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Shaun White – shit hot.

This week, pictures surfaced of Shaun White’s private training facility off the backside of Perisher Mountain in Australia. You could almost hear the collective cracking of knuckles, as snowboarders worldwide got ready for another round of ‘White Bashing’. Cue the inevitable flood of comments, tweets and Facebook posts running along the usual lines of: “he has no friends/zeaches/is always injured” so on so forth.

And whilst I’m not about to start the El Blanco fanclub (kicking people in the shins is a dick move) I personally have had enough of all this White bashing. From what I can work out, he’s the only rider aiming for both slopestyle and superpipe medals at most major competitions on the WST apart from the occasional crack from Peetu Piiroinen. When was the last time we saw McMorris in the pipe or Poudlatchikov on the booters?

My PB for air out of the pipe currently stands at about 3 inches out of the lip and I imagine the majority of you have about the same. Shaun can get 24ft out of the pipe. When you consider that a superpipe is 22ft; he’s about 46ft off the deck on his first hit. The technicality and board control required to get that kind of amplitude is quite frankly Herculean, the minutest error in your line or body position and horrendous accidents can strike as unfortunately and unexpectedly as Kevin Pearce’s, or as tragically as skier Sarah Burke’s. Merely to be in the top 10 in the world in superpipe is an incredible feat, let alone being the undisputed best.

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Shaun prepares to drop in at the X Games under the watchful eye of his coach. Photo: Gabe l’Heureux

And then he goes on to do a pretty good job of slopestyle as well. I’ll admit, his rail game is a little weak, but he’s still a killer on the kickers. Inverts and spins in the pipe are a completely different ballgame to straight kicker tricks. Apart from the feeling of rotation, the way the trick is executed is completely different. The way the landing comes round is completely different. The line you take is completely different. There are few riders that can translate their skills on a slopestyle course to a superpipe and visa versa. He might have been a little off the pace of late, but you can bet he’ll be leading the charge once again come the Sochi Olympics.

Shaun can get 24ft out of the pipe. When you consider that a superpipe is 22ft, he’s about 46ft off the deck on his first hit. The technicality and board control required to get that kind of amplitude is quite frankly Herculean.

So, we’ve got a guy that has proved that he is one of the best, if not the best in the world at the two major competitive disciplines in snowboarding. But wait, let’s also not forget that Shaun is a pretty damn good skater as well, snapping up medals in skateboard vert in summer X Games, becoming the only dual board-sports winner in the history of the X Games.

Why is there so much hate for him still?

Well, the most recent “charges” relate to his training habits, so lets look at them. Firstly there’s the “accusation” that he doesn’t like to ride with other people. Well, he’s openly admitted that he can’t train with other riders he finds it too difficult. The exception appears to be Iouri Podlatchikov, who I might add also isn’t the most sociable of shredders. But if he’s open about not liking it, why do we continue to crucify him for it? We don’t hold it over Jake Blauvelt or Jed Anderson for saying that they don’t like riding competitions anymore, so why do we do it for Shaun? Personally, I think criticizing someone for a ‘flaw’ that they’ve openly admitted is more of a dick move than not riding with people, because that’s not how you like to ride. Wouldn’t you agree? I mean isn’t snowboarding supposed to be all about doing what you want?

Then there’s the whole “private facility” thing. Well, if your sponsor asked you if you wanted a private training facility to learn new tricks, would you turn it down? If your motivation was medals and competitions and your sponsor was willing to give you the best training platform to achieve those goals humanly possible, wouldn’t you take it?

Many people have also pointed out that the last time Shaun got a private park built, he thanked the sponsor by dropping them a few months later. But let us not forget that Red Bull aren’t holier than though when it comes to contract dropping though. They dropped twin-tipper Tanner Hall just after his return to competitive skiing after an injury that saw him out for 3 years.

And while I’m not hoping to turn everyone into ginger wig wearing zebras, I think the least we could all do is show Shaun some respect for what he’s doing. He’s pushing the progression of snowboarding, which I think is the most important aspect of being a competitive snowboarder. Even if we don’t like him, the least we can do is respect him for the athlete that he is.

