At home my roommate got a Bongo Board to improve balance. It is a little tricky to get used to it at first (as evidenced by two friends that have gotten on it and promptly fallen off and onto the concrete floor in our place) and I used to put it on a piece of carpet or a really thick towel to slow it down. I didn’t use the board much in the last couple of months and this weekend was the first time I got back on it since coming back from New Zealand. I felt like my balance got better while riding in NZ but I had nothing other than my rides on the BART where I stand and don’t have to hold on to bolster that perception. Well, when I stepped up to the Bongo Board this weekend on the concrete I was able to just balance on it (centered and offset), roll it around, and keep from busting my butt. I’m happy I have better balance now. Losing weight, a proper stance, and more confidence on the slopes all contributed I’m sure. Next, the highwire, right?