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TheRackerSo is there just a big gap in skill that I can't see because I'm new to this, or do only some people try to go the competition route?
steezyjibberSorry meant to say there is sometimes a gap in skill, and sometimes they just choose not to go.
But an example of someone who I feel could do really well at X-Games/Dew Tour but seems to decide not to compete much is Sean Jordan
TallxTComp skiing is not the end all be all. Its the easiest way to get paid/sponsored, but thats not what its all about. You can be a pro skier by being a film skier. There are many talented skiers that choose to film because it offers a lot of freedom/creativity that isn't currently available in a slopestyle format.
More skiers that you should look up that no longer compete on a high level or maybe never did:
VinnieFnone of those skiers would come remotely close to being able to win x-games the way the judging currently is. granted, they're all amazing skiers and I enjoy watching them ski more than I do most x-games competitors, but they aren't skiers who could come compete at x and stand a chance at winning like OP was asking for.
skiforce1this fits here https://www.newschoolers.com/videos/watch/762802/Disney--39-s-Brink-in-Less-than-six-minuteshttps://www.newschoolers.com/videos/watch/762802/Disney--39-s-Brink-in-Less-than-six-minutes
Ginger_GaperOf course there is... there's no doubt that allot of these guys who only film and don't compete in Xgames/Dew/etc.. that could podium those events. Some rather film and huck huge BC lines than spend 3 months setting one run that will make or break their season. Take Red bull super/ultra natural for an example... although it it snowboarding it has the same idea.. It takes riders from the xgames that can throw back to back triples with ease, and guys who can throw the most laid out backflips off of next to near impossible terrain in the BC. This comp ties them all together and shows that just because you're not a mechanical machine throwing quad corks doesnt mean you cant keep up with the current comp scene.