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EDIT -ORIAL I love this quote. Not only for its concision, not only for its elegance, but especially for its profoundness. For life is indeed nothing more than a consequence of every decision you’ve ever made. From our first conscious thought, we are forced to make decisions. At first we will make these decisions with no regard whatsoever of larger implications, of how said decision might affect our lives. But as we grow older and more experienced, each new decision becomes nuanced and colored by our previous choices and the consequences of those choices. A lot of times we will make bad decisions. In fact, I posit there isn’t a single adult human being alive today who can truly say they have no regrets, regardless how often they say otherwise. Which is to say, you will have to deal with the fallout of a bad choice at some point in your life, be it momentous or banal. But never let fear of the unknown, fear of consequence, be the main arbiter of your decisions. Never be afraid to make a choice you feel is right or good because of where that road may lead you. Ponder your alternatives carefully but make a decision, and once your choice is made, stand fast by it. Because ultimately, what truly shapes your life and who you are, are your decisions. Decisions take real courage and it is vital to be courageous, for as Sartre once said, “it is only in our decisions that we are important”.
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“Life is the sum of all your choices.” - Albert Camus
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COVERSTORY “we found this double line up in umeå, a gap over a fence to down rail, and after the session, with feelings ranging from happy to unhappy amongst the riders, i rigged my flashes to snap some portraits. this isn’t dylan’s normal demeanor but i think it shows his real feelings that night after not landing the line he wanted. and i guess that’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, we just keep doing what we love regardless of how well it went on any given day.” – Daniel Rönnback camera: nikon d3s lens: nikon 24-70 2,8f (at 70mm) aperture: f/8.0 speed: 1/250 rider: dylan alito trick: you lookin’ at me? spot: umeå, sweden date: 07/02/2012 @ 23:51
Senior photographers: Daniel Blom, Oli Gagnon Contributing photographers: Rémy Barreyat, Maurin Bisig, Vernon Deck, Andoni Epelde, Bud Fawcett, Dean “Blotto” Gray, Teemu Heljo, Jordan Ingmire, Mark Kohlman, Frantisek Kunert, Gabe L’Heureux, Ville Lahtinen, Alex Mertz, Cyril Müller, Lucas Nilsson, James North, Dasha Nosova, Jonatan Nylander, Bob Plumb, Daniel Rönnback, Christoph Schöch, Kealan Shilling, Sean Kerrick Sullivan, Daniel Tengs, Michael Tremblay, Lenn Verjans, Christian Waldegger, Silvano Zeiter Contributing writers: Justin Bennee, Maurin Bisig, Elmar Bossard, Boris Bühler, Christina “Pika” Burtner, Jesse Burtner, Bud Fawcett, Jesse Huffman, Jeff Keenan, Jess Kimura, Joel Kramer, Krush Kulesza, Daniel Rönnback, Alex Schiller, Kealan Shilling, Jono Wood
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Godspeed! – TAG 18
JOEL FRASER PHOTO.
JESS KIMURA. UNION. STRONGER. THE TRILOGY BINDING. TRUE TO FORM.
5 things that get your juices flowing? - Alcohol - Weed - Java - Dogs - Homies 5 things that have made you puke? - The Christmas party I went to last night - A fat girl I slept with - Domino’s pizza - Sonic the Hedgehog - Most nights at bars so I can make come-backs 5 things that make you a dirtbag? - I have a shit ton of fresh clothes and only wear the same jeans till they’re completely beat - At any given time I have at least one bodily fluid on my clothes - I’ve had shit thrown in my face - I rent a room and still sleep on homies’ couches every night - I haven’t gone a month without having alcohol since I was 12
5 things someone said to you which were insulting? - That a skier can press harder than me on a rail - That I should burn in hell - That weed strains don’t matter, it’s all just weed - That I won’t ever amount to shit and make a worse salary than my wood shop teacher - That animals don’t have feelings 5 things you have lied to your sponsors about? Nothing really, I’ve got no shame, I tell them anything. When I first started riding for Volcom we would go hot-tubbing like 5 times a night just so we could get stoned. We thought we were being sneaky but they knew the whole time, and called me out when they smelled the spilled bong water on the carpet!
5 things you are going to do on your snowboard this year? - Fuck shit up - Fuck up the industry - Shred mad pow - Shred a shoot or pow line - Ride naked 5 things you refuse to accept in life? - Twin tip skiing is cool - Scooters are cool - Rob Dyrdek is positively influencing skateboarding - Money is everything - Santa isn’t real
-- - -- - -- - -- -- - -- Dylan adding some blue butt to the Blue Balls, front 270 to back lip. ph ot o : da n i e l r ö n n bac k.
5 things you think when you look at yourself in the mirror? - Damn, I look high - Do I need to shave? Nah! - Time for a mullet? Yeewww! - Should I really have this dollar bill up my nose?
5 things in snowboarding that don’t get enough respect? - The whole film industry is overlooked by the contest scene - Brandon Hobush, Chris Brewster, Johnny O’Connor, Johnny Lazz, Derrek Lever, Spencer Schubert, Zac Rawles, Jared Jordan - Hobo Shred Wear - Buying gear from your local shop!!! - People have no loyalty and respect for brands, you find all these kids riding for ski companies and ski companies trying to break into snowboarding, fuck Saga!
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After “my mom shot me out of her snatch” the FA spent its formative years in Tösens, in a tiny town in Tyrol. It has evolved from a “family of farmers that grow long noses”. Now fully grown, it shares a nest with its girlfriend with whom they “do it whenever, however, and as often” as they can. A social bird, the FA enjoys large flocks and meeting other birds migrating through the area. His favorite ponds to shred are “Kaunertal, Mt. Hood or Bear”. Though originally from the countryside, it has adapted well to urban environments and “definitely prefer(s) the streets.
he Flo Achenrainer aka Anus Platyrhynchos, breeds in Western Austria. It admits to being a pretty goofy duck, but rides regular. The FA has a grand stature and is most likely “taller than you”, sporting Magnum-sized webbed feet it waddles around on. Its plumage is bleached blonde on its head and underneath its impermeable ThirtyTwo coating it is covered with freckles. Its large bill is used for many things such as eating, grooming, killing prey, fighting, probing or even survival. “I have a huge nose, so I can smell every fart in the room.”
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I don’t care which city it is, just as long as there’s snow”. The FA will feed on “any obstacle that I can be creative with”. The FA’s diet consists of “whatever my mom or girlfriend puts on the table”. To make sure it can fly straight the next day, the FA believes “Absolut vodka is the best for crazy parties and no hangovers”. Being a very active fowl, “I wake up early for powder runs and stay up late to party,” where it prefers older music like “Elvis and ABBA. I really like that song ‘Dancing
Queen’”. Its gallinaceous excretion habits mean the FA likes to crap from high places. “I shit off bridges. I pee wherever I want, especially if I can face the chairlift. In the car, I prefer peeing in a Monster can.” It is generally a docile creature but if provoked can get its feathers in a bunch as this incident proves: “I hit a skier that slammed into my board in front of a rail while cutting me off. He smashed my knee so I punched him.” In general the FA likes other birds that sport their own plumage but 22
are not cocky roosters. “I like weird people. People that care about status really bother me.” The FA simply hopes to continue “enjoying life and not being stuck in the material world. Just loving who I am and who I’m with. I hope I live forever and can be the oldest snowboarder in the park. I wanna be riding down rails when I’m 80!” Get a bird’s eye view of Flo Achenrainer in his own personal documentary, “The Red Eye Project”, viewable on www.methodmag.com!
It’s just automatically less pressure since we’ve been friends for ages. You spend most of the time shooting in the backcountry, how do you feel shooting street? Is one harder than the other? Shooting street can be super creative and fun to shoot, especially at night as you’re in full control over the light set up, and the architecture adds another aspect to the photos. Powder is definitely my favorite terrain, though. Sprays, butters, lines, natural hits—the beauty of the untouched. Of course shooting backcountry has the huge advantage that you get to ride a lot yourself, at least in the Alps. I wouldn’t say one is harder than the other. Every spot has its difficulties you have to deal with.
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Is there a particular place and shot you want to get that you haven’t yet? There are shitloads of awesome places in the world I want to see and shoot. Japan for sure is one one of them. That is also one of the best parts of my job and a big reason why I do it. The shot is supposed to come with the flow, so I don’t really think about that in advance.
