The final installment in Burton’s five part web series dropped today and it’s pretty darn entertaining. They cover a-lot of ground in this one but solid music choices and on point editing make for a smooth flowing piece. Highlights for me were Dan Davis’ properly tweaked grabs, Werni Stock flipping all over the place, Ben Ferguson’s overall zest for life and Shaun trying to get street cred by only having powder shots and a switch back 5. Peace Park definitely my favorite section in this with the Squaw Valley jumping madness coming in a close second. I like the webisode concept, I think it was well executed but I hope Burton pulls out the big guns and makes a banger team video next year.
October 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
Tagged aspen snowmass, bear mountain, ben ferguson, burton snowboards, danny davis, mark mc morris, seven springs, shaun white, squaw valley, werni stock
I like watching Pat ride because he does so with purpose and emotion the result of which is style, a-lot of style. You can’t train for style, you can’t fake style, you can’t be taught style. Style is like personality, you either have it or you don’t. In fact I’d go so far as to say style is the physical manifestation of one’s personality. Take that and apply it to your favorite riders, see who you’re still a fan of after.
Doesn’t matter if you’re the car nut like myself or don’t know the difference between a Camry and a Caterham, this installment of Chris Harris On Cars is a must watch. Harris often gets to have experiences that would make any automotive enthusiast green with jealous rage, but driving two of the most iconic rides Ferrari has ever manufactured, back to back, flat out on a track with specific instructions from the owner to “drive them like all the cars in your videos”, it’s beyond words how envious I am. The upside is that Harris knows how ridiculously fortunate he is and it shows in his videos, especially this one. For anyone that’s ever driven a car that’s way out of their league, the grin that’s plastered across Harris’ face for the duration of the video will make perfect sense. It’s that childlike sense of wonder and charisma that make this series so watchable, enthusiast or not. While I’m not sure that I could handle the amount of adrenaline that would be pumping through my veins if I were given the opportunity to hoon a car which I used to have a poster of on my wall, I certainly look forward to when that day comes.
September 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
Tagged 80's, 90's, Automotive, Chris Harris, DRIVE TV, exotic, F40, F50, ferrari, italian, italy, supercar
I’m not a big coffee drinker but this smartly designed bottle contains 10.5 delicious ounces of brain stimulating liquid awesomeness that has me thinking it’s time for a change. Stumptown has O.G. street cred as they’ve been roasting beans since ’99 when Portland was still sketchy and hipsters were listening to Pearl Jam in Seattle. It’s $4.99 a bottle but drinking half of it gave my hungover ass enough gusto to power through a 3 hour skate session yesterday afternoon and that’s priceless. So drop the
haterade Gatorade and try this simple, yet effective thirst quencher.
* Stumptown & Poler currently have a collab (hipster’s wet dream) that you should check out RIGHT HERE.
Remember! Remember! The 13th of August! The boards, the bindings, the boots! This is the season, the season of reason and we all aught to be ready to bomb chutes! Ok, it’s not as good as the original but I tried. Just imagine Hugo Weaving saying it, makes it better.
Anyway, it’s here, winter is here, you just don’t know it yet. It’s creeping into the back of your mind and soon you’ll be searching for video premiere dates, thinking about what pass to get, even looking at early snow tire deals. In Southern California winter isn’t so much a season as it is a state of mind so winter can start anytime I want it to and now seems about as good a time as any.
Like Killington always opening before any other mountain in the U.S. (even if it’s just one patch of snow on half a trail), Burton likes to beat everyone to the punch on their winter site launch. In the olden days I’d be overjoyed when “The Catalog” would arrive in the P.O. Box (google it kids) but now I settle for an email in my inbox letting me know the site is up.
Saving pictures of gear isn’t as much fun as reading and re-reading the catalog, dog earring pages, Sharpie in hand just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. But this is the modern world we live in and at least I get to share my two cents with anyone who’s willing to read my babble.
So, thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy the product and find what you’re looking for…in terms of snowboard gear, I’m not qualified to guide you in any sort of larger existential search for meaning in this world.
Cheers! Continue reading
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Tagged burlington, burton, burton snowboards, danny davis, diemme, guy fawkes, hugo weaving, jack mitrani, jake burton, jeff brushie, jimi hendrix, john jackson, jussi oksanen, mark mc morris, Pirelli, Rupert, scott lendhart, season of reason, snowboard product, Snowboarding, stowe, Terje Haakonsen, Vail Resorts, vermont, Vibram, winter, winter 2014
I like video games. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m 27 years old and I still like to sit down and get lost in a digital adventure. I also like skateboarding, which most people also view as a childish pursuit. I think it’s just as fun as it was when I was a kid and it’s good exercise so it helps even out all the time spent gaming. I was able to combine these two hobbies of mine this past month for my Fiesta Movement mission as the theme for July was gaming. My mission was to play Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD against a professional skater. THPS HD sucks, SKATE 2 is a classic, so I called up my friend Mike and asked him if he wanted to skate, I just didn’t mention we’d be doing it digitally.
August 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
Tagged anti hero skateboards, barbershop, bones wheels, brixton, fiesta movement, fiesta st, ford, ford fiesta, gaming, los angeles, playstation 3, Skate 2, skateboarding, skatepark, Venice Beach, video games
Last month I found out I had been selected by Ford to be a part of the Fiesta Movement (more on this to come) and my first order of business was to go to Nashville, TN to pickup my 2014 Ford Fiesta ST. Here’s a quick look at the whirlwind 48 hours in Nashville, overnight in Atlanta and a little bit about my plans for the rest of the year.
July 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
Tagged Atlanta, atlanta braves, Baseball, driving academy, ecoboost, F1, fast car, fiesta, fiesta st, ford, ford fiesta, hatchback, ken block, Nashville, nashville super speedway, rally car, road racing, skip barber, Tennessee, turbo
As promised, here’s five things you should watch, read, listen to or just be aware of as you head into the weekend. As always click the picture to enjoy the content, have a good one and GO BRUINS!
1.) The World’s Fastest Car Show, The One With The Camaro ZL-1. Hosted by Justin Bell, TWFCS is one of my new favorite web series automotive or otherwise so it’s a no brainer that when they take one of the most intriguing American made vehicles out for a spin, I’m gonna be excited about it.
2.) Before They Were Bald, a visual history of history’s greatest “cue balls” via Kempt.
3.) Levi’s Chino Shorts in Dark Indigo Floral. At $58 a pair they’re reasonably priced, cut slim and you can roll em up to get the length you want. They’re darker than they appear in the photo which is a good thing, trust me, they’re killer.
4.) How To Make A Fire. Don’t laugh, this is a real problem facing many Americans today. Sure you might have the rugged outdoorsman look but your beard oil and $400 USA made boots won’t keep you warm at night or cook your food. Andy Gilliand breaks down the process so well that even the hippest hipster can understand it. Now go forth and hunt your dinner.
5.) Local Natives’ Spotify Sessions from Stockholm. Hauntingly beautiful and yet just as energetic as the original versions of the tracks from their recent album Hummingbird, Local Natives drops five more tasty treats for your ears. Look forward to catching them on their US tour this fall, hopefully they’ll play Walt Disney Concert Hall again, that’d be the shit.
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Tagged andre agassi, andy gilliand, build a fire, camaro zl1, dark indigo, getkempt, justin bell, levi's, Local Natives, motor trend, petersen automobile museum, shorts, snapguide, spotify, stockholm, sweden
I refuse to go all in on the “hump day” social media but there are quite a few things I’ve come across early this week that I’d like to share. Will the Midweek Breakdown become a regular post? Probably, I’m finding it much easier to condense found content into three weekly posts with updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Doesn’t that sound great? Yeah I know it does, now enjoy the Midweek Breakdown and leave some comments, I’d love to know how I’m doing with my new improved format that just came to me while writing this post. As always click the photos for more info.
