Onboard Magazine http://onboardmag.com The latest snowboarding videos, news, photos and snowboarding products from Onboard Snowboarding. en Elooa Splitboarding Camps - All dates and Infos http://onboardmag.com/news/european-news/elooa-splitboarding-camps-dates-infos.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77927 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:11:31 +0000 Yalda Walter elooa_Launch_Visuals_Wi15_SPL elooa SPLITBOARDING 2014/15 – Be part of the dream On five elooa SPLITBOARD CAMPS presented by K2 SNOWBOARDING they offer all curious and already hooked snowboarders the chance for unforgettable experiences in the backcountry and runs through untouched powder on a splitboard. Whether splitboard newbie or seasoned pro - they’ve got something in store for everyone! All camps offer brand new K2 splitboard equipment of the 2014/15 season for testing as well as professional advice, showing all participants an unforgettable time in the backcountry. Supervised by seasoned and certified mountain guides, who will also give basic instructions on avalanche safety to ensure the campers don’t only learn how to handle and ride a splitboard but are also safe in doing so. In addition to that, you will be accompanied by experienced freeride pros who share the passion for this sport and are able to give valuable tips as well as a real life insights into the scene. The packages always contain an all-inclusive weekend with accommodation and half board, K2 Splitboard Test, mountain guide, avalanche safety training, photo shoot and a valuable goodie bag. Next to tons of fun, new friends, a great experience and improved skills of course! New for this season, next to a high alpine camp with accommodation on 3000m in the Swiss Engadin, is a proper splitboarding world premier: the first official guided transalpine crossing on a splitboard! If that’s not reason enough to check out elooa this winter, then what is!? For further information and booking head to www.elooa.com elooa SPLITBOARD CAMPS presented by K2 SNOWBOARDING K2 X elooa SPLITBOARD STARTER CAMP – Obertauern – 12.12.-14.12.2014 K2 X elooa SPLITBOARD BASICS CAMP – Kleinwalsertal - 09.01.-11.01.2015 K2 X elooa SPLITBOARD BASE CAMP – Kelchsau – 20.02.-22.02.2015 K2 X elooa SPLITBOARD ENJOYER CAMP – Diavolezza – 06.03.-08.03.2015 MARMOT X elooa SPLITBOARD EXPLORER CAMP – Allgäu – 27.03.-29.03.2015 elooa SPLITBOARD ADVENTURES K2 X elooa GEORGIA SPLITBOARD ADVENTURE – Gudauri – 07.02.-15.02.2015 K2 X elooa TRANSALP SPLITBOARD ADVENTURE – Alpenüberquerung – 16.03.-22.03.201 ]]> Route One - Parked Up in Europe Part 1 http://onboardmag.com/videos/crew-edits/route-one-parked-europe-part-1.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77819 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:38:00 +0000 Sam Oetiker Watch what went down when the UK's Route One snowboard team headed out to the Alps for 9 days cruising the pistes, parks and pow in some killer European resorts!  There are few things better in life than embarking on a road trip with your homies. And when that road trip involves hitting up some of the finest snowparks our fair continent has to offer, you can't really go wrong. The Route One team hail from the UK, where snowy mountains are few and far between. What better way to get stuck into some snowboarding than to jump in a motor home with your mates and hit the continent, one resort at a time. Watch as Si Belson, Will Radula-Scott, Rowan Biddiscombe and Cody Hierons hit up Snowpark Gstaad and Schöneben Snowpark with some mellow lines through the parks and more than a few solid pow slashes - not bad for the middle of March! With radio mics rigged up on the riders to give us live insights on how the guys felt when hitting these parks for the first time, we get a little more than just your standard park edit. Stay tuned for part two dropping soon! Episode 1 of the Route One: Parked Up In Europe trip sees the Route One Snowboard Team travel from the City of London, crammed in a motorhome, set for the European Alps to uncover some of Europe's hidden snowparks. First stop was Snowpark Gstaad, nestled away in the South West of Switzerland. Then on to the South Tyrol, just over the the Italian border to the Schöneben Snowpark that sat above Lake Resia. They set off mid March for 9 days predicting sunny skies and spring conditions, perfect for lapping the parks....the reality was quite different, with one of the biggest snow storms of the European winter to kick off the trip meant for some sketchy mountain driving and more powder turns than rail lines. Watch out for Episode 2 coming soon to see the team continue their journey through the Alps on to Austria to check out the Planai Superpark and Hochkonig's King's Park. Featuring Si Belson, Will Radula-Scott, Rowan Biddiscombe and Cody Hierons. Camera/Edit by Ben Marshall Photography by Will Brembridge Sponsored by Ride Snowboards, K2 Snowboarding, Spacecraft Collective, Dragon Alliance and Colour Wear. ]]> Rome Snowboards: Find Snowboarding - Norway Teaser http://onboardmag.com/videos/teasers-videos/rome-snowboards-find-snowboarding-norway-teaser.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77695 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:17:40 +0000 Sam Oetiker Check out the teaser for the third and final part of Rome Snowboards' excellent 'Find Snowboarding' teaser, which brings the crew out to the Folgefonna glacier in Norway for some fun laps in the sun. After venturing out to Kazakstan and the Aleutians region in Alaska, the Rome team are bringing it back a little closer to home for the third and final part of their 'Find Snowboarding' series.
This is the tale of that road trip, the camaraderie, adventure, excitement and the unforgettable snowboarding that happens each summer at the Folgefonna glacier.
The crew started out in Munich, with Thomas Delfino and Will Lavigne hitting up the standing wave and riding a snowdome, before hitting the road to join Stale Sandbech, Toni Kerkela and Len Jorgensen up in Folgefonna, Norway. With some of the most entertaining snowboarders in Europe packed into one edit, we can't wait to watch this one. Look out for the full edit dropping later this week. For the third Find Snowboarding trip we set-out on a European road trip with a destination of Norway. Summer road trips are a time honored tradition so we knew we had to make this one for the ages. Starting with Thomas Delfino and Will Lavigne in Munich the boys hit the road headed north. River surfing, riding a snow dome in Bispingen, skating Hamburg, camping on the beaches in Sweden under the midnight sun and eventually making their way to Folgefonna to shred with Stale Sandbech, Toni Kerkela and Len Jorgensen. This is the tale of that road trip, the camaraderie, adventure, excitement and the unforgettable snowboarding that happens each summer at the Folgefonna glacier. ]]>
Higher Unplugged Episode 11: Behind the Scenes of Jeremy Jones’ Higher http://onboardmag.com/videos/web-series/higher-unplugged-episode-11-behind-scenes-jeremy-jones-higher.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77602 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:54:14 +0000 Sam Oetiker In the latest episode of Jeremy Jones' 'Higher Unplugged' we take an up-close and personal look at the unsung heroes of a project of this scale and magnitude: the cinematographers that capture all of the action on camera. There's a lot more that goes into making a snowboard movie like 'Higher' than meets the eye. From transportational logistics to making sure that everyone on the crew is fed, projects like this are a lot more complex than simply rocking up to snowboard a line. In episode 11 of Higher Unplugged we go behind the lens to meet some of the project's true unsung heroes: the filmers and cinematographers. Everything you see Jeremy Jones go through in the movie, these guys have to endure as well (minus some of the actual snowboard lines of course) and that's no easy feat when you have to lug so much gear around with you. These guys are working in some of the harshest, most extreme conditions on the planet, with state of the art camera equipment, which can make even the simplest tasks such as backing up footage and charging batteries a real struggle. Hear from filmer Nick Kalisz how some of these difficulties are managed and get an insight into what we can expect from the full 'Higher' movie. From what we can gather it's going to be a real spectacle.

