First place in the state of California for the men's team and the combined team. Crushed the kids from Mammoth and the Tahoe region. Bunch of knuckle draggers and hardbooters from far northern CA and the town of Redding!! Paul
    16 points
  17. Most awesome comment ever from a Lovey Lifty as he scanned the last of the dozen or so of us in: " You guys are a bunch of Samurai warriors slicing up the slopes on your Katana swords". Hard to believe, but that comment left me speechless. Mario
    15 points
  18. Got another one for ya. I'll apologize in advance for all my videos being cell phone footage. Conditions were variable, it was cold, light was off, and it was so much freaking fun. I sleep soundly at night knowing all my friends shred.
    15 points
  19. Friends, With the 2019 winter season winding down or over in the northern hemisphere, I'd like to share this update with you. Since we rolled out subscriptions about a year ago, so far we have donated $950 EACH to USASA and USSRT. Please give yourselves a pat on the back for helping support our fringe sport, at least here in the USA. Every little bit helps! If you are not yet a subscriber and would like to join the cause, please click the Subscriptions tab at the top of the forum. I would also like to thank everyone for making the transition from the old forums at BOL. This group of virtual friends is now nearly 20 years old! So glad it was not lost during Bomber's tumultuous change of hands. Thanks again! Jack
    15 points
  20. Yuani is out of town this week. I'm visiting with him on Friday. I have no idea what the outcome will be, so just be patient.
    15 points
  21. Well, today it is exactly one year since my accident and 4 months since cancer surgery. Knock on the wood. My eye situation is still the same. 3&4 cranium nerves are permanently damaged. So only hope for some kind of improvement is eye surgery. Appointment with surgeon next week. Upper right side of the body is still very painful I am not even sure if it is still from that shoulder. But I still not give up. I bought new body armor, new FIS approved helmet it is heavy and no any vents and also orange Visually Impaired bib. Yes like this stop some 70 years idiot. I just need neck brace. I would like to try some bunny hill sliding probably Soda Springs later in the winter. So have everybody somehow decent season in this miserable time. We are probably finally getting some snow here on the West coast. And be very careful.Remember slopes are full of idiots. I just can’t log in with my name. Jack tried to do something with it but it worked once, twice. Maybe it some sign start under new name, new boarding stage? Who knows.
    14 points
  22. Coiler WoGoCoCo 174x19 12ish scr. Filled with lots of secrets. Graphics by AnnaK. MCC logo rider @johnasmo
    14 points
  23. We had agreed no filming today because we were there for one reason: to F S#!T UP. However Mario was waiting on some meat gates to disperse so I whipped out the camera at the end of the run hoping to catch a solid toeside. Mario was on his super stiff JJA 175 Cyrpress and feeling pretty froggy. For those that don’t know Mario, when he sees a camera you are going to get a show one way or another. He goes into full windup going for a homerun. At the exact apex of the turn, Big Mario’s big force blasted right through his rear boot cuff pivot rivet causing his back leg to collapse unloading all the force of the turn instantaneously. There was a loud pop and Mario went into some sort of horizontal pirouette or spinning Superman. Luckily no body parts were injured in the fall. He shook it off and we continued to F sh!t up.
    14 points
  24. Found this guy sitting on a park bench who said he Golf's, rides motorcycles and dabbles in building snowboards Something named Kohlerer. He's from Canadia and was lost. I said he was in Cleveland along way from home.. His name was Bruce but he said he did not want to go back because he did not want to have to make boards since the weather was so nice.. So we just rode!!
    14 points
  25. Carve session, pow fest... Join us next year at the Montucky Clear CUT 2020 February 10-13! Stay tuned for more details! www.montuckyclearcut.com
    14 points
  26. Hi alpine community!!! I just wanted to let you know that my latest video is out now! I hope you like it! https://youtu.be/5cdHQ7FjXYI Stay on the edge!!!
