I'm no troll, I'm getting a laughs, but it isn't and shouldn't be at another's expense (which is what troll is... people getting punk'd).. at my core I am deadly serious, and I am only part way through the journey. Marketing is about showing people the end product and how it relates to them... with skiing, the relation part really has to come through direct experience ideally. You can't really sell skis effectively without enabling people to try them first... unless it catalyzes something in the mind that nothing yet has... this catalyzation can often be negative as seen in this thread, but that's not entirely my problem. This particular ski by this particular manufacturer at this price is not for everyone. But I threw everything I knew about skis and skiing out the window and came up with this.. I wanted to share that... I didn't aim to do something as vulgar as create a 'product' for a 'target market'. The target was/is for me.. and I bulls eyed it. But I am looking at building something for Daniel and people like him, and perhaps some other pro or great skier that comes my way.
But really, this is just the end of the beginning. It's a win for me regardless, it puts a swing in my step and twinkle in my eye, increases my individuation. I'd like that to be for others, albeit at less expense. Custom skis are expensive, it'd have to be mass produced for the price to come down.. the price is cut in half for orders of 10 although over summer 1 off orders could be made as cheap (I hope.) I personally think top sheet graphics are overrated as they scratch and people get sick of them, but if the alternative is looking at fiberglass or plastic, then the purpose is actually to hide something. (you can also use stickers) I have nothing to hide (figuratively speaking.) People that fixate on terrain or race course might actually be hiding how bored they get on the simple runs they grew up with.. for me that's the bread and butter and should be the core from which one's skiing extends.