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|Whether they're weaving baskets, slaving in the kitchen, climbing walls or banging out bike parts in the garage -- when pro snowboarders are off the snow and out of the sightline of cameras, they're almost always up to something ...|
As much as they seem like round-the-clock, on-command shred machines whose "daily grind" is living the good life, pros need pursuits beyond snowboarding to take their minds off their jobs sometimes. After all, they can't all be pow days, and even those pros sitting in the upper echelon of our sport like take breathers every once in a while.
Sometimes off-snow interests emerge as an upshot of injury. For others, it's the byproduct of down days -- shreds from Valdez to Vail spend a lot of time waiting for snow or weather conditions to improve while shooting for magazine stories or putting together film parts. Being sidelined often means hours of couch time where minutes pass like days and the Angry Birds app just doesn't kill the boredom.
But most often, it's just the simple fact that a large number of snowboarders are cut from the cloth of creativity and need more than one outlet to express this originality. Snowboarding might pay the bills but that doesn't stop them from pursuing other passions. Here, we take a closer look at the off-hill tinkerings of some riders who can't help but stay busy when they're not on the snow.Launch Gallery »