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Exactly two years ago was the last time I went snowboarding.I had hurt myself pretty terribly trying out a jump in icy conditions. So, while recuperating, I could not finish off the season. Then, last season…well, let’s just say that it resulted in June Mountain being shut down.

So, I’m really intent in getting my Snow Mojo back. My Snojo. Haha!

But it was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

Fear of injury, new boots to break in, and Southern California snow conditions weren’t the easiest ways to debut my almost-three-decade self back on the slopes. However, I still had a grand ol’ time.

It’s always a good reminder that snowboarding is really just a self-challenge. How far will you go? How fast can you ride? What new thing will you try? For me, I had two main goals: Break in the new boots that my brother had given me for Christmas TWO YEARS AGO (pre-injury), and be comfortable on the board again.

I’d say I half-accomplished both. PhotoGrid_1358056811944

Featured above: MINION, my awesome stomp pad that helped me get off the lift with fewer than normal incidents; the NEW BOOTS that I initially didn’t even know how to lace up; “Ketchup” aka Maker’s Mark in our Pepsi and Sierra Mist (Joey went to a Southern school, and I guess sprite and Maker’s Mark is popular there); BRRR, it was cold up there at 5 degrees Fahrenheit; DeTRUCK, aka Joey’s DeWalt truck that took us to the snow; Kickball BUDS, Micaela & I all bundled up.

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These boots were kind of weird to lace up, but surprisingly stayed tight (too tight, but I’m assuming it’s because it was the first time I ever put my feet in them ever). I had to go to the repair shop and have the guy in there show me how to lace these up. Hahaha! But they definitely were easier to tighten and loosen than the traditional laces. Let’s see how long they hold up.

Next week, I am off to Tahoe and I’m SUPER excited because it will be the BF’s FIRST time snowboarding!!!

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The Burton Clash is…A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

I read the reviews, and it was even featured on my “To Carve the Learning Curve” post a year ago. I finally put up the cash to purchase a used Burton Clash 142. No regrets.

I started snowboarding on a Burton LTR. It is probably the most basic of all beginner boards. It’s sturdy, wide, heavy, and will definitely get the beginner up and going. But it was a tough board to carve on. Good for leafing, not so much for the cruising and carving. Definitely do not attempt jumps on a board that heavy and unflexible. Overall, after mastering what my friend, PD calls “the ancient chinese art of Leafing”, I felt the need to move on.

I bought the cheapest board I could find on ebay. It was an Artec Vixen. It was cute; it had hearts. It was longer than my LTR. It was narrower. It was also lighter. I rode that board and didn’t want to go back to my LTR. It was just a lot lighter and easier to maneuver.  But it still wasn’t enough. I was catching edges. It wasn’t flexing.

So, I sold the LTR and used the proceeds to buy my Clash.

I rode it for the first time this weekend at Big Bear (Bear Mountain), and whoo boy…I’m in love. Okay, so I would disclaim that Big Bear had just had about 5-7 feet of snow dumped on it in the last four days, so the conditions were top notch (for Big Bear).  But the board…well, it made my day, too.  It’s responsive and light. It is so maneuverable that it made carving just all that much easier and snowboarding exponentially more fun. It’s got Cruise Control technology which really cuts on my tendency to catch an edge.  It’s slightly directional, so it’s set-back a little bit which makes carving a bit easier (i.e. catching an edge less likely). But it also means it’s not really for those who ride switch often (which is something that only happens accidentally with me).

It’s just great to find a board that fits. This is the board that will definitely help me progress. And to top it all off, it only cost me $70 on ebay. *grriiins*

Snowboarding is love.

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Today, I opened my eyes and saw Winter.  (Last night, I didn’t close my blinds — don’t worry, we live too high up for anyone on the streets to see into the apartment, and my window faces empty air).  I wanted to b!#ch and moan and lament the loss of sunshine.  Oh, so perfect for finals…dreary.  Blah.  But really, I just couldn’t.

I love winter.

In the Philippines, there’s no such thing as winter.

So whenever Winter rolls around, I’m always giddy.  There’s something about the crisp cold wind, the heavy clouds, the bare trees, and the black-and-white starkness of the world that really appeals to me.  Maybe it’s because it’s like looking at the world like it was a black-and-white photograph.  It’s just starker, the details either standing out or blending it.  I just think it’s more evocative.

And then there’s snow. In the Philippines, there is no snow.

Snow remains a joyous miracle to me. Yes, I’m sure it’s ridiculously inconvenient for a lot of people who live in areas that get snowed in a lot.  I understand that driveways have to be shoveled, there’s ice on the sidewalks, and possibly frizzy hair, too.

But c’mon! This kind of stuff doesn’t happen in central part of the world! It’s special!

Plus, snow allows for such fun things as snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snow angels, snowmen, snowball fights, sledding, dogsledding, and um…tobogganing.

Plus, the fact that my body just tends to run warmer. I think I was made for the cold, despite being born and raised in a tropical country. I would rather be cold anyday than be hot.  I am the one who would rather NOT be under the sheets, or who kicks off the blankets, I would rather blast AC and will probably be the last person to turn the heater up.  I am my own personal heater, haha!  So winter allows me to be comfortable in my own skin.

It’s really simple.  I just love Winter.

*grriiiins*

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Breakthrough

Breakthrough

I feel like if anyone were ever to get into a break-up, the cusp between Winter & Spring is the perfect time to do it.

After all, the days only get brighter from there.

It’s sometimes easier to write about the Big Bad and the Sad, (i have a theory that people take happiness for granted so they’re always shocked when bad things happen) so I wanted to dedicate a post to the brighter days I’ve been having and how it’s been easier to look forward to the future again.

I’m happier, and like AJB commented, almost surprised, “Hey! You’re smiling again!”

Yes, yes, I am.

AND I’M GOING TO WHISTLER BLACKCOMB!!!

Pristine White Goodness

Pristine White Goodness

There’s snow, snowboarding, dancing, drinking, and laughing with great friends in the very near future.  How does one not smile with such prospects ahead?

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Someday I’m gonna carve that learning curve to pieces with one of these sweet thangs:

Burton Clash 139

Burton Clash 139

or

Burton Cruzer 139

Burton Cruzer 139

or

Burton Lux 139

Burton Lux 139

plus

Burton Citizen Bindings

Burton Citizen Bindings

and of course,

Hot Snowboard Pants

Hot Snowboard Pants

Snowboard Pants in Black

Snowboard Pants in Black

WantWantWant

DesireDesireDesire

LustLustLust

Someday…

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