Will Radula-Scott experiencing a somewhat more literal pain. Photo: Dan Medhurst
There’s a certain British tradition of self-deprecating acceptance when it comes to winter sports, and particularly those that involve both cold weather and the mountains.
Even in the face of recent successes in snowboarding, it’s easy to feel that the path towards the often-unattainable level of riding we aim for is made unnecessarily hard by our circumstance – namely the fact that we rarely see snow, and when we do our choices for spots to ride are limited (with the exception of Scotland, we’re not exactly overflowing with vast mountain ranges over here).
“The path towards the often-unattainable level of riding we aim for is made unnecessarily hard by our circumstance”
But here’s where we meet another great British pastime – gritting our teeth and battling through it, even when it seems like we’re on the losing end of the fight…
These two streams of consciousness locking horns while simultaneously fighting with a third; the hope that somewhere out there, we might get a glimpse of the snowboarding we’ve seen on our screens; or – if we’re lucky – have already experienced.
No doubt, many of you can sympathise with the situation – there’s a certain commonality to living permanently on these Isles and sharing the same passion that we do.
So if you’ll excuse the listicle titling (hey, you clicked on it…) we thought we’d round up a few of the problems faced by the common UK shred-head. How many of these sound familiar to you?