Thursday, December 29, 2011


I got the newest issue of Transworld Snow in the mail yesterday, was flipping through it, and read in the news section that Lonnie Kauk severed his ties with DC and signed on with Lobster Snowboards...Woo hoo!! Lonnie's a rad guy and Lobster is a perfect fit for him in my humble opinion. News like this puts a smile on my face...awesome rider moving to an awesome company. Win win.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas has come and gone...

So, Christmas has come and gone. Mike Vallely has againe quit his sponsor, Powell Peralta, and again started his own company...this time by the name of Elephant Brand Skateboards. Google it if you want to read more about it. I've personally had enough of Mike V and his sponsor hopping/starting up companies. In the coming weeks look forward to some reviews (Flux bindings, TB20 Blu Ray...) and hopefully some random randomness that'll put a smile on your face. In the meantime, check out this OWW'some xmas tree decorated with Judy Garland and have yourself a happy new year.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Creature's Peter Beste collection...

A few days ago I received an email from Creature showcasing their latest collection of limited boards, this time around featuring images from Peter Beste. The graphics are iconic images from the heydays of the Black Metal music scene. Maybe not for everyone, but I'm a huge fan so I figured I'd help to spread the word. Check out for more info...Beste hurry though because these decks are extremely limited.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

In's & Out's with Halldor Helgason


1. Slalom
2. Parallel Slalom (Icy)
3. BoarderCross
4. Olympics
5. FIS

1. Freestyle riding
2. Being Creative
3. Street riding
4. Lobster, 7-9-13 belts and Hoppipolla headwear
5. Filming for videoparts

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Review: Airblaster's 'Thank You Baby.'

Fun. That's the first word that comes to mind when I think of Airblaster. I was first introduced to Airblaster when I picked up their dvd December some years back (one of my all time favorites). I've missed a lot of their videos since December, but I was lucky enough to have them send me a copy of their latest effort titled "Thank You, Baby" to check out.......and check it out I did. The main feature is short and sweet. It chronicles the travels and riding of Nick Dirks and Brandon Cocard throughout Russia...awesome stuff. I've always wanted to go to Russia, more than likely I'll never make it there in this lifetime so why not experience it vicariously through some of Airblaster's finest? I'm all for it. It looks to me like they had an incredible, once in a lifetime experience and I enjoyed taking it all in from the comfort of my own humble abode. As with the other Airblaster dvd's,
Thank You, Baby offers a lot of bonus features. My favorite is the one with Travis Parker and Leanne Pelosi shredding some pow at Baldface Lodge. Oh! And the one with Nick Dirks and Jed Anderson skating at various concrete parks is not to be slept on either, good stuff right there. So for $5.99, this dvd is not to be slept on, head on over to and pick it up for yourself. Or, if you're inclined to order yourself any other Airblaster gear, I'm pretty sure this dvd will be included in your order for free. So you have no excuses, get yourself a copy, pop it in your dvd player, and let the good times roll.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Magenta in the Battle of Normandy 2011

Last summer Magenta skateboards took part in the 2011 edition of the Battle of Normandy event in the North-West of france. They spent 5 days there looking for new spots, cruising around and basically having a good time. Their edit of the trip is now online, check it out.

Magenta in the Battle of Normandy 2011 from Magenta Skateboards on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

In's & Out's with Sean Genovese


1. Helpin' out the homies
2. Going fast
3. Air time
4. Walkin' the line
5. Life

1. Hunching over laptops
2. Hating on double/triple/quad corks
3. Whining
4. Still got no love for the tindy
5. Meter maids

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Review: The Art of Flight

The Art of Flight...what hasn't already been said about this snowboarding masterpiece? Two years in the making, brought to you by Travis Rice, Red Bull, and Brain Farm, this snowboarding super movie epitomizes what snowboarding is about and where it's going. Absolutely the highest quality picture and sound to have ever graced a snowboard flick (at least from what I've personally experienced)...Blu Ray all the way baby. I do love the fact that when you purchase this movie that you get both the Blu Ray and dvd versions packaged neatly together all for one price. Other snowboard film production companies take heed, this is how to do it. Onto the film itself.
The ensemble cast of riders is legendary...Travis Rice, Mark Landvik, Jeremy Jones, Nicolas Muller, John Jackson, Scotty Lago, Pat Moore, DCP, Jake Blauvelt, Bjorn doesn't get much better than this folks. The tunes rock and fit the tone of riding perfectly. The story that goes a long with the shreddage is just as spectacular, from beginning to end this film belongs on snowboarding's top shelf. Travis Rice and his crew always seem to do the impossible...out do themselves year after year. I have no clue what he has up his sleeve next, but I seriously can't wait to see what it is.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Trice on CoCo...

