OK, we will proudly accept the award for “First Ride of the Year” at Tug Hill, with Melissa, Hristo, and Jerry traveling up from the Albany, NY area. BTW, does this mean I can purchase a 2011 Frenzy 9m at factory cost please??? I would promises to proudly, prominently and safely fly it!
Saturday 11/27/2010 report on conditions: WNW 16 mph, but nasty swings from 12mph to 30+mph sustained gusts. Snow all came at once so we had zero base, but 12” of “freshies” and with more like 20+ inches of freshies on the back side of any terrain and drifts.
The entire Hannos field was virgin, an impressive and inviting site. West Line Road was not plowed so we only pulled in as far as we dared and we launched from that first corner of the field. We rigged conservatively to check out the conditions. Melissa’s 9m Naish was best kite of the day for Hristo and I, and Melissa got rides from my 6m Kima.
I had surprising trouble from my Twisted Velocity 164 snowboard freezing up clumps on the bottom and then having huge drag. Maybe this was because of the zero base under the snow. If you weren’t careful when starting and stopping the board could sink down through the foot of freshies and get into the grass layer. A Ride Yukon 163 Wide SB was having the same problem. On one entire tack Hristo was loading and popping and hopping but he still couldn’t clear the bottom of the board. Can anyone recommend a slick and fast finish wax for snowboards? So I switched to my Volkl Chopsticks center mounted powder skis and this combination with Melissa’s 9m gave me my best ride of the day.
The other problem we had was my 2009 Eclipse Morph bar was freezing up its chicken loop safety release, unsafely locking the rider in. There is a lot of metal in this safety release mechanism. Does anyone know if waxing or oiling the parts before going out in winter will prevent this?? I really need that 2011 Frenzy!