KEEP the CHANGE Waterville/Signal COLLABERATION
Rider: Chris Grenier Photo: Mike Azevedo
US $6.66 DECEMBER 2012
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Making The Best Of It Rider: Kevin Kaczynski // Photo: Greg Furey // Words: MattyB
The day before the snow was going to hit Jersey I called Greg (Furey), Kevin (Kaczynski) and Tim (MacKenzie). I knew the snow wasnâ€™t going to last long so I told the guys that we had to get there early. We got to the spot and I was ready to go back home because there was only about a half inch of snow and the run in had been plowed already. But, with serious snow importing we managed to get a board width run-in and Kevin ended up getting this back blunt to regs.
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18 Waterville + Signal Colab
24 Keep The Change
22 Cum Up
40 Sup Chick
42 Story Time
44 Foul Hookâ€™d
This is a painting of Henry at the 2012 Last Call. The Painting was done by his mother Deborah Padden and I was told, while painting it, she got a bit confused about why his board seemed to look so small compared to his body. Well, Henry was riding a 105 cm children’s snowboard at the contest that day, and was still going bigger than most of the young’uns. Henry is the man! …Wasted Talent… -Tanner McCarty
Painted By Deborah Padden
PHOTO: Greg Furey
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Mega Claws are the king sized traction that are for those with an extra big appetite for big air and no, not the kind of big air you get when you pull Fureys finger. Crab Sticks are a throwback to the day when a man was measured by his method and the not the number of spins he could do off of one jump. Board Barf, although some of the plaster chunks of Barf resemble a lot like your late night Hamburger Helper meal, it works great for a traction pad when getting off lifts, one footers, and anything else the imagination can think of. Remember, when you buy these, they are yours. There’s no right or wrong place to put them, it’s all about having your own style. Don’t forget good style is never out of style. Throw some of these on your board, tweak and bone your grabs like never before and MAKE EVERY GRAB COUNT. You wouldn’t skate without grip-tape, why snowboard without traction!
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Kevin Court You might know him from the web series “Loonitics” doing wallie back flip board slides or from his much deserved nickname “Grave Digger.” Though he is from Mass, Kevin truly embraces the New Hampshire state motto, “Live Free or Die!” I got to see this bail happen in real life and I honestly thought Kevin was dead for about 1 minute. With blood dripping from his head Kevin got up wrapped his head with gauze, drank a beer, smoked a cig and proceeded to ride in the contest. All I can say is Kevin is one fucking crazy good ass snowboarder. -Bistro
Rider: Kevin Court Filmer: Skylar Brent
WA SIGNAL SNOW The WV park staff is stoked to have had the opportunity to work with Signal and to create a board that we have as much pride in as we do our 5 parks. If you haven’t spent a day in our parks, you’re blowing it! So this year, buy a Poma Pass for $129 and come boarding with us!