Earlier this week Travis Rice was a guest on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show. It was pretty 'effin cool to see him in the hot seat talking about The Art of Flight and goofing around with Conan. If you missed it I'm sure you can find it online somewhere (TNT's site, or maybe Hulu or YouTube). It's definitely worth your time to check out. Speaking of The Art of Flight, I got to sit down and watch it myself earlier this week and was blown away. Look for my review on the site in a few days. And then, a little further down the road from that look for my review of Airblaster's new movie "Thank You, Baby." I'm super excited to check that one out...always good stuff to be had from the folks at Airblaster.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Review: Absinthe Films' 'Twe12ve'

Absinthe Films' releases are something I look forward to every season. They always showcase a wide variety of riding styles, terrain, riders, and locations...and their filming and production is top shelf. I also always enjoy the soundtrack in Absinthe Films' releases. I've become a fan of quite a few bands that I've discovered from their videos. This season's release, Twe12ve, is exactly what I've come to expect from them...jaw dropping riding shot beautifully and set to the most fitting music. The riding is absolutely incredible. When I'm watching these guys (and girls) do what they do sometimes I think to myself "what the hell is going through their head when they're committing to doing this?" Ten to fifteen years ago we wouldn't have even considered most of what they're riding and doing as humanly just blows me away when I think about it. Honestly, everyone in this
video is incredible. But if I'd have to name a few rider's parts as "stand outs" I'd have to go with: Gigi Ruf, Nicolas Muller, Bode Merrill, JP Solberg, Wolfgang Nyvelt, Dan Brisse, Romain Demarchi, and as always Annie Boulanger. Go out to your local shop and purchase Twe12ve...and then go online to the Absinthe site and stock your shelf with some of their past releases, they all rule.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

the dork in me...

It may just be that I'm a huge dork, but I got really excited when I saw this Stargate inside the haunted house at the Pittsbugh Zoo's "Zoo Boo" over the weekend. It's a pretty craptastic photo (thanks Blackberry) but I needed some type of photographic evidence of it.
Coming up in a day or so, my review of Absinthe's latest film "Twelve."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reviews: Shoot the Moon & Retrospect

This is Videograss' third year of releasing snowboard flicks...this year they upped their ante and released a whopping three different films, Shoot the Moon, Retrospect, and a trick tips video. I had the pleasure of checking out Shoot the Moon and Retrospect, here's what I thunk.


Shoot the Moon, to me, follows suit with the previous seasons Videograss releases. It's more raw and un-polished than most snowboard videos out there today. At times, it reminds me of the Baker and Deathwish skateboards videos...hi-jinx, crazyness, lots of quick cut in the editing. I'm a fan of the past Videograss releases so as you could imagine, Shoot the Moon was right up my alley. It's more of a rail, urban terrain type of video as opposed to a back country, freeriding vid...but I'm okay with that. It's all snowboarding and as long as they're out there having fun and putting out quality material, I'm all for it. Everyone featured in the video shreds, but stand outs for me would go to Justin Benee, Jake Olsen-Elm, Jed Anderson, Louif Paradise, Jordan Mendenhall, Darrell Mathes, and Gus Engle. Go check it out.


Next up is Retrospect. This here snowboard flick is more of an all around, smorgasbord of snowboarding goody goodness. There's something in here for everybody, I'm sure if anyone pops this disc into their player it'll put smile on their kisser. As well as the incredible riding, there's a lot of scenic eye candy that I always enjoy. The riding in this video is incredible...from the rails, to the kickers, to the back's off the charts. The soundtrack is killer as well, kudos my friends, kudos. Stand out parts for me go to Ben Bilocq, Bryan Fox, Ethan Deiss, Jake Blauvelt, Xavier De Le Rue, and Harrison Gordon. Again be sure to check this video out, there's something here for everybody.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Amp not that great...

Out of all the energy drinks that I've tried, Amp is probably my least favorite. Well, it's my least favorite from the full priced, heavy hitters you normally find at every convenience store. I've had many weird, small company energy drinks I've found at dollar stores and bargain type stores and some of those have been horrid (while some have been incredible). But yes, Amp is the worst out of the heavy hitters of energy drinks. It doesn't give me the feeling of a "boost" like others do...and, it's flavor is nothing to write home about. It basically tastes like Mt. Dew. I feel that I get nothing more from drinking an Amp than I would from drink a can of Dew. If I have my choice (which I do, I just bought some Amps because they were on sale at CVS) I always choose NOS sugar free energy drink...incredible taste, incredible boost, and the can looks like a can of rocket fuel.

P.S. I need to be drinking energy drinks as much as I need a new hole in my head. I need to be drinking more water. End of story.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Blackberry problems no mo'...

