Otherwise known as Icon these boards are back, badder and banging at your door for this season. Supporting team riders Tomi Savela, Danny Wheeler, Heppu Pentti, Tapio Kuusakoski, James Beach, Kauis Korpela and Ali Toppinen the team is out and out northern destruction. With their incredible entry level Wallpaper at only £220.00 (GBP) to the Asgard and Pro models up to £400.00, the range predominantly uses a tip to tail wood core with a range of glass laminate and sintered ptex bases.
Following in the footsteps of Quiksilver Deep, the first surfing watch to give information on all surfing spots, the Yeti is a 100% snow watch. It is the first to calculate the incline of the slope, it displays the weather and offers all the advantages of a barometric altimeter as well as many other practical functions (stopwatch, alarms, dual display, racing countdown, etc.). The Yeti was designed to meet the expectations of riders. Each of these functions is made for them. Its ease of use is only equalled by the complexity of its technology. The height of accuracy at its zenith!
Dedicated is the page in which we give some airtime to the folks who work unseen and unsung behind the scenes of snowboarding: the hardworking proletariats without whom the sport would surely flounder. This issue’s unsung hero is Nitro Snowboard’s own Mark Welsh.
Despite featuring in international snowboard magazines for several years now, Heinz Löhle is a pro rider that prefers to keep a low profile. As a result of his timid and reserved nature, there are few people who know much about this talented German rider. Onboard decided it was time to take matters into its own hands and shed some light on the up-and-coming ripper.
A few issues back, I was told I couldn’t use the word besserwisser. This was supposedly due to it not being a word that our demographic (that’s you) would know. Although my noble task to try and educate and widen the vocabulary of the English youth was declined, it sparked a new idea. Instead of making it into a German lesson, I would change the subject into something I actually knew something about. This is the condensed version of the life and history, as well as some fascinating facts, about my fellow countrymen, the Swedes.
I went off the edge of the cliff in a small but unexpected slide of powdery snowy. There was only a minor degree of control involved from my side in what happened. Grasping for a deep breath of crisp, cold Italian mountain air, I could spot where I was going to land as soon as the cloud of snow around me cleared. It was some fifteen to twenty metres below – in a huge solid-rock surface…
Peter Lundström is 27 years old and comes from Skelleftea, Sweden. He started taking photos eight years ago just before getting into college at the Kantzowska Mediacentreand started to shoot snowboarding around the same time with his buddy Ronnie Andersson. In 2001, Peter applied for an internship at Onboard and spent the next six months working as the web designer and later online editor, all the while broadening his rider contacts and sharpening his photographic technique. Today, the eccentric little Swede's submissions are some of the most eagerly anticipated by Onboard's editorial team.
A new model for this season from the eyewear specialists Spy, the Omega is a no-nonsense bit of eye protection and this is DCP’s take on the blighter – with an exclusive design and colourway. A big old frame holds an oversized dual-pane lens system for crystal clear panoramic vision, and by featuring Spy’s patented Scoop technology the Omega ensures it stays as fog-free as possible. Triple layer foam with moisture wicking fleece means the Omega sits on your face comfortably and we’re well down with how understated these look.
Travis has the habit of blowing minds every time he stands on a snowboard. And this is the snowboard upon which he stands when making your brain go pop. The weird, wiggley edge – Magne-traction – has seven contact points which, as Lib sagely point out, is more than two and thus better. Lib-speak aside, we can only say that it works, with noticeably better edge hold on ice and, basically, a blast to shred on. One of the fastest bases known to humanity helps Travis get over those stupid big jumps, and this stick has mad pop from the Power Transfer sidewalls. The package is topped off with some crazy Mike Parillo graphics.
Devun’s über stealth limited edition signature model comes full to the back teeth with the goods required for a corker of a goggle. These Walshes will protect your eyes from all harmful frequencies of sunlight through the bronze mirror amber lens plus the quality of vision is banging thanks to the spherical shape. They’re comfy on your melon, too, being that the frame’s backed with the luxuriant contoured velvet face foam. New for this season is R-Tex mesh, which covers over the vents’ holes and provides a moisture wicking surface to keep the vents clear of snow and ice. They look the business and have the Walsh seal of approval – what more do you want?