aterville Parks and Signal Snowboards joined forces to make one of the first ever resort park staff collaboration boards for the 2012/13 season. When I mentioned the idea to Matt Teperow, he was super excited to make it happen and started mocking up the graphics right away. He really went the extra mile to make this come to fruition. We wanted a simple graphic that screamed Waterville Parks and highlighted New Hampshire. After we decided on the graphic, the Park Staff and I decided on the Park Series from Signals line. The Park Series rules and it seemed to be most fitting since it’s for our staff. There have been a few resorts that have done some collab work with other companies from hats and gloves to boots and bindings, but we haven’t seen boards yet. For us, being the first crew to do this was the most exciting part. -Luke Mathison
LOUIE HANFT Birthday 04/28/1990 Hometown Poconos, PA Sponsors Spraying Gravy Home Mountain Camelback Favorite People to Ride with tim lyons, jayell, gord emerson, big boulder team, the van assches, kubalak,farnan and all the PA's in Tahoe
he silent German better known as Louie Hanft, where do I get started about my nigga... Maybe his obsession with gummy bears or some party journeys we've had and this fuck boy puking in my moms car leaving me to clean it up till the sun came up ha .... Nah, Lou is hands down one of the best snowboarders I know without even trying. He has always been known for killing m, not only at snowboarding but at life he is a true boss. There are not many things this nigga isn't good at. To sum this up Lou is the fucking best! There's a lot of people who can learn from this guy. I know I have, keep an eye out for him. -Jayell White
PHOTO: Jesse Rourke
N E E R G RN HO
PHOTO: Jesse Rourke
Birthday: January 28, 1992 Hometown: Gilford, NH Sponsors: Salomon, Bonfire, Milosport SLC
oming straight from the Lakes Region area of New Hampshire, Andrew Aldridge also known as “Coach” has been killing it on the board ever since I met him at a USASA contest at Waterville Valley back in 2002. I’ve been fortunate enough to see him grow not only as a snowboarder, but also as a fine human being for the last ten years, and he never ceases to amaze me. The kid can tackle anything in his path from handrails to the dude tube with style that’s been shaped through years of riding the lakes of Gunstock, Waterville and Loon. After filming his first part last season for “Must Be The Place,” it’s evident that he has a unique way of handling his snowboard, in addition to his work ethic. What’s awesome about Coach is that along with being fucking sick, he is one of the most humble dudes and lets his riding do the talking. Look out for this guy in the future because he’s on the rise.
-Tanner McCarty PHOTO: Greg Furey
PLACES TO HANG IN PLYMOUTH
THINGS TO DO DURING THE SUMMER
PLACES TO BOARD
CHICKS YOU’VE HOOKED UP WITH. (INITIALS ARE FINE)
1.). 14 Pleasant (RIP) 2.) Where ever the homies are hanging 3.) Where ever the party is
1.) GUNSTOCK 2.) Loon 3.) My Backyard in NH
1.) Psychedelic music 2.) Rock & Roll 3.) 80’s music
1.) Boating on Lake Winnipesaukee 2.) Fly Fishing in the White Mountains 3.) Working at High Cascade!
1.) KA 2.) JL 3.) SM
JUICE FLAVORS 1.) Orange 2.) Cranberry 3.) Whiskey
THIS KIDS ON THE CUMMMMM UP!
PHOTO: Nike/James Bryant
1.) Trailer Park Boys 2.) American Pickers 3.) Netflix Stuff
CRAZIEST PEOPLE YOU KNOW
1.) Certain Plymouth State Students (in a good way) 2.) My Brother, Forest (in a good way) 3.) Everyone
FAVORITE NON-SNOWBOARD/ SKATEBOARD COMPANIES
1.) I have to give Apple Computers some credit 2.) Dunkin’ Doughnuts 3.) Orvis
GUNSTOCK EXPERIENCES WHERE YOU SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN ARRESTED BUT DIDN’T. I have to give a couple of stories, some I have done some I have witnessed take place: 1.) I watched my friend hit a kid in the face with brass knuckles on the trail, which was pretty bad. 2.) I used to steal silverware from the lodge and throw it at whatever I could off the lift 3.) Pretty much our group of idiots/friends would try to fight anyone we didn’t recognize throughout all of our middle and high school years at Gunstock Mountain. 4.) And these stories go on for days. We were young and dumb, but they were the best of times and I wouldn’t change a thing! Gunstock for life.
Rider: Mike Ravelson PHOTO: Mike Azevedo
Keep The Change
Ya Flithy Animal
Words: Skylar Brent
I had been paying attention to all the sweet shit Keep The Change had been maiking on the web with Loonatics and such... then they dropped the full movie â€œGet It Togetherâ€? online and it was pure digital gold! At that point, I knew they could go on to make amazing shit. Then out of the blue before we had really talked much with them, Colton hit us up with basically the same idea about joining up with Videograss, so from there it just happened. There is such a small number of people doing it right in snowboarding and if these guys got slept on it would have been a shame and a blow to all of snowboarding, KTC!!!
