your post is sort of the reason why people make standard def videos. people lose track of the fact that what matters is the documentation of the stuff going on in the video, not the number of pixels output by the camera that films it. a good, creative filmer and editor can do some very cool things and make amazing videos in standard definition with pretty simple equipment. yes, it does look more raw. yes, that is a look people emulate.
if you don't like the standard def look, i understand. there are plenty of videos of snowboarders in nice, crisp hd though. significantly more hd videos that i have seen actually, than standard def. unless all you've watched have been stan's handycam edits from hood, in which case the filming is awful in the first place, and not the fault of the camera.
here are some good hd snowboard edits from this summer:
Camp Backflip from FootyFIEND.com on Vimeo.
SUMMER VACATION Tape 1 from Fed List on Vimeo.
Session 5, 2013: Summer Snowboard Camp from Windells on Vimeo.