You probably saw the news over the weekend, local kid gets his board ganked from Pando Winter Sports Park and it was caught on the ski area’s security camera.
On our Facebook page, I commented that I have no sympathy for people who leave their boards unlocked and get them stolen, which I still don’t. Fortunately for this kid the snowboarding community aided by social media was able to ID and catch the thief, and his board has been returned. If your board ever gets stolen, you probably won’t be so lucky so it is better to protect your investment in advance.
Snowboard theft sucks for sure, but I am not going to sit there spend more time trying to help find the culprit than it would have taken for the victim to purchase a lock or take his setup to a ski check. Maybe I am harsh but this particular comment, even though I followed it up with what I thought to be a rational explanation for my comment, led to others calling me an ass and one gem of a rebuttal, “Leo, eat a bowl of dicks”.
Alright kiddos, here was my point and I’ll try to do without the theatrics this time:
You are investing your (or your parents’) hard-earned cash in a snowboard setup that probably cost upwards of $500. What part of your hopefully logical mind tells you that it is a good idea to leave this expensive setup unprotected and out of sight in a public, likely crowded, ski resort? I made an analogy stating that people wouldn’t leave a smartphone or even a 10 dollar bill lying around without expecting it to get stolen. Someone responded with the reasoning that it is easier to carry phones and money. That actually helps with my analogy because your snowboard and bindings are more valuable than your phone or 10 bucks.
How hard is it to buy a board lock? You invested hundreds already on your setup, what is another few bucks for a lock? There are a few like the Dakine Micro Lock starting around $12 or $13. Or take a few extra steps over to ski check? Securing your setup can be as easy as making sure you keep your phone and money in your pocket.
In no way am I trying to take the heat away from the douchebag that steals setups. Nobody should steal, I’m not arguing that. But the fact remains, people DO steal. Why not take a few extra steps to protect yourself against this very common type of theft? A rider that does not own a lock and did not ski check their setup, did not even attempt to protect themselves from an unfortunate (but known-in-advance) risk.
I hope you guys have read through this as my main goal is to stress the importance of protecting your investments, which a snowboard setup is for most of us.
There will not always be a camera around to catch the person stealing your gear. You will not always have help from the snowboarding community via social media to find the culprit and get your setup back. Knowing all of this, why in the world would you not buy a board lock or always ski check? There is no logic in that whatsoever. So maybe it is not a matter of asking for your setup to be stolen, but rather you are doing nothing to prevent the inevitable.
On a lighter note, we developed this recipe for the “bowl of dicks” which should be served warm, and with garnish of fresh cinnamon sticks.
- Start with viral internet video
- Mix in some controversial opinion
- Add haters, heat to a rapid boil.
- Remove from heat, chill for 45 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown
VOILA! You got yourself a nice hot BOWL OF DICKS!