Still trying to find those last minute holiday gifts? Of course you are. You still have four days until the 25th, and being as most snowboarders and skiers are of the procrastinating type, we know you're still scouring the mall for that perfect purchase. Since you haven't found it yet, don't fret, Shaun White has come to your rescue once again. This time by unveiling his new line of Target housewares.
Yep, no need to choke on your sugary piece of Stride Whitemint gum, you read that right. The Flying Tomato, has taken on a new creative endeavor, and this time it's all about home accessories. The Shaun White home collection is a breakout line of bedding, lighting and housewares that are inspired by skating, snowboarding, music and art.
The New York Times was was the first to get the scoop on this exciting new line and sat down with Mr. White to get all the dirty details about what to expect. Apparently the line will feature piggy banks, lamps and sets of reversible sheets.
Might as well peel on over to Target right now, because that's what everyone needs this holiday season; a set of Shaun White reversible sheets. Sold.
Head to here to check out the New York Time's story about the burgeoning line. And if you're into controversy, scoot over to Vice for this particularly interesting blog about the SW for Target designs and their (possible) origins.
Photo via RadCollector.com
Men's and women's superpipe finals went down Saturday afternoon in Breckenridge, Colorado for the fourth annual Winter Dew Tour Nike Open. Breckenridge's massive 602 ft superpipe was the site of heavy action as the world's best riders battled it out in front of a massive, sprawling crowd. â¨
The women's field of six riders kicked things off early in the afternoon as sunny skies illuminated the pipe. After an uncharacteristic bobble in her first run, Kelly Clark came from behind and stomped her second run for the win.
The Vermont native put down a run that included a frontside inverted 720, a cab 720, frontside 540, backside 540, frontside 900, and ended with a massive method oozing with style. Clark's run earned her a 91.25 which was just enough to bump Gretchen Bleiler out of the top spot and into second place. Rounding out the women's podium was Xuetong Cai who earned an 85.00 for her efforts.
After the contest Clark commented, "This is the longest pipe we've ever ridden and it makes for a progressive contest because no one's trying to squeak all of their tricks in. "There's plenty of room to do every combination that you want to do. I couldn't have had a better start to my season, I think more importantly than doing well, I'm happy with the way I'm riding." â¨â¨
Over on the men's side of things, it was Shaun White who rode away with the win after stomping a massive, progressive run. White dropped into the pipe and sent a huge 27 foot backside air, a frontside double cork 900, backside 540, frontside stalefish 540, a double McTwist 1260 and ended it with an alley-oop backside rodeo which earned him a solid 95.0 Rumor has it that this was only White's fourth day on hill this season, making this win all the more impressive.
White was elated with the win and said "I'm so happy to put that run down and make it count, get the win and start the season off right." White was pumped on the size of Breck's pipe and said, "I'm blown away by Breckenridge delivering such an amazing pipe. It's one of the best I've ever ridden." â¨â¨Coming in a close second was Louie Vito who stomped a super techincal run that went like this, double crippler, Michalchuk, front double 10, cab double 10, front 12 and finished with a back 5. Vito's run was smooth and stylish, but lacked the amplitude that White had.
Rounding out the podium was Iouri Podlachikov who rallied from a brutal fall in his first run and came back to stomp his second. IPOD's first run was easily the best run of the whole comp, until his last hit, where he landed super low and slammed his face on the bottom of the pipe. IPOD smacked his noggin so hard that his goggle broke, and he rose up with a bloody nose. When asked about his second run, IPOD said, "I was just all in. I had nothing to lose. My face was hurting. My nose, I can slowly feel it again, but that first run was like the best run of my life."
It was a super action-packed day at the Winter Dew Tour Nike Open in Breckenridge, Colorado and the fun continues tomorrow with men's and women's slope finals.
Men's Snowboard Superpipe Final Results
1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif., 95.00.
2. Louie Vito, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 92.75.
3. Iouri Podlachikov, Switzerland, 90.00.
4. Christian Haller, Switzerland, 88.00.
5. Kohei Kudo, Japan, 86.00.
6. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Spring, Colo., 84.00.
7. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, Colo., 79.75.