My Blackberry was about to shit the bed, which is why there's been little updates here (98% of my posts are from my BB). I did some home grown trouble shooting and fixed it myself (knock on wood). Back on track. I just finished watching Videograss' Retrospect and Shoot the Moon, siiiiiiiiick. Reviews to follow shortly.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

First and Last: Phil Jacques

first pet... I never had a pet of my own cause my mom is allergic. My girlfriend had a little white dog called poutchy. So I guess he was my first. 

first car... Saturn SL1 2002. What a bomb!

first trick you learned... Indy

first snowboarder you looked up to... Peter Line

first contest you won... Streetstatic in Montreal in '06

first person to call when you win the lottery... Mom

first mountain... Le Relais, 15 minutes away from Quebec city. 

first snowboard / skateboard... I don't know what brand it was. Maybe it didn't have one. It had a P on it and that's it. 115 cm. Things change haha. / same for skate deck. Whatever complete deal from I can't remember what shop. 

first concert.... Stretch Armstrong way back then. 

first thing you do in the morning... Take a piss

first big purchase... My computer

first sponsor... Sport Radical (shop)

first job... Preparing shipments in a hardware store warehouse. 

last thing you ate... Breakfast sandwich

last person you called... Girlfriend

last text you sent... My boss

last thing you do before going to bed... Close my eyes

last time you said "last time"... Reading this feature. 

last concert... The Black Keys this summer

last mountain... Blackcomb glacier. 

last movie you watched... Little White Lies

last close call... Skating the bowl way too hungover this weekend. 

last trick you filmed... I think the switch bs 7 I have in my part. 

last big purchase... My truck

last thing that surprised you... My girlfriend's new dog brings a new surprise everyday.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Magenta Skateboards NY Capsule

From Magenta Skateboards...

"We went on a trip to New York City a few months back and we came back with this Capsule.

What's a goddamn "Capsule" you might ask? It's basically a montage of us skating around with our friends. It's not HD, it's no crazy 5 hour mission on some perfect spot to get the latest combo or some crazy stunt on tape, but rather some plain old fashioned street skateboarding with whatever happened that day, if our friend managed to film it.

Jean Feil filmed and edited this one, which features Jimmy Lannon, Soy Panday, Vivien Feil and some friends they met up with in NY.
Here it is: "

Saturday, September 24, 2011

First and Last: Michael LeBlanc

first pet...Cat

first car...'71 Monte Carlo

first trick you learned...Method

first snowboarder you looked up to...Jeff Brushie

first contest you won...Never won one

first person to call when you win the lottery...My GF

first mountain...Sugarloaf, USA, Maine

first snowboard / skateboard...Skate: Mark Gonzalez, venture trucks, Ktrytonic 63.5 csi wheels
Snow: Burton Backhill 1982

first concert....Ramones 1984 or so

first thing you do in the morning...pee

first big purchase...House

first sponsor...Yang Snowboard clothes, Ride Snowboards

first job...Paperboy age 9-14

last thing you ate...Swedish Board breakfast at Broder in Portland

last person you called...Dave Wray from SIA

last text you sent...To Holden's CFO, Mike Hare

last thing you do before going to bed...Set my internal alarm clock

last time you said "last time" idea

last concert...The Raveonettes on the "raven in the grave" tour. Best album or 2011

last mountain...Mt. Hood, videograss camp at HCSC

last movie you watched...ART OF FLIGHT premeier last night in Portland. MIND BLOWING. So damn

last close call...Ollie down the 40 stair gap

last trick you filmed...Ollie down the 40 stair gap

last big purchase...House in Portland

last thing that surprised you...Leaves falling already

Monday, September 19, 2011

Magenta skateboards Fall '11 releases.

Magenta just rolled out their Fall '11 line up of boards, which includes a guest pro board for East coast legend Quim Cardona. Magenta has an incredible team of rippers, sick graphics, boards that are made in the USA and the company is run by actual skateboarders. Check out for more info.

Friday, September 16, 2011

First and Last: Chris Beresford

first pet... Kitten named tiger

first car... 88 Honda accord I hated it that thing!

first trick you learned... most memorable was a boardslide in my friends back yard on a big plastic tube

first snowboarder you looked up to... Peter Line, Travis Parker, Jp a bunch of dudes

firstcontest you won... My Local mountain Blandford ski area's Half Pipe contest! pretty much a ditch that you surfed..

first person to call when you win the lottery... Prob my buddy Anderson

first mountain... Mt Tom!

first snowboard / skateboard... Snowboard Nitro Hazard 127,  Skate was a powel with Orion trucks and bones wheels.. no clue how I remember that

first concert.... Tom Petty

first thing you do in the morning...  Check my email

first big purchase... A car for sure!

