Ben Howells is a film-maker and photographer who cut his teeth with snowboarding, but also dabbles in the worlds of mountain biking and wakeboarding. Having collaborated with us a few times over the years, he got in touch last year when we shared a classic Pingu article entitled ‘How To Survive The Summer’.
Whilst the piece did come out in favour of summertime drag lifts, the implication was that wakeboarding is a shameful act, to be done far from the public gaze in kooky wetsuit/boardies get-ups. It clearly touched a nerve, and he was in touch straight away with a riposte. Twelve months later and it’s finally fit for digital publishing!
All the photos are by Ben, and if you need further proof of his and wakeboarding’s chops then be sure to check out his forthcoming film Ice Cream 1.5, premiering on the 14th July.
So recently I read Whitelines’ stuff to do in the summer article and had a ‘mild’ disagreement with the ragamuffins (aka. writers) regarding snowboarding’s warm weather cousin. No, not surfing, the other one… Instead of being told to go shove a gherkin in an uncomfortable place, I got offered to set the record straight in words. So remember kids, be a dick, get what you want! Anyway, let’s begin…
Wakeboarding – that weird watery version of snowboarding, done by tossers who wear boardshorts on the outside of their wetsuits. Between sessions they prance around on a fancy boat bought with Daddy’s money (pretty rich coming from snowboarders, but more on that later) and when they crash it’s just water, so it doesn’t even hurt. Right?