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Several sports raising the bar

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

What progression do you see in sports you are familiar with?

I'll do the obvious one, skiing has gone to B.A.S.E. and 60 ft cliff hucks. More air and more speed raises the bar.

Just saw this that inspired the thread: surfer hits 90 ft rogue wave in Portugal. so tow in big wave surfing has raised the bar there.

Point being that skiing is in line with many types of athletes. It's something about time, history, progression, generation identity, or....what??

Need a name for this generation of athletes that takes progression to these unbelievable levels. generation immortal. eek.gif

(this not 'bout safety preaching)

post #2 of 13

You mean like skydiving going way past leg-afterburners into wing suits, then wing suits flown in ground effect down mountains?

post #3 of 13

HGH has taken football to a whole new level of speed and intensity.  wink.gif

post #4 of 13

BASE seems like a tiny subculture as opposed to skiing progression, for now at least, but the size of jumps and terrain has definitely seen progression.

 

In snowboarding, I'd say the increased merging of big mountain and freestyle riding has seen a ton of progression with guys like Travis Rice. Saw on TGR the other day some crazy competition he's putting together this season in BC. It's got wooden MTB-style bridges in the middle of some huge, tree-covered terrain. That will be progression for sure.

 

Mountain biking has seen a ton of progression over the past 10 to 15 years with today's riders hitting cliffs and jumps that I'd be terrified of on a snowboard in four feet of powder, let alone on a bike in rock and dirt.

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yeah, mountain bikers are incredibly gnarly. not only the difficulty of the riding, but the consequences of rock and dirt. those guys go home bloody after almost every ride. look at their legs, it's all scars and scabs.

 

cantuna, explain terminology pls. I'm blown away by what those guys, at the top of their sport, are doing. like skiers, part of their passion is speed. closer they are to the mountain the faster it feels.

I'm worried that it is not a good sport for a clutz, and I'm already seeing u-tubes of that.

 

those guys that slack line up in the cliffs.

 

funny in the trees moment. guy wants to tag a small tree with his tail and gets way too much of the tree....smack, uuuuggggh.

post #6 of 13

Freestyle motocross, went from knack knacks and can cans, to backflip variations and 360's, double backflips, and pastrana's tp 720 even though it hasnt been landed in competition yet, it will be.

Wakeboarding, I just don't see how these guys can keep their bearings in the air.

Snowmobiling, riser bars, long tracks, and big engines, have really taken the sport to a new level of mountain dominance.

 

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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

What progression do you see in sports you are familiar with?

I'll do the obvious one, skiing has gone to B.A.S.E. and 60 ft cliff hucks. More air and more speed raises the bar.

Just saw this that inspired the thread: surfer hits 90 ft rogue wave in Portugal. so tow in big wave surfing has raised the bar there.

Point being that skiing is in line with many types of athletes. It's something about time, history, progression, generation identity, or....what??

Need a name for this generation of athletes that takes progression to these unbelievable levels. generation immortal. eek.gif

(this not 'bout safety preaching)



60 ft is small -average, not for me thought.

 

 

 

 

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Mike Wilson hits 100'+ pretty regularly

didn't want to seem to exaggerate in the OP

 

can't let the mountain bikers think we don't send it big though

course it's a lot of the same people

post #9 of 13

i think its safe to say that almost every extreme/action sport is progressing very quickly because most of them are still very young and only starting to really grow in popularity...its certainly fun to watch it all go down.

post #10 of 13
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free solo climbing big walls. some film of Potts on El Cap has been made. amazing. I'm not an accomplished climber, anyone care to comment on this progression?  It seems that the people involved in this aspect of the sport have off the chart skills. true?

post #11 of 13

Not to mention some of the crazy hucks being done by Jaime Pierre and Julian Carr...
 

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Mike Wilson hits 100'+ pretty regularly

didn't want to seem to exaggerate in the OP

 



 

post #12 of 13
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my sense of it is that this group of athletes are exhilarated by the risk and use their skills to control it.

 

how do you think a very young sport is likely to progress in this direction rapidly, due primarily to it's being new
 

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i think its safe to say that almost every extreme/action sport is progressing very quickly because most of them are still very young and only starting to really grow in popularity...its certainly fun to watch it all go down.



 


Edited by davluri - 11/10/11 at 5:21pm
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my sense of it is that this group of athletes are exhilarated by the risk and use their skills to control it.

 

how do you think a very young sport is likely to progress in this direction rapidly, due primarily to it's being new
 



 


well i guess its not the newness as much as the recent burst in popularity for such sports. skiing is the easiest example to use. the whole newschool movement didn't hit the main stream until about ten years ago, which was when kids first started learning to ski park and do all these tricks when they were young, and for some, preferring it over any other sport. I think the sport is progressing so much now because these kids have become old enough to turn pro and are starting to hit their athletic prime (guys like sammy carlson, bobby brown, sean pettit) and they are able to do so much more then the older guys in the sport (in a sense) because it was the primary sport they grew up participating in. Obviously it helps that they had guys to emulate like (jon olsson, simon dumont, and tanner hall and probably to a lesser extent seth, shane and the like) but if you look now its these younger guys who are really innovating the sport and the older guys are just trying to keep up with it, as opposed to being the ones pushing it themselves as they did a few years ago (this is more directed at tanner, simon, and jon, the older guys clearly still dominate the backcountry/big mountain scene). I think that as the sport continues to grow and you continue to have kids growing up who now know about, and try to learn tricks that didn't exist a few years ago, the stuff they do will only get better and better. guys like bobby and sammy didn't grow up knowing what a double cork was and had to figure it out as they went along and became pros, but just think what young kids now will be able to do in the future having learned these new tricks much earlier in their lives than bobby or sammy did. for me the most exciting part of all of this and the developments i'm most looking forwards to seeing are the park tricks being taken into the backcountry, its really awesome to see what kind of creative stuff thats being done these days.

 

but yeah, i think this trend in skiing is somewhat similar in most other extreme sports right now and doesnt really show many signs of slowing down any time soon.

 

i hope that made some sense. i feel like it was an awfully jumbled post.


Edited by Watts - 11/11/11 at 6:08am
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