    14 points
  27. CURRENT UPDATE Hello Everyone, I had not intended to delay posting the store opening here, however, once I turned the store on and had a few sales from those on the notification list I had to fix some issues on the backend of the store. Most are fixed, there is still a problem with a few customers not having a shipping option show up, you can always choose pickup and the order will proceed. Its that time of year, time to get ready for the coming season!! The Bomber Store is open! First the caveat, I have stock of Td3's however I am waiting for the binding stickers to arrive so they are unavailable on the store, they will be available shortly and I will send another email at that time. I am opening the store now because I want to use the store with what I expect to be a smaller volume so I can work out any final kinks I haven't found in testing, I'm sure there will be some. I will be available by email and phone as well as monitoring the store full time for the next few days so if you find anything which does not work get a hold of me and we will find the solution. A note on the company name Bomber Industries as an entity has ceased to exist due to the previous bankruptcy. I am keeping the Bomber name involved through much of the business because the name deserves to be kept alive and I personally always think of these products as Bomber products. My business entity is Gumbo LTD, another name with a long history I'll relate sometime, you will see Gumbo throughout the website and most importantly on receipts and billing information. I have started a Facebook page to keep everyone apprised of developments and announcements, this will be the most immediate source of updates. https://www.facebook.com/bomberbygumbo/ I wanted to thank all of you for your support of Bomber, together we will get her afloat and start working towards new products. ****** First off I want to apologize for my lack of updates this summer. I was working like a dog in Alaska and I had less connectivity than I had anticipated, it was like a step back to the days of dial up! I’ve been back in Colorado for a few week and getting product deliveries and final backend setup completed. The good news is that I am aiming to have the store up and running by this this weekend in a limited capacity and fully once stickers arrive to badge TD3’s shortly. There are parts which will continue coming in during the fall so we may have a few outages if demand outstrips the pace of deliveries, but they will be short as possible as parts arrive to replenish stocks. Please know the wheels are already in motion to cover the outages and I expect that for the bulk of the season most items will be available. The primary outages to expect are BTS, I have a stock on hand to start the season but cost and lead time make them a later replenishment. Power Plates will start the season out of stock but they are in process and available as soon as I am able. One other note is that since Bomber Industries as an entity is unavailable the business entity I will be operating as is Gumbo LTD. You will see on the website, email,YouTube,etc and via transactions that the name Gumbo shows up often. I have created a new Facebook page at this link (https://www.facebook.com/bomberbygumbo/) I will be active on the forum but I don’t wish to abuse the moderators generosity by using the forum for commercial purposes so I will use the bomberonline blog and Facebook for the bulk that activity. I think it’s important to run Bomber as a professional business but know I am also foremost an enthusiast. I moved to Colorado 5 years ago to make my living in skiing and snowboarding. Fin and Bomber kept the Alpine community alive in the past and I hope you and I, the community, can bring Bomber back to life and keep these remarkable products alive in turn. Cheers everyone, theres snow on ABasin and the season is coming soon. Hello Everyone, My name is Walker. I wanted to start a thread to centralize current and future information about Bomber. I will continue to update this thread with information going forward to keep everyone in the loop and informed, the uncertainty around Bomber has been a difficulty, as so many of us, myself included, have relied on Bomber for bindings etc for decades. I want to be as transparent as possible so we minimize surprises! Firstly, I have acquired all the remaining inventory from Bomber, excluding boots which Donek has picked up. I'll have TD3's, Sidewinders, BTS, Fintec and Boiler Plates for this coming winter. As of now the bomberonline.com site is in a holding pattern and the store will remain closed for the time being. I will be working to set up the back end of the business and getting all my ducks in a row with the intention of firing everything up and going live in the fall, tentatively aiming for September. What can we expect of this first winter of Bomber V3? I will increase inventory, as much as I can, this summer but we may experience some shortages this winter as I get the business back on its feet. I will continue working my current winter job so Bomber funds can be directed back into the business rather than buying my groceries! I hope to have Bomber running back at full capacity as soon as possible and will work diligently towards that goal. I wanted to thank Fin for starting Bomber and helping put me in touch with the necessary people for this acquisition. I also wanted to thank the forum moderators for all their work keeping the forum up and running as well as taking the steps necessary to ensure its survival. I will note it in the thread title when I update this post with more information. Cheers, Walker Update 180512 The bomber@bomberonline.com email is now directed to me and I will be checking it. The Website will be undergoing some changes from here out as I start working on it. Update 180522 I have created a form to collect email addresses for anyone wanting a notification email when the store goes live in the fall. Bomber Store Notification I will post a topic on the forum when the store is open on the forum as well.
