I am sort of an evangelist snowskater; in so much as, I believe that I have found a better way to ride snow, and I want EVERYONE to try it. More often than stoke or even indifference, I find that snowboardersare against the idea all together. This is beyond frustrating, because all I want to do is show people a way to be happy – riding snow free, with infinite variations, and without sore feet or knees.
But, what I’m starting to realize is that people don’t want to be convinced about snowskating, – or politics, or religion, or anything really, which makes sense, I guess. What they want is to discover something for themselves. And, this is what brings me to writing this post with a little smirk on my face.
Snowboarders may not realize this, but the sport of snowboarding is evolving right under their boots and before their eyes. New binding mounting technology is claiming superiority because it offers infinite footing positions and best board feel. Pro riders like John Jackson back the system as the best way to strap. Have snowboard and binding companies considered that eliminating bindings altogether offers truly infinite stance options and ultimate board feel? (If they have, they are worried.) When TransWorld SNOWboarding is publishing issues with riders unstrapped on the cover and in the content, something is up. I counted more than 20 shots of riders with at least one foot unstrapped in a recent TransWorld Issue. Somehow, this is rad, but removing the bindings all together is unthinkable…for most (but not for long).
If I can’t convince you to try and enjoy the future today, that’s fine. I’m sure I’ll see you on a snowskate in a few years. In the meantime, I’m absolutely sure that I’m having more fun, with more freedom, less soreness, and fewer injuries than you. Just sayin’.