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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-26-2013, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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I'm lucky enough not to have any serious injuries from snowboarding but I have had some bails that hurt like hell. When I first started doing rails I tried to 50-50 a long flat rail and took too much speed into it, about halfway down I slipped and landed directly on my hip on the rail. I then proceeded to roll down the rest of the rail at speed and rolled for a while more down the hard pack. My most recent is probably when I was going Mach 10 down a steep, icey groomer and didn't realize it flattened out extremely harshly at the bottom. My ass felt like it had smashed to pieces. Not to mention my ass is permanently sore from a roller disco incident from the past. Any falls that didn't cause serious injury but still hurt like they did?
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Eh, the faster you go on a rail the easier/safer/more stable you should be. I would blame technique for that fall, not the speed.

But to answer your question, I think everyone has had that moment where they've smashed themselves and were able to ride away to their own disbelief. Last season I went face first into a sheet of ice, swore my face was all trashed but it turned out to be nothing at all.
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I'm lucky enough not to have any serious injuries from snowboarding but I have had some bails that hurt like hell. When I first started doing rails I tried to 50-50 a long flat rail and took too much speed into it, about halfway down I slipped and landed directly on my hip on the rail. I then proceeded to roll down the rest of the rail at speed and rolled for a while more down the hard pack. My most recent is probably when I was going Mach 10 down a steep, icey groomer and didn't realize it flattened out extremely harshly at the bottom. My ass felt like it had smashed to pieces. Not to mention my ass is permanently sore from a roller disco incident from the past. Any falls that didn't cause serious injury but still hurt like they did?
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Yes had a couple that have ben amusing, including this one, where i came over a 12 foot drop, jumped out and got it wrong and ended up face 1st, cracked my Oakley Crowbar lens straight down the middle, was seeing red, not thinking straight i thought it was blood... Anyway, i hopped up the hill the other side, looked to see if there was blood, a little dazed i didn't even take the goggles off, and then promptly passed out for a couple of seconds... Came round with a bit of shock, and continued on my way, definitely had a concussion, but didn't know better back then, now i had an impact sensor so... Not that i would take much notice of it anyway... Haha


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Not often you get something like that on film. You can also see in the shadows where you lay your head down and don't move much. That must have been the stunned/knocked out part.

Didn't' look that bad from the video but obviously was worse than it looked

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I video everything, so have loads of falls like that... Haha

It was not like we had not been down there loads before, but with spring in the air, and the rocks showing it came as a surprise so i jumped the rocks and was totally out of shape straight down on my face...

Lesson learned and now my boards get loads of rock damage... Hehe

But it is all good, part of the learning curve, and no pain no gain, a lot more experienced now and more tree off piste riding and stuff, but i still fall when pushing, i am just too old for it now i think.. Haha

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Eh, the faster you go on a rail the easier/safer/more stable you should be. I would blame technique for that fall, not the speed.
I rarely do rails so you're probably right. that video looks like you landed directly on your face!
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Was riding Big Sky in Montana about 6 years ago. It was one of our last days there and we had gotten a dusting the night before.

We got to the top of the mountain around 9 AM and had a blast cruising through the soft stuff. My buddies took a looping route around this one section and I continued straight down this one side of the ridge and found this huge patch of (what I though was) untouched powder.

I took a few turns in it only to realize I was trying to carve through a massive section of skree, with sharp rocks the size of footballs which were sitting just underneath the snow. To escape, I banked on my heel edge and tried to straight line it to the side, which was probably the worst idea I could have had. I should have just stopped, unbuckled and walked out.

I ended up gaining too much speed, clipped a rock with my edge and tomahawked twice over these rocks. I should have broken my back, but luckily I was able to walk away, severely bruised along my lower-upper back. I managed to shuffle down to the traverse below this section where my buddies were waiting and we gently skated to the next lift where the liftie was able to call a snowmobile to take me down. I couldn't sleep or walk the right way for a couple weeks after that. It hurt a lot.
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March last season during our trip I followed a line off a cliff I never went off before. I ended up ripping the edges off of my board, cracked my helmet and my shoulder hasn't felt right since. That was my worst one last year, I got a different board out of the truck and kept riding.

I'm willing to bet the who guy the made the line off it had a bad time too. It was just a rocky deathtrap, There was no getting over that. It was a stupid moment...

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This is what I never understood about going out of bounds, you have minimal clue to what is ahead of you. As the video and stories have proven. I guess this is also the attraction and adrenaline rush of the sport as well.

Just not for me, call me a wuss but I still take a scouting run in our so called park to see what the features are like and the take off & landings look like.

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