    14 points
  28. My teenage son was in an hour-long ski lesson this weekend. Turns out I'd passed he and his small group on one of the trails. (it was my one hour to sort of cut loose, so I was solely focused on open trail... :-) I was standing in line when he breezed through to the front w/ his instructor. He says, "Hi Dad!" to rub in that he's skipping the line. The instructor says, "That was your Dad on the snowboard??". Son says, "Yeah". Instructor says, "Too funny - we were on the hill talking about getting the ski up on edge to carve turns, and you flew past, and I literally said to them, "Do it like that snowboarder is doing it." A rare Dad Win! :-)
    14 points
  29. Props to Ryan Knapton & to Russ Britt for this video out of ATC 2017. Russ was the guy with the soda-pop Donek and the crazy, narrow stance. Russ tells why it's that way, and shows what he can do. (Subsequent post in this thread from Russ explains what the top sheet really is! Russ is full of surprises!) When I found this, having heard from Russ that Ryan had shot it, it already had nearly 6,000 views on YouTube. (1st March 2017 - 11,000+ views)
    14 points
  30. Just a taste of the event. Carver Bowlby and Chester Fox are the Young Guns of Carving. I am excited to see where they take the sport! Also featured is @johnasmo and myself. Shot by @Jcar and edited by Anna K. 2022 Montucky Clear CUT January 31-February 3! https://youtu.be/-JVr7ADKTQs
    13 points
  31. I have had a few messenger chats with a few riders that are currently using zipfit liners in their hard shell boots with great success but knowing that this community is a demanding underserved market we have thought of opening up a feedback line with users like you to develop something specific for your sport. Please share your ideas. We are listening, and motivated to launch something reflecting your input for next season. Check out zipfit.eu if you have not done so yet to see that zipfits are all about. Looking forward to hearing your comments and becoming the reference suppler of after market boot liners for alpine snowboarding moving forward.
    13 points
  32. Winterstick demo and MCC raffle board. I will be testing this one out today.
    13 points
  33. 174 Contra with a 21cm waist 165 Contra CBXFR with a 27cm One of them may make an appearance at Stratton this weekend.
    13 points
  34. Just some easy turns on some greens at Vail. The two softbooters are young bucks from Miami up for their first season on the hill. I saw their shiny new Doneks and we took some turns. They are pretty solid for just starting out! Ryan Knapton has quite the pull on the younger crowd for sure.
    13 points
  35. Had a slow night at work so here ya go
    13 points
  36. I'll keep all my Gifs to one thread this season. These are from Beaver Creek today. Excuse the sloppiness on the carve-air-carve. I was going for amplitude.
    13 points
  37. Hi All, I’m going to turn the checkout off in the Bomber webstore for a few weeks starting April 15 going through the beginning of June. I will be off to Austria for a few weeks coaching skis camps and then visiting family in Maine before I make my way back to Colorado. I should have pretty solid email access for that time so I will be able to answer emails and questions. I will however be completely unable to ship anything until I’m back in Colorado. I’m hoping this won’t be an inconvenience for anyone at this time of year. If it is I will be shipping orders until I leave on April 15th and I will start shipping again as soon as I return. Thanks for everyone’s orders during the season you’ve made the difference in getting Bomber back on its feet and headed towards more vibrancy. I’m aiming to have sufficient supply of the core Bomber products going into next season so I don’t run out of anything during the year. I’m also hoping to bring in some snowboards again. Thanks as always to Jack for letting me post here and for keeping the Forum alive and well. Cheers, Walker
    13 points
  38. compilation of clips from 1st tracks with the 185 8rw at Spirit in 2019...before the lift starts running, holding a 5' pole with a gopro stuck on the end...not the best way to do a warm-up run, but it captures the mood of having acres of fresh corduroy to yourself.
    13 points
  39. Ok...here’s a review of my new baby After years of searching for the perfect soft boot carving board, and coming up short, I decided to have one built for me. Best snowboarding decision I ever made! Thank you Bruce Varsava from Coiler Snowboards.
    13 points
  40. 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!
    13 points
  41. Every story makes me more sad. The Callens were friends to me, as with so many others in the tight alpine community. They even put me up for a couple of nights in Colorado when I was stuck after ATC, and we had a fantastic powder day filled with laughs and firsts for me. They brought a new level of energy and excitement that was healthy for the sport. I knew they had their business struggles, but I had no idea of the depth of what was going on in the background. The spending did seem extravagant, but I just assumed that Bomber was being bankrolled by Angie's day job in the early phases. It was, but not how I thought... ? What really tore me up was that there was a growing animosity between the Callens and my other good friend - Fin. Both had stories that seemed believable, but I wanted to stay as a neutral 3rd party without allegiance to either 'side'. I believed the answer was somewhere in the middle, like in most disputes. With the info we have now, I know I was fooled like many others. I'm saddest of all for Fin. He lost a business that he built from his first nickel and an idea. His vision brought us all together.
