The Dew Tour made their stop here in Utah this last weekend and I had a chance to go check it out. Dude! These riders are from a different breed! I saw some amazing athletes with some amazing talent. These riders must live, breath and sleep pipe and slope style.
As I was walking around checking out the scene and visiting the riders tents it amazed me to see where snowboarding has gone and what it has become. I love this sport more than anything and it is pretty cool to witness all the growth that has happened. At the same time it is really sad to watch so many young riders who don’t have any real love for the sport. It is all about sponsorship, what drink company you ride for, and what size of park jump you can hit. What happened to the soul of snowboarding where park jumps didn’t exist and the only thing to jib was a rock or tree? I’m not saying what the sport is now is wrong or bad. It just makes me miss what I used to have.
Sometimes when I go off on these silly little tangents, I think I may just be a bitter snowboarder that can’t do all the new tricks. I think I may just be going through a mid life crisis, that it is just my age, and that I need to adapt to this new world of snowboarding. This new world of snowboarding is not fun to me. It makes me want to push Blank Snowboards even harder. Blank Snowboards is the soul of snowboarding. We are just a bunch of washed up dudes who remember what once was. It not about the silly bling and who who is wearing what. I miss being able to go to the hill wearing a pair of jeans and hoodie to hook with some bro’s that are down. I am sick of the vibe fest that you get while you are waiting in a lift line. Dudes checking you out and seeing if you wearing 09 gear or the new 2010 gear. Do my stickers match my outfit? I am going to end my rant know and just say that I am so sick of all of these corperate companies running the show by making us think that we have to rock there gear to be cool. I’m sick of being a billboard advertisment for these companies that have ruined the sport.