Otto's Gnarly Snowboarder's Glossary
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Otto gives the readers tips on snowboarding lingo.
Otto begins by pointing to the title graphic and saying that "gnarly" means it "totally shreds". He then says that snowboarding is not just a sport, but also a lifestyle and a language as well as a way to slide down a hill. And if you don't understand the language, you could end up lost in more ways than one.
To illustrate his point, Otto cites the example of Dolph and Kearney snowboarding down a hill. Dolph spouts off a stream of snowboarder lingo: "Hey, dude! This tight hill has like a total bulletproof S-rail coming up. Better duckfoot that phat board, or you'll be doing a sick fakie hip!" Kearney, not understanding, says "Huh?" with a blank expression on his face. Just then, the hill ends in a cliff. Dolph makes a sharp turn at the last second and slides along the edge. Kearney, however, misses the turn and goes over the edge, screaming as he falls.
"Don't let this happen to you", Otto warns. "Here's what should've happened."
We see the same scene of Dolph and Kearney snowboarding down the hill. Dolph spouts off the same stream of snowboarder lingo as before. This time, Kearney smiles and says "Wicked!" At the bottom of the hill, however, events repeat themselves, as Dolph makes the turn while Kearney again misses it and goes over the cliff edge.
Otto, somewhat chagrined, admits that Kearney still ended up falling off the cliff. "But at least he understood what the other dude said!" Otto then says that the reader can also understand, by using "this handy snowboarder's translator", which is a table of snowboarder slang terms and their English translations: