I first met Brandon Cocard when he and I were both around 12 years old, both riding on the Alpine Meadows freestyle snowboard team in Tahoe. Back then, Alpine was off the map, but its endless ridgelines and solid terrain park proved to be the perfect incubator for future talent. Despite a full time USSA completion schedule, our coaches Jason and Kaveh took us in the backcountry, hiking steep lines, teaching us how to build jumps every day, and then had us hiking and sessioning the parks rails, jumps and pipe until we couldn’t walk. A decade later a huge chunk of that team was riding professionally: Johnny Brady, Ross Baker, Chris Galvin and Brandon Cocard were some of the standouts that made it to the top. Even back then I was toting a camera around, and now I shoot snowboarding full time. Flash forward... I hadn’t seen Cocard for almost ten years, and while on a photo shoot with Think Thank in Michigan we crossed paths with Bode Merrill and the Absinthe boys. And Cocard was right there in the mix, going shot for shot with one of the biggest players in the game. Since then, Cocard and I have stepped to Tahoe terrain we dreamed of as kids, travelled around Switzerland together and camped out at Superpark. It’s pretty rad to live the snowboard dream alongside childhood friends. Cocard’s perfect methods, back lips and backside rodeos haven’t changed over the past 20 years, only difference is back then he couldn’t grow a pirate beard and wasn’t a member of a band touring the globe.
By Blisss Mag
Aug 7, 2018 · 6 min read
The Future Laboratory examines the rise of the Transformation Economy, from activism-led hospitality and ecotourism to a trend toward solitude and radical disconnectivity.
By Design Hotels™
Feb 20, 2018 · 7 min read
Leyla Aliyeva takes a trip into the unknown, to discover for herself the astounding variety of flora and fauna in Madagascar, Mauritius and Réunion.
By Baku Magazine
Aug 15, 2017 · 4 min read
The grandfather, who had lived through mighty storms of fortune, sought a place of refuge on a high mountain top to locate his towers to broadcast to the world. He found an island not far from his home, and in the middle of the horseshoe-shaped island was a mountain. The mountain rose high above the Salish Sea, and had been a home to the proud Lummi Nation, who had known the mountain as a sacred place. When the grandfather found the land, it was in the middle of a small and beloved Park donated to the State of Washington by the shipping magnate Robert Moran. Leftover land, an almost forgotten perfect square, fit on the side of the mountain like a cubed die, just ready to roll off the mountain. Previously, the land had been owned by an early Orcas immigrant, who logged the land–a clear-cut of the forest. The five-year old girl looked in wonder at it, at how ugly it all was. The trees lay in swags across the land, their greying trunks and fronds decaying and creating a swamp of the land, open and grey, moon-like in its disposition. The grandfather took the girl’s hand, and they walked the moon-like grey paths, and then they knelt together. He showed her the little three-foot high trees, just as tall as she, and they were green and spunky, and growing fast, just like she was. He stood, and picked her up, and cast his hand over the land, and said, “When you grow up, when you are my age, these little trees will be as tall as any forest you have ever seen, and you can harvest them again.” The girl pondered all these things in her heart.
By McLennan Design
Apr 2, 2019 · 12 min read
Mark Nicholls heads to the Soul Café and Restaurant in King's Lynn for a taste of the Caribbean.
By Feast Norfolk Magazine
Mar 31, 2019 · 6 min read
I began believing in ghosts early one morning—at what would have been dawn if Antarctica bothered with dawns—on the bridge of the National Geographic Explorer. I was mentored there in the ways of unseen things by the ship’s first mate, Piers Alvarez-Munoz, his name rivaled in its magnificence only by his beard. His radar screen was a mostly useless wash of scattered green specks—ice floes and monstrous birds with 11-foot wingspans and maybe a giant kraken—and through the windows we couldn’t see much beyond the bow of the ship. A snow squall had blown across the Drake Passage and was now upon our decks, another one of the vest-pocket storms that kept rising out of nowhere and returning there just as quickly. Alvarez-Munoz checked his paper charts and compasses and plotted our course with a thick pencil line, finding his way by hand because these waters defy even the most advanced of our machines. Then he nodded: Antarctica was in our immediate range. He was doubtless, even though the only instrument able to find any sign of it was his heart.
By Afar Media
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Harper’s Bazaar’s Digital Fashion/ Features Director Kerry Pieri shows us around her Brooklyn Heights home and talks how life has changed since having daughter Lila— from shifts in perspective to the concept of having it all and even her apartment’s style.
By Mini Magazine
Dec 21, 2018 · 7 min read
For businesses to fully prosper, the adoption and implementation of IT solutions is arguably non-negotiable and can sometimes be a jarring process. Fast Company SA chats to Basha Pillay, executive head for cloud and collaboration at Internet Solutions, about streamlining this transition, productivity, and his passion for tech in every sphere of life.
By Fast Company SA
Dec 13, 2018 · 5 min read