11 Signs Snowboarding Is Impossible

Why does it have to look so cool?! Admit it: You’ve all tried and failed at snowboarding. Unless you’re part of a very select few, in which case, the rest of us are very jealous. Brought to you by Verizon.

1. To snowboard, you pretty much have to forget everything you ever learned about moving from point A to point B.

The days of walking are over. Your legs are now strapped to a sheet of metal that you use to slide down a snow-covered cliff. Things just got real.

2. Sure, it looks easy, but it’s a lot more than just sliding yourself along the snow.

Becoming good at snowboarding takes years of practice and nerves of steel.

3. Like, who voluntarily hurls themselves down a steep slope with zero regard for life and limb?

The fastest speed clocked on a snowboard is currently 125 mph. Short of a plane, most of us will never move that fast. Ever.

4. Ever wonder why snowboarders wear helmets? Yeah. There’s probably a good reason for it.

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Because snowboarding isn’t for the faint of heart, that’s why.

5. Did you take gymnastics when you were younger? Remember how hard that was?!

Now imagine doing somersaults with your legs strapped in place all the while moving at insane speeds.

6. And remember what a disaster it was when you tried to ride a skateboard for the first time back in middle school?

Now multiply that times 100. It’s like skateboarding but so much harder.

7. Quick, see how long you can balance on your left leg. Pretty tough, huh?

To snowboard, your sense of balance has to be on point. Or else.

8. You should also probably be cool with very. Sudden. Stops.

Slamming on the brakes at full speed is pretty standard in the life of a snowboarder.

9. You’re not allowed to have any fear of heights whatsoever.

You must want to go higher.

10. Street skills in other sports aren’t quite the same as street skills in snowboarding…

…i.e. It’s a lot more difficult.

11. Yeah. Snowboarding is pretty much impossible. Props to those brave souls who actually enjoy this.

Pound it.

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