Rad [rad] adjective Used to describe tricks with high levels of difficulty or a unique creative element. Cool. Memorable.
Rail [reyl] noun A man-made bar, board, or plank of metal or wood used to steady pedestrians as they ascend and descend stairs or ramps. Snowboarders ride these features as a test of skill. Non-utilitarian facsimiles can be found in most terrain parks.
Random Drug Test [Rahn-duhm Druhg Tesst] noun: Everyone knows that the best way to pass a random drug test is to avoid random drugs, so one must be very specific about the drugs they take. For example, don’t just take whatever Luke Mitrani hands you. Ever since famed Canadian racer Ross Rebagliati turned the Nagano Games into a five-leaf circus, professional snowboarders have been suspected of getting high, and we’re not talking about what they do above the lip of the pipe. Anti-doping agents are in place at most major contests, performing random drug tests on all top competitors and looking for everything from “the juice” to jenkum.
Ratchet [rach-it] noun The tool on a binding strap that enables it to be tightened and conform to a rider’s boot.
Rear Entry [Reer Ehn-tree] noun: The ski industry’s attempt at using irony in product names. By calling ski boots “rear entry”, manufacturers were admitting that everything about ski boots, from putting them on to walking in them across parking lots, was literally a pain in the ass.
Rebate [Ree-baat] adj: A do-over allowed after a botched attempt at a trick. A rebate allows you to retry the same move when you are in the zone. “I know it’s your turn, man, but can I get a rebate? I gotta land this.” Mind you, rebates are only granted when said shredder is relatively close to riding away. On a side note, certain halfpipe contests allow a rider a rerun or “rebate” if they fall on the flatbottom before performing their first air.
Redirect [Re-duh-rekt] verb: Any maneuver in which the traditional trajectory of a boarder is altered. An example would be jumping over a gap and landing into a wallride that sends one back the way they came.
Revert [ree-vert] verb To quickly reverse the direction a person’s board is facing. Often a mistake or a poor attempt to get points from unenlightened judges.
Rewind [Ree-wihnd] adj: Any reversal of rotation mid-spin, either from frontside to backside or vice-versa. Often confused with mid-spin shift- ies, rewinds are far more elusive. The term “rewind” was coined by Signal Snowboards founder Dave Lee in 1993 after he successfully executed a frontside 180 to switch frontside 180 mid-air, landing for- ward again. Modern rewinds can be seen in advanced jib tricks and Pat Moore’s McTwist rewind re-entries during the 2007 Arctic Challenge.
Rhythm Section [Rih-thum Sex-shun] noun: Sadly enough, this park feature’s name and shape was stolen from BMX, but made cool. A rhythm section is a minimum of three consecutive jumps, all with takeoffs and landings, but no middle. Usually small and compact with very little transition, airtime, or room for error, one must find their “rhythm” to make it through unscathed.
Rider’s Edge [Ryduhrs Ejjjj] noun: The unique advantage of one’s snowboard skill being catalyzed by coitus the night prior to, or the morning of, heading to the mountain. In essence, getting head off-hill will get you ahead on-hill.
Rider of the Year (Ry-duhr Uv Thuh Yee-eer): Nicolas Müller. For two out of the last three years, Nicolas has been voted by his peers to exemplify the sport in all facets.
Ride-On [rahd on] adj: Ride-on rails are great for beginners, because they offer no consequences due to a lack of distance between the jump and the rail. Not to be confused with strap-ons, which usually lead to ride-ins.
Righteous [Riech-ehss] adj: Before tricks were banger, gnarly, dope, ill, steezy, fresh, or tight, they were “righteous.”
Rime [Rim] noun: Snow, ice, and frost that gathers on lifts and other ski-area features.
Roast Beef [rohst beef] noun With the trailing hand, reach between the front of your legs and grab the heel edge in the middle of your bindings. “The vegan ate sh*t trying a roast beef.”
Roboto [Roh-bah-toh] noun: Me and Will call the metal drop-in ramp that everybody used “Roboto” ’cause of the pieces and screws and stuff.
Rochambeau [Roh-shahm-boh] noun: A game of rock-paper-scissors to determine who among one’s crew of riders will guinea-pig a jump, bomb a mogul field, or attempt anything with dire consequences if it goes wrong. “I don’t wanna hit that jump first. Let’s rochambeau, and if I win, you guinea-pig it.”
Roll-back [Rol Bak] adj: When the overloaded weight of a lift’s passengers causes the engine or gearbox to fail and the chairs achieve reverse momentum. Catastrophe is the result—fear the roll-back.
Roller [roh-ler] noun Created naturally as part of the hill or by piling up a mass of snow, these are giant rounded break-overs which can be aired, carved, or pumped for speed.
Rope Tow [Rohp-toh] noun: The first lifts ever created were ropes strung between turnwheels at the top and bottom of a slope. They were propelled by car engines. Today they can still be found on beginner slopes around the world. Known to wreak havoc on gloves.
Roost [ruust] verb: 1: Short for “rooster-tail”—the flurry of powder kicked up from one’s stick when arcing in a foot or more of fresh. 2: Quickly slash-turning in a motion, which causes a wave of snow to engulf one or more unsuspecting bystanders. 3: Death-cookies and other particles kicked up from a board directly into the path of anyone following.
Round Bar [rownd bahr] noun: A round barred rail to get nasty on, or the bar at the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas, where pro snowboarders session the twelve-step during trade shows.
Runway [ruhn-wey] noun The path that leads to a terrain feature. Everyone looks good on the runway, but it’s what you do in the air that counts.
Rut [ruht] noun Snow surface which has been disfigured by turning and checking, rendering it less rideable. Cougars have butt-ruts!