WATCH MORE: Teton Gravity Research: 'Higher' Teaser 2

Ever wonder what it took to film Jeremy Jones’ Higher? In this episode of Higher Unplugged we travel behind the lens to learn the difficulties of filming in the world’s harshest landscapes. With each film in the Deeper, Further, Higher Trilogy Jeremy Jones’ riding has progressed along with the production quality of each movie. Hear from cinematographer Nick Kalisz as he explains the difficulties and intricacies of keeping cameras charged, footage safe, and hiking to film these amazing lines. Watch to learn more about how Teton Gravity Research is working to capture this amazing story in this episode of Higher Unplugged. ]]>
The Hippie Jump: Marc Swoboda, Terje Haakonsen and More Session a Giant Hip http://onboardmag.com/videos/crew-edits/hippie-jump-marc-swoboda-terje-haakonsen-session-giant-hip.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77561 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:17:22 +0000 Sam Oetiker Watch an all-star cast of Marc Swoboda, Terje Haakonsen, Pat Moore Arthur Longo and more session one of the largest hips ever constructed in Europe. P-20141013-00805_News(c)Lorenz Holder_Red Bull Content Pool When it comes to providing a spectacle on a snowboard, you can rarely go wrong with a giant hip. This past spring, Marc Swoboda assembled an all-star cast to session a monster feature in Kitzsteinhorn and it's safe to say that the session went off. P-20141013-00829_News(c)Lorenz Holder_Red Bull Content Pool Watch Marc Swoboda, Benny Urban, Dominik Wagner, Basti Rittig, Arthur Longo, Sam Taxwood, Wojtek Pawlusiak and Terje Haakonsen make the most of the massive multi-hit feature and if you ever get the chance to watch a session like this go down in real life, take it. P-20141013-00798_News(c)Lorenz Holder_Red Bull Content Pool Take a hand-picked selection of the best urban and transition riders from all over the world, a massive amount of well groomed snow and don’t forget about the passion - et voilà you get a snowboard-session of its finest. Marc Swoboda loves music and there’s just one thing for what he’s got even bigger emotions: snowboarding As the head of the project he spends memorable days with his crew up on the Kitzsteinhorn and in the Freeride WG down in Kaprun. Snowboarders are continually looking to push the progression of their sport, so when Marc Swoboda concepted a monster hip that could launch riders over 30 feet up in the air, there was no doubt that snowboarding's top riders would be all-in. The best hip and urban riders descended upon Swoboda's Hippie Jump for an all-time session of massive airs and stylish tricks, boosting enormous tricks on one of the biggest hips ever ridden. Enjoy. Cast: Marc Swoboda, Benny Urban, Dominik Wagner, Basti Rittig, Arthur Longo, Sam Taxwood, Wojtek Pawlusiak and Terje Haakonsen ]]> Updated Stubai Premiere Setup Infos! http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/updates-stubai-premiere-setup-infos.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77543 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:13:54 +0000 Yalda Walter
Unfortunately the actual snow conditions don’t allow the Moreboards Stubai Premiere to take place as planned over the whole summer. That’s why the folks over in Stubai had to change the plans in order to offer you a great weekend, despite the bad snow situation – just as you are used to from the Moreboards Stubai Premiere. Because of the lack of snow at the Stubai Zoo location the park has to stay closed. But no fear: they are shaping an alternate setup next to the Eisgrad station with some interesting jibs at the moment. You can expect a small, but nice Mini Shred where all kinds of shredders will have a lot of fun. The whole programme including the sideevents like the Adidas Jersey Jam, the Skullcandy Trick Sessions and the Nikita Girls Camp will of course take place as planned! The DC Jib Battle with a mix of pro and amateur riders will remain in force. The registration is on site and there will be a prize money of 1.000 Euros. Directly next to the Mini Shred at the Eisgrat, you’ll find the Brandsaloon, the test area with all your favorite brands. The Brandsaloon will get additionally pimped with a chill out area where free drinks and free BBQ are waiting for you. DJs and some special guests will deliver good sound & tunes. It for sure won’t get boring at any time! Stubai will also adjust the lift ticket prices for the weekend of the Moreboards Stubai Premiere: For 20 Euros you will get a special Premiere-Test-Ticket. With this ticket, you can exclusively jib and hike the Mini Shred at the Eisgrat. Attention: This is not a normal ski pass! The party weekend at Neustift will stay the same. Friday and Saturday are going to be big with music acts like the Deluxe Soundsystem, Afrob Live, the Drunken Masters and Die Boys (Deichkind/Hamburg)! We are looking forward to a fun bringing Moreboards Stubai Premiere with you! All further information about the weekend can be found in detail on www.stubai-premiere.com.
Onboard Issue 147 - On Sale Now! http://onboardmag.com/magazine/onboard-issue-147-sale-now-2.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77522 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:09:16 +0000 Yalda Walter 001_OB147 Cover/Spine Final.indd
Roope beasting it out with a massive Backside Rodeo at the Onboad Send Off Session in Stubai. Photo: Sami Tuoriniemi
You have been bravely putting up with heat, sweaty and disgusting people and everything else that has to do with that big, dark hole happening between the winter seasons, but you've finally managed to get through all the suffering. Now it's time to get what you deserve: temperatures dropping and hopefully very soon countless amounts of snow falling. Accompanying you on the way there is our first proper issue of the season, that'll get you finger-licking excited for what's ultimately upon us all again - mighty winter full of epic shredding times.
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Seems like Europe's richest of the rich are afraid to go off-piste, which means more space to let loose for the pros...
Upon the regulars like Trickology with some high rail jibbing by Will Smith, Jesse Augustinus and Ludde Lejkner, Respect that is given to Jamie Lynn as one of snowboarding's crucial heavy-weights or Videodrome featuring Taco Trip's Buffet (check the sick teaser here!), you'll get an insight into Switzerland's snow covered Monaco, that has been attracting several crews last season with its crazy good snow conditions - KB & Tor, Buri, Gulli, Kareem - they've all been there in search for one of Europe's few spots with snow.
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Why hang out in lame bars when you can chill with the Jorgensen himself in a flashing red dumpster?
Onboard's first big rider profile of the season is Len Jorgensen, who we started to call "Mr.Awesome" in short. Wanna know why that is? Go buy the magazine and read all about him and his insanely creative ways of approaching snowboarding.
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Caution! Gambling can lead to serious addiction. Or awesome snowboarding.
The Pirates are on the Premiere tour for their new movie Perceptions and are leaving their audience baffled at every stop. We know this because we've been there. Twice! It ain't always as easy as it seems though and on their trip to Canada, they've had quite some troubles to deal with. Read more in the article that's accompanied with some fine-ass photography from Matt Georges.
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Werni sending it to the moooooooooooooon
Talk about troubled, we've had our annual spring Send Off Session at Stubai and the Weather Gods surely weren't feeling all too well that week. But with some effort and some of the absolute best riders Europe has to offer, we made it work. Check out the complete edit AND the bangers edit online and the story of what went down in the mag. Alongside with these extra special stories, you'll of course get regulars like Blowing Up, this time featuring Rail Queen Rachida Alouad, Nicolas Müller's Shred Setup and tons of stuff for you to win! Now if that didn't convince you to get out there right this second to get the mag, you should either go and see some kind of doctor to explain your lack of common sense or it has already arrived at your door step, because you've always been the smartest kid in your class and got a subscription. It's never too late to become a wise man though, so get your new Onboard subscription right here and believe king Bob M.'s words, caus then every little thing is gonna be alright!    ]]>
World's Largest Halfpipe Set to Open in Laax, Switzerland. http://onboardmag.com/news/scene-news/worlds-largest-halfpipe-set-open-laax-switzerland.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77534 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:10:05 +0000 Sam Oetiker Here's some exciting news for the upcoming season: Laax is set to open the largest permanently operated halfpipe in the world. Home of prestigious events such as the Burton European Open, Laax already sets the standard when it comes to halfpipes in Europe. For the 2014/2015 season, the resort has extended their already world class halfpipe to 200m in length so that it meets Olympic standards, and its new 6.90m height makes it unique as the largest halfpipe worldwide. Find out more with the full press release below: Europe’s leading freestyle destination LAAX is set to kick off the winter season with a truly sensational development: the opening of the largest permanently operated halfpipe in the world. With the new halfpipe totalling 200 metres in length and 6.90 metres in height, the Swiss freeski and snowboard resort is setting a new standard for winter sport, and on 6 December 2014, a grand opening party is being held to celebrate the new superpipe going into operation. A special feature of the new facility is that not only will it be open to professional athletes, but also to all guests of the ski resort. A superpipe of superlatives LAAX is soon to become the proud location of the world’s largest permanently operated halfpipe. It will debut in the 2014/2015 winter season and remain open throughout the entire period from December to April. The halfpipe, now extended by 60 metres to 200 metres, is of Olympic standard, and with a height of 6.90 metres, is unique worldwide. The halfpipe is situated in the NoName snowpark and thus directly in the heart of the ski resort. The official opening will take place on 6 December 2014. With the construction of the superpipe, LAAX is setting a new global benchmark.

WATCH MORE: Laax - Tales from the Crap teaser

Win 10 day tickets with the QParks Meme Challenge http://onboardmag.com/news/european-news/win-10-day-tickets-qparks-meme-challenge.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77405 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:47:34 +0000 Yalda Walter 28 SKI RESORTS – 10 DAY TICKETS. TAKE PART IN THE QPARKS MEME CHALLENGE! Winter is coming – and with it the QParks MEME CHALLENGE! The folks over at QParks can hardly wait for the next winter season to start off and that’s why they are giving away 10 day tickets for any of their 28 snowparks for the best meme! Create your own winter-meme in the QParks MEME MACHINE, share it on Facebook and collect the most votes for your text-picture-combination. Meme..what? Don’t worry, here are all the details you need to know… One does not simply win 10 day tickets… or does one? Why, yes - in the QParks MEME CHALLENGE! Memes? Rrrright, you know, those funny images with catchphrases called “memes”. They dominate the news-streams of Facebook and other social media sites, using popular characters to tell us that ‘winter is coming’ or that ‘one does not simply’ do certain things, and a grumpy little cat with a very negative attitude, preferably commenting on things with “NO”.... Get the picture? The big QParks MEME CHALLENGE is your chance to win with your very own meme. As the winner you will get as many as 10 day passes, which you can then use in one or several ski resorts of your choice. That is to say, the winner can either go to one ski resort 10 times on his own, or 5 times together with a friend. Or he can plan his personal road trip through 10 of the 28 resorts that are home to a QParks snowpark. Your options are manifold! Now it’s your turn! Create your personal winter-meme in our QParks MEME MACHINE. You can either upload your own photo or use one of the 3 provided default pics as a canvas for your best catchphrases in your preferred language on the topics winter, freestyle, skiing, snowboarding, etc. Let’s get started…! Here’s how it works: 1. Create your personal winter-meme on our website in the QParks MEME MACHINE 2. Post your meme on Facebook using the hashtag #QPARKSMEMES 3. All memes which will be posted with the hashtag #QPARKSMEMES until October 26th 2014, will be taking part in the online voting for the most popular meme 4. The meme that gets the most votes wins! To paraphrase a famous internet meme: “We don’t always... encourage you to make your own memes..., but when we do...., we reward you with a cracking prize!” So may the best meme win! You can find more info on the QParks MEME Challenge and on our 28 snowparks on www.qparks.com and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook! Ride On! ]]> Kaunertal Opening 2014 Highlights http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/kaunertal-opening-2014-highlights.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77357 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:57:43 +0000 Yalda Walter IMG_7126 It all started on friday with the arrival of countless buses filled with pupils who participated in the new innovative school project called „School’s on glacier“ powered by Raiffeisen Club Tirol. The idea was to get school students out of their class rooms and into the wild to expirience an unconventional but highly interesting day on the glacier and become aquainted with glaciology, resort marketing or snow industry innovations in the corse of different diverse workshops. AdidasJerseyJam Next to that the Blue Tomato Testival offered the latest freeski and snowboard equipment of the upcoming season for free testing. An incredible collaboration of 74 different brands made their way to the Kaunertal glacier and supported the kick off event of the snowpark Kaunertal. The first athletic highlight was the Monster Rail Session presented by downdays.eu. The sundowner was a relaxed after ride sessions in the valley including a mini skate ramp, free BBQ and DJ sound. Friday night providet a massive line up at the KTO music festival tent. Invasion Sound ft. Suverena Live, Kya Bamba Soundsystem and Cali P & DJ Kaprisson set the crowed on fire topped off with two of the most brilliant winter movies of the season. „Pure“, the second master piece from the ladies of Shades of Winter and the Pirate Movie Production made the heards of many winter lovers beat a little faster. Park_Contest44 It has not just been the Pro Contest, that made the second day of the 29th KTO so special. A splitboard worshop by Split.Hike.Ride powered by Kornland and the fantastic Adidas Jersey Jam have also been unneglectable highlights. Freeski and Snowboard Pro Riders from all over the world got together at the KTO Pro Contest and competed at a high end level. Eric Beauchemin and Elena Koenz stood out at the snowboard contest. Saturday night was wild in its usual manner. Supported by the stunning movie artwork of the Freeski Crew and a snowboard movie by Postland Theory acts like the local HipHop legends Jo!Zepp – Chrisfader – Testa and the Wax Wreckaz made the crowed to wild. Headliner of the evening was the austrian/ english Live Combo Mr. Dero & Klumzy Tung. Party_CaliPLive Compared to the explosive pro contest on saturday, the amateur contest on sunday was dialed down a notch but still filled with Riders with outstanding skills and an extraordinary style. Maximilian Preissinger got rewarded not just for best rookie and best trick, he also won the overall snowboard amateur contest. The „Komm her & Style Session“ presented by Skiing & Snowboard MBM ended the Opening with a smooth and chill Rail Session. Once again the mother of all openings managed to set a mark in the landscape of winter openings and has again created a unique kick off event for the snowpark Kaunertal. http://vimeo.com/108609383 ]]> Pat Moore Wins X Games Real Snow Backcountry 2014 http://onboardmag.com/videos/pat-moore-wins-x-games-real-snow-backcountry-2014.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77347 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:42:30 +0000 Sam Oetiker Pat Moore and filmer Jake Price have been voted for by their fellow riders and filmers as the winners of X Games Real Snow Backcountry 2014. In an age where the contest side of snowboarding definitely garners the lion's share of the attention in the mainstream media and general public, the X Games Real Snow concept was conceived to bring an equally important side of snowboarding into the spotlight.

