Snowskating is not rad. It’s fun. That’s all. It’s not something that anyone is ever going to be impressed by. Next to snowboarding, it looks flat out dumb. Your feet may be comfortable. You may get some “oohs and ahhs”. But, you are not a superstar. You are not a legend. You have no claim to any kind of fame simply because you can ride one, or have ridden one for however long. You’re just drunk.
You can’t start a GoFundMe for every event in your life. You can’t pick teams and kick someone off the team if they say something you don’t like. You don’t get to decide who gets back on the team. You can’t work for a company that doesn’t manufacture a single thing and get offended when someone calls you a salesman. What’s wrong with being a salesman? You can’t tell people what to save their activism for. You don’t get to say which kind of snowskating is the cool kind. You can’t demand respect when you aren’t the least bit respectful. You’re drunk. Go home.
I want you to envision for me: a grown man walking into his garage, gathering his Snowskates, bringing them inside to his grimey bathroom, placing them in his toilet, arranging them precisely so the brand name is visible, holding his junk in one hand and his cell phone in the other, positioning it just so, snapping a picture of himself pissing on his Snowskates, and proceeding to post that picture on the Internet. It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard of. And why would someone be inclined to plot out and execute this delusional plan? Because his friend began dating a girl that he dated more than 2 years ago. She doesn’t even live in his town or state. His “friend” doesn’t either. This should be surprising behavior to a rational person. Sadly, it’s not to me. The only thing I’m perplexed by is – since all his hands were full, how was he simultaneously taking a gulp of swill beer? Maybe he had an accomplice?
Snowskating is fun. People fall in love with it when they try it. But they don’t try it because it looks cool. They try it because they know a guy who looks like he’s having fun on one. They try it because the community is so eager to share it. But what happens when the whole community gets drunk and starts publicly fighting and urinating on the Internet? It’s embarrassing, and we look like kooks.
I’ve used ProjectSnowskate to try to bring some attention to something that I think is fun and should be allowed everywhere. I’ve been nothing but complimentary to the companies and riders. In a way, I have vouched for you. I look around social media right now and there are little fights breaking out between big names all over the place on threads viewable to industry leaders, true legends of the snow sports world, resort managers,and potential future snowskaters. You are making us look ridiculous and you are making a mockery of something that you are trying to lay claim to. If you call yourself a “snowskater” you should be respectful of the scene and create and maintain a community you can be proud of.
I started snowskating because it was fun. I started ProjectSnowskate because it was an assignment for college. I kept it going because it worked and was needed. Now I’m logging off because you all are drunk!* It’s embarrassing to be a part of this scene.
See you on the hill.
*of course you ALL aren’t drunk. Shout out to the classy ones. ✌🏼️