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Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Howly Wolf » Wed Jul 28, 2021 11:39 am

Hammish coming in hot! Guy's at his best ranting about skate, surf, or barging Dead shows filled to gills with that Owsley batch.

Thing is that skate is bigger than the olympics. No disaffected kid who already loves skating is going to quit because it was on NBC; they'll roll their eyes and wait for GX to drop their next edit. I'll even go so far to say that MORE disaffected kids are going to pick up a skateboard now, especially young girls in developing nations. It's easy to be jaded from our vantage in the US, but the Olympics are a far bigger deal internationally. 100% agree that hill bombing and some crazy @ss Bob Burnquist mega ramp would be far better though-- progress the "sport".

Funny that surfing is so far past the rubicon that the olympics was weirdly refreshing. It was cool to see Duke's vision come to fruition and the quixotic focus it took to make that happen is epic in and of itself. Competition surfing's not my bag, but synchronicity is and the stars really aligned to make it a fun event for the niche, but not necessarily prime time viewing for the masses. Best case scenario.
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Chanel Derrière » Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:13 pm

True. I'm not saying people will quit but there will be many 'disaffected' youth who skateboarding will not hold that special appeal to after witnessing that sanitized, standardized sham. My point is, I hope there is something else out there for the 11 year olds that need it. If I was 11 right now and I did not already skate, I am pretty sure I would just shrug it off as more jockish nonsense and find some windows to break instead.
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Major Lazer » Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:58 pm

Hammish's diatribe was predictable for his demographic. Good points about a downhill. There's quite a crazy downhill scene these days, yet another niche of skateboarding. What I don't get was why he drove his SUV 6 blocks to the local skatepark :roll:
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Chanel Derrière » Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:11 pm

Major Lazer wrote: his demographic.:


What's that?

White, 50 something New Age Christian Conspiracy theorist anti-vaxxer transphobic dude?
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Major Lazer » Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:12 pm

Another family viewing and watched the short attention span version of the surfing finals last night. Thumping swell and wonky cyclone conditions made it interesting. Big outside roll ins to thumping inside sections. Italo is a beast. That close out lip grind to broken board was impressive. Carissa's rail work and power surfing is some of the best. Both seemed to be on another level. Got me hyped to surf. Those T Pat shapes are looking nice under Italos feet. Need to get my hands on one, one of these days. Was surprised to see a nice batch of them on the racks at Pura Vida a year or so ago. May go down the rabbit hole and watch the other heats leading up to the finals.
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Major Lazer » Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:26 pm

I don't tune in to know all those attributes, but yes old burnt out skateboarder.
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Howly Wolf » Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:57 pm

Italo is a freak. Human embodiment of froth. Just hucking insane airs all day long while most of the competition just safety surfed. Ideally, competition (and especially the Olympic games) should progress the sport and Italo & Gabe showed up to do just that. If those two had to face off for the gold, that could've been one for the ages.

And yeah, Spent, I know what you're getting at... just an interesting convo to pass the time while seas are flat. Corpo psy-op aside, I have faith skateboarding will find the people who need it most. I literally found my first board (a janky 70's shape) in the woods when I was 5... didn't know what skating was, but knew it went fast down hills. That won't ever change. The kids will be alright.
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Chanel Derrière » Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:26 pm

As soon as a I see a flag or energy link logo I don't care how good you surf or skate, I'm done watching. I'll watch track and field over that shit any day.

Standardization is a death knell.

Honestly, high jump and downhill would make a lot more sense. Surfing... shit.. how they judge it, I care not to know...

Anyway, tuned it all out at this point. Big bonfire of surfboards and skateboards at my house this Friday. You're all welcome. Bring fuel.
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Major Lazer » Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:42 pm

Chanel Derrière wrote:If I was 11 right now and I did not already skate, I am pretty sure I would just shrug it off as more jockish nonsense and find some windows to break instead.


I did both.
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Major Lazer » Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:43 pm

Howly Wolf wrote:I literally found my first board (a janky 70's shape) in the woods


Exactly how I found my 1st porn!
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Major Lazer » Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:44 pm

smithgrind wrote:I like to watch just about anything but surfing and skating.


But I know your watchin this!

The Ultimate Surfer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kd09wrwMAI

Thanks for da 411 brah!
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Tex » Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:15 pm

Damnmmmm i woulda showed up to the bonfire for SURE.....up on Orcas with my pops till Sunday. Next one though, count me in.
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Tex » Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:19 pm

and I really wish I had not clicked on the Ultimate Surfer link, that is vile trash, cant believe Kelly is whoring so terribly.
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Major Lazer » Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:40 pm

Tex wrote:Damnmmmm i woulda showed up to the bonfire for SURE.....up on Orcas with my pops till Sunday. Next one though, count me in.


I think an OSP Up North throw down is in order?
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Re: Will the Olympics Ruin Skate or Ruin Surf?

Postby Howly Wolf » Fri Jul 30, 2021 12:06 pm

You can find me at Cosube watching The Ultimate Surfer.
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