-Justin Meyer, Videograss
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“Killing Time? I think that’s the name of a skiing video. Fuck that shit.” I realized our first brainstorm attempt on a name for our movie crew was not only an excuse to be lazy as fuck, but also a direct bite from a two-planking circle jerk crew (not that skiing hasn’t sucked enough of their own loads out of snowboarding’s nuts anyway). “Keep The Change,” Colton blurts out, “Like when they say it in Home Alone.” After a few minutes of questioning it we both realized it was perfect. “That shit will definitely catch on,” I thought, “It’s a name people can say and use in everyday life.” I thought about videos like, Forums’ “Fuck It” and Bear Mountain’s “No Big Deal,” and how when I would use those phrases in everyday life I would immediately think about those movies. Later that night when we sat down to draw up a logo we knew we wanted a coin, and after realizing we could have motherfucking Abe Lincoln on our logo, we knew we came up with the right name. Anyways, KTC formed as a collaboration between east coast Colton Feldman, west coast Rob Balding, and Myself. We figured between the 3 of us we new enough people in enough places to put together something half decent. Our first year was spent filming a movie titled “Get It Together.” It was a completely unorganized, budget-less effort to create something that would get the whole crew noticed. Luckily, it got us enough attention to the point where Videograss mastermind/creator/owner Justin Meyer decided he wanted to help us produce our next movie.
Rider: Johnny O’Connor PHOTO: Ian Boll
PHOTO: Ian Boll
Rider: Mark Wilson & Rav PHOTO: Ian Boll Rider: Mark Wilson PHOTO: Ian Boll
Skylar Brent PHOTO: Ian Boll
Rider: Dylan Dragotta PHOTO: Roobs
I wasn’t impressed when I found out we were going to call our second film “Holy Smokes.” I didn’t think it was creative enough. We needed something more interesting. Shortly after, Colton said one word, “cigarettes”. I was like “Shit! It’s a double entendre or whatever it’s fucking called.” It meant a holy pack of cigarettes and I thought that was badass. The only problem now was that we’d actually have to produce something that could live up to the name. Luckily, we gained a few resources to help us produce something that could make people say, “Holy Smokes!”
We formed an alliance with Videograss, which helped sponsors to notice us, and with help from Justin we accumulated enough of a budget to fuel our filmmaking efforts for the winter. On top of that, with a distribution deal from KidsKnow and itunes, and an A-Grade crew of snowboarders, we knew we couldn’t be stopped. Despite the shitty snow season, we somehow managed to stay productive and stack a heavy amount of footage. While Rob and two new filmers Harry Hagan and John Ray kept things
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Rider: Mike Ravelson PHOTO: Ian Boll
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alive in the western states, Colton and I were jumping around the very scattered snow in the east. The snow situation on the east coast was nothing short of a fucking shitshow. Most of our time was spent driving back and forth between the polar ends of New England that were lucky enough to receive a few inches of snowfall here and there, not to mention the snow here only lasts a few days tops after a storm. Lucky for us, A Massachusetts/NH based chain of snow and skate shops called “Eastern Boarder” was willing to lend us a helping hand and The Eastern Boarder Van was born.
Rider: Tyler L’heureux PHOTO: Cole Martin
PHOTO: Ian Boll
With support from EB, we bought a van that could (very uncomfortably) fit the whole crew for any adventures we wanted to go on. We could travel easily around the east coast together, as
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f o d e k e e r it o s n a v strippers in the well as into Canada where the snow is the least of our worries. Despite its short-lasting good looks, this van had an unfortunate ability to make any road trip as uncomfortable as possible. It only took us a few minutes down the road on our first trip to realize the van had no heat. It only took us another hour or so to realize there was a gas leak inside the van as well. After that we spent the rest of our trips huddled under layers of clothing with our hands over our faces to block the fumes. Also Rav blew a bunch of budget money on getting strippers in the van so it reeked of stripper juice for a while. On a
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good note, if it wasn’t for this van we would not have been able to travel around the East Coast/Canada as much as we did and probably would have produced a much less quality movie. Anyway, nowadays you can find the EB van parked in a Plymouth, NH driveway with all of its windows smashed out. It’s looking better than ever. Editing “Holy Smokes” was just as much of a shitshow as the van was. We wanted to have it done early in the summer so we could keep reviewing and make changes on it later. Rob,
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PHOTO: Mike Azevedo
Harry, and I were all working at High Cascade Snowboard Camp together producing web videos. We ended up being to swamped with camp stuff so we had to fly Colton out to help edit. After about three months of juggling camp videos and our own video, we finally had a finished movie, and we couldnâ€™t be happier with it. This Year KTC is bringing their relationship with Videograss to the next level by producing an official VG flick. With a heavy roster of boarders that are hungry to prove themselves, KTC is sure to produce some next level shit for their next video. As long as the world still exists after this month, the furture is looking pretty good for Keep The Change.
