The new paradigm: posing.

We live in what I consider and awkward time.

We have the world at our fingertips, revolutionary or evolutionary advancements are our daily reality. We a bathed in convenience and luxury. Now because of this, people with means look endlessly for the new “authentic” and “legendary” experience to hold over the heads of their peers, and soft guys who have gone from suburb kid to city yuppie are constantly trying to bridge the gap between their pampered life and feeling like a “man”.

Enter companies such as Wilderness Collective.

They offer fully-supported “off-road” motorcycle rides for the uninitiated, uninformed, coddled, and foolish. Artisan food is served, tents are delivered instead of carried on the bike, and it takes more than 3 days to ride 334 miles.

Watch the video, and feel your stomach turn.

I pride myself on being fairly authentic in what I do and what I’ve done in my life. I was taught to do (what used to be) simple, ubiquitous things like start a fire, chop wood, fixing a car, driving a tractor, and so on…things that most rurally raised children are taught. But now, exponentially fewer children are exposed to a “do it yourself” environment. I rode and raced bmx and motocross as a kid, along with playing most normal public school sports along with them.

With these sports as tools, my father preached his method of getting things done: no flash, just get things done well, and the right way. My dirtbikes and bicycles were used and modestly upgraded, and I was to let my riding do the talking. Same with stick and ball sports: no flare, just business. Enjoying the race, ride, or game was the point of doing it in the first place, and doing things well only furthered the enjoyment. Companies like Wilderness Collective are the opposite of what I was taught and the way I was raised.

Maybe that’s why I hate the concept so deeply. But even so, the philosophical crap (either forced or volunteered) shows that these people can’t just have fun. They have to make it into an event, legend, or epic to make themselves feel like they’re authentic people or to try to connect with people who do these thing on their own.

These trips are all just contrived for the sake of useless peoples’ egos.

Want a real adventure? Hook up with Helge Pedersen at GlobeRiders. I can’t even explain how much more you’d get for your money.

And a bonus just to show you I’ve done shit: Me and a family friend riding around our practice track. I’m on the big CR.

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mmm…gear.

New shoes from Sidi, and of course the girls have the sweet color option on the one I want to buy.

Women’s:

Men’s:

And it looks like they have added a line or two in their MTB shoe line, because last year when I was looking at them, it was either cheap line, or comp line. I wanted something in the middle…this fits perfectly. More on their shoes at their site: Sidi America.

My lifelong devotion to Thor may have run out this year. Blah and WTF?

Last year’s was kind of crappy too, but I loved this stuff:

X Games 16 crap

TP won the speed and style even during X Games 16 yesterday (if there was any doubt). The combo of tricks and speed is lame and contradictory, but at least time is weighted. He won by 5 seconds, and still looked relaxed, even though there was only one dirt berm, and the rest were up on their weird rubber down-ramp surfaces. More photos here.

MASS confusion during both rally events made it disappointing, then later, hilarious. For the normal head-to-head rally race, the track was changed from practice, to qualifying, then again before the heat races began. So all but ONE race was flagged, from the heat races to the final. Garbage. No video, because it was worse than peeing out your butt.

But then, onto SUPER RALLY! This, of course, was taken from Europe, because all of the coolest motorsports shit comes from across the pond. Tanner Foust won, because he does this kind of racing for a living.
The final was hilarious…well more like everything after the flag was…and Brian Deegan made me hate him less…which makes me hate myself.

HD VIDEO of final HERE.

And TP was nowhere to be seen in either event because his car puked. His perfectly timed rhetoric saying that “these Subaru’s are usually very reliable” slayed me. Ken Blocks car also shat on him…I believe in both events as well. Good work Subaru.

In a slightly related note, here is some video of Kenny from the Block amazingly tying former F1 champ Kimi Raikkonen in some euro super rally. I searched for an hour to find this video (I had seen it a year or two ago) and had to post it because of that effort alone.

And Curren Caples surprised the shit out of me.

I saw him a while back in some random youtube skate video…and the only reason I remembered him was because of his tweaked name. He got 4th behind some huge names. He’s only 14, so I’m sure he’ll be around again next year. He handled his interview spots well for a 14-year-old too. I was pleasantly surprised…especially because it looked like ESPN ambushed him each time. Here’s a write-up on his upper-middle class adversity at Red Bull’s athlete news site.

And apparently Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, and other gods competed in “Skateboard Park Legends” competition, and I want to cut off a toe because I missed it. Hosoi was my Alva. Ever since I saw him in Thrasher mag wearing sunglasses just like Tony Alva did, I thought he was a larger-than-life skate god (I wasn’t a skate kid…I did BMX, but I thought the cultures melded well). I can’t find any pictures of the throwback course…or video. Still looking.