Travis Rice pushes the envelope of what is possible on a snowboard, arguably more-so than any other, and continues to push the progression of the sport year after year. Rice's unparalleled passion and dedication to snowboarding allows him to conquer whatever obstacle may lay in front of him.
In this Absinthe Films' rider spotlight, Travis's friends and fellow riders, including Danny Kass, Bode Merrill, JP Solberg, and Nicolas Muller discuss their favorite moments, memories, trips and tricks they've experienced with Rice.
From his early contest years, to last year's Supernatural event, this video recounts all epic adventures in Rice's career.
The never-ending stream of snowboard teasers is still flowing, and this week we were bombarded by Nike, Roxy, and Quiksilver with their very different releases of trailers that collectively had us shaking in our boots. If these edits don't motivate you to go pull on your outerwear and run around the house, we don't know what will.
"Nike Snowboarding Project," Nike Snow: Nike has upped the ante as usual with their 2012 "Nike Snowboarding Project," which will include three different chapters of edits, with each chapter worked on by different filmmakers and featuring different heavy-hitting snowboarders. Filmmakers Joe Carlino (Nike Action), Brad Kremer (Burton and Mack Dawg), and Justin Hostynek (Absinthe Films) worked on the first chapter, which is being released Oct. 16. The teaser below is a little preview to all three perspectives and provides a glimpse of what each filmmaker was working with. They've covered all their bases with riders slaying the backcountry, taking over terrain parks, and charging the streets. All together the project features riders Johnnie Paxson, Jess Kimura, Halldor Helgason, Justin Bennee, Jed Anderson, Sage Kotsenburg, Louie Vito, Gjermund Braaten, Jamie Nicholls, Danny Kass, Ethan Morgan, Jan Scherrer, Peetu Piiroinen, Austin Smith, Gigi Ruf, Nicolas Muller, Danny Kass, and Eric Jackson. A little bit of a mouthful, wouldn't you say?
"Wanderlust," Roxy Snowboarding/Peepshow Films: Roxy and Peepshow have joined lady forces and created one hell of a chick flick. The handful of rippers in "Wanderlust" provides us with so many dynamic and different riding skills that when smashed together, it creates a ridiculous and amazing ball of shredding. Peepshow is known for technical and stylish urban riding while Roxy's team gets us in the halfpipe, park, and big mountain riding. "Wanderlust" looks to highlight all sides of women's snowboarding as well as offer a simple vibe of fun and camaraderie. It features riders Torah Bright, Erin Comstock, Robin Van Gyn, Corinne Pasela, Joanie Robichaud, Danyale Patterson, Ty Walker, and Kjersti Buaas.
"Quiksilver Team Montage," Quiksilver Snowboarding: Although this isn't technically a teaser, per say, it still got us as giddy as a 15-year-old girl ogling Justin Bieber. Riders Bryan Fox, Will Lavigne, Travis Rice, Danimals, Johnny Brady, Ted Borland, Alex Beebe, Matt Belzile, and Jake Olson-Elm get together in this team montage, get after it, and paint a perfect snowboarding picture with their different styles and abilities. Urban, big mountain, parks--you name it, and they've got it.
According to the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), the average water temperature along the northern Alaskan coast is 30 degrees. That's over 20 degrees colder than Southern California's coldest winter temperature. Despite freezing water, Travis Rice, Ian Walsh, John and Eric Jackson braved the icy ocean for a surf mission in the fourth episode of Brothers on the Run.
The crew drove to the end of Highway 1, the most northern highway in the western hemisphere, then hopped on a boat and journeyed five more hours north before finding a groomed Alaskan swell. Big wave surfer, Ian Walsh, was in his element and schooled the pro snowboarders on every wave. Walsh was pumped on the surf excursion and said, "I was so fired up, there was nowhere else I would rather be. Alaska was insane."
After the surf expedition, the crew headed south to Alyeska Resort and tried their hand at the end of season pond skimming contest called the Slush Cup. Despite their awesome attire and obvious stoke, the slush proved too much for the pros and each sank to the bottom of the frigid pond.
From the NYC Premiere of the Art of Flight to the Transworld Team Shoot out in Austria, the 2011-2012 season was chock-full of incredible snowboard moments. As winter comes to a close and spring takes hold, we pressed rewind and reviewed the standout moments of the season. Out of the hundreds of shred-tastic events that unraveled this winter, we chose five prominent, progressive moments that will be remembered season after season.
Terje Haakonsen Wins 27th Annual Baker Banked Slalom
17 years ago, Terje Haakonsen won his first Baker Banked Slalom. In February 2012, "The Viking" came back to earn his seventh Baker Banked title. Haakonsen beat out Travis Rice, Josh Dirksen, and other big-time pros by posting the fastest time in the finals and proving that, at 37-years-old, he's still got it.
Kelly Clark's 16 Consecutive Halfpipe Wins
For an unprecedented 16 halfpipe events in a row, Vermont-native Kelly Clark stood atop the podium. Clark's consistency, amplitude, and bag of tricks had the rest of field gunning for her all season. Her streak this season made Clark the winningest woman in snowboard history.
Travis Rice Charging at the Red Bull Supernatural
The Red Bull Supernatural was the most progressive event of the season. Travis Rice, the mastermind behind the event, placed first with his explosive style, fluidity, and technical tricks on the massive course. He also conceived of the event, executed it, and beat out the best riders in the world. Rice earned his spot on our list with snowboarding like the kind in this POV of his winning run.
Hana Beaman Hits the Mt. Baker Road Gap
This season, Hana Beaman proved she is a backcountry badass as she became the first female to hit the legendary Mt. Baker Road Gap. Beaman spent two days sessioning the massive step-down and stomped a 720 while filming for her web-series, P.S.
Shaun White's Perfect Score
At the 2012 X Games in Aspen, Shaun White earned the first 100-point score in halfpipe history. White was a awarded the perfect score for his run that included a backside air, front-side double-cork 1080, a cab double-cork 1080, a front-side stalefish 540, a double McTwist 1260, and a front-side double-cork 1260.
The Red Bull Supernatural brought together the world's best snowboarders and set them loose on a course comprised of over 100 features throughout the powder-laden peaks of British Columbia. By combining park features and pow-shredding, the contest was easily the most progressive of the 2011-2012 season. Travis Rice conceptualized the event years ago and finally enjoyed the fruits of his labor when he rode the course in February. He also managed to take top honors in the event for his technically advanced tricks and powder prowess.
So what was it like to charge through the course? While we may never know the exact feeling, this POV footage from Travis Rice gives a glimpse of what it was like to dominate the Red Bull Supernatural.