Not sure I'm sold on the concept. I just enjoy a video edit more—and I like parts contests too. Just not sure backcountry fits contest—wether NS or FWT. Pipe, park, I can dig it. But you lose of too much of what backcountry actually. It feels like too controled for my taste, not really remote, wild.
I mean you can't compare a contest to an edit, but in reality the Competition is far more impressive than video edits to me. Video edits take ages, Studying, re-riding lines, shooting the shot over and over. That's what makes the competition crazy, it's zero practice runs, zero edits, and yet theyre dropping video edit quality runs still, insanity. If you didn't watch Alaska last year, it was literally a backcountry movie.
I will agree watching later and fast forwarding through the fluff is better. It doesn't fit the new ADD level demand we have. A 5 hour contest is way too long. But I'm ok watching it a day later.
It was crazy the production level was so high everywhere except commentary. Like that's where you decide to cheap out?It's not been that bad in years past.
Pipe riding is all but dead, Slopestyle has a place, but this is easily the peak level competition and a true level of skill in the sport. Of course it doesn't hurt that I will never want or be able to throw a double cork, but I absloutely live to ride steep lines and cliff bands.