Snowboarding

I-Pod’s New Leica Snow White

by The Editors on February 12, 2018

Iouri Podladtchikov may not be in the Olympics this year, but that hasn’t slowed the launch of his limited edition Leica Q “Snow” any according to a story on The Verge.

Dubbed the Leica Q “Snow,” the camera is decked out in silver anodized aluminum for the top deck, baseplate, and controls. The body of the camera is wrapped in pure white leather that will probably get dirty in the first five seconds after you take it out of the box. The camera also features an aluminum accessory shoe cover, which is apparently a first for a Leica camera. And to round out the color scheme, the Leica Q Snow also comes with a white leather carrying case and strap. . . ‘White – for me, that also means ‘carte blanche’ – it’s up to you. It’s time to get creative’, says Iouri Podladtchikov, who has already published two books of his photography and will soon be opening his own studio.

The camera apparently drops in March for only $5,395. It looks amazing but sadly, is a little out of our price range.

[Link: The Verge]

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Olympic Snowboarding Schedule

by The Editors on February 12, 2018

 

The courses are looking amazing here. So many options for these champs.

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Olympic fever and the #ShaunWhiteHype are about to blow up around the world and we want you to be ready so you won’t miss a thing. This year NBC is running the feed live and on-demand replay for all the events on the NBCOlympics.com website and their smartphone app.

Slopestyle kicks off the events for snowboarding followed by halfpipe, snowboard cross, big air, and parallel giant slalom (yes, they still do this).

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I-Pod Out of Pyeongchang With Brain Injury

by The Editors on February 9, 2018

 

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Iouri Podladtchikov, the defending Olympic halfpipe champ has decided that he will not be competing in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang due to a traumatic brain injury he suffered while competing in the 2018 X Games, according to a Reuters story.

When I received this diagnosis, it was clear to me that I had sustained a serious and dangerous injury and that participating in the Olympic Games would pose a great risk to my health,” the 29-year-old said in a statement released by the Swiss ski federation. . . “After all the tests that I have had on the way to the present day in the last two weeks – including my first practice this Friday – I can say for sure that starting and participating in the Olympic Games is in no way safe and responsible.”

The world is going to miss him, but there’s no doubt that he made the right decision, even if the media are already reporting that Shaun White’s hunt for gold just got easier. As someone close to I-Pod said, “We must honor this and all athletes who choose to make good choices for their futures even if it is at the expense of momentary fame.”

[Link: Reuters]

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It’s A Full Media Shaun WhiteOut

by The Editors on February 8, 2018

Here are just a few of the Shaun White stories that are spinning ’round the Interwebs today. Enjoy #ShaunWhiteOut

This is Shaun White: Success, Fans and Sponsors

Shaun White found similiarities between himself and Michael Phelps in 2014

Shaun White still has tongue stitches from October crash

Shaun White says he has plenty more to show in halfpipe

Shaun White: 10 things you didn’t know about the snowboarding star

The story behind Shaun White‘s perfect 100

Shaun White Goes For Festival Gold With Air + Style

Photos: Shaun White through the years

Bruised, not beaten, White back for another shot at gold

Scotty James fears losing Olympic gold to Shaun White‘s reputation

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Shaun White Reads His Life Story

by The Editors on February 6, 2018

Ever wondered just how Shaun White transformed himself from a cute little snowboard kid sessioning the Encinitas YMCA miniramp everyday into a resort-owning, rock and rolling business titan with Olympic and ESPN gold medals swinging from his neck? Well, this fall Mr. White will tell it all in his own words and with his own voice as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt releases his as-yet-untitled memoir on Audible.com. Here’s their pitch:

The memoir will be a radical playbook on how to become a champion. A 3-time Olympian and repeat gold-medalist, and winner of an unprecedented 23 X-Games medals, Shaun White has been a fighter and a pioneer throughout his life, overcoming a congenital heart defect, periodic bouts of depression, and an establishment that didn’t take his sport seriously—until he became a legend and a leader whom everyone had to follow. It will be co-written with Neil Strauss, New York Times bestselling author of The Game.

