Parker White made history this week, landing a trick that had never previously been done in the history of skiing, never by a human being bound to a pair of skis on planet Earth, in Sun Valley, Idaho.
White landed the new triple on Monday on a 110-foot gap jump that had been built on Sun Valley's Dollar Mountain for a Level 1 Productions park shoot. The same day, the film company posted to its website a notice that, "Parker White has officially joined the triple club!"
Level 1's vague announcement ignited buzz over the trick on the Internet. Members of Newschoolers.com puzzled and fought over the news of White's new trick in the site's forums.
"$10 says it was a switch triple rodeo," a member named Melvs posted. Another member, BC Chai, guessed, "Triple Front?" Member Keith_M expressed the greatest confidence in White, posting, "I have full faith that if P White has done a triple, it was the illest triple I will ever see. I haven't seen that kid do something I don't like watching."
It remains unclear what variety of activities Keith_M has watched Parker White perform.
Video released yesterday on the Level 1 website depicts the trick nearly in its entirety. No projection made in Internet forums or elsewhere was correct, most likely because White's new trick, before it was landed, lay well beyond the horizon of human imagination. Even White's closest collaborators had trouble apprehending his vision until the very moment he realized it for the first time.
"The energy in the air was something I'll never forget," recalls Kyle Decker. The long-time Level 1 videographer had his camera rolling for White's pioneering feat and, like many other onlookers, he wasn't sure what to expect. "The scene was tense leading up to [White's] triple," says Decker, "but it didn't require multiple attempts. It came around perfect on the first try."
In what has become the spring of the triple after Bobby Brown and several other competition skiers succeeded in landing triple corks, White's own triple further adds momentum to an accelerating paradigm shift in freestyle skiing.
"I'm just trying to be the best skier I can be and push it to the most extreme limit physically possible," says White, reflecting on his triple. "If that means triple, I'm gonna do a triple. If that means quadruple, I'm gonna do a quadruple."
Not long ago, skiers generally accepted that that "most extreme limit" had already been reached. It's for that reason that White's triple has attracted so much attention.
"Skiers have been doing single and double variations of this for years, decades even," explains Australian freestyle skiing analyst Christian Sirianni. "What makes White's maneuver so revolutionary is that he does three at once, instead of only one or two."