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1080 vs. 10-90

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posted: 10/17/2000

One of freeskiing's craziest tricks takes on one of America's sorriest hairdos.

WHAT IT IS:
1080: An aerial maneuver consisting of three consecutive helicopters (3x360=1080).
10-90: An inexplicably popular hairstyle consisting of a short 'do on top and a long, wavy mane in back (10% on top; 90% in back).

ALSO KNOWN AS:
1080: triple heli; spin; a good reason to carry health insurance
10-90: bi-level; short-long; schlong; beaver paddle; soccer rocker; hockey hair; ape drape; mud flap; Kentucky waterfall; neck-warmer; yep-nope; squirrel pelt; mullet

ORIGINS:
1080: The adrenaline-charged heyday of freestyle skiing in the 1970s. Calls to mind the rowdy exploits of Wayne Wong and Eddie Ferguson.
10-90: The cheese-filled underbelly of popular culture in the 1970s. Calls to mind the transgendered weirdness of David Bowie and Lou Reed.

GOES GREAT WITH:
1080: mute grabs; tail grabs; screamin' seemans
10-90: flying-V guitars; Camaros; wife-beaters; Warrant CDs; wine coolers; jet-skis; acid-wash jeans; Roller Derby; NASCAR; mustaches

MOST FAMOUS PRACTICIONER:
1080: Jonny Moseley: Was filmed in 1997 throwing one with a mute grab; made his Olympic-winning 360 mute grab in 1998 seem kind of tame.
10-90: Billy Ray Cyrus: Was filmed in 1992 sporting one for the "Achy Breaky Heart" video; made the rapid decline of his career seem kind of inevitable.

CURRENTLY VIEWED AS:
1080: Outrageous, but not as radical as the 1440's the sickest new schoolers are pulling today.
10-90: A public nuisance.

FUTURE PROSPECTS:
1080: As more skiers push the envelope and FIS loosens regulations for mogul competition, it will become viewed as a difficult but mainstream trick.
10-90: As more hair-rock bands from the '80s insist on doing comeback tours and professional wrestling continues its success in the Nielsen ratings, its popularity will increase.

THE SCORE:
As impressive as it is, the 1080 sadly lacks the cultural staying power of the 10-90, which, as anyone who's seen Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome knows, is capable of surviving a nuclear holocaust. Like the cockroach, the mullet will plague us forever.

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