What do you think? Is Shaun White treated unfairly by his fellow snowboarders? Is his influence on the sport positive? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

  1. beef wellington

    Apparently you forgot about STALE SANDBECH, dude rips park/pipe comps & video parts and still has one of the best attitudes in snowboarding… Check out Rome SDS #12Months.

    This was terribly written and your arguments don’t tie together…an incoherent jumble to people who actually know what you’re talking about. I’m about defending Shaun in certain lights, but put some proper research/effort into your work mate… Yikes.

    1. Snowboarding FAn

      Good point, but Stale shows a lot of talent but you cannot compare him to Shaun White. Shaun White has two Olympic Gold Medals, maybe a dozen X game gold, many in slope. Lots of gold in Vert Skateboarding. Stale doesn’t have 1 X game gold or Olympic gold. I do think Stale can great great in slope, not in pipe. But not sure if he is consistent enough to win.

      I am super stoked about riders like Stale and Alek and the other Roope…those guys rip hard and bring great energy. But none will dominate. Personally, I think the best example of winning and attitude is Torstein. That guys is amazing, and if snowboarding wall full of guys like that it would be amazing.

  2. Mike Crichton-Struthers

    It’s not just snowboarding where the top athletes get the hate. Barry Bonds and Lance Armstrong even before we knew they were dopers had tonnes of haters. Gretzky, haters. Sheckler, haters. Slater, haters. Michael Jordan, haters. Of course not everyone had their hate on, but to be as good as they were/ are, you’ve to be type A, self centred and super confident. If there can be haters in typical “jock” sports where that sort of personality is encouraged, it’s only going to be amplified in lifestyle sports!

  3. Snowboarding Fan

    Some things about Shaun:

    Shaun White hates snowboarding now. I’m sure he loved it at some point. Many top athletes end up hating their primary sport because it becomes a job. For Shaun White, Snowboarding is a job. I think he likes skateboarding more, less important to his finances and more creative. And I bet he loves surfing the most, because he doesn’t make a cent from surfing.

    Shaun White is a fucking superhuman beast. This guy in best in pipe, vert skating, and had been best in slopestyle for many years. He may medal in slope in Sochi. There is no pro rider that is close to his talent, and no snowboarders on the rise that is close. He has likely had dozens of concussions, many accidents that could have gone way wrong, and his body is likely fucked for good. By 40 he is going to be a fucking wreck. This guy is a fucking superhuman beast.

    Shaun White has help build snowboarding. Because of Shaun, more people ride, more gear gets sold, more people watch events, slopestyle made the Olympics. Snowboarding should be sucking his cock, they owe him. Did he do it out of love? Nope. Was he great for the sport? Yep. There are so many pro riders that owe their sponsorship money to Shaun, because he helped grow the industry. This guy is owed respect.

    Shaun White is likely an asshole. Hey, the guy is a competitive freak. Get over it. Think Lance Armstrong is nice? Think most athletes at the top of their game are nice? Nope. These guys are stone, cold killers. They win. They crush.

    Shaun White is likely having a great fucking time. It is really, really good to be Shaun White.

    Shaun White is fucking talented on so many levels. Have you seen how much money he is making? The guy is a business genius. Have you heard his band, Bad Things? They are fucking good. This guy is a fucking stud. Snowboarding will not see anyone like him again for decades.

    Shaun White is going to win. He will win at least one gold, and maybe medal in slope. He may retire from snowboarding, or more likely keep riding pipe (where he can win at the 2018 Olympics). He will go back to vert skateboard, and he will win. You will watch his band play Letterman. He will make mad cash and milk it far longer than Tony Hawk. In 15 years, you will still be buying his gear in Target.

    Shaun White doesn’t give a fuck what you think. The guy is living his own life. Maybe you should live yours and stop hating? He isn’t telling you how to ride, don’t tell him.

  4. Japes

    The deck is the top of the pipe, so he isn’t 46 feet off the deck
    Also Mcmorris came 6th at the red bull supernatural which is a completely different aspect to snowboarding. It was also his first time in the competition.
    I dont hate on Shaun as much as he just disapoints me. Selling out by making so many lines of like shoes and fucking scooters to sell at target. He should have his products distributed at local skate and snowboard shops. Help give back to the world that has given him so much.