What is your favorite piece of camera equipment at the moment? Fuji Finepix x100 - my snapshot baby. You spent last season on the road with the Absinthe crew shooting people like Nicolas Muller and Danny Kass, do you find it is a case of the better the snowboarder is, the easier your job is? Sure, with guys like Nico you can’t really go wrong. It’s just obvious they’re professionals and that reflects as well in the photos. It was great to get to know those guys, their individual style of riding and personality. It’s always a pleasure to shoot with my friends at home, though. With guys like Levi Luggen and Seb Bumann, we make a pretty good team. 24
Do you think Instagram has harmed or helped photography? Thanks to Instagram photography has become more popular than ever, which is a good thing obviously. I think it’s a fun tool and I’m starting to get into it, but I still prefer shooting with my nonphone camera for sure. At the end of the day, the medium a photo was taken with doesn’t really matter, as long as the photo is good. Hit me with a follow! @silvanozeiter
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Where do you get your influences from, is it strictly other snowboard photographers? No, there are many things that inspire me. Music, films, nature, places, other photogs, athletes, friends and other interesting people. I think it’s very important
to just keep your eyes and ears and even your heart open to know what attracts you and in which way you want to evolve.
How did you get involved in snowboard photography? Growing up in a small village right in the middle of the Swiss Alps with some of the world’s best mountains outside the door, it’s just logical to have a predestined fascination for neck-deep powder, just going out there and shredding with friends. At a certain point it wasn’t enough for me to just experience the fun we had on the mountain, I wanted to document it. I bought my first DSLR and started taking photos of my snowboarding friends like the Bumann bros and Martin Seiler. In May 2008 I had my first shot published.
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see it. Years ago Nate showed the industry how to snowboard on rails and brought a fresh, unique stee to the game. If BozWreck can make that same impact as a company that Nate made as a rider back in the day, I think we will all be happy!
Don’t call it a comeback? (Jon Francis) I’ve been a believer since day 1, when Matty told me his and Nate’s master plan years ago. Matty is one of the most creative dudes I know, and Nate is by far one of the funniest characters in snowboarding ever. To me the concept was genius at the time and I believe it still is. BozWreck just needed a little business background to its madness, is all. When Keegan and I started Gnarly we always talked about bringing back BozWreck, a couple years later we were finally able to make that happen and the timing seems perfect. There was way too much talent there to let it go to waste.
There are only 50 boards available worldwide right now, what is the next step? Actually there are only 35 new BozWreck boards in the world right now. Those boards were specifically made for the team (Nate, Matty, Keegan Valaika and Eric Messier)
What does BozWreck bring to the big snowboarding party? The big snowboard party seems to have gotten worse and worse over the years. Snowboarding today is nothing like it used to be in the good old days. If anything, we hope to bring something real back to snowboarding. Not saying we are trying to change snowboarding, but we definitely want to market and sell snowboarding the way we
Tell us a bit about the graphics. Matty made the executive decision to bring in his homie Curt from Brooklyn that wanted to get involved with BozWreck. Curt is an amazing graphic designer and was the perfect missing link to the brand. Because of that the graphics came about pretty easy. There were a couple of graphics from back in the day that never got used so Curt freshened those up, then Nate, Matty, Keegan, and Messier threw out their ideas for their boards, and Curt made them all real! We are really stoked on the graphics for our first line back.
to ride this year for marketing and testing, and to have 2 sample lines. BozWreck will be at SIA having meetings and making decisions on who gets to sell our product this next fall. May the best shops and distributors win… haha! BozWreck. com will also be up soon and we will be selling direct through our website as well. There is a small softgoods line too, but first and foremost we are a snowboard company, so our focus will be on selling snowboards, but the boards will always be supported by a small softgoods line. Is there anywhere in Europe kids can cop a BozWreck board? BozWreck will be taking over Europe soon and anyone in Europe who wants to buy our shit will know how to get it as soon as we make those decisions. You will be able to buy BozWreck by next Fall 2013 in Europe! Last words are yours! Get with it, get on the level, and get BozWreck! Keep snowboarding run by snowboarders! www.bozwreck.com
What do they call you guys out in Tahoe? The Tea Bags? I’m not really sure but they are into the accent, for sure. Most seem a little confused and can’t even understand what we are saying, some have even asked if England is on the East Coast…
Wassup with you guys? You are from the UK but you seem to be everywhere from Tahoe to Mayrhofen to Helsinki, where is your base? Do you have a migration pattern?
We don’t have any mountains or snow in the winter in the UK, so we have to leave the country to film anything legit, but in the summer we are spread between the snowdomes, mainly Tamworth (best resort in the Milky Way), Castleford and MK.
What does Grindhouse mean? (Jamie Durham) Grindhouse is a term used to describe a style of American films from the 70’s that were made with no budget and were a complete contrast to the squeaky-clean Hollywood films of the time. So this is where the name came from, as it was a completely different to what was coming out of the UK scene at the time.
Speaking of tea bags, how much tea does your crew go through in a season? A lot! But only Yorkshire Tea… I think I am the only one who doesn’t drink tea in our crew though, so I’m the odd one out. What cameras do you shoot with? We have shot everything on one Canon 7D and a couple of lenses since day one. What would you say to the person that complains that all snowboard videos are the same “format”? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… How many £5 notes need to be in the stack to weigh 5 lbs? 6,439 x 10². - - - - - - - - - - - - ----TOP: Matt MacWhirter on the nose presser by Lake Tahoe. BOTTOM: Gather round kids!
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Tell us about the bromantic couples in the crew, like Tom and Billy. Yeah, they are maybe a little too close, I’m not sure what went down in Helsinki but they made a lot of weird noises (mainly in Russian accents) in the bedroom they were sharing next to me. What can we expect from Grindhouse this season? We have already started filming for the next film, with better spots and better tricks. Everything is going to step up another level for the crew. We will be putting more edits out through the season, too.
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----------------BOTTOM: Halldor invests in the right people! phot os: gu n show
What is Barf Bags? (Sindri Steinarsson) We are just a group of friends who love nothing more than sending it like there’s no tomorrow, both on and off our boards. Who is in the crew? The main Barf Bags are: Gunnar Gunnarsson, Hakon Traustason, Isak Harðarson, Matthias Arnarson, Sindri Steinarsson, Svavar Jensen and Sölvi B. Helgason. We also like to keep it fast and dangerous with Mr. Halldor Helgason and the rest of the Sexual Snowboarding crew. Where is Barf Bags HQ? I would say it’s in Akureyri, Iceland, that’s where most of us grew up. We mostly just send it in the streets of Akureyri or go cruising in Hlidarfjall, our local mountain. Sometimes we go on filming missions to other towns around Iceland. A2M was your first movie, you got mad hype, did you expect this? No, we did not expect it at all, it’s gotten so many views. I think it has a lot to do with how people were shocked by it, the Icelandic media have been writing a lot of stories about how disgusting it is, hahaha. The movie just got named A2M (Ass to Mouth) because of the last scene in the movie. It is pretty raw, lots of shit, tits, vomit, drunkass Scandis and hammers, is this just a normal day in the world of Barf Bags? Haha, pretty much, during the winter most of us are either working a 9-5 job or going to school so we mostly film night missions and then when the
weekend comes around we try to send it as hard as we can, mainly chugging, headbanging and puking, hahaha.
lifestyle footage when you could be watching some raw shredding, funny party shots, slams, puking and titties!
Who sends it the hardest in the crew? When we are riding I would say Hakon Traustason aka Akon Dub goes for the hardest trick every time and usually stomps it like a true viking. He’s also not afraid to chug, when we were in Saas Fee earlier in the season doing a premiere of A2M we were all super wasted, Hakon was on the floor passed out and had puked all over himself like a king before the movie even started!
What do your mothers say about the movie? Are they proud? I think all of our mom’s have tried to watch the movie but I don’t think any of them made it to the end. They should definitely be proud of us, we’re being productive with something we love to do. At least were not selling crack on a street corner, hahaha!
