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Last Run

I’m a sixteen year old who’s been snowboarding for three years. I live in the small town of Manitoba, Canada. On New Year’s Eve my buddy and I were snowboarding at our local pipe, Assessippi. We were boarding for six hours when I decided to call it quits after one last run. I went up to hit a jump hoping to pull a stalefish. but caught an edge and went sailing into the air. I came down on an ice block and felt a sharp pain in my left arm.

Ski patrol took me down the mountain, and I went to the doctor. It turns out I snapped my humerus bone and damaged some nerves. The doctor said if I didn’t have surgery I’d lose all use and feeling in my right arm. I had surgery, and now I have a seven and a half-inch scar in my left arm, with a plate and five screws. I was out for eleven weeks and basically lost a whole season of boarding. I’m back this year and riding better than before. Hurting yourself sucks, but I didn’t lose faith, and I read your magazine every month to make sure I didn’t miss out on any sweet snowboard action. Thanks for having such a stellar magazine devoted to all of us!

Chad Carriere

Roblin, Manitoba, Canada

P.S. Peter Line and Jeremy Jones are amazing!

Chad, rookie maneuver. If one of my boys called last run, I’d be out, period. I’d unstrap and walk down the stupid hill if it came to that. Last run’s a death sentence, Chad. You broke the cardinal rule: never call last run. On the upside, chicks dig scars–they’re cool, and you’re all tough-looking now. Think of the mileage you can milk out of your “war story.” Always wear short sleeves, and collect the ladies’ digits.–Cody.

No Poetry

“Chant Down the Mountain” by Michael T. Finnestead

From the summit I plummet, no way to be higher,

Gliding, sliding, setting my line afire.

My red’s a rushing, my edge’s cutting a silver white dusty dance,

And not a sliver of this I’d leave to chance.

For my center knows just how to tweak it,

For the temple shows gravity’s a secret.

Tying the weave of the fall and the fly,

Riding the wave of the snow and the sky.

With my feet bound to board,

My will’s released to roam the world.

Like an Arctic dragonfly in dream,

Like a shadow silhouetting a winter’s sunbeam.

Et cetera.

Kids, I’m grumpy enough as it is–don’t test me. I encourage each and every one of you to express your emotions, but when it comes to poetry, please send letters elsewhere.–Cody

Family

I have been snowboarding for about three years. It was introduced to me by a friend. My dad has never really been a super happy person; it seems as if he always gets the short end of the stick. Why? I don’t know. Until this fall he has never had a really close person to him except for me. Then it happened: He met a young, beautiful girl. She has made him more happy than anyone I have ever seen, which is great. That’s only half the story, though.

Early this winter his wonderful new girlfriend asked him if he’d like to try snowboarding, and he agreed. From what I hear, he bit it time after time. When he got home from the slopes, he called me and told me what he had done. I laughed. I shouldn’t have–now he’s as good a freerider as me. Now my dad and I are very close and we enjoy snowboarding together. I would just like to thank the sport of snowboarding and especlly Tanya.

Nate

Via e-mail

Nate, much props to your pops for bagging a little hottie. It’s cool snowboarding gave you and the old man a common interest. I used to watch movies with my dad each Sunday. It was lame, so one Sunday we went skiing together. We crashed into each other, and his leg broke in three places. I was guilt-ridden and hardly visited him on Sundays anymore. He felt deserted, our relationship suffered, and he’s now divorced.–Cody

Quattro

Dear TransWorld SNOWboarding,

I’m a seventeen-year-old snowboarder, and I’ve been boarding for about three years now. Recently my friends and I went up to Mt. Snow, Vermont for a week. On the drive up, it started to snow like crazy! We couldn’t even see the road! All I could think was fresh powder to carve at Mt. Snow. I fell asleep, and when I woke up I was in the emergency room at a hospital in Vermont. It turns out that we’d hit some ice and swerved into the guardrail. My leg had been broken in the accident. We drove home, and I spent the rest of the winter on my couch with your magazine in front of my face. I can’t wait until next year when we go up to Mt. Snow again. Maybe this time I’ll get a chance to ride!

