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Old     (tripsw)      Join Date: May 2006       01-19-2019, 8:12 PM Reply   
Cable Wakeboarding at the Olympics.
Thoughts? Good or bad for wakeboarding?
At least we're hip!
Old     (gnarslayer)      Join Date: Sep 2008       01-19-2019, 8:38 PM Reply   
will probably not be very cool, but will draw a larger audience to wakeboarding.
Old     (tripsw)      Join Date: May 2006       01-22-2019, 2:01 PM Reply   
Shortlist in June this year, final decision in December 2020.
Old     (skiboarder)      Join Date: Oct 2006       01-25-2019, 8:10 AM Reply   
No thanks. For wakeboarding to hit the mainstream, you have to become something that the guy would would rather be watching football wants to see. Why cater to that guy? Have you seen the X-Games and olympic coverage of snowboarding? It makes me want to barf. It all seems so phony.
Old     (scottb7)      Join Date: Oct 2012       01-25-2019, 4:34 PM Reply   
I think it is great. Anything that get's people wakeboarding is good. And if i had a cable park near me I could get rid of my g21, and not compete for decent water with a bunch of wanna be surfers...

P.s. not that anyone on this forum is a wanna be surfer.
Old     (Kurzinator)      Join Date: Aug 2017       03-04-2019, 4:20 AM Reply   
A possible problem I would be cautious of is that the Olympic committee likely will not accept expression sessions and freeriding as the format. They'll want to prescribe a points value system to each move like the old days, and out will come all the robotic riders with zero style and zero tweak. The battle to get away from Points-based competition took a few years and wasn't easy, and the waterski community had a death grip on competitions for years.

If it was to become an Olympic sport and remained a freeride event, and not points based, then it would be viewed as subjective and there would be huge disagreements about who "really should have won". I don't know. IMO it could be either really good or really bad for the sport.


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