Any movie that arrives with a quote from Hunter S. Thompson and is introduced by Max Headroom is just fine by us:
No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride… and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well… maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.
And then lifting our iTunes library for their soundtrack didn’t hurt either. Retro rewind wizardry.
[Link: Ride The Nighmare]
Quiksilver isn’t completely stuck trying to figure out which direction they’re headed . Their Roxy brand just partnered with Sony on a nice looking SmartBand fitness tracker and as we all know, wearables are the future.
The wearable technology in SmartBand with ROXY talks to the Lifelog app and your Android smartphone via Bluetooth® and NFC. If you receive any calls, messages, likes or tweets while away from your phone, SmartBand with Roxy will vibrate to notify you. SmartBand with ROXY can also measure your sleep cycle and wake you up at the optimum time. . . A perfect solution for a girl who is always on the go and ready for an adventure, SmartBand with ROXY merges fashion with technology in a unique way. Our favorite feature: it’s waterproof! So no need to take off SmartBand with ROXY when you go stand-up paddle boarding!
If we were teenage girls (who had Android phones) we’d buy one right now, even for $99.
Breckenridge Resort has always been the kick off spot for a new season of competitive snowboarding and while the junk food merchants of death have co-opted the event in their every pressing drive to obesify America, the snowboarders have continued to use Breckenridge in December to show the world that they haven’t slacked off during the summer, and that they’re hungrier than ever to be the best in the world.
Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark, and Chas Guldemond (pictured above) won their events and reminded the young bucks (and the world) that they’re not ready to step aside just yet. So congrats to them and to anyone who could sit through the Quiznos, Doritos, video game and caffeinated sugar water ads long enough to watch the whole contest.
For the complete results from the first stop of the #JunkFoodKills mouse dissolving, caffeinated, carbonated high fructose corn syrup winter tour please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
We’ve interviewed Terje Haakonsen many times over the course of his career. Sometimes he was a smart ass, other times a complete dick (“when are you going to pay me?”), and often straight up and sincere. Happily for all of us, Desillusion Magazine got the straight up and sincere Terje in their video profile by Pierre David and Sebastien Zanella titled Where Is Your God Now. It may be one of the best, most honest profiles we’ve seen on one of the greatest snowboarders of all time. Check it.
It’s so easy to sit back and talk smack about a call that someone else made. That’s why everyone does it. Here is Surfing Magazine’s video jab at Billabong Pipeline Masters event organizers for calling the contest early yesterday (December 14, 2014) just moments before the Pipeline roared to life with some scary, bumpy ass monster barrels. We have no opinion, we’re glad Surfing Magazine was there to get it all on video and share it with us.
Eric Haiar, a 26-year-old snowboarder from Silverthorne, Colorado died on Saturday, December 13, 2014 after hitting a tree while riding the Spring Dipper run at Keystone Resort, according to a story on The Denver Channel.
“Keystone Ski Patrol responded to the scene immediately, and the victim was transported to Keystone Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead,” the resort said in a statement.
In a statement to the Denver Post, Summit County Coroner Tim Kelling said Haiar “lost control. . . and collied with a tree” and died from “blunt force trauma injuries.” Keeling said Haiar was wearing a helmet. Our thoughts are with Haiar’s family and friends.
[Link: Denver Channel and Denver Post]
The instant distribution of the Internet changed the way we deliver news and info nearly two decades ago, but some are still learning their lessons the hard way. Take legendary snowboarder Travis Rice for instance. He was “most likely” the first person to drop a line he named The Crack, but it appears he sat on the footage saving it for his next movie. The Scott Serfas photo (shown above) appeared in TransWorld Snowboarding print mag, but no video was released.
In the meantime, skier Cody Townsend dropped the line for his part in MSPs Days Of My Youth and they blasted it out on their Youtube.com channel. The clip went viral and already has nearly 6 million views. Over the past few weeks Townsend has been doing TV interviews while Rice, it seems, has been wondering how it all happened. So much so that Rice posted an interview on his site where he got Cody Townsend to admit that Rice rode the line first. Here’s what Townsend said:
It is a gnarly line as you should know. Congratulations on, most likely, being the first person to ride it. I guess we’re still kinda trying to figure it out from guides, but I just heard from Clark Fyans that that’s the case. He’s spent a ton of time there and guaranteed that no one had ridden it before you did. So congrats on being the first person to get down that. You proved that it was a doable line.
Townsend won Powder Magazine’s “Line of the Year” and “Best Male Performance” awards for the clip, and Rice, well, he’s stuck doing interviews with the skier who snaked him in the media and reminding us all that if you have something good, you’ve better share it before it goes stale.
While the West Coast super storm may have kept some Southern Californians indoor the morning of December 12, 2014, it did not keep surf media personality Chris Cote in his cube. No! He ventured out to revive the old sport of kings: urban boogie sliding. Yes, Robert Siegel, this is what your listeners are up to on a stormy Friday morning.
To celebrate their 20 year partnership with Northwest snowboard legend Jamie Lynn, Lib Tech is releasing a Jamie Lynn 20 year video, micro site and Jamie’s own product line. Here’s the word from Lib:
Jamie was different when we met him at 14 and he is different for the same reasons now. Straight forward power snowboarding, art / design, and living all done with bold undeniable style and the energy of a from. We are excited and thankful to be working with Jamie. It’s been over 20 years and he’s done it all… he could have left, he could have quit, he could have done some weak ass shit but he doesn’t know how. We love him, he has made us all better people, artists and snowboarders. He is a craftsman, his best friends grew up working with us, we grew up working with him… it’s family. If you are a from and don’t know him but like art, music, naked chicks, waves, cats or no bullshit power snowboarding … you are in for a treat!
it’s true. Watch the video and then click the link to check the rest out.
[Link: Lib Tech Jamie Lynn]
Mervin Manufacturing co-founder Mike Olson is the mad scientist (click here to watch the video) who is almost singled handedly responsible for every major advancement in ski and snowboard construction and design over the past 30 years. There are too many to list here, however, the good news is that for the past decade Olson has turned his ground breaking design and construction intuitions to surfing. This has resulted in a top secret, US based production facility that is creating some of the most durable, environmentally safe surfboards ever produced. Olson calls them “waterboards.” Here are few of the features:
100% closed cell foam won’t absorb water… won’t rot; more durable: Lasts longer, less dings, less boards in landfills; recycled foam core: up to 50% recycled content in blank, blank scraps all recycled, elimination of hazardous resin systems, non ozone depleting blowing agent, Basalt fiber: no additives, no boron, no solvents except water; no paint brushes, no sandpaper, no tape
If you’re thinking about giving the gift of surf this year, then the Air E Ola is the perfect board. It features a “freedom of choice” five-box fin system, a concave deck and grab rails for better edge grip. It comes in lengths from 5’5″ to 6’3″. The Air E Ola is a durable, environmentally friendly, performance shortboard that will change your surfing life. For real. The Air E Ola retails for $725.96 and can be purchased right here.
[Link: Lib Tech Waterboards]
12 Days Of Gifts Recap
Day 11: Academy Propa-Camba Snowboard
Day 10: Boosted Electric Skateboard
Day 9: Freewaters Scamps Flips
Day 8: Smith Marvine Sunglasses
Day 7: GoPole Reach Selfie Stick
Day 6: Vans Jamie Lynn Sk8-HI
Day 5: Dakine Ally Pack
Day 4: SOL Republic Relays
Day 3: Spy Bravo Goggles
Day 2: Stance Wittlake Five-Toe Compression Socks
Day 1: Byrd Dopp Bag