Approaching the sport from a position of privilege, many snowboarders travel extensively – locally, nationally, internationally, and virtually—in pursuit of new terrain, fresh snow, and social interactions and cultural connections. According to the authors of Snowboarding the World, ‘Snowboarders are, by definition, travellers. Unless you’re lucky enough to live at the foot of a mountain, the typical snowboarding trip means planning an overseas journey’ (Barr et al., 2006, p. 3). A recent online survey of more than 2000 snowboard-ers from around the world showed approximately 43 percent of correspondents had snowboarded at least once in a foreign country (‘Poll results’, 2006). According to Transworld Snowboarding journalist Jennifer Sherowski (2004a), ‘when it comes to seeing the world, snowboarders are lucky’:
we don’t have to vacantly watch it pass by outside the tour-bus window or through the camcorder scope like most people. Nope, the emptiness of ‘tourism’ is not for us, because we belong to a planet-wide culture that makes journeying to the remotest places the equivalent of visiting a pack of friends for a day of slashing it. You shred a place, you live it, you know it – you don’t just buy the postcard at the airport. (p. 106, emphasis added)
- Related Travel
- Sport Industry
- Cultural Participant
- Transnational Mobility
- Corporeal Mobility
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