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Whitelines is a snowboarding magazine. It shows great pictures from snowboarders all over the world and has interviews with some of the best snowboarders. It does however seem to be very pro Shaun White...but then again he is the best in the world so there is no reason not to be, but sometimes I think they go a bit over the top with their love for him.
I find this magazine really useful. I wouldn't say I am a great snowboarder but the magazine is filled with great tips on how to become better and often has articles which explain how to do different tricks and jumps, which I find particulary useful.
The magazine also helps you to plan your winter holiday as you can see pictures and hear about what resorts are good for certain things, eg which resorts are better for off piste boarding.
The magazine also contains various adverts for snow products, such as walking boots, board scrapers, beanies, you name it it's in there!
The photography shown in the magazine is quite stunning. You have to appreciate some of the shots in there. Yes it is the boaders doing the tricks themselves but you have to appreciate how hard is must have been to get the shot.
The magazine also has lots of competitions in it and quite often they are to win pretty big prizes.
Finally another good thing about the magazine is it links to its website. For example you might see pictures in the magazine but it might say go to the website to see the video of this.
For me it's the best snowboarding magazine out there, but it doesn't quite match up to other sports magazines so it's still got a bit of a way to go with that yet.
I have been reading Whitelines for a great number of years. Every year I look forward to its return on to the shelves in the newsagent as it singles the end of summer and the start of the European snow season.
Snowboarding has for many years been growing hugely in popularity around the world and in this country Whitelines has provided the best features on some fantastic performances by now established and up and coming riders from the UK. It has has a great balance of regular features to make you smile, such as 'Goggle Tan of the Month', make you cringe 'Injury of Month', excellent photography, readers letters, product reviews, interviews with top riders, resort information and details of advertisers (prices in £) and events. They are all written with a relaxed and witty style, and you know that the people working for the publication think themselves as riders first and writers second and this shows in the excellent information and banter that comes across in the magazine.
Priced at £4.95 the magazine regularly comes with a free gift (mostly snowboard dvd film, previous release from last season). You can also subscribe. The current offer from Issue 85 October 2009 is Get 3 issues for £3 plus Free Whitelines T-shirt, Free Whitelines/Neff Beanie, Free Board scraper, Free Whitelines Saver Card, Free dvd's on cover, Plus 20% off the next 7 issues.
In summary, if you are new to the sport or have been riding for years then Whitlines has something for you, and long may it continue.