Are you sure you're even in your 20's? Every time you post I facepalm myself then question if you have the mental capacity of a sea sponge.
I've met Travis a few times, talked with him briefly, have a lot of friends that work/live/ride with him. The whole concept of Supernatural wasn't to crown a winner regardless of what they led you to believe, it was to showcase the other side of snowboarding that the mainstream never sees. RedBull dumped a shit ton into that to market that event to get people out of the mindset that snowboarding is this formulated halfpipe or slopestyle run.
Also if you think he actually "oversaw" the building of that course you're insane. It was what's his nuts from Baldface that did all the work, the lay out, etc. etc. After the fact they realized they laid it out completely wrong and are going to have to change it going forward for the riders.
Now I will say this "Art of Flight" should be called "Art of Filler" Airplanes filming helicopters filming airplanes filming guys on sleds filming elks migrating filming grass blowing in the wind. It's a movie not for snowboarders it's for people that ride maybe once a year, use snowboarding as more a social gathering or backdrop, and just wanted some eye candy. If you want to see snowboarding for snowboarders pick up Absinthe.
" The whole concept of Supernatural wasn't to crown a winner regardless of what they led you to believe, it was to showcase the other side of snowboarding that the mainstream never sees. RedBull dumped a shit ton into that to market that event to get people out of the mindset that snowboarding is this formulated halfpipe or slopestyle run."
I do agree with you on this. The slopestyle and halpipes contests have getting boring and don't show what snowboarding is really about.
If you know for a fact that he didn't oversee it, ok then. That's just the impression I got from official videos including the ones here: http://www.redbull.com/cs/Satellite/...21243147631531
In the interview he constantly says "we built...", "I looked for this place ", I've been working on this...", etc. In the preview video you see Travis on the construction site, advising the loggers at a few points.
If he really didn't direct the construction and design of the course, I would have expected to see less of that and more of "they worked on this", "they've been designing it"; that kind of shit. But what I saw was the complete opposite, so of course I'm going to be convinced that Rice designed the contest.
If Rice wanted to prove that he is the best, he should have told Red Bull the idea for the contest setup and provided the location, and then let them organize the whole thing with absolutely no affiliation with himself. That way every viewer, including me, could be sure that he would have had just as much of a fair chance as the other riders. If the whole point of the contest was to bring snowboard competition to a new level (which it did), I don't even think he needed to compete in it. It was already obvious that he has better skills than the other riders.
Don't be such a fucking asshole. You sound like you think you know everything about Rice just because you've met him and know a few people who work with him. That's called being a fan boy.