Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

Spin, Monkey, Spin

Wednesday found us returning to the Remarkables and getting to have fun on the fresh snow. The crazy thing about resorts in New Zealand is that they are way up the mountain and the access is generally by winding dirt road. Even though they are maintained they are a bit more like goat trails that what we’re used to in the states. We got up to the resort and Keith decided to join in with me and Alain to work on his skills for the day. We just rode with Alain and got to learn how to ride switch (riding with your normally back foot forward, so backwards) and continued with the ollies (hard today, they wore me out) and boardslide 360s. I really seemed to get the hang of the boardslides and was doing them pretty well by the end of the day. Keith and I kept running the same routes, but trying new things all the time. We got video recorded by Alain for later analysis. At the end of the day I was very tired and I broke off from Alain and Keith and rode on my own. I was able to ride switch and slide 360s the entire way down the slope so that was good. That night we got to see the video and watching yourself doing things helps you really realize what you’re doing right and wrong. We also get to see other people and hear the tips they’re getting so that we can watch out for things later.