Denis 'Bonus' Leontyev at Windells, summer 2013.Read More
Sage Kotsenburg, Ethan Morgan, Halldor Helgason, and Denis Leontyev hit the streets of Moscow.Read More
Pure Shred #3 from Russia, featuring Alexey Suvorov, doing some spring shredding.Read More
Denis Leontyev shreds the park at Laax in 2013. If you haven't watched Denis ride, give this video a look, you'll be glad you did.Read More
"The last week of March we decided to drive up north until we hit some snow. We ended up in Jyväskylä, Finland. Appearently it was a Russian Holiday so all hotels and hostels were booked so we ended up driving to Laajis, a small resort with a cool park and a Hostel at the bottom.
Our first day there we ran into Toni Kerkelä, unfortunately he couldn't hang out longer because he had a trip to USA planned, but he hooked us up with all the spots he could think of. We shredded Jaahlis in the morning and went spothunting in the afternoon. Just a day in the life, with cameo's Aleksi Kemiläinen and photographer Lenn Verjans." - Spoiler Alert
Featuring: Cees Wille, Gerben Verweij, Joey van Essen, Kas Lemmens, Kevin de Haan, Wessel van Lierop.
Words & photos: Ryan "Huggy" Hughes
Just getting to the hill can be sketchy in mid winter. Solid winter tires should be a part of any snowboarder’s gear, but what do tires have to do with your shred kit? Italian tire maker Pirelli has teamed up with Burton to design a boot using their research in traction control. The sole of the boot is made with the same materials and technology as the world-renowned tires. Even the tread is optimized for gripping your bindings and walking across icy parking lots (you know those days when skiers are yard sale-ing left and right, it’s wrong to laugh but impossible not too).
Most people wouldn’t consider snow tires sexy, but leave it to the Italians to make it happen. When Pirelli launched their new Scorpion tire and the Burton collaboration snowboard gear, they made sure some of the hottest models in the world were there to present them. As far as the board, boots, and bindings go, it’s difficult to describe the aesthetics with out repeating the word sexy again, so I will try a different path. If Darth Vader picked out a snowboard set up, this would be it. Inspired by 70s racing culture, the gear is pimped out in black and gold.
The Pirelli Burton Ion boot is widely available at Burton authorized dealers. However, the Pirelli Mystery board and bindings are a very limited edition, and available exclusively at their flagship store in Milan, Italy for the 2012-2013 season. Anyone who is lucky enough to test ride this gear (myself included) will tell you it’s the lightest setup in the history of the universe thus far. It made ollies effortless, and was an incredibly smooth ride, even at the end of the day when the park was rutted. This Mystery board feels solid in the park, but wasn’t necessarily originally built for that. Besides being extremely light weight, the most noticeable characteristic is the Mystery’s snappy surfy feel in the backcountry. Pirelli is a stylish brand, but they are not just about glamour and lifestyle. They did it right with this Burton colab and produced a high performance set up that could be enjoyed in any conditions.
This video showed up in our inbox from Russia to post on the site. Seemed interesting enough with some nice videography... but we were sold on the snowboarding behind a dog sled. Mostly because the dog sled driver... (Musher?)... looked so awesome. Enjoy.Read More
Here's Airblaster's trip to Russia, part 2!Read More
Ten days of adventure in Russia with Nick Dirks and Brandon Cocard.Read More
We guess there isn't much to do in an indoor park but to mess around on rails so it is no wonder this kid has tech rail tricks on lock.Read More