Ok yeah we get it….you’re so core that you hate Shaun White. Call him a ginger, call him a kook, call him bad for snowboarding even. It does no good. First off….pretty much nothing is “core” in snowboarding anyway, and all I can say is you shouldn’t spend time and energy on hate. All of the above things about Shaun are true in my opinion. Even when he was a little kid, the front line kids working at Surf Ride could tell you stories of White arrogance and entitlement (mostly from his mom back then). He wins a lot of contests, he likes to spin and flip really high, he wears horrible tight clothing, and he thinks his shit only smells like heirloom (flying) tomatoes. All that said, he’s not why you got into snowboarding.
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He’s not ruining anything about snowboarding (at least not anymore than the rest of the fat cats) for me. I still get to wake up in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains. I still get to be up the cottonwoods early on a pow day with my friends and family. I still get to have that feeling of cruising through trees, while leaning back to keep the nose “above water”. I still get to float big..slow…backside 180’s. Simply put, I still get to stand sideways on snow.
E-Stone photo of Forrest Shearer courtesy of snowboardermag.com
I get to do all of this because 30 years or so ago, a handful of people like me decided that they would just go out and try something new. Those guys are the reason that Shaun White gets to do all of this as well. Ultimately his association shouldn’t affect your life. Find inspiration from the people that mean something to you in snowboarding.
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If you really care that much about the kid….then you’re probably snowboarding for the wrong reasons. I know it sucks when something you truly love gets profiled through the lens of a douchebag though. No one wants that. But when you really know why you love something, then the sun shining on a steaming turd shouldn’t bother you. Go find yourself exhausted and quad blown on a bluebird powder day, and then ask yourself….does Shaun White really give a fuck about what I think?
Willie McMillon is bad ass. For those that don’t know him, he’s the mastermind behind bluebird wax. You should buy some. Kevin Jones is legend status. I’m sure you all get that much (I can’t wait to see his part in TB20). If you don’t get it, just look here. Snowboarders of a certain age group (those that grew up ripping in the 80’s and 90’s) can probably give a ton of knowledge to some newbies. I’m not complaining about “kids these days,” but I will say that there are more than a few who could use a little more heart.
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Willie & Kevin have heart, and those of you that live in an Olympic X Games vacuum, need some of that in your life. The bottom line is that what we do is special. Whether you skate, snowboard, or surf you know that each of these sports are distinct. Each of these cultures are unique as well. I spend a fair amount of time on here bitching about the sides of our sports that are exploitative and full of corruption. The reality is that we are the people that truly push progression in our worlds though. We drive the markets. Basketball players just want wins. The same is true for most team sports/professional athletes. We may be competitive with our friends, but in the long run it’s not about who wins….it’s about who is shredding the best today. Maybe tomorrow it will be you. I’m so happy to say Bluebird is working on boards now. Check the interview here, and show some support in the 2012-2013 season. With these two at the helm the future is bright.