Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Peter Samprer, Nov 30, 2004.
wow!!this a great post!
heres me relaxing, when i went snowboarding for the first time up at Stevens Pass
Awesome, a snowboarding (sort of) picture, Very Cool!!! Was that this season? Can you convey what it was like for your 1-st time snowboarding experience? Very difficult or not too bad? Harder to learn than skiing or easier?
Moments later, Shooter was steamrolled by an out of control, 500 lb. man.
Thanks. That picture was taken last thursday. I didn't think it was too difficult to learn. You know what the hardest part was? Getting off the lift! I fell every single time I got off the lift, sometimes taking down a friend or two with me. I used to skateboard before, but it was on and off and it didn't last very long. So I don't really think my previous experiences on a skateboard helped me pick up snowboarding. I used to skate goofy, but when I went on a snowboard, my stance was regular. As long as you stay on an edge of the board, it will be hard to hurt yourself. Once a part of the board digs into the snow, its game over. I had the mindset of staying on edge throughout the entire time, and I never ate the ground hard. I twisted my knee a little getting off the lift I learned how to go down the hill on my heels. Toes were harder for me, but I kept practicing and was able to do it OK at the end of the day.
At first when I got on the board, I was using my tennis athletic position, and my legs were "feeling it" real fast. My friends told me to stand up straighter and it definitely took the pressure off. Snowboarding is all about weight shifting, like in tennis. Its an awesome experience, just seeing the surroundings, riding the lifts, everything. I plan on buying a board this summer and making more trips to the passes. The weird thing was, I had the idea that snowboarders go straight down the hill and never stop. It was actually the opposite, and a lot of people would pull over the the side, and hang out a little. Only the really hardcore people went down without stopping
As for skiing, the next trip up to the mountains I will be trying it out. So I'll let you know how hard it is. For what its worth, a lot of people told me skiing is easier.
More like a 150 lb skiier, those guys can really fly down the slopes :shock:
Huh. The 500 lb. man skiing is an achievement in itself. :shock:
Shooter - I was interested in your experience because i taught snowboarding (and a little skiing) at Squaw Valley for 5 seasons. Sounds like you did quite well, managing to get somewhat comfortable with heelside and toeside side slipping on the first day. I find it strange that you skated goofy but tried boarding regular. Is that how you wanted to do it, how the bindings were set up, or did someone urge you to try it that way. Good job avoiding catching the downhill edge and slamming.
Most first timers seem to think that finding the initial level of control is more difficult snowboarding than on skis. However, once some control is found, the level of progression is quicker than skis. No reason to stick to just one method, i still ski and board. I bought my last 3 boards (new) on e-bay for extremely good deals.
Hey, where in Washington do you reside? I'm in vancouver, WA, but go to UW for school. I'm assuming you're near the Seattle area?
Dire, I'm at Shoreline, we should hit sometime when the weather gets nice.
How embarassing, I thought that you were newbie like me. I was talking about my experience as if you've never gone up to the mountains, hehe. My board was set up for goofy, but I was snowboarding switch the entire way. My theory on why I switched my stance (unknowingly) is because all my friends had regular stances. Through observational learning I picked up their style, I guess. As for finding balance and control, I felt like I was able to progress rather quick, like you said. I went from a green circle to a blue square in the 7 hours that I was there. Granite, I wasn't too comfortable with toeside yet, how can I get myself used to it? What are some good drills for it? I don't want to catch the back edge and land on my back real hard, whipplashing into the ground. I guess I have that in the back of my mind, so I get a bit tentative. I'd like to be able to carve, and switch from heels to toes good.
Any tips for me when I try skiing for the first time? I read a few articles online, about turning, how you lift and tilt your foot to turn.
Shooter, next time try riding goofy as the binding angles will be better for going forward. Also, getting off the lift is easiest for a goofy if you sit on the left side of the chair or at least have your back to a regular footer (as opposed to facing them), then just plant your free foot on the stomp pad, assume the athletic (stacked and centered) body position and slide to a flat area.
Toeside can be a little tricky in the beginning. First of all, make sure you don't have heel lift in your boot, ie, when you go up on your toes that the board comes up with your heel instead of just moving in the boot. Then its a question of finding a balanced edge pressure so that the downhill board edge stays a constant distance away from the snow, not moving up/down as you slide. The balanced edge pressure comes getting the knee flexed so its over the toe to exert pressure on the straps that goes over the top of your feet.
The best progression is to do what's called falling leaf: diagonal side slip forward, then weight shift to diagonal side slip switch. Then do garlands: diagonal side slip forward (DSSF) to going straight down, then back to DSSF. Add additional weight to the front toe to initiate the turn (going straight down) but dont finish the edge change till you are comfy initating it. The do the same but complete the edge change over the the heel. Its tough to visualize by reading, but it may help a little by giving some ideas. You should be able to do the same progression on your heel edge and then be able to link your edge changes to make an "S" down the hill.
