Snowboarding was simpler in the 90s. Fewer people did it, the Internet hadn’t ruined it yet, and the popular consensus was to keep shit punk rock. Snowboarding was turning mainstream, and depending on who you asked, it was the beginning, or the end. For the riders who grew up in this magical decade and are still at it, there’s a bit of nostalgia floating around these days. Maybe because it hurt a lot less back then (getting old sucks) but mostly because that’s just kinda how things work. So, for you, my fellow 30+ board brethren, here’s 20 things that will remind you how old you are.
1. You’ve answered the question “How do you stop on those things?” on a chairlift.
Snowboarding was accepted, but far from mainstream in the 90s. Our parents still assumed it was a fad and you’d often encounter incredulous skiers asking absurd questions. Hell, Transworld even made a shirt with the answers.
2. You know TB stands for Totally Board.
While technically Fall Line Films was the first, the 90s were all about TB and Mack Dawg. Dawger was arguably more hip with younger riders, while the TB movies had lots of big mountain sections to fast forward through. But either way, you bought them both, every year.
3. You remember thinking it was insane when Jeff Brushie signed a 1.3 million dollar contract with Ride.
But still thought it was cooler when he rode for Burton. “Selling out” was kind of a big deal back then.
Brian Regis and Rahm Klampert. Pulled from the Yobeat photo archive.
4. You at one point wished you could ride the Killington half pipe (or you hiked it everyday – and night for the one season it had lights.)
See back then, the average halfpipes topped out at 12 feet and it was actually kinda fun. They were the 90s answer to the rainbow rail. Killington, in particular, had a solid scene of people who almost made it and the week before the Open everyone who was anyone would show up to “train.”
Photo: Sky Chalmers via ESPN
5. You remember when the US Open was a drunken mess, and people actually cared about it.
Oh, and there were no bag checks.
These suckers were guarantee not to break. Your ankles on the other hand…
6. You’ve ridden (or wanted) baseless bindings.
So much better board feel, dude.
8. Peter Line is kinda your hero.
Not only was he good at snowboarding, he had funny board graphics, and he was short enough to not be threatening.
9. You rode a stomp pad before it was ironic.
And if you were riding Clickers, it probably came in handy when they froze, broke, or otherwise failed you mid-run.
10. You had a Mack Dawg sticker pack, in its entirety, on the back window of your car.
It was a pain in the ass to scrape it off every September when the new one came out, but you had to keep that shit fresh, yo.
Told ya, Lifty guys.
11. You’ve been denied access to a chairlift for not having a leash.
So you ingeniously rigged up a shoelace from your boot to binding to trick the lifty. Why anyone thought run-away snowboards might be an issue, we’re still not sure.
12. You thought Shaun Palmer was kind of a bad ass.
Now you know he actually is.
13. You spent hours playing Cool Boarders 2.
But you never touched another snowboard game after Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater came out.
Jim Rippey, big air master. Photo: air-style.com
14. You remember when guys didn’t land 720s every time in contests.
And when they did, they won the contest.
Airwalk ad, circa 1996
15. You owned Airwalk Snowboard Boots
They were a big step up from your Sorels, but that’s not saying much.
Prom ad. Circa 1995
16. Every girl who you knew that rode was sponsored.
Both of them. And Tina Basich was their hero.
17. You either loved, or hated the Garden.
Nothing in between.
18. You can tell the difference between Ten Foot Pole, Pulley, No Use for a Name and Face to Face when you hear them.
Thanks to the music credits at the beginning of every part in videos, you had that shit down.
Sweet pants dude. No idea who this is, it was an ad for something though.
19. You used a studded belt to hold up your absurdly baggy pants.
And weren’t even a little bit ashamed.
20. You claim 93/94 was the best season ever.
Cause it was, duh.