Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Step by Step Guide to Aerials

Step 1. Erect frames (this is for the biggest jump- the triple kicker)

Step 2. Use your John Deer tractor and industrial snow blower to pack it with snow.

Step 3. Stand around and watch in awe because in the US- no John Deer tractors with ginormous snow blowers- just small sidewalk size.

Step 3. Shape jump with a Grizzly (Repeat incessantly daily)

Step 4. Cut out middle of jumps- use new snow, add water, shovel, mix and repeat steps 2 and 3. This time the ramp is harder and icier and will last.

Step 5. Chop the landing hill daily so when you crash it doesn't hurt so much.

Step 6. Wait your turn. First speed checks (speed needs to be within 1-2 KPH (kilometers per hour) otherwise jump is too high or too low. Then when you know where to stand on the hill...

Step 7. Fly high, flip, and twist

Step 8. Land your jump and don't crash (landing is less common then the physio (physical therapist ) responsible would like.

Step 9. Feed back from Snowman your coach. (Ryan Snow- so naturally he goes by snowman)

Step 10. Get scored by the judges in the scaffolding structure- heated for their comfort. Also made a great place to film jumps in training if I do say so myself.

Step 11. Get your glamor shot. (GW)

Step 12. Get a little elbow grease from your PT because as an Aerialist you have chronic whiplash from the slapback landings.

Step 13. Wait prepared until you need to shovel snow into the landing hill to fill in gaps from crashes.

Step 14. Lose a tooth (Matt Depeters)

Step 15. Appreciate the view

(Lots of ice formations everywhere)

Step 16. Win

1 comment:

a s h o l i n a said...

This was great!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! Hopefully Matt can have a schnazzy new tooth put in :) Loves