That last scene in the movie left us speechless, what have you got to say for yourself, you dirty little boy? Hahaha, it was actually planned, we were filming on a down rail the day before that, and those four guys decided to make a bet, first one to land a FS blunt 270 out had to gag the dildo, second one had to put it in their ass, third one had to sniff the dildo and the last guy had to A2M the dildo! I wouldn’t say it’s like this at every party we have, I guess we just spend too much time looking at nasty porn so we don’t really know where to draw the line! We think you guys are on the right track, besides shoving dildos up your asses. I guess we all loved to watch the Wildcats and Whiskey movies when we were starting to shred, that’s the inspiration. We just think no one would want to sit down and watch an hour-long snowboard movie with 90% slow-mo shots and boring 32
Now that you have crossed the point of no return are you planning to make another movie this year? Yeah, we are going to do another movie, we’re super stoked on that! It wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Halldor, he sent it in the casino in Monaco using his bulletproof roulette trick and put up 1,500 euros of his own money. He ended up with 8,000 euros and gave it to us so we could make another movie! We always had to borrow a camera to film last season, haha, so now we’ve got 2 new cameras, a shiny new generator, lights and some cash-flow to get us through the season. Thaaaank you, Hillary (Halldor)! We aren’t 100% sure on the name but if we can get the infamous A2M2M (Ass to Mouth to Make-out) on film it would have to be called that. You can also check out our fan page on Facebook and follow what we’re doing throughout the season, we’ll be posting videos and pics there! Read the full story on: www.methodmag.com
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he ostensible fact is that people like to think life’s path is paved with text books and all the things your parents expose to you firsthand. In reality, there is a peculiar dynamic that often occurs between child and parent. Possibly due to parents being too overbearing or trying to live vicariously through their children or even the simple fact that a child naturally seeks individuality, the outcome is similar to positive ends of magnets facing each other. They propel themselves away from one another and thus it is so in life: The interests of the brood often turn out quite dissimilar to the parents. All the madness and beauty of the world buzzing in and out has an impressionable effect on a child. The pedagogic powers of a passerby can eclipse parenting and the classroom. The ways of a complete stranger can enrapt the youth in amazement and drive the direction of the rest of their lives. This moment of awe acts as a pathogen for the passage of passion. This is the pursuit of the novel that breeds though the ages like a virus. Next time you fly by a kindergarten on a skateboard, stomp a street rail with a group of kids watching or leave a mural behind on your city’s walls, consider that you might just be igniting the fire inside a complete stranger. So for posterity’s sake, may man’s style continue to swagger through his motion and infect the next generations with passion for years to come.
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----------------“Screw your crappy red sled, dad, I’m gonna be a snowboarder when I grow up!”. p hoto: m a r k koh lm a n
LOUIF PA R A D Í S
holy shit If you looked at this sequence and didn’t say “HOLY SHIT!” then there is definitely something wrong with you. Big Lou Paradis defying the
laws of physics and making Einstein roll in his grave with a mind-bending FS wallride to BS lipslide back to regs. This shit is totally fucked!!
----------------The force is strong in Louif, you just can’t step to this. p hotos : ol i gag n on
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rom a very early age I’ve always known I wanted to draw. Growing up with the reading and writing issues caused by dyslexia, I found art very early as a means of expressing myself and to be honest I’ve never looked back. Even to this day it’s something I’m constantly learning, building on and broadening both techniques and ideas. I never grow tired of it, it’s just so full of variety, and unlike so many aspects of life there are no rules. During my many years as a rider, it was always a dream to combine my two passions and work within action sports, the ultimate goal being to work closely with a company to produce a graphic. Last year, after many years of pushing myself and climbing the career ladder, working on all sorts from skate decks to shoes, I was given that opportunity by CAPiTA. Unlike most briefs I receive, Blue and Eph gave me free rein to come up with an idea. I find that works best, there is a lot more feeling involved in a process like that and you can include things that are important to yourself as well as create something unique.
It’s easy to forget sometimes that people across the world are going to see what I do, but I’m just stoked to be a part of such an amazing brand, and to be a cog in the process at CAPiTA. Being able to both hold and use the product after production is such an amazing feeling, and you can see where all your hours have gone. It’s also great to be able to give something back to snowboarding, especially after all the endless good times, great friends and experiences it has given me over the years. Thanks to my family, everyone who has taken a chance on me over the years and especially Blue, Ephraim and Tedore at CAPiTA Super Corporation.
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“Tom was one of the coolest, most laid back but inspirational people I met when I moved from the East Coast to California in 1978. His legendary surf, skate and snowboard style ranks him as the original action sports hero. Tom is pictured here at his signature event in early halfpipe at Soda Springs, near lake Tahoe. Resquiat in Pace, Tom!”
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Introduce yourself to your cell mate. Helloo there, I’m Antti Jussila, 21 years old, from Oulu, FINLAND! Cell mate asks, “gimme one good reason why I shouldn’t shank you?” Because I’m a better Call of Duty player than you. What mob do you roll with? It really depends where I’m at, but the most of time I ride with the homies, roommates and of course with the KBR crew! What would you do if you were surrounded by a crazy gang like the MS-13? Maybe I would join them in this case, you only live once so it would be better to stay alive and join ‘em and also, being a part of gang would be so G. Tell us something you did that you should get sent to the slammer for? Once I went to this one bar when I was underage (15 y/o), I got in. Ten minutes in a bouncer grabbed me and called the police. I got arrested for a moment but luckily they didn’t take me to the drunk tank. Mom wasn’t proud of me… What would your jail nickname be? Streetkiddo.
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If you drop the soap in the shower, would you pick it up? Yes, I would pick it up, it’s not a big deal if you’re fast.
What is the first thing you are going to ride when you get out of jail? Probably Ruka. It’s the best resort in this country.
If you were allowed to bring one thing to jail, what would it be? Maybe some kind of tool for the escape.
If being rad at snowboarding was a crime who would be sentenced to death? Kuzyk, Jed, Louif, Ettala and for sure my good friend the Kerkelator!
Would you try to escape or wait for your sentence to be up? The guys escaped from jail in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, so why I wouldn’t try it?
Who will pick you up on the day you make parole? K2 and Airblaster.
- - - - - - - - - - - - ----If life gives you Lemmens, make Lemmonade! Front board squared up like a boss. p h ot o s : l e n n v e rja ns
Cell mate asks, “gimme one good reason why I shouldn’t shank you?” You are probably going to have a good time with me in jail!
What mob do you roll with? Max de Vries, Wessel van Lierop and the rest of the Montana Money Gang (MMG).
Introduce yourself to your cell mate? Sup? My name is Kas Lemmens, I’m 18 years old and I have been snowboarding for 7 years now, I think. I started snow-boarding at Montana Snowcenter in Holland. I still snowboard there every week.
What would you do if you were surrounded by a crazy gang like the MS-13? I would probably run away… screaming like a girl. Tell us something you did that you should get sent to the slammer for? Still playing with fingerboards, haha! What would your jail nickname be? Ka$h Lemons or something like that. If you drop the soap in the shower, would you pick it up? No way! If you were allowed to bring one thing to jail, what would it be? A bag of candy to survive the first five minutes.
Would you try to escape or wait for your sentence to be up? I would probably try to sneak out and get caught. I’m always the one who gets caught, haha. What is the first thing you are going to ride when you get out of jail? Montana (the Snowcenter in Holland, not the US state), there is always something fun to do over there. If being rad at snowboarding was a crime who would be sentenced to death? Joe Sexton, Forest Bailey, Gees(!) Wille, Brandon Hobush, Mike Rav, Wessel van Lierop and Max de Vries are really fun to watch. Who will pick you up on the day you make parole? Signal Snowboards, ThirtyTwo, etnies.
Introduce yourself to your cell mate? I’m Didier Godbout, from Montreal, Quebec in Canada. I started riding 7 years ago. Cell mate asks, “gimme one good reason why I shouldn’t shank you?” I have no good reason why you shouldn’t shank me, I’m not that special. I’m pretty good at wakeboarding and motocross too, does that make me special? What mob do you roll with? I roll with my friends Jeremy Cloutier, Frank Bourgeois, Zack Aller and Ghis Montpetit, mostly. What would you do if you were surrounded by a crazy gang like the MS-13? Run as fast as I can! Tell us something you did that you should get sent to the slammer for? I know there is something I’ve done that would send me to the slammer but I just can’t remember it right now. What would your jail nickname be? D-God. If you drop the soap in the shower, would you pick it up? In a jail? Hell no! Leave that shit on the ground.
Would you try to escape or wait for your sentence to be up? I would wait for my sentence to be up. What is the first thing you are going to ride when you get out of jail? Straight to Whistler! If being rad at snowboarding was a crime who would be sentenced to death? These dudes are major felons: Nic Sauve, Louif Paradis, Matt Dano, Charles Reid…
Who will pick you up on the day you make parole? DC, AXIS, Now bindings, VonZipper, Brothers Factory.
