Flow's lightest binding yet gets the full endorsement from Flow rider and U.S. Olympic Team member Scotty Lago. The NXT-ATSE has an aluminum alloy baseplate that's solid yet lightweight, and Flow's signature reclining hiback. It's capped off with the micro-adjustable Powerstrap that distributes pressure evenly over your boot instead of pinching pressure points. Great paint job, too.
Gnu Danny Kass C2BTX
Mervyn Manufacturing's Pete Saari said, "Danny Kass has gone bananas, but wanted to hold hands in the dark with his friend camber." So the crew at Gnu designed Kass a new all terrain freestyle board with a blend of banana and camber, plus Magne-Traction edges for maximum traction in the pipe and on icy park features. The former Olympic medal winner uses this board for everything from park to powder to giant kickers.
You either love the Boa boot lacing system or you hate it. For Boa fans, the DC Judge is a highly-adjustable boot that allows you to make micro-tweaks of both the upper and lower regions of the boot for optimal fit and comfort. It's got a flex rating of seven for all-mountain versatility and a synthetic leather shell splashed with some retro-fluorescent colors for added edge. Available in sizes 7-13.
Arbor Snowboard Highlights
Arbor debuted its "System" technology last year, which is essentially the brand's rocker/grip-tech technology that was developed with a systematic, board-wide approach. It was introduced on the Draft snowboard which ended up winning multiple rider's choice and innovation awards. For 2011, Arbor has taken the System and broken it up into three segments--the Mountain System, the Park System and the Jib System. System tech is now available in five boards, including the four pictured. From the left, the Formula, Westmark, Draft, and women's-specific Cadence.
Danny Davis celebrates his 2nd Dew Tour Pipe win in Breckenridge, Colorado last weekend
This video pretty much sums it up. When top pros from skiing and snowboarding come out and play, things can get a little extreme. Last weekend during an after party for the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado someone got their hercules on and tipped over the one of the Toyota Courtesy Shuttles. Good thing pro snowboarder Leanne Pelosi was on hand to capture the incident and interview Alli Sports photographer Nick Lipton about the chaos that surrounded them.
Before the shuttle got it's swerve on, pros and other party people were out in abundance in Breck. The Winter Dew Tour is top level contest and with that comes top shelf partying!
Click on the gallery above to see some of the madness that went down!! Remember, Breck was the first stop out of three, which means the parties will only get crazier! Stay Tuned!
Temperature's topped out at a balmy 13 degrees here at Copper Mountain's Superpipe today for day one of the first stop of the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix series.
The glacial temps haven't stopped the world's halfpipe die-hards from showing up for training every morning at 8 a.m. for the past couple weeks, where team U.S.A. has had private access to the pipe until 10:30 in the morning. In fact, the bluebird skies and high of 13 degrees was welcomed with open arms by the riders after multiple training days of blowing ice, stormy weather and sub-zero temps.
Much of the hype around this first major contest of the winter lies within the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Olympic seasons are milestone's every four years for the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix series, as the five stop tour is the major deciding factor for the United States Olympic Halfpipe team.
That being said, all eyes are on Copper to see who has actually shown up for the first Olympic Selection competition.
The two most notable names not on the starting list as of today are former Olympians Danny Kass (Silver, Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006) and Hannah Teter (Gold, Torino 2006). Both are out due to minor injuries.
Danny and Hannah's absence from the first stop of the Grand Prix doesn't eliminate them from their chances for going to Vancouver in February. There are still four more stops and ample room for growth (and mistakes) in these U.S. Halfpipe proving grounds. In fact, Danny domineered both the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Grand Prix series after "leisurely" starts to each of them.
On the other end of that spectrum, of course, is Shaun Roger White. When Shaun took home the Olympic Gold in 2006 he had "The Perfect Year". He literally won every single professional competition including all of the Grand Prix's and both the slopestyle and pipe comp's at both the X Games and the Burton U.S. Open, an impossible feat.
And, judging by the way Shaun's been riding here in Copper during training, he could very well be on his way to his second perfect season. It's no secret after his showing at this summer's New Zealand Burton Open that Shaun has set the bar when it comes to halfpipe riding. Any competitor will tell you that he's had a one-up with closed night-time resort access and secret backcountry halfpipe sessions, but that doesn't change the fact that Shaun's riding abilities are noticeably pushing the progression of the sport daily.
Bottom line, the man to beat this weekend is Shaun.
