Archive for 2013

Skateboarding Collection Expands at the Smithsonian

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

By: Sports One Source
June 26, 2013

The skateboarding collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History more than doubled in size during a special ceremony June 22 in which Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen and other leading skateboarding figures donated artifacts from their careers. The donation ceremony kicked off “Innoskate,” an event presented by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center with the International Association of Skateboard Companies.

“Innoskate” will take place on and around a skate ramp installed on the museum’s plaza, facing the National Mall and with the Washington Monument as a backdrop. Discussions and skateboarding demonstrations will explore innovations in skateboarding and equipment technology, such as wheels and trucks; the influence of skate clothing and footwear on mainstream fashion and culture; and the continuous innovation in tricks, both in the street and on ramps. Skaters and industry representatives will discuss how innovation will shape the future of skateboarding and pro and invited skaters will take to the ramp to show off their tricks. For a schedule of events, visit http://innoskate2013.tumblr.com.

Hawk will donate his first skateboard, given to him by his brother, Steve, in 1977. A 1975 Bahne skateboard used by Steve before he gave it to his brother, the fiberglass deck is set up with Chicago roller-skate trucks that were attached to steel base plates for use on skateboards. Steve modified the board with 3/8-inch plywood “risers” to raise the deck further from the trucks and provide greater clearance for the urethane Stoker loose-ball-bearing wheels. This first board joins a 1986 Tony Hawk pro model Powell-Peralta deck ridden in competition by Hawk in the mid-1980s and acquired by the museum in 2011.

Other objects that will be donated during “Innoskate” include the board Mullen rode at the Smithsonian during a 2012 interview on creativity and innovation in skateboarding; Patti McGee’s Hobie Super Surfer board from 1965; skate apparel worn by Cindy Whitehead in competition and a prototype of and original artwork for her latest pro-model board; the skateboard Jack Smith used to ride across the country in 1976; Bruce Logan, Robin Logan and Laura Thornhill Logan Earth Ski pro-model skateboards (1976-1977); a set of master keys to Skatepark of Tampa, a significant cultural and physical hub for skateboarders, from 1994; a skate deck and apparel used by Mimi Knoop during X Games appearances; and Schmitt Stix, rails that allowed boards to better slide on coping, invented by Paul Schmitt.

Downhill skateboarding is represented by donations of a Fly Away skate helmet worn by Judi Oyama in the 1980s and the board and helmet used by George Orton when he set the world speed record on a skateboard in 1996. Archival materials being donated include a complete set of the “National Skateboard Review,” a chronicle of skate activity in the late 1970s run by Di Dootson; early editions of TransWorld SKATEboarding magazine; and newspaper articles.

“Skateboarding is surrounded by a culture of inventive creativity and imagination,” said Jeffrey Brodie, deputy director of the Lemelson Center and Innoskate coordinator. “Skateboarders are similar to inventors in viewing the world from a unique perspective — what it has the potential to be. Innoskate is a deep look into an American invention that has become a global phenomenon.”

The International Association of Skateboard Companies is the member-owned not-for-profit trade association of skateboarding. IASC’s goals are to promote skateboarding, increase participation, educate and save their members money. For more information, visit http://theiasc.org.

The Lemelson Center has led the study of invention and innovation at the Smithsonian since 1995. The center’s activities advance scholarship on the history of invention, share stories about inventors and their work and nurture creativity in young people. The center is supported by The Lemelson Foundation and located in the National Museum of American History.

In the Gym with Pro Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler

Monday, June 10th, 2013

By: SHAPE Magazine
June 10, 2013

The Olympic athlete walks you through 3 of her go-to moves for optimal performance

Photography by: Go Pro Workouts

Snowboarding is one of the most deceiving sports of all. Pros like Gretchen Bleiler make it look so easy, but making it down the mountain in one piece requires a rock-solid core, flexibility, agility, and the ability to quickly adapt to unpredictable terrain. Honing all of those skills without spending hours in the gym every day requires a smart training plan—which the Team USA and X-Games snowboarder shared with Go Pro Workouts (Check out the full 8-week program here, and enter promo code “GPWNOW” for 50 percent off!).

For a sneak peek at how Bleiler prepares for events like the Winter Olympics, check out three of her go-to moves below. Whether you’re training to compete, want to improve your stamina for a day on the hill, or even just tone your body, no one knows more effective strength and conditioning secrets than pro athletes.

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13 Reasons Your Parents Should Send You To Camp

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

By: Burton Snowboards
May 22, 2013

Going to a summer snowboard camp isn’t just a place to progress your skills while everyone else is working their Xbox controller, or getting a chance to meet your favorite pro shred, it’s a good way for your parents to not have to deal with you moping around the house all summer. Here are some reasons to remember next time you start begging your parents for a trip to summer snowboard camp.

