Sunday, April 20, 2014

2014 USASA Nationals Re-Cap #1

This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) National Championships hosted at Copper Mountain,Colorado.  Close to 2000 athletes spread across 14 age divisions (for both Men and Women) were on hand for events in 5 disciplines - Boardercross, Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Giant Slalom and Slalom.

Earned the Top Spot on the National Rankings
Conditions were ideal as it had been snowing it seems non-stop since early December.  In fact, there was so much snow at one of our local Rocky Mountain Series races (overnight and during the day), that everyone was calling it Powdercross.
Up to this point I had won 4 local series races and was gearing up to make a strong run to defend my Nationals Gold from last year.
4 Golds in Rocky Mountain Series Race Action
You’ve seen some of my race/practice and gym training videos on the blog, but there’s a lot more preparation that goes on during the lead up to Nationals.  Waxing and board prep, travel logistics, etc. may not be as fun but they are vital pieces to the Gold Medal puzzle.
Nothing Quite Like Waxing in the Living Room
After the last local races I took the Oxess to Seth over at Precision Ski & Golf to get new structure, clean up the edges and soak up some wax in the hot box. 
Behind the Scenes at Precision 

Thanks to Purl Wax for all the Supplies!
No Iron Needed - Way Better Than the Living Room Set-up
Baking in the Hot Box
The board was in amazing shape and even though I had a few practice days planned, I knew I wouldn’t need any major tuning work done before Nationals.
Ready to Snowboard Fast
Part #2 coming soon…

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