8. Keito Kumazaki, Japan, 55.75.
9. Kazuhiro Kokubo, Japan, 47.75.
10. Scott Lago, Seabrook, N.H., 40.00.
11. Luke Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 24.25.
12. Danny Davis,Highland, Mich., 18.25.
Women's Snowboard Superpipe Final Results
1. Kelly Clark, West Dover, Vt., 91.25.
â¨2. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, Colo., 90.25.
â¨3. Xuetong Cai, China, 85.00.
4. Maddy Schaffrick, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 80.00.
5. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, Id., 70.00.
6. Queralt Castellet, Spain, 54.50.
Women's Podium. 1. Kelly Clark 2. Gretchen Blieler 3. Cai Xuetong
Men's Podium 1. Shaun White 2. Louie Vito 3. IPOD
'It's the most wonderful time of the year.' Yes, that lyric holds true for this week, not only because of holiday season, but because the Winter Dew Tour kicks off the Nike Open in Breckenridge, Colorado. For the fourth year in a row, world-class athletes will descend upon Colorado's picturesque mountain town for a week of action-packed shredding and shenanigans that has come to be known as the Dew Tour.
Snowboarders and freeskiers will be competing in halfpipe and slopestyle for piece of the Tour's hefty prize purse, and for the chance to win points towards the coveted Dew Cup. Also cued up for the week is the Nike Chosen Rail Jam and a concert by the one and only Yelawolf.
It's gonna go off in Breck, so keep it locked to GrindTV and Snowboarder Mag for all the breaking action.
Burr Ridge, Ill. - Dec. 2011 - The Winter Dew Tour will kick off its fourth season this week in Breckenridge, Colorado, December 15-18. The weekend's events will bring the top names in snowboard and freeski superpipe and slopestyle to the mountain, while helping to celebrate Breckenridge's 50th anniversary.
Included in the list of names returning to the mountain is Kevin Pearce, who will ride his snowboard for the first time since his December 2009 injury. Hitting the slopes at the Winter Dew Tour on Tuesday, Pearce will be joined by Frends, family and well-wishers for some leisurely riding. An interview with Pearce will be broadcast on NBC Saturday, December 17 at 2:00pm EST, during snowboard superpipe finals.
Louie Vito enters the 2011-12 season eager to repeat his championship performance in the superpipe. He will find stiff competition in Shaun White and Danny Davis, who both return to the Dew Tour this year after a competitive hiatus. Sage Kotsenburg will take to the slopestyle course intent on reclaiming the Dew Cup he won in 2010 from 2011 winner Torstein Horgmo, redeeming his 13th place finish at the end of last season.
Freeskiing game-changer Simon Dumont has come up short in his goal of winning the superpipe Dew Cup, landing in 2nd place since the Winter Dew Tour's inception. He comes to Breckenridge with visions of the elusive title in his future, competing against Justin Dorey, Kevin Rolland and young phenom Torin Yater-Wallace, who dominated in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour before moving up to the pro ranks in 2010. The freeski slopestyle course will heat up with the technical expertise of Bobby Brown, Alex Schlopy and Sammy Carlson.
The ladies will be showing off their snow skills as well. Kelly Clark dominated the women's superpipe contest circuit last season and expects this year to be no different. Elena Hight and Ellery Hollingsworth will be among the young competition, along with veterans Gretchen Bleiler and Hannah Teter aiming to bump her off the top of the podium in Breckenridge. The slopestyle course will also be lighting up with young female talent, as Spencer O'Brien and Enni Rukajarvi face a wide field of up-and-coming qualifiers to begin an exciting competitive season.
Taking the action off the mountain, Nike will host the first stop of their Winter Chosen Tour with a rail jam competition down at the Riverwalk Center Saturday night. Free for all to attend, it will be a showdown of the top local amateurs, with a DJ spinning to the contest and Nike pros commentating. The action leads right into the Winter Dew Tour concert series, treating snowboarders, skiers and hip-hop fans alike to a performance by one of rap's most buzzed about and unique up and comers as Yelawolf and opening act The Knux take the stage. These Shady Records acts will be the perfect complement to Friday's 50th Anniversary celebration in the town, with 100 percent of the ticket proceeds going to SOS Outreach.