  5. Hatters+gona+hate

    Shaun is a awesome person and would do anything for anyone if any of you urban rail riders put your joints down long enough to get to know him! And at the end of the day he’s someone’s son, friend,brother and roll model and he happens to be really amazing at snowboarding and skating and at the end of the day he’s just Shaun! Nobody really knows how hard he trains ! He trains his ass off and if big companies build him private pipes it’s because they know how hard he works and he will deliver! So let’s just sit back and watch a fellow American kick some ass and make us all proud ! Now let’s all watch USA kick some ass in Sochi!

  6. Risto

    quotes like those one “leading the charge once again come the Sochi Olympics.” and “only rider aiming for both slopestyle and superpipe medals” remind me why I don’t read that WhiteLined bull shit mag.

  7. radboarder

    Listen Everybody– SHAUN WHITE is both a SNOWBOARDER and a SKATEBOARDER. He’s pretty dam good at both …….and to do both—-is FULL TIME JOB!! YESS!! HE JUST DOESN’T SNOWBOARD PEOPLE–HE RIPS AT SKATEBOARDING AS WELL AND THAT SHIT TAKES UP MAJOR TIME MEANING HE HAS MANY FOCUSES. HE DOESN’T HAVE TIME TO “GIVE BACK” TO WHO EXACTLY? DO YOU WANT HIM TO STAND ON THE SLOPES OF BRECKENRIDGE AND PASS OUT HUNDRED DOLLARS BILL BRAH ON YOU WAY TO PARK LAPS? BRO.

    GIVE BACK TO WHO? DOES ANYBODY GIVE BACK TO SNOWBOARDING????? (I’M TALKING MAINSTREAM SNOWBOARDING–NOT THE PERIPHERAL BIG MOUNTAIN OR SAVE OUR WINTERS STUFF) LOOK AT THE MAJOR ENDEMIC SNOWBOARDING MAGAZINES OUT THERE—SNOWBOARDER / TRANSWORLD / SNOWBOARD…..THEY ARE SO DEEP IN BED JERKING OFF MONSTER ENERGY, BURTON, RED BULL AND ALL THE OTHER BOARD AND PRODUCT CORPORATION TRYING TO SELL & TELL WHAT “COOL” IS TO 15 YEAR OLD JUVENILE FLAT-BILL, BLACK HAT WEARING WANNA-BE’S……THEY GET PAID TOP DOLLAR SELLING PAGES IN THEIR MAGAZINES TO THE BIGGEST SELL-OUT BRANDS TO FEATURE RIDERS ON THE PAGES AND PRODUCT SPREADS…SHIT, YOU CAN’T GET IN A MAGAZINE THESE DAYS UNLESS YOU’RE DRINKING BUDDIES WITH THE EDITORS OR HAVE A SPONSOR BUYING PAGES FOR YOU. (PRACTICALLY)

    GIVE BACK…LIKE IN A TERMS MOVIE THAT YOU HAVE TO BUY? OR BY CREATING HIS WN CONTEST TO PROFIT ON?

    HE”S NOT OBLIGATED TO “GIVE BACK”. ALL these fraggin haters who think the top athletes in their sport need to “give back” are clueless. TRAVIS RICE doen’st “GIVE BACK” He just hooks his friends up AND MAKES MONEY!!!!!! HE GETS PAID TO BE IN MOVIES!!!!!! HE CAN’T COMPETE IN TH EPARK OR PIPE–AND THAT IS FINE..HE DOES OTHER SHIT BUT TO SAY HE IS THE MODEL FOR GOVNG BACK–NOT AT ALL. HE IS AN ENTITLED WHITE KID WHO GREW UP IN A RESORT TOWN OF JACKSON HOLE!!! TOUGH FUCKIN LIFE, MAN. AND HE WOULD BE THE FIRST TO TELL YOU HE WAS A PUNK GROWIING UP AND JACKSON LOCALS WILL TELL YOU THE SAME!!! He just designs new competitions tailored to his strengths and sells the BROADDCAST RIGHTS TO NBC!!! YES HE IS LOYAL TO BRANDS>>BUT THOSE BRAND PAY HIM!!!!!
    GROUNDBREAKING?? HELL NO! HE”S JUST FINDING NEW WAYS TO MAKE MONEY OFF SNOWBOARDING JUST LIKE ALLISPORTS/NBC ESPN AND ALL THE “SNOWBOARD CAMPS” OUT THERE……MAKIN MONEY, SON.

