Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
As Chris Brunkhart’s book tour moves south to California, here is some video from the show with a sneak peak of imagery inside. Next stop, NYC; we just got word of new dates in Japan, too. Click here to order your own copy.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
10/26/2010. Velocity Basin near Silverton, CO. Early season rock-boarding is a go. There's not even close to enough for the local lifts to open, but hey, we had nothing better to do. Might as well get the legs into gear and search out a wind-drifted area. Beats working.
Matty G busting out a Craig Kelly 161 rescued from a bench. Forget what year it's from; it's got the three hole pattern, but definitely before the angry tree thing graphic.
It wouldn't be SWCO without a dog. I'm pretty sure you get handed one at the DMV when you move here.
Matty G dropping the Grassy Knoll (I think?) with the North-facing runs of Silverton Mountain in the background. If you look closely you can see the billboard.
Logan " 2 Legit" dropping. That's his wrestling name. Seriously. Google it.
Darned hippies and their dogs. Matty G's like a modern day Scott Kennett.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
This is not a video for someone expecting pow-slashin and backcountry booters, but it is pretty cool to see Terje and Blauvelt shredding late-season Folgefonna and a super-booter with young bucks like Stale Sandbech and Matt Ladley. Not to mention appearances by Eero Ettalla, and a fan-man follow cam...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Bellingham, WA (October 18, 2010) -- Every now and then, a snowboard movie comes along which changes our perception about what is possible on a snowboard—TB5 and Subject Haakonsen come to mind in this regard. And while the usual subjects make their yearly contributions to progression in all realms of the shred world—one need only look as far as the yearly offerings from Absinthe, Think Thank, Standard and beyond to find new inspirational nuggets year after year—Jeremy Jones’ two year TGR project, Deeper, was high on my list of films to see this fall.
Climbing and riding unexplored zones—an approach first showcased in principal cinematographer Chris Edmands’ 2008 offering, My Own Two Feet—Deeper was the result of two years of total dedication to a new approach from Jones and company. So when it came to Bellingham this past Friday night, to a mountain community with a deep appreciation for backcountry exploration, it also came in carrying big expectations for the several-hundred riders in attendance.
At close to 80 minutes in length, Deeper took a decidedly documentarian approach. With so many down days in the storms of Alaska, the riding that was accomplished is admirable. A new level of big line spine shredding, hopping from rib to rib over serious exposure brought the pucker-level to a new high. The fact that they were doing it sixty miles from the middle of nowhere and climbing the lines made it all the more gripping, but also added a perspective on how a mountaineering approach can enhance access to previously unrideable lines—an intimate knowledge of conditions and terrain undoubtedly allowed the riders to step to lines that may not have been approachable via heli drop. The same goes for the sections from Chamonix, Antarctica and beyond—sometimes climbing a serious line is the only way to ride it.
My only caveat may have been the seemingly mellow approach with which Jones and crew approached a new level of gnar—to the uninitiated, it may seem like they were too laid back, but those who have spent time with mountaineers and backcountry guides will realize the calm is only a result of countless days in the mountains and that there is a constant process of calculation taking place behind the relaxed demeanor of Jones, De Le Rue, Rice, Dirksen, Burt, DeBari and their companions. And in an industry used to half hour action dumps, the pace may seem slow to some—this, however, reflects the reality of what it takes to bag just one keeper line given all the variables of exploring unknown mountains by foot. Indeed, Deeper feels like a strong first step in a new direction, and showcases some of the best big mountain riding to ever grace the big screen--all achieved through largely human-powered means--and opens the door to endless possibilities for exploration. Undoubtedly, we are going to see more from Jones and company in the near future.
Beyond the exotic locales, seeing what was available as close to home as the Tahoe backcountry (see our visit to Tahoe this January) proved that with a little commitment, even previously-blow-out zones offer much to be explored—it just takes a little more dedication, a heap of knowledge earned through multiple seasons of self-ascent, and a symbiotic relationship with the mountains.
Ultimtely, Deeper cracked open the door for serious mountaineering as a legitimate pursuit in the snowboard world—a new approach to an old phenomenon, and an important contribution to snowboard media that will endure for years to come.
Seattle, WA (October 20, 2010) – This Friday, October 20, Evo in Seattle is holding a snow-themed fashion show to benefit Protect Our Winters. Entitled “Walk the Line”, the event is themed around the styling of the original punk rocker Johnny Cash, but is intended to show off the new trend to involve a bit of fashion in the world of highly functional outerwear—basically the idea that something can be technical without adhering to the tight-fitting and earth-toned backcountry suit stereotype.
With appearances by Gretchen Bleiler and Kelly Clark and emcee’d by Rob Kingwill, it is largely an industry-focused event, but according the official press release, “This event is for everyone, even if you can’t be here for the evening we encourage you to participate. There will be a live Twitter feed during the show featuring commentary and imagery! You are encouraged to Tweet alongside the broadcast and let us know if you like what you’re seeing while your feedback going to be shared with the world…
“Proceeds from the evening will go to Protect Our Winters (POW). Donations will be accepted at the door as well there will be a silent auction featuring Ski Destination packages from Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, Mt Bachelor and Whistler Blackcomb. Each include lift tickets, outerwear kits and select items from participating sponsors. There will be drinks, light appetizers, desserts, beats by DJ Sean Cee and parking/shuttle provided by Seattle MINI.”
So take your physical or virtual self down to Evo this Friday and get your fashion on for a good cause.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
BLVD Skateboards is blogging now. The new $lave catalog is online. Grove has some limited edition iphone 4 cases made from old skateboard decks. Chrome Ball Incident has a sick new interview with Mike Carroll.