saw racing takes a lot to get good at, i have been practicing for over a year now and im edging my place up. my nerves still get the best of me infront of a crowd. anybody that saw my cut-out at Sequim can see that pretty easily. if i would have thought to point out the knot i tried to avoid to the judges and cut on the other side of it i would have had a paying 3rd place finish.. but my nerves said "they want small cookies! just make the cut!" and that cost me. Rotax Robert and others were very helpful with pointers after the race. all the saw racers i have gone against have been amazingly supportive and good people. it takes a LOT of tactic, good equipment, frame of mind. picking a cut is alot like picking your line on the nascar track.. bad line will cost you! good line just could win you that race.