I admit that there will be some diversity, but if I’m your average pro snowboarder – like one of those on the previous pages in this glossy magazine – then I should know well the figures which follow:
Buckled way too hard into my bindings, I was looking out over a sizeable part of Switzerland often referred to as Rheintal. But a whole different aspect of my snowboarding life was on my mind. What I was thinking about was how much I missed a tool to sharpen my edges with: a file.
I went off the edge of the cliff in a small but unexpected slide of powdery snowy. There was only a minor degree of control involved from my side in what happened. Grasping for a deep breath of crisp, cold Italian mountain air, I could spot where I was going to land as soon as the cloud of snow around me cleared. It was some fifteen to twenty metres below – in a huge solid-rock surface…
We do our best to live up to our journalistic obligations at Onboard. One of them is that we on a regular basis write up lists of ‘stuff’. ‘Stuff’ in this case can be anything we think is of great interest to you. Any serious publication does this. For example: Time Magazine compiles an annual list of 100 People Who Shape Our World. National Geographic does a pretentious list of The World’s 50 Most Beautiful Islands, and Sports Illustrated will eventually do a 25 Most Stunning G-string Buns in Britain. Well it’s about time we update Onboard’s tri-annual list of ‘Things we'd see in snowboarding if the world had only been rational’!
Imagine, if you will, our planet as a great glass sphere full of chemicals. Underneath, there is a large Bunsen burner with a flame regulated by an attached thermostat. Over time, the sphere gradually heats up and cools down according to the control of the thermostat. As this occurs, the chemicals, chemical compositions, and chemical reactions change accordingly.
Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.