Something that feels right out your comfort zone is usually the most rewarding when you finally get that one trick down. During the skate lessons at Area 51 Skatepark I had the opportunity to dig up such a trick again.
A year ago we practiced the tail stall to revert and that was a feat for me at the time. But I just couldn’t mirror it [...]
Nollie Jump Start by Florian Scharscher.
As I write this, my muscles are constantly reminding me why I had such an awesome weekend-trip. Jorg and I planned a weekend of extreme sports at Center Parcs at Kempervennen. This particular Center Parcs features both an indoor snowboarding center and an outdoor wakeboarding center. A perfect setting [...]
Eyes focused on the green-ribbed-tube, placed down-hill in the same incline as the hill. Gauging for a speed that I’m still comfortable with doing a new trick. Dropping in switch doing a half-cab into a backside 50-50 felt actually really comfortable.
This was a first I had done that trick and got it down first try. Of course I had some [...]
50-50 Downrail – Photo by Jorg Jansen
Hiking up and down the hill to get some awesome photographs done, is totally worth the time. By noon the need for food was making my body shake, but even though it is grueling the effort Jorg Jansen and I put in to get some good shots – when the sun was shining – paid off.
I incorporated [...]
The incredible need to check up on the weather conditions, the snow heights, looking at the webcams in the Mountains and checking out videos posted from people from the mountain is taking over my mind. With only a few weeks until I have another snowboard trip planned, it is beginning to become unbearable.
This year we’re heading out to [...]
I have been riding my NITRO MISFIT 155,6 for quite some time now. But I still feel like there is something missing. The introduction of “Rocker” boards was just happening when I was first in the market for a snowboard. After letting innovation and development take its course; better and more diverse types of “rocker” b [...]
Example: Backfoot placement“Pay attention to how you place your backfoot,…” – Is what Nick Bax had to note about the way I executed a regular Ollie, he continued: “…by placing the backfoot with the inner edge just over the transition from the board into the backtail, you have better control and the board do [...]
2010 – Indy over a small kickerA lot has changed since we started riding the park back in January 2010. Back then a warmup used to exist of a few runs down the slope to get the legs used to standing sideways. Yesterday the warmup existed of hitting some Frontside 50-50′s on the tube and down-rail features. Slowly but gradually the [...]
It took me a while to write up the story from our Snowboarding trip for this year, but here you have it. Our stay for 2012 was at Gaschurn, Austria (Silvretta Montafon) at a short distance from the elevator onto the mountain, like we always do.
We traveled with more people than just the usual riders Marieke, Jorg and I, this year some of our [...]
Even though the lessons have been at a halt for a period, since the start of 2012 I had quite a few skateboard sessions where I got to learn new stuff. The skate lessons are still part of the snowboardtraining for better board handling and body movement, which I could clearly notice during our snowboard trip in January.
During the skate lesso [...]
The screwdriver is rotating and in turn the screws for mounting my Flow bindings are tightening, adjusting the angles to 17° outwards both front and back binding. My board has been without my bindnigs for about 2 months now, ever since I got back from the week-trip to Silvretta-Montafon – Gashurn, AT. I could not resist the urge to go s [...]
This weekend I had a short skateboard session with Jorg at the Shark Safe house. After all the building from the past few weeks it was time to hit the quarters ourselves. I’m stoked about the results on the quarters, the transition is perfect and the speed you can generate is good. Although in our skate lessons we did not really yet pra [...]
In the past few weeks I have been busy designing and building a Do It Yourself Skateboarding Quarter Pipe. There are a lot of tutorials on how to build such a thing, but most of them are written en design for Imperial units instead of the Metric system used here in the Netherlands.
Design for the Quarter PipeThis is where I found my challenge [...]
The Montana snow-center slope was filled with freestyle skiers on Wednesday 21st of December. During their training they were even taking over the obstacles, normally only used by the boarders. As a result the setup jumps were kind of ruined and the chances of training the backside 50-50 were slim. As a result Jorg and I had to re-shape the [...]
Last Thursday Marieke and I went to Snowworld in Landgraaf. They had placed the Nike 6.0 Jumping Airbag after a medium kicker. It was ideal to test some of the aerial awareness I’d been training throughout the summer. I only wanted to focus on my 180′s, to be sure I’d be able to land them. The 180′s posed no real probl [...]
Wow…it seems like ages I’ve updated some progress on my blog, but that’s what happens when life’s busy I guess; rebuilding the house was the main thing consuming my time.
But even though I was rebuilding after working hours, I still managed to attend the lessons at Area 51 Skatepark. The progress sometimes flabbergast [...]