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    UTAH
    830 Posts

    This is an edit I did for the teacher talent show we give at our school every year. It’s just recycled footage from the last 3 years edited a different way that is a little more ADD friendly. It’s how I get my street cred so I can inspire all those little punks who don’t want to listen to anybody let alone their teachers. I thought since I put the effort in I would post it up and hopefully add to the pre-season stoke as we get ready for the upcoming season.

    I thought I would also add a couple thoughts about splitboarding why I was at it. I’ve been splitboarding since about 2000 and why a lot of my overall riding skills have have probably gone down since giving up resort riding there’s a lot to be said about putting down a sick line on a splitboard. I feel like every year I learn more and more kinda like that saying “the more you learn the less you know”. I think what I’m most proud of now is not so much related to the gnar but more an understanding of the snow and mountains I’m riding. Whether it’s finding good snow or safely putting myself on a slope by analyzing the weather, using the terrain and aspects as they relate to wind loading/sun effect and weak layers. Or whether it’s mitigating risk by using ski cuts, cornice drops or recent slides to safely get down into a zone. I’ve also learned splitboarding is just as much about knowing your zones, all those little details you might not think of. Over the years I’ve made a point to go out after avy cycles to study terrain where slopes have slid and where they haven’t so I can place my track appropriately when I am in those zones. I’ve found some zones are good for only a small period of time. I’ve found Pops/bumps that are good one week may fill in the next and cliffs that have just enough tranny to ride away from one week may be flat the next. Certain chutes that fill in early are more aesthetic and better to be hit at the beginning of the season while exits from bigger lines only open themselves up towards the middle or the end of the year. And since everything looks different up at the top I’ve had to hit some zones 10-15 times before I felt ready to bomb it and huck it top to bottom like it should be. I’ve found this way I have quality zones/lines for every part of the year and I can move from one to the next depending on the conditions and snowpack at the time. I’ve also learned to take advantage of every day of a season using high pressure days for longer tours and exploring new zones or for snowboard mtneering pursuits and upping my fitness level so when the pow does come I’m prepped and ready for long days of breaking trail and bombing big vertical lines top to bottom. On a big pow day I may choose to lap a zone so I can save my energy and re-use my track while other days I may choose a canyon to canyon tour and throw my thumb up more “Bob Athey” style. I’ve also had the opportunity over the years to enjoy both good stable seasons and more importantly the bad ones so I can be patient, keep myself busy and stay content. I’ve lived through persistent weak layers, seen how winds effect snow, triggered avalanches intentionally and unintentionally and learned from the mistakes of myself and others to grow and become better at my art.

    Anyways, blah blah blah that was not meant to be a soap box speech. I was just thinking with all the hype on splitboarding and it’s focus on the gnar it’s easy to forget that there’s a science to our art. With all the new literature we call “stoke” that only seems to focus on big name riders and big budget productions it fails to capture what makes splitboarding so great, which is that any one of us can get out there and put down the sickest line of our lives. Which in return sustains our love of snowboarding and life and make us better friends, brothers, husbands and just all around people. Take care and cheers to the upcoming season.
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    #670556
    saign
    330 Posts

    Rad!!! :thumpsup:

    #670555

    Booo! The link seems to be broken and now you left me hanging! 😥

    #670557
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    Rad on so many levels. Well said UTAH.
    Teacher, split-ambassador, shred-finder. “There goes my hero.”

    I’m ready for the season to begin!

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    #670558

    Nicely done, Nic. This is about the POV footy I can watch for more than 30 seconds, love it!

    #670559
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    @singlewhitecaveman wrote:

    Nicely done, Nic. This is about the POV footy I can watch for more than 30 seconds, love it!

    Amen! Nic your style is impeccable, thank you for showing how to turn with style and a calm upper body. I get nauseated watching POV of people who look like they are swatting at bees or something 😯
    Have a great season :guinness:

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    #670560
    CoryDog
    22 Posts

    Nice gravitas, beautiful style. A real pleasure.

    @UTAH wrote:

    … and learned from the mistakes of myself and others to grow and become better at my art.

    Anyways, blah blah blah that was not meant to be a soap box speech. I was just thinking with all the hype on splitboarding and it’s focus on the gnar it’s easy to forget that there’s a science to our art. With all the new literature we call “stoke” that only seems to focus on big name riders and big budget productions it fails to capture what makes splitboarding so great, which is that any one of us can get out there and put down the sickest line of our lives. Which in return sustains our love of snowboarding and life and make us better friends, brothers, husbands and just all around people. Take care and cheers to the upcoming season.

    I dig that you say that. My girlfriend attended the “Way of Life” premiere in Bend and when I asked how it was, she just said “Gratuitous hucking.”

    I agree with you, it seems like the industry spends a lot of time trying to shock and awe with the big superhuman stuff, and it fails to relate to most people… the stimulation on the screen stops at the back of the eyeball and doesn’t always reach way down in. My skills are modest, but I’m on a personal journey… while the ascents and descents that blow my mind are peanuts to the big names, they are enlightenment to me 😀

    Have a great season.

    #670561
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    so awesome Nic! you have my favorite style out of anyone i’ve had the pleasure of riding with. wish gopro was around the winter that you did the needle. I would have loved to watched that. great write up as well.

    #670562
    powderjunkie
    1669 Posts

    good stuff Nic :thumpsup:

    #670563
    Bennytree
    54 Posts

    Nice Edit. You get into some pretty intense zones. Where do you mainly split at?
    We mainly go to LCC. We know a few good safe places and seem to hit them year after year. It is fun to explore some new areas but like you said we know our zones so well, and the risks that we feel pretty comfortable with them. There is a FB page “Splitboard Utah” if you want to join. We want to try and split this season with some new people around the Salt Lake Valley.

    #670564
    Taylor
    797 Posts

    Yes, yes, yes. Well said, and excellent edit. Thanks for the pre-season stoke!

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    #670565
    nearls
    162 Posts

    Agreed, smoooooth turns in some super fun looking terrain.

    #670566
    maniacdave
    564 Posts

    That was a fun ride along dude! Def putting the ‘cool’ in school!

    That was Pontus

    #670567
    keffler
    319 Posts

    Right on Nic. You are an ambassador of splitboarding. Looking forward to hanging out again this coming season. :thumbsup:

    #670568
    Steve W Weiss
    15 Posts

    Awesome edit man, looking forward to another season like this!

    #670569
    PedroDelfuego
    758 Posts

    Your the man Nic! Thanks again for hospitality when we visited. :drinks:

    #670570
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Very cool, soulful. Thanks!

    #670571
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    Stay on the soap box. You got soul, man.

    Great edit.

    Fuuny. I was trying to put a video on youtube before I came here.. your video popped up as the number 1 video I might like to watch. Ive tried from this link twice, only to get the user has not enabled mobiles user message. Finally it worked!

    Lots of great familiar stuff in there. awesome to see it again.

    Thnaks.

    #670572
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    Nice one buddy! I recognized some footage of that rad air line you posted last year….BEAUTY!

    Never apologize for having inspiring words to say…especially as a teacher. If you even reach one person..you could make an important difference in a impressionable persons life.

    Better than most kids whom are more concerned with their FB status and stupid ass phone apps…than the beautiful world around them.

    :thatrocks: Thanks fer the Stoke! OOOOOOlay!

    #670573
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    Thanks Nic, great to “see” you here.
    Hopefully we’ll make some turns together again this winter

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