Last night I watched an incredible documentary, "Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi." I'm not a skater, so bear with me if I miss details. This doc will probably inspire a few other threads in the future. Right now I'm thinking about the legendary rivalry between Tony Hawk and Christian Hosoi, which was in full force In most of the '80s and '90s. Apparently, if you were a skater, you were either a Hawk follower or a Hosoi follower. Hawk's camp was technicality and just being able to land the trick while Hosoi was pure style. They were the definitive faces of their respective tribes.
I don't think freeskiing has a divide as clear-cut as this, but their definitely is the notion of technicality vs, style. Who do you think are the best candidates for the forerunners of each faction today? I think you gotta go with either Bobby Brown or Tom Wallisch for technicality, but I just can't put my finger on who is leading the style movement.
Also, if you're a skater, I'd be interested to know whether you're a Hawk or Hosoi guy.