Can’t say we haven’t occasionally needed a quick escape from a nutball on a chairlift, but we’ve never gone as far as a skier at Aspen Highlands did on Sunday, January 17, 2106.
A “white man” skier in his late 30s reportedly pushed 28-year-old Seth Beckton, of Aspen, right off the Loge Peak chairlift, according to a story in the Aspen Times.
Beckton said he fell face-first 20 to 25 feet to the ground, but fortunately landed in a “large pocket of snow” and was not injured. . . “I honestly thought I was dead,” Beckton said. “Because I didn’t know where we were (within the lift path). It’s not cool to think anyone would do that.”
It all started with a discussion of riding powder. After a comment Beckton made, the skier said, “Are you making fun of me?” When Beckton said, “Not really — but maybe,” the guy then said, “Do you think this if funny?” and threw Beckton from the chair. . . which is kind of funny now that he mentions it.
Beckon hasn’t yet filed a report and no one really knows who this “white man” skier really is.
We’ve strayed away from skateboard towing posts lately, but sadly it is still happening. Richard Oates, a 32-year-old father of two who opened East River Skate Shop last summer with his wife, died on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 after falling skateboarding while hanging on to the side of a truck, according to a story on The Gothamist.
Oates was riding his skateboard on Tuesday afternoon (January 12, 20160), gripping the passenger side of a green Mack truck as it drove west on Delancey, according to a preliminary NYPD investigation. Shortly after 1:15 p.m., Oates fell off of his skateboard and was run over by the truck’s rear passenger-side wheels. EMS responded to the corner of Norfolk Street and transported Oates to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Our thoughts are with Oates’ family, friends, and especially his wife Marrisa and their two young children.
Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary year with plans to to revive their historic Snowboard + Music Festival, as well as launching a photo exhibition tour of 20 most iconic snowboarding images of all time.
Two decades ago, a small group of young women, leaders in the snowboarding industry, turned the tragic loss of a friend to breast cancer into a positive new movement called Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC). Launching with huge snowboarding and music festivals, the events attracted girls and guys in the tribe of winter sports enthusiasts, and shined much needed attention on young women with breast cancer by increasing awareness using a combination of fun, snowboarding, music, and athlete inspiration.
For more info on the upcoming events and how you can get involved, please follow the jump.
For 2016 the Vans Hi-Standard Snow Series World Tour is back with 13 stops in five countries including Korea, China, and France. The Hi-Stadard series is a jam format big air contest in which rotations over 720 are banned completely.
Starting on January 16th at Mount St-Louis, Ontario Canada, riders will compete in a unique exhibition of style and creativity. The Hi-Standard Series will award over $60K in cash prizes and challenge riders to push their imaginations with innovative tricks. The “Van Doren Rail Best Trick” offers cash on the spot for the most inventive maneuvers. Vans will also reward and name an MVP, a Most Improved Rider and a Worst Bail for each stop of the tour. With nothing beyond a 720 allowed, only the most creative competitors will be considered for the billing.
For all the details (including all the dates and places), please follow the jump.
Matt Cummins has been on the snow scene forever. He’s had a pro model longer than most pros have been alive (25 years with the Mervin crew):
He has used this opportunity to continually push snowboard designs from the earliest skate influenced twin tip MC Kink to today’s powder hungry Nootka. His designs, priorities and style forever changed the sport and paved the way for generations of pros. We are proud to celebrate Matt’s 25 years with Mervin Manufacturing and the Lib Tech brand. This video is just a taste of the legacy of Matt and the Cummins family!
Just press play and see it all for yourself. If you’d like to see what Jamie Lynn has to say about Matt, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Roark is proud to announce its first executive hire and newest partner, Mark Tinkess. Mark will take over Founder Ryan Hitzel’s duties as President and Ryan will assume the role of CEO.
“I’ve waited for the opportunity to hire a person like Mark for a long time.” Ryan said. “Mark is wonderful human that exemplifies the tenants of our brand, with the pedigree and leadership that Roark needs as we enter the next phase of our business. He’s a passionate dude that understands what we want to achieve and grasps both how difficult it will be and what promise it has. As the founder, I look forward to his addition to our management team as President.”
And, suddenly we like this brand even more. See how that works? If you want to say hello to Mark in person, stop by the Roark booth today at the Agenda Show. He’ll be there all day long. Follow the jump for the rest of the details.
Don’t think that just because it’s 2016 that it’s too late for another “best of 2015,” because DLXSF has this combo clip of the best of BS with TG and it’s like seeing all the Tommy Guerrero stuff you missed all year, right here in one place including Jim Thiebaud, Frank Gerwer, Max Schaaf, James Kelch, Orb, and Mickey Reyes. What’s not to like?
Twenty-year-old Jonathan Douglin is dead after being stabbed during an altercation during a party at the EightSixty Custom skateboard shop in Hartford, Connecticut, according to a story in the Hartford Courant.
Two witnesses told Hartford detectives that they were at a New Year’s party at EightSixty Custom, a skateboard shop and indoor skateboard park at 41 Francis Ave., when Douglin accidentally bumped into Tequile Walwyn, 19, according to the warrant for Walwyn’s arrest. It was during the shoving match that followed that Walwyn thrust a knife into Douglin’s chest, puncturing his heart, according to the warrant. . . A friend of Walwyn told police that after the confrontation, Walwyn had a green folding knife and said to him, “I had no choice. I had to poke him.”
Gotta wonder about a kid who brings a knife to a New Year’s Eve party.