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The Outside Prognosticator: With No Giant Soda Cans, Can It Truly Be Called Freestyle?

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Outside magazine, January 1996

The Outside Prognosticator: With No Giant Soda Cans, Can It Truly Be Called Freestyle?


They plunged hundreds of feet while “riding” snowboards and kayaks, and crowds loved “freestyle bungee jumping” at last year’s inaugural Extreme Games. As Chris Stiepock, the event’s PR director, sarcastically notes, “Fans could look and say, ‘Hey, I can do that.'” But at this year’s Extremes, slated for June in Rhode Island, “serious” gymnastic flops will replace comical
stunts. Here’s hoping displaced competitors–like the guy who jumped inside a 50-gallon Mountain Dew can–find venues that respect their art.

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