Jul 29, 2011

Waterski and the Olympics - The Case for Jump

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Hopefully no one operates under the slim illusion that "waterskiing" will become part of the Olympics in the future. This is a foolish thought; it does you no good and gives you a false sense of reality.

Waterskiing as its presently presented will never be a sport within the Olympic ideal, its to complex, to many moving parts and far to many facets operate in a way that the powers that can easily say, "yeah...umm, lets just do some ball room dancing, that’s way easier then this shit" and they move on and we bitch and moan and no one cares.

Yesterday we brought you the poll from SportsPro media asking you what you thought about what should be the next sport in the Olympics, at the time of writing this it was:

Softball = 44.91%
Wakeboard = 28.91%
Baseball = 17.59%

Hey Look! Wakeboarding is right there!! Awesome! And lets be honest, they already cut softball off at the knees a few years ago so this should give wakeboarding a great in to the games no????

Yes, Christ, hopefully!!!

Lets put our cards on the table though...is Wakeboarding the discipline of our sport that best represents what our sport is as a whole?

For that matter is Wakeboarding the discipline of our sport that captures peoples attention?

Meaning, when the Olympics are on and on some random Thursday night will Wakeboarding capture people’s attention? Will this part of our sport draw people to the TV and invest emotionally in it enough to justify all the teeth gnashing the past years?

Will people see wakeboarding on their TV and care enough to make it work? Maybe there are enough personalities within that sport to capture peoples attention, honestly, but, other then maybe Shaun White, does anyone remember any other snowboarder?

I really don't think so.

No offense to the wakeboard crowd, but, it projects to me like the X-Games do, or snowboarding, where, unless there is a compelling story surrounding it, I don’t know if I would care enough and just go back to eating cheez its and building model airplanes.

No, I think we as a sport need something, a discipline that we can bring to the world that will capture everyone even if they have no idea what they are looking at.

Look, people can see a whirlybird and a scarecrow and a whatever and it all blends together because they have no idea what it is, just a dude or chick spinning around and it looks awesome...serious, if you have ever seen a real good wakeboarder in real life its breathtaking.

However, I don’t think that will translate well enough to the public to make it worth it.

This show sucks!!!
Think of all the people out there in the world who have no connection to this sport at all, they don't have any idea of what any of the tricks are, they look all the same and they stereotype the skiers are weed smoking kids whose parents have money to buy a boat.

Which, hey, a lot of us are!

No, what people need is something simple, they need to root for their country with easy to see metrics.

Slalom is out, because its just not…its kinda boring to watch unless you invest some time to figure out what is going on.

Trick is out because its wakeboarding on a smaller ski and with less air and you need to much time to explain the tricks then you probably have.

Kneeboard it out because only 25 people still do it.

Complete 3-Event is out because the same reasons as above…it takes to much investment to get the end result across.

No No, its long distance jump.

Its simple as hell, its fun as hell and it will make America stand up and go:

America: "OH SHIT! DODD JUST KILLED IT!!!!!!!"
America: "Wait, he is Canadian...Damnit, but that was 230...C'mon Freddy!!! Beat that maple syrup mofo!!!!"

L-D Jump is simple and easy to digest, you have to jump further then the next guy to win. Its easy!!!

We want people to buy into our sport without knowing everying yet, its not a matter of "damn, Jimmy Siemers is killer on a trick ski, but, not quite the same on jumpers is he?" as it is, this...

In Soviet Russia the Puck scores you!!

"GOD DAMN, FREDDY CAN FLY!!!! BEAT THAT KRAUT BASTARD!!!...YEAH!! USA USA USA!!!!"

See the difference?

LD Jump is simple, its beat the next guy and win.

That’s a very easy to digest version of our sport. It works, it plays and it is AWESOME to see live.

If any of you have ever seen a pro event in person you know, probably before, the person hits the ramp that he is about to kill it.

For example, at Night Jam this last year amidst all the beer, when Freddy came towards the ramp on his winning jump everyone seemed to draw a collective breath because we knew he was about to stomp shit out.

