Originally Posted by davluri
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