Apparently, I have quite a reputation among the regular park-rats at my local mountain, and it’s not a good one. I even have a nick name; “Doom Snake.” Although, I do kind of like sound of that.
First, check link to the pic of my Never Summer deck in the sig file below. The nickname will become self-explanatory.
Last night I was loading my shit into the car at closing time. Some older rider walks by, looks at my board, and says “Oh, YOUR Doom Snake!?” I was like, “Huh?” Then he says, “Yeah, that’s what all the regular park-rats call you. They say you’re the worst snaker on the mountain…”
I hate riding the park when it is even quasi-busy. People wait to drop in. Some just standing to watch. They hit a rail. They stop again to watch their friend. They get in-line for the next obstacle. They do a nose-press on a box at a speed so slow I could run faster them while wearing ski boots. They get in-line again. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. IMHO, this is NOT how you should ride a park. It should be ridden like any other trail…as one continuous, fluid, seamless line.
If the park is busy, I wont go near it. I hate “waiting to ride,” and then only being able to do so in short, segmented, bursts. It’s like going to an art museum, and only being permitted to see a Picasso for periods of 10 second at a time, with 2 minutes intervals in between. Utterly frustrating.
So when the park is not-so-busy, “Doom Snake” strikes. As I ride up to the drop-in point, I first look to see if any has fallen on / around the first few hits. If there is, I’ll just plot around them. Next, I scan the waiting line. At the slightest hesitation for anyone
to drop-in, I cease the chance and take it. If I do see someone drop-in, I’ll just go to what ever hit they are not going towards. Usually, I can do all of this without coming to a stop. I don’t get in-line, and I don’t wait. If other riders have tied-up every possible hit, then I’ll just ride down the middle or way off to the side, staying way out everyone’s way. Thus, “Doom Snake.” I think I can live with that.