Look what we stumbled upon: more snowboard teasers that will get you itching to ride. This may be because the closer we get to cooler temperatures and fall, the more companies release their snowboard trailers stocked with hammers from the 2011-12 season. This week Bluebird Wax, Absinthe Films, and Torstein Horgmo caught our inner shredder's attention.
"Horgasm: A Love Story" from Torstein Horgmo: "All I do is try to have as much fun as I can...it's been working out pretty good so far, I think." This statement from Torstein Horgmo describes his two-year project in a nutshell. "Horgasm: A Love Story" follows this mega-pro throughout his chaotic and adventurous career snowboarding and getting into whatever trouble he can find. This guy can pretty much land anything he sets his mind to--at least it appears that way to the general public. Known for his sense of humor and his seriously stylish riding, this film looks to be stocked with the bad-ass snowboarding and entertaining antics that we've come to expect from Torstein.
"Resonance" from Absinthe Films: With a history of making snowboard films that resonate long after they are released, including "Twel2ve," "NowHere," and "Neverland." Absinthe Films' latest venture, "Resonance," is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. The list of talent is overwhelming, including Nicolas Muller, Gigi Ruf, Wolle Nyvelt, and Bode Merrill being joined by Absinthe newcomers Eric Jackson, Brandon Cocard, Manuel Diaz, Danny Kass, and Scotty Lago. "Resonance" brings forth the identifiable Absinthe vibe of hefty big-mountain riding, deep powder turns, and determination to demonstrate what snowboarding means to them.
"Alpenhoff," full movie from Bluebird Wax: Last season Willie McMillon tricked a group of heavy hitters to head to Switzerland in the midst of one of the most epic winters the American West had ever seen. They left the deep and steep to head to one of the worst seasons the Swiss had ever seen. Kurt Wastell, Nate Deschennes, Adam Dowell, Chad Otterstrom, Nicolas Muller, Freddie K, and Silvano Z dove into this project not knowing what to expect--and just looking for an adventure in the Alps. This is the full movie that documents what these guys got into abroad--and the lines and hits they ended up scoring. And yes, this film has David Hasselhoff is in it.
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The average human being would laugh in your face if you showed them the Winter X Games 16 Big Air jump and told them to straight line into the lip and huck themselves towards the sky. The competitors last night would laugh in your face if you doubted that they would be absolutely sending it without hesitation off said jump.
Under the bright lights, a select group of snowboarding's top riders dropped into an 80-foot step up jump in attempts to earn X Games gold.
The acrobatic contest quickly moved towards, "who is going to land a triple cork" contest with Torstein Horgmo, Sebastien Toutant, Seppe Smits, Eric Willett, and Mark McMorris throwing down their best for the massive crowd.
It was McMorris who earned the winning score and his first X Games gold medal by stomping a gigantic backside triple cork mute 1440 even though Torstein Horgmo was giving him a run for his money earning a perfect score of 50. However, his overall score wasn't enough to take down Mark. To round out the podium, McMorris' fellow Canadian Sebastien Toutant snagged the bronze with a clean double cork cab 1260.
The 2012 Big Air finals demonstrated the level of progression that snowboarding has reached. These riders are hungry and dedicated - providing excellent shredding and impressive competitions.
Nothing like some ridiculous snowboarding with Torstein Horgmo to ring in the New Year. Oh, and the fact that we got to 2012 without seeing the apocalypse. That was pretty cool too. Horgmo wants to wish everyone a Happy New Year with some not-so-traditional riding - aka some "figure snowboarding". We're pretty positive he just made that term up.
Anyway, thanks to Torstein for his usual hilarious on-hill antics and Happy New Year!
Spraying anyone in the face is funny. Well, it's actually hilarious. Anyone facing uphill is fair game. Now, when this someone is a skier...it's pretty much a double whammy. This is where pro rider Torstein Horgmo and his acclaimed game of "In Your Face" come into play.
Torstein has made himself famous with his "In Your Face" edits where he challenges friends and riders to a trick-off if you will, and whoever loses gets a gigantic slash directly to his dome - goggles off, no blocking allowed. In the latest duel, Torstein has challenged kiwi and legendary two-planker Jossi Wells - the first skier ever to participate in "In Your Face" with Horgmo.
Watch as they attempt to come up with tricks that the other can understand and watch Horgmo's mind get blown with ski terms and tricks that they can actually pull off. Yes, skiers can go backside and usually they prefer the term "backwards" instead of "ass-first". Thanks Torstein, bridging the gap between skiers and snowboarders one challenge at a time.
See who ends up with a slash of snow blasted to their face below:
'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.
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