“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s been some kind of pain”
So said newly-anointed Nobel laureate Bob Dylan – and if snowboarding is indeed beautiful (as this outstanding documentary set out to discover) then we should expect it to walk hand-in-hand with a boatload of agony.
Some of it’s the metaphorical kind – like when the mountains get so much snow that you can’t actually get there – but for the most part it takes the form of bone-breaking, flesh-pummelling, blood-spilling slams. As with many things in life, it helps to know your enemy, so here’s a handy breakdown of snowboarding’s most common catastrophes.
Prevention is better than cure, so we’ve outlined how you can avoid getting in a sticky situation in the first place. Obviously it’s practice and experience that will help you the most, but knowing what to avoid ahead of time can’t hurt – certainly not as much as going full taco-tard on a downrail, anyway.
However, the slam eventually comes for us all, at which point you’ll need an escape plan. If you can see it coming – and ocassionally you will – we’ve explained what to focus on should your natural instincts for survival get caught napping.
Here’s a dozen of the most classic slams in snowboarding – and thankfully for all of us, none of them are as bad as this: