Letter to the Editor of
SnowboardSecrets.com about this, and Editor's Reply
Tara Dakides Sets a
This letter was published Feb. 13, 2004 in the NY
Daily News in a shortened version.
To the Editor;
"It's all about progression." That's what
they say about snowboarding. What a bunch of baloney. In truth, it's all about
conservatism, macho, and fashion follow-the leader.
When Tara Dakides performed a dangerous snowboard
stunt on ramps and man-made snow outside the Ed Sullivan Theater for the Letterman
show the other day, she was not wearing a helmet or padding.
Tara, because you didn't wear a helmet, you now have
stitches in the back of your head. And probably a big bump. Doctors surely had to
shave some of your pretty hair.
And you've set a marvelous example for the
snowboarders who idolize you. Your actions have shown that it's better to look cool
when doing dangerous tricks, by not wearing a helmet and padding, than to be safe.
Lauren Traub Teton