    PEOPLE ARE GONNA HATE TOM BRADY, JOE MONTANA, LEBRON JAMES, TONY HAWK , KELLY SLATER, MICHAEL JORDAN…….PEOPLE EVEN HATED LED ZEPPELIN WHEN THEY WERE BIG IN THE 70′S…………IT’S JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE JEALOUS. ( CAN YOU IMAGINE HATING LED ZEPPELIN? JUST CAUSE THEY WERE BIG)

    SKATEBOARDING IS NO LONGER A CRIME—IT”S A SUMMER CAMP!!!! SNOWBOARDING IS NO LONGER IT’S BASTARD CHILD…..IT’S A SUMMER & WINTER CAMP FOR ENTITLED YOUTH WHO CAN AFFORD TO HANG OUT AT SKI RESORTS. LETS BE CLEAR–SNOWBOARDING IS NOT FOR THE UNDERGROUND, POOR OR AVERAGE KID…YOU GOTTA HAVE SOME CASH TO PLAY FROM SOMEWHERE.

    BOARD SPORTS SOLD OUT IN THE 90′s , MUSIC SOLD OUT IN 80′s …IT’S JUST HOW IT IS PEOPLE–THE WORLD IS F*&%KED UP LIKE THAT BUT “THE INDUSTRY” AND “COMPETIONS” IS SO HUGE NOW, ITS A CASH COW AND IT’S ABOUT BEING IN IT TO WIN IT!! SURE YOU CAN JUST RIDE WITH FRIENDS AND BE A PURIST, BUT THEN YOU CANT HATE ON THE ONES WHO ARE GETTING PAID OR TRYING TO GET PAID. SHAUN WHITE IS TRYING TO GET PAID, JUST LIKE TRAVIS RICE, VITO, MITRANI, JONES, MCMORRIS, BLEILER, KELLY CLARK……..

    THE REASON CERTAIN KIDS CHOOSE TO “COMPETE” RATHER THAN TO JUST “SOUL RIDE” AND LIGHT UP WEED WITH BRO’S IS TO HOPEFULLY “SELL OUT” AND MAKE TONS OF MONEY DOING SOMETHING RAD. THATS WHAT SHAUN DID. AND HE’S THE BEST AT IT.–PEOPLE ARE JUST PISSED CAUSE HE’S SOOOO DAM GOOD.

    COMPETITIVE SNOWBOARDING BY NATURE IS TO MAKE MONEY AND WIN—–THE ONES WHO SHOULD BE GIVING BACK IS ESPN-MTV-NBC-ALLI SPORTS BECAUSE THE OLD GREY HAIRED EXECUTIVES ARE MAKING MILLIONS OFF OUR RIDERS…….COMPETITIVE RIDERS CAN’T BE EXPECTED TO DO MUCH BECAUSE THEY OF THEIR SELF-INTEREST.

    MUSICIANS TRY TO PLAY PROFESSIONALLY SO THAT THEY CAN “SELL OUT ” WHICH MEANS- GET RECORD DEALS, BE A ROCK STAR AND MAKE MILLIONS……….THAT IS THE GOAL.

    ROCK STARS DON”T GIVE BACK!! THEY SHARE THE MUSIC.

    SHAUN WHITE SHARES HIS UNDENIABLE–BEST EVER ABILITY AND WHAT WE GET BACK IS INSPIRATION AND ENTERTAINMENT.

    SNOWBOARDING HAS EVOLVED INTO A PRO SPORT AND PRO SPORTS ARE JUST ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL OF US—THE ONES WHO CAN’T DO IT AND CAN ONLY DREAM OF IT AND BOTCH ABOUT IT.