----------------Didier ain’t scared, switch gap over to noseblunt, tabarnac! p hotos : m i c h a e l t r e m b lay
A couple of things which I probably shouldn’t say, but mainly for watching way too much snowboarding on the internet.
Introduce yourself to your cell mate? Will Smith, age 17 and I’m from the UK.
What would your jail nickname be? Everyone calls me Rail Face, so I guess that.
Cell mate asks, “gimme one good reason why I shouldn’t shank you?” I can talk a lot of shit, does that count as a reason? I can make pretty good ginger bread too.
If you drop the soap in the shower, would you pick it up? Hell no!
What mob do you roll with? I roll with Grindhouse and the Street Gypsy Gang. What would you do if you were surrounded by a crazy gang like the MS-13? I had to Google who MS-13 were, haha! I don’t think I’d be allowed to join the gang though, so I’d probably just get beat down, haha. Tell us something you did that you should get sent to the slammer for?
If you were allowed to bring one thing to jail, what would it be? My sketchbook and pens or my skateboard. Would you try to escape or wait for your sentence to be up? Depends on how long the sentence was, if it was life then for sure, but I’m pretty unlucky with escaping and shit like that so I would most likely get caught again. What is the first thing you are going to ride when you get out of jail? Some tranny finders and some rails for sure!
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If being rad at snowboarding was a crime who would be sentenced to death? Keegan Valaika, Alex Stathis, Danimals, Louif Paradis, Layne Treeter and Forest Bailey would for sure. So many more would, but they’d be the first six, haha. Who will pick you up on the day you make parole? My parents, Jonny Russel, Salomon, Dragon, Vans, Snozone, Dalikfodda, Sandbox, Stance & Celtek.
SITKA JACKET BALLISTIC PANTS
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- Drop in fakie on your heel edge with your weight centered between your feet. A few feet before the actual trick, start transferring your weight to your leading foot to do a fakie ollie. This is the key to this trick and what makes it an actual caballerial, as opposed to a switch frontside spin. - Make sure you flex off your nose (your actual tail, as you are coming in switch) with your shoulders open before you start to turn the board. - Once you feel you have enough flex to pop good and do a proper fakie ollie, bring your back shoulder around almost
like you’re gonna punch someone to get some good momentum going. Then focus on trying to lift your back foot up and around, making sure you clear whatever you are jumping over. - Once you spin 180 degrees of your rotation you can spot your landing and stick your back foot in your landing spot with enough time to rotate it fully around. - Turn your head so you can see your runout, ride away switch and try and do it better next time. – Justin 50
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“I met Ludde back in 2007 when he was a snot-nosed little grom. Burton asked if we felt like taking him with us on a few Isenseven shoots and we were like, ‘sure, why not’. We had some park shoots going on in Mayrhofen and Sölden at the time, so I met up with him and his dad at the McDonald’s in Fügen. He hardly said a word the first week after his dad left him behind with us, but was throwing down tricks on big-ass jumps with good steez. He was a cool kid and didn’t get into trouble, so we decided to take him with us to Camp Of Champs in Whistler. And then everything started to go down the toilet with this little, sweet, quiet kid. He became more familiar with the crew and started to feel at home around us. And then we met the REAL Ludwig Lejkner. This kid is hyperactive, a party animal, hilarious and annoying, but most of all he’s a great guy to hang out with and an insane snowboarder. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him do a sketchy trick. I just wish he’d ride more jumps, because he slays them just as hard as he does rails. Ludwig is part of the heart of what makes Isenseven so special, he’s the king of Falun, bitches love him, boys wanna be like him and filming with him is always an adventure. Keep killing it, Ludde!”. – Alex Schiller - - - - - - - - - - - - - ---Ludwig making a big blip on our radar with this back blunt 270 out in Helsinki..
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Vernon Deck says you are the nicest guy ever, but that you get super pissed if someone calls your girlfriend a slut? How come? How come you even need to ask this!? I was brought up well and also old-fashioned in certain regards. So don’t fucking fuck around with my girl, family and friends! Why do you like to ride your hipster Kawasaki cafe-racer around Zurich? First off, it’s a Honda! And second, if that’s hipster, it’s the only hipster accusation I can live with. Is it true you have size 7 feet and prefer to wear women’s snowboard boots because they fit better?
I wear a size 7, yes. But there’s no way I can squeeze into women’s boots. My feet are as wide as they are long. Fact. And is it also true that your lucrative RedBull contract stipulates you can never cut your hair? Exactly. Part of my deal is that I have to drink at least 4 RedBulls a day, 1 Blue Edition, 1 Red Edition and 2 RedBull Colas and then send in a hair sample every Thursday. The scientists at the Athlete’s Clinic check and run tests on my hair to see if I stick to the 4 cans-a-day consumption which is stipulated in my multi-billion euro contract.
RORSCHACH What is going to put more pressure on you: filming the whole movie or having to put up with Vernon Deck the whole season? Ha! Actually Vernon, Pirmin and Clemens have all the pressure, not me. It’s their job to make my shit look good. But having to put up with these guys day-in/day-out for almost a year is definitely gonna be a challenge! Shit, I just realized that! Switzerland has some pretty strange laws, you can’t hang out your clothes to dry or wash your car or even mow your lawns on Sundays. Can you explain this? It’s perfect. I’m only ever home on Saturdays and Sundays, so I basically never need to wash, mow or clean! And during the week when everybody’s washing and cleaning, I’m shredding the lonely mountains… yeah! Did you know it’s also illegal to flush the toilet after 10 PM? Do you hold it in or just leave it in the toilet and flush in the morning? That’s not a problem for me, I just drop the bomb somewhere else. You know, I live right on the lake. Problem solved. You have pretty much done it all in snowboarding, Olympics, covers, banging video parts, Alaska and now your own movie, where can you go after this? You know what, I am looking forward to repeating a few things a few more times. As I am into variety and adventures, there’s so much more to discover and explore. So the list is endless.
Helen Keller was deaf and blind, what do you think your weaknesses are? I would say my weaknesses are that I can’t say “no” and I also have problems managing my time well. This can be a pretty bad combination. You are making a movie about yourself called CHAMäLEON, what’s up with the name and this project? Well, it’s a project we are doing this winter and like a chameleon, I want to show how I can adapt to all sorts of different terrains. I want to show “the colors of snowboarding”. I’m really stoked we got it together and are doing this now with such a rad crew!
You are known as one of the best allaround shreds in the business, someone that can ride park, pipe, backcountry and rails. How important do you think it is today to be well-rounded? I guess it was helpful to make CHAMäLEON a reality! It’s one of the most important things for me to be well-rounded, the only constant is change and and being able to adapt well to all those changes is what fulfills me, not only in snowboarding but life in general. Unfortunately it looks like doing the same run all year long is becoming more important for a lot of other riders!
If you could change one thing in snowboarding what would it be? Talk less, ride more! Do you prefer to travel or stay put in Switzerland to film your video parts? I love traveling, but a good winter back home is the best. I love to shred the small unknown resorts, get some sessions with my buddies, sleep at home and cook good food. Switch methods? Methods are the best, it’s always been one of my favorite tricks! So if you’re into trying new stuff, you’ve got to try it switch too. I’m still working on it and I’m stoked on every one that goes the way I want it to!
MIKKEL BANG How many tattoos have you got and how many are misspelled? I have lots of tats on both my arms and 2 on my legs. Two of them are misspelled. In NZ I wrote on a a piece of paper “Too old to loose, too young to choose” and gave it to the artist. He didn’t check the spelling, or maybe he didn’t know how to spell either, I guess. I found out two days later it was spelled wrong. Ha. Why are you thinking of moving out of your pad in Oslo? I moved into my apartment when I was 18. I burned some bridges early in the relationship with my neighbors by having some pretty crazy parties. So now, 4 years later, they have no tolerance for any type of noise. Basically we’ve had a bad relationship from the start and I don’t want to live next to them any more. Learn and move on! For how long did you live in a hotel in Squamish last year? I didn’t have any other place to stay when I turned up in Canada, so I hung out at The Executive Suites hotel in Squamish for over 2 months! I’m not gonna lie, it was pretty good. They gave me a good deal and Blotto, Corey, Kazu, JohnJ and Jeremy all ended up moving in there as well, just not as long as me. It was cool, I had a new neighbor every week. What do you think about Japanese chicks? Ha! Japanese chicks are good. Best moments of the Standing Sideways movie tour through Europe? Without a doubt the Barcelona leg, that shit was wild. Good times! What’s with the hashtag #shoveitupyobutt? You better ask Mikey Rencz about that one. Rumor has it you’ve been spotted hanging out at gay sushi bars in Zurich? Yep. Tourists in Zürich, right? Mikey Rencz and I wanted sushi so we went to this spot, we were eating, drinking and chilling until later when the chick behind the bar told us we were in a gay bar!!! They were laughing because we didn’t know and we were in there for a real long time. Ha! How good are you at doing backflips in bars? Hmm. That’s by far one of the dumbest things I have done in my life so far. I was challenged to do a backflip off the bar in a crowded club, I was drunk, I accepted and broke my ankle. Out for the season. You have been quoted saying these two things, care to explain?
