Snowboarding

Tahoe Lab: DIY NorCal Style

by The Editors on October 25, 2017

Five years ago Tahoe snowboarders Abe Greenspan and Lee Collins decided they wanted to make their own boards. So they did. They started Tahoe Lab. And in this profile from The Tahoe Daily Tribune they explain the whole idea behind their craft snowboard brand.

The duo never intended to grow TahoeLab as big as Burton, K2, Lib Tech or others. They mostly just wanted to be able to pay rent for their 600-square-foot shop. . . “We’re big into snowboarding, we’re big into the backcountry and we were dissatisfied with what was out there so we started making our own,” said Collins, a 40-year-old Yale University graduate, Tahoe resident since 2000 and president of TahoeLab.

It’s always good to see people doing things outside the fray and enjoying it. For the rest of the Tahoe Lab story, click the link.

[Link: TahoeDaily]

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Volcom Is The Anchor

by The Editors on October 25, 2017

Sometimes it’s hard to be a punk rock fashion line in the grand house of Gucci. Try though they might it seems that Volcom just can’t live up to the expectations of its parent Kering, according to a story on SBGmedia.

Kering reported revenues in its Sport & Lifestyle segment grew 15.9 percent on a currency-neutral basis as a 17.3 percent jump at Puma offset a decline at Volcom. . . Volcom’s performance continued to be hampered by the challenges faced by specialist distributors in the US.”

Yes, blame it on the “specialist distributors.”

[Link: SBGmedia]

 

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Academy Graduate Series Is USA Made

by The Editors on October 24, 2017

Academy Snowboards would like you to consider their new “Made in the USA” Graduate Series of classic, directional, cambered snowboards that reportedly work like a snowboard should.

Transworld Rider of the Year, X Games athlete, and snowboarding legend Chad Otterstrom designed the Graduate Series, to go everywhere, and do everything. This board is made in the U.S.A. at the Never Summer Factory in Colorado. It is a directional camber. The camber ensures maximum stability, and ability to hold an edge no matter how steep the terrain.

“Oh no, Mrs. Robinson. I think these are the most attractive boards of all the Academy boards. I mean that.” For the official word from Academy, follow the jump.

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Shaun White Is 31 Years Old

by The Editors on October 24, 2017

Remember that one day when it seemed your great grandma’s car began collecting dings and scratches almost over night? “What happened here,” you’d ask. And great nana would say “Oh, that was when I was in getting groceries. I came out and the car was dinged. Someone must have backed into me.” The next week it was a scrape down the passenger side, or a smashed front headlight. “I don’t know, honey. People are just driving terribly these days.” Eventually, great nana had to leave her car in the garage and let someone else do the driving. But that was okay. You still got to see her all the time, but you didn’t have to worry about her being out on the road.

Sorry for that closeout wave of nostalgia. So, what were we talking about?

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Shred Joins 1% For The Planet

by The Editors on October 24, 2017

Shred, the Park City, Utah based makers of sunglasses, goggles, helmets, and protective equipment, has joined 1% for the planet and joins a crew of more than 1,200 businesses that have committed to donating financial support to environmental causes.

“One of Shred’s core values is to protect the natural world that serves as our playground. This only makes sense given that every product we make is designed to enhance one’s time outdoors and that our love for the mountains was a key catalyst for launching the company,” explains Shred Co-founder and CEO Carlo Salmini. “And as we celebrate our ten year anniversary, we’re working harder than ever to translate this belief into action.”

For the official word from Shred, please follow the jump.

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Tyler Chorlton Does Mammoth

by The Editors on October 23, 2017

It’s called California Carving, but we just like it ’cause Mr. Chorlton slices and dices it up every which way and makes snowboarding look fun again. Maybe it’s the pickle fork of death that gets us on the switch carves or just those spring days at Mammoth. . . 

[Link via TWSnow]

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Vans Saves VF Corp Again

by The Editors on October 23, 2017

Vans’ parent company VF Corp announced a 23 percent drop in profits year over year, however, sales for the third quarter were actually up and they have Vans to thanks, according to a story on Footwear News.

Vans — which continues to reap rewards from booming street-culture trends as well as a larger shift, by teens and young adults, away from “mainstream” brands — was responsible for a significant share of that growth, according to the company. . . VF said its Q3 gains were driven by broad-based strength across its international and direct-to-consumer platforms and Outdoor & Action Sports coalition — but most notably the Vans brand and workwear businesses.

Makes sense. Who wears anything but Vans?

[Link: Footwear News]

 

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The Fourth Phase: All Action Cut

by The Editors on October 19, 2017

Remember when The Fourth Phase came out and everyone was debating whether it was a good snowboard movie or not, in spite of the fact that it contained mind-blowing snowboarding? Well, this 18-minute action cut proves that they had the goods even if they may not have packaged it to everyone’s liking. It’s also a reminder of how short our attention spans are and that when it comes to snowboard films the old “action plus music” formula is very difficult to beat. Here, let T-Rice, Mark Landvik, Eric Jackson, Bryan Iguchi, Pat Moore, Mikkel Bang, Cam FitzPatrick, Shin Biyajima, Bode Merrill, Jeremy Jones, Victor de Le Rue, Ben Ferguson, and the rest explain it. 

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USSS’s Toyota U.S. Revolution Tour Dates

by The Editors on October 18, 2017

Fancy yourself (or someone you know) as a potential Olympic athlete on the snowboard craft? Well, with stops at Copper Mountain, Waterville Valley, Park City, and Mammoth Mountain the 2017-18 Toyota U.S. Revolution Tour is a great place to jump in on the National snowboard competition scene (and maybe even get noticed).

“The Rev Tour and Hole Shot Tour continue to play a major role in preparing young skiers and riders for higher levels of competition,” said Jeremy Forster, U.S. Ski & Snowboard snowboard and freeski director. “With 10 events on the schedule this season and support from some of the best resorts in the country, we’re sure to see these athletes putting down their best performances and progressing to the next level.”

For all the official tour details and dates from US Ski & Snowboard, please follow the jump

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Jeremy Jones’ Life of Glide Teaser

by The Editors on October 18, 2017

The title of Jeremy Jones‘ new short film Life of Glide is the perfect title for the big mountain master. Jones’ ability to glide through all kinds of hairy situations is legendary and if he can get even a little of that down in this film, it’s going to be well worth checking out. The film premieres soon. 

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