The Snowboard Pro You Don’t See

Today I was reading an article about a friend of mine, Geoff Brown. He’s a pro shredder based in Whistler and he kills it.

You may have seen one of his many video parts in the yearly Sandbox films and maybe even seen him throw a nice double cork in the last free Voleurz film – Kill Your Boredom.

However, what you don’t see is the time and effort and determination put into those video parts. You don’t see the bails, the ice baths, and the lower back pain that goes with getting that 1-2 min video edit.

The missing story

When we watch sleek video edits of stomped tricks that most people will never land, it’s easy to start assuming that most pros have every trick on lockdown.

However the reality is they put their body in the line every year to make a killer video part that includes that mandatory new trick that everyone is doing. It’s not always easy.

The article I read goes over the backstory of one of the Sandbox crew’s film shoots. They had a $2k per hour helicopter, a huge custom built 80 foot jump in Whistler and a sunset in the background. The ideal setting for an epic film shoot.

So what does my friend Geoff do? He proceeds to huck his body over and over and over trying to get a backside double cork 12 on film.

He tried the double cork at least 20 times and had some hard falls but just kept going.

Trust me, as someone who’s been working on sticking a double cork 10… learning those double cork tricks can be rough on your body. They’re not the type of trick you usually try more than a few times in a day, especially if you have a hard bail.

I can only imagine the pressure and physical toll on your body of attempting a double cork 20+ times on a jump like that.

And take a toll it did:

There was a point near the end of the sunset when I was standing at the top of the in-run, alone, shaking as much from being exhausted as I was from feeling tired and stressed. I saw the sun setting behind the mountains and I knew I would only get a few more tries.

And after all of that you suppose he finally landed his trick and his hard work and determination would be seen in a 5 second clip of him stomping a backside double cork 12 right? Nope.

He never managed to stick the double cork 12 that day. He put his body on the line, worked harder than anyone else and did his best to get the trick on camera… and failed.

The thing is… this isn’t uncommon for the average pro snowboarder. This happens every day. Sometimes they do land that epic trick first try, but there are just as many missed attempts and failures that you don’t see.

There are many times when they put everything they have into trying to get that one trick and fail. Then they suck it up and do it all over again the next shoot until they eventually land enough ‘bangers’ to put into their 2 min segment.

Geoff knows this and that’s why he’s going to go out there to the next shoot and try more big tricks and put in the same hard work and determination over and over and over. Eventually he knows he’ll get his payday.

The bottom line

The point I’m trying to make is even pros struggle and they work their butt off to learn those epic tricks and land them on film.

If you think you’re alone in struggling to learn that new trick or having a rough time landing that 360, you’re not alone. Every pro shares your pain and understands what you’re going through.

But you know what? Sometimes if you keep trying and keeping working your butt off, it pays off and you finally get that trick locked down and boy is it an amazing feeling.

Most people may not see the work and effort you had to put in when you’re finally able to stomp that smooth 360, but some riders will know. They know what you’ve been through and they respect the effort it took to get there.

So don’t quit and don’t give up when you struggle with that new trick. Everyone struggles at times and everyone has those rough days when you can’t quite get that trick nailed down, even the pros.

However there’s a payday down the line, even if you don’t get it that first day or the next day or the day after that, it’s about sticking it out and working on it until you get it right and when you do, it’s one of the best feelings in snowboarding.

– Jed

ps – If you have 5 minutes, I highly recommend checking out the full article on my friend Geoff Brown: Geoff Brown Is A Bullfighter

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  1. Great read and so true. It’s like when we film Parks and Wreck sure it’s just a 3 to 5 minute webisode series of park riding but those guys will put it on the line to get stuff. I’ve got so much unused footage of dudes trying the same stuff over and over eating shit and not getting the shot. I think I have some footage of two of the guys going triple cork by accident and eating shit. Anyone that says that’s it to a 2 minute full video part has no clue how much work they’ve put in.

    I commend any rider that does work to make parts happen. Geoff is an exceptionally talented guy and I like watching him shred.

    • Yeah, those guys who manage to get out video parts every year definitely deserve a lot of credit for the insane effort it takes it actually get those short segments.

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