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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Backyard Bang in Denver Nov. 21st


The backyard bang hit Denver's Art Institute of Colorado on Saturday. They closed off Lincoln street and put a three feature setup in the middle of the street! It was a beautiful day, about 55 degrees, sunny, and blue skies. Lots of spectators flocked to the street to watch everyone throw down. I think registration was one of the most packed full little tents I have ever been in. So many guys trying to register day of for 45 spots. Luckily, every girl gets to compete, because there are so few of us. Turns out there were more than they expected, so they split us up into groups of about 4 and threw us into the guys heats.
The drop in was to say the least, fast. Before you even had time to think about what you were doing you were already at the rail! Unfortunately the landing was flat too, so some people hit pretty hard without any transition for it.
Next year I hope they build some sort of landing, and it would be nice if they had put all the girls in the same heat. A lot of the girls seem to get overlooked when they are in a heat with 4 of them and 15 guys. I'm not exactly sure what they were thinking only taking the top 3 girls to finals, with 5 girls at least more have a chance, and there is a mystery as to who will get top 3!
Shred Betties girls were all killing it. I think we each were in a different heat and everyone was definitely shining. Everyone had a good time and was smiling and thats what counts!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It feels good to be back!

I have been looking forward to snowboarding since last April. This morning was beautiful and a perfect day to get the rust off the edges of me and my snowboard! We got up early this morning, had some coffee, and hit the road. There was a light dusting of snow from last night, so it was soft, and luminous in the light. We drove up Big Cottonwood Canyon to a little spot where there are jibs set up in the preseason. About 40 feet off the road we found a nice little flat rail.
Unfortunately the rail had a gnarly indention in the middle, so doing boardslides and frontboards would have been death. Luckily we snowboarders can hit rails in many different fashions, so I started off easy with some 5-0s. After a little warming up it was time to do some 180s off and get some presses in there too.
We got up early enough that we were the only people there and had the whole jib to ourselves. A much better environment to really get stuff done. Get in, get out, and get on with it!

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