1) “Dude, your gloves won’t get wet if you never put your hands in the snow while riding.” 2) “Which way is Canada?” First one just makes sense. Haha. I’m just telling you something you already know… right? Second one was on tour, I was sleeping in the bus going through the border, we had to go inside, I was half-asleep, I look both ways and kinda said out loud, “Which way is Canada?”. Everyone stopped and looked at me, I immediately
got sent to the inspection room and had to pay a $7 tourist visa and everybody else had to wait for me for ages, they weren’t too stoked. What are you doing this season? I was unlucky and broke my humerus, the upper arm. So I can’t snowboard this winter. It’s a bummer but all I can do is try to get better quickly and get ready for more snowboarding, hopefully I will be good to go by the end of the season.
RORSCHACH What do you think about people being coached in snowboarding? Do what you want, :) Whatever works for you!
it with me. I have it locked up in a hard case so I can check it when flying. It’s just something to add to the mix and it’s good if you’re bored or alone.
Whats the best word combo for your name? Fingerbang.
You look like you’re slowly slipping out of the contest scene and concentrating on more backcountry stuff, are you over contests? Being in the backcountry is so great because you have a whole mountain to explore and ride, you have to be able to read the terrain and be safe with your homies! You wait
The guitar you take on the road with you, is it a ukelele or is it a normal-sized guitar but you’re just so huge? Its not a ukelele, it’s a 6-string travel guitar I got in Japan and I always bring
for it and when it gets sunny you go. With contests you have to ride on the set date, it can be really good or really bad. Anyways, I like them both but I’ve been riding contests for 10 years and being in the backcountry makes me happier nowadays. ----------------“A bird that feels comfortable enough to assume a vulnerable perch is almost certainly a bird that is happy, healthy, and secure in his home”. Fingerbang is a happy snow crow, Miller flip. p hoto: b lot t o p h ot t o
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- - - - - - - - - - - - ----TOP: Dave Short waving to the skiers in the gondola, Method cranker in Tenjin. RIGHT: Lukas Huffman stale fish sushi roll off the cliff in Niseko.
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“The best is to go out to the mountain by myself and draw the one perfect line.” — Gentemstick pro rider Kenichi “Kenny” Miyashita
- - - - - - - - - -------TOP: Yosuke Nishida powder bash n’ slash. MIDDLE: Snowboards have to pee too! BOTTOM: Searching for Sugar Snow...
The 141 underfoot was over 15 cm shorter than my regular setup, but with a wide nose and swallowtail, it easily planed out above the apron of powder, magically levitating. With the slightest shift in weight I dipped the board from toe to heel, sending tall plumes of snow drifting off into the canopy of typically Japanese Erman’s birch trees. Effortless and ecstatic, I locked into that elusive feeling of flotation. I began to understand Miyashita’s fascination with finding the “perfect line”—a perspective he credits to riding the watery flow of the ocean. Even after learning to surf, the comparison between riding powder and catching a wave didn’t define my riding experience. But about 50 km from the Pacific in Japan, on a board made by Gentemstick, “snowsurfing,” that most hallowed of descriptions, became totally apt. For Gentemstick founder Taro Tamai, this is the future: curating a closer connection between the rider, deck and mountain. Inspired by this type of riding, craft, small-batch board designers across the world are beginning to draw their own lines and grow their own followings.
S N OW C R A F T. MODERN PRIMITIVE SNOWBOARDI NG In search of the origin of these boards, I toured from Vermont to Japan with my brother Lukas Huffman and pro riders Dave Short, Mads Jonsson and Mark Carter. We met snow-surfingâ€™s original and emerging shapers, and explored the mountains that inspired them. From the tight trees of the Northeast to the open powder fields of Japan, we shared rides on decks that were pared down to the essentials, shaped for the local terrain and deeply rooted in a primal snowboard ethos.
- - - - - - - - - - - -----TOP: TWS editor Shem Roose treads carefully in a head. BOTTOM: Shem, so pitted!
----------------LEFT: Masai Nakau chucking spins like ninja stars. BOTTOM: Dave making Short work of this beer can.
----------------RIGHT: Lukas flings a misty frontside in Niseko.
There are only two paved roads in Rupert, with just around 700 people living in this sleepy southern Vermont hamlet. After a stint in Burlington with Burton Snowboards, and an assistant photo editor position at TransWorld SNOWboarding, Jesse Loomis moved back to his hometown with his wife and three kids. On most evenings, Loomis is hunkered down in the 1850’s Victorian-era house next door to his renovated storefront home, pressing plies of maple and poplar into his signature all-wood creation, the PowderJet. “A lot of snowboards are made in China or Austria, and it’s just this weird conglomeration of parts,” Loomis explains. “This is just boiled down and distilled to wood and glue.” 13.4
One day during the winter of 2008, Loomis was teaching his kids to ride on the hill in their Rupert backyard. Dusting off his own first snowboard, he decided to take a few runs. The gigantic nose and set-back stance were unwieldy under his feet, but the board took off in the fresh powder—the first time he’d ridden it in those conditions. “It was so fun, but it was still hard to control, so I came up with all these ways you could trick it out,” Loomis says. “I’m a carpenter, and I thought, ‘if I can build a house, I can build one of these.’”
Loomis loaned me a PowderJet to try out in 2011. I expected the pint-sized length to sink beneath me. Instead, it floated perfectly through the newly fallen snow, and rode with the loose, gliding feel of planing out over glassy water. The deck’s short length shone in the trees, as I bobbed and weaved in close quarters. Loomis’ concept proved correct: Minimizing the materials to just wood and glue, it was the most stripped-down, connected ride I’d ever had. The unadorned purpose of the PowderJet shape has sparked interest in snowboarders around the country. Scotty Wittlake happily demoed one at Mt. Baker in 2011, and in 2012 Mikey LeBlanc took a PowderJet on a Island Lake Lodge trip. Loomis sees this interest as part of a boom in alternative shapes. He points to Japan’s Gentemstick, Austria’s Äsmo, Utah’s Grassroots Powdersurfers, and Corey Smith’s Spring Break line as evidence for a broader shift within snowboarding—fueled in part by the growing visibility and access to these styles of boards. “I just feel like there’s room for everyone to do their own thing and find other people that want to do it with them,” Loomis says.
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S N OW C R A F T. MODERN PRIMITIVE SNOWBOARDI NG The trees in the Northeast are notoriously cramped, and many of the best stashes are maintained by hand; throughways that can open up long enough to build speed and then shut down quickly and mysteriously. “I’ve ridden every shape here in VT, but I felt like there was something that I was fighting a little bit,” Loomis says. Loomis’s PowderJet keeps the retro pointed nose, enhanced with a deep sidecut, rocker and a concave swallowtail. “This board turns super fast, it drifts, you can point it, and with the reverse camber it’s like canoeing down the snow. I’m not a designer— I just think it was the board I wanted to ride in Vermont.” 64
Inspired by the possibility of connecting with other craft shapers, I had to wonder: What would it be like to ride this type of board somewhere else in the world? We set our sights on Niseko, Japan, home to one of the original snow-surf brands, and Tokyo, headquarters to an emerging group of snow-craft shapers. Packing up a few PowderJets, we headed Far East. Niseko surpassed its reputation as a powder-lover’s heaven in 2012. Siberian weather fronts whipping across the Sea of Japan dump an annual average of 15 meters of snow on the area’s volcanic peaks—and 13.5 meters are already stacked up by the time we arrive in late February. Gentemstick founder Taro Tamai set up shop here 22 years ago, and the influence that world-famous snow and terrain had on his designs can’t be understated.