The best tip for you for first time skiing, is to take a lesson. Just like tennis, you could figure it out, but it will take longer and you may develop hitches in your technique. Its money well spent.
Here is a cool pic of Granite Chief Peak. All the runs are on the right side of the peak. its a nice hike to the top. There are two runs, between all those rocks at the top that are S-I-C-K-O, freakin steep and narrow, with nice high speed powder runouts closer to the bottom. Enjoy!!
Time for some Tennis Pictures!
Here's some pictures snapped by my daughter Emma (7 years) from my training session this evening:
(My coach/tennis trainer in the foreground with me in the background)
(One of my training partners to the left and me about to hit a forehand)
(Me and another training partner engaged in a "flash doubles" drill)
Wow, I guess this thread really is the never ending thread! I was at May 2005 or so and decided to skip to the end, hah!
In any case, for those of you living up in Washington state, how's the tennis scene up there? I was considering moving there for a while now, but since I've picked up tennis again, have had second thoughts due to the weather.
Are there indoor clubs also? Any idea what their dues and fees are?
Thanks in advance!
Peter, I'm curious what kind of camera do you use? I've tried to shoot photos in an indoor court before with unsatisfactory results. Did you use a flash?
It really depends on which area of washington you move to. There's the northwestern, south western, central, and eastern parts of the state. Weatherwise, the western side of the state is pretty wet and cold (lots of rain). The central part of washington is OK, there is a mountain range ;P, the eastern side is actually pretty dry, due to the mountains.
If you move to the western side of washington the north side is near canada, and seattle and the surrounding areas are pretty densely populated, so you can find some tennis there if you want. There is clubs around the area, it really depends on where you move. The clubs near seatle are going to be slightly more expensive than other areas, but i have no idea how much $$ the rates are there.
I live in Vancouver, WA, right next to Portland, OR. We have some nice facilities around the area, There are at least 4 i can think of within driving distance. The Vancouver Area is rather suburb-y, but it has a great facility, the single memberships are approximately ~$40 a month, court time is free and you get a discount on lessons. I go to school in Seattle, but i'm only familiar with the UW campus tennis center, where i string at.
I know this probably isn't that much of a help ;P
It's an Olympus Camedia C-310 digital camera. And yes the flash was enabled (but I'm not sure how much difference it really made - it's a tiny flash). It might have helped that the court we were using is a pretty small one - it's basically just one court domed with a "Barracuda" tent (which makes it "interesting" to try and hit lobs... And the sound of the ball hits also is quite different from more "normal" courts
Actually, that is quite helpful. I'm considering moving to Seattle. I have heard Vancouver WA can be quite adventageous too, especially for them Oregon shopping sprees ;-) How would you compare Vancouver to Seattle?
The rates you mention for the courts in Vancouver are very reasonable indeed. Are these indoor courts? It's hard to imagine they can support indoor courts with such low rates.
As for the UW tennis center, do they have indoor courts there? And are only students allowed to use those, or can the general public join some sort of program to use them too?
Sorry for getting off topic, here's a photo! Hehe
Seattle is pretty cool, its got it's own independent vibe going on. I personally prefer the suburbs, as i think the city is pretty busy. There are cool businesses/jobs around both areas, it really depends on what you like, i guess. Vancouver is cool, it's really growing, and being next to portland, it has it's advantages like you mention (shopping). Just don't get stuck working in oregon and living in vancouver, you get income tax + property tax and it adds up. I prefer Vancouver, but i tend to stay indoors more often than not. There's a lot of cultural stuff going on in Seattle.
The Vancouver rates may have been a special offer, if you'd like to give them a call and see how the system works, just shoot me an e-mail and i can send you their phone number.
The courts ARE indoors, and the facility is great! 9 indoor courts and 4 outdoor courts. Racquet ball is also available to those who want to use the courts. Fairly quick playing hard courts, fairly recently resurfaced..
The UW tennis center is only for University associated members (faculty, alumni, staff, students), but if you want to take private lessons they are available for ~$60-70 an hour (yeeeowch, i know)
Anyways, to prevent any more off-topic posting in this already ballooning thread, shoot me an e-mail via PM
I have some of the Grado S60s, nice cans for a decent price, although they get uncomfortable quick.
I tend to use Etymolic while traveling, and speakers at home. Got myself a pair Athena towers from ... gag, Best Buy! But great sound for the price, them Canadian speakers.
Ops, off topic again, sorry ran out of pictures to post! *dodge*
So I take it you're no longer in TX after having graduated nearly 10 years ago?