Parental Vacation
Ever think that your parents need a break too, from you? They are stoked when school starts so you have something to do that gets you out of their hair for 8-9 hours a day. Then, when summer vacation starts they have to be around you non-stop and deal with your summer boredom. Well, if they sent you to camp they’d be getting a vacation, too. Double deal.

Physical Activity
They say that almost 17% of children are obese these days, and summer vacation can be the time to either put on a few pounds, or stay active and keep off that extra weight. In addition to snowboarding, summer camps offer all kinds of other activities like skateboarding, mountain biking, trampolines, and dodge ball(!). Tell your parents, “if you want me to be healthy, you’ll send me to camp this summer.”

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Athlete Limelight: Mercedes Nicoll

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Mercedes Nicoll

Mercedes grew up in Whistler, where she learned to snowboard. Nicoll has represented Canada in the halfpipe at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, finishing 6th at the 2010 Games. Mercedes has been competing in halfpipe since 1997 and is a five-time National Champion. She has competed in various World Cups, World Championships, as well as X Games. Nicoll works closely with the Whistler Blackcomb foundation. Read more about her at mercedesnicoll.com

Board & Other Sponsors:
Drake, DFL 146. Northwave, Drake, Powder Room, IS Eyewear, Whistler Blackcomb, POW.

Mercedes Nicoll

Q&A:

1. The mountain I learned to ride on was: Whistler when I was 14 years old

2. I can’t live without: Family and friends

3. My favorite cuisine is: Japanese

4. When I’m not riding, you can find me: Basking in the sun, reading a book.

5. My favorite movie of all time is without question: Dirty Dancing

6. Who/What inspires you? Friends and family

7. Favorite:

  1. Bands: Awolnation, Pink, the Black Keys, Serena Ryder, Olly Murs, ZZ Ward, Ellie Goulding
  2. Books: Jaime Oliver cookbooks
  3. Vacation Spots: Barcelona, London, Japan

How to do ski camp right: Get your summer shred on in 2013

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

By: Freeskier Magazine
May 7th, 2013

There is no better way to spend a part of your precious summer than at ski camp. Get coached from the best pros in the world, session great parks in the softest conditions, eat hot dogs for lunch, and well, generally have a pretty damn good time. But which camp? Momentum? Windells? Woodward? The choices! You’re guaranteed to have fun whichever you choose, but we’re here to help you make the choice that’s just right for you.

Here or There

Every camp has its own unique experience to offer, and for a lot of people, the decision comes down to cost and off-hill experience.

You don’t have to be Warren Buffett to realize that from most places in the US, flights to Vancouver are more expensive than to Portland, Reno or Denver. It’s pretty simple, going to camp in Canada costs more. On average, a full session at Windells is less than Momentum, and Woodward Snow is less than Windells. That being said, each camp’s session prices vary and can fluctuate based on à la carte options (day camper, ski-only camper, just lane access, etc.). Plus, you’re gonna need a passport to go to Canada, which will cost you another $120 to $165 depending on your age. So if you’re on a tight budget, keep it in the red, white and blue.

If price doesn’t matter, then look at the differences between camp locations. Whistler, BC, where Momentum is based, is bursting at the seams with restaurants, activities, bars (for those over 19), and is generally considered one of the most fun towns in the entire world. The Windells compound is packed with a ton of traditional off-hill ski camp activities (see off-hill activities section), but Sandy, OR, has a similar population to New York City—in the mid-to-late 1600s—so don’t expect much in the way of local fare. And if you take a trip to one of the Woodward campuses, you’ll find that the Tahoe and Copper areas aren’t exactly known for their after-hours scenes. Ultimately, it comes down to what you want to get out of camp. If skiing and skating are your only objectives, any camp will suffice. If you’re looking for a bit more atmosphere outside of the camp, Whistler is your better bet. If you want a traditional summer camp experience—cozy cabins and mess halls—take a look at Windells.

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About Utah: The ski bums next door

Monday, April 29th, 2013

By:  , Deseret News
April 29, 2013

PARK CITY — They moved in next door two years ago. Just drove up one day with no warning, pulling a U-Haul with New Jersey plates.

Looking back, the signs were there from the beginning. There were no kids with them. He didn’t drive off to work every morning. Neither did she. They had no visible means of support. Like Jimmy Stewart in “Rear Window” we watched them. What were they? Mafia? Drug-dealers? Loan sharks? Deadbeats?

Nope. Ski bums.

All they did was ski. The garage door would open, the SUV would back out, the skis would go on the rack, and they were off. Him especially. Day after day after day.

