The Launch continues to be both the stomping grounds and proving grounds for some of the best up-and-coming young talent in Snowboarding. From it's debut in 2008 at the Northstar-At-Tahoe it has attracted the likes of Mark McMorris, Zak Hale, Sage Kotsenberg, and more who seem to be household names in the world of snowboarding today. However this may have not always been the case before they attended this event, and that is one thing that makes The Launch what it is. The playing field is leveled, and young riders are given the opportunity to really stand out and make an impression. Speaking of standing out, we have compiled some of our favorite photos from the past years of The Launch in order to hype up the upcoming event at Bear Mountain, April 3rd-6th. Take a click through the history of The Launch in the gallery above and keep you eyes peeled for coverage of this year's Launch during the first week of April, 2012.Read More
Words & Photos: Laura Austin
To bring in the New Year and celebrate the past we are bringing you "New Year's High Resolution" photo galleries from SNOWBOARDER Magazine's senior photographers and staff of their top 10 photos from the 2010-2011 season. There is no point in me trying to write some third-person introduction about myself, so I am going to get right to it. My name is Laura Austin, I am the online editor for SNOWBOARDER Magazine, and I am responsible for posting 99.9% of the content on this very website. Since the internet never sleeps, I have to spend a majority of my time glued to a computer screen, but every now and then they let me out into the daylight.
As you click through my photos of my first winter with SNOWBOARDER Magazine, you will notice none of them are really the hard hitting action shots you tend to see in snowboarding. This is because, A - I am normally stuck shooting events, and B - I tend to be drawn to the photos that are a little different with a story or some personality behind them in hopes of giving you an alternative look at the snowboard world. My main goal has been to get out, travel, and experience new things, and a camera has proved as a pretty reliable ticket to do so. Even though a large chunk of my time at SNOWBOARDER is spent behind a keyboard, the adventures this job has allowed me to go on have made it worth it. And you might as well carry a camera around so you can share those experiences with the rest of the world...or at least a few people on Facebook. I suggest you get out and do the same.
Words & Photos: T. Bird
Senior Editor Tom Monterosso (most call him T. Bird) hails from the great state of New Hampshire. He barely snuck through college and somehow weaseled his way onto the staff of SNOWBOARDER about five years ago while living in a tent on his friend Ben Fee’s back porch. He started shooting around the time he got hired on as Associate Editor, and though his job is to craft features, columns, and captions in the print publication, photography is what currently keeps him stoked when he’s on the road. He’s also a redhead, which kinda sucks, and he’s grateful as all hell for every opportunity he’s been given despite his hair color.
Photos & Captions: Aaron Dodds
To bring in the New Year and celebrate the past we are bringing you "New Year's High Resolution" photo galleries from SNOWBOARDER Magazine's senior photographers and staff of their top 10 photos from the 2010-2011 season. This gallery comes from another one of our senior photographers, and Snowboarder's resident mountain man, and apparent Summit County celebrity, Aaron Dodds. In the winter, when not traveling around taking photos of some of the best snowboarders in the world Dodd's is posted up at Silverton Mountain showing people some of the best off-piste riding in Colorado. Here are his 10 favorite shots from the 2010-11 season. Enjoy.
Photos & Captions: Mike Yoshida
To bring in the New Year and celebrate the past we are bringing you "New Year's High Resolution" photo galleries from SNOWBOARDER Magazine's senior photographers and staff of their top 10 photos from the 2010-2011 season. The next "Top 10" gallery comes from the most recent addition to the SNOWBOARDER Magazine staff, associate photo editor, Mike Yoshida. During the summer months when not out in the field shooting some of the top pro snowboarders, Yosh is in the SNOWBOARDER offices shooting some of the top product for the magazine. Here is what he has to say about last season:
"People always ask me throughout the entire season 'Have you been having a good year?' and I usually reply with 'I don't know'. The reason why I never have a clear definitive answer is because, after all is said and done, what really makes it good? Is it the experience of traveling somewhere new? Or is it how many covers you bagged? Or is it your favorite photo you ever took, that never made it to print? Or is it simply doing what you love for a living? I guess for me, it's all of the above, and so I've answered my own question, 'yes, it's been good, and I can't wait for more!' - Mike Yoshida
Photos & Captions: E-Stone
To bring in the New Year and celebrate the past we are bringing you "New Year's High Resolution" photo galleries from SNOWBOARDER Magazine's senior photographers and staff of their top 10 photos from the 2010-2011 season. The latest top 10 picks comes from SNOWBOARDER Magazine senior photographer, Ethan Stone Fortier, a.k.a "E-Stone". This man knows how to hustle whether it is getting the shot or handling business with Technine. Standing out in snowboard photography isn't a simple task, but E-Stone has managed to develop a style in which you could flip through a magazine and know it was his photo without reading the caption. And for that, our lens caps are off you to Mr. Fortier. Here is what he has to say about his experience last winter:
"From being taken in by the people of Tallinn, Estonia and being treated like family to surviving the earthquake in Japan I will never forget this past year of shooting. I recall waking up in a hotel at 4am while the whole building shook and I thought I was going to die. I even texted my good friends to let them know what they meant to me as it might be my last moments on the planet. It’s amazing the places you find yourself and the people you end up meeting along the way. Revo–Estonia’s first rapper to make it on MTV Europe–took our crew in like we were family. I imagined this would be someone I would call a friend for some time. Now, 7 months later, I learned he passed away from skin cancer. Life is short and you need to really enjoy every moment while you still can. Photography puts me in some amazing situations and always introduces me to even more amazing people. It’s not easy, as each shoot has a million variables but when you get a shot you are stoked on it’s all worth it. The riders I shoot with are all some of my best friends and in some cases just as close to me as any family member. Being able to work and travel with them is a dream come true. As I look back at my favorite ten photos of 2011, each one brings me back to the moment they were shot. Some were a couple miles from my house and others were half way around the world. All of them have a great back story and all of them took a lot of work to get. 2012 will bring a new set of adventures and hopefully a new stack of favorite shots. For now, I hope you enjoy my favorite pics from 2011!"
Photos & Captions: Huggy
To bring in the New Year and celebrate the past we are bringing you "New Year's High Resolution" photo galleries from SNOWBOARDER Magazine's senior photographers and staff of their top 10 photos from the 2010-2011 season. To kick things off we are starting with the individual that hand picks every photo that shows up within the pages of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, our photo editor Ryan Hughes a.k.a Huggy. Here is what he had to say about his 2010-11 season:
"I shot with a big variety of crews last winter. That’s one of my favorite things about shooting snowboarding photos, is mixing it up with all the different quirky personalities. There are a lot of comedians in the snowboard industry, and I hope I get a chance to meet them all. Some of the locations I photographed last year included North Carolina (where I got busted by cops more times than I ever had in my life), Minnesota (where I was entertained by Johnny Lazz and LNP), and Revelstoke, Canada (where I had the best pow of my life)." - Huggy
To continue our additional coverage of Superpark 15 presented by Gatorade in conjunction with our January Superpark issue living on newsstands now, we are bringing you the top 20 photos from our senior photographers as selected by SNOWBOARDER's photo editor Huggy. With the next-level features and endless amount of talent that attended Superpark 15 at Mt. Bachelor, it lent itself to some amazing shots. Take a look through by clicking the "next" button under the image to see some of the best pixels that came out of the event.Read More