Saturday, October 30, 2010

Steven's personally designed longboard

A while back Steven had emailed me a picture of a longboard he drew up... He wanted wheel cut-outs, a swallowtail and his school logo graphic... His shape was 39"x8.5"... Hope this works well!! Shipping out to New Hampshire

Up for grabs

The latest 'starfish' (snowskate magazine) has come out, fun stuff, real nice snowskate pics, and a buyers guide!!! I have about 8 copies extra that I will mail anywhere for free, just email me...

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Free t-shirts!!

...just screened three t-shirts inhouse, would like to offer them free to blog viewers ... First three people to email get one! Shipping included!!! (one catch: no one I know is eligible)

Blue,green and rust

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

49" big fish powderboard!!!

Roughed this one out, waiting for an order of ptex, will post pics in a week or two... Temps got warm, but waves came back!! Thanks for checking in..

39"

Saturday, October 23, 2010

R. Kenvin / C.Sutton/ Burton/ NYC/ Foam and Function

TR: ...headed into the NYC Wednesday night to meet up with a few old friends and watch a screening of Stoked and Broke by Cyrus Sutton (Korduroy.tv). In addition to the surf movie, Richard Kenvin from HYDRODYNAMICA was on hand presenting his short, Planing Totems, with a slideshow and followed up by a Q&A session!!! The whole night was completely in my wheelhouse.. As i followed my cellphone into soho i found a decent parking spot on a classic cobblestone street, hopped out and sprinted into a local bar to hit the head, then I began my walk up to tribeca grand hotel.

...just a couple feet past the bar I came across a small nondescript Burton logo/sign,...strange...inside the the brick building was burton's flagship store (it said "flagship" hard to believe) upon entering I was blown away...they had every piece of Burton equipment I've ever seen, absolutely stocked and it even had a Alien Workshop store inside. I was dizzy! ....If I can find half inch angled risers where I live I get excited!!

All over the store was museum pieces of Burton's first snowboards, at least four pristine "backyard" models (which go for in the k's on ebay). whenever I see Burton's original stuff, i get a funny feeling in the gut. I've been working on bindingless powderboards since the end of 2008 and tinkering with snowshoes that you could descend on downhill since the late ninties, and looking at these boards makes me cringe, its like being completely aware of the past and the future, I can see Burton's thinking when he design those first bindingless boards, and after testing a bunch of mine, we all know why Burton started to add bindings, everytime you lose an edge on a snufer you either slide with it or lose your ride. So making these things in the 2010's seems silly, why go backwards, I've already seen the wizard behind the curtain... its not even reinventing the wheel, its more like throwing the wheel out!!!

Burton did all the painfully hard work evolving the snowboard into one of the most fun boards on the sliding planet. So why is it worth bothering with?

The only thing that makes a small amount of sense is this example; after many moons surfing thrusters at a favorite pointbreak, I surfed a singlefin there...on the initial couple of drops, I was losing the board a bit, feeling like my toenails were saving me from total cartwheeling wipe-outs, but after time the ride was different and the difference was the fun part, much like snowskates, however this was always a weak argument in my own mine for passing on bindings...until this NIGHT... After leaving the shop and meeting up with SWS and Mike we headed into the watch STOKED and BROKE.

The climax of the movie for me was watching Ryan Burch surf a chunk of foam that had no fins, resin, cloth or rocker, nothing modern about the rails, and surf it as well as anyone I've seen, not only was his style impeccable, but he was traveling in directions that are impossible for Kelly Slater to do on his favorite three fin stick.

What does it mean? Are surfboards just a monster placebo? Is everything "talk"?, does it mean snowskates are the future?, toss out your snowboards?

My personal take is it proves two things: One: I suck at surfing, and Two: ride what ever you want, even if you know better...so I'm gonna keep pursuing powdersnowskating, because nothing beats hiking up a peak, and dropping a 'finless mini wooden surfboard type thing' into deep fluffy snow just two feet off the trail you just hiked, and 'surf' the trees until you run out of vertical, never changing shoes or sitting down to strap in..

The night ended listening to Kenvin talk about his projects, so damn interesting, he's such a real guy, felt like the clash, like he has seen some stuff... great night!! like to thank surfmovie 2nite for setting it up, and Kirk for giving me the heads up!!!

www.foamandfunction.com



thanks for all your hardwork, Cyrus, RK, and Burton (he is the man)



kenvin on the m-i-c

Burton original snowboard/ snurfer upgrades above the "cold room"

A refrigerated cooler to demo snow gear !!!

This would be nice to try on 543's

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Some sanding to go

Here's the bottom

Found this image on their blog

Alien workshop

This might be the smoothest skateboard I've seen in a long time - opposite side had chillest flat black graphics and a NYC logo... Congrats to Alien Workshop twenty years young :) love the stain and the grain

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

4hrs 40 mins from the house of Vans 10-16-10 NYC

Here are some more pics from whiteface, on saturday (found on nyskiblog) real nice snow conditions, pretty cool to have 18" of fresh snow, and still surf in a 3/2 no booties or gloves .... Fall

10/16/10

NY

Presidentials Summit cam shot from today

NH

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Flex

..a Skateboard deck is an awesome example of laminating and engineering ... 7 plys of maple forced into a shape under tons of pressure (literally) that allows it to flex, give, and still have pop !! I have a 17 year old Brian lotti board that still skates great!! Viva American engineering

Old 33" top-deck snowskate double duting as skateboard

Killington yesterday 1'+ (from what I heard)

Botched boneless

Friday, October 15, 2010

Checked surfline at first light this morning

Was happy to see some waves coming in for Joel Tudor's / Vans contest today...

Searching for fall and snow

I found this picture at 'Time for tuckerman' website that someone had posted from this website http://www.famousinternetskiers.com/

Love the boot tracks and the leaves that had fallen after the snow !!! Pic was taken around this time last year, same neck of the woods could be getting snow today!!... Great pic photo by Greg Petrics and thanks for the stoke

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A basin


...heard it through the grapevine that Arapahoe basin might be opening soon , so I emailed Mojo to get the report.... here's part of his email:

Actually....

I was out on Friday scouting a hunting area on horseback up in the northern part of the county. It was stormy that day and it hailed on us. In the beginning of the day, the mountains were clear, but at the end of the day, the tall peaks were snow capped. Later that evening, just before sunset, we got back into steamboat and the ski mountain was snow capped as well. It's melted by now, but it's coming.

The forecast is for a couple clear days, then storms with lows in the upper 20s/low 30s. The hunter in me hopes that it doesn't fall too heavy before opening day of second season. The skater can't wait till there's enough to throw a single down and ride :) People around here keep referring to it as the "S" word (snow)... e.g., "I heard the S-Word mentioned on the forecast for Friday."

...that is a classic TR-
Sounds like Mojo will be snowskating soon!!



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Couple from the beater deck

11year old W. (neighborhood grom) the kid can skate

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