Monday, April 28, 2008
So Ricky comes away with some respect, Very nice. Ricky's styles come with out effort, he demiener is cool, and he's just a good guy.
Look for him in this year Newsroom release titled "Bad Ideas".
for updates and such.
also inspire by life Ricky aka Richard has started he's own blog peep that too peeps
Oh and going to work on a MINIview with mR. Tucker, hopefully sooner than later even though it's already later....get it?! OK than!
Friday, April 25, 2008
So this cat hails from the Mitten and he's been holding it down for years. I first caught his talents in a Midwest Mag called PoK from the late 90's. He is a sincere Midwesterner with a live tank full of talent and experience. He's touched a lot in the world of snowboarding from his countless perches. If you have some time go to his site, read some stuff, and get some Field Notes. Man he sent me some of these a few years back, I had some of the best quotes of my life (Brad Alband) in there only to lose them sledding to my friends house after a post event party. I walked up and down that street looking for that book.
Just have a look at some of the snowboard related Client he's had or has.
List of Clients
Ally Distribution (Portland-based action sport flick distributor.)
Coal Headwear (Seattle, Wash.)
Forum Snowboards (Board graphics, man, board graphics.)
Gnu Snowboards (Seattle-based hucksters.)
Grenade Gloves (Mammoth Lakes, Calif / Portland, Ore.)
LIb Tech Snowboards (Bunch of Northwest hippies.)
Snowboard Magazine (Hailey, Ida.)
Union Binding Co. (Seattle, Wash. / Colico, Italy)
Aaron's another in a long line of Midwesterners shaping snowboarding these days. Know your roots, kids!
Check him here
OLe' to a Midwest Artist Aaron Draplin
Duluth scene up in da club. Ruff and Raw like you like kids, this event is a must to get that one last fix for all those not privy the chance at Mt Hood, Canada, or the Southern Hemi. So round up the crew, have'm fork over that gas money and point it the Spirit Mountain, for a kick ass good time.
DAMAGE BOARDSHOP PRESENTS “DAMAGE REVISITED” AN AFTER SEASON SNOWBOARD SESSION MAY 10, 2008 @ SPIRIT MOUNTAIN.
GET IN ON A FUN DAY OF SNOWBOARDING MIDWEST STYLE IN MAY! THIS DAY ALSO MARKS THE 3ND ANNIVERSARY FOR DAMAGE BOARD SHOP. SO COME OUT DO SOME SHREDDING AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.
TIME: 9:00- 4:00
COST: $25 FOR ALL DAY SHREDDING
LOCATION: SPIRIT MNT. TERRAIN PARK
A WAIVER HAS TO BE FILLED OUT AND SIGNED FOR THE EVENT. IF YOU’RE UNDER 18 WE HAVE TO HAVE A PARENTS SIGNATURE. TO SPEED THINGS UP GO TO OUR WEBSITE AND PRINT OUT THE WAIVER. YOU CAN BRING THE WAIVER AND PAYMENT TO DAMAGE ANYTIME BEFORE MAY 9TH OR BRING IT TO THE EVENT.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING THIS EVENT POSSIBLE!
1904 WEST SUPERIOR ST.
DULUTH, MN. 55806
A few shots from last years fine event. Rhythm section and tire races, just what snowboarding is all about. See you on the lips!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
After a winter of shred as a part of the Signal Street Team. St Clouds own Brandon Larson earns an opportunity to ride Am for Signal Snowboards. Larson honed his skills on the icy slopes of Powder Ridge. He's been repping The Youth Shelter Supply and Neff for the last few seasons. You can check his snow stylings in The Youth Shelter Supplies shop video dropping next year. Congratulations Brandon!
Ole' Midwest Shredder Brandon Larson......