    SO THAN SHAUN–FOR HOW MUCH HE HAS PUSHED THE SPORT AND FOR HOW MANY TIMES YOU WATCHED HIM AND SAID” HOLY SHOT, THAT GUY IS GOOD”.

    DONT FORGET TO LOVE IT. LOVE IT ALL AND ONLY DESPISE TH EXPLOITATION OF OUR SPORT BY GREEDY COMPANIES AND OUTSIDE INTERESTS TRYING BUTTFUCK CASH OUT OF US.

    CHEERS–

    1. Tahoeshredbed

      So true!!

    2. Hatters gona hate

      Bravo glasses raised! Someone gets it!

      1. Durds

        You gotta hate those hatters..the hair covering dicks.

    3. air pierre

      sounds like an argument between capitalism & socialism…in the end is capitalism helping the whole industry or just an elite wealthy few that were already rich leaving the poor to get poorer? sounds like the same for snowboarding…

    4. CJ1786

      This post was pretty much spot on when it comes to the whole “giving back” bullshit we always hear about when the Shaun White bashers come out. Like somehow other guys are ‘giving back’ more because they do video parts and make movies, as if these videos and movies aren’t funded by sponsors who pay them to do what they do. As if they are operating some sort of snowboarding charity by selling you a DVD.

  8. 21years of shreddding

    Hey man great article. By the way the deck is on top of the lip to a pipe so Shaun is actually only 24 ft above the deck. He is 46 ft above the flat which is no real biggie. Shaun is still a shitty person and horrible ambassador of us. Its not his fault though we should be blaming his parents, his sponsors that were all money hungry for their pockets to get deeper. So really we should blame Burton, Volcom, Target, Playstation, and whoever else used him to get richer. They molded and made him into what he is today without him even being aware of what was going on when it was happening. He was a kid he didn’t know his family and closest circle of friends were using him to get rich and live like some movie stars. So Shaun I forgive you for selling us out to the scariest gang of all; old white money. Now when he finally retires from professional snowboarding within the next couple of seasons we can watch snowboarding revert to some dark age era that resembles skating in the late80s. Don’t think its coming just look around the industry and you will see it coming. long time brands getting shut down by their parent companies, Brands just disappearing off the face of the planet all together, and brands completely restructuring from the ground up laying people off left and right to just prepare for these times. So don’t blame Shaun blame his circle they are the ones that did this to us.

  9. thrashmore

    he makes amazing quilt covers, curtains and scooters. if that doesn’t show commitment to snowboarding, i don’t know what does.

  10. al

    Guys I think one of the biggest things is that he is there to win. I am no where near the level of his riding like most of us are not, and I make jokes about him being shit and ginger etc and yeah its simply because I’m jealous. Who can honestly say they wouldn’t want to be paid to do the shit they love doing most. I can relate to his way of riding, I personally couldn’t go for a shred by myself its not my thing to do but if that’s the way he rides best is it not the thing to do. Each to their own. He is clearly focused and directed to winning, and its amazing to watch. He takes his best and makes it better, keeps pushing the sport and his ability. I know I don’t except anything less than the best I can do when I ride and once I have achieved it I push for better.

    I don’t however think his “perfect” run was deserved, it wasn’t “perfect” and it also suggests the no one could every beat it. How can you get higher than the top score. It means everyone can only come par to him and so can he.

  11. Shaun White

    Fuck me. Fuck me hard. I’m a right dickhead who doesn’t actually like snowboarding. I love cock as well

  12. Nick Wood

    I think an issue here is where the hatred comes from. El Ginegerino doesn’t stoke on snowboarding like we (as normal human snowboarders) do. We don’t see him waxing lyrical about the mountains, lifestyle ext like Muller, Gigi and other riders. Instead here is a guy who is ALL about competition, the medals, & personal accolades. Unless you’re an athlete yourself (I for one am not!) then this becomes almost impossible to relate to. We, as the run of the mill, average snowboarder can’t identify to this skinny clad, snowboarding ninja as perhaps we can to others who we may find slightly more inspiring.

