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On the rails

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Boarders everywhere have adopted it - the common pedestrian handrail alongside stairs - as a measuring stick of gnarliness. The steeper, longer and higher the rail is, the greater the odds it will make them alternative sports heroes. (Embry Rucker)
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Snowboarders and wakeboarders can pop up on a rail more easily than skaters because their feet are connected to the board. (Lonny Barr)
Taking a bow
Danny Way in action on a custom-built rail at PointXCamp in Riverside County. (Mike Blabac)
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Paul Rodriguez, son of comedian Paul Rodriquez, grinds down a rail in Los Angeles. (Atiba Jefferson / The Skateboard Mag)
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Jon Kooley rides a handrail in Minnesota. (Embry Rucker)
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Danny Way in action at PointXCamp near Anza. (Mike Blabac)
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A snowboarder pops up on a rail at Mountain High ski resort in Wrightwood. (Richard Hartog / LAT)
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Eero Neimala grinds a handrail on a snowboard in Montreal. (Embry Rucker)
On the rail
With just enough snow for a successful takeoff and landing, snowboarder Joel Mahaffey scrapes a handrail in Incline Village, Nev. (Embry Rucker)
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