Watch Pat Moore's winning X Games Real Snow Backcountry 2014 part here.

  This year, Andreas Wiig, Iikka Backstrom, Jussi Oksanen, Pat Moore and Mikey Rencz all filmed 60 second parts with their chosen filmers in a bid to win an X Games gold medal for their efforts. In a change of format for this year's X Games Real Snow Backcountry contest, the public vote and judge's choice was replaced by one single vote for the winning 60 second edit, cast by the riders and filmers themselves. Watch the Mack Dawg produced video above to watch all of the riders give their take on the contest and filming in the backcountry, and to gleam some of their thoughts on their competitor's edits. In the end, Pat Moore, earned the majority of the votes with an explosive, energy-filled beast of a part filmed by Jake Price with that classic Volcom aesthetic. We think it was a worthy choice and it confirms that the new voting process is a solid one.

If you missed them, check out all of the X Games Real Snow Backcountry 2014 edits below:

Tailgate Alaska In Short Episode 34 - Heli Time with Black Ops Valdez and Ralph Backstrom http://onboardmag.com/videos/web-series/tailgate-alaska-short-episode-34-heli-time-black-ops-valdez-ralph-backstrom.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77259 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:29:31 +0000 Sam Oetiker The latest episode of Tailgate Alaska In Short is a blinder! Take a trip in a Black Ops heli and watch as Ralph Backstrom charges the big mountain faces of Thompson Pass near Valdez, Alaska! Ralph Backstrom is a beast at snowboarding and there's nothing better than seeing him unchained in his element. In the latest episode of Tailgate Alaska we witness a full-on snowboard onslaught as Ralph attacks the gnarly peaks of Thompson Pass, a stones throw away from the Tailgate Alaska base camp. From sweeping heli shots to ridge-line descents to crazy POV angles, this is one episode of tailgate Alaska that you do not want to miss.

Watch the other Tailgate Alaska episodes here

2015 marks the eight edition of Tailgate Alaska, the event is the annual pilgrimage of dedicated recreational riders, professional athletes and the industry to ride the world’s best mountains and deepest snow on the planet. Dates are 3-12 April 2015 at Thompson Pass, Alaska. Tailgate Alaska offers multiple on-site rescue teams and free daily snow science classes, nightly seminars given by industry veterans and snow safety experts, who share their experience with participants of the event. We are honored to invite you to ride the best mountains and snow conditions of your life at Tailgate Alaska, check out www.tailgatealaska.com or contact rasmus@tailgatealaska.com TICKET SALES OPEN SHORTLY. More news to follow… follow Tailgate Alaska on FACEBOOK here. ]]>
GoPro HERO 4 Silver Edition Unboxing... by a Lobster http://onboardmag.com/snowboard-gear/snowboard-gear-reviews/gopro-hero-4-silver-edition-unboxing-lobster.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77221 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:34:36 +0000 Sam Oetiker We recently got our hands on one of the brand new GoPro HERO 4 Silver Edition cameras and roped in a wise red creature of the ocean to unbox it for us. We're not really sure what the hype is with these unboxing things but if the people wanna see 'em we're happy to deliver the goods. Read on for a few shots of the new camera and our first impressions:
The GoPro HERO 4 - front view
The GoPro HERO 4 comes included with everything you need to get going (minus an all important micro-sd card) and is bundled with the standard waterproof housing, skeleton + touchscreen compatible backdoors, a rechargeable battery, a curved adhesive mount, flat adhesive mount, quick release buckles, 3-way pivot arm and USB cable (lobster is sadly not included). It was pretty damn fiddly to get the screw open and get to the camera itself, but once we were in, we were excited to check out the new design, and in particular, the functionality of the LCD screen.
The battery compartment of the new HERO 4 silver edition has been moved to the bottom of the camera to make way for the LCD screen
To make room for the built in LCD screen, the battery compartment of the Silver Edition has been moved from the back of the GoPro HERO 4 to the bottom, and opens via a sliding mechanism. It's way easier than the removable 'flap' that we've seen in the past, although in theory, is at risk of snapping off.
The GoPro HERO 4 LCD screen, featuring video, single photo, burst photo, playback and setup options.
Although small, the screen is crisp and bright and decently responsive to touch, requiring a 'drag and hold' movement to unlock it. Once unlocked you can swipe from the right hand side to access video, single photo, playback and setup options. GoPro have also added a dedicated settings button in addition to the main 'mode' button on the front, which makes switching up your settings a whole lot easier. We approve.
The 'naked' GoPro HERO 4 Silver Edition
Stay tuned for a full in depth GoPro HERO 4 review coming soon!

Check out the full new GoPro HERO 4 line here.

NORTHWAVE & DRAKE: Welcome KOHEI KUDO to the team http://onboardmag.com/news/rider-news/northwave-drake-welcome-kohei-kudo-team.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77230 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:08:49 +0000 Yalda Walter image001 (1) It's exciting times for Koheo Kudo, as he's starting into the new season completely geared up in Drake Snowboards, Drake Bindings and Northwave boots! “We are proud to announce that all-star Kohei Kudo, has joined The Northwave and Drake International team. Kohei, who will now be riding Drake Snowboards and Drake Bindings, accompanied by Northwave boots, joins an already impressive international line up of riders. Growing up on Hokkaido Island (Japan), Kohei discovered his love for snowboarding at early age, while riding the amazing Japanese back country. Kohei soon started to develop a special expertise in the halfpipe and parks which resulted in him becoming one of the most all-around snowboarders in the world. Becoming a member of Northwave and Drake international team, Kohei said: "I am very excited to join the Northwave and Drake team. Taking this new step is very new to me, but I believe that this is an exciting change --- the new environment and the new people will undeniably reveal a new kind of skill set further my goals and allow me to pursue new and creative ways to bring my style of snowboarding to the world. I am honored to join those admirable these respected brands and to be part of a great team" In Northwave they say: "We are honored to have Kohei join us. He is a perfect match to our team. His smooth style and creative riding will take our team to a total new level". Follow the team on Facebook and Instagram @northwavedrake Kohei will take his place amongst the other Northwave Team riders: Antti Autti, Victor De Le Rue, Nejc Puko, Alvaro Vogel, Mercedes Nicoll, Luca Pandolfi, Niklas Askmayr, David Djité and Lukas Ellensohn.” ]]> Kaunertal Opening 2014 is ON! http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/kaunertal-opening-2014.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77224 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:58:48 +0000 Yalda Walter Contest_KTO13 Only a few days to go till the KOT14 goes down! The final phase for last preparations for the 29th Kaunertal Opening has begun and so there are some news to be announced. Though the weather doesn’t play into our hands as we hoped it will, the opening will be taking place as planed. Due to weather conditions the lifts will be limited to a special snowpark setup. This leads to fantastic packages for lift passes including the toll fare witch are available for 10 € per day for all three opening days. Everyone who is looking forward to test the freshest gear of the upcoming season will find what he or she is looking for at the Mega Testival. The Testival provides is a wide variety of the latest skiing and snowboard equipment witch can be discovered and tested in a relaxed atmosphere at the Blue Tomato Testival including Chillout Area, DJ Sound and Living Room Snowboard Museum. Unbelievable 74 brands offer their latest products for testing free of charge. Testival_KTO133 The guys from Split Hike Ride are also going to be part of the Testival village. Their splitboard workshop powered by Kornland pro Sports explains splitboard techniques and the latest splitboard products to the participants. And of course there will not only be theoretical. Right after you have the chance to start the first tour of the year on the glacier guided by professional guides. The perfect ending of a day on the glacier will be the After Ride BBQ Session with Skate Mini Ramp, free BBQ and drinks, DJ Sound and Slacklining. This session it is taking place on a new secret location. So bring your skateboard and watch out for signs. Then you shall be well prepared for the KTO Music Festival Tent with a huge line up of the hottest movie premiers. Pirate Movie Production, Freeski-Crew, Postland Theory and the girls of Shades of Winter 2 let the hearts of all skiers and snowboarders beat a little faster. The way to the glacier has never been easier than this year. In cooperation with VVT SmartRide there will be a free bus shuttle on all 3 opening days. So park your car, board and relax. Everyone who has not time for the whole weekend can have a perfect-planed opening day with Rietzler Reisen from Innsbruck. The bus starts at 7.30 in the morning from Innsbruck and returns after a massive party night with acts like Mr. Dero & Klumzy Tung and local heroes like Jo!Sepp – Chrisfader – Testa and the Wax Wreckaz at 01.00 o’clock in the morning. ]]> LIB TECH'S DOWNTOWN THROWDOWN - BOSTON - 2014 http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/lib-techs-downtown-throwdown-boston-2014.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77220 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:49:47 +0000 Yalda Walter DTTD_Poster_Web_2014 The Throwdown is coming! The Throwdown is coming! Lib Tech's Downtown Throwdown is packed up and heading to Boston! Another legendary city, new features, next level shredding and $20K in prize money...it's gonna be a wicked pissah! The Downtown Throwdown (DTTD) has grown from a local DIY project to the most anticipated and respected urban snowboarding event in the world, while entertaining tens of thousands of people over the past eight years in Seattle, San Francisco and Minneapolis. “I’m so stoked to bring this event to Boston” said event creator Krush Kulesza, “when we decided to bring it to the East Coast, this was the obvious choice…plus man...Aerosmith!” The DTTD has always set itself apart from other events by specifically choosing riders who focus on filming video parts and are out changing the face of urban snowboarding…and this year's line-up continues to back that up. Forest Bailey, Dylan Thompson, Ted Borland, Dillon Ojo, Brandon Reis, Andrew Brewer, Mike Rav, Jaeger Bailey, Spencer Shubert and Dylan Alito are among the 25 riders chasing $20,000 in the famous DTTD giant cardboard I.O.U.'s.  To date, the DTTD has paid out over $100,000.00! Fifteen New England hometown-hero riders will also compete in The Feeders! last chance qualifier earlier in the day with the top 3 moving on to the main event. When it’s all over, one of these riders will also have the bragging rights of joining a very heavy list of past DTTD winners including: Dan Brisse, Jed Anderson (twice), Nick Visconti, Brandon Hobush (twice), Dylan Alito, Nial Romanek and last year’s winner, Ryan Paul (twice). This year’s event will also be webcast to the world thanks to our friends at Snowboarder Magazine! So whether you’re in the crowd or on your couch, you can be entertained by the southing voices of Think Thank owner/Lib Tech Ripper Jesse Burtner, Crab Grab's Preston Strout and Snowboarder Magazine’s Tom “T. Bird” Monterosso. To continue the name dropping-DWD owner and longtime DTTD supporter, Sean Genovese will once again head-up our judgeMENTAL team that will include Massachusetts’s own Chris Grenier and Lib Tech legend Scotty Wittlake. Not enough yet? How ‘bout autograph signings from pro riders like Jamie Lynn, Eric Jackson and Forest Bailey? How ‘bout sponsor booths with prizes and new gear to check out? Raffles for snowboards and other great prizes? Yes...this will be THE event of the year! Grab a friend and get to City Hall Plaza at noon on Saturday, October 18 to witness the next chapter in this bitchin’ and FREE event! ]]> The Best Snowboards of 2014 2015 Tested and Reviewed http://onboardmag.com/snowboard-gear/snowboard-gear-reviews/best-mens-snowboards-2014-2015-tested-reviewed.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=75150 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:23:55 +0000 Sam Oetiker 2014-2015-Best-Men's-Snowboard-ReviewsWith the winter season almost upon us we thought it high time to present our extensive product reviews of some the best men's snowboards of the 2014 2105 season Over the course of last winter we attended several independent board tests and tested out a huge variety of different snowboards on a wide range of conditions. Over the following pages we present a selection of some of our favourite snowboards that we could get our hands on, along with vital statistics, manufactuers' blurbs and our own tester comments. Have a flick through and see what you find - you might just end up discovering the perfect new board for you this season. *More snowboards to be added shortly. Alternatively, you can jump to a specific snowboard using the links below: APO Iconic Sage Kotsenburg APO Supreme Bataleon Evil Twin Asym Bataleon Global Warmer Burton Custom Twin Burton Process Off Axis Capita DBX Capita Scott Stevens DC Hellcity DC Media Blitz Drake Team Flow Whiteout GNU Space Case GNU Space Out Head Force i Kers Head Instinct K2 Happy Hour Lib Tech Speedodeeps Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Lobster Nosejob Nitro Glory Stomper Nitro Überspoon Ride Helix Ride Wild Life Rome Butterknife Rome Gang Plank Salomon Sabotage Slash Aurora Smokin' Buck Ferton Technine LM Pro Völkl Alright Völkl Squad Prime YES Basic YES Jackpot iconic-sage-kotsenburg

