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NASTAR Nationals wrap up

PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:02 pm
by patmoore
Hi from beautiful Steamboat! The Nationals wrapped up today and it was a terrific event. I got to meet some great people and can't wait to see them again next year. Grays on Trays member Steve Harhai competed in his first Nationals and made the podium capturing bronze. Shelby Benton of Texas captured the Women's 60-64 snowboarding title and 67 year old Mike Keem won his division riding wicked fast on hardboots. It was nice to see DaySailer again this year.

I'm happy to report that I captured my fourth national title in boarding but my results in skiing were far less satisfying. I fractured my ankle and had to sit out the Race of Champions today.

I maintained an online diary during the event and you're welcome to view it. Maybe you'll be encouraged to join us next year!

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:00 am
by canoer
Bummer about the ankle!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery ...

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:45 pm
by SteveH
Thanks to Pat for encouraging me to go Nationals. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. I have to admit to a serious case of nerves at the starting gate less than two months after my first time ever on a race course, especially on a hill with a lot of top tier racers. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and it was a great experience.

If you haven't yet tried running a NASTAR course you should definitely give it a shot. It's a lot of fun and it will likely improve your riding by forcing you to make turns precisely at the gate and giving you feedback on your technique by the handicap you earn in each run.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:50 pm
by daysailer1
Congrats to everybody.

Steve, I had a serious case of nerves my first time too. I had that two month window also. The start at Steamboat seemed alot steeper than the course at Winter Park. Practicing the day before the races helped me get over the jitters.

Seems I ended up in third place in my division this year. The women on alpine boards really knew how to race them this year. Guess I'll have to switch if I want to be competitive in my division.

Looks like Winter Park may host the next Nationals.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:37 pm
by SteveH
I found the start at Steamboat a lot steeper than the Breckenridge course as well. In addition, the way the gates were set prior to the competition (much wider) and the icy conditions made for a very challening course. Fortunately the grooming was much better during the competition and the gates not so wide.

The alpine boards do appear to have a significant advantage. I particularly noticed that during the practice days the alpiners could hold lines on the ice that none of the softbooters could handle.

I hope Winter Park is the venue for next year. Much more accessible.

NASTAR

PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:29 pm
by patmoore
Happily our numbers are growing at NASTAR. DaySailer had to compete in a division that had more participants than medals and that's rarely the case.

Yes, alpine boards can give you an edge (figuratively and literally) but I've seen accomplished soft boot riders give me a real run for my money.

Learning to pick the proper line when attacking gates is as important on a board as it is on skis. Finding yourself "late" on a gate leads to skidding and loss of time. Taking a higher line and rounding out your turns enables you to complete your turn before you get the gate (where the surface is likely to be iciest).

In any event, it was great to see friends from past nationals and to meet many new friends.

Steve, stick with it and spread the word!