Andy & Josh’s Steezy Boarding Adventure

Andy & Josh’s Steezy Boarding Adventure at Cascade Mountain.

ChairLiftRide

The conditions were great with light wind and the temperature ranging between the high 20s to low 30s.

 

Two videos straight from Cascade Mountain taken February 7, 2015. Andy and I filmed each other snowboarding. We both used our iPhones. First time filming each others steezy rides down the slopes. Glad Andy and I met our goal of not wiping out while on tape!

 

Recommend folks film themselves or others while snowboarding. It’s neat to look back at your run. You get to see yourself and friends snowboarding in a different perspective. You can also see your technique on film and how you turn and carve. Plus, it’s a memory you can watch again.

One tip for filming, or taking pics, with your phone is to hold your phone horizontal, I’ll have to remember this the next time if I continue filming while boarding. This makes me wanna get a GoPro!

cascade mountain black diamond run

One of my favorite things about snowboarding is looking out at the horizon when getting off the chairlift.

 

Relaxing view and awesome sunset while driving back on I 90/94.

 

Enjoying Summer 2013

Well summer 2013 has come to an end. My blogging also came to an end this summer so am showing you folks what I’ve been up to.

Summer was filled with shore fishing new areas, learning to longboard goofy foot and finding a new campsite.

Summer 2013 by hookjsboard

Enjoyed the weather by fishing and longboarding .

H o o k e d
To most, it’s no surprise I incorporate fishing into my lifestyle, after all, I’m a sportsman! So of course, I had to fish on the way to visiting my girlfriend in Appleton.

There’s a bridge that crosses over Lake Butte Des Morts; while driving up to Appleton on highway 41. I’ve always wondered what it’s like to fish. “There’s gotta be fish in there,” thinking to myself while looking at the lake each time I drove over the bridge.


View Larger Map

This summer I made a decision to finally fish Lake Butte Des Morts. Going in with the mindset I might not catch anything didn’t stop me.

I decided to turn this into a camping trip after finding Hickory Oaks Campground near Oshkosh.

camping

My campsite at Hickory Oaks Campground, close to highway 41 and Lake Butte Des Morts.

 

 

Fishing Lake Butte Des Morts, I was expecting bass since there are overhanging trees, weed patches and lily pads to cast towards. Ended up with a northern pike:

 

 

Mepps Spinner

Pike fought hard and nailed the mepps so viciously it bit off one of the hooks! Fish story! That kinda happened.

– Although the pike attacked the spinner, one hook was previously cut off to free it from a backpack. –

 

 

B o a r d i n g
Besides fishing, long boarding has become another way to enjoy free time this summer. At the beginning of summer I set a goal to learn goofy foot. In longboarding,(and other board sports), you have two stances: regular and goofy. Goofy is with your right foot forward on the board. Regular is with your left foot forward on the board.


Your shoes are the brake pads when longboarding. You drag your heel on the ground to stop. Seeing as I hate shoe shopping, I decided to learn goofy foot so I can wear my shoes evenly, making them last longer. (Plus, the less I have to buy shoes the more $ I can put towards fishing. fishing > long boarding).

Normal foot

Regular is my natural stance for long boarding and snowboarding. Regular is with your left foot forward.

Learning goofy has been a success though more practice wouldn’t hurt! More fishing wouldn’t hurt either…

After writing this post am realizing that summer has, once again, went too fast.

Any of you got fishing stories from summer 2013? Any longboarders out there with goofy foot tips? You try anything new for summer 2013?

Tame Gravity Standing Sideways

After a trip out west in 2010, I jotted down the following thoughts on snowboarding. 

Snowboarding’s a sport where gravity takes over. It’s a free-for-all in snow.

19864_617059850643_7203669_n

After you start going downhill momentum builds. Wind in your face; the natural scenery around you; the snow beneath you. You’re riding over snow, not sinking in it.

 

WHOA! Know gravity can easily get away on you and take control. This may be fun or scary. I lean towards fun.

It’s all in the challenge. Behind every challenge lies reward. The challenge of trying a new run, the challenge of keeping your center of gravity beneath you and the challenge of controlling your speed the steeper the run is. Accomplishing a black, blue, or green run, hanging out with friends, being outdoors, and exercising freedom, are some of the rewards of snowboarding.

Carving is an essential skill that all snowboarders must learn; it controls your speed. Controlling your speed helps tame gravity, meaning the faster you learn how to carve the faster you’ll learn to love snowboarding…and snow. That’s the thing, snowboarding is about enjoying winter, cold weather, and snow! Suddenly, you’ll have a yearning for a snow storm and look forward to the first few flurries.

What do you enjoy about snowboarding – or – skiing? Any tips you’d share that helped you out and any advice for beginners?