i'd first like to say that i like ian cosco...sick skier, dope steeze. however, i personally think that his "statement" at the open was dumb, and this is why:
i really really cant stand the people that are all, "ugghhh, id soooo
much rather see a smooth 3 than a semi-smooth 10 in a professional level comp." sure, i love smooth tricks
too, and i can agree that its much better to see someone style out a 3
or 5 or something along those lines than someone pencil spinning 10's.
BUT, i also think that at proffesional level comps like the open,
EVERYONE CAN THROW A SMOOTH 3/5/7. EVERYONE. if they couldnt throw a
smooth 3/5/7, THEY WOULDNT BE COMPETING. therefore, if all the
competitions turn into a bunch of pro's throwing easy ass tricks as
smooth as they can, the sport is going to turn into something like
aerials, where the judges fuckin zoom in on the athlete and make sure
that he had his elbows at 90 degree angles and shit like that.
what happened to the difficulty factor? i have friends at my home
mountain that can throw smooth 5's with nice grabs....where would
the line be drawn between them and the pro's? why isnt it better that
pro's can do something that is much more difficult while sacraficing a
little bit of style? ISNT THIS SPORT ALL ABOUT PROGRESSION? where would
freeskiing go if competitions turned into everyone doing the same exact
tricks but competing for style points rather than difficulty ?
you realize that tanner hall won his first x-games big-air with a swith
rodeo 7? i saw gagnier's SLOPESTYLE run (not from the open, but from
something else) and he threw a switch left side misty 9 like it was
nothing. you have to realize that if everyone is going to keep doing
the same trick the sport isn't going to anywhere, no matter how styled
out that trick gets.
and for the record, i never thought spin to win was cool. i think "do
the most difficult trick with as much style as possible to win" is
a good point for discussion: when competitions become judged on style,
isnt the judging based more on personal opinion? theres tons of people
out there that dont like t hall's style- so maybe a judge wouldnt score
him as high as someone who did the exact same trick, just with their
own style that the judge like more than tanner's. while on the other
hand, no judge can debate that a switch 10 is less difficult than a
and i know that it gets repetitive watching everyone do switch 10's, but maybe it's time for a rider that instead of developing his own steeze for all of his spin tricks should try and make a drastic change in the level of tricks being done. maybe instead of inventing new grabs to do with our switch tens, we need to invent a different way of rotating 1080 degrees. i'd personally love to see more technical inverts.
constructive criticism anyone?