firstsponsor...  Option snowboards

first job...  Mrs Murphy's donuts.. I was the mop boy

last thing you ate... A Salad

last person you called...  My buddy sleeve

last text you sent...  to Tim Ronan I sent him out some sunglasses he was psyched!

last thing you do before going to bed...  Brush my teeth

last time you said "last time"...  Right now at 2pm 9/9/11

last concert... Hah this band called XXX... It was super funny

last mountain...  La Parva Chile with the K2 crew

last movie you watched... I got sucked into seeing Harry Potter

last close call... getting surgery

last trick you filmed... Was at Snoqualmie and it was a nollie flip off a box in April.

last big purchase...  I just purchased 1800 sunglasses for my sunglass company dang shades!

last thing that surprised you...  The art of flight!  T Rice a damn Animal..

Thursday, September 8, 2011

a new addition...

This past Monday, 9/5/11, my new baby daughter, Lily Evangeline Stringhill, entered the world. She's as beautiful and perfect as I knew she would be. Season's is still pushing on, just at a little slower pace while Lily gets settled in at home. There's a lot of goodness to look forward to on this site coming up...stay tuned.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ishod Wair on 4 Star

4 Star clothing welcomes Real skateboards, Thunder trucks, and Spitfire wheels rider Ishod Wair to their incredible team. Sick!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

taken from the Slap messageboard...

Someone wrote this on the Slap board, I liked what he/she had to say (in reference to an internet squabble between Eric Koston and Alex Olson)...

"first and foremost, skateboarding DOES NOT NEED anyone to do anything for skateboarding. skateboarding was doing just fine before it became corporate, and in my opinion it is worse off now that at any other time in its short history. koston, as someone eluded to before, is concerned about helping himself. he is rich and a wannabe celebrity, and a fucking Scientologist at that. I could do without the berrics as most people who skate would not have missed it had it never existed. basically steve berra failed as an actor and came up with a good plan to exploit the current market. i am not saying that there is no good in their hearts toward skateboarding, i just personally do not appreciate when anyone takes it upon themselves to represent skateboarding, or change it for whatever reason, especially when that involves creating an image thats only benefit is to the one making the change, e.g
., corporate, non skate sponsorship. not to mention nikes horrible human rights record. skateboarding belongs to EVERYONE WHO SKATES. not these glorified assholes. for every pro, there is a hometown hero who kills it. i am cool with people getting paid to skate, but when it gets to this level of psuedo celebrity infighting, yes i am entertained, but, it has nothing to do with skateboarding, only some deuchebags who skate. so guys, stop pretending that who you are and what you do is more important than the rest of us who skate for fun and dont need anything from you."


Sorry for the lack of updates, I've been slacking. I've been really busy with work and sleep and family time has been getting the best of me. I'm on the hunt for new things to write about on Seasons. I'm trying to line up some product reviews for this upcoming snowboard season so we'll have to wait and see how that all plays out. In the mean time check out this photo of one of Lobster snowboard's new limited boards. There's a few others in this series of boards and you can see them all over at

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

First and Last: Darrell Mathes

first pet... Golden Retriever

first car... Neon Plymouth

first trick you learned... backside 180

first snowboarder you looked up to... Peter Line

first contest you won... Boardercross contest at skibowl

first person to call when you win the lottery... My Lady

first mountain... Mt Hood Meadows

first snowboard / skateboard... Morrow Snowboard/ Birdhouse

first concert.... Grateful Dead

first thing you do in the morning... Make Coffee

first big purchase... Bought a House

first sponsor... Cal's pharmacy snowboard shop

first job... Bagger at Safeway

last thing you ate... Pasta

last person you called... Brian Regis to go skate

last text you sent... 2 minutes ago to Andy Wright

last thing you do before going to bed... Drink

last time you said "last time"... yesterday

last concert... The Cults in NYC on the ruff top of Spin Mag

last mountain... Mt Hood Meadows

last movie you watched... Battle: Los Angeles... horrible movie

last close call... talking to my x-girlfriend the other night

last trick you filmed... backside lipslide for a VGSNOW trick tip

last big purchase... Fujifilm x100 camera

last thing that surprised you... that it takes all fucking day to clean my House!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