APO Iconic Sage Kotsenburg Snowboard

Sizes: 153, 157, 155w, 158w | Price: €449 | Suggested use: Freestyle/park | Shape: Directional Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: "Like Sage Kotsenburg himself, his signature board is made to reach for the top spot of the podium. Based on a positive camber shape it combines a PB Blast Core and XV Carbon Strips to create an incredible pop which will  boost you off any kicker. It is a playful board with a flex designed for freestyle riding, making it more forgiving on icy or bumpy landings." What our reviewer says: This monster has a crazy potential for park but you need to have the level and the legs (and maybe even the weight) to make the magic happen. This is a serious machine for intermediate/advanced to expert park riders who like a stiff board who can take hard landings and stay compact. You can also ride it easy because of its versatility, but you'll find its real power when you push it - then you need the level to actually take it. You understand even more easily why Sage killed that park in Sochi, for example... Tester ratings: Friendliness: 5, Stiffness: 8, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 8, Response: 8 Good For: Charging the park (for intermediate to experts) Less Good For: Powder, and beginners - too tech, and a tad too stiff. Apo-Supreme-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

APO Supreme 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 157, 161, 159w | Price: €499 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Directional | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: "Do you ride hard on all terrain? Park, pipe or backcountry, the Supreme will be your best ally. Designed to charge in all domains, the Supreme simply excels. Celebrating its third birthday, this board stands tall, and it is no coincidence that Gerome Mathieu chooses to ride this board every day. Its Hybrid-W camber is a must for charging down powder runs and stomping tricks, while the tonic flex, XV Carbon Strips and the Sintered 8000 Base give you all the grip and stability needed to break the sound barrier. What more could one want? Oh yes, and the graphics where created by Matt Georges." What our reviewer says: Close to last years model, the top of the range Supreme is a beast of a snowboard and has no limit on speed or grip. Pretty solid all the way, it's also totally safe in switch, although maybe the ollie can be a bit hard in the beginning. Definately a perfect board for an advanced rider who wants to charge around the mountain. Be awake and beware the ultra precise edge. Oh, and this thing is ultra light! Tester Ratings: Friendliness: 3, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 8 Good For: Attacking the mountain and the park wedges with rage and anger, for good to expert riders. Less Good For:  Just cruising around and keeping it mellow - you could get punished... Bataleon-Evil-Twin-Asymmetric-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Bataleon Evil Twin Asym 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 153, 156 | Price: €479 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: TBT | Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: We have cerated an asymmetrical TBT board because your toes are not the same as your heels. Just think about it: your toes are further from your ankles, which makes it easier to apply exactly the pressure that you want. Your heels are much closer to your ankles and therefore make a less efficient pivot point, meaning that exact pressure application and error correction are both more difficult. This is why many riders naturally favor traverses and cruising on the toes. With ASYM TBT the uplift on your heel side starts further outside your bindings than on your toeside. This gives most looseness where you can easily handle it (on your toes) and more control and better turn initiation where you need it (on your heels) The result is that when riding on a flat base, there is a longer effective edge engaged on the toe side and more pressure can be applied before the board starts to carve. This is great for straighter jump take offs. On the heel edge, the faster onset of the sidebases mean that less pressure is needed to engage the edge making it super easy to regain control from a flat base. The asymmetric EVIL TWIN is still a twin because the nose still mirrors the tail exactly so it doesn’t matter if you ride it goofy or regular. What our reviewer says: The Evil Twin Asym was a blast to rip around on! Although the Triple Base Technology takes a couple of laps to get used to, once you've figured it out you really do get the best of both worlds: all the pop of camber, plus catch free edges which make buttering around much easier. The Asymmetrical design was definitely noticeable, with heel edge turns feeling easier to initiate than normal although this one did have a mid to stiff flex. Would be perfect for park riders looking to specialise more on the jumps. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 7, Response: 7 Good For: Park riders looking for a board they can send off jumps and rip the whole mountain with. Less Good For: Beginners or pure jib riders because this one was a little stiffer. Bataleon-Global-Warmer-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Bataleon Global Warmer 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 148, 154, 157, 156w | Price: €479.99 | Suggested use: Park | Shape: Twin | Camber type: TBT | Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: "The G.W. was introduced recently, to instant acclaim and for good reason: It is the specced up brother of the AIROBIC. The Global Warmer comes with a hardwood enforced CORE CORE and its secret lies in the extra carbon stringers under the bindings. Not so awesome for the environment but very awesome for turbo pop and next level performance while retaining a soft flex. The G.W. is the missing link, allowing freestyle riders to have just one board instead of one for rails and another for jumps. Snowboarding turned up to 11!" What our reviewer says: The Bataleon Global Warmer rules. Featuring a nice soft flex pattern and premium materials, this one's pretty much like a jibbers cadillac. That said, horizontal carbon stringers provide extra torsional stiffness for great edge to edge response and the tip to tail camber of the TBT made this one nice and poppy. This one was amazing fun to ride and we highly recommend it for jibbers looking for a high end stick that they can also take off jumps and around the mountain. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 3, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 6, Response: 6 Good For: Jibbers and park rats looking for a soft board that still has a ton of pop. Less Good For: Powder hounds plus riders looking for a stiff flexing board. Burton-Custom-Twin-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Burton Custom Twin 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 151, 154, 156, 158, 160, 163, 158w, 162w | Price: €600 | Suggested use: All Mountain/Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Camber or Flying V | Test conditions: Slush | What the brand says: "The twinned out alter-ego of the most iconic board ever gets an anatomically aligned upgrade." What our reviewer says: Super fun ride with great pop, but forgiving enough for intermediate riders to take all over the mountain without any issues. Handled the slush, crud and groomers super well and is highly recommended for any ability of rider looking for a board that can do it all. Sick hemp topsheet graphics too. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 7, Response: 7 Good For: Weekend warriors and freestylers looking for one board to rule them all. Less Good For: Jibbers or big mountain riders - basically anyone at the more extreme ends of the snowboard spectrum. Burton-Process-Off-Axis-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Burton Process Off Axis 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 152, 155, 157, 159, 162 | Price: €440.00 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: "Meet the new king of pop. This action-packed Process puts a whole new spin on park-tuned geometry" What our reviewer says: The Burton Process Off Axis is a super fun board for the whole mountain. Off-axis Squeezebox gives pop exactly where you need it although the board is soft enough to take on rails as well without you getting spanked. Superfly II core also used in the Custom gives it great pop and snap. This is the perfect board for the guy who wants to charge groomers and hit the park. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 7, Response: 7 Good For: Intermediate riders looking for a board to take all over the mountain and into the park. Less Good For: Advanced riders may want something with a little more stiffness and snap. Capita-DBX-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Capita DBX 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 151, 154, 157 | Price: €529.00 | Suggested use: All Mountain/Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Rocker/Flat/Hybrid depending on size | Test conditions: Slush | Size ridden by tester: 154 What the brand says: "With three X-Games Real Snow Medals and video parts validated by multiple appearances in Snow-boarder Magazine’s Best Riders on Earth issue, Dan is respected as one of the most talented snowboarders alive. His versatile style requires the properly versatile tools for getting the job done. We made an arsenal of discipline-specific boards for him, and now we’re making them for you. This includes a reverse camber 151 for jibbing, a zero camber 154 for the terrain park and cruising resorts,and a hybrid camber 157 for powder jumps and backcountry days." What our reviewer says: Dan Brisse devours everything. Accordingly he needs a board that can do the same. Brisse's pro model is available in 3 lengths and the one tested was his mid-size option for bossing roof gaps and such. The board's zero camber profile gave it stability on groomers and helped it to feel solid when charging. We weren't able to take it on kickers but it would have performed great. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 3, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 8, Response: 8 Good For: Going big, advanced dudes, roofgaps (!) Less Good For: Total beginners as it is pretty stiff/powerful Capita-Scott-Stevens-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Capita Scott Stevens 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 151, 153, 155 | Price: €479.00 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Reverse Camber| Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: "As a master innovator and industry leader in new tricks, Scott Stevens has set himself apart in the snowboarding game. Often imitated but never duplicated, his riding and personal style speak for themselves. With that said, we are proud to present the CAPITAAAH! Scott Stevens Pro. This twin-tip Freestyle FK park destroyer is exactly what Scott uses to get wild. Featuring carbon load bars for tons of pop and  anew full-perimeter cork/rubber dampening system for increased durability, this board was made to jib, bonk, slide, shred, ride, slap and pop off anything." What our reviewer says: We'll keep this one short: you know what you're getting when you pick up a Scott Stevens board. Super playful, soft flexing, creativy conducive awesomeness. Although not a total noodle, this one felt soft and great for jibbing, tail blocks and riding the whole mountain like a park. A lively and super fun ride. Features full edge dampening too. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 8, Stiffness: 3, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 6, Response: 6 Good For: Jibbing, one foots, park riders looking to lap rails! Less Good For: Big mountain riding and pure charging. Was a little twitchy at speed and more advanced all-round dudes will want a little more responsiveness. DC-Hell-City-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

