The Dew Tour Team Challenge was a wonderful success but let's make it better!
We are selfish bastards, usually, cuz snowboarding glorifies the individual. It is a solo pursuit. A party of one. That’s why lots of us fell in to begin with. Stick and ball sports, team sports, were fucken lame. Too much conformity. Fucken coaches yelling. Uniforms. Bullshit.
But sometimes it ain’t as fun to watch as team sports. Easier to cheer on the Coloradbro Rockies than one dude. And that’s why I liked yesterday’s Team Challenge at the Dew Tour so much. It was the first, natural, non-patriotic, team based thing that I’ve ever seen work.
The concept was thus:
Six snowboard brands assembled at Dew Tour Breckenridge with a roster of riders to take on the first-ever Team Challenge that combines multiple disciplines to declare one overall champion team.
In similar fashion to this year’s Slopestyle Pro Challenge, teams will take on the jib section for three complete separate from the jump where they will be allotted four jumps with the best two tricks spun in different directions making up that score. However, for the Team Challenge each brand must assign a different rider to each section in addition to selecting a Team Captain from their roster to pump up the riders and talk strategy.
Bad weather canceled the jump part making it a touch lamer but still. I like cheering for some brands and against other brands. Especially against other brands.
Terje Haakonsen, captain of winning Team Burton, said it best:
This has always been my team. I don’t go to big events and cheer on another Norwegian guy just because I’m from Norway. I’m cheering for the guys on my team. I’m a company rider. I didn’t get built up by Norway, I got built up by Oakley, Burton and Volcom—that is my support.
They should do a whole tour of this shit except the brands should really build real awesome teams, use all their best riders, etc. There could be a major league and a minor league and if a minor team league is really good they could move up to the majors. Like Euro soccer. Except with no falling down and crying on the grass.