Monday, December 30, 2013

Think snow.


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. 

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

Got my boots...


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 3, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

December is amongst is.

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

Asymbol has a new site!

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. 

http://asymbol.co

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Finally, jumping on the DWD bro-gram...

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

Thank you Dinosaurs Will Die!


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

Geekery...


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

Hoppipolla vid.

https://vimeo.com/78525380


Check out Hoppipolla riders Stale Sandbech, Alek Oestreng and Halldor Helgason shredding Stubai, Austria 2 days last week. Good stuff. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

So much for October...

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

First snow.

Woke up to a dusting of snow outside, before Halloween. Wasn't expecting this but it's very much welcome. I hope this I a sign of a snow heavy winter. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Brian Lotti photo

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 1st




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

Review - Nike Snowboarding Never Not Part 1

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

13/14 Airblaster preview

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

Absinthe Films presents Dopamine

As always, I'm really looking forward to this year's Absinthe Films release, Dopamine. If the premier is coming close to you be sure to check it out. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Eiki Helgason Interview!!!



Name: Eiki Helgason
Age: 25
From: Akureyri, Iceland
Current Residens: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Sponsors:
Lobster Snowboards
Oakley Apparel & Goggles
Monster Energy
Hoppipolla Headwear
Coloud Headphones
NEFF Gloves
7-9-13 Belts
Switch Back Bindings
DVS
Frontline
Kaleidoscope Skateboards
Fast & Dangerous
Spot Digger App

Website: 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."


Last year I rode your pro model Switchback bindings and loved them. Can you tell me how you went about designing your pro model and what changes you've made from last year's to this year's?
- It's basically the same binding but with different graphic, I'm so happy with how they work so I didn't wanna change a thing.

What type of Icelandic foods do you crave when you're away traveling that you look forward to coming home to?
- Icelandic Pizza, Ice cream From Brynja & Icelandic Candy.

How did you get into snowboarding initially? What was your first set up?
- I started Skateboarding before and I loved it, so when the winter came I had to buy a snowboard and got hooked on it right away, My first setup was Scott USA 147 I don't remember the binding & boots.

Do you have any other projects or companies you're working on that you can talk about right now?
- No, it's enough with 4 companies at the moment, Lobster Snowboards, 7/9/13 Belts, Hoppipolla Headwear & Switchback Bindings. Check Them Out:
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.


What type(s) of music are you listening to currently?
- I love Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and that kinda rock, but now I am listening a lot to the new Sigur Ros album "Kveikur," it's a Banger.

Any words of wisdom you'd like to share with the internet people out there?
- Enjoy your live!

Photos: petterfoshaug.com for hoppipolla headwear

Monday, August 12, 2013

Halldór Helgason Interview!!!



What video projects are you working on currently?
- I'm filming for the Nike movie Never Not and our Sexual snowboarding movie DTF.

What exactly is "pepping?"
- It's being pumped and stoked at the same time hehe, something like that.

Growing up in Iceland, what was your childhood like? What things were you into before you found snowboarding?
- Pretty normal, hanging out with friends doing all the classic stupid stuff, then when I turned 8 years old I started skating, and then when I was 9 I started snowboarding.

I've seen that you're now wearing Nike goggles, any info you can share on those?
-Not much info yet!, but the goggles and sunglasses are looking sick, and I'm really stoked to be a part of that program.

How much of a role did you have in designing Switchback bindings?
- Me and Eiki tested the prototype bindings one year before they came to stores and told them what had to be changed and made stronger...so that was pretty much our role, then I designed my whole promodel binding with the wing on the highback.


What types of music have you been into as of late? Have you been out to see any bands/shows recently?
- Went to see Megadeth in London, that was sick, but then I'm just listening to pretty much everything...

Outside of snowboarding, what types of things might we find you doing on a regular basis?
- Skating, chilling, partying , thats pretty much all I do.

Are there any other new companies/projects you have in the works that you can share with us?
- Nothing that I can tell you about...

Before becoming a professional snowboarder, did you ever work a normal type of job?
- Yeah, I was a construction worker for one summer when I was 16, and I'm stoked to have done that because now I know how lucky I am to be able to have snowboarding as my job...


What are some of your goals you want to achieve at this point in life?
- Live and have as much fun as possible.

Let's wrap this up, any closing comments or shout outs?
-Keep snowboarding real!

Photos: petterfoshaug.com for hoppipolla headwear

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Summer Breeze...

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. 

Now I'm off to prime some miniatures, dorkiness. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

13/14 Smokin snowboards preview

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. 

Awesymmetrical



Bon Aire



Lane Knaack



Kyle Clancy



Deadlung



Team Series



PYT (women's)




Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mervin/Gnu/Lib Tech 13/14 gear

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 - Billy Goat

Gnu - Beast series



Lib Tech - Jamie Lynn 

Lib Tech - Mark Landvik


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New DinosaursWillDie gear!

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. 

Maet - 

Brat - 

Rat - 

Bogart - 

Genovese - 

Kwon -