To What Decade and Sport Would You Return?

To What Decade and Sport Would You Return?

Nostalgia is by its very nature narrow of scope and simple of view, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t onto


Nostalgia is by its very nature narrow of scope and simple of view, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t onto something. Sports go through eras of often explosive change in technology, culture, technique, style, fashion, and thought — a zeitgeist coalesces and a moment is defined, sometimes around a particular piece of gear, sometimes around a particular look. When you live through those moments, there isn’t so much a looking back or looking forward, but the strong and tangible sense that you’re making the now.

In the broader culture, of course, we get these periods (the 60s, grunge, greed is good), but they seem particularly well suited to develop in the small, tribal ecosystems of sports, with their tighter communities, specialized gear and clothing, and insular language. Sometimes it’s the early years that take on a particularly burnished glow, sometimes its in maturity, sometimes its when revolution takes place.


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  • nvrsmmr
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    Skiing in the 70’s! In Europe! =)

  • Ashley @ Sensibly Gourmet
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    Skiing in the 70’s! Aspen Extreme comes to life.

  • Cory
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    Back to the beginning of most sports before commercialism takes hold.

  • Santiago
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    surfing in the 30’s!

  • Blake Beddow
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    I don’t surf, but I’m inspired by Yvon Choinard’s travels in the documentary 180 degrees South.

  • Tina
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    It would be interesting to watch the rise of resort-style skiing… and the heyday of the 3 pin binding.

  • Hillary
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    skiing in the 70s for sure! the fact that it is 2012 doesn’t stop me from wearing stretch pants though :-)

  • Matt
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    surfing

  • Jonathan
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    pretty much anything going on mid-late 60’s – early 70’s was off the hook pushing limits of gravity and style. style was born.

  • Bryan
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    Skiing in 1940s.

  • Jon
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    Backpacking. So much untouched land.

  • Kathryn Sall
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    definitely backpacking in the 70s :)

  • Zach
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    I’d love to be bombing hills on a cruiser.

  • Tony Fitzsimons
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    the 70’s skinng when I’m not a little grom wondering why everyone likes funny cigarettes, hot wine, and ladies not wearing clothes in the big outside bathtub

  • Tridentata
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    A tough call between surfing in the 50s and skiing in the 70s… but stretch pants and hot tub debauchery win out.

  • Bill
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    Fresh powder and free love!

  • Patrick
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    Skiing in the 70’s, without a doubt. Powder + Style + John Denver.

  • Craig
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    70’s Backpacking.

  • Kevin
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    Snowboarding in the 80’s takes it for me. To be around during the “boom” of any sport is pretty awesome.

  • GOOG
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    Ski in the 70’s

  • Peter
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    skiing in the 80’s is my poison of choice

  • Sally Duff
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    Skiing in the 80s (extreme!) fresh pow and hungry like the wolf in my ears.

  • TB
    Reply

    An empty north shore? this isn’t even a contest in my mind

  • Mike B
    Reply

    Would love to be old enough to have been around for snowboarding’s roots.

  • Ryan
    Reply

    Tough call between mountai biking in the 80s and Climbing in the 60s

  • Preston Spratt
    Reply

    70’s skiing, but that is it

  • Jay Parkhill
    Reply

    I started skiing in the 1970s and mountain biking in the 1980s so it’s a tough toss-up. I have great memories of both. I voted for mountain biking though.

  • Geoff
    Reply

    I voted skiing in the 70s, but really it would be hiking with Bob Marshall in the 20s and 30s.

  • Max
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    Can you imagine Surfing when there was no one else??? Skiing would be nice too, but I enjoy the new skis way too much and the new BC boots too.

  • Andy
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    Skiing with war buddies and family in pristine wilderness in the 40’s. Yeah, I’m there.

  • Dan Murphy
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    I don’t even surf (yet), but I’d love to go back and surf in the 60’s.
    However, I’m going to choose skiing in the 70’s – K2 wet t-shirt contests!

  • David D
    Reply

    ok dokie, these goggles look awesome.

