Snowboarding science: the physics of the halfpipe

Snowboarding science: the physics of the halfpipe

Huge air and triple corks with ESPN and the Winter X Games

Snowboarding fans - get pumped for some radical physics with Shaun White and Sage Katsenberg.

Big air and shredding pristine powder isn't just about skill, there's a whole lot of science in there too.

Planet Science presents some awesome videos to reveal the hard science behind the world of winter extreme sports. From torque to hydroplaning, ESPN Sport Science and the Winter X Games have it covered...

1. Big Air in the Superpipe

Winter Olympics gold-medalist Shaun White is famous for getting big air - really big air - in the half-pipe.  He was the first ever snowboarder to land back-to-back double corkscrews.  ESPN Sport Science looks at the science that helps him pull it off:


2. It's all about torque

Without torque (the force that causes rotation) there would be no flips and spins, and snowboarding would start to look pretty dull.

Find out how extreme boarders and skiers use torque for the big tricks:


3. Picking up speed - how temperature and changes of state can make all the difference

Find out how friction, cohesion and adhesion can affect the speed as a boarder hits a kicker... Is it better to ride at dawn, midday or midnight?


4. Pulling a triple cork - unleasing acceleration

2012 Winter X Slopestyle silver medalist Sage Kotsenburg demonstrates the science behind three rotations - and the key is speed - lots and lots of speed!