I wish I had that specific jump on my camera, because it was palatable. The, ohhhh, wow.....YEAH!!! that took place.

Serious, I remember just going, “ohhh wow……(deep breath)…..YEAHHHHH!!!!” After Freddy stomped out his jump. It was amazing. There has been very few other events that I have attended that had that same “OH SHIT” moment that this specific jump did. Everyone stopped what they were doing, it was quiet and we just watched him float…and float…and it looked just that little bit better then what we had seen. It’s a primal sort of visage, something you can’t really explain other then the fact that he just crushed people. It was awesome.

LD jump has that direct kinetic connection to people because it’s so simple on a basic level.

This is what we need in the Olympics.

We have all the countries covered for the most part, shoot, if nothing else we got Freddy and Dodd and Ellis and Llewellyn battling it out for USA/Canada bragging rights with about 50 other dudes who can fly and waving their flags about ready to punch us all in the jump for the medal.

Not even mentioning the girls who fly like a mofo as it is.

Yo, I can see your mom with...my dad??  WTF??
Jumping is the simplest of our disciplines in terms of viewership.

Its just as difficult as any other version of our sport, but, its the easiest to convert to TV viewship, its the easiest to gamble on...which lets be honest is an important part, its the easiest to make sense of when you are 1/2 paying attention and it appears to be the sport where the people involved are eager as hell to promote.

Yes, yes, wakeboarders, dont think we think that you suck or something, but...lets be honest here for a second.

No one in their right mind would prefer watching a scarecrow landed blind vs. a 230 foot jump. Well, that’s not fair, yes, a lot of people would. However, its so EASY to get behind a simple measurement scale like distance vs a scored system of tricks.

Its just easier to understand in this realm.

Do you think anyone knows the difference between the Super G and Downhill ski in the winter games? Unless they are a technical douche?

No, they don't, but they do know that skier A was faster then skier B and that makes it easy.

Does this make sense?

Our sport has a high barrier to entry, lets break that down and make it easy for people to get into. Lets grow our sport by making the simple parts available to people and they will be drawn in.

And the bullshit about "oh, it has a motor and a driver and that won't fly." This has been a stumbling block for ever. That “outside” influence doesn’t a legit sport make.

BULLSHIT. The majority of the sports have either different shoes, or vaulting poles, or hockey sticks or guns or whatever. Every single event in any Olympics has some play with the various companies that help out.

But on the level, this is where some of the various governing agencies need to get smart and just say, “yo, we are using zero off, Malibu boats and this rope for all” Make that part of the issue level.

Just make it the same across the board and that argument is moot. You take the CRB Skimasterbu and our rope and do it.

That argument went out the window years ago with the Dream Team, you aren't a real "amateur" event anymore, you are a money making machine. NBC just paid out their ass to televise the games for the next 20 or so years, you think that THAT amount of money will be levereaged against the ideal of idealistic Greek sport? HELL NO!!!!

I am TOTALLY buying you a drink later

The Olympics are a melting pot of the unique, the odd, the fringe sports, the ones that people buy into so you watch and the people can make money. We all waterski, EVERYONE waterskis at some point in their life, in some way shape or form, two skis, a tube, riding in a boat, seeing a lake, floating in a god damn pool.

The Olympics needs to have waterskiing in it at some level and this is something that we all need to push to get. Waterskiing is a mentality that we all have in some way in our life and this is not even an arguable point.

Everyone does it. Everyone knows what it is and god damn it, we are a legitimate sport.

Lets take the one discipline that best translates to Mr and Mrs TV viewer and blow them away with how god damn awesome our skiers are and how incredible it is to see in person and then bask in the afterglow.

Apollo Ohno is famous for Speed Skating and that is nifty...Freddy is twice the athlete that he is, competes in a sport that is twice as entertaining and damnit, should be twice as famous. Lets get this done, I want to watch Letterman in a few years and see Freddy, Dodd, Worden, Jaret, Damien, Laurentano, Regina, Fladborg, Poochie and Vympranietsova giving the Top Ten list while eating caviar cakes delivered to them by supermodels.

