ONE FOR THE ROAD

Transworld Snowboarding - - CONTENTS - ONE FOR THE ROAD // WORDS OWEN RINGWALL

Sat­u­ra­tion is the point at which no more can be ab­sorbed. At this bench­mark, you no longer feel it. Pur­suit of per­fec­tion re­tains fo­cus. You push through. Just one more drop. Soaked out­er­wear hangs heav­ily on your frame. Each step pro­pels wa­ter through your toes. A clench of the fist spawns streams down your wrist. Just one more drop. It might be rain­ing by this point, but you can’t tell, nor does it mat­ter. Clas­sic New Eng­land. To­day’s warmth and rain are mean­ing­less. Last week’s snow is nearly gone. If you don’t get it now, who knows when you will. Just one more drop. You land, but it wasn’t right. Try some­thing else. It’s def­i­nitely rain­ing now. Wiping wa­ter from your brow only fur­thers the prob­lem. Back to the first trick. Just one more drop. Time streams by like wa­ter across your board. Maybe it can’t be done. You were close though. Frus­tra­tion be­gins to over­take you, but the wet and the cold are held at bay. Just one more drop. Fo­cus and black­out are now the same. Au­topi­lot is on. You land and come to. As the wa­ter’s weight be­comes ap­par­ent, you know it was right. Ev­ery drop counts.

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