For 2016 the Vans Hi-Standard Snow Series World Tour is back with 13 stops in five countries including Korea, China, and France. The Hi-Stadard series is a jam format big air contest in which rotations over 720 are banned completely.
Starting on January 16th at Mount St-Louis, Ontario Canada, riders will compete in a unique exhibition of style and creativity. The Hi-Standard Series will award over $60K in cash prizes and challenge riders to push their imaginations with innovative tricks. The “Van Doren Rail Best Trick” offers cash on the spot for the most inventive maneuvers. Vans will also reward and name an MVP, a Most Improved Rider and a Worst Bail for each stop of the tour. With nothing beyond a 720 allowed, only the most creative competitors will be considered for the billing.
For all the details (including all the dates and places), please follow the jump.
Matt Cummins has been on the snow scene forever. He’s had a pro model longer than most pros have been alive (25 years with the Mervin crew):
He has used this opportunity to continually push snowboard designs from the earliest skate influenced twin tip MC Kink to today’s powder hungry Nootka. His designs, priorities and style forever changed the sport and paved the way for generations of pros. We are proud to celebrate Matt’s 25 years with Mervin Manufacturing and the Lib Tech brand. This video is just a taste of the legacy of Matt and the Cummins family!
Just press play and see it all for yourself. If you’d like to see what Jamie Lynn has to say about Matt, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Roark is proud to announce its first executive hire and newest partner, Mark Tinkess. Mark will take over Founder Ryan Hitzel’s duties as President and Ryan will assume the role of CEO.
“I’ve waited for the opportunity to hire a person like Mark for a long time.” Ryan said. “Mark is wonderful human that exemplifies the tenants of our brand, with the pedigree and leadership that Roark needs as we enter the next phase of our business. He’s a passionate dude that understands what we want to achieve and grasps both how difficult it will be and what promise it has. As the founder, I look forward to his addition to our management team as President.”
And, suddenly we like this brand even more. See how that works? If you want to say hello to Mark in person, stop by the Roark booth today at the Agenda Show. He’ll be there all day long. Follow the jump for the rest of the details.
Don’t think that just because it’s 2016 that it’s too late for another “best of 2015,” because DLXSF has this combo clip of the best of BS with TG and it’s like seeing all the Tommy Guerrero stuff you missed all year, right here in one place including Jim Thiebaud, Frank Gerwer, Max Schaaf, James Kelch, Orb, and Mickey Reyes. What’s not to like?
Twenty-year-old Jonathan Douglin is dead after being stabbed during an altercation during a party at the EightSixty Custom skateboard shop in Hartford, Connecticut, according to a story in the Hartford Courant.
Two witnesses told Hartford detectives that they were at a New Year’s party at EightSixty Custom, a skateboard shop and indoor skateboard park at 41 Francis Ave., when Douglin accidentally bumped into Tequile Walwyn, 19, according to the warrant for Walwyn’s arrest. It was during the shoving match that followed that Walwyn thrust a knife into Douglin’s chest, puncturing his heart, according to the warrant. . . A friend of Walwyn told police that after the confrontation, Walwyn had a green folding knife and said to him, “I had no choice. I had to poke him.”
Gotta wonder about a kid who brings a knife to a New Year’s Eve party.
Vans is proud to announce promoting 19-year-old amateur skateboard phenom Daan Van Der Linden up to their global skateboarding team.
“Daan’s remarkable talent is undeniable, but it’s his easygoing personality that charmed the whole Vans team. We couldn’t be more stoked to grow our relationship with Daan and elevate him to the ranks of Vans global skateboarding team.” —Justin Regan, Vans Global Skate Marketing
Uri Tours, a company specializing in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea vacations, has a great snowboard trip coming up the week of January 9-16, 2016. It’s closed now, but if we’d known a little earlier we could have hit up North Korea’s Masik Pass resort with “Terje Håkonsen, Dan “Danimals” Liedahl and “Mike Rav” Ravels.”
Yes, ya heard it! Tear it up with your favorite riders, get some tips, see some stunts, and mix it up with locals all against the backdrop of North Korea, an adventure in itself. Not only will we be delivering to you a chance of a lifetime to meet a few of the best snowboarders who have ever lived, we’ll be transporting you in style from Pyongyang straight to Masik Pass in an MI-17 chopper. Seats in the chopper are limited, which means we have to cap the trip at 15 people – so book early!
The trip was planned by Uri Tours in cooperation with Snowboarder Magazine, so maybe it will be so popular that they’ll do another one and we’ll all get another chance to snowboard the world’s most backward, closed off, oppressively draconian dictatorship. (Which reminds us, if you haven’t read Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son, you really should.)
We always thought of Larry Gordon as a skateboard manufacturer. Gordon’s Fibreflex skateboards were some of the first quality boards we ever rolled, but his roots in surfing are what made him a household name. Gordon died in his San Diego, California home on Friday, January 1, 2016, according to story in the San Diego Union Tribune. He was 76.
“He was about quality and performance,” said his daughter Debbie Gordon, who now manages Gordon & Smith Surfboards and Skateboards with her brother. “You get the best surfers out there on the board. They’ll give you feedback. . . He was an incredible surfer as well,” she said of her father, who in his latter years suffered from Parkinson’s disease. . . Before he’d ask you anything else, he’d say, ‘Did you surf today?’”
Gordon will be missed, but all the work he did to help the business and creative side of skateboarding and surfing and the brand he created will never be forgotten.