1.) Get a copy of Big Black Delta’s self titled debut album. Saw them last night and they did not disappoint. It’s hard to define their sound but it’s sorta like Moody Blues, Chromeo, industrial soul with Bono singing. Cool right?
2.) Follow @matthardigree as he drives across the USA in this. You can even suggest places for him to stop or beg him to come take you for a spin. Although if you attempt the latter, you had better have a good reason because the internet will shame you if you don’t.
3.) Got some money burning a hole in your pocket or just fiscally irresponsible? You’re in luck because the Mr.Porter Semi-Annual Sale is going on now. Four Pins has a list of the 22 Best Products they found at what they called “the best online retailer in the world”.
4.) Sure you used to skate, you might even still have a cruiser board or ask to borrow a deck when you see someone with one at the beach and then proceed to try like 50 kickflips before inevitably fucking up said person’s fresh new setup(not bitter, just saying). The point is that it doesn’t matter if you’re still an avid skater, trying to relieve your youth or just trying to impress the ladies, you need to watch the Battle At The Berrics Goofy vs. Regular finals.
5.) Subscribe to the DTM channel on YouTube. Yeah NASCAR can be interesting(for the last 10 laps) but DTM racing is where it’s at. While you’re over there on the YouTube, might as well subscribe to my channel as well.
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Tagged audi, big black delta, BMW, DTM, four pins, jalopnik, matt hardigree, Mercedes Benz, mikemo, mr. porter, music, nice life, our legacy, pj ladd, prod, r8, racing, roadtrip, sale, shane o'neil, skateboarding, summer, the berrics
Nothing fancy here, just a simple, refreshing cocktail well suited to take you through the warmer months of the year. Though I love whiskey, I’m not a fan of drinking it as much once the mercury begins to rise(mercury was in these things called thermometers back in the olden days young bucks). What this means is once it’s warmer out comes the rum(distilled from molasses) or rhum(distilled from sugar cane). I prefer rhum because of the taste and lately I’ve been enjoying Rhum Barbancourt(pictured above) which is one of Hati’s oldest distillers of the pirate’s drink of choice. There are many well written articles about rhum and it’s place in history but this isn’t of of them. This is a simple cocktail recommendation that I think just about anyone will enjoy. No specific measurements(this ain’t Mr.Boston’s), no craft ingredients(not your local “speakeasy”). Just the stuff I grabbed from the corner store and what was already laying around. I like Fentiman’s ginger beer but Bundabergs or Cock N’ Bull would be suitable as well, maybe even better, I’ve yet to try it. You’ll want a since tart lemonade, not one of the overly sugary one you’re likely to find in Whole Foods being sold as “healthy”. I’d never seen Cabana brand until I stopped into the corner store but it was there, I grabbed it and I like it. Wish to hell Snapple still made it’s lemonade like it used to, that stuff was killer. So start with as much rhum as you think you should have and then half that amount of lemonade. Squeeze in half a lime, muddle two or three sprigs of mint leaves, toss em in a shaker with ice and have at it. While you’re shaking away, slowly realizing how out of shape your arms are, think about what type of glass you want to put this concoction in. According to mixologist types, the drink is only as good as the vessel from which it’s served. I call bullshit on this unless of course it’s whiskey in which case an old fashioned tumbler is the only acceptable option. In this instance I’ve opted to go with my large Tervis tumbler because I can fill it to the brim with ice and still get plenty of drink in there. Also they’re just big plastic cups so it doesn’t matter if you over serve yourself and drop it. As always I encourage you all to experiment with ratios, ingredients and see what you come up with. The worst that happens is you have a beverage that doesn’t taste very good but you still get a buzz. At that point you’ll know how it feels to drink at The Cheesecake Factory.
Posted in Imbibeable, Uncategorized
Tagged barbancourt, cocktails, fentimans, ginger beer, haiti, lemonade, rhum, rum, snapple, summer 2013, tervis tumbler