Written by Kendra Wilson
We are in the middle of a huge winter board sport transformation. This could possibly be the biggest transformation of winter sports since people started riding sideways on snow. And, we are in the middle of it. This is a pretty exciting time to be a lover of riding snow, and an even more awesome time to be a snowskater. We are writing history right now!
I was actually thinking how this revolution would be remembered. And, I started making a movie in my head. As it developed, I couldn’t help but notice its similarities to the plot of the movieBASEketball.
At the beginning of the BASEketball, the narrator is discussing the corruption of professional sports, which goes something like this:
“Soon it was commonplace for entire teams to change cities in search of greater profits. The Minneapolis Lakers moved to Los Angeles where there are no lakes. The Oilers moved to Tennessee where there is no oil. The Jazz moved to Salt Lake City where they don’t allow music. The Raiders moved from Oakland to LA back to Oakland. No-one in LA seemed to notice.”
At the beginning of our snowskatesketball movie (that I’m going to need help producing), it will go something like this (which is something kind of like this YoBeat article):
“Soon it was commonplace for bindings to cost as much as a snowboard, and boots to cost as much as bindings. Then Burton began switching hole patterns so only Burton bindings were compatible on their boards. THEN, they switched to the channel system so you couldn’t even use your old Burton bindings on your new Burton snowboard. Industrial cut-throat competition and obscene profit seeking are one thing, but the transformation of the actual snowboarders got embarrassing. What kind of board sport endorses spending more time practicing gymnastic moves than embracing your inner steeze? Snowboarding had lost its style; its “board essence.”
And, we weren’t sticking around for the corporate warfare, sore feet, and imminent leotards.
We were the first snowskaters, and this is how we brought YOU the sport of snowskating.
(Intro music and opening credits)