    13 points
  42. I saw a friend and fellow USASA racer today and we were chatting about snowboarding as usual. He mentioned he heard that Kessler had gone out of business. I couldn't believe this, but thinking back to the thread discussing difficulty getting in touch with them, I wanted to find out first hand. I emailed Hansjuerg and got this response right back. Sharing with his permission: --- Hi Jack Thanks for your lines below and your work you are doing for alpine snowboarding. First of all i can assure you that there is no need to worry about the future of Kessler. As you maybe know i started building snowboard in 1987 in a small ski resort (its a town without cars at all) only reachable by cable car. So we are building boards more then 30 years. In the first couple years we did build about 100 to 300 boards a year. I did this beside my job as building supervisor in the summer and ski and snowboard instructor during the winter. I grow up in "hardcore" wintersport family and started to ski at 2 1/2 years. Dad, Mum, Brother, Sister, and me were working as ski instrutor in the local ski school. I was supervisor for Swiss ski school federation and Swiss snowboard federation for many many years. So you see, my entire life is wintersport, especially snowboard, what else could I do then follow up with snowboard and ski for the rest of my life? The reason of being "offline" the past 2-3 years is also connected with our decision to dedicate fully to build winter sport equipment. When we entered the world cup in about 2001 with our boards we were very fast very successful. After the first Olympic Medal in Salt Lake the numbers of customized boards went up rapidly. From about 2008 we could not handle the amount of demands in our small production in Braunwald. So we decided to start building serial boards and have them produced at Nidecker in Switzerland. Unfortunately Nidecker closed the Production in Switzerland after 3 years we had been there. We found another production in Austria, it was GST, they produced for many well known brands all together about 180,000 units a year. Unfortunately they closed also after we had been there for 3 years. So again we were without a production for our serial boards. All these years we kept producing all the custom boards in my home town Braunwald. Our serial Skis where built at Head. For several reasons we did want to quit there as well. So we deicided instead of going to Dubai or Tunisia like almost all our competitors do, to build up our own production in Switzerland. In late 2015 I started to build up a complete new production from a blank sheet very close to my home town. Late summer 2016 we started to build our first Swiss Made Serial Boards in the new production. In summer 2017 the ski production started under the same roof. Now we are just about finishing the serial boards for our 3th year (season 2018-2019). As you can imagine the past 3 years I was fully absorbed in building up the production, with all the bigger and smaller problems everyone would have in such a project. It was the toughest time in my whole life so far. I put all my energies in this project to develop all the production process which are needed. Now since the worst teething problems are solved I start to live again and hopefully will have more time for our customer. The custom made boards, developing and athletes boards are still built in the very first facility, during the past 3 years we kept this production running like always, there was no need to touch or change this well going place. In fact at the moment we do have 2 different factorys close together (about 20km) Believe me if I would quit now with what i have done the past 31years and especially the past 3 years I could not see into the mirror any more. I'm the type of guy who must build something real even though I love to do everything possible with modern production technology like CAD and CNC. I always try to go new ways in production process. Honestly I believe we do have the most efficient production for custom and serial boards and ski world wide. I go up in the morning to do at least one thing a day in a way that never has been done before. To cut a long story short: Kessler going out of business, is just BULL SHIT. Hope these guys out there will have a bit of understanding for our situation in the past 3 years. We are snowboarders and build snowboards for snowboarders in the middle of the Swiss Alps. Very best regards Take care Hansjuerg Kessler
    13 points
  43. Little clip from the other day. Ink, still trying to work on carrying speed through turns. I tried some switch toes and ate it but imma keep trying.
