I’ve made mistakes where I can make mistakes — and that’s really important,” said professional snowboarder and big mountain pioneer Jeremy Jones, star of numerous TGR films and founder of Jones Snowboards. “Ironically, when it comes to the no-fall, no-mistake zone, I really respect those, and because of that, that’s not where the close calls have happened to me,” Jones continued, asserting that more accidents happen on intermediate backcountry terrain than on extreme terrain. “The deal with backcountry skiing and snowboarding is its very complex and reading avalanches is really tricky, and the most extreme terrain can be safer than intermediate terrain.
Duggan, who during his pro career suffered a half dozen broken collarbones, broken elbow, broken shoulder, broken tibial plateau, ribs, scapula, and a TBI with subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, believes that risk is “how accepting you are of the unknown. “If you are very confident in your skill, preparation and the environment you are in, you may not be taking much risk at all,” said Duggan. “For me the sport that blows my mind the most is the Red Bull Rampage style freestyle MTB events…I just can’t wrap my head around the risks those guys are taking, and the insane level they are performing at. And what of big wave surfing, you ask?
There is a fine line between that path and a wonderfully challenging, adventurous path that leads to a lifetime of learning and fun — barring unforeseen issues of course. “Class 5 kayaking is more dangerous for one person than another, based on skill and being careful,” Jackson adds. “I’m comfortable with all extreme sports, in that running within your skill level is challenging, but not overwhelming, most of the time.
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