So Im goofing around on Youtube today just looking at random snow clips to help assuage my snow fever when I run across a few clips that just drive me nuts. Ive touched on this point before as the last item in this post but today just got me all wound up again so Im going to repeat it. IF YOU LAND ON YOUR BACK YOU DIDNT LAND THE TRICK AND IF YOU DONT LAND THE TRICK YOU CANT CLAIM THE TRICK!!!. I have no idea why skiers above all other sports have the mentality that just trying the trick is enough to take credit for the trick.
Heres example one….
Now this is just example one but lets take a quick look at the clip. First look at the title “triple backflip” which insinuates that the trick is landed. Hell why not name it quadruple backflip and just say he wasnt able to make the final rotation due to exploding in the ground. Second listen to the guy filming … hes stoked as soon as our human lawn dart gets that third rotation. In his mind the trick is accomplished and he doesnt even wait for a landing to get stoked. Baffling…
Heres clip number two…
This ones over two and a half minutes of footage with nary a landed “switch triple frontflip” to be found. This guy obviously has skill but what he doesnt have is a switch triple frontflip in his switch triple frontflip clip. Once again attempting one, although gutsy, doesnt entitle you to claim it if its not landed. I dont know who this guy is since I dont follow freeskiing and he may have landed one by now but I was unable to find a clip of it if he did. Like I said though .. dudes def got some skill and nerve.
That brings us to this gem….
Ok first things first this shits amazing. Well worth watching the entire clip and even heading over to the link to read more of the story. What its not is a cliff drop well at least not in the sense of trying to land a trick type cliff drop. Its an accident, a misread by the skier that results in him plummeting off the edge of a cliff and miraculously surviving. How the hell can you get a world record for dropping a cliff when its a complete accident. I mean give the guy a world record for like highest survived fall or whatever just dont give him credit for actually attempting a trick. Hell by this logic if hed just started rotating he could also have the record for first person to pull a 3600. Read the comments if you can stomach it. Many of the people are more than content with calling this a “made trick” which once again I can not comprehend. Hell Im going to strap in to my board and jump out of a plane with a chute and land on the mountain and beat this “world record” … its makes about as much sense.
I guess we cant fault the current crop of thrill seeking freeskiiers. After all check this clip from 17 years ago.
I guess the more things change the more they stay the same. I wonder why in the hell Wonder Woman parked her invisible jet in the middle of that landing. It sure did level this poor guy though didnt it. STUCK IT!!! WAHOOOO!!!
Skiers, please just stop this fiasco. Oh and by the way youre not going switch youre going backwards. Switch only pertains to sideways stances like in skateboarding, snowboarding, pitching, and batting in baseball.