This Spring I was joking around with @Dirt
about how I was going to beat him in tricks at Regionals. It got me thinking and I thought that I could compete for the win in M4 tricks at Regionals. It was going to be fun to get on the dock with the guys I skied against when I was a kid. If I skied bad I thought McNerney or @Dirt
would win and I could laugh at my failure and if I skied good I could win. It would be a competition. I actually practiced my tricks for the first time in 25 years.
My dream of Regional Gold was based on the assumption that Forrest Fisher would ski MM or Open. Yes, we all know assumptions are stupid things. Forrest is clearly be best M4 tricker in the west and at Regionals he did trick almost exactly double
To be clear, Forrest deserves the Gold. I have no issue with his win. If he had skied in MM or Open and I had won it would have been fun but only because the best skier in the division was not there. Yes, I am a little conflicted.
My aggravation is with the fact that Forrest was allowed to choose his division. My aggravation has got to be only a fraction of the guys at the top of M3 /M4 /M5 slalom who wonder every year who will ski MM and who will ski their age division. The same goes for M1 & M2 wondering who will or will not ski Open.
The solution? I prefer that everyone ski their age division at Regionals and Nationals. Yes Everyone. Why should any competitor show up to a major event and wonder who will ski in what division? Forrest Fisher for Western Regional Tricks and Nate Smith for National Slalom. That way the rest of us really know where we stand.
To me the current state is 1/2 way between ability based and age divisions. I say we would be better off one way or another.