    Instead we see a guy who is basically a corporate snowboarding machine, lacking innovation, out for number one and a doesn’t give two shits about the scene. But this is because he’s not your average snowboarder, El Blanco is an Athlete..someone who looks trains/rides to win and maybe not for love. This in turn brings a different level of competitive edge to snowboarding comps, and a little bit of hatred from us…

    Any other athlete in a different discipline, be it athletics, cycling, swimming, or whatever would tell you their one goal is to win, to be the best and make the most if their time and their talent. Shaun White is no different in that respect. He’s using his time for his gain because that’s the kind of guy he is – highly competitive. He’s definitely sold himself down the river a few times but we don’t give Usain Bolt grief for appearing on Virgin Media ads.

    While he may not be approaching the sport as we’d all like he’s certainly doing a pretty good job of cleaning up on the medal front and I for one won’t begrudge him his lonely place on the podium.

  13. Graham

    Hacks me off when people hate on others success. Grow up. Good article. Not a huge fan of El Blanco but respect his achievements completely.

  14. Keith min

    He is an awesome rider and him not liking others beating him is natural. In the White Album his dad says he is very hard on himself and overcritical of himself and when he gets beat he goes off and trains and practices until he comes back to win or be back on top. This is the competitive streak needed to be the best. He has an arrogance about him which is another dislike people have of him but again this I believe is an attribute people at the top of their game have. End of the day Shaun is Shaun like him or loath him he is defo one of the best.

  15. n00fsjw

    He is not a Snowboarders snowboarder.
    The guy has immense talent and as a phenom we all loved him and we all still love what he can do but he changed from Volcom to Target as his main sponsor some years back and I think that is was then that the shift in popularity happened. He went from the greatest snowboarder on the planet to a corporate wh0re and with that he lost cool points.
    He also does his stock runs that look so practised and with that he gets tagged as not innovative. Finally when have you seen a shot of him in the back country? That is what snowboarders do!!
    All the greats do it too, JP Walker is a rail master but still found time to pull the first ever double cork off a backcounty booter back at the height of his power.
    I enjoy watching Shaun in the pipe though, if he is not at a contest then it is somewhat devalued cos he is the man to beat.
    Like a World Cup without Brazil or Snooker without Ronnie O’Sullivan, the Darts without Phil the Power, you get my point!!

  16. old shred

    Competitive edge and motivation for a lot of top athletes (or anyone for that matter) comes out of others hating. I personally don’t particularly like SW, but that doesn’t shadow the mad respect I have for what he has and can do on the snow and in the comp setting. He’ll never find a place in the hearts of the soul riders cause he’s not one. He said himself in the Rolling Stone interview he’s not into the stereotypical shred lifestyle. But is the heart of that stereotype doing your own thing? In a technical sense his riding is text book. Physics doesn’t care what you think and neither does SW. As far as “best” in the world, well he’s lucky Terje is old and TRice likes mountains!

  17. Alexis Le Forestier

    He is not the “core snowboarder”. I think people don’t like this part of him. Tourists don’t give a sh** and only look at the scores and ads, “core riders” do give a sh**.
    I think it hurts to understand that when you’re a gold medal machine. You expect respect and cheering but all you get is “he’s just a douchebag ginger”.

    I think his reaction was “Ok motherfuckers, I’m gonna continue to kill every contest and I’m gonna act different from you” :
    skinny leggings, fully dressed in black… He affirms his difference, but still, he WINS.

    “White haters” are jealous, or untolerant. Ok, he speaks like a businessman, and he sells scooters with his name on it (lame, i must admit). But like you said, he took gold in pipe, slopestyle and skate vert… I think he’s just like “keep on talking bitches while i keep on owning your level 10x”

    Conclusion : Snowboard don’t like lonely redhaired riders with rich sponsors

    Talents calls for money and jealousy…

  18. Andrew Rodger

    I don’t think its fare the he is doing everything he can to win a push the sport EVEN further than he already has I am part of the shaun whit defence!