DC Hellcity 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 150, 152, 154, 156, 158 | Price: €449.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Icy, then slush What the brand says: "Attack the entire mountain with traditional camber." What our reviewer says: This is a safe bet for the intermediate rider, especially because this board rides easy and maybe does not like to be pushed too much. It has a solid snap and rides perfectly switch. You can definitely ride anywhere and in all conditions with this board, but if you're on the gnarly side of shred, you probably will prefer the Supernatant. For the vast majority of the riders, this will be a very nice and secure board to progress on, especially if you'd rather go for the traditional camber. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 5, Response: 6 Good For: Guys looking to progress over the whole mountain with a solid board. Less Good For: Real gnarly stuff. The flex and pop is quite easy and mellow.

DC-Media-Blitz-2014-2015-Snowboard-ReviewDC Media Blitz 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 146, 150, 154, 158 | Price: €529.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Good What the brand says: "Designed for crushing every park hit in it's path, Torstein's brainchild board features the best in DC board technologies. The snappy response and loadable flex of traditional camber plus an arsenal of advanced technologies make this the lightweight weapon of choice for one of snowboarding's most progressive riders." What our reviewer says: This is a highly explosive board with huge pop and exceptional switch abilities, probably the safest and gnarliest switch behavior of the test. The classic flex gives you the option to ride it aggressive or a bit more relaxed, centered on the board. But you will need to be of a pretty good level and have solid legs to use this machine to its maximum. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 4, Stiffness: 9, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 8, Response: 8 Good For: Park. Because as long as you can work it, everything will work. Less Good For: Entry level riders or guys looking for a super playful board. This one's quite the beast.

Drake Team 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Drake-Team-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review Sizes: 154, 158, 161 | Price: €N/A | Suggested use: All mountain | Shape: Directional twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: "The ultimate all-around freestyle assassin, stronger than the Squad, defined by a lethal combination of high-performance features and our battle proven carbon rod laminates and performer core. It has unlimited potential, it is ultra smooth and will improve your riding in all situations, from deep powder to huge pipe walls. Featuring classic camber and with a whole new shape (directional twin blunt shape) it provides ultimate control and reactivity for improved hold when you’re ripping!! RIP AND SHRED EVERYDAY!!" What our reviewer says: The Drake Team is a beast of a snowboard! As the board Victor de le Rue takes off massive kickers it has the pop and stability to get the job done. This was insanely fast, powerful, and great for charging on. Definitely quite a stiff ride so recommended for intermediate/advanced riders looking for a board to send it on. We were super impressed with this board. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 3, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 8, Response: 8 Good For: Intermediate/advanced riders looking for a responsive, powerful ride. Less Good For: Beginners or jibbers Flow-Whiteout-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Flow Whiteout 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 153, 156, 159, 162 | Price: €500 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Directional Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Fresh snow What the brand says: "An action packed board for the whole family with tendencies to respond. This NEW addition to the Flow line offers a little bit of everything to everyone looking for a fun performance ride. A bit softer than our Black Out but with the same silhouette (less the ABT inserts) could be your next best friend. This board features friendly camber and a true twin shape, POP-CAM constructions and a sintered 4000 base. Great for side country, park, pipe or just cruising the whole mountain." What our reviewer says: Really good and safe behaviour on the slopes and off it, this mid range all-mountain steed loved big terrain and deeper snow. It has a very speedy base and was super responsive when you started pushing it. Landings were also pretty secure. A perfect choice if you just freeride and your level is from intermediate to advanced. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 3, Response: 7 Good For: Freeriding and all mountain for intermediate to advanced riders. Good edging and grip with an easier flex. Less Good For:  Pipe and the opposite end of the spectrum, jibbing. It's just not made for it! GNU-Space-Case-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

GNU Space Case 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 147, 150, 153, 156, 159 | Price: €579.95 | Suggested use: Jib/All Mountain | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hardpack What the brand says: "Forest Bailey is enlightened. He has taken note that all people are asymmetrical from front to back and that a snowboarder’s turn mechanics are galactically different from toe side to heel side. Working with the Gnu weird science team, Forest has developed his own mind freeing snowboard he calls the SPACE CASE that incorporates Forest’s favorite bio mechanical balancing design concepts to harmonize and maximize human potential." What our reviewer says: Forest Bailey's Space Case was everything you'd expect from GNU's staple jibber: soft enough for presses but not a complete noodle either, giving you enough back to take it over the whole mountain, without getting too squirrely either. This one had great grip on the hardpack conditions we rode it on thanks to the Magnetraction and, was a super easy board to get along with all told. Definitely better suited to those with more of a freestyle focus though. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 7 Good For: Jibbers and park riders who want a versatile board for the whole mountain and are down with getting weird like Forest! Less Good For: Powder freaks and guys looking for a board to totally haul ass on, as this does have a softer flex. GNU-Space-Out-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

GNU Space Out 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 153, 157, 161 | Price: €599.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain/Freeride | Shape: Directional | Camber type: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hard/icy What the brand says: "Forest Bailey is from Vermont and kills the rails but he is not just a rail guy. He likes to fly into space, blow up pillows, rip lines and generally do things snowboarders have always considered awesome. The Space Out is Forests personal rocket ship; fun shape, fun graphic, fun name, good times. DC2 BTX aggressive camber/rocker Banana tech stomps big landings, rips the hard pack and floats the pow. Mt. Weird will never be the same." What our reviewer says: Forest Bailey gets a second board in the GNU line! This one definitely has more of an all-mountain/powder focus, and although we didn't get to test this one in powder, it more than held its own on the hardpack/ice conditions. The magnetraction gave it great grip and it was great for charging around and hitting sidehits on. The unusual shape and fast sintered base made it great fun to shred and it was no problem riding it switch either. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 8 Good For: Dudes wanting a crazy looking board for attacking the whole mountain with! Less Good For: Beginners, as this one requires a little more skill and experience to get the best out of. Force-i-Kers-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Head Force i Kers 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 144, 149, 153, 156, 159, 162 | Price: €449.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Directional Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Hardpack What the brand says: "The FORCE i. KERS is an intelligent all-mountain board for progressive freestylers. It features regular camber in a high-end directional twin shape, on which the bindings are set back 1cm. Intellifibers give the board a brain; invented by the US Army to give rigidity to helicopter rotor blades, in a snowboard they translate energy into responsiveness in the FORCE i. KERS. A KERS chip also harvests kinetic energy and transforms it into pop and snappy turns. Combined with the precision of regular camber this tech makes the FORCE i. KERS a board a true all-mountain slayer." What our reviewer says: Tom Klocker's board of choice boasts plenty of power, response and pop, but it felt quite stiff when we rode it, so was definitely a bit more of a challenge when just trying to dick around on. Recommended for powerful riders looking to really step up their game this season. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 5, Stiffness: 8, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 7, Response: 8 Good For: Advanced freestylers wanting something they can push it on. Less Good For: Anyone wanting a mellower ride. Head-Instinct-i-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Head Instinct 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 146, 149, 153, 156, 159, 162 | Price: €449.95 | Suggested use: All mountain | Shape: Directional twin | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hardpack What the brand says: "The INSTINCT DCT i. KERS is an all-mountain directional twin, packed with all the riding goodness that our technicians and pro team could muster. These include a KERS Chip, a gadget adopted from Formula 1 that harvests and redistributes kinetic energy for snappy turns and mega pop; DCT, which affords improved responsiveness and faster spin initiation; and HEAD’s ISPO GOLD AWARD winning multi-faceted FRAMEWALL, which acts as a shock absorber, distributes a rider’s input evenly along the edge of the board and provides enhanced control and response. Chuck in the aesthetics of the power shovel tip and tail and you have a board that delivers power and performance at the highest levels. It is the best all-mountain board to hit the hill this season." What our reviewer says: This is essentially the same board as last year's, with the addittion of some crazy hologram topsheet. This is no bad thing as last year's Instinct was epic, and this one is equally so. Easy enough to get on with, yet gets even better when you push it, heaps of pop and response and the kind of shape that will make it a quiver killer. Awesome. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 8, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 8, Response: 8 Good For: Almost anyone wanting a board to do almost anything. Less Good For: Hardcore jibbers, absolute beginners or people hating neon green or holograms. K2-Happy-Hour-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

K2 Happy Hour 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 159, 161 | Price: €499.95 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Lifted flat | Test conditions: Softpack What the brand says: "It’s becoming harder to keep track of the number of awards the Happy Hour snowboard has won over the years. With another under its belt in 2013 you can bet a round at the bar that 2014 will be more of the same. Lifted™ baseline with Tweekend™ and an added Ollie Bar™ provides riders like Danny Larsen and Tim Eddy with the juice they need to mix up the tastiest freestyle concoctions." What our reviewer says: The K2 Happy Hour is a personal favourite of ours, combining a mid-stiff flex with plenty of pop, rock solid dependability and incredibly cool shape. This carved up the softpack conditions we tested it on like the grim reaper on a field day and was amazingly responsive thanks to the lifted flat profile (essentially a variation of traditional camber) and the built in Ollie bar. A perfect board for riders looking to take their freestyle to kickers, powder and beyond. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 8 Good For: Freestyle riders looking to ride it all. Less Good For: Beginners, strict jibbers or riders who are adverse to having fun on their boards! Lib-Tech-Speedodeeps-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Lib Tech Travis Rice Speedodeeps 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 158, 162, 166 | Price: €659.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hardpack What the brand says: "This thing is absolutely sick. Travis Rice teamed up with the experiMENTAL division on his newest all terrain twin powder freestyle dream machine shred stick. Long floaty tips and tails and a Banana Tech rocker make this thing float effortlessly. Rip through the fluffiest Jackson pow or the wettest maritime “pow”. Even the name floats in both directions. Everyday should be a powder day, but sometimes even Travis Rice has to wait, so he made this board rip the hardpack and park, too." What our reviewer says: Thos one is clearly built for pow but interestingly it totally owned the hardpack. The vice-like grip of Magne-Traction was immediately obvious and the shape and construction give great drive from edge-to-edge. Super light, a bunch of pop and all in all a sick, fun ride. We would love to ride this in pow, but it seemed great for all round riding too. Gimme. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 9, Pop: 7, Response: 8 Good For: Powderphiles. Less Good For: Hardcore park riders, jibbers or beginners.

