Nothing Personal Personality has always come naturally to snowboarding-whether that’s good or bad.It’s the one thing we never really had to work at. But as our humble winter diversion grows and evolves,it’s also kind of homogenizing, the fringes being either absorbed or swept into the tiny corners of thesport, out of sight-where they won’t rock the boat of mass appeal. We’ve come to view snowboardingas more or less a single thing, what we were told it was, what we were sold in the stores and on themagazine covers. In a way, we all got an unsolicited military buzz cut … “Ouch! Dammit.”
A scuffle breaks out in the chair next to you. The barber’s been cut, his clippers dangle in one hand, while theother clutches a bloodied ear. Out the door, hair-free smock in tow, the culprit flees unscathed. He isonly one in every 150 or so of us-the one who sees things differently, the one who will not bow underthe weight of conformity. In snowboarding, he is the Alpine rider, the Alpinpunk, a healthy belly flop inthe pool of normality. Alpine is something few of us can relate to, for whatever reason. It might appeartoo conservative, it may seem too much like skiing, it is entirely too difficult to ever be popular. But, forwhat it is not, Alpine is one of the purest expressions of snowboarding, riding for no reward other than afeeling. Its motives are unquestionable.
We try to represent the sport, the meaning, and the lifestyle ofsnowboarding as honestly as we can through Snowboard Life: in its everyday garb, with makeup, andalso, with morning breath. Alpine riding is a part of that, as are all the other backstreet takes on riding.Snowboarding will evolve, we don’t have any say in it, and we won’t be unique just for beingsnowboarders anymore. But, how it evolves will always be up to us, by how we interpretsnowboarding, and how we derive happiness from it. In the search for that, we are all thesame-different. See ya out there, Kurt Hoy Contributing Editor