Couldn’t they get a job? Do something responsible? What must their parents be thinking?

There was this one small mitigating factor.

He was 68, she was 67.

Meet the neighbors: Chuck and Paddy Mollard. They went rogue on us, careened right off the grid, all in the name of giving retirement a good name. Their problem these days isn’t having enough to do, it’s having too much to do. So many runs, so little time.

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Athlete Limelight: Christopher Ewart – Meier Skis

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

April 16, 2013

Telemarker is racking up medals—including gold—at Teva Winter Mountain Games

Christopher EwartTelemark skiing is what it’s all about for 24-year-old Christopher Ewart. With an impressive resume that includes a gold medal in the Inaugural Teva Winter Mountain Games Best Trick (Double Front Flip) and many published photos in print and online magazines, Christopher is well on his way to becoming a big name in the Telemark industry. A Colorado native, Christopher loves to represent local brands such as Meier Skis, and works as a full-time EMT in the Vail Valley.

Which ski do you compete on?
I compete with the “Johnny Ringos” for Park and Pipe, and “The Doc” for Big Mountain.

My other sponsors include: SCARPA, Kind Design, Sweet Protection, and Beaver Creek Resort

Why Meier Skis?
I love the idea of independent companies searching for a better way to make skis. Anybody can make a good ski, but if they’re able to do it with renewable resources, and eco-friendly materials, it’s a huge plus. Pulling dying and downed wood from local forestry means less devastating impact on our environment. Bottom line, Meier makes some of the best skis in the industry, and they make them in the best way possible. I like that.

Q&A:

1. The mountain I learned to ski on was: Nashoba Valley, MA when I was 3 years old

2. I can’t live without: My skis or my dirtbike.

3. My favorite cuisine is: Sour Gummy Worms, beef jerky and orange Gatorade.

4. When I’m not skiing, you can find me: Twisting the throttle at a moto track or just enjoying a tasty beer in the sun.

5. My favorite movie of all time is without question: Dumb and Dumber…Duh! We’re in the Rockies!

6. Who/What inspires you? I try to use other sports as inspiration to innovate my free heel skiing. I’ll pick from snowboarding, motocross, skateboarding or surfing to try and generate ideas to bring to snow on my own skis. I love doing new tricks or variations that nobody has done before, and it’s easy with Telemark, because it’s just starting to get real popular in the freestyle scene.

7. Favorite:

  1. Bands: Bluegrass, Reggae, Hip Hop and Dubstep. You name it and it’s on my playlist.
  2. Books: I wish I had more interest in reading… but The Hitchhikers Guide to that Galaxy is an awesome book.
  3. Vacation Spots: Jackson Hole, Targhee, Moab, Vegas…  I love everywhere I go!

SARKA PANCOCHOVA TAKES FIRST AT SUPERGIRL SNOW PRO IN CONJUNCTION WITH COMMUNITY CUP

Monday, April 8th, 2013

By: Limelight PR
April 8, 2013

Christy Prior Places Second and Silje Norendal Nabs Third in

World Snowboard Tour (WST) Sanctioned Contest

Sarka After Winning First

Breckenridge, CO (April 6, 2013) — Twenty five of the best snowboarders from around the globe converged at Breckenridge Ski Resort today for the Supergirl Snow Pro in conjunction with Community Cup —the only all-women’s WST-sanctioned 5-Star event in the world.  The contest came to a thrilling close with Sarka Pancochova (Czech Republic) taking home both the title and the famous Supergirl cape.  Seven of the world’s top ten ranked pros competed in the event, which was developed to showcase the best of women’s snowboarding on a course completely designed by the riders.

Pancochova won the contest in her second run with an outstanding performance on both the jumps and rails, pulling tricks like a half-Cab 50-50 backside 360 off the barrel and a switch 540 for a score of 92.  Christy Prior, who landed a frontside rodeo 720, came in second with a score of 90.  X Games Champion, Silje Norendal, finished third with an 87.75.

Top 3 at the Podium (Silje, Sarka, Christy)

“I did the best run of my life today. It was a great season-ending competition and it was so fun to be out here with these girls on a course we designed and voted on,” said Pancochova. “The conditions today were perfect: the weather, the course, the vibe. All of that contributed to what I was able to do today, and I can’t wait to compete in the Supergirl Snow Pro next year.”

The event supported eco-awareness and sustainability efforts through organizations like the Non-Toxic Revolution, Keep-A-Breast, Protect Our Winters, Plastic Pollution Coalition, 5Gyres and One Life.

This is the first event of the 2013 Supergirl Jam Series, the action sports industry’s only large-scale all-female competition and lifestyle series.  Developed as a celebration of female empowerment, the Supergirl Jam Series features more than 150 top female pros competing in snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing as well as ‘girl-power’ activities at events held throughout the year.

