Every weekend that 7 Springs or Hidden Valley has been open this year thus far has either been 60 degrees or rain. I'm only able to go riding on the weekends so this puts a damper on my likelihood of going riding. I'm off work on New Year's Day, the forecast is looking favorable, and if the stars are aligned it looks like I'll finally be able to go riding. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
I was supposed to go riding last weekend (first time this season) but due to some unforeseen circumstances it didn't happen. This weekend it's supposed to be 67 degrees. I'm thinking I'll go roll around somewhere while the weather permits it. But still, I want to ride on snow so bad.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
When all was said and done I went with the most flexible boot I could find, the 32 boots JP Walker. I've tried them on twice now, wore them around the house a bit to try to get them flexing a bit...so they're not super stuff when I go riding. Thus far I'm digging them. Super comfy. For the past, I don't know how many seasons, I've been wearing 9.5's. And at times I'd seriously be wondering if it's worth downsizing that half a size with how much discomfort I put myself through. With that in mind I went ahead and ordered these 32's in a size 10.
Instantly, I feel the difference. I can actually wiggle my toes. I think it was the right decision. I wish I would have bitten the bullet and done this years ago. I'll be writing more about these boots after I've ridden in them. Which will hopefully be this weekend. *fingers crossed*
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
May the odds be ever in your favor!
Monday, December 2, 2013
Decemeber is here, southwestern PA has seen snow, not mass quantities but snow nonetheless. I have new gear on its way to me, can't wait to have it in hand, set it up, and actually go riding. In my never ending quest for a more noodley, skate-like experience I went with a softer board (DWD Maet) and one of the softest boots I could find (32 JP Walker boot). First we need some significant snowfall though. Which may be quite a while. 7 Springs' man made snow it is again unless we get some freak snow storm. I'll be happy to just go riding, I don't care if it's on sand. Riding is riding. I'll be sure to take some photos and post them here when my time comes. In the meantime, stare at the aftermath of Sean Malto's ankle exploding.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Whether you're looking for some incredible art to hang in your house, decorate your iPad, or a hoody to keep your toasty, Asymbol is your destination. They just totally revamped their site, and it looks incredible. Go pick yourself up some sweet Jamie Lynn gear.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
After way too long, I'll finally have the pleasure of riding a Dinosaurs Will Die board this season. Once it snows enough in the Pittsburgh area to go riding I'll be writing a full review of the board as well. What board you ask? 155 Maet. Werd.
Also, I was lucky enough to win a Facebook contest put on by Travis Rice, Union Bindings, and Asymbol. I won a limited pair of Union/Asymbol bindings featuring artwork by the infamous Mike Parillo. I wish I could say I was going to ride the bindings and write a review of them but being that I've never won anything of this caliber and they're signed by both Parillo and Trice I think they're just going to be enjoyed on a shelf. I also received a limited print of the featured artwork signed by Parillo too. I'm actually quite giddy about this. Also, the label of the package made me grin.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
A day ago I came home from work to the coolest, most unexpected package from DWD snowboards. Truly, one of the best snowboard companies out there. Support DWD...repeat until death.
Thank you DWD.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Here's a little handy dandy chart courtesy of www.ign.com explaining the nine realms referred to in the Thor movies. I just saw the new Thor: Dark World movie over the weekend and was blown away. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is blowing me away and I'm all in at this point. Next up is the Captain America sequel coming out in April. In the mean time I'll keep my dorkiness at bay by reading Marvel graphic novels.
In the world of skateboarding, Chocolate skateboards announced that Jerry Hsu is their latest teamrider. Nice.
And in MY snowboard world, I'm shopping around for some new boots. As of right now I'm torn between a vintage pair of Burton Sabbath's (the wingtip model) that I wanted years ago that I've found in my size luckily, or a pair of Nike Zoom Force 1's. The thing holding me back on the Sabbath's is that they're kinda old. I'm pretty sure nothing drastic has changed in boot tech since then but it still bothers me. They look pretty sweet and I've heard many delightful stories on their comfiness and performance. We'll see what I end up with.
Also, today I discovered the greatest snowboard PANT company ever...Fillmore Weatherproof Pant Co. They only make snowboarding pants, they're made in the USA, and they're the best thing since sliced bread.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Well, October came and went in a blink of an eye. Now onto the cold weather. I'm ready for some snow, and more importantly, finally getting to go ride again. Everything's up in the air in regards to getting my hands on any new gear to write reviews of this year. If anything, I'll have a new pair of boots to check out I hope.
In the mean time I'll drown my sorrows in this hear chocolate eggnog.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
This photo of Brian Lotti appeared in Big Brother #2, I wish I could recall the photographer to give credit but I'm not exactly sure. I want to say it was Niko but again, I'm not 100% sure. Anyways, this photo is one of my all time favorites. It's not the trick, a simple noseslide on a curb. It's how it looks. The grimeyness. The way it was shot. I don't think I've seen another photo quite like this since. And even if I did I'm sure it wouldn't impact me the way this photo has. I like how you can see all four of the tiny wheels...both trucks...the board...both feet...and the curb (and the little figure inside the drain for good measure). I remember staring at this photo back in the day and wondering if the sticker/photo of the girl under the wheel was his girlfriend. This little detail has stuck with me too, I always have to have some type of sticker under one of my wheels. It's a must.
