Last weekend, Mammoth Mountain, California hosted the first top on the 2017 US Grand Prix Snowboard Tour. It was the first qualifier for the 2018 PyeongChang, South Korea Winter Olympics (yes, it’s that time already). Shaun White and Kelly Clark braved high winds (just check out those flags) and weather delays to win the halfpipe. Shaun seemed pretty happy after his worst X Games performance ever.
“I’m feeling great,” he said. “I got out here and the weather wasn’t good—we were waiting, waiting, waiting and it was tough to sit around thinking about what you want to do. I didn’t have the nicest contest at X (Games) so I was excited to come here and be the normal me—put some runs down.”
In Slopestyle (yes, it’s also in the Olympics) Red Gerard and Jamie Anderson came out on top. For all the details from the USSA, please follow the jump.
Donna Carpenter, the CEO of Burton Snowboards, has decided to help out employees who are making their way to Washington DC for the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017, according to a story in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Donna is giving employees who want to go two nights lodging and $250 cash towards travel. How’s that for support?
I knew there would be a lot of Burton women who were making the effort to get down to Washington,” Donna said. “They’re that type of people. We’re in Vermont, in Bernie-land. I had a lot of employees who were volunteering for Bernie [Sanders]. But it’s a long way from Burlington to Washington, D.C. For me, it’s all about numbers. What they need are numbers to make a point.
Not only does Burton live in Bernie-land, Bernie is like family to the company (literal family) so it makes sense. It will also be nice for everyone to get out in the streets of DC the day after Friday’s events. For more thoughts from Donna, click the link.
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.