“The world’s best female snowboarders put on an absolutely amazing display today,” said Rick Bratman, CEO of ASA Entertainment , the event’s management company.  “We could not be more pleased with the event and we are very proud to have supported these talented ladies alongside our partners Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Paul Mitchell, Warner Bros. Television’s Suburgatory, Kicker Audio, GoPro, Community Cup and Breckenridge Ski Resort.”

The Supergirl Snow Pro in conjunction with the Community Cup will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net (FSN) in the fall.  Stay tuned to www.SupergirlJam.com, www.Community-Cup.com and www.asaentertainment.com for show times and dates.

Supergirl Snow Pro Finals Results
Breckenridge, Co — April 6, 2013

Name Score

  1. Sarka Pancochova           92
  2. Christy Prior                      90
  3. Silje Norendal                   87.75
  4. Enni Rukajarvi                  85.25
  5. Kjersti Buaas                     77
  6. Stefi Luxton                       75
  7. Rebecca Torr                    68.75
  8. Phoebe Novello                 66.75
  9. Serena Shaw                     50.25
  10. Brooke Voigt                     43.5

“Why I Love to Ski/Ride” Video Contest Winner Keith Korchok Wins Warren Miller Entertainment Award of Excellence

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (March 25, 2013) —Selected from 17 entries submitted from around the United States, Keith Korchok’s video “Something from Nothing” won the “Why I Love to Ski and Ride” Video Contest, held in conjunction with the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend initiative, earning Krochok the Warren Miller Entertainment (WME) Video Award of Excellence.

Korchok’s entry is a personal story about what motivated his twin brother and him to create a neighborhood terrain park in Saltsburg, Penn. so they could enjoy and share their passion for snowboarding. The brothers regularly snowboard at the nearby Seven Springs in Somerset.

Senan Gorman, chief creative guy for North Pole Design, Halley O’Brien, independent videographer and Tom Horrocks, marketing director for SnoCountry judged the “Why I Love to Ski and Ride” Video Contest entries based on how they demonstrated the exhilaration of skiing and snowboarding and inspired others to participate.

Korchok’s prize included a selection of WME videos, a $500 gift certificate from skis.com, a jacket from The North Face and a subscription to Transworld Snowboarding. Korchok’s work will be recognized during the Marketing Awards ceremony on May 2 at the NSAA national conference in Palm Springs, Calif.

Finalists included Dustin Hinde, of Telluride, Colo. for his video “Wish You Were Here” and Jana Rogers of Bend, Ore. for “Jana and Elana.” They each won a jacket from The North Face, a selection of WME videos and a subscription to either SKI or Transworld Snowboarding.

Chip Lunsford of Atlanta, Ga. and Logan Fields of Manhattan Beach, Calif. received Honorable Mentions for their respective videos, “I Have a Dream” and “Freeride.”

All video submissions are available on YouTube.

A special thanks to sponsors Warren Miller Entertainment, The North Face, SKI and Transworld Snowboarding, skis.com and the National Ski Areas Association.

CONTACT: Mary Jo Tarallo, 202-431-6950; lifes2shortmjt@gmail.com

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Snowboard

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

By: Forbes
March 21, 2013

It’s the thrill of fresh powder and icy winds, the rush of going 40mph down a sheer slope as the challenge of an entire mountainside opens up before you. It’s the racing of your heart and the blood pumping in your veins, with one foot fixed in fear and the other carving in delight.

I’m talking about snowboarding of course, but I’m also making a point about becoming an entrepreneur. Having just returned from some time away on the ice with my family, I’ve come to realize whether you are shreddin powder or running your own business, both boil down to the same principles in the end.

It often begins with doubt. Most people step off that snow lift for the first time and stare down in awe at the sheer expanse of ice that awaits them. Their feelings race from excitement to fear and back again, as there’s nothing between them and the journey ahead except the board and their brains. It’s the same when you start your own business and the sudden realization that everything rests on no one’s shoulders but your own. Just as in snowboarding you will fall the first time, the second time and probably the third and fourth time as well. Even with experience, you know you will inevitably fall again- It’s never a question of ‘if’, but ‘when’, both on and off the snow.

After those first few falls, chances are people are going to be dismayed or even angry. Whether it’s wiping out on the ice or the business loses a client-it’s only natural to feel dejected. A funny thing happens if they dig in and keep persisting: they starting gaining perspective. Best of all, doubt fades to be replaced with experience, the kind of practical knowledge only real bruises can teach. Confidence grows as they begin hitting those turns and reaching their business targets as it all starts coming together. They might fall again, but now we’ve got our previous wins to put them into the right perspective.

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