Another linky love to Ball of Spray, but, on the front page is a youtube clip of a new movie called "Gifted". Which we assume means our writing and formatting skills.
Not to bag on Slalom dudes or anyone for that matter, but, some of the other movies that we have seen clips for on the you (inner) tubes, we noticed a strong slalom presence/infatuation, and this one, looks to have more of a cross section of the three-event world, with all three events given equal love. Because equal love = MUCHO love!!
If you don't have three minutes or so of time, be sure to check out the 2:38 section of this clip, for no other reason than a shot of a camera dude standing, basically, on the ramp while some unnamed bad-ass hauls ass right at him/her.
It looks really freaking cool. By the way, one of the things that was being bandied around the CRB HQ today was how this sport, as opposed to many others, really lends itself to funky camera angles.
Cameras on the rope or in the water or overhead or on the person or in the boat or...well, there are a zillion places you can place a camera or video camera and catch really really neat views.
One of the hardest parts is to translate the passion the skier has into something that is tangible to people viewing it, be it in person or on TV or your computer.
Movies, or Clips like this one, really seem to be, either at the forefront or a trailblazer of sorts in breaking down that so-called fourth wall and letting people into the sport in a meaningful way. Our sport, be it Slalom, Wakeboard, Jump, Tubing, whatever, has so much to offer.
Look at the pro skiers, look at the people who are "really" good, the ones who actually can use the O'Brien Elite, or can utilize a new set of D3 jumpers, or, whatever, they really can translate to something that even those of us who DOMINATE a 15-off pass can appreciate!
Its really that good.
Officer Buck? FOUR THUMBS UP!