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Dave Downing – Splitboarding

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Dave Downing – Splitboarding

The idea of splitboarding up to untouched powder runs sounds like a pretty amazing way to spend the winter, but even though more and more splitboards hit the shelves each year, for the uninitiated, these boards can be intimidating. Where do you start? Dave Downing has been earning his turns for years without leaving any postholes while getting up the slopes and he lays out the process of splitboarding simply in this video, Dave takes you through setting up a splitboard, hiking up, putting the board together, and enjoying the rewards of the efforts. Enjoy.

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Snowboarding Pioneer Tom Sims Passes Away

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Snowboarding Pioneer Tom Sims Passes Away

Words: Pat Bridges

On Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 snowboarding pioneer Tom Sims passed away after suffering a heart attack. Tom’s legacy looms large for anyone who has ever aspired to achieve a sideways descent down snow-covered slopes. Born on December 6th, 1950 in Haddon Field, New Jersey, Tom has often relayed the story of how he conceived of and created the first snowboard while only thirteen years old in his Junior High School woodshop class.

After traveling to the West Coast Tom was introduced to surfing and skateboarding and eventually relocated to California and became immersed in what is today known as the action sports lifestyle, going on to create Sims Skateboards and sponsoring Lester Kasai, Jeff Phillips, and Christian Hosoi. During the early 80s as the founder of Sims Snowboards, Tom took the initiative of lobbying an apprehensive ski community to allow snowboarders on their hallowed slopes. Given the litigious paranoia of the era this was no easy task. Due to the diligence of Tom Sims, Jake Burton, and others, one-by-one, ski resorts began to accept the fledgling sport. According to an interview Tom gave in 1995, “The world has woken up and realized that the best way and most enjoyable way down a mountain is on a snowboard. Prior to 1985, I had to beg a ski area owner to let me on their precious chairlifts. The same guy that kicked me off the hill ten years ago now begs me for a board for his grandson.”

In addition to his innovative snowboard equipment designs which include the first kick tails, pro models, women’s specific decks, and folding highbacks, Tom Sims created the world’s first halfpipe of snow at Soda Springs ski area in Lake Tahoe, CA, was featured riding in the opening of the 1985 James Bond film “A View To A Kill,” earned both national and world downhill championship titles, and founded one of the most iconic snowboard brands of all time which sponsored influential riders including Terry Kidwell, Shaun Palmer, Chris Roach, Noah Salasnek, Tara Dakides, Marc Frank Montoya, John Jackson, Craig Kelly, Tina Basich, Shannon Dunn, Kurt Wastell, Todd Richards, and an unending list of other notable pro snowboarders.

Nearly five decades after first testing his invention, Tom Sims continued to be an avid snowboarder and the virtues he brought to our sport still ring true. According to Sims, “Riding, just pure riding, is what snowboarding is all about.”

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13: The Second Burton Trailer

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13: The Second Burton Trailer

Get ready for some "real talk" from a man who is always willing to put himself out there and risk it all both on the snow and on the record. After more than a decade-and-a-half of pushing the boundaries of snowboarding trickery Jeremy Jones still has places to go and NBDs he wants you to see. This is but a glimpse of what he stacked last season. For more, check out Burton's "13" once it drops.

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Terje Haakonsen: POV Supernatural Run

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Terje Haakonsen: POV Supernatural Run

Always wanted to be able to snowboard like Terje Haakonsen? Well you can right now for a full two minutes... kinda. Here is his top-to-bottom first run at the Red Bull Supernatural contest all filmed on a Contour POV camera.

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Heated Discussions With Peter Line: Louie Vito

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Heated Discussions With Peter Line: Louie Vito

What can you say about the alpine iconoclast that is the Peter Line? Well, he formed the Forum 8, founded Foursquare, invented the backside rodeo, met Bjork after being knocked out at the Air & Style, had a pro model with a Rainbow on it, was a featured rider in The Garden and has let us revel in his Colon for over a decade amongst other trail blazing achievements. Now another milestone can be added to the legendary list: interviewer.

Conducted over an afternoon at the X Games Heated Discusssions With Peter Line is one legends quirky take on the sit down interview. First up is a few minutes between Peter and Louie Vito where Line establishes his impressive resume of X Games medals, discusses Dancing With The Stars and whether or not Louie has ever appeared on the cover of a newspaper. On a side not when Peter says "Fireside Chat" he means to say Heated Discussion. Stay tuned every Monday and Wednesday for new episodes.

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Tips For The Road: Jamie Lynn #1

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Tips For The Road: Jamie Lynn #1

Listen to the legends of Snowboarding! You can learn from their experience and even safe some cash...the first episode is about a cheap lift ticket solution by Jamie Lynn. For more PiRATE TV shows go to pirate-movie-production.com/tv

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