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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!

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Sun Mtn Sessions IV

For the past four years between December 26th and 28th Bromley Mountain has played host to the Sun Mtn Sessions. The freeform snowboard camp run by Tim Benasich and myself, focuses on progressing freestyle skills by way of using the excellent natural terrain found at Bromley, as well as educating riders on the rich snowboard heritage of the area. Many of the scene’s top athletes and personalities got their start at Bromley and jump at the chance to stop by during the holiday season.

Though heavy rain stole away the ample early season snow that Bromley had received, this past year proved to be as fun as ever. A day of snow, a day of sun, a day of man made mountains that proved incredibly entertaining, that was Sun Mtn Sessions IV.

The closing party once again featured excellent wood fired pizza from Sammy’s in Manchester,VT and product giveaways from Burton Snowboards, Vestal Watches, Smith Optics, The Nice Life Apparel Co, Vew-Do Balance Boards and 3L Apparel.

Proceeds from the camp are donated to J.I.S.P. which helps get local kids to the mountain and into a group instruction program. Special thanks to Burleigh Sunflower and the Bromley Mountain Snowmaking Team for making sure the conditions were the best they could be.

See you in December for our 5th Anniversary year featuring a concert by hologram Tupac and The Muppets!

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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.

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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.

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THIS NICE LIFE: CHAPTER 1.5

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.

Cheers!