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
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.
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.
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.