Fun, Fun, Fun
Somewhere along the way, fun became a commodity. Like an oversized “Relax” or “Wham UK!” T-shirt you’re probably too young to remember, fun is a billboard, and an agency man somewhere is being patted on the back for tapping the source. “It’s brilliant!”
When you strip snowboarding down to its parts-a weightless feeling in your gut, the cold blast of a face shot, and endorphin anarchy-the bones of it really is fun. Snowboarders know that, and they know when they see it.
No professional snowboarder is a better example of this than TransWorld’s 2005 Rider Of The Year. While “riding for myself” and “having fun with my friends” are cliches worn thin by tired pros and also-rans, Chad Otterstrom is all action-he does what others only talk about.
Chad is a veteran, well versed in every type of riding. He came up via teams like Forum and M3 when these teams were the best in snowboarding. Rare talent and experience have garnered Chad perspective and landed him at the controls of his career.
Of course, I didn’t get to vote, but if I had to guess, I’d say that Chad didn’t win Rider Of The Year for his video part. He also didn’t win it for his contest success or because of any specific event during the season. He has all of these things to be proud of, but to me Chad is the best snowboarder of 2005 because he represents what snowboarding should be, and he clearly has the most fun doing it.
In South Korea, Contributing Editor Chris Coyle found a whole legion of riders who don’t know snowboarding any other way. Snowboarding is fun, and you can be sure Korean kids don’t have to go around reminding each other of it. That story is on page 140.
Fun, of course, is relative-or in the eye of the beholder or something. Because in my book, fun and scared shitless are not the same thing. The fluted and exposed faces of AK Lines (which starts on page 158) would be defined by some very different words if I were the one about to drop in.
We all do things in our own way; so if telling the world how fun it is to snowboard actually makes it more fun for you, scream it out. That’s cool. As for me, I’ll probably just get back on the chairlift for another run.
Editor In Chief