HELLO, FRIENDS

Transworld Snowboarding - - CONTENTS - Taylor Boyd, Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor

It’s been about a year since Ja­son Robin­son and I be­gan a di­a­logue that will con­tinue well past me writ­ing this. Some of it is in this mag­a­zine, but most hasn’t been recorded. No one wants to read about two dudes’ re­spec­tive girl drama or their thoughts on whether a van or truck is the more ideal mo­bile liv­ing sce­nario. Our friend­ship isn’t re­liant on snow­board­ing—we spend lit­tle time talk­ing about lines or tricks, and there is min­i­mal dis­cus­sion of that na­ture in his in­ter­view be­gin­ning on page 74—but this com­mon in­ter­est is what ini­tially put us in the same place, at the same time. It’s been said over and over that this ac­tiv­ity brings peo­ple to­gether, and the cliché rings true with each ut­ter­ance.

Snow­board­ing is the foun­da­tion for friend­ships that grow deeper than this rather sur­face-level com­mon­al­ity. It is what first brought Eric and John Jackson to­gether with Cur­tis Ciszek and Darcy Bacha, be­fore their shared love of fly­fish­ing united them fur­ther. Fish­ing is what in­tro­duced the trio to Ge­off Mueller, who wrote a piece on Eric’s project this sea­son, Align­ment, start­ing on page 44. But it’s the con­ver­sa­tions about real life, cat­alyzed by a day on the river or in the back­coun­try, that form true con­nec­tions. Friends are in­spired by each other’s cre­ativ­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity. I hope to some higher power that those traits con­tinue to drive us as snow­board­ers—that de­sire to win a medal has not come to point of us­ing per­for­manceen­hanc­ing drugs in or­der to gain a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage over an­other. That goes against ev­ery­thing that makes snow­board­ing what it is, to me. There is a piece by Ed Leigh on page 56 that ex­plores this con­cept.

With­out snow­board­ing, would Jérôme Tanon have met Vic­tor Daviet, Thomas Delfino, or Seb Koni­j­nen­berg? Hard to say. Friend­ship is of­ten based on a shared in­ter­est, but it is more than that. It is time spent in in the moun­tains to­gether, on early-morn­ing treks and latenight drives—or in their case, on a boat in the Mediter­ranean— that de­vel­ops life­long bonds. You can read about their Cor­si­can sail­ing trip on page 64. Through my de­sire to learn more about the moun­tains and how to travel safely within them, I made a friend named Mike Bort­nowski, who you can learn more about on page 28. Mike has a unique per­spec­tive, as he is an openly gay snow­boarder in a cul­ture with no prom­i­nent male fig­ure that also iden­ti­fies as part of the LGBT com­mu­nity. Hope­fully his ex­pe­ri­ence opens up con­ver­sa­tions con­ducive to a more in­clu­sive cul­ture as snow­board­ers—one that is as ac­cept­ing as we like to be­lieve it is. Snow­board­ing is about unity, not alien­ation. It is about friend­ship.

The ex­pe­ri­ences these guys have had to­gether can make you love or hate some­one. Three ami­gos above hair­ball ter­rain, af­ter be­ing cooped up in tight quar­ters for grey days on end.

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