Do you bother educating people?
So no matter what I do, I jump all in. I learn the tech, I learn the lingo, I learn the names, I catch up on the history.
Snowboarding in the past few years for me has been a dedication more than a hobby. Im not great, and I need to get out and ride . But I know my shit. Im a chair of our snowboard club, and talk about alot of different aspects of snowboarding with alot of people. From tech, to tricks, to locations to gear.
Recently two conversations that have upset me are abbreviated as follows.
Me: "Cant wait for snow to start falling"
Brain dead newb: "me either, have you seen the Burton line this year?... its sick!!"
Me: "yep, not the biggest Burton fan"
Brain dead newb: "Why not?! they are like the best company, didnt you see that they came out with reverse chamber[sic] and something called chamber[sic] this year?"
Me: "Burton didnt invent it. its been around for a long time. Camber is the mold of the board that keep the pressure points outside of your bindings. Reverse sets it inside."
Brain dead newb: "Yea they did, its on their website"
Me: "No, Reverse camber was experimented with in the 90's, but never caught on. It became a fad a few years ago after Mervin introduced the skate banana and everyone went ape shit over it"
Brain dead newb isnt actually a newb. hes been riding for almost 9 years, but as a casual past time and not an all out hobby.
Me: "Dude, I just found a sick deal on a Forum Destroyer, but cant decide between that or a DC PBJ with a cracked sidewall to use as a rail board"
Frustrating Ignoramous: "what do you need another board for, dont you have like 3 already?"
Me: "yea, but I dont have a dedicated jib board."
Frustrating Ignoramous: "why do you need a board just for jibbing?"
Me: "because Im getting sick of tuning boards and destroying them when they have applications outside of the park"
Frustrating Ignoramous: "well thats what happens, boards break then you get new ones"
Me: " Im not really into taking my sintered base stiff as hell Bataleon with a 2cm setback and directional taper into the terrain park. Sintered is a bitch to repair correctly and a cheap board I could care less about repairing"
Frustrating Ignoramous: "Dude, stop trying to be all cool talking tech. anyone can read a manual"
Me: " Im not trying to talk all tech. These are some pretty basic factors I use to decide what Im going to use a board for and what boards I want to get"
Frustrating Ignoramous: "You dont need boards for different things unless your like a pro"
These are both abbreviated versions of extensive conversations with people lately. Do you guys bother to inform them and teach them truth? because Im getting sick of explaining things that I see as basic when all people want to do is try and fight me with their misconstrued sense of all holy Burton and oo look that boards pretty. lets go hit boxes with it....