Snowboarding

DC Has Boot For Burton’s Step-on

by The Editors on January 30, 2019

Burton has licensed a bit of its “Step On” binding technology to DC so they can build a boot that fits. We were going to say this was the first time Burton has licensed their tech to another company, but we were reminded that they may have done some licensing with their 3-D binding hole pattern at one point, and there may be some others that we’re forgetting. Anyone? Either way, it’s a nice thing to do for people who want DC boots, but want to use them with the Burton Step On binding. Here’s what Chris Cunningham, SVP of Product at Burton had to say about it:

Ultimately, we’d like to see Step On become the standard platform that all non-strap-based boot/binding interfaces are based on, regardless of brand. And we’re really happy that DC will become the first brand to license Step On technology so that riders who prefer DC boots can also benefit from the convenience and performance of Burton Step On bindings.”

Yes, owning the standard for step-in bindings would be quite nice. The DC boot, which looks pretty good (we’re BOA fans), will be out for men and women in the fall of 2020. We still haven’t tried any step-in bindings since they came around the last time and we’re looking forward to trying out the Step On soon. For the official word from Burton, please follow the jump.

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News From A While Back Today

by The Editors on January 29, 2019

Links? We got ’em. Not much more to say about it than that, right? Follow jump for a whole slew of links.

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Circe Wallace On The Business of Weed

by The Editors on January 29, 2019

Yeah, yeah, we know, weed is the new snowboarding. Over the years we’ve been prone to making repeatedly lame, cliched jokes about weed because, well, we’re not all that into artificially altered states in general.

There are, however, those who take the legalization of marijuana and the business surrounding it seriously. Action super agent Circe Wallace is one of these. And her Hot Nife line of cannabis products has put her right back in the spotlight where ever she goes.

Last weekend she was in Aspen for a cable TV stunt sporting extravaganza and the local paper interviewed her on her business and weed in general. If you’re interested in an intelligent discussion on the topic, please click the link to read the painfully titled High Country: Snowboarding legend Circe Wallace carves her way into cannabis. Get it? High and carving. . . 

[Link: Aspen Times]

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Notes From Run 3 Of A Snow TV Show

by The Editors on January 29, 2019

We didn’t view much of the cable TV stunt sporting extravaganza held at Buttermilk Resort in Aspen, Colorado last weekend. The Eastern Sierra motel we were staying in didn’t get that channel, even if we would have wanted to. The one piece we did catch after returning to civilization was the third and final run of the obesity inducing fast food chain sponsored halfpipe competition. And while watching we noticed a few things:

Can you believe Danny Davis is still switch tricking his way onto the podium. Kudos Dano. Your diabetes drink sponsor must be pleased with your performance, especially when seeing their logo blazing brightly from your forehead. Still don’t know how you can ride so flow with your hood up.

We were shocked and surprised to see iPod going anywhere near an icy halfpipe. It was reassuring to see that a TBI (and recently broken nose) haven’t slowed him down nor dimmed his Vronsky charms for dazzling the green drink girls. Great to have you back, Iouri Podladtchikov…even in a Cookie Monster pelt jacket.

Scotty James’s high five victory lap was the most honest thing we’ve seen in a while (and granted, we haven’t seen much lately). But it’s always heart-warming to see someone who so appreciates where they are and how the crowd fits into the equation.

The biggest question we had from the event (second to wondering why all the slopestyle girls had black eyes) was this — is this snowboarding? We’re not asking because we know what snowboarding is. We stalled out on the sidelines years ago and have no idea what “professional” snowboarding currently is or where it’s going, but still we wonder. . . is it this?

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Roberta Walker’s GoFundMe Needs You

by The Editors on January 22, 2019

Former pro snowboarder and athlete manager Roberta Walker was seriously injured on December 8, 2018 when she was hit by a truck while cycling in her hometown of Leucadia, California. Since then she has been in the hospital in a medical coma.

She suffered catastrophic injuries that included a traumatic brain injury, a fractured skull, 2 burst fracture vertebraes, 9 broken ribs, a broken clavicle and sacrum. She was immediately rushed to a trauma center and underwent major surgery to save her life. She was induced into a medical coma and has been fighting for her life. So far she has undergone 2 brain surgeries and 2 spine surgeries and experienced many complications due to the critical nature of her trauma.

Progress has been slow and seeing as the driver had only the minimum insurance required by law, the bills are beginning to pile up for J.P and Roberta, but there is something you can do. Please click this link to visit their GoFundMe page and make a contribution. Anything will help.

[Link: Roberta Walker GoFundMe]

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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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