Anyone get pissed when people follow too closely?
Fair warning, this is a big rant haha. Anyway, this is probably one of my biggest pet peeves when on the mountain. I'm going over a small jump/rail/box/whatever, and some kid (usually a skiier) cuts right behind me and basically, for lack of a better term, tailgates me over the feature. I see little skiier kids do this all the time to each other. There will be a chain of 3 or 4 of them all trailing right behind each other over a small roller, and it's safe for them to do it because they just ride over the roller without jumping or anything, so none of them bail.
Well, this was especially annoying when I was trying to get my 360s down. There was this one small roller, the only one in the entire park, that was perfect for me to practice on. I basically fell 50% of the time, the other 50% I'd either land the 360 or land in such a way that I stayed standing, but was unable to ride away very clean. Anyway, the first time it happened, I had no idea the skiier kid was behind me. I tried the 3, bailed, and within a couple seconds I heard a loud "whoooaaa" and all of a sudden a skiier with one ski flew right by me as I was on the ground. He fell about 15 feet passed me while one of his skis was laying on the ground near me. I wanted to chuck his stupid ski in the woods, which is what I should have done, because while I glided down the slope with his ski in my hand to give it to him, I was awfully close to beating him over the head with it. Instead I just handed it to him without saying a word and went on my way.
Second time it happened, I saw the skiier cut right behind me, it psyched me out a little bit and I thought about cutting away from the roller and just hiking back up and going again. Instead, I figured, screw this kid behind me, I'm going for it, hopefully I land it, if I don't, sucks for him. This psychout was enough to cause me to bail, and just like last time, he bailed right after me. I fell in such a way that I tumbled a bit and my legs were up in the air. My friends who were watching said "dude you almost took that kids head off with your board." Maybe if my board hit him in the head it would have knocked some sense into him.
Anyway, this pissed me off to no end. Anyone else feel this way.
East Coast Park Rat
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2005 Burton Canyon 168 w/ Ride LS
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