Based out of the Niseko Village Hilton, our crew have the constellation of four Niseko United resorts out the back door. The morning of our first day, Gentemstick Worldwide Relations Coordinator Domi Churiki and pro rider Kenichi “Kenny” Miyashita bring over some decks for us to try. Jonsson mounts up a 163 Rocket Fish, Short chooses a 168 Magic38, Lukas grabs the 145 Rocket Fish, and I throw my bindings on a 141 Spoon Fish. A short gondola ride later, the snow and the boards do not disappoint. We cruise through a rolling, above-alpine meadow before the slope dips steeply into a series of gullies, criss-crossed with the occasional cat track groomers. We mob down this powdery playground, the Gentemsticks loose, nimble and fast under our feet.
----------------TOP: Gun rack.. BOTTOM: Jesse, Huffman and puffman...
----------------LEFT: Ego cam in Tenjindaira! TOP LEFT: The dizzying effects of powder take their toll on Jesse Huffman..
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“The gullies draw the best line naturally,” says Miyashita, who bought the first deck that Tamai produced. “The focus on bottom line [camber profile] and shape creates the ultimate possibility for the original idea to come through. No other companies are thinking with that approach.” We hoped to ride with Tamai himself, but a lingering back injury kept him off the slopes. Instead we pay him a visit at his home, the Niseko Gentemstick showroom. Inside, a large print of Tamai styling out an Alaskan top turn decorates one wall. A neatly-racked Gentemstick rental fleet sees heavy use from the crowds of powder-seeking tourists who flock to Niseko. Above it all, Tamai points to a historical display of his favorite boards— including an original Winterstick swallowtail, one of his first snowboard design inspirations.
----------------TOP: Things were getting blurry for Toshihiro Fukuyama… BOTTOM: Dave Short rips down a man-made mountain.
Tamai grew up in Tokyo with an avid outdoorsman for a grandfather and an “actionpacked” father. “My life was not ‘let’s go have an adventure on Sunday’, but more ‘today is a good day to go’ and I would skip school,” Tamai recalls. He skied and surfed before learning to snowboard and remembers imagining what it would be like to “surf on the snow.” The Tokyo native’s own career as a pro rider for Moss Snowboards took him around the world, including first descents in the heyday of Alaskan snowboarding.
His first design spark came after he saw Winterstick’s first film, years after it was actually released… Inspired by his grandfather’s knack for modifying fishing equipment, Tamai recognized that after a little tinkering the Winterstick shape could have a big impact in his home country. “I thought if I can change it this way,” he says, “it will be suited for Japanese snow and mountains.”
Incorporating elements from the prototypical Winterstick design, Tamai released his first “snowsurf” influenced pro model for Moss in 1990—even as he saw the growing sport moving away from the innovation he felt was integral to its roots. “At the beginning of the 90’s the ski industry entered the snowboard world, and snowboards started being made at ski factories,” Tamai says. “Those types of boards could be easily adopted by anyone to do business, and a rigid structure was set up— the potential for many different kinds of shapes disappeared.”
----------------RIGHT: Rip Zinger was there and so was his smile. BOTTOM: Take notes, kids, Mads is a 10th Dan method master! BOTTOM RIGHT: ...and then I bit this piece off with my teeth.
That year, Tamai took a sabbatical from the snowboard world. He returned to snowboard shaping in 1998, launching the Gentemstick brand with his first “TT” model. From an initial 20-board run to more than 1,000 boards annually, Tamai’s offerings and style of riding have developed an international following. “Bottom line, I was not doing it (Gentemstick) for volume,” Tamai says, “instead I focused on how I could make the relationship between the snowboard, the rider and the mountain better. But when you create something of quality, even if you keep quiet about it, it will spread by word of mouth. And I think that might be connected to returning snowboarding to that original state.” For Tamai, connecting snow with the ocean was a natural extension of personal experience and traditional Japanese culture— where fitting in and blending into the mountain is prized over conquering or “shredding” the terrain. “What was wanted from surfing,” Tamai says, “was how one assimilates with nature.”
We leave one of the PowderJet decks with Domi and Taro, as thanks for sharing their own rides. Saying our goodbyes to the Gentemstick crew, we fly south to Japan’s main island of Honshu. Our destination is Tokyo and the nearby Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Mountains, home to a different style of snow-craft shapers: TJ Brand. You can hear the party from around the corner. The Peak Hi Culture Gallery and TJ Brand showroom in Tokyo is thick with action sports fans, celebrating the space’s opening night.“Snowboarding has gone through one growth cycle, and the sport has grown into a mighty empire of Olympic size,” TJ Brand co-founder Yosuke Nishida tells us over a bubbling 60’s soundtrack. “The origins have been lost in becoming the culture it is now. In the past it was not even a sport: it was play. I want to return to this starting point when the board was a toy— this is TJ Brand’s goal.”
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The Niseko snowfall continues, filling in tracked-out runs as we explored the lift-accessed terrain. “We’re scoring conditions of the year day after day,” Short says. Near the end of our stay, the weather opens up, and our group tours the Niseko backcountry with Tomoki Takaku, another original Gentemstick pro and the owner of Powder Company guide outfit. After hiking a high alpine bowl called Goshiki, we spend the last day lapping the sidecountry near Chisenupuri. A short bootpack delivers us to a ridge that arcs back toward the resort, opening up a smorgasbord of lines through generously spaced birch trees. At the bottom, the tracks all lead to a snow-covered bridge spanning a geothermal hot spring. We ride across one at a time, engulfed in a veil of steam rising up from the melting snow and boilinghot waters. 68
----------------LEFT: Hisanori Katsuyama busts open a suitcase in Tenjin.
----------------TOP: Hisanori cools off his jets post-shred.
----------------LEFT: Lukas was sad to have to leave Japan. RIGHT: They say dogs always resemble their owners….
- - - - - - - - - -------BOTTOM: Alert the authorities, Unidentified Snow Craft sighting in Niseko!
Co-founder Toshihiro Fukuyama shows us the 2013 line of “backyard toys,” including a series with 3-D convex base shapes, designed for the terrain at the shapers’ local mountain, two hours outside of Tokyo. Fukuyama pulls out a deck that is still under development. Shaped with an ultra-wide nose, it features a true fishtail, and a surf-like Bonzer fin setup, complete with the hydrodynamic routeredout depression in the tail. “It is something that didn’t exist before,” explains the third TJ co-founder, Mamimori “Masa” Masayoshi. “It is not really a snowboard anymore,” Fukuyama adds. “It will have the movement of being on water.”
Early the next morning our crew packs into Fukuyama’s van for the 170 km trip northeast of Tokyo. Leaving the island capital’s dense high-rises behind, we drive through a geometric landscape of rice fields and low-slung villages, onward into the steep folds of the Tanigawadake Tenjindaira foothills. Minakami, the closest town to the mountain, is packed into the valley floor, the buildings showing the weathered decay of hard winters. As we drive farther up the valley, passing underneath multiple avalanche overpasses, Fukuyama explains that tourism here was already on the decline, and after the Fukushima tragedy, it had taken an even deeper hit.
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I always try to check out new spots, new countries. It’s always a big adventure, and I figured Russia would be an adventure anyway you cut it. Going to Moscow was the best decision we made all year! – Elmar Bossard
WE ARE THE SUPER KIDS
----------------LEFT: Boris brightens up the night with a fully flapped Andrecht. BOTTOM: Boris parading around Red Square.
I really enjoyed our time Moscow besides the snowboarding. I liked all the amazing architecture and memorials like the Kremlin, Red Square, the university, they’re all very impressive. – Boris Bühler In Russia they had huge apartment blocks like I had never seen before, and also best breakfast ever: яичница!!! The traffic jams were seriously crazy! – Maurin Bisig
- - - - - - - - - -------BOTTOM: ”Novostroky” aka the projects.
WE ARE THE SUPER KIDS The spots were really cool. Sometimes we didn’t have enough time for me to get used to them. We also didn’t have enough time to hit every spot we liked. We should have spent 2 weeks in Moscow... – Boris Bühler
----------------TOP: Camera gunman on battleground Moscow.
----------------LEFT: Swiss people can be quite blunt at times, especially when they travel. Elmar back bluntage on some tubeage. TOP: Rusty old Russian clunkers.