And of course the trick the do that is everyone's favorite new variety of trick, the double-cork. Shaun's got them (back to back), Louie Vito has them, Luke Mitrani, Danny Davis, Kevin Pearce, Greg Bretz, Matt Ladley, the list grows longer every day.
Friday morning will be the first chance for the boys to throw down, and it will be our first chance to see who really has what it takes to win with the pressure of an Olympic year bearing down on them. Stay tuned...
The notorious Grenade crew has outdone themselves with this most recent video addition on their site. In a nutshell: an urgent transmission arrives at Grenade Headquarters. Mission 33 to be exact. General Kass abruptly stops his skate sesh to rally his troops. Next thing you know Kass, Sketchy D, Kevin Casillo, Tom Tom, and (of course) The Dingo are starring in their very own Grenade-esque remake of "On A Boat ft. T-Pain"
Keep an eye out for a real life mermaid, the infamous Zumiez orange couch, Sketchy D's flawless lip syncing pirate impression and a pseudo-impressive special effect explosion at the end of the video. Well done boys, well done.
The Grenade website has been going off recently. If you haven't been over there in a while make the jump and waste some time perusing the vids, blogs, and contests where you can win all kinds of signature Danny Kass memorabilia.
Photos by Phil Erickson courtesy of Burton
"Cracker of a day". That's New Zealand slang for "It's a really nice day here". I learned it this morning when the kiwi PR girl sent me an email letting me know the exciting news for the days Halfpipe Qualification rounds. The previous day's Slopestyle qualifications had been held under absolute crap weather, so you can understand how it was exciting news when the weather took an unexpected turn for the better.
So bluebird it was, and subsequently some decent riding got dolled out. Over 100 riders had to vie for a spot in the top 10 men and 5 women that would move onto Saturday's main event- Halfpipe Semi-Finals and Halfpipe Finals.
To keep it somewhat short (You can check the Burton Global Open Series website if you want to make it long) it was little Norweigen Stale "Style" Sandbech who showed everyone how it's done. His run consisted of back to back 7's, a couple 540's and a massive backside air tailgrab. (Stale's tailgrabs are insane. Hopefully someone, somewhere got a photo of that.)
Fun trivia fact for you. Stale Standbech is the little brother of Frode Sandbech, one of Transworld Snowboarding Magazine's talented Senior Photographers. Stale does everything BUT ride his brothers successful coattails. When you are lucky enough to see the kid ride in person you'll understand how. Keep an eye out for that one.
In an interesting turn of international affairs, only one American squeaked thru qualifications today. Coming in 10th was Steamboat Springs, CO native Taylor Gold. With a start list of 100 riders, even 10th is pretty damn impressive.
So, these top 10 Men move on to face the likes of pre-qualified halfpipe riders Danny Davis, Shaun White, Danny Kass, Scotty Lago, Luke Mitrani, Mason Aguirre and more. (No pressure guys.) Congrats on making it through.
The girls had a better day today with the weather abiding. U.S. rider Clair Bidez took it for the women. The five ladies who made it thru today are up against the legendary Kelly Clark and new-to-pipe-but-kills-it Jamie Anderson. Jamie actually won the pipe event last year, and I do believe it was the first professional pipe contest she has ever entered, although Jamie is a long-time and well-known dominatrix when it comes to Slopestyle. Girl goes big.
Halfpipe Qualifications Men
1 Stale Sandbech NOR Oslo Oakley
2 Tore Holvik NOR Geilo Sweet
3 Johann Baisamy FRA Neuvecelle Billabong
4 Dimi Jong NED Den Haag O'Neill
5 Kleivdal Roger NOR Geilo Sweet
6 Stewart Ben NZL Whaangamata O'Neill
7 Christian Haller SUI Zernez Burton
8 Steve Krijbolder NED Zoetermeer O'Neill
9 Shuhei Sato JPN Asahikawa Gray
10 Taylor Gold USA Steamboat Springs Burton
Halfpipe Qualifications Women
1 Clair Bidez USA Minturn Nikita
2 Ryoko Iijima JPN Saitamaken Moss
3 Silvia Mittermueller GER Mnchen Oakley
4 Ursina Haller SUI Zernez K2
5 Naho Mizuki JPN Inuyama Aichi Ride
Come back later and we'll fill you in. The good stuff is yet to come. (Finals, they are really what matter at the 2009 Burton New Zealand Open anyway.)