I enjoy watching many of the new movies, seeing these bold lines and new moves being pulled off with perfect style. I see the fundamentals of solid technique in their freeskiing, but not necessarily racing form though. It takes a different touch on the snow for freeskiing versus racing, and I think a racing background helps but is not required.
I am critical of good form as opposed to funky form when watching the new movies. It's easy to be critical of these guys because we can be warm and comfy with a beer in hand, hitting the rewind button, playing scenes over and over. But it's also hard to be critical of even the most awkward new ski stars because they rip at a level at least 14 times better than most of us.
Some of the best may not have much racing in their backgrounds. I like watching Ritchie Schley and Rob Gaffney, and I haven't a clue if they raced.
But the ones I enjoy watching the most, skiing in real life for themselves and for our chairlift viewing enjoyment, are Turk at Bridger Bowl and Tim Thompson at Mammoth. These guys move like greased poetry, one doesn't have a racing history and one has a long racing history.