Thursday, February 15, 2007
I alluded to it in my previous post. But it needs further discussion. What is IT? It controls the lives of hundreds of thousands enthusiasts worldwide. It squeezes itself to the forefront of the minds of rippers, riders, skiers, flyers, and all-out mountain and lake rats. Its a high! No, not the substance traditionally associated with "high", although this demographic certainly isn't ignorant to this subject. They are, however, ignorant in another aspect. These board and stick warriors seem to struggle with the fact that not EVERYONE gets a trip from flying down a frozen mountain at potentially lethal speeds. It doesn't resonate that there are people who don't enjoy being caught inside a set, who don't find happiness being stuffed in a washing machine for 3 minutes as the blue monsters unleash their potential energy. And frankly, I don't either! To me, and the others out there craving a thrill, little matches the euphoric feeling of laying back on your heel edge as the velocity of the boat propels you into the swampy wake, obtaining the feeling of weightlessness, and subsequently hitting the transition on the next wake. Yeah, I don't get it. If you do, please enlighten me.