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The Science Behind a Triple Cork

Yeah we get it, triple corks are hard. If you needed reminding, let the folk at X Games break it down for you in over-dramatic voiceovers and fancy graphics.

To be fair, we can understand how the tricks involved in competitive snowboarding today would be pretty difficult for the layman to process. These days we can only just keep up with the number of spins these guys are hurling themselves through ourselves.

Still, if explaining that a triple cork requires 300 LB of force to pop, or involves spinning at 600 degrees per second is what it takes to help your regular accountant-type wrap their heads around how difficult these tricks are, surely it’s gone a little too far.

People say that snowboarding is on the decline, and somehow we don’t quite think that videos like this will be doing wonders to increase levels of participation.

We can’t speak for you guys, but we don’t particularly like the sound of experiencing an angular momentum that’s twice that of a figure skating spinning at full speed. We were lost when the guy started comparing ‘boarders’ to american footballs.

I guess what we’re trying to say in a ridiculously long-winded kind of way is that triple corks are difficult as shit to do, but they’re not really relatable or inspiring to people outside of the know.


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