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Last week, Seb Toutant landed a backside triple cork 1440 during the first two hours of Red Bull's private Squaw Valley park training session. You may have heard this news.
What you probably didn't hear is that he then went on to attempt a frontside triple cork 1260. And why wouldn't he? A frontside double cork is only one of the hardest double cork variations you can do. (You may remember how stoked Shaun White was to pull a frontside double cork 1080 at Winter X?) Why wouldn't he try to make it a triple?
Now if you're like me, you hear news like this, go out into the world that is made up of people who do not live and breathe snowboarding and try to repeat it, and those people look at you sideways. "Triple cork, what?" they say. "You know, it's like you're speaking Martian. What's a cork? What's a triple? Why should I care?"
Or maybe you are one of those people, and you find yourself confused by all this trick reporting. It's okay. So are most of us. To be honest, a lot of these tricks don't make sense to anyone but those in the very small handful of people who can do them.
Triple corks are kind of like this: Yes, I understand that that rocket ship over there will take a person to the moon, but that doesn't mean I understand the physics behind it. I certainly couldn't build my own rocket ship. But, man is it cool watching it take off.
Thankfully there are Phantom cameras to slow footage down, so we can watch videos like this one 100 times, and at the end of it all kind of get what's going on.
Remember, the spring kicker session season isn't over yet. Mark McMorris, the snowboarder who did the very first backside triple cork 1440, has been out with a hairline fracture on his arm, but will be back on his board in a couple weeks. Meanwhile, over in Europe, Swiss up-and-comer Pat Burgener just pulled the 1440 triple cork switch, and who knows what Torstein Horgmo's up to.
At this point, is it even possible to watch this video without wondering what's coming next?