Indeed, I'd imagine the pitch of the tent needing to be quite severe in order to cover only one court. I may have to get away from my no-name camera and invest in an Olympus or a Canon (no Maria has had no influence on me, but I do have the urge to make every shot a powershot)
dire, can you teach me how to string before i buy a machine? i wouldnt mind making a trip down to uw, is only 15 min away (if traffic is fine).
Aaaahh.. Could... Not... Resist...
I found a "factory outlet" shop in the nearby city that sold Dunlop gear for really nice prices - which decided they would drop prices by 50% (for everything in the shop) yesterday. So I went on a small shopping spree - got myself a new Dunlop HM 200G, a Dunlop Maxply McEnroe and a Dunlop M-FIL 200 26" (a juniors racket) and a bag of various Dunlop/Slazenger ball cans .
I'll probably still be playing with my trusted Wilson ProStaff 6.0-85 rackets though, but it might be nice to have the 200G and the McEnroe for the occasional hit.
Nope, I moved away from Texas this year to Kansas City (technically, Overland Park, KS). But, I'll always be a Texas boy (and a Longhorn!!!!...thus the screen name).
I'll be Captain Obvious and tell you that Kansas and Texas are drastically different weather-wise in the winter, but KS has a very mild summer and very mild fall in comparison. I'd hear people saying "God, It's hot" in the summer and just laugh. Of course, they laugh now when I say "God, it's cold!"
Tennis scene is pretty decent in KC, too. Pretty good number of 5.0 and Open-level players.
Just sucks because you have to play indoors at this time of year, and I refuse to pay $20/hr. Thus, I have been playing a LOT of basketball! I'll see if I can scrounge up some more tennis pics here soon.
is this thread finally dying? i got some pictures coming soon to put up just seems like no one is posting pictures much on it anymore
Post the pictures, Jon, and resurrect the thread.
This thread can never die, providing new users keep on coming! Long live "your picture"
Bravo! Great pics!
Now I wish I could play more often. :|
Sorry I am the guy that's not my girlfriend...just a model from an import car show in Irvine, SoCal I have long hair now but I'm thinking about shaving the head again
Sure, it's okay for YOU to crop your pictures. I'm kidding you. Nice pics.
JonWood - you look vaguely familiar.
What - was that your mom taking the picture or something?
I can't think of anyone else who would center on the guy and cut out the hot chick and the fancy import.
Here's my attempt to resurrect the thread. And gasp, there's actually other people in these pics. Savor the flavor.
Some girls on my tennis team
Tennis team sleepover. I have no idea who I was on the phone with, nor have I any idea why everyone's looking at me.
Can you pick out MegacedU?
Alright. Got to help out with the resurrection of this thread.
Haven't been playing much tennis lately - been busy playing with my kids. Here's some clips from some of our activities the last couple of days:
Hockey outdoors on our small (naturally frozen) ice patch...
Emma (7 years old)
We were out playing hockey for 5 hours today. My feet, legs and back hurts... The kids just won't *stop*.
Meg - Was that a phone camera for those shots? The first three rows of desks are in great focus, but...
Lol. No. It was my old crappy digi cam on landscape mode because my French teacher is so technologically challenged it's painfull.
Are you the one on the far right hand side in the pink, looking like your doing something a bit rude to the girl infront?
Yeah, that's me. What do I look like I'm about to do?
hmm like the way she is leaning forward and you look like you might be about to embark upon a pelvic thrust
It's probably just the way I'm standing. Lol, you're right though. I arch my back when i stand I guess.
No offense, MegacedU, but your team needs to work on their conditioning.
Hey, I got to the gym almost every day. Most of my team doesn't take the sport seriously, but that doesn't mean I'm not fit.
^ No, you and the other girl at the end of the bench are fine. I'm talking about the other three, the ones that made Applebee's take the all you can seafood buffet off the menu.
p.s. I'm sorry. That was mean. I couldn't help it. I apologize. I wouldn't say that about any girls, it's just that they're on a varsity sports team that provokes these types of unnecessary comments. Sorry.
The thread that just refuses to die... I don't have any tennis pictures because I haven't taken my camera with me recently and the other attempts didn't work out quite how I wanted. The only pictures of me that have been taken in the last year include one of my friends, and they aren't tennis related so I'm hesitant to post any of them.
35ft6 - Yeah, but in my school, no one gets cut. One of those girls was co-captain. Don't get me wrong, they're nice people. But when you see the co-captain walking her required laps after practice, how motivated do you get? In my school, everyone wins but the people that actually deserve it. But since I've been here awhile, you probably already knew that.
Hahahahahahahahahahahaha...hahahahaha...yeah that was kind of mean but still funny though...too bad I didn't think of it first
heh, megster your french class has a great male to female ratio.
Guys in there could pretty much take there pick.
Here's one of me -
Here's one of my school, baby...National Freakin' Champs!!!!! This is the Tower on the campus of the University of Texas
I dunno where from? I play around in different states and cities and stuff but who knows
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