At first I was scared of all the random people, I heard it was a dangerous city, some scary stories about the cops too. But it was less scary than I thought. – Boris Bühler I wasn’t scared, I was just excited to go and take photos in this beautiful city. – Maurin Bisig
- - - - - - ----------Elmar taking down kinks like vodka shots, quad-kinker front board, nasdrovia!
p r o s h c h ay t e ! ( b y e wat s k )
For me it was one of the best trips of my life, the week was perfect. Our first night in Moscow started with a rad party, which is a pretty good start in any new city! It was crazy how well everyone looked out for us all the time in Russia, thanks again to the whole Moscow crew who make it all possible for us: Anny, Zoi, Dasha, Kirill, Alex,Vladimir, Kate and all the others, thank you so much, we really appreciate it! – Elmar Bossard
----------------LEFT: Tzar Elmar. TOP: Helpful Russian tovarishch.
- - - - - - - ---------RIGHT: Tongue piercings are so 90â€™s, Ville chomp on this!
PA R K I N G L O T POWDER!
----------------tex t: joe l k r a m e r p hotos : s e a n k e r r i c k s u l l i va n
Alaska, proclaimed on every state license plate as The Last Frontier, has an incredible landscape, itâ€™s wild, dangerous and straight up fucking huge. It is also home to one of the raddest events in snowboarding today: Tailgate Alaska. Every spring a determined collective of pro snowboarders and powder hounds from around the globe gather on Thompson Pass for this one-of-a-kind event. ----------------LEFT: Ville Uotila chucks a corked FS5 off blueberry-flavored mountains. RIGHT: This is a Canadian Lynx, guess he was on vacation in Alaska... BOTTOM: Tailgate AK central heating system.
Established names like Kevin Jones and Mikey Basich join backcountry gurus and new AK visitors like Ville Uotila, Curtis Woodman and Gray Thompson to discover why this place has become a snowboard mecca. As you near the base camp location you are surrounded by seemingly endless mountains, which upon arrival instill a feeling only known to those who have made the journey here. Every day you have ever ridden is merely training for AK.
PA R K I N G L O T POWDER When it comes to uphill access, turns are earned through a variety of options. A snowmobile is ideal, hiking is a daily requirement, and split-boarding is rather popular. To up your run count for the day, cough up some cash and utilize the cat ops, snow machine taxis, and of course the ultimate method to get up the hill: the heli. All these operations are set up just a few meters from your RV in the Tailgate lot.
----------------TOP: Scotty Lago crushes cornices on the regs, mega Method blast. LEFT: Ville buzzing on some AK vibes.
Springtime in Alaska brings long days, sunshine and often a more stable snowpack, essentially perfect weather for riding the best lines of your life. When Alaska has as much snow as they did last season, the pilgrimage at Tailgate is in full effect, taking full advantage of the conditions. Curtis and Gray made the drive all the way from Lake Tahoe and spent days exploring around on their splitboards, finding some sick terrain accessible right from the road. Two to five hours of skinning will earn you some solid lines, mach speed pow turns and fun features like cliffs and windlips near the bottom to get your freestyle on.
- - - - - - - - - -------TOP: Please replace your divots for the riders that come after you, it’s just common courtesy, kids. RIGHT: Chuckin’ buckets, Ville fully barreled.
With a friendly, laid-back vibe around the Tailgate camp, you will often end up joining another small crew of riders to explore with. One of the more unique spots we found close to camp was Ice Cave, some ice blocks near the base of the Worthington glacier. Ville and Gray built a poppy hit up and over this ice chunk. On Gray’s third hit, he landed on his back and a refrigerator-sized slab broke off and disappeared 8 meters down a jagged, ice-filled crevasse. That ended the session, and we were quickly reminded to never drop our guard in AK. 13.4
- - - - - - - - - - - - ----TOP: Mikey Basich weaving through the powder labyrinth. RIGHT: Yep, silhouette, we couldnâ€™t resist...
PA R K I N G L O T POWDER
- - - - - - - - - -------BOTTOM: Toeside slasher to drop, Curtis Woodman surfs the earth.
Every evening was spent drinking tasty Alaskaâ€™brewed hops, telling stories around the fire of where you rode that day, who did what, how crazy it was, and how fucking stoked you are to get back up there and do it all over again. Those in search of the ultimate snowboard trip, this is it: Tailgate Alaska!
Toward the end of Tailgate is the World Freeride Championships. Qualifiers are hosted on a wide, east-facing aspect named Bro Bowl, leading to a heli drop final for the top riders. Brandon Reid was last seasonâ€™s King of the Hill, although Scotty Lago was a definite stand out with one of the best lines on day 1, with a huge method off the cornice, followed by a poked stalefish over a cliff which had the crowd on its feet. Riding terrain this steep, slough management always comes into play and some contestants showed us what not to do, while others handled technical lines with ease.
----------------TOP: This dude is my hero. RIGHT: Gray Thompson, into the wild!
S TA R T H E R E ––>
Consequence. It’s a scary word. It conjures up all sorts of ugly thoughts. One might even say it’s what holds us back from achieving our dreams. After all, the fear of failure, or worse, is a powerful deterrent to any endeavor, be it physical, mental, spiritual and even social.
Who’s never choked at the thought of being laughed at, or being denied by the girl of your dreams, or getting broken off on a gnarly jump/rail/line? We all suffer from a lack of self-confidence in varying degrees, the difference is precisely in how we react to such fecklessness.
Enter Jed Anderson. Jed Anderson isn’t like you and me, at least when it comes to snowboarding. You see, Jed is better at snowboarding than most humans, which means that he sees the consequences of whatever one might be attempting on one’s snowboard in a very different light.
Whereas you look at a 20-set flat bar as a challenge, Jed sees it as fun. Something to warm up on, while you might never muster up the testicular (or ovular) fortitude to even give it a shot.
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So in order to celebrate Jed’s particular affinity for staring heavy consequences in the eye and saying, “fuck you”, here are some heavy sequences to inspire you to overcome your own personal fears. This is CONSEQUENTIAL.
WITH JED ANDERSON 80
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----------------50-50 up to boardslide, Quebec.
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----------------Hardway switch FS 270 backside lipslide to fakie, Helsinki (Finland).
WITH JED ANDERSON
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----------------Swtich FS 270 frontside boardslide to regular, Quebec.
no more consequences...
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-------- - - - - - - - - BS 50-50 drop to FS lipslide, Helsinki (Finland).
----------------BS 180 fakie tailpress, Quebec.
WITH JED ANDERSON
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- ---------------TOP: Gerry & Jordan, sitting in a tree… LEFT: Footy party! RIGHT: Brendan Gerard with the front 1 fatty to flatty. BOTTOM: Alex Stathis slithers a BS 5050 to wall transfer across this snaky rail.
F R OM JA I L TO T H E G AY B A R . More often than not during the winter months I end up sitting on the edge of my bed, looking at my gear on the floor and debating whether or not to get on a plane the next morning. How much snow is there, how long will it last, can we get a filmer? All the questions that run through a photographer’s head at the last minute. Last February I had just gotten back from SIA and a trip to Jackson Hole the week before when I got the call from one of my favorite dudes in the world: Brendan Gerard. “It’s dumping in Denver… I’m going out there for court in two days, you wanna roll and shoot some photos?” “Yeah, fuck it, let’s make it happen!”
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PA R T # 2
HI, MY NAME IS: KEALAN#SHHH... 13.4
----------------LEFT: Gerry making the NRA proud.
COLO–RAD–O. F ROM JA I L TO T H E G AY B A R PA R T # 2
So it was that at 11o’clock at night I made the decision to pack my stuff and get on an 8 AM flight back to Colorado to join up with Brendan, Jordan Michilot, and Billy Mackey, where 3 feet had just fallen in the city and a few crews were headed, or at least that was the word on the grapevine.
- - - - - - - - - - - -----TOP: Jordan Michilot on that 10-Step program…
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Brendan would be in court all morning but said he could grab me after to meet up with the other guys. The first few days we lived solely off burritos, we slept on couches, borrowed filmers and almost got in a fight with some local meth-heads at a spot. After that the trip seemed to smooth out as the week progressed and more homies rolled into town. ----------------BOTTOM: Billy Mackey gets all wacky with some front lip close-out action.