Doug Burgess

Chelmsford, Massachusetts

I’ve had some bad road trips, but yours takes the cake, Doug. Never ever leave the house again. Seriously, do yourself a favor and get an Audi Quattro or Subaru AWD. Check out Ali’s Audi in the Dumped and Kitted¿ column.–Cody

Making It Pro

Hi! My name is Sarah Porter, and I live near Tahoe, California. I am only fourteen but I’m dying to get better at snowboarding and hopefully go pro one day.

I just got back from Mount Hood Snowboard Camp for their spring session, and I’ve never had more fun in my life. I improved my skills a lot, and I’m hoping to go back this summer. What do I need to do, other than get really good, to go pro? The chances of me being a pro aren’t so good, so what other jobs would be a lot easier to get into? Since I am pretty young, I still have time, and hopefully I can make it into college on a snowboard scholarship. What are some good schools I could try to get into on a scholarship? I would really appreciate your advice. Thank you so much!

Sarah Porter

Shingle Springs, California

Snowboard scholarships? Hit me off when you find one of those, girl–I believe there’s no such thing. If there is, I’m quitting immediately and we can be study partners. My advice–stay in school and snowboard. Living near Tahoe you have many options including Lake Tahoe Community College. Being pro is great, but it’s a temporary occupation, Sarah. Pros like Dionne Delesalle have had solid snowboard careers while attending college. If you axe school, you can be a penniless intern or get a job in a Tahoe snowboard shop for a couple-hundred a week at best.

Lockdown

I’ve been riding for about eight years and skating since I was about seven years old. I love to ride and ride to live. My favorite place to ride is Loveland Pass or most backcountry. My favorite resort is Breckenridge or A-Basin–I love it so much I’d give my left nut. To make a long story short I got thrown in jail on some B.S. It’s all lies. Anyway, last year was my first year buying all new gear. I bought a Palmer honeycomb Hyperlight with Ride bindings and a five-mountain pass. It was to be my first year riding at Vail and Beavercreek. My family had to sell it all so they could make rent and bills. It’s cool– I cried, but hey, life goes on.

My uncle has been sending me your mags every month knowing I’ve been a fan of TransWorld for many years, and I tell you what: it makes my whole month. I love reading all the kick-ass articles and interviews. I love checking out all the latest gear, and the photos make me cream. It’s as if I was right there with my favorite riders like Devun Walsh, Peter Line, and Todd (the god) Richards. Man, I really love the mag and the way it keeps me full of life even though The Man has me locked down. No worries, though, it helps me plan for next season. Please keep up the good work and know that DENCO loves you, man.

Mike

Golden, Colorado

P.S. If any betties want to know my measurements, they are 185 lbs, 6’2″ and size eleven (that’s not just my shoe size, so hook me up with a pen pal like Tina Basich or Tara Dakides).

Photos of snowboarding make you “cream”? No pen pals for you, my friend–I can only imagine what you’d write them. Mike, you’ve been in jail too long.–Cody

Letters (which may be edited for clarity and space, or passed on to The Angry Interns¿) should be sent in marked: Letters to the Editor, TransWorld SNOWboarding: 353 Airport Road, Oceanside, CA 92054; by FAX: (760) 722-0653; by electronic mail:

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month. I love reading all the kick-ass articles and interviews. I love checking out all the latest gear, and the photos make me cream. It’s as if I was right there with my favorite riders like Devun Walsh, Peter Line, and Todd (the god) Richards. Man, I really love the mag and the way it keeps me full of life even though The Man has me locked down. No worries, though, it helps me plan for next season. Please keep up the good work and know that DENCO loves you, man.

Mike

Golden, Colorado

P.S. If any betties want to know my measurements, they are 185 lbs, 6’2″ and size eleven (that’s not just my shoe size, so hook me up with a pen pal like Tina Basich or Tara Dakides).

Photos of snowboarding make you “cream”? No pen pals for you, my friend–I can only imagine what you’d write them. Mike, you’ve been in jail too long.–Cody

Letters (which may be edited for clarity and space, or passed on to The Angry Interns¿) should be sent in marked: Letters to the Editor, TransWorld SNOWboarding: 353 Airport Road, Oceanside, CA 92054; by FAX: (760) 722-0653; by electronic mail:

snowletters@twsnet.com