What happened to HCSC's Session One recap? It's a conspiracy! Hopefully Bode Merrill and The Manimal can get to the bottom of this juicy story. Keep checking back to see what happens to The Marshmallow and find out what actually happened to the Session One recap.Read More
Recap: Laura Austin
Captions: Pat Bridges & T. Bird
When it rains it pours. Well it wasn’t really pouring, but it definitely was raining on and off at Day 3 of Ms. Superpark presented by Gatorade at Squaw Valley and the girls were still poring over the rail section, getting shots despite the less than optimal weather conditions. Ok, maybe that was a bad attempt at being clever but it was cool to see the ladies sticking it out in the flat light and variable conditions, hungry to get more shots under their belt.
Because of the wind and the poor visibility, the focus was on the rail/wallride section of the park created by SPT. Besides the lovely artwork in the snow created by some of the riders, Gatorade was poured in lines through transitions so that they could make out the terrain a little easier. Leanne Pelosi pulled off some good looking handplants on the quarterpipe, Ms. Superpark 1st timer Kelly Underwood was still putting down solid lines in the wallride section, and Erin Comstock was getting some good looking stalls and rock-to-fakies on one of the wallrides.
Later in the session with things winding down, Desiree Melancon brought up the idea of building a sort of hip/step-up over the stairset and landing on the transition behind one of the wallrides, making it about a 30-foot gap. Kjersti Buaas and Tosh.0 superstar, Darrah Reid-McLean, decided to stay back to hit it. The first couple tries were nail biters due to the high consequences of not clearing that gap… but after they figured out the speed it was on. The highlight was definitely Kjersti’s lofty Japan.
We’ll see how the rest of the week plays out at Ms Superpark, weather isn’t looking too great for Thursday so we may result to using Friday as a weather day since the girls are still itching to get some more riding in. Stay tuned.
The Winter Chosen Crew Video contest opened its doors on December 1st, 2011. In 10 weeks over 550 crews from 12 countries submitted their videos for the world to see.
These videos were filled with creativity, style, originality and progression. Many thanks to all the crews who took the time to share their creative vision with the world. These videos were made with lots of blood, sweat and tears, so without further delay let's see who made it into round 2.
Round 2 takes the CHOSEN to a whole new level. From now on it's all about votes. To win, crews will be hustling to get as many votes as they can from across the world.
The 3 crews with the most votes win a trip to the Chosen Sessions in Austria and the opportunity to battle it out for the ultimate prize - Living like a Nike pro.
You have until 6pm PST on March 5th to cast your vote for the crew that catches your eye at nike.com/chosen.
The final stop of the The Chosen 2011-2012 Tour rolled through Mt. Seymour just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday. The last event of the Tour was action-packed with many amateur snowboarders throwing down on the progressive course.Read More
The fourth recap from the first round of the Nike Chosen Crew Video Contest just dropped and it's filled with crews that have caught the attention of Nike's elite. Bobby Meeks returns this week from the SIA tradeshow in Denver, Colorado and breaks down the top three Noticed crews and top three crews that have earned honorable mentions.Read More
Words & Photos: Matt Petricone
So, NIKE was just doin' it again, turning Ams to pros and whipping up another visually appealing CHOSEN rail jam at Camelback Resort in Tannersville, PA. Camelbacks "Sunbowl" was quickly transformed into a unique street style jib line, giving a real diverse group of hungry east coasters a chance to "live like a pro" for the night. It was quite a scene -- an outrageous amount of lighting, fog machines pumping up top, a live Dj bumping down below, and tons of contenders flocking in from all over to get a chance to take home some seriously cold hard cash. The 3rd stop of the tour and the tour's only east coast event seemed to summon this season's elusive winter. Nike and the Camelback terrain park staff dialed in the complete setup just in time for a surprising natural storm adding to the already alluring NIKE wonderland.
The course consisted of a straight drop-in with four main features. The right side included a pole jam or gap to platform moving right into the two down rails, one large stock round bar and another skirted single barrel rail. For the lower left set, a creeper ledge and a square down-flat bar was set into a chiseled-out extended six-stair. The course dropped out to end with a massive propane tank set up as a spine, giving riders one final option for their run. The contest was set for 4 25-minute heats in a jam format, and included 100 invited riders total. The top three from each heat moved into the finals, along with 2 wild card picks.