First and Last: Eiki Helgason


first pet... A dog called Zeppi (Led Zepelin)

first car... Toyota Tacoma 2000

first trick you learned... Fs 180

first snowboarder you looked up to... JP Walker

first contest you won... Sprite Session in my local resort

first person to call when you win the lottery... My Parents

first mountain... Hlidarfjall

first snowboard / skateboard... Scott USA 147 / Variflex clauds or something

first concert.... Foofighters

first thing you do in the morning... Snooze

first big purchase... My Toyota

first sponsor... Icelandic store called Brim

first job... Construction Worker

last thing you ate... Pizza

last person you called... My Girlfriend

last text you sent... My Girlfriend

last thing you do before going to bed... Brush my teeth

last time you said "last time"... I try not saying that but if that happens I say 7/9/13

last concert... TV on the radio

last mountain... Hlidarfjall

last movie you watched... Max Payne

last close call... All the time

last trick you filmed... fs 180 sw Nosepress on a kink rail (indoor slope)

last big purchase... Flight tickets are expensive nowadays

last thing that surprised you... Life is full of surprises

Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: Videograss - Bon Voyage

I finally got my hands on a copy of Videograss' newest snowboard video Bon Voyage (hey, it's still their newest video until their "new" newest video is released in a few months). This is Videograss' sophmore release and it pretty much holds true to what one would expect from them...raw, unadulterated, street (mostly) snowboarding. If you enjoy skateboard-inspired snowboarding then you best be sure to pick this one up. There's a lot of rails, ledges, banks, roof tops, etc...and there's also some pretty sick back country-ish footage to boot as well. I'm not talking about Jeremy Jones back country, but it's still powdery goodness none the less. Some people these days are under the impression that if you're sliding rails and not making powder turns then it's "not snowboarding." Well, when I first strapped into my Gnu Pharoah some 20 years ago I was out to have fun. It didn't matter if I
was hopping over tombstones in my local cemetery or making "S" turns at 7 Springs...I just wanted to have fun. And after watching this video, it brings me back to those days when I first started snowboarding and things weren't so serious. Just strap in and enjoy the ride. Stand out parts in this vid for me came from Leblanc, Nima, Mathes, LNP, Anderson, Bilocq, and Mendenhall. Pick this video up and let the good times roll...forever.

Monday, July 11, 2011

First and Last: Halldor Helgason


first pet... A dog called led Zeppelin, that i almost killed because i gave him Gum

first car... Toyota Tacoma 2006

first trick you learned... Indy

first snowboarder you looked up to... Peter Line

first contest you won... Icelandic championship in slopestyle, Big air, and boarder cross hehe

first person to call when you win the lottery... Mom

first mountain... Hlíðarfjall

first snowboard / skateboard... k2 and Alien Workshop

first concert.... Deep Purple

first thing you do in the morning... Wake up

first big purchase... the car i just bought in the US

first sponsor... local shop in iceland called Brim

first job... Construction worker in iceland

last thing you ate... KFC

last person you called... My Friend back home

last text you sent... telling my friend in Holland to download Tiny wings in his iphone

last thing you do before going to bed... put on something to watch in the computer

last time you said "last time"... long time ago, i learned from that mistake

last concert... Dimmu Borgir, but i showed up to late so i only saw them walk off the stage

last mountain... Snow world, an indoor park in Holland or Belgia, not really sure were i was

last movie you watched... Flip - sorry

last close call... Fell a sleep outside the gate on the airport 2 days ago and aaaaalmost missed my flight back home

last trick you filmed... boardslide on a double down in a skatepark

last big purchase... the car i bought in the US

last thing that surprised you... There is a heavy festival going down i iceland this weekend!

good things come...

Well, I waited and they came. Later today look for a First and Last from Halldor Helgason...and then next week another First and Last from Eiki Helgason. I'm soo stoked to have the brother's Helgason on Seasons. Also, later this week I'll have a review up for Videograss' Bon Voyage.
Dinner is served.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

a little randomness...

It's been announced that slopestyle snowboarding (and skiing) will be in the 2014 Winter Olympics....sure, why not? I'll watch it.

Magenta skateboards just released their Singer series, check them out over at their site.
I'm digging the Jimmy Lannon "Gza" deck.

In the coming weeks keep your eyes peeled for some Video Grass video reviews, Automaton snowboards 11/12 preview, Weekend snowboards 11/12 preview, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed on getting some First and Lasts back from some awesome people that I'm extremely stoked to have been in touch with recently. I think everyone will be just as stoked when you see who I got lined up.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Alex Perelson baskside 900 tail grab...

Alex Perelson is the first person to land a backside 900 tail grab...sheesh...type into your browser, watch the video and give Alex the round of applause he deserves.

Friday, June 10, 2011

King Shit's Hillary Thompson interview.

Please, head on over to King Shit's site and check out the Hillary Thompson interview...awesome stuff. It's been said already, but there aren't many things in skateboarding that haven't been done these days. Hillary's the first transexual skateboarder...go read up.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

1031's Get Bent!

Head on over to 1031's site and check out their new full-length FREE video Get Bent, it's SICK!

Monday, May 30, 2011

awesome craigslist find...

