I remember the first video i saw of someone doing a "dub cork" was Rick Wrobeleski doing a "risky flip" which is basically a hucked dub 10, and that was definitely before Wilson. probably like '02 or '03.
Oh ya...AND IT WAS INTO POWDER!!! which makes it 10x cooler.
The first real dub cork I can remember seeing was by Michael Clarke at a comp in Japan. everything before that was some sort of double flip, including the Wilson flip. The one in Teddybear crisis was almost the same Wilson flip as he did in the contest when people first saw it, but he really only flipped on the second one, I remember being blown away.
I'm sure he still skis some, but I don't personally know him. That's just what I've been told. Seen some of his work though, it's real sick. I would have no idea how to find it right now, but it's worth a look around vimeo. Also, if you haven't seen "Just Passing Through" (could be "Thru"?) you should look that up, it's a pretty cool little ski documentary. I think it was his senior project, or one of them?
Fuck yeah for Whistler hahah, but it's sooo legit to think that that was done 11 years ago now... sick stuff. The progression in skiing always blows me away, and it's literally unimaginable to think about what level skiing will be at in another ten years. I truly believe that we push the boundaries of human ability in this sport, and that's saying something!
So in terms of trick difficulty, we've actually reduced it by 50% in the course of almost 30 years.
However, in terms of trick style and quality of landing, we've increased it by a hundred fold (depending on your taste).
So by that logic, I'd say that in 10 years skiing will do what it did before - progress to such a level of difficulty that everyone starts getting paralyzed... then retract into lawsuits and rules. Re-emerging with style at the forefront when our kids think that we're so lame for not letting them do quad inverts without practicing on water first.
Either that or we'll be smart this time, and keep style at the forefront, and instead of shooting for quad flips we'll progress the artistic mastery of the air.
If there's pow, ski it. If there isn't ski park.
Just don't stay at home when there's no snow and whine about park skiers.
What Rick and whichever Schrab did were distinctly different than that aerial trick from 1983. Ski length, relaxed (but still hucked) form, poles, crossed skis... back in 1999-2000 freeskiers could get away with just crossing skis in tricks and win X games. Case in point, Candide's d-9 to win at Mt Snow.
I really wish that people would stop showing this quadrupole flipping triple twisting aerial trick to make a point about trick progression. I throw that one out just because of the size of skis and lack of poles. in my mind, aerials is a different sport, with different equipment. one of the only reasons I might highlight from that video is to show how lame having no poles can be.
What I am building up to say is that I think we should give credit to the Schrabs, Rick and his risky flip and Mike Wilson for pushing the bounds of freeskiing. They were pioneering double 10's and 14's... and you'll notice they each refined it a bit. 1983 Frank can get credit for pushing aerials.