We do our best to live up to our journalistic obligations at Onboard. One of them is that we on a regular basis write up lists of ‘stuff’. ‘Stuff’ in this case can be anything we think is of great interest to you. Any serious publication does this. For example: Time Magazine compiles an annual list of 100 People Who Shape Our World. National Geographic does a pretentious list of The World’s 50 Most Beautiful Islands, and Sports Illustrated will eventually do a 25 Most Stunning G-string Buns in Britain. Well it’s about time we update Onboard’s tri-annual list of ‘Things we'd see in snowboarding if the world had only been rational’!
Helly dub the Logan 5 as the International Jacket of Mystery – designed to perform in the wide-ranging environments encountered by the team’s shreds across the planet. The interchangeable track jacket can be used on nippy days, left at home or worn down the boozer; pockets are aplenty for everything you’d ever need (they’ve gone as far as making the cargo pockets removable); and the fully taped, waterproof/breathable Helly Tech material keeps Mother Nature’s worst at bay. Other details include a snap-away, zip-off, stretch powder skirt, removable hood and an anti-chin-chafe collar. It can even be zipped together with its namesake pant for fully sealed snugness. You want any more out of an outerwear piece and you’d need to call NASA.
The second year for Adidas’s Burna sees the goggle receive a bunch of new colours, like this gold one here. But while beauty is only skin deep, functionality, in this case, penetrates right to the very core. ClimaCool and anti fog technology keep you mist-free, and as the vents are designed so air flows through the vents and back out, your eyes don’t get irritated. The toughened polycarbonate lens gives a wide field of vision with clarity that’s sharper than a lemon, and on the inside of the frame there’s cushy padding to ensure pressure is reduced whilst improving fit. Oh, and if you wear specs you can get a Performance Insert thingy for your prescription so you get the same performance as if you had 20/20 vision.
Ask any rider and they’ll put their home resort as their No. 1 mountain. The main reason for this is that when you spend a lot of time in one place, you get to know all the possibilities that the place has to offer. The actual Les Crosets resort is quite small but it’s the basecamp to all the other resorts that are part of Les Portes du Soleil which is Europe’s biggest ski domain. It includes about ten Swiss resorts along with another ten French resorts. There are rumours that if you want to start riding around through all the resorts, you better have a credit card and a passport with you as you might not have time to make it back and might get stuck across the border. It happens all the time.
Do you remember the last time you saw a 30-year old yummy mummy in high heels on the dance floor, legs spread wide like frickin’ Tina Turner, pumping away with her pelvis to some new version of Brian Adams’ Summer of 69? Most likely preformed by the worst cover band you’ve never heard. Après-ski. I loathe it.
Perplexingly, there’s nothing even remotely Neon looking about these bindings. Though the fact that one is white and the other black may still catch the eye of people in the lift line, should such things be of import to you. Part of the Artec Project line of snowboard equipment, these are full-on team-tweaked to have all the dampening, support and adjustability demanded by riders at the top of their game. Lightweight construction lends a hand to freestylers and the height-adjustable highback means you can have full jibbing freedom or maximum response according to your needs. Add some comfy straps and “whuuuup!” – there it is.
Finding your way around the Arlberg area (Lech, Zürs, Stuben, St Anton, St Christoph) in Austria, not far away from Innsbruck, might for some seem like an art form as puzzling and elusive as Uri Geller. With all the different resorts within the huge snow secure area, you always seem to be in the wrong one at the wrong time. Or at least that’s what all the different video crews would like you to think, just to stress you out.
Josh began last winter riding chair lifts at his home resort of Mt Batchelor with his girl and his roomie, and admits: “It’s nice to feel like a ‘real’ snowboarder sometimes by riding 20 runs a day and not have to yell ‘Dropping!’ every time you hit a jump”. Come the New Year, shooting with MDP took precedence, riding pow and hitting kickers with the crew. Just round the corner is a planned hip session in California. Remember last year’s shot of Josh in issue 76 ‘Big Mo’ Fo’ Jumps’ article?
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