Actually I am a financial investor, among other things in the snowboarding industry. So while I am not going to challenge you on your riding, gear reviews, or scene cred, I think I know more about the economics of the industry than you.
Not arguing the larger point but I am curious.. what exactly is a "financial investor?" There are millions of investors in a myriad of different industries by virtue of equities or other financial instruments.. so what exactly does that mean? Are you in PE or VC? Did you mean you were an advisor or analyst? Laying claim as an investor means you know exactly nothing more than anyone.