Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A few weeks ago I reviewed two self-published books, one was great, the other incredibly dull, but as I mentioned I had planned to review three. This week we deal with that third book - Rants From The Mountain by Allan Saro. It's pitched as being a mix of advice for beginner snowboarders/skiers, a behind-the-scenes look at lift operations and the story of Allan Saro's season. That's what was promised, but what was delivered was something entirely different...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In 1991, Brett "Cowboy" Kobernik was the first person to saw a snowboard in half, thus inventing the splitboard. Over the following two decades splitboarding slowly become more popular as it moved from the realms of solitary bearded blokes hacking apart snowboards in garages, to being shiny products anyone can buy in shops. The last few years in particular have seen a noticeable surge in the number of splitboards being produced by a whole raft of manufacturers, but we couldn't help noticing that the unique development of splitboarding has left a slightly odd legacy...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Last week we went snowboarding in Mayrhofen and while we were there we noticed a few strange things...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The rise of the internet has transformed publishing in the same way that it transformed the music industry. If you fancy becoming a writer these days, you're no longer at the mercy of a few big publishing companies and there's now a raft of ways that you can foist your book upon the world. Just like music too, some of this newly available product is great, but some most of it is absolute crap. We decided to delve into the world of self-published snowboard books by reviewing three of them. Here's what we found...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

So that's the five-ringed circus over for another four years. One of the unexpected highlights for us was the poetic musings Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood when they were let lose on the BBC coverage. To tide you over until it all starts again in Pyeongchang 2018, we've created some cut-out-and-keep memorabilia so you can relive their words of wisdom any time you like...

Monday, February 17, 2014

Yet again, during and after an important snowboarding competition, one of the main things everyone was talking about was the judging. Questioning the judging of a sport isn't a topic unique to snowboarding, but the level and consistency of it is. When we should be talking about the snowboarding itself, we're forced to spend time trying to figure out what's going through the minds of a group of anonymous guys sitting in a little temporary hut. But the problem isn't the judges themselves, the problem is the judging system - The current system is fundamentally flawed and it needs to change...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sometimes it's not who you know, it's who you don't want to know...

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Just like our friends at the NSA, the team at Illicit Snowboarding have been tracking and spying on all the world's conversations. Here's the scoop of what we've found people have been talking about at the Sochi Olympics up to this point...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I thought I'd have a look around the snowboarder profiles on the Sochi Olympics site and two things struck me; firstly, the website was full of interesting glitches which made this process very tricky (but that seems to be a standard for this Olympics), and secondly, why do all the snowboarders look so damn grumpy?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

This week we scoured the depths if Imgur to find their best snowboarding posts. Imgur is the photo sharing site beloved of Redditors and the great thing about it is that the photos come with their own comments, so our caption writer was able to take the week off...
 
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