For as long as there’s been snowboarding there’s been the “scene” which is associated with it. Over the years the scene has changed from punk rock, to thug, to emo, to whatever the hell you want to call this current incarnation of it. Needless to say as time has progressed so has the scene, people have come, people have gone, snowboarding has grown, and now more than ever the scene has morphed into a mega global conglomerate mish mash of crap.
Crap? You say. Yes, that’s right crap! Now more than ever there are more succubus leeching off what once made snowboarding unique. Yes that’s right the horrible scenesters that cling to anything and everything that can give their mundane lives a sense of meaning. It’s these people that are helping to lead the decline of snowboarding.
Sure some might say it’s the gapers, it’s the mainstream media with people like Christine Brennan, or it’s just the fact snowboarding has turned gay. But really it’s these hell spawn that have crawled out of the Bromuda Trapezoid and sunk their fleshy meat hooks into snowboarding. These are the ones that put the fashion before function, the party before shred, and have to claim the title of snowboarder so as to be socially accepted.
It’s great that snowboarding is unique and has a rich culture to it, that does not mean you can drop some coin at your local Mall Fart store and buy a snowboard starter kit. It’s these people that buy into the scene so they can be a part of something that are killing what is great about snowboarding. The Internet does not make it any better, with social media (i.e. forums, blogs, and facespace) taking the front seat over porn as the most viewed sites on the planet this gives these succubi an even easier way to cling to snowboarding.
On a plus side their ever present fear of being rooted out as a tool keeps them always one step ahead of the game with being trendy. So in that respect they’re always buying more gear, magazines, or whatever else they can to keep ahead of the curve. Perhaps their buying in to snowboarding isn’t so bad as it does keep a constant flow of money coming for those of us that truly eat, sleep, and breath snowboarding.
Though the truly saddest part of this is that they just want a title associated with them so as to feel accepted and popular. Maybe it stems from low self esteem or perhaps it’s just the fact they weren’t accepted into what was cool in that glorified child daycare we called school. Either way snowboarding should always be about riding, having fun, and not about all the other bullshit of getting drunk, dressing a certain way, and trying to fit the perception people have of what a snowboarder is.
So after reading this think about why you snowboard and remember that those reasons are what keep a smile on your face and a passion in your heart, hopefully. Cause if they aren’t maybe you should go take up a team sport that doesn’t require being individualistic. Snowboarding is an easy thing to understand there are snowboarders and people who snowboard, which do you think truly represents us?