MILF’s: Split or SwallowBy Preston Strout • Oct 8th, 2009 • Category: Features
When I was younger I often found myself day dreaming about MILF’s (Mountains I’d Like to Freeride). As an inexperienced East Coaster, I pictured myself nervously hovering over those perfect peaks, dropping in on some nice natural hips and maybe even getting to ride a pristine backside. I knew that when my time finally came, I’d have to put all of my useless adolescent knowledge about riding boxes aside and let the MILF take control. The Mountains I’d Like to Freeride had been around a lot longer than me, and I knew they’d teach me a thing or two.
What I didn’t realize, however, was the great debate with the MILF’s on whether to split or swallow. Finding myself buy-curious about my equipment I wondered whether I’d buy into splitting or swallowing… After an awkward discussion with a shop employee (stemming from my occasionally misleading choice of words), I learned that different conditions call for different techniques and you may want a split board one day and a swallowtail the next. Makes sense…
Not having the funds to split, swallow and pay to ride my MILF’s, I needed a solution. Before committing to splitting or making the tough decision to swallow, I thought maybe I’d just practice on a Banana for a while and get the hang of this whole thing. Buying this versatile powder board allowed me to get down on the MILF’s, without spending a fortune. Plus I don’t have split and swallow skeletons collecting dust in my closet.
My 30+ year old advice to those of you trying to decide on whether to split or swallow this season: Demo both options until you definitively decide what’s right for you. If you want to stay healthy, maybe swallowing is a bad choice (as split-boards gives you greater cardio opportunities). In the meantime test out one of life’s greatest pleasures on a Banana. Until they invent a way to swallow a banana split-board, keep in mind that when you’re getting waist deep, it really doesn’t matter whether you split or swallow. Because in the end, the face shots are really all that matter.