America is as widely varied in taste in 2011 as we have ever been, we relish new ideas, new events and new things to capture our attention. But, they better capture the shit out of our attention. Otherwise we will just say screw it and watch football. Its time to blow people away with our unique brand of kick ass.


A shame that no one is there to see freddy enter orbit.  Jesus christ this jump is sick!


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Bro, the handle is your best friend, hang on to that, do we have to teach you everything Carl??


Fist pump on jump 2 = pimp.

Jul 28, 2011

Wakeboarding in the Olympics

Wakeboarding

The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) was recognised by the IOC in 1967 and, since then, it has grown to include over 90 member nations and organise a number of international competitions. Of the eight sports vying for inclusion, wakeboarding is the only watersport and its popularity is growing worldwide. IOC president Jacques Rogge said the sport “provides great entertainment for the spectators and adds further youthful appeal,” but will that be enough to see it included in the 2020 programme?

Click HERE and vote to add wakeboarding to the 2020 Olympics.

If you go there and vote for softball because you don't like wakeboarding we will sick the CRB Minion and his drug cartel on your ass. And you know that will not be good.

USAWS, with whom we occasionally disagree, is right to be supporting this. Sure its not 3 event which most of our readers and our entire editorial staff would prefer to see in the Olympics, but its a start.

Also this is cable wakeboarding which we have discussed before how that sport is blowing up all over the place. The barriers to entry into cable skiing and wakeboarding are much lower then traditional boat pulled events. Stop reading now and go vote...just do it and stop bitching about how wakeboarders are punks, we all know that already.

Jul 27, 2011

Morning AHHHHHHH

Only in showskiing do you get crowds of thousands watching what appears to be the start of a vegas showgirl dance. Yep, thats why ODBF goes to these things, he knows where the girls are.



Photo credit Jim's Photos.

Jul 25, 2011

Vid Day Monday

So some of you guys may be getting tired of all of the show skiing, well the ODBF does not really give a shit. 4 days of watching great skiing, drinking beers with people that drink harder then anywhere else in the country and looking at hot show ski girls in bikinis means you all get to see some show skiing. And this vid is pretty sweet. So watch it and shut up.

Vid Day Monday

A town using waterskiing as a selling point. Daddy like

Vid Day Monday

Like every year the ODBF went to the largest waterski tournament in the world based on total number of pulls, the Wisconsin State Show Ski Tournament. Those beer drinking, cheese lovers are crazy for show skiing. As usual it was a blast and he spent most of the time drunk and stumbling around the beer tent. Could he have recorded some video for us? yea... Did he? nope...

So here is a cool act from a couple years ago at show ski nationals.

Jul 20, 2011

Vacation

Breaking News: IWSF Still Sucks

We have said it before and will say it again, the IWSF (refuse to call it IWWF) website sucks donkey dick. The main site is about as cool to look at as an abortion would be. The scoring page for the worlds is...ok...ish. All you get is the current scores, no info, no list of who is yet to ski, or who is on the water. The ODBF gets drunk and tweets 10 times more info at tournaments, the IWSF could not at least put up some pics of the top competitors or a bit more info about the haps.

The two pictures they have put up so far are of an 8 year old from Malaysia and a trick skier from China. Those pics are interesting but how about some pics of slalom or jump, how about the top skiers or the leaders at the moment? This is the worlds and should be the best reported event we have!

I would post some pics but as they have not put up any good ones here is a picture of the sun, just to remind you all that it is crazy freaking hot out right now. Unless you live in the pacific north west where they have had 78 minutes over 80 degrees all summer.

Jul 18, 2011

Vid Day Monday

A show ski club from Wisconsin held a special show to honor some military vets who suffered traumatic brain injuries in combat. No jokes here, just some big props to all involved. Good stuff.