It reads as follows:

I have a Girl Brand skateboard, built custom. I NEED to sell this quickly.

Deck- Girl brand Sean Malto deck (don't remember which one exactly)
Griptape- Black Magic (The brand name Zero is written in lightning on it. If this is a problem, it costs about 3 dollars to get a new sheet of griptape.)
Wheels- Spitfire (I think they are hard wheels, but I can't remember.)
Bearings- Bones Reds Bearings
Trucks- Thunder (Brand)
Hardware- 7/8 inch Girl Allen head hardware.

To people new to skateboarding..
The brand of the deck is Girl, but this is a skateboard for guys. Girl decks are some of the best around, known for incredible "pop."
Spitfire wheels are great wheels, but there are some that are slightly better.
The bearings are the very best of the best. (Bones Reds.) '
The griptape is extremely strong.

---This is a great board, with less than 6 hours worth of skating time on it, and I have done absolutely no tricks on it. It's pretty close to brand new. I payed $160 for it this time a year ago. I am looking to sell it to get some money for some running shoes or something, but skateboarding is no longer a hobby I enjoy.

The price is firm. 80 dollars, no less. Thanks.

Monday, May 23, 2011

RIP Randy Macho Man Savage

This past Friday we lost a great...THE great one, Randy Macho Man Savage. I always was and always will be the biggest fan of The Macho King and will never forget him. He's in a better place now...long live Randy Savage, snappin' into that great place up in the sky...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Come on now...

Pictured above are two of the most recent Cease & Desist skateboard's releases. C&D are a company that re-issue old, out of production, sometime controversial decks that a lot of skateboard collectors really want to hang on their walls but can neither find nor afford the OG's. Also, these decks are made in the USA and have hand silk-screened graphics which is a rarity these days and also makes them awesome skateboards to, well, actually skate rather than be wall hangers. There is some controversy about this company being that almost all of their releases are without permission from the pro-skater's names printed on the boards and without permission from the companies that originally released them (there's been a few where pro's have worked with C&D, gotten paid, and actually signed each and every board sold...pretty cool). There are two sides to every coin. Like I said, these boards are
high quality and give people an alternative to dropping thousands on OG's. And keep in mind, when a lot of these boards were originally released the graphics on them were used illegally in the first place and the companies were served with cease & desist orders. But there's still the topic of using pro's names on the decks and said pro's receiving no compensation. I could go on and on with different ways to look at the dilemma but in the end it all comes down to supply and demand. There are a lot of skateboarders out there, young and old, who want these boards to either skate or hang and Cease & Desist are supplying the demand. What's my take on the matter? I'm not rich, I'm far from it. I wish that the skater's got a cut from the sales of these boards and I hope that in the future they move towards releasing them in conjunction with the pro's. But in the meantime, if C&D release a
board I have a fond memory of and I want to hang on my wall I'm damn sure gonna swipe it up rather than attempt to save up a few thousand (cutting into my kid's college fund) and hope to get the OG sometime down the line (ie: never). I say kudos to you C&D, kudos indeed.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


So, after more than 15 years I'm again rolling around on a plank of wood that bears the Plan B logo. Yeah, I know that it's not the same company that it was back in '92 but it still puts a smile on my face that they made a come back and have been successful with it. They have a sick crew of riders, have been putting out some quality decks from PS Stix, and even the graphics, when not part of some logo theme series, are looking quite attractive. I also like that they've been re-issuing some of their boards from yesteryear (Sheffey vivisection and Duffy Primus <-- I just picked that one up for my wall). I really hope they continue with the reissues, *a suggestion, Hensley tribute. Also, I've been hearing about this fabled new Plan B video they've been working on forever, hopefully it'll see the light of day sooner rather than later. All in all, I'm stoked to be skating a Plan B board
again. If you need me I'll be behind Dee's in their parking lot practicing my pressure flips.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The one that didn't get away...