Giving this right-coast batch of selected Am's the opportunity to perform on such a unique playing field really put the overall vibe on another scale. The hype carried through some intense heats, pushing everyone to elevate their game and deliver some real crowd-and judge-pleasers. The overall CHOSEN talent pool was impressive to watch, with each rider trying to outshine the next in hopes for an envelope and bragging rights.
1 Rob Howell $1500
2 Tom Weiss $500
3 Tim Lyons product
Adam Sloth $500
1 Kelsey Boyer $500
2 Tara Eminson product
Thanks to everyone at Nike, Camelback, CBK's park staff, Liquid Lightning, and all of the many CHOSEN competitors.
Next stop of the tour will be Salt Lake City, Utah January 20th 2012, stay tuned.
The Nike Chosen Crew Video Contest has been exploding with creative edits and proper riding. This first re-cap features The Mystery District, This Must Be the Place and Granny Findas. These crews have been noticed and are on track to being the top crews sent to Austria. You got what it takes? We're excited to check out what your crew has. Sign up, submit a video and create buzz for your chance to live like a Nike Pro. http://www.nike.com/chosenRead More
Last Friday, Peter Line and Eddie Wall's video "The Peddie Files" premiered at Vestal's headquarters in Costa Mesa.Read More
Words: Laura Austin
Some things just don’t go well together: toothpaste and orange juice, sex offenders and drunk children, flip flops and socks, etc. You would think snowboard contests and summer would fall into the same category, but on September 24th at Bear Mountain it was definitely a different story. 130 tons of ice, two-dozen riders, and thousands of colorful spectators gathered at the base of Bear Mountain for the 8th annual Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails.
This year’s setup was the most progressive I have seen at the event, and maybe any rail jam for that matter. The drop-in consisted of two identical wallrides that led the contestants into the main features. On the viewer’s right was a massive wallride containing a creeper rail allowing you to slide the rail or utilize the wallride and air over the whole thing. Along the wall was a stairset with a flat box that dropped off more than Charlie Sheen’s acting career and a down bar. To the viewer’s left was a closeout down bar and a gnarly down-flat-down with an aggressive 3-foot flat making the feature even more technical. And to top it off, in the middle was a large patch of grass, which riders could choose to air over from the upper deck making it a 20-foot gap to the landing.
The competitors were able to take advantage of every aspect of the course. Spencer Schubert pulled out one of the most technically impressive tricks of the contest with a backside 360 to 5-0 on the down-flat-down. After many attempts, Cody Boan was able to ride away from a backflip off the wallride (a definite crowd pleaser). Despite Jake OE’s lack of highbacks and tightly laced boots he was still smooth as ever throughout the whole setup. Ryan Paul pulled off a switch frontflip to a 50-50 on the creeper. Ted Borland had a noespress through the entire closeout down bar. Jonah Owen was one of the more consistent riders, laying down hammers all day including massive 270 front boards on the closeout rail. To be honest, with so many talented riders and the setup Bear Mountain laid before them I could write a novel trying to list all the standouts of the day.
When push came to shove the judging panel (Joe Sexton, JP Walker, Seth Huot, and Lauri Heiskari) had to come to the difficult conclusion of who would be walking away with the prize money. Melissa Evans took the $1,000 for the ladies being one of the only females to step to the monster wallride and ride away from it. Jesse Paul scored himself 3rd place and a cool $1,000 for the men. Brandon Hobush took second and $3,000. And to top it all off, crowd pleaser Ryan Paul came out with the win and $10,000.
There isn’t anything quite like Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails. When you put snow, 80 degree temperatures, spectators who are willing to do anything for free product, insane features, and a handful of entertaining riders in one place you know you are in for a treat and a great way to lead into the winter season. We are anxious to see what Clayton Shoemaker, Rio Tanbara, and the rest of the Bear Mountain crew have in store for next year.
Session 3 has finished at Windells Snowboard Camp and it was a whirlwind of a week. Check out the recap and photos.Read More