I know the topic of this thread is one that manny people can get into heated debate about and so for all you who believe that my point is far-fetched and off the mark, sorry for wasteing your precious forum surfing time that could easily be better spent being "sociable" on facebook...
There seems to be a current trend in most competitions today where all the competitors are all doing the same trick. I dont need to spell it out to you because if you cant notice the abundance of switch big spins with mute grabs, then once agian, facebook would be a better use of your time.
When skiing first came about there were so many different styles and tricks being thrown all across the scene. Skiing was about soul and style and ultimately the expression of both. Since when have we lost our roots and begun to focus of show-casing a cookie cutter image?
There are so many kids out there who are trying DIFFERENT things and looking at freatures in UNIQUE ways and are doing things that have never been done or even thought of before. Personally I like to watch low budget films because the characterisitcs of the riders embody what our freestyle revolution was all about.
Through out history, revolutions have always started to try and escape from a negative status quo. The New Canadian Air Force took the steps to start the freeskiing industry by creating a promotional video to send out to companys to create a ski that would allow them to step out of the industrial box and move into a realm of progression and originality.
Maybe the progression of skiing has gone so far across such a wide range of talented persons, that the next set of "fads" and "trends" aren't possible. Jf Houle said it wll in his recent interview with newschoolers when he said something along the lines of double-flips and big spins aren't the only way to progress. When a well known big name says that, you know somethings up.
I give kudos out to Tanner Hall for his work in "Believe" and how the entire movie had a very laid back, fun-loving feel towards it. The one thing I quesiton now though, is since Tanner took the step out of the box to do it, now will everyone and their brother hop on board the bandwagon and follow a possible new trend?
Skiings future is as far away from black and white as you could possibly get. We dont have analysits who work for newschoolers who have shows and talk about the future and things to come because the evolution of out sport has fueled so heavily from the indviduality of each and every person. The phrase united we stand, divided we fall cant say it any worse in the world of freestyle skiing.
Piece didnt have much direction. Made to really raise a question and hopefully to get people to wonder as well. Not looking to change the world, just discuss issues.