It is getting down to the wire. If you weren’t paying attention when we listed out our 12 Days Of Gifts and you didn’t take action on any of those ideas, not to worry. We’re still rocking this gift game and the good news is you still have time to help the one you love hold their pants up with a rockin’, totally adjustable belt from Mission Belt Co.
Mission belts don’t have holes. They have a ratchet systems that allows for a perfect fit each and every time they go on. And better yet, you’re not just getting high tech leather belt, you’re also helping to end world hunger. Mission Belt Co. gives one dollar from the sale of each belt to the micro lending site Kiva.org.
For each Mission Belt sold we contribute a dollar into a Kiva fund that then gets lent out to borrowers in developing countries who are seeking money to support their small business operations. We’re not talking about expensive factory equipment or a new tractor, but rather what we might consider a relatively cheap income producing asset, like a cow that produces milk, or a few hundred dollars worth of supplies that can be resold for a profit. In this way, our Mission isn’t just satisfying people’s immediate needs, but giving them the means for an improved standard of living that will last the rest of their life.
So with this gift, you’re holding up someone’s pants and helping to change the world through local economics all at the same time. And, if you order a belt by noon mountain time on December 19, 2014 (that’s tomorrow), you’ll get the belt by Christmas and everyone’s happy.
[Link: Mission Belt Co.]
It’s been a while since we’ve laughed this hard reading a snowboarding story (and we’ve read thousands). If you’d like to brighten your day, then drop in on this Kyle Clancy’s Column from YoBeat on that one summer in Mammoth when Danny Kass bought a chopper trike and tried to take Kyle out for a ride.
I step outside to see him sitting in the parking lot with an entire building complex and the rest of the neighborhood looking at him on a Trike. Not just any Trike, a Low Rider Trike with chopper handle Bars and a high-rise bench back seat. It’s deafeningly loud. I determine I need my skateboard and run inside, and by now the whole fucking street is watching. . . .Danny throws me a Cappix helmet — these fake plastic baseball looking hats used to fake out skate park cops — “You’ll want this.”
Click the link to read the entire thing.
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]
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.
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.
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]
We’ve ridden a lot of snowboards over the years and the truth in 2014 is that they’re all good. Companies have to try pretty hard to make a bad snowboard these days. So if you’re looking for the perfect gift snowboard it might as well be from a company run snowboarders. And it should have good graphics and proper name. Broken bottles won’t hurt either. Right? Because broken bottles and Dr. Suess are dope and always will be. If you’re already headed down this road on your Flexible Flyer gift sled then there is no reason not to throw Academy Snowboard’s “award-winning” park charging Propa-Camba on back and take it home. Here are a few reasons why:
The name of this board says it all, Proper Camber! Traditional camber never went away and this board proves it. This board has so much snap to it, even the graphics pop. You will like it here and there, you will like it everywhere. You can hit a box or ollie a fox, this board is top notch. A true twin deck with tip to tail wood core, giving the board a consistent feel no matter which way you ride it. The Propa-Camba has a mellow camber to give you that ollie power but still torsionally soft so you can get HAM on any feature whether in the streets or the park. Designed by Chad and Ryan Tarbell, this board is built to last.
There. They said it. Sounds like just the right board, right? The Propa-Camba retails for $395.95 and can be purchased right here.
[Link: Academy Snowboards]
12 Days Of Gifts Recap
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
The antics of Eiki Helgason, Halldor Helgason, Ethan Morgan (AJ Morgan Freemanson), Gulli Gudmundsson, Sage Kotsenburg, Kareem El Rafie, Leo Crawford, and Felix Engstrom will definitely not be a waste of the next 26 minutes of your life. Trust us.
[Link via Snowboarder]