Lib-Tech-Travis-Rice-c2btx-2014-2015-Snowboard-ReviewLib Tech Travis Rice Pro C2 BTX 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 150, 153, 155, 157, 161.5, 164.5 | Price: €559.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hardpack What the brand says: "This is his go to shred stick… Travis rides these stock right off the shelf. That’s it That’s All, Art of Flight, King of the Hill, Supernatural, this board has done and won it all. Travis designed this series freeriding at home in Jackson’s big steeps with plans to take on the world. Powerful C2 Banana contours are effortless to ride, his model slides in and out of any situation you put yourself into & excels in all conditions. For psychological shredding advantages Travis has two shapes: pow specific pointy 161.5, 164.5 & park/ jib focused blunt 150, 153, 157. Factory detuned to Travis’ specs." What our reviewer says: This one requires a bit of effort to tame but when you charge, it gives back what you put in and then some. Heaps of response and pop, and rode switch almost as well as it did forwards. It corners like it's on rails too. We would love to pop pillows on this bad boy. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 5, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 8 Good For: Travis Rice and people with aspirations to do a lot of pow-based freestyle. Less Good For: Beginner-intermediates or anyone who likes their rides slow and playful. Lobster-Nose-Job-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Lobster Nose Job 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 143-149, 148-154 | Price: €429.99 | Suggested use: Jibbing | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Triple Base Technology | Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: "Cut your own nose and tail shapes!" What our reviewer says: The Nosejob is another creation dreamed up inside the wild, creative and slightly messed up minds of Eiki and Halldor Helgason and it's rad that you can go to town on its nose and tail shapes. Hacksaw customised nose and tails aside, the Nosejob has a pretty straight construction overall. Its soft flex overall made it great on rails and piste buttering although we do think this one would be too soft to take over serious jumps. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 9, Stiffness: 2, Edge Hold: 5, Pop: 5, Response: 5 Good For: Jibbers, park riders and creative types! Less Good For: Anyone looking for a stiffer, more responsive board for charging on. Nitro-Glory-Stomper-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Nitro Glory Stomper 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 154, 156, 158 | Price: €479.90 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Flat/rocker | Test conditions: Dust on crust What the brand says: "If you are looking for a mid-wide snowboard that can power its way through any terrain, look no further. The Glory Stomper is equipped with our new Flat Out rocker and Whiplash Core Profile to give you the ultimate float, flex, and response in any situation. We added extra durability and strength under the bindings with the Ballistic Impact Panels and Railkiller Edge for crushing everything in sight. The Glory Stomper will allow you to literally stomp your way down the mountain all day - Welcome to stomp life!" What our reviewer says: In a nutstell, this was fun. For a mid-wide this was surprisingly easy to go from edge-to-edge, and you could feel the extra stability on landings. Flat-Out Rocker with Power Pods lead to a happy medium between playfulness and response. - Tom Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 6, Response: 6 Good For: Freestylers of any description. Less Good For: Wannabe boardercrossers or riders with smaller feet. Nitro-uberspoon-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Nitro Uberspoon 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 149, 153, 156, 159, 162 | Price: €499.50 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Dust on crust What the brand says: "The reason behind this shred stick is simple, we wanted to make a board that looked awesome and was fun to ride – it´s uncategorizable. The Überspoon offers all-mountain float that begs for the powder, slush and groomers. It is proven impossible to have a boring day on the mountain with this playful board. FeaturingBallistic Impact Panels for extra strength and Nitro’s Roof Chop Camber, this twin-tip ride is smooth and confident under pressure – far and above the competition." What our reviewer says: Soft at the tips so was both super buttery and easy to enter turns whichever way you rode, but was also good for blasting too. In the modicum of new snow you could feel the float so would be a great freestyle powder board, but also a solid, fun, dependable all-rounder too. - Tom Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 7, Response: 7 Good For: Anyone looking for a fun board to take anywhere. Less Good For: People looking to specialise, unless your speciality is powder freestyle. Ride-Helix-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Ride Helix 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 151, 153, 155, 157, 159, 156 W, 159 W, 162 W | Price: €489.95 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hardpack What the brand says: "It's basic ergonomics that the toe and heel side of the body are different, why should your sidecuts be the same? The Helix offers perfect balance in the turn with different radii for each, and allows you to get more out of your turns with less effort.Whether you ride goofy or regular is irrelevant on this innovative asymmetric design because your heel side edge is the same regardless of what downhill direction you favor. The Hybrid Twin shape, responsive Pop Rods 2.0 core and smooth-riding Slimewalls sidewall all complement the new closely connected feel that the asymmetric Helix has to offer. At the end of the day, it just feels right." What our reviewer says: The crazy look holds within it an über-powerful asymetric true twin. I definitely felt the extra heel feel and control the asym sidecut is intended to give, but I must say it's not the most playful board around. Yes, you can butter and press this, but it's definitely best suited for park rats who charge bigger features. - Tom Tester ratings: Friendliness: 4, Stiffness: 8, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 7 Good For: Hard charging park riders wanting epic performance with a unique look. Less Good For: Cruisers, hardcore jibbers, or pow freaks. Ride-Wild-Life-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Ride Wild Life 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 151, 155, 158, 161, 164, 159 W, 163 W, 167 W | Price: €399.95 | Suggested use: All mountain | Shape: Directional | Base profile: Flat/Rocker | Test conditions: Hardpack What the brand says: "Joining forces with Ride engineers, team rider Marco Feichtner had a hand in refining this dialed ride. Delivering versatility for everything the mountain has to offer, the Wild Life features Rides All Mountain Rocker shape with playful LowRize rocker in the nose and the grippy stability of the flat zone under foot and through the tail. Complete with Slimewalls sidewall, Carbon Array 3 laminates and Fusion 4000 base, this directional Ride will have you running wild from peak to park, with a responsive feel that wont let you down." What our reviewer says: Immediately felt like a board built for the everyman. Easy as hell, fun, directional shape that gives you decent pop. Good edge-to-edge but perhaps not the best edge hold or response - but certainly good enough for €400. Pow and soft pistes are where this would kill it for every level of rider. - Tom Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 5, Pop: 6, Response: 6 Good For: Anyone looking for one board to do it all, who prioritises fun over pro level performance. Less Good For: Hard chargers of any description. Rome-Butterknife-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Rome Butterknife 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 146, 149, 152, 155 | Price: €429.90 | Suggested use: Jib | Shape: Twin | Base profile: Rocker | Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: "For park riders who like the feel of 3D rocker for extra smooth presses and butters and riders who like the ollie zone of the Diamond for more response off jumps and more overall control between hits." What our reviewer says: As you might be able to gather from the name, the Rome Butterknife is fine tuned for buttery goodness and jibbing. The board had a really soft flex which made locking into presses a breeze. That said, it wasn't a complete noodle thanks to the Hotrods in the nose and tail which gave the board extra ollie power and snap. This is definitely better suited to jib kids and park rats though rather than riders looking to focus on jumps or all mountain. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 8, Stiffness: 3, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 6, Response: 6 Good For: Rail riding, deep presses and messing around on side hits. Less Good For: Bigger park kickers on anyone looking for a super responsive, powerful ride. Rome-Gang-Plank-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Rome Gang Plank 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 142, 149, 152, 156 | Price: €469.90 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Flat/Rocker | Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: "Riders who like to inject their all-mountain shred with a bit of creative fun. Riders who need a board that will let them decide to turn around a tree or 180 off it. Riders who need a board that can press a box or press a carve." What our reviewer says: The Gang Plank has quickly become the board of choice for a large chunk of the Rome Snowboards team and it wasn't difficult to see why. This one had a mid/soft flex and was the perfect board for lapping the park with. If you're looking for a board to take all over the mountain, this one fits the bill for sure, although it's definitely been fine tuned for more of a park/freestyle focus. It was soft enough to press, but stable enough to take off kickers and rip around the piste on too. Highly recommended! Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 7, Response: 7 Good For: Park rippers looking for a board that can do it all. Less Good For: The extremes of the snowboarding spectrum: complete beginners or high end riders looking for an all-out board for charging. Salomon-Sabotage-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Salomon Sabotage 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 148, 152, 154, 156, 159, 158 W | Price: €399.95 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Positive camber | Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: "Designed with UK park boss Jamie Nicholls in mind, The Sabotage sneaks up on unsuspecting freestyle tranny and disables gravity with EQ5’s superior edge control so you have the stability and confidence to go bigger and badder. Toss in Flat Out Camber, Popster Core Profile, and a playful flex for pressing rails. Welcome to the uprising." What our reviewer says: The Salomon Sabotage is a beast of a board. We got to try this one out at the UK Board Test in Kaunertal, which was fitting, seeing as it was designed with British slopestyle number 1 Jamie Nicholls in mind. If you can picture Jamie's riding you'll know exactly what this one is suited for. With a powerful flex this one has a shit-ton of pop and is lightening fast edge to edge. It definitely can be pressed but it requires a little more effort if your used to softer flexing jib-specific boards. This one is ideal for the rider looking to rip around the whole mountain and this one will eat up everything from rails in the park to the pro-line kickers. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 8, Response: 8 Good For: Well rounded freestyle riders looking for a powerful yet playful board to do it all on. Less Good For: Beginners and dedicated freeriders. Slash-Aurora-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Slash Aurora 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 155, 158, 162 | Price: €649 | Suggested use: Freeriding  | Shape: Directional twin | Base Profile: Twin camber | Test conditions: Softpack What the brand says: "The Aurora can be seen as apical, stemming from our SWISS HUB. This boards lineage can demonstrate its ascent from the ATV. Throughout the quest for refinement the forms and distinction became autonomous. Outstanding merits of this new board are the subtle DUAL CAMBER profile with its pivoting role in the center, the new REDLINE SIDECUT along with our new KNOCK OUT ingredient and the ULTIMATE TRACTION are all coherent refinements to put you on the inside track." What our reviewer says: The Aurora is the absolute pinnacle of the new Slash line, bringing in a plethora of high end technology and materials to push the boundaries of what is possible in snowboard construction. The dual camber areas gave the board amazing grip and response, while the pivoting zone made turns feel effortless. The redline sidecut is tuned to give you performance exactly when and where you need it and while riding, this translated into amazing grip and stability. All told, this is a beast of snowboard, with a stiff flex and an insane amount of power transmission. It's not one for the faint hearted and is designed for advanced riders looking to charge the mountain. Tester ratings: Friendliness: 2, Stiffness: 9, Edge Hold: 10, Pop: 9, Response: 9 Good For: All out, balls to the wall ripping. Less Good For: Basically anyone looking for a forgiving ride. Smokin-Buck-Ferton-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Smokin' Buck Ferton 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 147, 151, 155, 158, 161, 155w, 158w, 161w | Price: €539.99 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Camber type: Hybrid | Test conditions: Slush What the brand says: "The infamous Buck Ferton. What can be said about a man who’s rise to shred fame and fortune came at such a quick pace and great expense to his sanity. Buck, being the peoples rider and upholding the morals of the underground has led him to be hated and loved alike by many. Eventually Buck broke down. Communication ceased for a while until we started getting chicken feet in the mail. Finally the unthinkable happened, we got a call reporting Buck was dead. We setout to visit his grave and upon our arrival, were horrified to find Bucks body had been unearthed. Then in true Buck Ferton style a graphic arrived for his 2015 model apparently describing his rise from the dead.. New for 2015…. The Zombie Buck Ferton. All proceeds from his undead pro model are being transferred to him via Oija Board. Let’s be honest, with Blunt tips, CTX, PoP-Gnarly Mellow Mag and VDFLU this board could take Buck’s career to a whole new level of shred stardom in the afterlife. Pick one up while you can and get some of that voodoo power for yourself before it’s too late. Buck, wherever you are, get ahold of us somehow.. We have a royalty check for you." What our reviewer says: The Smokin Buck Ferton may have a controversial name, but the way it rides is as clear-cut as they come: super fun, jibby ride with plenty of snap in the nose and tail thanks to the hemp cross strings. The board was a little flappy at speed but is definitely stiff enough to handle most terrain on the mountain. Perfect board for rail kids who want a high-end jib board that they can take everywhere. - Sam Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 4, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 6, Response: 6 Good For: Jibbers or park rats looking for a high-end jib board Less Good For: Riders wanting to charge big mountain terrain or backcountry. Technine-LM-Pro-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Technine Lucas Magoon 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 149, 152, 156 | Price: €510 | Suggested use: Park, freestyle | Shape: Twin| Camber type: Camber | Test conditions: Softpack What the brand says: "Gooner relies on this stick to clear gaps and take wierd lines that most shredders would never step to, so you know it'll work just fine for taking apart you local mountan's park or that rail you've been eyeing up in the city. Classic camber provides pop for going big off jumps and holding an edge while railing down groomers.  An ultralight poplar core with added birch stringers combined with biax glass gives you a super-soft flex so you can get your tricks pressed harder then ever.  The unique carbon stringer layup consists of Vs in the nose and tail combined with stringers running from tip to tail to create one of a kind pop that will not only boost your ollies but keep the board resilient from 1 to 200.  Custom rubber edge dampeners combined with three-layer interior when smashing down on rails or boxes in the park.  The sintered base is fast to keep you moving through the flats and durable to resist damage from street sessions." What our reviewer says: With this being softer than the brewer, it drives this board more into the park/ jib area. Forgiving but with a slightly difficult ollie to find. But a very good one once you get used to it. The 152 was a bit short for me, but at least the flex is really adapted to the length of the board, which seems to not be always the case this season. So that's already a good point: you get what you buy! - Youri Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 2, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 6, Response: 6 Good For: Jibbing, messing around in the park Less Good For: Big backcountry or pipe riders Volkl-Alright-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Völkl Alright 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 155, 162w,167w | Price: €499.95 | Suggested use: Backcountry/all mountain | Shape: Directional | Camber type: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hard/icy What the brand says: "The unique Freeride Hybrid Shape ensures excellent backcountry performance through a shortened effective edge. The Alright rides as playfully and rotates as easily as a short park stick but with its special nose shape it also ploughs through powder like the biggest big mountain boards. It’s also easy to control and never catches an edge in challenging conditions, like crust or changing snow pack as you find off-piste." What our reviewer says: The Alright has a specially designed shape for powder and is designed to be ridden longer than normal - the 167 has the same effective edge as a 140 length board! This one had great response and pop on hardpack while maintaing a playful feel. It would pretty much be the perfect board for powder buttering! It was super light, had good grip and was quick edge to edge. Ideal for dudes looking for an all mountain board that also rips in pow. - Sam Tester ratings: Friendliness: 5, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 7, Response: 7 Good For: Powder/all mountain advanced riders Less Good For: Jibbing (because it's designed to be ridden super long) Volkl-Squad-Prime-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Völkl Squad Prime 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 152, 155, 158, 156w | Price: €549.95 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Camber type: Camber | Test conditions: Hard/icy What the brand says: "The Squad Prime is our freestyle team’s secret weapon! With its symmetric shape and flex switch riding is just as smooth and balanced as riding regular, while the extended effective edge guarantees perfect grip and control in all situations. It is especially handy for fast inruns and the hard walls of a pipe. Even with massive airtime and icy landings this stick stays super stable, as the integrated Horror-Shock Absorber could bare the weight of a small car. With its strong camber the dynamic Pro Camber Shape is especially responsive and direct to ride. Additionally, the Völkl Ultra-Light Woodcore is light, while premium carbon adds extra pop. With the super durable armor wood inlays of the Horror-Shock Absorber as well as TPU dampening in the sidewalls, even the hardest tricks and biggest jumps are cushioned, making the Squad Prime extremely tough. This is a true masterstroke from our R&D department, paired with some of the best high-tech materials out there." What our reviewer says: If Optimus rode a board, the Prime would be his choice. It's a super stable, responsive ride that is perfect for charging all over the mountain. The stiff flex puts it in the advanced category and it would be the perfect choice for dudes looking to send it in the park and pipe. Its Longer effective edge means it grips super well on the hard conditions we had when this board was tested. - sam Tester ratings: Friendliness: 2, Stiffness: 8, Edge Hold: 9, Pop: 9, Response: 9 Good For: Charging, big kickers, all mountain freestyle, advanced riders. Less Good For: Pure jibbers or beginner riders, because it does have quite a stiff flex. YES-Basic-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

