nothins wrong with the we way slide now, but thats the kinda thinking process that kills progression. i will be the first to admit that most other "sould grind" things on skis look shitty, but so what? that doesnt mean there isnt a possibility for it to look awesome.
second, no, i am not a rollerblader. however, there are pretty obvious similarities between the two, and its a source of influence for me. if you have some huge feude against it, fine. i dont care. then differentiate yourself, and push the sport in another direction. thats what needs to happen, instead of people being closed minded to new ideas, and trying to just follow what everyone else does.
third, what kinda grinds would you need a "soul plate" for? well, here
first off, this season i spent alot of time perfecting my backslides. literally everyone, from the groms to the boarders were all diggin um (so no one else seemed to think they were gay). anyway, i Xd my ski over my back ski. i kept trying to figure out a way to keep the rotation going, and bring my lifted foot over and onto the rail, while dropping my uphill ski off and perpendicular to the rail. (kinda like a backslide to frontside switchup unnatty backslide, but not) its pretty much impossible. with a soul plate on my outside edge, totally doable.
street rail, switch. land with the railside ski uphill and parallel to the rail, other foot on the rail in the natural position.
3, slide the rail strictly on the plate, maybe with other leg slightly in front and crossed over, grabed if desired, switch or frontside,
the more time you spend thinkin bout stuff, the more variations and shit you can come up with. so yes, there is definatly room to progress.
and finally, if you think a grind plate type thing on a ski is gay, than go bitch at BMX'ers, cause thats all pegs are. you can still grind rails without them, but its impossible to do half the shit you can with them. same deal bro.
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