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BreakTheIce In Detroit

Back in February I went to Detroit with some friends and shot a series of videos with Coors Light. Noted graffiti artists RISK and SEVER were on as well to add some flavor to our chosen urban zones. While there I got a chance to check out some of the best food Detroit has to offer like Vinsetta Garage and Star Deli as well as take a private tour of Shinola’s factory, more on that soon. Enjoy this video, which I had the pleasure of editing and make sure to pick up a 6’er of Coors Light, if that’s your sort of thing.

Cheers!

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#happymotoring: 2014 Buick Regal GS

First episode of my new automotive web series that focuses on the soul of a car rather than the technical data. I know what you’re thinking, “Andrew, cars don’t have souls, especially red ones”. Technically you’re correct, machines do not in fact have souls but they’re a product of someone’s artistic vision and I think to some degree that translates to having an inkling of a soul. Philosophical debates aside, i hope you enjoy this episode and will stay tuned for all those to come.

Cheers!

Necessaries: Burton Stash Pant

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Sweatpants suck. These are not sweatpants, these are what sweatpants want to be. These are the pants that stayed away from fast food and didn’t gain the freshman 15. They studied hard and graduated with a degree in superior comfort. I thought Uniqlo had the most comfortable off duty bottoms ever in their faux shearling sweatpants, but Burton came in and threw down the fucking gauntlet. Made from clouds and kitten laughs, the Stash Pant is the Phantom Drophead Coupe (google it) of loungewear. Seriously, you will not want to take these off once you put them on which could potentially make for some awkward moments in public but it they’re well worth every look glare. Here’s what Burton has to say about their magical pant.

“These technically advanced sweats are fully loaded and feature everything from chafe-free architecture to UPF 50+ protection against ultraviolet rays. Stretch properties give you contortionist-like mobility, while quick-drying and ultra-breathable DRYRIDE Ultrawick™ jersey fabric with a funk-defying antimicrobial finish ups the comfort ante.”

As with most amazing products these are sold out on the website but it’s worth checking with your local Burton stockist to see if they have a pair but I’d recommend getting two if possible because your girlfriend or flavor of the week will constantly be stealing them.

 

Cheers!

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adidas Snowboarding| Welcome: Kazu Kokubo

The “Welcome:” series from adidas Snowboarding is a perfect example of what good filmmaking is all about, honesty. From the first piece featuring Jake Blauvelt I knew this was going to be an exercise in truth, not just an extended commercial for adidas. It’s no surprise seeing as adidas has always had top notch skateboard content and a carefully cultivated team. I’m just happy that eye for special talent and individuality crossed over to their snowboard program.

It’s been nearly 11 years since I first met Kazu and having watched him transition from a quiet contest kid to one of the truly elite riders in snowboarding has been something very special indeed. I knew the stories of Jake, Eric, Forest and Keegan before watching their pieces and while that didn’t make them any less enjoyable, it did in some ways spoil “the moment”.

Though Kazu is a friend, I’ve never quizzed him on what makes him tick or the details of his childhood. Perhaps it is for that reason that Kazu’s piece is my favorite of the series. He grew up on the other side of the world but for some reason I’ve always felt a certain kinship with the guy and now I know why. If you think about it, a small town in Japan is not so different than a small town in Vermont. People work hard, value nature and a-lot of them drive Subarus. Hokkaido may as well be Japan’s New England, how’s that for an incredibly bold statement with no academic reinforcement?

All the cultural differences, the language barrier, they’re of little consequence when it comes to snowboarding because in snowboarding style speaks louder than words and Kazu has always had it in spades. Flipping of judges, straight-lining the pipe, refusing to conform to a clothing standard, that’s Kazu’s style, real, honest style and it’s something snowboarding can’t get enough of.

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Burton Presents: Resort [Snowboarding]

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.

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IP3: Pat Moore

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.

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Chris Harris On Cars: Ferrari F40 vs. Ferrari F50

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.

Imbibeable: Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee

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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.

Today’s Most Wanted: Burton 2014 Hardgoods

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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.

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Mission 2…Skate

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.