YES Basic Snowboard 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 146, 149, 152, 155, 158, 161, 159w | Price: €399 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Camber type: Hybrid | Test conditions: Soft with icy spots What the brand says: Evolving over the past 5 years, The Basic has become anything but basic. It changes with the sport and seeks to provide freedom of expression in as many situations as the hill can throw at it. Always a true twin with full tip to tail woodcore construction, it reflects the roots of our founders. And rather than save our latest technology for the high-end and then trickle it down, we place it right where the masses can experience it first. What our reviewer says: The 2014/2015 Basic is softer than last year, making it more adapted to a first price board for the best seller of the brand. Its a very safe option for those who are entering the fabulous world of freestyle park or jib. Flat ground tricks will definitely be easier too. This really is addressed to beginners to intermediate shredders, or maybe for very light riders who find most boards hard to bend. But soft doesn't mean cheap, the YES construction is there, and it's pleasant to ride everywhere with it. Available in numerous lenghts. - Youri Tester ratings: Friendliness: 9, Stiffness: 4, Edge Hold: 5, Pop: 6, Response: 6 Good For: Progression and those who look for this. For easy laps in the slopes, pow and park and best suited to beginner and intermediate levels. Less Good For:  Big stuff. This is a progressive board for beginners to intermediate riders. Yes-Jackpot-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

