Castleford 07-10-2011

Last Friday, I returned to the Castleford fridge for the second time. As it turned out, they had a Sno!Storm event running last week. For those who don’t know, Sno! Storm nights receive a lot more effort: better park layout, live music, t-shirts and the like – plus they run it from 7pm until midnight…

This follow-up session reinforced what I felt from the first visit: my leg is dealing with snowboarding well. This time around, I didn’t get any pain at all whilst riding. We did however ride for 4.5 hours without stopping for a rest; my leg was tired the following day. Both legs were aching – but the injured one had both regular ache and some specific ache.

It didn’t last though, which again gives me confidence that I’ll continue to recover and gain strength with snowboarding in the mix.

So how was the shred?

It was good! I didn’t feel as rusty as last time. I also got into that position where I feel like I’m ready to start trying new stuff, like I’m ready to start progressing. These were the things I concentrated on:

  • 50-50 with 180 out (both frontside and backside)
  • Change-ups: front board to back board
  • Frontside boardslide – getting more comfortable
  • “Street style rail” 50-50s
  • Nose grab – getting more comfortable

Some video.

We took a few clips of the riding. Excuse the sketchiness – we’re not after getting good shots or anything like that. It’s more to use as a bit of a record, and also to take a look at what’s going on. Watching your own technique in action can be really helpful sometimes – more on that below. So here’s a glimpse at session #2:

Watch your own snowboarding.

In the video above, there are two, poor attempts at doing a 180-out from a rail. One is frontside, the other backside. This was the first time either of us had tried to 180 out, so it was new. We started with frontside. I nailed the first two. Didn’t see them for myself but they felt good and the ride away was clean. I suggested: “let’s land 5 clean ones each then we’ll move on trying backside”. The challenge was set…

After the third, I stalled. It just stopped working; I kept sketching out. Ian suggested video’ing it so I could watch the recording of my next try (that’s the attempt above, where I slide down the snow). Wow did that help. It was clear that I wasn’t using my shoulders to help me. I thought I was because I was moving my hands around to set up for some counter-rotation, but that wasn’t enough. The next two attempts got me up to 5…

More practice needed; more practice to come…


  • Reply October 18, 2011


    It is great that it has come back to you so quickly. and you are trying new things!

    I have had a few poor weeks. I lost confidence. My right knee was hurting (from overdoing in the gym), repeated failed BS180 on the kicker ( despite being able to do it flatland and on the quarterpipe), left achilles strain from these falls. The final straw I could not carve anymore and it was pointed out I was leaning too much over the front foot.

    I had a day course with Definition Camps (Chris Skinner) and I feel so stoked! My approach to the kicker was worked on and now my straight air feels great! Got a few tips for the box. I did not feel that surge of confidence should go to waste. I took the morning off to go to Tam. A few firsts for me: switch tailpress on box, coming out switch from a BS boardslide, tail grab. As for the BS180 on the kicker, it is still work in progress. The last 5 I tried: 2 fails, 2 with sketchy landings and the very last as the slope was being closed was good.

    You make me feel like having a go at 50-50 with 180 out on the box and the nose grab. My FS boardslide is still poor – i need to work on that too.

  • Reply October 19, 2011


    Hey Dewei,


    It sucks that you had a few poor weeks, but awesome that you came back strong. It’s probably fair to say that everyone goes through bad patches, with just about everything in life – so nothing that different there. Again, so good that you came back strong.

    Defo try the 180 out. I thought I was winding my shoulder rounds way more than I actually was. With a good amount of counter rotation, it was much easier. Still got some way to go with that… And the front boards, yeah, we all want them on lock 😉

  • Reply October 28, 2011


    While doing a BS boardslide, I busted my right knee tonight after catching an edge on a piece of plastic peeling off the upper surface of the box 🙁 ! Hopefully just a lot of bruising and nothing really broken/torn but it is very sore!
    On the positive side, I landed 8/8 tries at the BS180 on the kicker (ok, the first 2 were a bit under-rotated) 🙂 !

  • Reply October 30, 2011


    Hey Dewei,

    how’s that knee? Hope it’s not too bad!

    As for the bs 180s, nice job! 8/8 is good going 😉 Keep up the progression.

  • Reply October 31, 2011


    The knee is a nice purple now but the pain and stiffness have gone down a lot. Counting the hours to the next shredding session!

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