Editor’s Note: Pep Fujas is one of the most versatile freestyle skiers in the world, and we’ve been working with him to launch the Pep Fujas’ Kung Fu Haiku Contest to give away a pair of his 2013 Kung Fujas K2 Skis! Learn more about these sweet skis and why Pep wanted to run the giveaway as a Haiku contest from the skier himself below, and then make sure toenter the giveaway here!
A haiku contest seemed fitting to me considering the nature of the skis being given away. Their appearance is simple by design on the exterior yet a complex combination of wood, resin, carbon and plastics that give them their own unique characteristics. These skis can conquer anything and embody the nature of my existence when riding my home mountain of Alta, Utah.
What is a Haiku you may ask?
A haiku is a type of poem which began a longer poem called a Hokku. The first verse, the haiku, was written in the format of 5-7-5. 5 syllables, 7 syllables and then 5 syllables again. After which the poem would be given to someone else who would continue the verse with two lines in the format 7-7. The japanese loved this style of poetry for it’s simplicity, yet it was seen as a way to look at the very nature of existence. This contest requires a bit of thought, yet anyone can write a haiku using the simplest of terms. For this contest we will solely be focusing on the haiku. The only parameters are that you use the 5-7-5 syllabic structure and you try to capture the feeling of riding your home mountain or riding in general.
I remember hating haiku’s in school, but now that I have done a couple for this contest, it is not only easy but kind of fun. Here are some examples I created, my favorite being the first.
The Wildcat purrs (Wildcat is a lift at Alta, my favorite)
Your skis hum a silent song
Jiving at Alta
The direct line goes
pumping trannies for the flow
send it large go! go!
chairs spin and powder swirls
life transcends float on
What are you waiting for? It’s time to write your haiku and enter the giveaway here!