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so I sit here and ponder the bittersweet relationship between handrails and myself...after about a 14 hour day of hitting handrails..I lay here with an annoying cut on my nuts and inner thighs..frost bite on my thumbs...and mad toe bruising on both feet...you think.. is it worth it for those couple shots...for me...yes...as bad as this shit sucks..nothing is more satisfying than getting that shot and then possibly more...hitting handrails is one of the funnest things in my opinion but I don't think there is anything in this world that beats me up more than handrails do...and I'm sure this is similar with a lot of people. I ask is it worth it? what do you think?..are handrails going to get into that "dub flip" respectiveness...where is the sport going to push rail game on the streets?
...that was really hard to read...can we maybe get a spacebar or enter between sentences?...but yeah, man, its hard when your balls are cut open and bleeding...it reminds me of that Dirty Jobs episode where the guy castrates a lamb with his teeth...yeah that was a sick shot, in a bad kind of sick way...
Well urban technicality has already increased x10 in the last 2 years alone. I think in time people will start change their focus to creativity in the urban game. There is only so many switchups you can do on a rail.
i was just thinking about the same thing yesterday. idk if it's really worth it. it's a ton of work for a couple shots, when you could be having fun skiing at a mountain. but it does make a segment/movie much better.
Well, if you wanted to make it grammatically correct, you'd have to call the thread "the bittersweet relationship WITH handrails". Technically, the title of the thread refers to the relationship between two or more handrails. But yes, I do understand the thread is about handrails and not grammar, so I'll say that handrail creativity is going to explode soon. In fact, it already is- Will Wesson's underslides, especially the one in Refresh, are somewhat ridiculous, and it is just a matter of short time before everyone, pro and am alike, starts trying them. Tech urban won't be so much about dancing on top of rails, as it will be doing fruitbooting moves. It won't be long until someone slides a rail mid-screamin' seaman, on the inside of their boots. Actually, I'd like to see that...
Tom Wallisch said it best in turbo "handrails are fun but they're also a bitch at the same time." Urban is always fun to hit when you finally land that trick you wanted but it's also pretty frustrating when you can't do it or get hurt. As far as handrails getting as big as double flips I can see it kind of there. I think a lot of tech rail tricks on a steep urban dfd with concrete stairs has a lot more consequences than hucking yourself on a jump. but either I respect urban skiing much more than other aspects due to all the factors that come into play before, during, and after the session.
I feel ya with pain of improving on handrails and getting that good shot, handrails seem to be the kind of thing where progression is slow and hard to come by, in trying to learn new shit I have suffered more than a few crashes but I also think that there is a ton of new stuff that even the pros have yet to discover about handrails. And fuck grammer, its a thread not an English class.
I respect anyone who hits urban, as even rails in the park scare the piss out of me, but I've never understood the saying "getting the shot".
To me, skiing is FUN. I do it to enjoy myself. I have enough stress in my life (granted, its not much compared to people who have real problems)...I don't understand hiking and getting possibly seriously hurt to get a "shot" that will be used in another no-name edit that's going to get lost in the Videos section. Again, I mean no disrespect to you, but it just seems like abusing your body.
That being said, I understand your mentality. I grew up playing competitive soccer, so the desire to compete is still there. But I have MUCH more fun skiing with my boys, ribbing on them when they beef it, and trying to one up them when they land something sick.
These sort of thoughts go through my head a lot. But the frustration i would have from backing out would drive me crazy. And there isn't a better feeling in the world the stomping a trick that you dropped in scared shitless of. Its that feeling that drives my love for skiing.
I totally understand where you're coming from but for me hitting urban isn't always about getting the shot...when we were sliding the other day I'd say we had a solid hour or two of seshing with no camera no nothing just having fun and goofing off trying different tricks and trying to get creative