Why shouldn’t Shaun’s memoir be written by the same guy who wrote the book on pick-up artists and Marilyn Manson’s autobiography, and Jenna Jameson’s How To Make Love Like a Porn Star). Oh, we’re looking forward to this one. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Shaun White Knows The Time

by The Editors on February 1, 2018

Shaun White will apparently be featured in advertising for Omega watches during the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

White, a two-time gold medallist, is making his fourth appearance in the Olympic Winter Games. He’ll be featured in Omega’s print and digital advertising campaign in the United States. The first advertisements will appear on February 1st and run concurrently to the television commercials.

We’re guessing nothing makes an athlete feel better than seeing an eight-year-old photo of themselves up all over the place.  Nice work Omega. Then again these ads are coming from a Swiss company that hasn’t fundamentally updated their technology in over 100 years, so to them eight years is probably like yesterday.

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I-Pod’s Sunday Night Slam

by The Editors on January 29, 2018

There are times that it becomes obvious that the bar in halfpipe snowboarding has been raised way, way, too high. Last night during a contest in Aspen, Iouri Podladtchikov, showed us just what can happen when a small mistake is made while competing at this level. He was down for 20 minutes and (after a complete check up at hospital) reportedly broke only his nose. We’re sincerely hoping that is all and that he has a quick, complete recovery. But it begs the same old question: how many more traumatic brain injuries have to go down before we all decide that enough is enough on the whole bigger, faster, higher progression in the snowboard halfpipe?

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RIP: Filmmaker Warren Miller

by The Editors on January 25, 2018

It’s one of those days we knew would come eventually, but we’re very bummed it had to happen yesterday, Wednesday January 25, 2018. Ski movie pioneer and all around amazing guy Warren Miller has died peacefully at his home on Orcas Island, according to a story in the Seattle Times. He was 93.

To his legions of fans, Mr. Miller’s annual ski flick amounted to cinematic manna from heaven — an overdue shot of cold air and deep snow to stoke the fires within winter warriors who had suffered through the long, hot months of snowless summer. The films, most of which began with jaw-dropping alpine-ski sequences, featuring top skiers and snowboarders delivered by helicopter to some knee-knocking heights and set to a pounding rock-music beat, never failed to produce hooting, shouting and delirium among the snow-deprived faithful.

Mr. Miller is responsible for almost single handedly creating action sports film as a genre. His first film “Deep and Light,” debuted in the winter of 1949-50 in Port Angeles, Washington and over the years he became the Walt Disney of ski films. His yearly films shaped our lives in ways we never will fully understand. For that we thank him. 

[Link: Seattle Times]

 

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GrindTV Becomes Adventure Sports Network

by The Editors on January 25, 2018

TEN: The Enthusiasts Network, parent of Transworld Snowboarding, Skateboarding, et. al., is rebranding their GrindTV website as the all new Adventure Sports Network.

“ASN aims to be the world’s most engaged digital media platform serving the ever-growing outdoor/adventure sports and lifestyle community,” said Norb Garrett, President of TEN’s Sports & Entertainment group. “ASN’s editorial strategy is unique in that it will generate original content around experiences, product, gear and travel while also leveraging TEN’s twelve action-adventure sports brands (such as Surfer, Powder, TransWorld Snowboarding and Canoe & Kayak) as well as building a network of amazing third-party content partners.”

Hey, it’s a plan, right? As a media company you can’t just sit around watching as all your brands whither away to nothing. You’ve got to do something. And this is something. Not sure the world is pining for another wide ranging, general interest adventure sports portal, but there’s no denying that it’s a plan that will look great in a PowerPoint deck. It might even convince a few companies to give TEN some of their marketing dollars, or maybe even create a profitable “partnership”. So that’s good. Plus, it’s got a bangin’ logo. What else do you need in these times?

For the official world from The Enthusiasts Network, please follow the jump.

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Pro-Tec Is Like 45 Years Old

by The Editors on January 24, 2018

Pro-Tec is celebrating 45 years in business this year with a return to San Diego an expanded helmet line, a new range of snow helmets, and a collaboration with Volcom.

Pro-Tec relocated from San Clemente to join Sector 9 Skateboard Co., another brand under the Bravo Sports Corp. Specialty Division, in the new San Diego headquarters. The move reflects the company’s commitment to its core market and marks a company promise to support and protect riders with proven and innovative products that professionals and beginners from around the world rely on every day.

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