My Halfpipe Progression: A Snowy Pipe

This is the second installment of My Halfpipe Progression: a snowy pipe in Tignes, 2006.

Back in Zermatt there was no real consistency to anything I did in the half pipe. Don’t get me wrong, I was making progress; I was taking my first steps. But this snowy pipe in Tignes was when I started to feel, comfortable. Of course this is relative to novice halfpipe riding, but hopefully you’ll see what I mean.

As I’ve mentioned before, although the conditions made it hard to see, I think they helped me to build some confidence and rythm. The halfpipe was both slower and softer making mistakes a little less frequent and more forgiving. Remember that the video shown here was taken at times when the snow was letting up, when it was possible to see something through the video camera.

Also, the halfpipe was super quiet. I was using the period of poor visibility to get some practice in – and what’s more, the majority of the time I had the halfpipe to myself. The result was a block of a good few afternoons just practicing the basics. It definitely helped. By the end of it I was starting to feel myself becoming more consistent, and I couldn’t wait for it to clear up!

The music is by Kooks. I’ve only just gotten their album so I’m still getting into it, but so far I like it. Good energy to this song. Hope you enjoy it.

2 Comments

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    Yeah I know – the quality of this one kind of sucks. When I get back I will try some different methods of compressing the video because it’s actually quite good on the original tape: you can see the top of both walls.

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Mal

    Nice. 🙂 It’s a pity you can barely make out the pipe on the vid, mind. Looking forward to seeing how you get on in Les Deux Alpes…

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