Vid Day Monday

Since getting a real job and joining the "real" world I have been forced to put skiing more and more on the back burner...and that is hella lame. So this weekend I went out and visited my old group of skiing buddies, this is a group of skiers that will never grow up. So they have all gotten better over the years while I have been working and posting on this nonsense website. So being out with this group again meant I had to try some tricks that I thought were probably lost to me. The following vid is not the ODBF, as I can not make it that easy to figure out who we are, but this is what I was doing, AND I DOMINATED.*

*did not fall

I saw a shirt once that said "Real Men Do Back Deeps Naked", I like the guy in this vid am not a real man I guess. Oh and the whiplash from the falls makes sitting at a desk on Monday suck something awful.

Vid Day Monday

Adam Sedlmajer sent us this vid he made with his Go Pro camera. It is hella cool and well worth watching. And yes, we are still in love with Go Pro.

Jul 13, 2011

Your Sister is Nate Smith's Baby Momma

This kid seemingly came out of nowhere last year and has just been laying down insane passes like its cake. It has run 28 consecutave 39.5 off passes in record tournaments and dropped a 5.5 at 41 off this past weekend. It is very likely that we will see the record fall this year and maybe more.

With all that there comes this vid from the Sac Town Gold Rush. Which I have to say that event kinda pisses me off. WTF is the point of having an event to see if you can do it and giving out 50 K but not allowing the public to come watch? Lets see how exclusive we can get...Is that our goal? My understanding is that Taylor Garcia's dad is a hot shot lawyer with dolla dolla bills all over the place and he put up most or all of the money. So whatever, dude bought himself an event...PUT THIS STUFF WHERE THE PEEPS SEE IT. Or was this just to try and get bigger sponsors to see how it goes and try to get big bucks? Hell I don't know, we just spout half cocked opinions here. That's how we roll bitchz!

Jul 12, 2011

Jul 11, 2011

Vid Day Monday

Sac Town Gold Rush...I remember the California Gold Rush involving large numbers of people. This looks like about 10 people on the shore, recognize most of those as competitors. Perhaps running an event on a Tuesday is not the smartest choice.

But at least the jumping was sweet!

Vid Day Monday

The Global Invitational was this past weekend. Slalom all day long gets crazy boring, but then jump hits the water and people get into it. It was disapointing to only see 11 guys sign up for the jump event and no womens jump. If we really want our sport to prosper Jump is the big event to push. Tricks is really cool and should be included but right now the money is not there. That money will come with crowds and the crowds will come for jumping. We are a society that wants big exciting over the top events, and jump meets those requierments. Watching slalom for 8 hours is not going to cut it and sponsors don't want to pay big bucks for little return. This weekend there was a big crowd, but 90% of that crowd was there to swim and enjoy the beach not for the event itself. Now that is not to minimize the fact that we just had something like 4 thousand people at a pro tournament, just pointing out that we still struggle to get people to make the event their destination.

With that said, Freddy won the jump event with a 234 foot jump on what was basiclly a 3/4 cut. Damn that guy can fly.

Jul 5, 2011

Clem is Better Than You

Tony Lightfoot makes these great vids for every record and we have to give him a big thank you for that.

Clem and Natty have really been pushing the limits in tricks the last few years. Early in the season like this we will probably see this record go down again.



***update*** New version of vid added. One of the scores in the original video was incorrect.

Jul 1, 2011

July 4th is for the Awesomez

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If you are sitting at your computer reading the CRB this weekend all I can say is "GET THE FUCK OUTSIDE AND DO SOME THING COOL". Seriously, its mid summer (in my neck of the woods that means it will snow next week) so you should be skiing, grilling, lounging, launching water balloons at unsuspecting joggers, and other such nonsense. If you are in your house on the computer then you are a lost cause.

With that said, we here at the CRB are on vacation for the next week, so any posts that pop up will be from us when we are violating our own 'get the fuck off the computer' rule.

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Life Jacket has asked if porn is an acceptable reason to go on the webz, and the answer is no, even the porn tubes are off limits. Go to a strip club like the rest of us do, or just look at the above pic for awhile.