Rider: Tyler Lâ€™heureux PHOTO: Ian Boll
Rider: Mark Wilson PHOTO: Mike Azevedo
Rider: Will Bateman Photo: Ben Birk
Rider: Josh Zerkel Photo: Johnny McCormack
Rider: Ted Lavoie Photo: Mike Azevedo
Rider: Bar Daden Photo: Cole Martin
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PHOTO: Owen Ringwall
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TH I W E Y TIM
TICM E I Z N KE
Well holy shit, its another 25+ year old, “industry” asshole, with a holier than thou complex, about to preach to the younger generations about how great snowboarding was back in the day and how everything is going down the shitter and who’s to blame for it all. I am getting older, but to start off properly, my name is Tim MacKenzie and I’m a snowboarder. I currently work for a little operation called Niche Snowboards (check us out at nichesnowboards.com if you haven’t heard), based in Salt Lake, but I am and always will be an East Coaster, and a member of the WordSauceNation. I grew up around the same winter principals you have. As a kid, I waited for snow days so I could go out and “shred” in my back yard on a skateboard deck mounted to a pair of skis that my cousin Ben made in his basement. I loved that scary piece of haphazardly assembled wood and steel. I guess that would be my first “snowboard”, although I never made a single turn on it (it only went one direction, down).
One really important thing stands out clearly when I think about the early years of homemade jumps and endless days of hiking up my backyard for another run. It is one of my earliest memories of being truly free and happy. Really happy. No-other-care-in-the-world-happy. I’m 27 now, and it occurred to me several years ago that money is important, but it’s fleeting, and the only thing that you can really hold on to is happiness and the memories around it. About that time, I was living in Los Angeles and happened to take a job at a small snowboard shop off Westwood Boulevard and Pico. It was my first job in “the industry” and my transition from snowboarding to being a snowboarder. Because there is a difference, you know. People who snowboard are the guys and gals that get out every once in awhile to ride Mountain Creek or Big Boulder twilight hours. They ride Hunter on the weekends and deal with the incomprehensible crowds at Stratton during the Christmas Holiday week. I used to be one, and so did you more or less. But then, whether you noticed or not, something changed. Suddenly, 5-15 days on snow each winter just wouldn’t cut it. I would find myself checking the weather patterns on NOAA several times each day, I would scour the Internet for the newest edits and spend hours pouring over gear guides. My job at the little board shop in LA became something else. It became my in. It fostered my new obsession, but it wasn’t until I came back East that I realized what it all meant. For a bunch of years, now back in my native north Jersey, I worked at another snowboard shop. I sold boards, fit boots, tuned and fixed equipment while falling deeper and deeper in love with riding. My hobbies during the warmer months were just that, hobbies, to hold me over until I could strap in again. The same things that made me love cruising down the back hill on my rigged up death board are the things that I live for now as a young adult. I had transitioned into a snowboarder. The past two seasons have dropped an early snow late October, and with my homies, we’ve done the most possible with that inch or two. At this point, if there is a chance for setting up at some urban feature early season, I’m down. You probably spend some time in the off-season looking for new zones; a down rail in a park, a close out at an abandoned hospital, a C rail at the neighboring towns library. It’s pretty funny to think how much time we spend on this lifestyle, without even counting the time we’re actually on snow. So here we are, snowboarders from the East. We are a subculture within a counterculture. East Coast riders are used to the shittiest conditions and still come out in droves. We wait longer for our season, which mostly relies on man made “snow” that immediately transitions to ice when the sun goes down. But fuck that, its icy, we ride. It’s drizzling, we ride. There’s only two trails