Craig Kelly really was the pioneer of modern snowboarding. He took the sport from its humble skateboard beginnings and dragged it into a more professional and disciplined art form.
Everything he did when on a snowboard had a purpose. Normally that purpose was to simply have some fun.
The film Let it Ride is a story about Craigs life and influence on the sport of snowboarding. If you haven’t seen it yet it really is a great movie and will teach you a lot about the history of the sport and how it has developed over the years.
Below is a quote from the film when Craig is talking about how he views snowboarding and the mountains. I think you will agree this is a pretty pure and beautiful way to look at what we love to do.
When I look down a run and it’s got some banks and jumps, I can just picture myself rolling a basketball down the hill.
Maybe even having a little spin on it as it starts, and it start corkscrewing down the hill and working its’s way…
..and if hits a jump, and it’s got a natural tendency to spin, then that’s a good place to spin.
I like thinking in terms of a ball doing a smooth line down a hill I think.
Next time you are sat at the top of a run throw on your favourite tune and try and remember these words from one of the founders of our sport. I’m sure you’ll have a pretty cool experience. Maybe even the line of your life.
have you got a way of looking at snowboarding and the mountains. If so drop us a line throught the Contact us page.. Is always good to hear how different people view the sport we love.