Snowboarding. So easy, a girl can do it? Desiree Melancon. Robbie Sell photo.
In a debate started long ago, probably by the same people who still bicker over skiing vs. snowboarding, it’s been said snowboarding is easy. Let’s examine the facts: It’s done by girls, small children and even the occasional fatty. But is snowboarding really that idiot proof? Yobeat asked people from all sides of the sport to find out.
Ideas inside the Holden workplace were as varied as possible. Holden’s go-to business man PartyTime Nate said snowboarding is easy because, “Cause it’s a sport made up by homosexuals that could not skateboard. They thought, ‘Hey, let’s strap this fucker on just like you strap on your dildo.’ Then bam, snowboarding was invented.” His boss, Mikey LeBlanc, had a much different opinion though. “It ain’t, anyone who says that is DONE progressing.” This leaves the industry dude opinion tied 1:1, so we contacted Ashbury business man Lance Hakker, “I think it’s just as hard to get on top of snowboarding as it is to get to the top of skateboarding. But it is definitely easier to get good enough to enjoy yourself on a snowboard. It’s relative, everything is relative, except rollerblading.” Lance continued, “I’ve seen frat boys do 360 flips.”
Videograss guru Justin Meyer spends far too many hours starring at snowboarding, so his opinion matters more than most. We asked Justin if he feels the moves that make you pro were easy, or is glad to be on his side of the camera? “Usually the later of the two, unless it’s something I could do myself. But I only filmed with Desiree about 10 times this year.” Justin later admitted that Desiree Melancon is actually a better snowboarder than he is.
Photographer Robbie Sell’s past experience as a pro rider means he might actually know if snowboarding is easy or hard. “Who cares,” he said, “I’m going to make a comeback, cameras are expensive these days.” We interpret that as Robbie admitting snowboarding is so easy that he can come and go as he pleases.
Finally, we asked a group of guys who get paid to snowboard. Nitro Rider Will Tuddenham and Capita’s Cale Zima agreed that because your feet are strapped in it is an easy activity. However, Will added, “…I still seem to suck at it.” Desiree Melancon, Jed Anderson, and Ben Bilocq shared a similar reaction to the question. It isn’t that snowboarding is easy or hard, it’s just how you experience it. Jed said it’s hard when you are hard on yourself, when you are having a lousy day, or if you avoid learning the basics of snowboarding. Likewise Ben said you decide how difficult snowboarding is. Will you be happy just cruising forever, or do you seek the gold? Desiree really brought everything together though. “It’s not easy for me, but some people do, like, double corks and shit. It must be easy for them.” So there you have it folks, some people can do double corks, some people put their boots on backwards.
Verdict: Snowboarding, like anything else, isn’t easy. Those who feel it is are just better at life than the rest of us.