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Old 05-08-2007   #1
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World Championship ?

One of the recent posts updating the Worlds indicated EJ was booed. What is up with that. Here is a guy who has excelled at the rodeo aspect of the sport for years, and he's booed. Our community is so small.

Was their provocation? Is this just envy? In the blog it said it was the French. Is this true. If so, Why?

Thanks for the clarifacation.

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Old 05-08-2007   #2
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Seems like they booed him because he threw such a standard ride, and no huge aerial moves, his ride is on those guys are on it. His big end move was a mcnasty which is his same big move as in the Vail feature. Sounds like Troutman was throwing way huger aerial moves but not the methodic competition ride so he did'nt win.

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Old 05-09-2007   #3
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I'm glad the editorial was on the judging and not toward him and his family. They certainly seem to exemplify a dedication and love of the sport. Funny that subjective judging is a part of our sport in any way. All we need now is a someone to hit another competitor with a paddle and we'll be right there with figure skating. Thinking back a few weeks, I guess some of that same drama was demonstrated right here on this board!!
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Old 05-09-2007   #4
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ej is the bomb

huge air or more tricks, im diffentely a fan for huge air but ej is a training mofo. if he lands a majorty of his tricks on wave maynot be the biggest tricks but he still lands them and thats all that counts nobody is out there with a measuring stick checking your height, these would be big trick comps.
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Is there a video of Troutman ride on the web? I want to compare the rides. I got EJ's ride from
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Old 05-09-2007   #6
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As mentioned above, I really can't think of too many folks that train and train and train the way EJ does. It litterally is all he does. Maybe a better way to say it isn't so much that he trains is that he just paddles. His home hole (RI) is one of the best features in the US. When he is home he is on it a minimum of twice a day...every day it runs (which is like 300+ days a year.)

He is the most competitive person I have ever met. And the difference in my humble opinion is that in competitiion, you have to know how to compete... You might have thrown the biggest move ever caught on tape, but if you can't adopt it into a winning routine, your gonna loose.

Nick on the other hand lives with them and is very much being instilled with the rigorous training schedule, but the difference with him, is that he grew up and learned to paddle on Bus, Mini Bus, and also Garb. It's all he paddled until the last few years of traveling. I really can't think of a more BIG wave/ big air rider (although there are always more)... he's just that good.

Boo'ing someone after they won... Unless you get busted with steriod of some sort, that is so weak it's hard to believe it happened. I wasn't there, so I can't comment, but if it's true, its dispicable.

If you have issue with the winner, take it up with the judges. Beyond that, being a sore looser is about as ugly as one can get.

The flows are jump'n!!! Get after it!!!!

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather...To skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... WOW !!!! What a ride!!!!!!"
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