open, yup, still riding. And all that for what? Those moments when there’s nothing else. Just you, your deck, and the mountain. I can say with confidence that when I’m riding the tight tree lines at Jay Peak, there is no closer that I will ever get to “god”. Snowboarding is spiritual. You can forget about everything that is stressing you in your day-to-day grind when you pop off the lip of a jump or slide down a rail. My best friends are the ones I ride with most often. They get it. And so do you. If you’re not there yet, or you just want to make a spiritual pilgrimage in the name of Shred, go up to the great North East Kingdom in Vermont and ride Jay Peak for a day or two. I’ve been taking the 6+ hour drive up there the last few years because when I’m there, I feel more like an East Coast snowboarder than anywhere else. Jay is famous for having the most snowfall in the East, getting huge dumps and having some of the best natural terrain out there. You can find powder stashes days after snowfalls, the glades are chock-full of cliff drops, tree jibs, natural quarter pipes and their out of bounds riding is easily accessible and amazing. Everyone there lives for each turn they make. The stoke there is off the meter! People are genuinely having FUN! What a fucking concept! If you’re not into ripping pow , enjoy their new terrain park designed by Snow Park Industries. Yup, those guys. The atmosphere and attitude of the place will change you forever. Jay is my Mecca, my Jerusalem. For you, maybe its Seven Springs or Loon. The differences of opinion and style only make this whole thing more dynamic. With that being said, fill your car with homies, check in to Grandpa Grunts in Montgomery (the legendary Snowboard Chalet at the base of Jay Peak) ask for Brad and make sure to get their breakfast deal in the morning. Enjoy a fire in the basement lounge and trade stories over some tallboys with the other riders staying there. Get up early, hopefully it’s a powder day, and then go to the waterpark and hit the Flowrider after your long day of shredding. You can thank me later. It all really comes down to one simple thing. Snowboarding is really fun. It doesn’t matter how you enjoy it. It’s all about the people you make those turns with, and the mountains that you ride down, and of course that lovely frozen water that we chase all winter long. I’m a snowboarder from New Jersey, a true Ice Coast rebel, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. PHOTO: Andrew Lanoe
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k people; let’s look at this as a sort of Public Service Announcement. Think back to where you bought your last snowboard. Or better yet…goggles, or something of that nature. If your answer is, “off your friend for 20 bucks” fine, we get it, you’re poor or whatever. However, if your answer is “The Internet” or “The Mall”, we have a problem. My feeling says that not a whole lot of mall shoppers are reading this so here is where we need your help. SNOWBOARDING needs your help. Core snowboard shops… you know, the place you got your first snowboard, the place where you can hang, watch videos, and shoot the shit at. The places that put on contests for you to ride in, or help you fix a huge core shot in your board. I’m talking about the fucking place that was always there for you. Well, NEWS FLASH!!!
That local shop is seriously hurting these days and it is because people are shopping in their dirty underwear, on their computers, finding the absolute cheapest price they can on their next pair of snow pants. So what can we do? Well, the holidays are coming up and you need to buy your sister socks. Stop by your local shop, I guarantee they have some cool shit in there. Buy a shop tee, maybe a pair of kicks, or mittens or something, and give back to the people that got you running on this whole snowboard thing. After, go to the mall, grab a buttery-ass pretzel that taste so good, eat it outside the store with the heady long boards and energy drink rally car collab sweatshirts in the window, and celebrate that fact that you contributed to the better half of the snowboarding industry that day by supporting your local shop.
BI G BUSINESS
Rider: Chris Carr Photo: Mike Azevedo Location: LOON, NH
Pray for Snow PHOTO: Furey