  • adam lauver
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    short board revolution!

  • Mike Fennelly
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    Come on, give me Schmidt, Plake and Hattup!

  • Connor B
    Reply

    Backpacking in the 70s, all good

  • Andy
    Reply

    60’s surfing….

  • Chris
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    Can I take a few? Climbing Yosemite in the 60’s, down to Santa Cruz for a 70’s surf, back up to Marin for an 80’s mountain bike, a 90’s snowboard in Tahoe and then an 00’s telemark?

  • Michael
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    There’s so much that’s missing! Am I just too young for this? Where is the 21st century love?

  • Erick
    Reply

    Great uncle was in the Mountain Division of Italy in WWII, would love to have been around skiing in the 40’s!

  • Dan
    Reply

    Give me an empty beginner break…

  • Sarah
    Reply

    great question. whole earth and all that hippie stuff.

  • Chris
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    I ended up going for 1970’s skiing too – that was the only time I could have realistically afforded being a ski bum in Jackson or Aspen!

  • Hayden Beck
    Reply

    Climbing in the 1960’s for sure!…All the “new” Chouinard ideas, (trad, alpine, clean.) Plus, there would be a lot more first acents to grab

  • KatieSue
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    I don’t even surf but growing up in California I always wished I could have dated a surfer in the 50s.

  • David
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    Backpackin’ for me!

  • Andy
    Reply

    Skiing with the 10th Mountain Division.

  • Sam
    Reply

    Big Walls & Yvon

  • whispering
    Reply

    Skiing in the 40s … everyon ehad to ski powder and hike for most of their turns!

  • Steve Mutchler
    Reply

    Teleport me to 1980’s-1990’s snowboarding in North Tahoe.

  • Max
    Reply

    Be awesome to experience fist hand the transformation climbing went through in the 60s….OK I really just want the goggles actually.

  • Robbie
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    hittin’ the trails in the 1970s, the world is my oyster

  • Alpentalic
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    Surfing in the 70s for sure! I’m too spoiled on todays outerwear tech to go back to oldschool outerwear. Although mountaineering in the 30s and before seams pretty awesome.

  • JH
    Reply

    Endless Summer.

  • Matt
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    Robbins, Frost, Yvon, Harding, that would have been something. I would only like to head back to the 60’s in Yosemite, if I would be assured balls of steel to send on the primitive gear. Those fellows were the definiton of bad ass!

  • Aidan
    Reply

    Just saw The Dream Factory by TGR. I want to get extreme on Skiis in the 1980s

  • Jking
    Reply

    70’s skiing and disco…now there’s a party

  • Claire
    Reply

    surfing in the 80’s!!

  • Joao Carvalho
    Reply

    Skiing in Chamonix in the 80’s was glorious!

  • W
    Reply

    Skiing. Anytime.

  • Reckless
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    If I was ever going to try surfing, it would be during those idyllic days I’ve only seen on those old movies. Not sure if its true, but if it is, it would be nice!

  • John
    Reply

    Backpacking always.

  • john
    Reply

    While big walls went down in the 60’s so did classic alpine routes. I would go back to visit that.

  • dave
    Reply

    backpacking with the old timers !

  • colby
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    backpacking in the 70s with a beard bigger than my dads from back then. ooohhh….. i miss my beard. unemployment does have its perks, but a paycheck sure is nice

  • Patrick
    Reply

    Skiing in the 70s!!!!

  • Morgan
    Reply

    Can you imagine having a California surf break to yourself?

  • Pancho
    Reply

    golden days of climbing in the 60’s for sure

  • tiffany
    Reply

    cross-country skiing in the 70’s! pine tar, three pins and lycra bib knickers!

  • steven threndyle
    Reply

    I would still trade places with Spider Sabich even though I’d take a bullet for it…

  • joe
    Reply

    Skiing in the 40s. Pure soul

  • James Roh
    Reply

    I gotta say 60s surfing. I would’ve picked 80’s snowboarding, but technology was not there at all. And by technology, I mean metal edges and good bindings. A close second is backpacking in the 70s.

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