Archive for January, 2013

Sarah Burke Memorial Goggle

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

By: Smith Optics
January 2, 2013

Smith Optics just released a very limited quantity of their Sarah Burke memorial I/OS goggle. There is a very limited quantity available through SmithOptics.com and all proceeds will go directly to the Sarah Burke Foundation.

Sarah & Smith: Sarah was a beloved member of Smith.  More than just an athlete or friend, she was family and an inspiration to them.  Help carry on her legacy by living your life with passion, dedication, and grace.  As Sarah would say, “Dream without Fear.”

The Sarah Burke Foundation: The Sarah Burke Foundation was created to help young kids get to the next level in skiing as well as raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital, Sarah’s favorite charity.

The Sarah Burke I/OS: Sarah Burke helped create the I/OS and it was her favorite goggle in their collection. The Sarah Burke Memorial I/OS is inspired by Sarah’s snowflake tattoo and her favorite colors, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Sarah Burke Foundation.

Sarah Burke Landing Page: www.smithoptics.com/celebratesarah

ATHLETE LIMELIGHT: JOHN JACKSON & MIKKEL BANG

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

January 2, 2013

Burton Riders extol the virtues of Shea Butter, Super Troopers, Family and Friends

We caught up with Burton Snowboard athletes John Jackson & Mikkel Bang. Both athletes are featured in Burton’s newest movie, 13.

During the 2011-12 season, John Jackson’s had an impressive part in X Games Real Snow Backcountry and a 4th place finish at Supernatural with a run that ended in a massive best trick-winning double cork. John Jackson was born at Mammoth, rode at June Mountain, and won U.S. Nationals at a young age.

Mikkel Bang, a Norwegian native, grew up getting extra credit with his standout video part in Burton’s “It’s Always Snowing Somewhere” and the opener of TransWorld’s “In Color.” He also learned switch backside 12’s, won X Games medals and Dew Tour overall titles—all before he earned his high school diploma in 2009. “I started snowboarding because it was JUST about fun with my friends. My first big accomplishment was to get on the Burton team when I was 11 years old. Now the biggest accomplishment is that I live off something that I love to do and I get to travel the world seeing new things and enjoying it with good friends,” he says.

John JacksonJohn Jackson
Board: Burton, Custom X

Did You Know . . . ?

  1. The mountain I learned to ski/board on was Mammoth Mountain when I was 11 years old
  2. I can’t live without: A nice Shea butter foot massage, planting exotic flora in my garden, and a good naked trot
  3. My favorite cuisine is: Cajun food, extra spice
  4. When I’m not skiing, you can find me: At the festy deep in the woods
  5. My favorite movie of all time is without question: Super Troopers
  6. Who/What inspires you? The wise and fearless

    Favorite Bands:
    Old Crow Medicine Show, The Devil Makes Three, Beats Antique, Groundation, Akron Family, Kalya Scintilla
    Books: The Rock Warriors Way
    Vacation Spots: Home sweet home


Mikkel BangMikkel Bang

Board: I ride Burton Custom!

Did You Know. . . ?

  1. The mountain I learned to board on was Hemsedal, Norway when I was 7 years old
  2. I can’t live without: Family & friends
  3. My favorite cuisine is: all of them
  4. When I’m not snowboarding, you can find me: Skateboarding
  5. My favorite movie of all time is without question: Dumb & Dumber
  6. Who/What inspires you? Joy of life

    Favorite Bands: Led Zeppelin
    Books: Art of Happiness
    Vacation Spots: Coast of Norway