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In 1982 a group of friends, passionate about riding a surfboard-shaped plank of wood down a steep snow-covered hill, decided they wanted to know who was the best at this new winter activity. Thirty-one years later one of those friends is standing in front of me with his wife, one of his three sons and a big ol’ grin on his face. You’d be happy too if the sport you helped grow from backyard pastime to international obsession finally had a venue that was perfect for its most prestigious competition. Yes, Jake Burton Carpenter has done right by snowboarding and if you think otherwise then you’re a fool.
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When I was just a little grom I would always get excited when I got my hands on the new Burton catalog. I’d sit down and carefully flip through all the pages reading about what new technology they’d come up with for that year(remember Super Fly Core II?) and all the new outerwear I’d seen pros rocking the season before. I suppose now that I’m an old man(by industry standards) I shouldn’t get as excited as I do for their website launch each year. I suppose I should be jaded like many of my friends who dismiss the new technology as unnecessary and the graphics as unimaginative. Many of them say Burton has lost touch with it’s roots and become too commercial. Bullshit. All you have to do is take a good look at the product for this year to see that now more than ever(and for the past 4-5 years in my opinion) Burton is doing an exceptional job of representing core snowboarding values while turning out killer product. This is not to say that I don’t have my issues with some of their choices(U.S. Open moving to Vail for example) but I can tell you that the gear I have is on a quality level all it’s own. So here, in the dogs days of summer, in the middle of this “heat wave” as Southern Californians call it(no humidity so who cares) I thought I’d put together a piece with the hard goods you should be most excited about putting to good use on the mountain this season. Burton says 2013 is an iconic year, I’d like think that’ll be the case. After all, scientists say that it’s gonna be a La Nina winter and getting skunked on a good season two years in a row, that’s just unheard of. Cheers.
Yup, we’re doing it again. Grab you dancin shoes(or more likely boots) and git yourself on down to The Red Fox Inn a week from today. Gold Town will once again be kicking out the bluegrass jams(with a few surprise guests) and there will of course be drink specials going all night. A $8 suggested donation at the door gets you a raffle ticket and additional tickets will be on sale throughout the night for $5. All the proceeds go to the Jeff Charbonneau Memorial Fund. There’ll be raffle prizes from local businesses and restaurants in addition to those from industry sponsors, Burton, Frends and Vew-Do. Hope to see you out there, gonna be a night to remember…or try very hard to.
Snowboarding is about having fun with your Frends and few people in snowboarding are constantly having as much fun as these guys. If you’ve got some time check out more videos filmed with a fancy new HD camera on Frendsvision. The site just got a facelift and the new product is up too, it’s Ahmazing.
Givin presents “One” the teaser. Lotta Nice Life fam appearing in the full feature folks so when fall rolls around, best have some dollars saved for a copy. The trailer pretty much says it all, gonna be a good “One”. See what I did there? Killer use of Frankenstein by the way. Bout time that song got in a trailer.
Burton just dropped 90 new styles of packs and luggage for all your summer travel needs. What’s even cooler is they dropped an innovative new site to go along with the product. Click above to check out, Bag Check from Burton. I’ve told ya once before about Burton’s Beeracuda but just a reminder, this thing is effing awesome.
This might be one of the best ideas ever had in the history of ideas. The Burton Beeracuda, awesome. The only thing that will make it better is if they come out with a colorway that isn’t a nod to Bud Light. Click the pic to purchase.
Here’s a sneak peak at some of next year’s Burton boots. Yes those are official Red Wing/Burton editions behind what looks to be a faithful re-design of the original Burton WORK boot. The Work boot was of course many a rider’s first boot and was based on Sorel’s designs. I definitely hope to get my hands on a pair of the Work style. While I think the Red Wings collab is really cool, I wonder how they’ll function on the hill. Check out more sneak peaks right here.
Burton teamed up for a nice collaboration with Johnson Woolen Mills this year and the above pack is one of the pieces from the collection. Been wanting one of these for awhile now and I suspect you might too if you’re in the market for a top quality pack. Click the pic to get the deal.