Snowboarding

The Action Sports Announcing Life With Sal

by The Editors on January 17, 2019

Sal Masekela has come a long way since we first met him in the water at our home break. He was paddling out we were coming at him on a wave. And he started laughing his deep, infectious chuckle, “That’s the slowest I’ve ever seen anyone surf in my life.” We took it as a compliment. Then, he reappeared as receptionist at Transworld Media, then singing karaoke at an industry conference. Next thing we knew he was the voice of action sports. And he was exactly what mainstream action sports coverage needed — a surfer/snowboarder who could think, talk, and hold a mic all at the same time.

Outside Magazine just posted the official Selma story written by David Shultz. It’s titled Unlikely Preacher of Action Sports and it goes a little more like this:

Sal Masekela steps off a helicopter onto the white sands of Tavarua Island Resort, a tiny speck in the Fiji archipelago, and walks into a gorgeous open-air restaurant that overlooks a world-famous reef break appropriately dubbed Restaurants. He greets the Fijian staff by name, hugging them, asking them about their lives since his last visit.

Damn. Still a baller after all these years. For the rest of the celebrity profile/career reset piece please, by all means, click the link.

[Link: Outside Magazine]

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Burton Expanding Into Live Entertainment

by The Editors on January 17, 2019

Following on the heels of House of Vans and Apple’s “Town Squares” concept comes Burton Snowboards hopes to create an entertainment hub in a new space that has become available at its global headquarters in Burtonton, Vermont, according to a story in Seven Days Vermont.

Burton Snowboards wants to repurpose warehouse space at its global headquarters in Burlington for an entertainment hub anchored by an 8,000-square-foot concert venue. . . Justin Worthley, the company’s senior vice president of human resources, envisions food and beer options that would complement the band space and turn the South End campus into a destination for visitors.

Beer is always important. Lots and lots of beer. Because drunk people are the best. Sadly, Burton will first have to get the zoning changed, as music venues are only allowed on Burlington’s Pine Street and must be under 5,000 square feet. Party on, Burlington.

[Link: Seven Days VT]

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An Avalanche of Avalanche Stories

by The Editors on January 15, 2019

While we’ve all been celebrating the monster snow storms that have finally arrived to kick off the 2018-19 snowboarding season recent snowfall has wreaked havoc across the United States and Europe. Mostly in the form of avalanches that have taken out dozens of people in the past few weeks (including the one shown above that took out Garret Hunting at Powder Mountain, Utah last week). Follow the jump for the entire list of stories.

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Vans’ Snowboarding Together Forever

by The Editors on January 10, 2019

It’s always interesting to see what the brands think the kids want to see. Here is Vans’ latest short form snowboarding promo titled Together Forever.

Coming off the heels of Vans’ first full-length film LANDLINE., film director Tanner Pendleton returns this season with a short-length project featuring Vans snow team riders Jake Kuzyk, Arthur Longo, Sam Taxwood, Danimals, Pat Moore, Cole Navin, Hana Beaman, Darrell Mathes, Dillon Ojo and more. Filmed primarily on Kodak 16mm film on location in Japan, France, Russia and Finland, Together Forever follows a group of individuals-turned-family as they travel the world and do what they love most.

Apparently that’s skateboarding, snowboarding, and a little hugging. Enjoy.

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Bent Metal At Baldface

by The Editors on January 4, 2019

Seems everyone is powdering at Baldface these days. Here’s Jamie Lynn and the Bent Metal crew setting up a board and powdering the days away. Nice of them to go so we don’t have to.

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Vans Hi-Standard 2019 Series Dates

by The Editors on December 20, 2018

Today Vans announced the official 2019 world tour dates for The Vans Hi-Standard Series, Vans’ annual international snowboard event.

For the first time in the series history, the all-ages snowboard event will land in Moscow, Russia, along with stops across China, South Korea, Canada and the US. Challenging snowboarders to showcase creative expression in a fun open-jam format, the Hi-Standard Series competitors are judged solely on their individual style, with no inverts or spins over 720 allowed. One male and one female from each stop will be crowned the regional MVP, earning an all-expenses paid trip to the series’ grand finale for an opportunity to ride with the Vans snow team and the chance to battle for the 2019 Vans Hi-Standard Series MVP series title.

For all the dates, locations and the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.

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In Bounds Powdering At Grand Targhee

by The Editors on December 20, 2018

Not sure if it’s the #powdering, the music, or the laughs, but this K2 tube (featuring Jake Kuzyk, Tim Eddy, Parker Szumowski, Curtis Ciszek, and Sean Pettit) makes us want to ride, like today. . . already.

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In Temple Cummins We Trust

by The Editors on December 19, 2018

You should, too. Here’s Gnu’s pitch:

To celebrate 20 years of Temple’s Gnu Billy Goat model and snowboard mastery we are proud to release “Trust Temple Cummins” a movie about the lines, vibe, environment, style, family and friends that make this Billy Goat unreal.

[Link: Gnu Snowboards]

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Jake Drops Mine 77 Collection

by The Editors on December 13, 2018

We’d like to think that Burton itself is the product of Jake Carpenter’s “creativity,” but it seems that corporations outgrown their founders by design. It’s nice to see Jake getting back to doing the stuff he likes to do with the Mine 77 collection . . . even if it is made up of $700 jackets, $400 backpacks, and $60 tee shirts. 

[Link: Burton Snowboards]

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Coal Headwear + Protect Our Winters Beanie

by The Editors on December 11, 2018

Coal Headwear is partnering with Protect Our Winters on a new beanie that consumes 76% less energy, 85% less water and 76% less waste than a typical acrylic beanie, just in time for the holiday shred season. A portion of the proceeds will support Protect Our Winter’s advocacy around climate change.

Coal will be one of the first US-based brands to introduce the new Polylana yarn to the outdoor industry. Polylana is made from virgin and recycled polyester and has similar characteristics to acrylic or wool fiber. Using this material saves 5 liters of water per beanie, when compared with acrylic. The production of this fiber also releases 19% less CO2 than traditional polyester materials. The material is ACH Compliant, Formaldehyde free and its vegan!

Want to eat one? They’re $30 each, go on sale December 17, 2018, and are in limited supply. Click the link and buy, buy, buy.

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