The summer of '92 was a special time for me (and for skateboarding in general). During that Summer Plan B released Questionable...a video that impacted my life forever and changed the face of skateboarding as we all know it...and it still holds up to today's standards almost 20 years later. That video depicts everything that skateboarding was for me during that time...Matt Hensley retiring before his time was up, Primus, Pat Duffy being sent from the future to tear skateboarding a new asshole, hi-top skate shoes cut into low-tops, Colin Mckay skating to Iron Maiden and showing the world he killed it in the streets as well as on a vert ramp , Ryan Fabry not blowing any bubbles, Olivelawn, wishing I possessed 1/100th of the style that Sal Barbier does, Del & Heiro, everyone skating cool colored blank boards, Sean Sheffey late shove-it'ing everything in sight, huge pants with the
legs cut uneven...on purpose, Rodney Mullen doing stuff no one has ever done and no one will ever do again, Green Day, The Offspring, & Pennywise (and no one else knowing who the hell they were yet), wishing I possessed 1/1000th of the style that Mike Carroll does (also, wishing I was cool enough to rock braids with rainbow colored rubber bands), Rick Howard skating to Ned's Atomic Dustbin and switch pressure flipping the SD convention center steps, that slam section..........that slam section, Danny Way completely destroying everything in his path. During that time period I pretty much only skated Plan B boards (with the occasional Blind, World Ind., and 101 thrown in from time to time to keep things fresh). I never thought to hold on to any of my old boards once I was finished with them and set up a new one. The old ones were either cracked and then focused into oblivion or handed
down to one of my friends who could still squeeze a tiny bit more life out of them. Luckily, I was wise enough to hold onto one of them...Hensley's tribute/retirement board. I recently unearthed this fossil from my parent's attic and it instantly brought back a ton of awesome memories. Just last week, someone offered me a decent amount of money to give this deck up, despite the shape it's in. I respectfully declined his offer. This one's staying with me.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Review: Real 'Since Day One'

There's been a load of hype for this video and it's much deserved. Real is one of the best, truest, "realest" skateboard companies in existence, run by actual skateboarders from top to bottom...their boards aren't made in China...if there's one company that you, as a skateboarder, should feel obligated to tip your hat to it's Real. They have been down since, you guessed it, day one. One of my top 10 videos of all time is Non-Fiction (Real, if you're listening, release a dvd box set). Non-Fiction changed me as a skateboarder. That video helped move me out of my "World Ind." stage and into my "skate to have fun, screw everything else" phase that I'm still in some 15+ years later. Since Day One clocks in at around an hour I believe and it's nothing but awesomeness from beginning to end. It opens with a touching tribute to one of our fallen brothers, Johnny Romano. Afterwards, rolls the
intro montage followed by everyone's parts. There's not one part in this video that's a clinker. As usual, there's some parts I tend to want to watch more than other but for the most part this is a video that I'll be watching straight through every time. Stand out parts for me are Justin Brock, Torres/Dompierre shared part, JT Aultz, Romondetta, Ishod Wair, Schaaf, and of course the one and only...Huf. Words cannot describe the joy of finally having a new Huf part to watch over and over again. Schaaf's part isn't one to be slept on either...solid, classic vert skating...keep it up Max. This video rules and will force you to get out of the house, off the computer and out pushing around in the streets where we belong.
Never stop.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Things I'm stoked on right now...

The new Real video.
I'll be picking up a copy of Real's new video Since Day One either tomorrow (official release date 4/11) or on Tuesday, been waiting for this one for a while now. I've heard nothing but good stuff from the people who've seen it and I know it's going to be the best skate video anyone's seen in a while. Pretty much everything Real does is golden and this video will not disappoint. I'll have a review up shortly after I pick it up.

Skateboarding, anything and everything related to it. I got my first skateboard for my ninth birthday and here I am pushing 32 and still just as stoked as the first time I butt boarded down a hill in 1987.

I watch too much tv right now, I hate to admit. I've always loved anything sci fi related and most of what I currently watch is just that. I'm on my second go around of Lost (best show ever)...I'm also watching Firefly, Fringe, Merlin, Sanctuary, Nikita, 30 Rock, Vampire Diaries, and Deadliest Catch. All are excellent shows and I'd recommend them all to anyone looking for some quality television.

Lastly, Spring is here. Beautiful weather, park with the family, hoodies, skating...good times all around. Go outside and have some fun.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Trevor/Trouble Andrew joins Yes!

I'm stoked to hear that Trevor Andrew has signed up with Yes snowboards, joining his fellow ex-Burton teammates DCP, RDM, JP, and Tadashi. Support YES! Here's the full press release...

"YES Snowboards is stoked to announce the signing of Trevor "aka Trouble" Andrew and the release of his signature Trouble model for 011/012. Trevor and his former teammates of Romain, DCP, JP and Tadashi, are a crew once again.

"I've been riding with this crew for years, and we're family. I respect them as riders and identify with the philosophy of the brand they have built. YES is one of the most progressive and real snowboarding companies out there today, and I feel right at home."

A modern Renaissance man since the early days, Trevor has been mixing multiple talents and passions with his snowboarding since the beginning. While he's busy with a growing music career, Trevor still kills it the precious few times a year he gets to escape the urban, nocturnal world of NYC and return to the mountains. Trevor maintains legend status in snowboarding, and is a great addition to the roster of YES Snowboards- a company full of legends that bring support and respect to snowboarding culture.

The Signature Trouble Model will come in 154 and 158 lengths and is a blunt-nosed, true twin with CamRock.

