In the Autumn of 2010, we released the 116th issue of Onboard into the world of snowboarding. As (obviously) with all Onboard issues, it was a criminal offence that we didn’t get a literature prize for it, but we also ran an article called ‘Raising the Bar’ penned by resident lyrical waxer Tom Copsey. In one of the opening paragraphs Tom wrote “If there’s one kind of trick that’s emblemtic of the state of progressive snowboarding today, it’s the double cork.”
Almost 5 years later, and a lot has changed. The very nature of progression has….progressed, and now it’s the triple cork that serves as the figurehead trick of snowboarding.
Yuki Kadono joins the hallowed hall of riders that are responsible for wielding the pointy end of the progression stick. Whilst there’s an endless list of tricks that have one-upped the previous incarnation, there are few tricks that have the critical mass to stand the test of time, and really switch up the game.
We’ve rattled through our constantly deteriorating memories to come up with tricks that we think changed the trajectory of snowboarding, that we rewound until the VHS tape broke, and that influence snowboarding to this day. If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that in 5 years time, we’ll look back on this list and laugh at how irrelevant it will be.