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Last Thursday I awoke to the alarm in a hotel in Vermont. I had just seen Tapes n Tapes with White Denim the night before at Higher Ground in Burlington with a great crew, Sean, Graham, Paul, and Ron. It was my second time seeing this show in a week, needless to the show worth your hard earns. I'm tired, I look outside it's glowing, must have been 60 something outside that dirty window. I stir and roll over a few more minutes of sleep will do me well. Yesterday morning Graham, Sean, JR, and I had hit Stowe at 8 in the morning for a premeeting shred, it was warm and turned corn later around 10 but was solid all morning. So a few more minutes wouldn't hurt the conditions. Sean's with me on this so I have back up, to sleep we go for a hot minute, once again awaking to a alarm of some sort. OK we're up and hungry, ready to rip on a warm sunny day in Vermont. Next move call Graham, done, pack bags, done, roll to check out, load gear in Sean's rig, and Roll. We decide to forego the "Free Breakfast" at the hotel for some Dunkin Donuts grub. Well we didn't realize that in Vermont they hide their businesses. We could not find the door for the Dunkin. Two laps later we go up to the drive thru window to order only to be told to come in, duh, we've been trying. Shits funny and the comedy ensues inside the joint, we finally get coffee, some breakfast sammies, alls good. Roll to Stowe to find a small chair with a bunch of stuff on it sitting behind a familiar car. To the left is a few of the In house crew from Rome SDS. Moments later JR's walking by wondering were we've been all morning, yeah he's got laps under this belt all ready but, he's got to roll for a hour to handle some things. Yep it's a Rome Ride Day, all the crews up at Stowe to ride, grill, ride, enjoy adult bevies, ride, hike some lines, ride, enjoy the beautiful day. As we help set up the grill and tent more heads keep rolling in. I rally a crew and we head up to the lifts, shit some super warm temps have the snow all mashy p's. We'll I must say thru the years of riding some of my most progressive days have been in mashy p snow, but most of this had been at smallish Midwest hills not Mountains. Well there is a major difference riding a whole mountain of mush, its not easy, but it is fun and we had a lot of it.
Later after countless runs down The Fourrunner Chair lines and after Captain Al already had me fired up for a hike only to disappear to dust, a group of us decided to hike to the Rock Garden line. Well it's was 2ish and hot up top. The snow was like walking on sand on a Hawaii beach. Two OG Midwesterners accompanied the group, Nate and Chip had made the move from Ohio to Burlington chasing the snowboard lifestyle. They found plenty of riding among other truths of this chase for snow. They were able to ride Stowe all season, and reap the reward of a good snow year. With the season winding down this hike was a great way to put to rest the search for good snow. Sully led the charge, JR was in, Graham never misses a mission, and a local ripper rolled in too.
After a top to bottom run that had taken almost everything I had left we returned to the tent party in the parking lot. The day that had been was also taking it's toll on the rest of the Rome crew. Stories of slashes, rock ollies, funny spills and triumphant airs in the park filled the void between truck trailers and cinder blocks. Bevies flowed and I packed my bags to catch a ride to Burlington to catch a flight outa town and back to the Middle. It was a great day riding with great friends. Be good Vermont I'll return soon.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Wolfe, Sofie, and Gustav are winding down a season in Fernie. With the Resort closed daily hikes to new and old spots have been filling the days of spring. I know they've enjoyed the times this year, but their season is winding down. Moves will be made and new adventures found. OLe' to living the dream.
So Todd's a classic, he works hard at making it easy. Never ever seen a "Artist" handle so much stuff so quick. Always reps the Midwest even as a Cali local for awhile now. Makes it home often, you should come out and show him some L.O.V.E.
Great Interwebipodcastchatvideo here.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Driving 9 hours in the rig to meet with heads from all over the Midwest for a weekend of shredding is kinda my idea of a good time. The kinda comes from the 9 hours of solo drive/mindfuck (did i mention my ipod died prior to this drive?!) time to the destination. Though I get plenty of practice driving solo it still wears on me at times. With the drive underway I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of a spring morning drive through lovely Wisco into the U.P. over the bridge and to Harbor Springs was. With a group of good friends meeting up at the condo I though a nice family meal would be a enjoyable way to start what was to be a weekend of good times. So whats more family style than a huge spaghetti dinner? Food preparation took about an hour longer than I had planned. I also made enough noodles to feed the 41st brigade, with them not in attendance we tried to eat what we could. The next two days would be noodle filled days of wonder.
Waking that Saturday morning to 3-4 inches of snow wasn't a full surprise but, conditions at the hill were some I had never ridden before. With a down pouring of snow and a wicked wind we rode a full days worth of slush, crust, and pow. Fun lines were found and rode, trees were slayed, handplants were planted, and slashes slashed with purpose. Jason and his crew always make this an event to attend with the weather strange they worked hard to keep it solid. It was a hard day of riding and nobody was spared an edge catch in the crud. Tired but pumped we retreated back to the condos to freshen up. A mass exodus to eat ensued and many a face was fed. Later that night in another group of condos a party of youthful explosion and expression rages to the dismay of the security.
The next day spring board awoke to bluebird sky and very favorable temps. This day was celebrated by these faces and actions.
Yet another Spring Board Meeting and I feel like we accomplished a lot. Wish we could meet again this week, but guess we'll have to wait until next year.