Life in Antarctica Imagine a whole world covered in ice and snow:
Check out Odin's thread above for a good discussion on "elitism" in skiing. OK, I intended to do a single post comparing the equipment, culture, thrill, learning curve, and other aspects of skiing and surfing. I started writing and before I'd exhausted everything I wanted to say about equipment, I'd produced a small thesis.
As such, I stopped myself and decided to post what I've written and deliver my thoughts in a The culture of skiing vs the of posts. Surfing and skiing equipment have several similarities. In surfing, length is but one component of the shape of a board.
More important than length of the board is the interplay between the outline, foil, length, rocker, rail shape, length, width and thickness of the board. Outline is what it sounds like, the basic shape of the board as it would be revealed if you made a chalk outline of it on the sidewalk.
Foil is the distribution of foam thickness from nose to tail. Rocker is the amount of curve along the length of the board commonly called "nose-kick" or "tail-kick".
Rail shape is self-explanatory but its importance is commonly underestimated and misunderstood. Do a web search or check Marcus Sanders coverage of it on www. Committed surfers worldwide are all very anxious about the fall-out that this will cause.
That said, I'm going to discuss surfboard manufacturing as it has been as long as I've been involved in the sport. Where it goes from here is a giant question mark. Surfboards are a much more primitive technology than skis.
Unlike skiing, where equipment manufacturers appear to be very significant financial forces within the industry, surf industry money is concentrated in soft-goods manufacturers primarily the "big 3": Quiksilver, Billabong and Rip Curl. In skiing, big manufacturers mass-produce models of skis and sell them to the public.
While the top surfboard manufacturers style and market "models" and have streamlined their production methods with CAD and some sophisticated shaping machines that rough-shape the foam cores, surfboards are still largely manufactured by hand.
For my part, I love the handmade quality of surfboards. I am friends with the guy who shapes my surfboards and talk to him in detail about how I want my boards. He is a "ghost shaper" for Rusty Priesendorfer a big-time shaper who also has a popular clothing label with an "R-Dot" logo. As such, I have direct access to a world class equipment manufacturer that builds equipment, to exacting standards, specifically for me.
I get the equipment for the same price as "stock boards. Imagine if you could go ski with Splat, have him watch you ski all day, then go have a beer with him and discuss the exact specifications of the Bro model ski he would have tailor made for you in two weeks. Of course the benefit of ski manufacturing is that the equipment is much more sophisticated.
The equipment is made of modern materials and the controls over the manufacturing process are much more exacting. For example, the flex pattern of skis is apparently very precise.
Flex pattern is much more of a crap shoot with surfboards, due to irregularities in the foam core manufacturing process, the glassing process, and a less scientific understanding of its importance by the manufacturing community at large.
As such, it's very difficult to replicate the "magic board. It's a very fine line between "too buoyant" and "not buoyant enough", between "too much rocker" and "not enough rocker" etc. This dynamic, and the generally scroungy budget of the average surfer, contributes significantly to the general state of inertia in surfboard design.
Once you get your specs dialed, you're terrified to stray.
In the early nineties, surfing experienced a radical change. Led by Kelly Slater, the "newschool" style of radical surfing took over. All of a sudden, every surfer wanted to ride the thin, narrow, heavily-rockered potato chips that Slater and his disciples were using.
The problem was, only Cinderella could wear those glass slippers.For many students in the state of Massachusetts, high school sports programs provide valuable life experiences and can even open opportunities for furthering their education. Whereas skiing is a worldwide and ageless phenomenon, snowboarding began as a part of a limited counter-culture.
As snowboarding grows in popularity, the associated stigma shrinks and the animosity between skiers and snowboarders is quickly dissolving.
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Their machines create snow crystals that are like two-week-old snow from Mother Nature. But while Mother Nature takes hours or days to manufacture the crystals, SMI's machines make the snow in 3 to 15 seconds.
Difference between Ice Skating and Skiing. Tweet. Key difference: The term ice skating means sliding on an ice surface by using ice skates. Skiing is an international sport and a famous pastime, which entails attaching a pair of skis to one’s feet, and passing through snow.
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