Vans kicks off 2017 with the return of the Vans Hi-Standard Series, an international all-ages contest inviting snowboarders to showcase true style and expression in an exciting open-jam format. With a new stop in Switzerland and a grand finale in California, the Vans Hi-Standard global series will be touring across the US, Canada, Switzerland, Korea, and France. The inclusive snowboard jam will feature an original big air jam format where riders are judged by individual style only, with no rotations over 720 permitted. For the grand finale, Vans will bring a new, non-traditional feature into the fold by creating a unique custom-spec course, where riders are encouraged to push the boundaries of their creative expression.
Philosophical powboarding in the freshest from Wolle Nyvelt and friends. “Surfing changed my approach and how I look at snowboarding a lot.” What is the meaning of all these levels of paradise? Of a cameo from Hydrodynamica surfboard shaper Richard Kenvin. We don’t know. It goes way, way too deeply into the glide.
Need a last minute Christmas gift for the snow dogger in your family? Here it is — a subscription to The Snowboarder’s Journal. Right now when you give a gift subscription you’ll receive a free print of Iuna Tinta’sLuminous Lights.
Featured in The Snowboarder’s Journal Issue 14.1, Iuna Tinta’s ethereal landscape paintings epitomize the alpine dreamscapes that we chase all winter. This 9″ x 8″ print made by Asymbol Gallery is a hand-numbered, limited edition of 125 so act now before they sell out.
Subscriptions are $39.99 for a whole year. Click the link for all the details. And act know, because those prints are going to run out soon.
If you’re looking for something to watch, we’re looking for something really easy to post. The deuce you say? Yes, the ol’ one-two punch comes in with Signal Snowboard’s Every Third Thursday. And this month, they’re making snowboards out of old skateboards. Yes, pop will eat itself.
Just got a press release from BMBC (press releases are what we do now, if you hadn’t noticed) mentioning something about Barrett Christy and how she’s riding some product they make. (Yeah, buy some of whatever that is for Christmas, please.) Anyway, they linked to this video (Our Best Rider Is A Girl: 20 Years Of Barrett Christy) which reminded us how much we love watching Barrett ride and what a seriously cool human she is. Watch the video and you’ll see.
Vans is honoring their longtime, legendary team rider Jamie Lynn with a signature colorway of the V-66 snowboard boot.
The Vans V-66 in Jamie Lynn’s signature colorway sees an elevated aesthetic this season, boasting premium material and function while highlighting Jamie’s own vibrant Pacific Northwest-inspired artwork. The V-66’s traditional lace-up boot construction is packed with features carefully engineered to form an all-terrain boot with freestyle inclinations. The Tongue Lock Down System helps pull down the tongue as you tighten the boot at the instep to eliminate heel lift, and the Reach Around cuff strap attached to the inside shell of the boot allows snowboarders the choice of wrapping the strap around the internal liner or the exterior tongue, providing a custom fit.
Vans is also kicking down a SK8-Hi Mountain Edition and Vans Slip-Er with the same color ways to round out Jamie’s off-snow Vans kit. For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
Someone at Burton loves dead people. We’ve said before that it was because they were much easier to do deals with. But we’re not sure that’s the only reason. Over the past few decades the company has done collaborations with Andy Warhol (who is dead), Bob Marley (who is dead), and now they’re getting in the ring with Muhamad Ali (who is also dead) with the Ali x Burton The Greatest Snowboard.
When pioneers see eye-to-eye, it’s only fitting to step into the ring and celebrate with a knockout. Thus the Ali x Burton collaboration brings two legacies together with a limited release board in honor of the People’s Champion, the Greatest, Muhammad Ali.
Wonder if this boards floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee? Truthfully, we’ll never know. But we do begin to wonder how much longer it will be before they do a Hugh Hefner model.
French snowboard photographer Jérôme Tanon’s film The Eternal Beauty Of Snowboarding is the most refreshing snowboarding vid we’ve seen in years. In fact, we can’t remember when we’ve laughed so hard during an intro. Yes, we’ve been accused of being jaded and salty, but still there is something so downright joyful in the way this video plays out that, well, you’ll just have to watch it yourself (as you likely already have).
To learn more about the film we think is the single most telling love letter ever written to commercial snowboarding, click the link to catch Colin Wiseman’s interveiw with Tanon on The Snowboarder’s Journal’s new website (you know, the one we just wrote about in the story below this one).
Time to click on over over and check out our favorite snowboard magazine’s crystal sparkling new website. That’s right, The Snowboarder’s Journal (former known as Frequency: The Snowboarder’s Journal) has given their digital presence a complete, from the pixels up, rebuild and what they’ve created lets their content sing with little to no interference from the interface. Here’s how they’re telling it:
Featuring exclusive in-depth interviews, stories and videos alongside a carefully-curated feed of the best snowboard content on the web, the new thesnowboardersjournal.com presents snowboarding’s true voice to the masses in an interactive, digital format. Updated daily with archival stories from past issues, product reviews and giveaways, thesnowboardersjournal.com also provides a streamlined shopping experience, print and digital subscriptions, and a growing catalog of TSNJ products.
But don’t take our word for it. Click the link and bask in all the new feels.