Pre-Qualified Athlete List:
The Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium in downtown Beijing was the place to be on Saturday for the first 6 star TTR big air contest of the season. The second annual Oakley Shaun White Air + Style went down in front of a frenzied crowd of over 15,000 spectators.
Bright lights illuminated the massive man made jump as the world's best riders attempted to spin to win. With an overall prize purse of $100,000, a 1000 TTR points and the coveted Air and Style Ring all on the line, riders were throwing down heavy tricks in hopes of taking home the glory.
Throughout three intense rounds, Norweigans came out swinging and took all three of the of top spots.
Ulrik Badertscher made sure his name is one that won't soon be forgotten as he landed a super smooth backside 1260 rodeo indy grab that earned him first place. Hot on his heels was fellow Norwegian, Torstein Horgmo, who stomped a stylish cab 1080 double cork for second. Stale Sandbech is rapidly becoming a mighty force on the slopestyle scene and landed a backside 1260 mute grab that earned him 3rd place.
With this first big TTR contest under these riders belt, their focus will now turn to the Grand Prix at Copper Mountain which is going down this weekend and will be filled with heavy action both in the pipe and on the slope course.
Ulrik Badertscher's Winning Run
Beijing, China - December 2011: Ulrik Badertscher (NOR) won the Oakley Shaun White Air & Style Beijing competition in the Olympic Bird's Nest stadium tonight, followed by 2 Norwegian wingmen Torstein Horgmo and StÃ¥le Sandbech. Ulrik received the coveted Air & Style Ring of Glory and 1,000 TTR World Ranking points.
Ulrik's winning run was a very clean backside rodeo 1260, which was also awarded Red Bull's Best Trick. Torstein Horgmo commented: 'Norway did OK today. There is no secret to it, we just all got juiced and we just follow some bad ass dudes, we just try to keep up.'
Favorites Sebastien Toutant (CAN) and Seppe Smits (BEL) both failed to reach the podium like last year. Seppe had the best results in the first round, but didn't manage to land his three attempts in the second round. Seb's cab 1260 double cork wasn't good enough to beat Ulrik's smooth double backside rodeo 12 Indy Grab, which gave him the highest score of the second round.
Stale Sandbech is the new leader of the TTR World Snowboard Tour Overall rankings and Roope Tonteri's 12th place was enough to keep him ranked no 1 on the Big Air Rankings. Ulrik Badertscher moved to the 5th position on both the TTR Big Air Tour Ranking and TTR Overall Ranking, a steady result.
The battle for the TTR Big Air Tour Title will have 3 more chapters, with the Relentless Big Air by Quiksilver in Stuttgart following on December 16-17. In 2012 it's on to Davos for the O'Neill Evolution from the 2nd to the 8th of January, and finally the TTR Big Air Tour crowning will take place at the Air& Style in Innsbruck, the final Big Air event of the year.
Torstein Horgmo's 2nd place run:
Stale Sandbech 3rd place run:
Have you gotten Epic yet?
Tuesday, 11-29-11 is officially your last chance to get in on all the epic action that comes with having an Epic Season Pass. Vail Resorts has given you long enough to clear out your piggy back and make a minor investment on the best season pass out there, the Epic Pass. For a mere $669 bucks, you can have unlimited shred days at seven of Vail's insanely awesome resorts.
Yes, you read that right. Unlimited lift rides and high fives at your favorite Colorado and California resorts all for less than seven Benjis. Also included with your season pass is the chance to be apart of the EpicMix. This is an app where you can track your moves on the mountain, including your vertical feet, and it gives you the option to share photos from your epic adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms. But time is running out and you have to act quickly, because this epic deal will vanish by Wednesday.
We don't want you to blow the chance at having the best season of the your life, so get on it, and get Epic for an affordable price.
Shaun White is also getting Epic this season. With every Epic pass sold, the ginger will give $5 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. If that doesn't make you want to get a pass, then we don't know what will.
Get over to Snow.com to learn more about all the pass options and make it happen. See you on the slopes.