    13 points
  44. You guys. Fin is involved. This website is not going anywhere. Stay tuned.
    13 points
  45. I asked @Bruce Varsava at Coiler to simply tell me more about these new "Contra" shapes. Well if you've met Bruce you know you're gonna get everything you ask for and then some! One thing led to another and now I have taken delivery of two demo units to test in December. A 174, 20.5cm, avg 12.5m, and a 166, 20cm, avg 10.5m. I'll compare to my custom Kessler 175/20.5/10-14, and my stock Kessler 168/20/8-12. Those Contra sidecut numbers need explanation. Here was the gist of the email thread with Bruce, posting with his permission: " The Contra was designed from scratch as a board to handle a wide range of snow that we get from climate issues. It actually uses a lot of designs from previous freecarve models but puts them together in a unique package. Softer mid and tail allow for excellent ice grip and control on steeps. Bit stiffer nose punches through crud nicely. Sidecuts are different - not nearly as nose-grabby, and with less bouncing. Turns are altered more through angulation than fore/aft movement although a bit of that still helps. Kinda like but not quite an elliptical sidecut. Been working on them for about a year with help from the Montucky bros. Testing has confirmed that they work extremely well. I was out on a few occasions in rather shitty stuff and didn't realize how bad it was until I got on a Nirvana which is not too bad of a board but these surpass them quite easily especially in less than ideal snow. I was definitely bouncing around more on the Nirvana. . The Contra uses a mid tight sidecut similar to an elliptical but we have extra goodies thrown in here and there. @johnasmo is the real genius behind these sidecuts and has a system in place which allows for super consistent design and therefore consistent feel throughout the entire line. The Contra really gives the feeling that all parts are working in complete unison. First ride on one I immediately noticed it had a clean raceboard feel in a board that turns tight and biggest bonus is it works well in a stupid wide range of snow. I have had a few instances where I started a day on a Contra then went back to a traditional board and could not believe how shitty the conditions were. Get this feedback from a lot of riders. They just eat up the crappy snow we get all the time now. Grip is stupid high also as they seem to just hang onto almost anything. I bet you wonder how this all started (-: Each part of the Contra I have done before although the new sidecuts are a lot more involved. Never did all these things in one board so that was the goal to blend it all together. After seeing that a few other builders were designing boards with a mid tight sidecut and getting good results, I figured it was time to get to work on the freecarve boards. Last 4 seasons I was actually working on softboot and BX stuff which really required me to up the game in regards to my design system as softy boards are actually a bit more complicated to design. Softies are a great success story for me, sold very few raceboards last season and a lot of softboot boards so the design time was well spent. Now that the softy program is up to date, I used the new design system to work on the Contra and it took all of three prototypes to get a really nice board. I had to experiment with different ways to control stiffness along with the type of stiffness and when you get it right, it is exceptionally good. Reality is most guys need the easy rider boards which the Contra excels at. Not to say it isn't great for more skilled riders as it is, especially when it allows you to ride hard in sub ideal conditions. Contra sidecuts are a bit more involved so we just use one radius to describe them. However, the actual number to suit your needs has to be a bit tighter than what we are used to referencing from previous boards. The reason is that they like to stretch a turn better than tightening one so you simply get a tighter sidecut which will happily go faster and be plenty stable. I would say on average you go with .5 to 1m tighter than what you would normally want from any of my previous designs. Most popular has been a 12.5m so I'll go with that for the 174 demo. The 166 is a real sweet board with the 10.5m. One of my favorites! Some other exciting news as I just secured an autoclave which will allow me to use the hi end pre-preg carbon/glass similar to what a certain European manufacturer who makes a lot of black boards uses (-: An autoclave is a heat/pressure vessel which is what they use to press their boards. Unfortunately, the Covid issues have slowed this project down as I have not even been able to pick up the Autoclave yet. My only problem is I am old! Elbow just gave out yesterday and I'm starting to sound like a broken record complaining about injures but I'm a few weeks away from 59 yrs old and it is the reality of a lot of hard mileage on my joints. Held up better than hoped for last season just finished which was a surprise as I did about 95 boards since Sept. Plan is to do about 80 boards next season as I am supposed the be off now till Sept. With the pandemic on the go, no golf so I have been busy making up a few stock Contra's which will be available in fall. As of writing this I already have about 60 of the 80 orders for next season but won't be starting those till fall. Can I golf now, puuuulllleeeez! BV "
    12 points
  46. The Prinoth Team is amazing!! Prinoth jumped right in and joined the Montucky Clear CUT Family whole heartedly. It appeared to me that the Turner volunteer grooming staff and the Prinoth Team made just as strong of friendships as the MCC family did. At the end of my first run on the first day of the MCC, Brett the Prinoth cat operator was waiting at the bottom, you can see my response...
    12 points
  47. 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
    12 points


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