Originally Posted by Rick
Hey, Weems, wouldn't it have been cheaper to just stuff them in a potatoe sack and toss em off a bridge? And I bet they would have had just as much fun!
Actually, I've done pretty nearly that. We all jumped off the Nevis bungie in New Zealand: 134 meters.
Dumb kids. Where do they get that stuff.
Actually, I'm pretty pleased because they're just brutally critical of the guys who go too big for their own safety. (music to my ears). On the other hand, yes, we've spent quite a bit of time in the ER.
And Tog, the flying squirrels are just amazing. I saw that earlier. I'm avoiding sending it to my kids.
As far as the skiing level is concerned I think Kiffor Berg, Aaron Estrada, and Johnny Mika are just astonishing skiers, and they tend to be able to do this stuff, land it and ski off. Patrick is an amazing skier, and Wallace is a magic rider. Patrick made some huge mistakes in his line and landings. Wallace got third--I think because he is fluid and connected the cliffs in balance. The guy who won the snowboard version (Dave Watson) is clearly insane and an amazing rider. He's also 39 years old.
It's interesting to watch that stuff, because it shows such a gap between the techniques we watch in rec and race skiing, and what is happening out in that freeride world. I think, when you watch Jeremy Nobis, the gap narrows.