danejregardless of results, i'm wondering what type of skiing xgames realski aims to showcase. Are edits judged more on tech and difficulty or progressiveness and creativity? and what does that suggest about the way skiing is shifting? IN MY OPINION, I believe LJ had an impressive mix of fucked tech tricks and creativity and deserved the win. Seems as if the general ski community who viewed the edits and the NS community would agree. However, the (6?) judges cast Magnus as the winner. I just wanna know what the aspects and degrees of those aspects the judges based their opinion on.
When Will won last year, I made a distinction between what kind of urban skiing people wanted to watch vs what kind they'd wanna do. I loved watching LJ's part it's incredibly entertaining, but am I gonna go out tryna ski urban like him? FUCK THAT. Even a dude that talented had a half hour crash reel.....if anything, that convinced me to not start skiing urban. Made it look like work, like sacrifice same as the Stept dudes.
danejAlso, I believe the fan favorite winner is more impressive than the judges final vote because it better represents the ski community than some judges in a room do.
There's a famous Henry Ford quote, where he said "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses". Did you know the word "car" is short for carriage (or more accurately, horseless carriage)? That's how stuck in the past dudes were when cars were taking over.....most people don't think enough to know what they really want.
Point is we need shit like this to keep skiing fresh and keep it newschool. Any dudes who think "The Golden Era" ended in '09 need to turn the page.....imagine being 13 and fucking loving everything about skiing, but old dudes are saying the good old days died out when you were 4. Time is now, skiing is free right now same as it ever was.