This photo is one of the best ever.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
October, my favorite month of the year. No, not because it's the month that contains my birFday. It's the heart of Autumn. Pumpkin everything. Hoody weather. Power slides through leaves on the road. Snowboarding's right around the corner. Halloween. My wedding anniversary, again, Halloween. BUCTOBER. And yes, my birFday I suppose.
Today's October 1st.
Huzzah's are in order!!
Monday, September 16, 2013
Jed Anderson - street carnage. wow.
Nicolas Müller - a thing of beauty. his method is bar none.
Justin Bennee, Johnnie Paxson, Sage Kotsenberg, Ethan Morgan - like woah.
Jess Kimura, Spencer O'Brien, Laura Hadar, Annie Boulanger - some of women snowboarding's heaviest hitters, hitting it hard.
Austin Smith - backcountry bobcat.
Halldór Helgason - bonkers. rooftop ender says it all.
Gigi Rüf - epic-ness ender of a part. Gigi never, ever lets down.
Nike did it right by having an online premier that everyone could take part in. EVERY FILM needs to do this. Give everyone a window of time to watch the video at our own convenience. Simple, effective. The video lived up to the hype. Kudos.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Airblaster is one of my all time favorite companies. They're all about keeping things fun and are 100% snowboarding to the core. I'll hopefully be able to pick up some of this year's outerwear again and do a full fledged review, but in the mean time feast your eyes on just a sampling of what they're throwing our way for this season. Featured below are both of Airblaster's men's and women's Freedom Suits, men's Freedom Toaster jacket, men's Freedom Boot pant, women's Freedom Parka, women's Freedom Boot pant and the women's Freedom pullover. Please be sure to head over to their main site to check out their entire range of 13/14 snowboarding awesomeness.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
http://www.helgasons.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/Eikihelgason.1 Instagram: @eikih87 Twitter: @eikih87 The new Sexual Snowboarding video is titled DTF, can you explain what that stands for? - It stands for "Down To Film." But most people think it's "Down To Fuck." I am really happy with my season so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing all my footage. What other video projects do you have in the works? - I am also filming for the new Transworld Snowboarding movie called "Nation." http://www.lobstersnowboards.com/ http://sevennine13.com/ http://hoppipollaheadwear.com/ http://www.switchbackbindings.com/ Before you got sponsored and got paid to ride a snowboard, did you have any normal type of job? - Yes, I was a construction worker and Cleaned some fishing machines with high pressure water. Other than snowboarding, what type of things are you into at the moment? - Skateboarding and chilling on the beach. petterfoshaug.com for hoppipolla headwear
Monday, August 12, 2013
petterfoshaug.com for hoppipolla headwear
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
I have the pleasure of enjoying two weeks of paid time off a year. This week is my second of the year, so I'm doing my best to relax and enjoy the time off with my family and do some things I like to do. I took my girls to a few parks yesterday, today is a chill at home kinda day thus far...we may end up at another park later though. Tomorrow my wife and I are going to the Pirates game while my parents watch the girls. I'm hoping to get a few hours of skating in this week sometime too. I think on Friday we're hitting up Kennywood. I'm sure there will be some unexpected fun experiences that come up before my week off is over too.
I've been letting my extreme dork side takeover as of late and I'm starting to get into Warhammer. I made my first of many army purchases a week ago, and I just finished assembling them. Next up is the painting process, we'll see how that goes. In other dorky news I've been catching up on a lot of TV that's been stacking up on the DVR...Nikita, Under the Dome, Once Upon a Time, Orphan Black, Continuum..all good stuff that'll hold me over until the Fall when all of the new shows start up.
In the next few days I'll be posting a little interview I just did with Halldór Helgason. And then after that I'll be posting the one I did with his brother Eiki. Words cannot justify how happy I am to be in touch with these two genuine snowboarders.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Sometimes I live under a rock. I get caught up with certain companies and what they're doing and my blinders prevent me from checking out so many other companies and their incredibleness. Smokin is one of these companies. Headed by Jay Quinton and based out of Colorado, Smokin is owned and operated by snowboarders. All of their boards are hand made in Colorado by, ahem, snowboarders. There's only a handful of companies that still make their own boards in the USA so I'm thinking that we should be supporting these companies rather than some companies that have their boards made over seas. Smokin have some new boards in their line up this year as well as their tried and true favorites. Below are just a few of the models they're offering this season. To check out everything they have this year and to find out where and how to pick one up for yourself head on over to their site.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Mervin always has an awesome array of boards to suit whatever style of riding it is you do. My first board ever was a Gnu back in the 1993/1994 season, a purple Pharaoh. A lot has changed in snowboarding since way back then but a lot has stayed the same as well. Mervin is still hard at work pumping out Gnu an Lib Tech boards every season. I'm just showing a few here that caught my eye when checking out their new catalog. To check everything out and find out where to purchase yours head on over to their site.
Gnu - Beast series
Lib Tech - Jamie Lynn
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Here's a quick look at DWD's line up of boards for the 13/14 season. For more info, specs, and to find out where to pick one up head over to the DWD site.