Thursday, November 5, 2015

Because Nicolas Müller...

For Immediate Release:

 

Nicolas Müller’s Unreal 2016 Early Release 

 

Nicolas lives the dream on his snowboard. A dream he created one perfect turn, iconic method and mind bending video part at a time. Nicolas' snowboard dream has made the unreal a reality and with the Gnu factory and design team at his disposal he has finally made the board he needs in order to never wake up, the all-new Müllair. This environmentally friendly directional dream stick hangs methods to the moon, nose butters for kilometers, blows up powder muffins and rips the hard pack in both directions. Environmentally built with recycled UHMW sidewalls, bio beans top material, renewable cellulose bio fibers, low VOC epoxy resin and an FSC certified aspen core. Grab in front of the bindings and feel and look Unreal doing it. 

 

Photo by Luca Crivelli

 

 

VIDEO:

https://vimeo.com/144064593

 

 

MORE INFO:

http://www.gnu.com/snowboards/mullair-by-nicolas-muller/

 



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Something's a brewin...

I'm working on a little snowboard article which involves some of the fine folks over at Dinosaurs Will Die snowboards. I'm stoked. Stay tuned. 


Friday, October 16, 2015

Part of my costume is finished...

I've been working on my Halloween costume, Adam Warlock, from Marvel comics. I'm doing the Infinity Watch version of him which requires, yes, the Infinity Gauntlet. My Gauntlet is all done, I'm happy with how it came out. 






Friday, October 2, 2015

Fall is here...

Long time no post, fall is here and with it awesome fall-like weather. This past week we've had our first real seasonal weather. Cool breezes, chilly mornings, and even some rain...I'm digging it. I've gotten new Snowboard mags in the mail this month and last and I'm starting to get excited about being able to go riding this year. Last year was a complete write off in terms of snowboarding for me. I was just starting at my current job and money was tight. Things will be different this year if all goes well. My niece is planning on going riding a few times so I may actually have a riding partner at least a few days this year. I really wish I was in the position to purchase some new gear but it's probably not going to be in the books. That doesn't really put a damper on my riding, but there's something about researching what it is I'll be riding for weeks/months and eventually coming home from work to a package waiting for me on my doorstep that amps up my anticipation to going riding. Like I said, I'll still have just as much fun without the new toys, but it's a part of the experience I'll have to learn that isn't necessary every single year. 


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Summer breeze!



It's the dead middle of the summer, got a new set up and skating time should be everyday but it's not unfortunately. Work and adult life gets priorities but every once in a while I get to roll around and it puts a huge smile on my face. My wife is recovering from surgery on her foot so I'm pulling double duties at home. That's not stopping me from taking my older daughter, Skylar, to to movies this coming Thursday to see Marvel's Antman. I have high hopes for it. Skylar, she just wants popcorn and candy at the movies to make her happy. 


Friday, June 5, 2015

Good quality skateboards...

Is it too much to expect skate companies to release good quality, American made decks with actual silk screened graphics? There's only a handful of companies out there that are doing this; Hammers (from Jim Greco), JK Industries (Jeremy Klein's brand), Small Beating, Pocket Pistols, Surprise skateboards, and even Alex Olsen's Bianca Chandon even had his latest release silk screened. Growing up, this wasn't even a question I'd be asking myself. Every board on the wall at the skate shop was silk screened (besides the slick decks). I really want to support the companies ran by the skaters I grew up idolizing (*cough cough* GIRL...) but when I know they're taking the cheapest route possible to produce their decks I just can't get myself to dish out the cash and ride an inferior plank. Especially when there are other companies out there doing the right thing and releasing quality decks. 
Ugh-z0rz.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pokemon birFday partay!


Last weekend was my daughter's birthday as well as her birthday party which was in the theme of, yes, Pokemon. Fun was had, Pokemon were caught, and birthday wishes were aplenty. 