HI, MY NAME IS: JOJO#SAD-EYES
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COLO–RAD–O. F RO M JA I L TO T H E G AY B A R
----------------TOP: Chris Bradshaw only needs one try, FT fly out stomper. LEFT: This bum ain’t bummed!
Towards the end of the trip, we capped off a night shooting guns at the local range and spent Valentine’s Day in a gay bar (hey, they promised us free drinks). We also managed to get our car towed with all our shit in it that night. I guess the sex shop owner upstairs didn’t like people parking in his spot while attending the flamboyant festivities below. But all in all we had a good week in Denver. Unfortunately we missed our tattoo appointment for Couch Surfer tattoos… 90
I guess you never know what’ll happen when you go on a trip, but in a way this is basically how I live my life: just get on the plane and see what happens. Make a move and hopefully things come together and you get a story. That’s what it’s like as a snowboard photographer. Regardless of what the final result is, at least I know I’m always in for some good times, especially when I get together with the COMUNE kids…
HI, MY NAME IS: GERRY#HEART#U
----------------BOTTOM: After grabbing tail all afternoon, Gerry wanted to go to the gay bar…
SEAN GENO -VESE ----------------photos: alex mertz & oli gagnon
“Think Thank’s first International film trip was for Patchwork Patterns in 2006 to The Arlberg in Austria. Sean was game to make it happen though we were all broke and he especially so. He was about 23 and had started DWD a year before. No matter how tight a budget, Sean is the first to pay his share, offer to buy a round and help out those short a few bucks. He is more generous than he’s able to be most of the time. That trip was my first major trip as a filmer. I was kind of a liability. I’d be the first to fall off the crazy mile-long vertical T-bars, end up downhill of a mega-traverse, or lose speed on a flat. Sean would wait for me, being thoughtful not to leave me behind. He’d be there to give me a push and unstrap and pull me out of a tight spot. Sean is always looking out for others and offering a helping hand even when his own hands are full. We were really flying by the seat of our pants. We had no agenda and the blind were leading the blind. Everything was new and magical, so many spots! Sean would shovel, pull people in, pimp out the run-in, poof the landing, film, offer advice and encouragement and usually only after everyone else got a shot would he strap in and try a trick that seemed impossible but would be quickly stomped with signature Geno style.
Sean continues to inspire me with his selflessness, work ethic, attention to detail and steadfastness since then. Needless to say, Austria was the first of our International travels, but it’s not the place you’re at, rather the people you’re with that make the experience memorable. With Sean we can be in Austria, Japan, Alaska or just chilling on our couch in Seattle and it’s sure to be a good time. It’s rare when you meet someone you enjoy traveling with, working with, living with and just hanging out with. Sean is one of these rare people.” – Christina “Pika” Burtner “Geno is an enigma wrapped in a burrito and covered with poutine... and snowboarding is better because of it. He oozes with this amazing style at whatever it is he does, whether it’s snowboarding, his art or just stirring his whisky in a bar. He does what he wants, a true antihero with one of the best methods in the game. He has created the most core snowboard company in the world from his parent’s basement and just made the best team video since The Resistance, and he’s just getting started! Geno is the real deal and a good friend.” – Krush Kulesza 92
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----------------LEFT: Brontosaurus-sized SSBS180 into a lumpy landing in Japan. p hoto: a l e x m e r t z BOTTOM: Did you know birds evolved from dinosaurs? Geno spreads his wings on this heavy gap-out back lip in Whistler. p hoto: ol i gag n on
SEAN GENO -V E S E
“What Pika and Krush said pretty well sums it up perfectly. I would add that Geno likes to wait for the last 10 minutes of daylight to try the gnarliest trick of the day, there’s not much too read into that, it’s just more of a ‘fun fact’. What I would really like to add to this conversation is a story that I think epitomizes Sean’s character perfectly. Last year Dinosaurs Will Die gave Ben Bogart a pro model. They announced it at SIA, with a welcome video that went straight into a surprise pro model unveiling. A couple hundred of the raddest people from all of Board World were gathered around the tiny Dino booth to witness. It was the best thing I’ve ever seen. 94
I was so proud of Ben and even prouder of Sean for taking it on himself to recognize our longtime friend and seminal professional bad ass Ben Bogart. This was a moment Sean deserves and has deserved himself many, many times over. But to Sean and Dinos it was more important to recognize Ben for his decadelong commitment to video part progression and the large, yet largely overlooked, contributions Ben has made to snowboarding. And that’s Sean exactly: large contributions largely overlooked. But it’s never been about the accolades or industry acceptance for Sean. It’s just been about the vision and the friendships and the journey and trying the hardest to do the right
thing every time. And to be a snowboarder, nothing more, nothing less. It’s been an amazing time with amazing difficulties and accomplishments. I hope more than anything that all his hard work pays off for him times a million. Sean is standing almost alone as snowboarding’s current moral bellwether and trend ‘eclipser’ while filming a string of the best video parts ever. He’s snowboarding’s heart and its conscience and deserves to be recognized as such. Except when he’s hammered, then he’s just kind of a Canadian rioting a hockey loss.” – Jesse Burtner
----------------LEFT: Are there dino eggs hatching in that green cave? Mega melon blast in Hakuba. p hoto: a l e x m e r t z RIGHT: Geno, the last dinosaur, he’s my friend and a whole lot more! Front lipper in Hakuba. p hoto: a l e x m e r t z BOTTOM: Just cuz it’s strapped to his feet doesn’t make it any less gnarly, Geno doubles down on the double set. p hoto: a l e x m e r t z
SEAN GENO -V E S E
”Sean is a complex human; he’s a rider, an artist, a filmmaker, a web designer, a creative genius and a business man all in one. Sometimes I wonder why the snowboard industry hasn’t given him the credit I think he deserves as a rider. I think it’s because it’s hard to grasp the concept of somebody who can do everything at once. Instead of hanging around to brag about his riding, he films hammers in the morning, runs a snowboard company in the afternoon and edits video in the night, and that’s not the half of it. He is one multifaceted motherfucker, the ultimate do-it-yourselfer. Sean is always down to help the people around him, even though he’s already so busy with his own shit, he always takes the time to help a brother out. He always puts other people before himself, which is probably why he is so underrated. He’s the hardest working dude out there, dedicated and selfless, with wisdom beyond his years. Generous, genuine... Genovese!” - Jess Kimura 13.4
SEAN GENO -V E S E
- - - - - - - - - - - - ----RIGHT: A meteor might have killed the dinosaurs but Geno killed this rail with a meteoric switch gap to back lip in Anchorage. p h ot o : al ex me rtz
â€œGeno is a stylist, in the true sense of the word, as he devotes 100% of his creative drive into everything he puts his mind to.Â From his art to his snowboarding, and everything in between, Geno has a certain finesse that is hard 98
to find in many riders these days. His vision is clear as he sets out to express this through his actions to create a visual aesthetic. He eats, breathes and dreams snowboarding. This is where DWD has come into his
With the release of our very own DWD Team Vid, Sean truly earned the covenant spot of last part, as well as this interview. It won’t be his last either.” – Jeff Keenan 13.4
fuck yeah, geno!!
life. Our brainchild is becoming a full-blown masterpiece, and a lot of this is because of the creative direction that Sean provides. His video parts are timeless and have earned him respect from many riders; this year was no exception.
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photo: dan i el tengs rider: len jorgensen spot: o s l o , n o r way t r i c k : l ay b a c k s l a s h
photo: jordan i ngmi re rider: manuel d铆az spot: s t e v e n s pa s s , wa trick: cornice sender
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photo: bob plumb rider: scotty wittlake spot: t h e g r e at wa l l o f c h i n a trick: living legend
photo: oli gagnon rider: chris larson spot: wh istler, canada trick: fs 360 to 50-50
photo: christoph schรถch r i d e r : a lva r o v o g e l spot: montafon, austria trick: crushing pow
p h o t o : j o n ata n n y l a n d e r rider: zebbe landmark spot: ume책, sweden trick: bs 270 nosegrab photo: cyril m체ller rider: ethan morgan spot: akureyri, iceland tric k: bs boardsli de
photo: gabe l’heureux rider: zak hale spot: anchorage, ak tric k: board dan druff
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photo: andoni epelde rider: pepe sánchez spot: l a g r av e , f r a n c e t r i c k : b s o l l i e t o wa l l s m a s h
photo: teeuo heljo rider: toni kerkela spot: helsinki, finland t r i c k : g a p t o f s wa l l r i d e
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