Two of our best muse on the style vs score debate.
By Dan Dobbin.
It’s been just over a fortnight since Ryan Hardy epilogued a divine shot of himself engaging in a glorious downcarve with the simple musing “Who would like to see turns scored higher in contests?”
Like Gavrilo Princip’s shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in a Sarajevo side street while waiting on a sandwich*, or Martin Luther’s combination of theological and carpentry work, it seems that a simple small act may prove to be the genesis of a much bigger happening.
Whilst crawling through the comments section of the kingslayer PLC’s homage to Spencer Skipper and its accompanying bank reverse footage from No Friends 4, the tenticles of a theme stretched through the responses, particularly from two of the sports bigwigs.
Lord of the rail Mitch Rawlins asked ” How would you feel if a turn like this scored more than a backflip? That is the question.”
To cut or to huck, which is preferable?
“It all depends on the quality of the backflip, judges need to judge you on what you have done on a wave and not what you should have done. In my opinion this particular reverse is harder than a backflip, there is nothing wrong about it, clean bottom turn, uses the most critical part of the wave with power, control and functional style, perfect execution and the landing is phenomenal”.
So it would seem that the man who may have perfected and completed more backflips than any other is beginning to favour the lustful appeal of buring a good rail over the cheap thrill of a backwards bend.
Rawlin’s return serve is a circumspect analysis that neatly cuts to the heart of the matter.
“Quality is always important. So is versatility. In the last ten years of competition I’m going to say at least 90% of high scoring rides have been backflips which has resulted in les *(sic) creativity. I don’t believe it’s harder than a backflip especially for someone like yourself I just think its sometimes better and shows creativity. But not always. Not one competative bodyboarder would do this in an event and expect to get a high score”.
Two of our very best practitioners, one famed for his rail work, the other renowned for his flips, can agree on the technical diffulty and aesthetic value of a power move, while acknowledging that it would never score in competition.
And that, perhaps, is a problem that needs rectification.
* It is doubtful that sandwiches appeared on Bosnian cafe menus in 1914. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.