This past week I found a set of Switchback snowboard binding baseplates on eBay at an amazing price. Stoked I am about this. Throughout the Summer/Fall I'll be on lookout for the other components to make this a a fully functional set of binders (straps, baseplate pads, and high backs). I haven't decided what board I'll be hunting down this Fall for the coming season but I've got some ideas. I really want a Mervin board, Gnu or Lib, doesn't matter to me. But I'm also really a big fan of Dinosaurs Will Die, Yes, Smokin, Rome, and there's more I'm sure are slipping my mind right now. When it comes down to the wire I guess it'll depend on what I can get the best deal on. Whatever I end up with I'll be sure to write a review of it right here. 

Another thing. An idea that's always in the back of my mind but I never ever pull the trigger on is doing a run of skateboard decks. USA made decks, screen printed, not heat transferred graphics. It's not an "if" it's a "when." When I do this, I'm going to do a Kickstarter for it I'm thinking. If I can get like, 15-20 decks pre-sold (essentially) then it'll be a done deal. The main problem I find myself dealing with is finding the time to get the graphics done. I have tons of ideas, just can't figure out which one to move forward with. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Update.

It's again, been too long since I posted anything here so I figured I'd give it a go. 

This past weekend I got to go see Avengers: Age of Ultron not once, but twice. Once by myself on opening night (I'm a dork) and then again on Saturday with my wife and two daughters. It was phenomenal. I'm counting down the days until I can see it again. My only beef was (spoiler alert!) that they killed off Quicksilver. I always have beefs when they kill off key characters in stories too soon. But other than that one discrepancy, I'm a fan of the movie. 

Also, on Saturday it was national Free Comic Book Day. So, we all stopped at the local comic book shop to take part in the festivities. Here's a pic of my daughters with Darth Vader, a Jedi, and another Empire officer (I think he worked in the Death Star if I'm not mistaken). 


Other than normal everyday life stuff (work, family stuff, etc.) not a whole lot has been going on. We did book a cruise for this coming November which is kind of exciting. And I did get to go roll around at a local skate park which is a rare occurance in my old age. I'm going to make a valiant effort to get out more to skate, I miss it a lot and I'm a little too rusty for my liking currently. 

Until next time.....

Sunday, February 1, 2015

SIA thyme once again


The tarantula above has absolutely nothing to do with SIA. I just have the picture on my phone because I saw it in a pet store yesterday while out shopping with my wife. 
I'm not going to lie. I haven't been able to go out to ride once this year. I love snowboarding to death and back, but that doesn't change the fact that I'm the father of two little munchkins and a husband to an awesome wife, and money doesn't stretch as far as it used to. I know I'll get to eventually go ride this season, it's just taking some time to make it happen. Next year will be a different story I'm hoping, but that's next year. Which is what I'm looking at when I see all of the SIA galleries from over this weekend. So many products, so many awesome, innovative, pretty snowboard products that make my mouth water. From what I've seen so far I'm stoked on quite a few things. I'll try to list what comes to mind at the moment. 

- Gnu's Jamie Anderson pro model with artwork by Jamie Lynn. I wish I was the opposite gender so I could ride this beautiful board. 

- 686's outerwear is looking extremely nice. They've always produced quality, comfortable, functional outerwear. They have my support. 

- Van's boots are back. I don't know exactly what was up with last season and their troubles with production causing them to axe their boot line for the season, but they're back and look good. 

- 32 Boots and theirs Jeremy Jones boot. This boot looks insane and although it's probably more than I need in a boot, I want to hold one and check it out in person. 

- Arbor Snowboards. They've aways produced beautiful snowboards but for next year they're really stepping up their game. On top of adding some heavy hitters to their team (Iguchi, April), their boards are looking on point as ever. Want. 

- Yes "The Greats" series of boards. These boards stand out to me every year for the sole fact that they pay homage to many of the riders I've always looked up to myself. For next season they hit the nail on the head with the almighty John Cardiel, Noah Salasnek, Todd Richards, and Shaun Palmer. 

Honestly, there's way too many things for me to keep listing. Overall, there's more products that look incredible than don't. I'm looking forward to making some key purchases next year and actually making sure I have the opportunities to go use them as much as possible. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015