  19. James

    I think he’s a good dude deep down. What was that movie that he did where he took the piss out of himself? Friends with Benefits? That was pretty funny… Seeing him do Pipe and skate pipe is incredible and I’m jealous of his success. I think he should do a couple of powder video parts and then people would back down maybe…

  20. nikki

    everyone is so quick to judge, but have you ever wondered what his childhood was like, probable training 4/5/6 days a week. Yes he loved it but at the same time missed out on all the usual thing kids get up to. the days he didnt train he was probable happy to chill out at home in his bedroom alone. He would of met many people as he was traveling all over the world as a kid but surrounded by older people and trainers and coaches. I can imagine it could be quite lonely and he got used to his own company. Im sure he has a close group of friends that he trusts and are not just hanger oners, but does not need everyone looking in every moment, we are all entitled to some privacy. Kids being kids !!!! pretty sure he suffered from the jealous kids that are always around and they can be vicious. He grew up but the way you live your life when young makes you the way you are. So get off his back your just as bad as the bullies,and if you had the chance to have a private park , you would all take it and invite your closest and best friends that you have trusted for a long time.

  21. Clovis

    I actually love the fact that most people in the sport hates its most successful competitor – it’s a statement.
    People don’t like Shaun because they don’t relate to him – if you love riding with your mates you won’t relate to someone who is so different than that.
    If you think that snowboarding is more about fun than competition (albeit still seing it as a healthy and necessary thing) you won’t relate to the guy who apparently “changed the atmosphere at half pipe competitions to the worse” (I rockon McMorris said something along those lines).

    Shaun White doesn’t look happy when his fellow competitor lands an amazing run and ends up winning an event – he doesn’t even pretend to be.

    Judges are right giving him the first prizes but espectators have a point in seing him as a douchebag.

    In short, we all love snowboarding for being different than football, ski racing, ski jumping, Corporate Rock or gymnastics but Shaun White is the carrot trying to bridge that gap.

    1. JahEerie

      Nicely put Clovis :)

  22. Willy_Naylor

    As a fellow carrot-top I’ve got mad respect for SW! And there are days when I enjoy lapping the mountain with just my ipod for company. Who doesn’t enjoy a solo shred?

  23. Jamie Neale

    Instead of turning on the Hate Shaun White Machine we should be talking about how dope it’s going to be watching Team GB smash it up in Sochi!

    Nobody cares what Shaun White is doing and so what if he only trains on his own. Nobody chats about footy players taking extra training once everyone has gone home so how is this any different.

    Can we talk about Billy Morgan winning a medal now please?

    1. ed

      We certainly can Jamie – see his interview in the forthcoming November issue ;)

    2. Charlie Alpoholics Bulbrook

      Like

    3. Shaun White

      what? ANother gymnasty fuck with no style? Stop riding him just cos he’s from GB

  24. Roger Bannon

    I spoke to Shaun the other day and he said “I dont give a shit about what people think or say…” ok, I didnt speak to him, but I honestly believe its the last thing on his mind. When he smashes it up again, dont be offended by his middle finger as he rides off on his own to do what he does best… be better than the rest of us!

  25. Kelly Slater

    Interesting contrast to me though right? The ‘Winningest’ surfer of all time…

    1. Mark pearce

      Both Kelly and Shaun are pioneers at what they do. For the average joe like me, it’s people like these who get you into the sports in the first place. Both iconic legends in my eyes!

  26. JahEerie

    Yup, it has become the default setting.

    There’s no doubting that the boy has Super-human skills, but he was basically engineered to be a trick-machine/competition-winner.
    After watching ‘Crash Reel’ that’s more apparent than ever before – Danny Davis even commented that he didn’t think Shaun ‘loved’ the actual experience of just riding – everything had to have an objective/end goal. Its so different from the whole ‘Frends’ thing & a big screen really presented it like chalk & cheese.

    In any other ‘sport’ this would be praised, but we’re so much better than all that ;) In fairness to Mr White he is the ‘Winningest’ snowboarder of all time – but lots of us don’t equate that with being the ‘best’.

    Bottom line: I doubt he really give a $hite

    1. Jake

      Shaun white is just a typical person with a Type-A personality, everything in life is a goal or competition or something needing to be achieved, they excel in school and any sort of competition that will rank you and reward you with some sort of material goods. So when people say I don’t think Shaun White enjoys just the ride I’m not surprised. He enjoys the accolades,medals,money he that’s just how his personality is Type-A.

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