just look at snowboarding, theyve got the guys who are pushing the sport still... making new shit up all the time.
But there is also many many many different factions doing many different things. Some guys wont spin a back nine because it isnt fun to them. Some guys just do crazy urban, some guys are quebexican and well... thats enough for them. Some guys start robotfood, and then quit cause it got too big. some other guys are from Europe and look like ladies, some of them are ladies. Some sell out, some stay core, some have red hair and act like babies when they lose, etc etc etc etc etc right? I think skiing is starting to go in that direction, instead of the one guy who can specialize, now there are crews that are doing certain things that they find fun... then slowly branching out and bringing their style to other parts of the sport.
Look at tanner... he started out winning everything with misty sevs, then branched out and became one of the first guys from the west to become an urban jedi, then decided to win everything pipe at will.... now he does all that with a crew, makes his own movies, his own skis, etc. Guys in snowboarding have been doing that forever. Its not just tricks and comps and big jumps that drive a sport, the industry has to grow and prosper. Boronowski.... with joystick, ec headwear, 4frnt, armada, line, all the little companies you have never heard of, all these people have helped take newschool, or freeskiing, and helped it just become skiing. Moment is one of those companies 99%^ of this site hadnt heard of untill about september 07, admit it, you had no idea, no clue! Bam, they blow up, if not for the environment created by the guys who have been around to show the regular joe how to do it, or not do it... (calling out the copy cat companies trying to be way to gangst or way to angst instead of just having fun doing what they're doing, you know who you are) they wouldn't be able to do the things they've done in a short period of time.... November 11th my hill opened, no one knew what I was riding, (moment rockers) no clue, now everyone there wants a pair. I don't particularly make the skis look good... so go figure.
No one comes up to me and asks if I "newschool ski" or if those are those funky new freeski double tipped skis anymore...(maybe just why are the tips all square, lol) they just recognize the super turbo and say nice skis, or you suck, or how come you ride with so many snowboarders? Or holy shit, lets go get it!
I think personally that the emphasis has to be taken off what tricks are being chucked... no one likes them till they become mainstream, then everyone changes their tune. If we focus on the sport as an industry, and if everyone goes and does their own thing, has fun, keeps it real.... there is no limit at all.
Haha, that kind of turned into a little corny speech, but there is a successful model to use to become a bigger better sport. there is no need to copy it, or follow another industry, but it worked for people who share the hill with us, so its something to look to when it seems like weve hit a wall right?