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Just upgrade to v3.40. Yeah!

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The truth is it's just too far from San Francisco to get to a ski hill to prepare for Level 2. However, I continue to practice my crave turns and other stuffs as much as possible, whenever I have a chance.

Fortunately, I was able to go up to Northstar and Sugerbowl 4 times so far, plus 4 half days up Camp Fortune when I was back to Ottawa.

Note to self:
- Toe side turn still need more knee bending to maximize edge on snow, remind self to assume cowboy stands, and to rotate shoulder more to complete the turn fully
- Need earlier turn initiation, ez10 suggests to rotate shoulder slightly before pivot. However, I've a tendency to lean out too much and skid out on heel side.
- Still pretty static when on edge into the turn
- For moguls, need to bend knee more and absorb the bump. Since I do not have the ability to turn so quickly and align to the mogul, I have to adapt to the terrain by go through a few bumps before making a turn. This provides enough time to make the turn to happen
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Burton 2008 151cm Supermodel for women

It's end of January again, and I happened to be back to Ottawa for some personal matters, R&R, and friends visiting. Like clockwork, Burton is once again doing demo at Camp Fortune. Last time when I tried their board I ended up bought a used 2005 Shaun White pre-production with no graphics, which I still like a lot after 3 reasons later.

Even I like my Shaun White a lot, but I still keep an lookout for new toys. I was toying the idea of a 149cm Custom, just so I can do more spinning type of tricks without compromising a solid and poppy ride. But as usual, the demo has nothing shorter than 150-ish. So, I just ask what they'd recommended for a stiff but short(er) deck. There is a 151cm Women Supermodel that seem fit my requirements, so I take it. After all, there is also a Men Supermodel. If I like it, I can get the Men's without being called a sissy. cool

Since I bought my Shaun White, one thing I complained is the fact that the board is much heavier than what I demo. This hampered my progress to learn and master some hop and spin tricks like half-cap. I know my metal Ride RX binding has a lot to do with that..... but when they handed me the feather-feel Supermodel w/ Lexa binding, that hit me that I NEED Burton binding for my next board!

This board is using ICS "The Channel" binding mechanism. It's just so incompatible with the rest of the world, but I think there is a good justification for this closed system; It allows very fine adjustment to the binding angle and stand width. I often thinks I can use a bit more fine-tuning to the stands on my Shaun White. (p.s. I am a open system kind of guy. I opts for a Google G1 rather than iPhone 3G)

After a few runs and some binding tweaks, I settled down with a good enough setting to see what I can do with this deck. The first thing I noticed is this board can turn! Even through the board is 151cm long, it feels like a 145cm board a friend of my had. The first time when it does that actually scar me a bit, the board just turn so fast and even more effortless than my Shaun White. The demo guys told me this is probably because of the Tapered shape of the board (vs Directional sidecut on the SW), which the tail is narrower than the head. The Supermodel has only a slight Tapered shape (10mm), as compared to some other boards on Burton's line-up with much narrower tail (upward to 40mm).

The Supermodel is constructed with I-beam inside, which create a stiff but yet poppy characteristics. However, this board did not feel as poppy as my Shaun White. It might because I can turn quickly with the Tapered shape, so I rely less on the reactive pop from the board to make the turn easy. For sure the solid and stiffness of the edge is still there that bite into the snow, which is another property I appreciate from my Shaun White.

The conclusion: This board is fun to ride with. Now I will get one when possible (~$440 on ebay), and this time with Burton binding!

01/11: Green Bug

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The last bug, until we found the next one

01/06: Blue Sky

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Good days will be back, eventually.

Blue Sky on the Wall Blue Sky behind the Wall

@ NYC Chinatown, Aug 2008
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Today is the last day of 2008, what's better to do than looking back at what happened in this year of uncertainty?

Some Tally up:
- 1 Snowboard Instructor of the Year
- 1 Layoff
- 1 Canoe Camping Trip
- 4 Weddings
- 2 Roadtrips

Rocky and Me @ Philly @ Time Square, NYC
@ Washington D.C. Canoe Camping Once More at Algonquin
Cruising Oregon Coast
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Ok, technically it's only ~$8. But after tax it's $10.

I got this back in May. It's supposed to be bundled w/ CPU, but looks like over stocked so it was put out on sale. It's a really good deal.

My dad finally put it in his PC, and happy about the performance. The only drawback is it's only got 10/100 ethernet.

10 buck motherboard
posted by: Admun
It seems like, Golden gate bridge is a famous final destination for some.... sadly.

There is hope, give yourselves a chance

There is always a way out.

09/04: Man and Sea

posted by: Admun
Man and Sea @ Oregon coast Man and Sea @ Oregon coast
posted by: Admun
正式搬到這裏三個月了. 不過剛去了旅行三星期. 現在回服正常,要努力搵工了.

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