Snowboarding vs. Skateboarding
by Justin Abell

     Two of the things that have had the greatest impact on my life have been skateboarding and snowboarding. Skateboarding was the first boardsport to come into my life and I must give it the most credit for molding me into the man I am today. Its not just the board or the tricks, but the whole attitude that comes with it. The adrenaline pumping through your body as you outrun some overweight police officer and the excitement of learning something new every day. The best thing, I think, skateboarding gave me was friendships, and although I’m not good friends with some of the people I used to skate with I have been able to build some wonderful friendships. Snowboarding has done a lot for me as well. I got into snowboarding after skateboarding and even though I hate to say it, it’s a lot more fun. I used to think that the two sports would be similar, but as the years went on I found out that this was not the case at all. The two sports differ in three major ways: Terrain, tricks, and pain.

     The terrain for skateboarding is pretty much wherever there is concrete. Snowbourding takes a mountain and lots of snow. Skateboarding is illegal in most spots which makes it difficult to stay in one space for a prolonged period of time. At least when you’re on a mountain the last thing that crosses your mind is picking up your board and running from the police. The biggest and most frustrating difference is that skateboarding can be done year round while snowboarding is a seasonal sport.

     The tricks involved in the two sports are the second biggest difference. On a skateboard your feet are free to move around and off the board. Being detached from the board enables one to do such tricks as the “kickflip” or the “shuvit”. The “kickflip” requires the individual to jump above the board as the board spins underneath them. The “shuvit” is done by jumping above the board, having it turn 180 degrees, and then landing on the board as if nothing happened. Snowboarding has an entirely different tactic for tricks. An individual is attached to the board, so jumping above the board is completely out of the question. Most of the tricks involve spins in which one turns 180, 360, or 540 degrees with the board. The tricks done in snowboarding also require a lot more height then those in skateboarding which is why I have taken such affection for the sport.

     The pain that comes with the two sports is somewhat similar. After all, a bruise is a bruise and a cut is a cut. Skateboarding is the sport in which one would suffer from gashes and bloody wounds. Snowboarding is mostly sprained wrists and really bad bruises. Take from me, falling on a solid sheet of ice hurts a lot more than any pavement. In the end I have chosen to stick with snowboarding because of its faster pace and the height one can get off a well made jump, but I will always have special place in my heart for skateboarding.

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