Monday November 25, 2013
It's that time of year, opening day is so close that I have butterflies in my stomach. There's snow in the mountains. No doubt, some of the more motivated young boarders are out building backcountry kickers and tweaking out their first big fat methods and mutes of the year.
If you have your sights set on improving your riding this year, the pre-season is actually the most important time of the year. Why, you may ask? Because this is when you set your goals. If you don't set goals for yourself, you will not be able to make the most of the season. Read More...
Monday October 28, 2013
When most people see those first sprinkles of snow signifying winter is on the way, they reach for their boots, dust off their snow blowers and start complaining.
For snowboarders, that first snowstorm may very well be the best one of the year. It's the one that makes us grab our snowboard tool, run to the garage and begin preparing our board for the season. Read More...
Monday September 30, 2013
From the time that that we first learn to butter -- and spin smoothly around in the soft snow -- many of us dream of becoming competitive snowboarders.
Well, at least we think about it once or twice -- until we catch our front edge while doing a boardslide and fall face first into the rail.
Then we remember how good we actually are. Read More...
Thursday August 29, 2013
It's no secret that I've been spending my summer studying the history of snowboarding. The deeper I go, the deeper it gets.
I wish powder was that way.
From the first boardslide to the evolution of the kicker, I've been finding strange and interesting facts about snowboarding all over the place.
While exploring the history of the X-Games, which was a major force in bringing snowboarding into mainstream culture, I discovered the legendary Antti Autti. For some reason that I can't explain, I had never heard of the Finnish phenom, who was the first non-american to win the X-Games Superpipe. I also learned about snowboarding pioneer Peter Line, who had somehow escaped my attention. Read More...