Snowboarding is the new Skiing
Back in the 80's, that lame era of perrier, wine coolers, tight pants, and bad synth-rawk, skiing thoroughly sucked.
Not entirely mind you, some people didn't take it too seriously and rocked out (watch some old footage of Glen Plake)
But for the most part, it was populated with self-important, whining, look-at-me day-glo lameness. It had fallen victim to its own supposed 'coolness', and while it sunk deeper and deeper into conspicuous consumption, fashion, and narcissism, the lamer it got. Believe me, i was there, and i skied.
Then snowboarding came. It was soon outlawed by skiers who had 'rules' on the way people should look, or turn on the hill. Snowboarding exploded the narrow views and tight pants of skiing, no longer content with perfect their schnoodling on groomers, being on a snowboard meant you could hit EVERYTHING. All terrain was game, and the style was anti-skiing. Anti-rules, anti-elitist french fashion, and anti-seriousness.
And now 20 years on, snowboarders are again listening to bad synth-rawk and wearing tight pants.
But its not just superficial, snowboarding is now taking its own self-image as seriously as skiing did. And it is making the sport lame. Maybe you don't believe me. Snowboarding is still fun, you may say. Yes, but it is a very limited kind of fun nowadays, terribly overshadowed by worries about sticker placement and coordinated outfits and coolness.
The hype machine in its effort to sell snowboarding to everybody has also created a market for the unessential parts of conspicuous consumption, fashion, and narcissism, which is swallowing the sport. It makes me sad to see that snowboarding has taken over the place of skiing, the things it rebelled against.
Just wanted you to know.
Hating starts in three....
King Shit of Turdville
Last edited by anti-bling; 12-01-2010 at 01:44 AM.