Demand it this fall at cooler shops everywhere or online at"

Sunday, April 3, 2011

'Mania tonight!

I've been really busy with work, and nursing a sick overweight cat back to health, but tonight...tonight is the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dinosaurs WIll Die 11/12 preview

I just got a peek at the 11/12 line up from Dinosaurs Will, it's your turn.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lobster Snowboards

I live under a rock...just heard about Lobster snowboards from Eiki and Halldor Helgason...I back this 100%.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ben Raybourn off 1031...

A few days ago 1031 skateboards announced that Ben Raybourn parted ways with them on his behalf, and at the same time was let go from Landshark wheels. I'm a huge 1031 fan, and Raybourn fan so this news initially bummed me out. Eventually, I came to terms with it knowing that he probably had something bigger and better for him lined up. Well, a few days go by and now Ben's officially on Slave. Sick. He should have a pro board out in 3 months or so, be on the lookout. Also, still support 1031, the rip.
(Photo "borrowed" from espn and was shot by Bryce Kanights)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Review: Weekend Snowboard's Heikki Sorsa 155


I was fortunate enough (thanks people at Weekend) to get my hands on the Heikki Sorsa "Adventure Island" 155 from Weekend snowboards, so that in turn, I could give you guys an honest review of it. So here it goes.


This board is fun as heck, "no doubt in my mind." (first person to comment where that quote is from will get some free stickers). The Adventure Island 155 is the all around, swiss army-like board in Heikki's arsenal of pro models available from Weekend. Where ever you want to go, this board will take you there, and then some....groomers, park, powder, rails...your ass is covered (in some Bond Talma's, I hope).


The graphics are killer, done up by the notorious Sean Barnhart. One thing I really like about this board (which really plays no role in the performance side of the board) is the texture of the top sheet. Back when I was in high school, a buddy of mine got a Division 23 Marc Morisset and it had the same type of textured feeling top sheet. So, yeah, just feeling this board out of the plastic brought back some good 'ol memories.


In closing, I'd like to say that this board slays the slopes of 7 Springs and I'm positive it'll get you through whatever situations you find yourself in at your local mountain. Head on over to the weekend site to check out what they have to say, read up on all of the technical info, and they also have a nifty little online shop where you can actually purchase said model if you feel so inclined. DEW IT!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Review: Bond Outerwear

Bond is an outerwear company any snowboarder should actually want to support. Every piece of outerwear they put out is combed over to ensure that they're doing everything possible to be as sustainable as possible. All of their outer shells and inner liners use a blend of recycled PET (made from plastic bottles and containers) and virgin polyester that is completely recyclable. Both the PET and polyester have been used before and can be used again. Thumbs up in my book. All snaps, buttons, and zipper pulls are made from recycled plastic pellets used in heavy industry. Bond use a top down sustainability model, and are a carbon neutral company. All of these practices add up to equal one company that has the environment in mind. I like to think that snowboarders would want to support a company that's attempting to sustain the environment that they/we thrive in.

The jacket I had the pleasure to check out is the National in the Aruba Bruce Illest colorway.


This jacket is solid from top to bottom. It features 10k waterproofing, 10k breathability, and fully taped seams...all staples when you're out cruising in the elements.


There are hood aperture adjustments that are accessible from within the chest pockets, under pocket flap glove holders, and 14" pit zips to cool you off when you need it.


The collar has a snow dam to keep out, you guessed it, snow, when your forehead deep in pow (or when you bail and are ragdolling down the hill). Bond's "phantom thumbderwear,' "damp-ass eliminator," and a goggle wipe/snotrag on the right hand gaitor are also features you're going to find on the National jacket for '11.



To top things off, you'll find that there's a media stash sleeve inside the chest pocket and a "waste management pocket" to prevent you from tossing your candy wrappers onto the mountain. Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but, the Bond National is rock solid from top to bottom.




The pants I got to go with the above jacket are the Bond Talma's in Ash.


Again, these pants have 10k waterproofing and breathability and are fully seam sealed. Also, they feature 40gm's of recycled poly tactical insulation to keep you toasty as needed.


But, when you don't need it you can unzip the "14" taint getting hot inseam vents." The cargo pockets and hand warmer pockets are nice and roomy so you can store whatever it is you need to store without it getting too crowded in there. Both cargo pockets also have the under flap glove holder straps to boot too.



To top things off the Talma's feature zippered accordion gussets, Bond's no-scuff pant jack up system, and the damp ass eliminator system.



If you're looking to stay warm and dry on the hill, all the while keeping a clean conscious in regards to doing something positive for the environment...look no further than Bond's National jacket and Talma pant. Or, check out any of their other styles Bond has to offer. They have something to float just about everyone's boat.