Snowboarding

Bonfire Goes Free Range

by The Editors on September 28, 2016

Bonfire Snowboarding is going free range. What’s that you say? Here let them explain.

Free Range represents Bonfire’s commitment to snowboarding. It’s our journey about living with no rules, about going the places we want to go, avoiding the ones we could care less about and sticking around a certain spot because we don’t have a schedule and the place is FIRING.

We know the feeling. For the official word from Bonfire, please follow the link.

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Adidas + Capita = Kazu Collection

by The Editors on September 26, 2016

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Capita Snowboards and adidas Snowboarding share a rider. His name is Kazu Kokubo. So why not share some branded product as well? No reason, really. So here it is — a Adi-Trek Capita shoe and Coaches Jacket — inspired by Kazu’s board graphics which were created by world renowned tattoo artist Gangi of Three Tides Tattoo.

The Adi-Trek Capita shoe is a winterized skate shoe that features a cozy fleece lining and a grippy vulcanized outsole for precise board feel. The shoe’s gusseted tongue is water resistant to withstand harsh weather conditions and the EVA sockliner with customized warrior graphic provides additional cushioning and support. The Capita Coaches Jacket is a lightweight, water-resistant jacket featuring monochromatic detailing complete with Kazu’s signature bird logo on the jacket’s back.

This smashing combo goes on sale October 1 at specialty retailers in the US and on the adidas snowboarding website: $90 for the shoes, $95 for the jacket. Go Capita!

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Vans’ Customizable Pat Moore Infuse

by The Editors on September 19, 2016

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Lately, we’ve been on the “more Boa, less laces” program when it comes to snowboard boots, yet Vans’ Pat Moore Infuse boot appears to have the best of both retention systems: Boa and lace. And that’s only the beginning of the adjustments that are possible with this boot.

“I use all of the customizable features of the Infuse as my season evolves,” Moore says. “This last season, I set up a new pair by heat molding the liners and using the Boa and lace system to wear the boots at a medium flex to ride park and street. Switching to backcountry, I put in the tongue stiffeners and crank the Boa down to add support for powder riding. Then, when it’s time for spring slush conditions, I take the tongue stiffeners out for a loose boot to just mess around and have fun in.”

And really, who doesn’t need a good tongue stiffener every now and again. For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.

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Jamie Lynn’s Bent Metal Transfer

by The Editors on September 14, 2016

Speaking of OG. Jamie Lynn has been working on a binding for Mervin Manufacturing’s Bent Metal Binding Works.

Working closely with the BMBW engineering and design team headed up by long time Mervin employee and on snow ripper Paul Ferrel, Jamie’s art, design and performance input on the Transfer model was instrumental. The all terrain Transfer features a medium flex high back with an asymmetrical wing for full support, light form ankle and toe straps, forged aluminum buckles, the revolutionary Cube forward lean adjuster and of course our signature Flex Control Drive Plate ablaze with Jamie art.

For the official word from Bent Metal, please follow the jump.

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Sessions Is Back: Always Have Always Will

by The Editors on September 14, 2016

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Don’t think you can keep an OG snowboard brand down. After taking a few seasons off, Sessions (yeah, the first snowboard shop in North America) is back with their first full line of outerwear since 2012 thanks to the work of Pretty Great LLC.

Joel Gomez, Sessions MFG founder, says the new line is “contemporary, relevant and outright rad. We have always existed to innovate outerwear that mirrors the needs of the current customer while presenting technologies and evolutions that create new standards of excellence – this line does this.”

It good to see them back. For the official word from Nick Visconti and Sessions team, please follow the jump.
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Scotty Lago Suing Keir Dillon For $50k

by The Editors on September 9, 2016

lago_olySnowboarder Scotty Lago (winner of an Olympic Bronze medal) reportedly “loaned” Keir Dillon $50,000 back in 2011 (the year Dillon and crew founded the Frends brand). Now he wants it back, according to a story on Sea Coast Online.

Lago filed the suit in Rockingham Superior Court Aug. 9 against Keir Dillon, a resident of Carlsbad, California, and who has worked as a television host and sideline reporter for ESPN and FUEL TV. The lawsuit states Dillon and his headphone company Republic of Frends, of which Dillon is CEO, was loaned $50,000 in August 2011 by Lago with the expectation Lago be paid back the following year with 7 percent interest.

As we know from his appearance on Shark Tank, Dillion has spent far more than $50,000 chasing his Frends dreams. Hopefully they can work this out without going to court, because, you know, there is no “i” in friendship.

[Link: Sea Coast Online]

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Will Newell Brands Dump K2 And Ride?

by The Editors on September 8, 2016

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Newell Brands, the company that bought/merged with Jarden Corp (parent of K2 Sports/Ride Snowboards) and spawned all those “Rubbermaid snowboard” jokes back in December 2015, has announced that it plans to divest itself of “some businesses” that generate “$250 million to $300 million in annual revenue,” according to story on Sporting Goods Business Online.

Newell Brands has not said what businesses it plans to exit, but some speculate it will divest winter sports brands picked up April 15, when it closed its acquisition and merger with Jarden Corp. . . “Ideally I would like to sell these assets versus simply walking away from them,” company CEO Michael Polk told his audience Thursday. “Some of them are the kinds of businesses that would be difficult to sell and therefore, we should just shut down because they create no value for you and they are a distraction for us.”

Hmmm, companies that “create no value” and are “a distraction?” Wonder which “winter sports brands” people are speculating about? Could it be K2 Sports? Guess we’ll all have to wait and see.

[Link: SGB Online]

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Pappas Pleads Guilty To Assault

by The Editors on September 7, 2016

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Former professional snowboarder and skateboarder George Pappas has reportedly pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and vehicular assault in charges stemming from a car crash in which he allegedly tried to kill his girlfriend, according to a story in the Boulder Daily Camera. In exchange prosecutors agreed to drop attempted murder charges against Pappas.

As part of the deal, attorneys agreed that Pappas will be sentenced to somewhere between eight and 16 years at a hearing on Nov. 7, 2016. . . While being read the plea deal, Pappas asked for a second to discuss the sentencing range with this attorneys, but then ultimately took the deal a few minutes later.

Pappas is currently being held on a $100,000 bond until sentencing.

[Link: Daily Camera]

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Absinthe Films: The App

by The Editors on August 31, 2016

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Absinthe Films is putting their entire 16 film library in the palm of your hand with their new app for iOS and Android. In addition to all the completely remastered films the app also includes /fterForever Premier tour dates, rider segments, rider bios, flipside episodes, wallpaper, and more.

“The timing is good to release the new app, the new website and the first of two /fterForever trailers” said Justin Hostynek, director of Absinthe Films, “This app also shows our commitment to staving off perceived Technophobia for the foreseeable future and modernizing Absinthe Films through progression and mobile technology.”

Yep. Guess this means it’s time to toss out that storage box fill with Absinthe VHS tapes. . . To download the app for iOS click here (the Android app is coming soon). For the official word from Absinthe and app developer Black Sun Productions, follow the jump.

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Lib Tech’s Skate Banana Turns 10

by The Editors on August 30, 2016

Guess that means that next year the Lib Tech Skate Banana will go to 11. . . just watch the video and have a banana. Then follow the jump for a team photo and the official word from Pete and Mike.
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