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Old 03-06-2014, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is probably going to be a very unpopular opinion, but i am open to changing my mind, if someone can school me on this...



So many videos these days (especially park/trick videos) are all about rails/boardslides. And i see new boarders coming along and saying "I am comfortable on rails/boxes but need help with linking my toeside turns", as if the first thing they did after learning to leaf, was to start practicing railslides...

But why is it so popular?

For bombers and carving fans i see the attraction. Speed, G-forces, it feels great. Same for BC and powder hounds - floating sensation cant be beat. For me its jumps; flying through the air is an incredible rush, especially since i am actually fairly scared of heights. But what is it about rails that everybody is getting stoked on?

towards the end of last season, and this season, i have been trying to get into them, stomped some boardslides and 50-50s. Landed on my ass a lot, and made me realized that they are a lot more difficult than they look. But is that it? Is it because they are not easy to do? The ones where i didnt fall, gave me a slight rush of cheating death (or lost teeth), but there was no great type feel. Is that something that comes with the more difficult rails/kink style stuff?

So for rail and jib junkies, can you please help me understand the thrill of what you do?
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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and all the rail junkies bitch about all the powder shots

I think most films are a decent mix of everything and there's films that focus more on one or the other. There's enough out there that everyone should be able to get their fix.
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Have you ever ridden a skateboard at a skatepark? Board slide a rail or grind the coping of a big half pipe? It's the skateboard element of snowboarding. Riding features is fun for many.

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Old 03-06-2014, 10:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ridinbend, i used to skate a bit. Did some rails back then too, but again i liked gaps and stairs etc more.

Do you mean that the rail fans are mainly skaters crossing over to Snowboarding?
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linvillegeorge - i am not so much complaining, as much as i'd just like to be able to understand. Feels like i am missing out on some awesome aspect to snowboarding by not 'getting it'
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When it is cold and there is not much to do then you hit the park and rails.

What else are the kids supposed to do in the winter time when there is no powder and they are underage???

Freeride gets boring when it a bump on the ground. Thats where the tricks go into play.
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Getting a fresh dump of snow, going out and finding a crazy rail, building a jump, getting the generator and lights up and hitting the rail that you "made" is one of the best feelings to me.
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ICary, thanks for that. Sort of like BC guys hiking out to find an untouched line huh? I can see that would be cool to have sort of 'ownership' over that rail.

FWIW, i think that people doing rails look stylish as hell. My DT background is of some crazy long tailpress down a stadium hand rail or something like that (thanks Onboardmag!). It also changes to some shots of people jumping off 2 story high buildings though
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Yeah I don't see the fun in them. Though I was never a skater... I'd much rather hit a kicker.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:48 AM   #10 (permalink)
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And i see new boarders coming along and saying "I am comfortable on rails/boxes but need help with linking my toeside turns", as if the first thing they did after learning to leaf, was to start practicing railslides...
claiming on the Internet is one thing, but I doubt anyone serious enough to be dope hitting the rails & boxes has trouble with the most basic aspects of snowboarding. It just don't work like that. What you'll find is beginner kids attempting and failing but there won't be any consistency. There's a hierarchy in skills one needs to advance to other things especially freestyle, every now and then someone's raw athletic ability & prowess will allow them to skip a step but it never really translates well in any further progression.
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