Surprisingly I couldn't find a thread on this subject (I probably didnt look hard enough) anyways In ur opinion would you say that on average being tall is a disadvantage and being small is an advantage in the sport of freeriding.
being tall is sicker cause you stomp stuff so much cleaner, and when ample effort is put in to it, it looks so much sicker. being short is easier to make stuff look sick, because if you flail, or miss your grab, ur body is so much tighter and compact that you can't relaly tell as much. when you see a taller person who stomps and slays its so much more respectable.
It all depends. In snowboarding at least. But I imagine that the basics are the same. If your tall and skinny, you aren't gonna have the power to work the skis/board you have. You'll need a long one cause your tall, but be too light to rock it. But short fat people are just gonna fall on their asses anyway. But look at Mark Frank Montoya. He's a giant and he is one of the best snowboarders out there. Cause he has the muscle to back up the extra length he needs.
woah waoh, what matters is that you cant get some fuckin pants when you're tall. hands down, no snow pants can fit well IF you are trying not to have the bottom of the pant legs above the ankles (if that makes sense)
Short is better in my opinion, easier. And if your tiny its that much better cuz then the jumps seem bigger and so its funner. Also us small guys (im bout 96pounds) can spin easier- it looks impressivie to for a small kid to do a trick
according to the powder mag article, pro skiers are average height (actually slightly taller than average, but not much). Height isn't something that really hurts or helps you in skiing (as opposed to basketball) so skier height ranges from pretty tall to pretty short.
i dno, i guess in the big picture being tall or short doesnt matter, but it definitely seems as though shorter guys and gals have a huge advantadge over us tall people. my friend is like 5 inches shorter then me and she can huck her body around so much easier than i can. her spins always look super smooth, mine are all awkward and such.
I'd say that shorter kids have an advantage in the park. Dumont is 5'2", Tanner is like 5'6", and Candide looks like he's 5'7" or shorter. Big mountain riding is another subject though. Most of those dudes seem to be on the bigger side. The best downhill racers in the world tend to be big fellas (Bode Miller, for example, is 6'2" and 215 lbs). I imagine it's because riding super fast lines takes a lot of power and strength.