YES Jackpot Snowboard 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 149, 152, 154, 156, 158, 156w | Price: €449 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Camber type: Hybrid | Test conditions: Soft with icy spots What the brand says: "This GoodWood winning magic board is a go-to freestyle deck from Big Bear to Breck, from Seymour to Saas Fe. A classic True- Twin outline outfitted with triax glass for responsiveness and hold at speed, and a full sintered base for clearing everything in the park. We’ve kept the much-loved Camrock base profile but updated the core to a durable Poplar assembly that includes Beechwood impact blocks under the feet." What our reviewer says: Intermediates would be well suited for this board, and it seems YES has divided their board range not really on program (where you ride) but more on the rider (who rides it). This is a very good mid-range board with a safe, predictable behaviour and was plenty of fun on the park and flat, as well as in the backcountry and pow. The board is very tolerant, and could be you main gun if you are an intermediate rider who wants to push it to the next level in a casual way, and progress both in the backcountry and park. - Youri Tester ratings: Friendliness: 8, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 7, Response: 6 Good For: Intermediate to advanced riders that wanna do some backcountry, but also venture into the park from time to time. Less Good For: More advanced backcountry riding or pipe. Maybe a little too soft for big landings and ice. Less good for riders who like stiff/very responsive decks. ]]>
10th Anniversary of the Hotzone.tv Park Opening Hintertux 2014 Recap + Gallery http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/10th-anniversary-hotzone-hintertux-opening.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77090 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:08:47 +0000 Yalda Walter When the streets around the Onboard office in Munich are slowly but steadily filling up with intoxicated Lederhosen and Dirndls, we finally begin to smell the first scent of winter - along with the barf of drunken Australians. But that gentle odor also means, that the Hintertux Opening is just around the corner, which gives us that warm, fuzzy feeling only fresh snow or the opposite sex can provide us with.
It was shred o'clock for Werni Stock. Yes, we're sure that noone else before us had the idea of making this rhyme ever. Foto: Christian Eberl
As friday was a public holiday in Germany, the event kicked off thursday night with a mellow Pre-warm up party at PapperlaPUB and the glacier was packed for the first day of riding. The weather couldn't have been more inviting and pros like Elias Elhardt, Marko Grilc or Anna Gasser, along with local boss-man Werni Stock got their first Tux shred of the season going.
Fight for your right to party. Foto: Christian Eberl
The Betterpark was in perfect shape with over 30 obstacles, from the large line with XL tables to the medium and small lines and a jib paradise running all the way down to the park lifts. On friday the Alarm Clock Battle kept the pros and ams entertained and the big test area with 27 brands saw countless people checking out the new gear and shredding the hell out of it. At night there were several wild parties to release your inner beast - from the Pirates' 'Perception'  to Capita's 'Defenders of Awesome 2 - Stay Badass' or the SHRED warmup party (now also known as 'Moshpit-heaven') and they were celebrated until the wee hours. It was full-on action mode on saturday with epic weather conditions making everyone forget about last night's escapades quickly. The session of the dudes saw some smooth riding from the likes of Sebbe de Buck, who scored the title 'best rider'. Werni Stock who bagged 'best trick' with a switch bs 12 and Rowan Coultas, who was the 'best' rookie of the day. After the shred for the day was done, the crowd gathered on the parking lot for some beers, bbq and bag jumping (though doing so in that order might have been unwise). When it was time for the final 10th anniversary opening night at the Hohenhaus Tenne in Hintertux, DJs like Marten Hørger or Phekt got the people hyped, everyone let loose and almost tore apart the massive party tent. 
Benny Moesl sessioning with the Dudes. Foto: Christian Eberl
Benny Moesl sessioning with the Dudes. Foto: Christian Eberl
Despite the odds of last night's party knocking everyone out, the Cash for Trix down rail session on sunday saw some fine shredding. All of them dollahs were given away to the likes of Maxi Preissinger, Jeremie Unterberger and other highly motivated groms. The 10th anniversary of the Hotzone.tv Park Opening couldn't have been better, with a three-day weekend full of snowboarding, partying and chilling with the homies. We surely can't wait, what's in store for us next year! To shorten the time until then, go and check out the Betterpark Hintertux, that'll be shaped daily and will see several other events of the season, starting with the Ästhetiker SHRÄD DAYS from 11th-12th October and the Zillertaler Välley Rälley on 25th and 26th of October.
Making it rain at the Cash for Trix session. Foto: Christian Eberl
Making it rain at the Cash for Trix session. Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Foto: Christian Eberl
Ästhetiker Shred Däys Hintertux EARLY WINTER 2014 http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/asthetiker-shred-days-hintertux-early-winter-2014.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=77022 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:46:25 +0000 Tom Copsey Ëöh! Photo: Mone Monsberger
Ëöh! Photo: Mone Monsberger
The Ästhetiker Shred Däys will go down again on Hintertux Glacier in October and November 2014. The popular freebie coaching sessions with Ästhetiker pros and legends are open to all motivated snowboarders. Since the number of participants for both coaching weekends is limited, you should get registered now! In October and November 2014, the Ästhetiker Crew will be on hand at the snowpark on Hintertux Glacier for freebie coaching sessions on the popular XXL Setup of the Betterpark Hintertux. Everyone can sign up, the snowboard pro coaching sessions are open to all age groups and riding levels. The main focus is on the fun riding together with like-minded people. Pros and legends from the Ästhetiker crew like Steve Gruber, Wolle Nyvelt, Rudi Kroell, Friedl Kolar and Chris Kroell will be shredding the park with small groups, showing them new tricks and improving their technical skills.
Photo: Mone Monsberger
Photo: Mone Monsberger
The registration for the free snowboard pro coaching sessions is open now, spots are limited. Everyone who wants to get involved, please send an e-mail to pia@aesthetiker.com to receive the disclaimer and send it back for confirmation. All riders under the age of 18 need to bring the disclaimer with a signature of their parents to Hintertux.
Photo: Mone Monsberger
Photo: Mone Monsberger
TIMETABLE SHRED DÄYS: SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11.-12. October & 08.-09. November 2014 09.30-10.00 registration at the tent at Tuxer Fernerhaus 10.00-12.00 Shred Däys workshop 1 12.00-13.00 lunch break 13.00-15.00 Shred Däys workshop 2 The team of the Tourism Association Tux Finkenberg knows the best places for snowboarders to stay, just get in touch with them for your booking, if needed. www.tux.at or info@tux.at. All info on www.aesthetiker.com and www.hintertuxergletscher.at. Watch last year's video edit here: http://vimeo.com/65597400 See you at Hintertux Glacier, eeeöööhhh!!! ]]>
Hotzone.Tv Park Opening Hintertux - Day 2 Video Recap http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/hotzone-tv-park-opening-hintertux-day-2-video-photos.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76970 Sun, 05 Oct 2014 18:47:25 +0000 Sam Oetiker Check out the full recap edit from the second day of the Hotzone.tv Hintertux Opening 2014. Watch Sebbe de Buck, Werni Stock, Seppe Smits and more go huge in the Session of the Dudes and peep more of the radness that went down under sunny skies in Tux! Like every year, hotzone.tv Hintertux Opening's Saturday is the highlight of the weekend: Thousands of snowboarders showed up under bluebird weather and ideal snow conditions to rock the Betterpark Hintertux and the test area at the 'Fernerhaus'. The brands were very happy with the interest in new equipment and the number of tested products. The Session of the Dudes went down in the morning on the park's pro line. And even though some of the top riders still sufferend from the parties the night before, it was pros like Werni Stock, Seppe Smits, Rowan Coultas and Benni Mösl, who showed their trick repertoire. Sebbe de Buck (BEL) scored 'best rider' with his consistent style and amplitude. Werni Stock (AUT) showed a flawless switch backside 12, which was awarded the 'best trick'. Rowan Coultas (UK) became 'best rookie' with his mix of style and versatility. One park lap followed another all afternoon, and riders like Gigi Rüf and Elias Elhardt as well as local heroes like Alex Walch, Tom Klocker, and Mario Wanger were busy breaking their boots in on the slopes and in the park. At 3pm the Aftershred Session started at the Hintertux parking lot, where beats, drinks and the Original Bag Jamp kept the crowd busy. Afterwards everyone went back to their accomodation to get ready for the highlight of the year: The 10th Anniversary Opening Night at the Hohenhaus Tenne. Like Werni Stock said excitedly: "There's nothing stopping us from a perfect Opening!" ]]> Hotzone.tv Park Opening Hintertux - Day 1 Video and Photos http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/hotzone-tv-park-opening-hintertux-day-1-recap.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76961 Sat, 04 Oct 2014 19:05:45 +0000 Sam Oetiker
Hintertux Opening Day 1
Already the first event day on Thursday, 2 October, indicated a Hintertux Opening 2014 at its best: For its tenth anniversary, the Opening offered great conditions in the perfectly shaped Betterpark Hintertux and at the test area. Many snowboarders from all over Europe were hungry for park riding, new gear, and wild parties.
Werni Stock Hintertux 1
However, Friday exceeded all expectations: Several thousand snowboarders showed up to test the latest equipment from the many attending brands under ideal conditions on the slopes and in the Betterpark Hintertux. The latter in particular has obviously benefited from the cool and snowy summer. Never before has the park been in such good shape for the opening: Around 40 obstacles in slushy conditions - from pro line to veritable jib mecca that runs all the way down to the park lifts - attracted many pros and AMs.
Hintertux 2014 3
No wonder a lot of pros showed up at 11am for the Alarm Clock Session: Riders like local hero Werni Stock, Roope Tonteri, Seppe Smits, Sebbe de Buck and Adrian Krainer showed their creativity and skills over the clock obstacle. And afterwards, the amount of pros in the park was astonishing: Ethan Morgan, Mario Käppeli, Mathias Weissenbacher, Rowan Coultas, Chris Kröll, Simon Pircher, Gigi Rüf, Marco Feichtner, Michi Schatz, Flo Corzelius, and Tom Klocker are only a few of those who showed up on the Opening Friday. Most of them will also attend the premiere of the new Pirates flick "Perceptions" and the various warm up parties in Tux.
Hintertux 2014
The weather report for the next two days is also all about sun. There's also the extraordinary event schedule: On Saturday the Session of the Dudes in the Betterpark Hintertux and the Aftershred Session at the Hintertux parking lot, and of course the 10th Anniversary Opening Night at Hohenhaus Tenne,. And on Sunday there will be more park riding, the Cash for Trix Session and the Pleasure Kids Shoot. An Opening won't get any better than this!
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Frontline Rail Jam 2014 & Livestream Crowdfunding http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/frontline-rail-jam-2014-livestream-crowdfunding.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76946 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:44:08 +0000 Tom Copsey The Frontline Rail Jam is always awesome, and this year celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Question is: how much do YOU want to see it LIVE? Put your money where your mouth is... The Frontline Rail Jam is about celebrate it's 10th anniversary in downtown Stockholm on October 18th, 2014. The rider list is looking heavy and an extra feature will be added to the infamous stair set. Riders from the US, Europe, Russia and beyond are coming out to perform some out-of-this-world jibbing. This is the rider list so far with more to be announced. Riders list: Eiki Helgason (ISL) Halldor Helgason (ISL) Denis Leontyev (RUS) Gulli Gudmundsson (ISL) Ethan Morgan (GER) Marc Swoboda (AUT) Kas Lemmens (HOL) Wojtek Pawlusiak (PL) Jeppe Rontti (FIN) Toni Kerkelä (FIN) Max Zebe (ITA) Stepan Rokos (CZ) Len Roald Jörgensen (NOR) Zach Rawles (USA) Benny Kido (ISL) Jonte Lindhe (SWE) Felix Engström (SWE) Nils Arvidson (SWE) Ludwig Lejkner (SWE) Stevie Bell (USA) Kareem El Rafie (SWE) LIVESTREAM CROWDFUND: We are hoping to save enough money with our Indigogo crowdfunder to broadcast an incredible livestream hosted by Stevie Bell with plenty of prizes to be won by the viewers like cameras, boards and outerwear. Check it out. Donate, share & help make it happen! Campaign: igg.me/at/frontlinelivestream Check the event on Facebook, and here are the highlights from the 2013 edition to get you hyped and get your hands in your pockets... http://vimeo.com/76951139 ]]> Onboard Send Off Session 2014 - Full Edit http://onboardmag.com/videos/full-movies/onboard-send-session-2014-full-edit.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76939 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:20:22 +0000 Sam Oetiker For the third consecutive year, the Onboard Send Off Session went down last May on our new location atop Stubai’s epic glacier. Onboard teamed up with Stubai Gletscher, Monster Energy, and Schneestern and invited some of Europe’s finest snowboarders from Scandinavia, Finland, Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland and further afield for a week of next level snowboarding on some of the biggest and most impressive features ever constructed in Europe. The first day of riding was spent scoping out the various obstacles that had been excavated from Stubai's glacial floor and a session quickly began on the stairset feature, with Will Smith teaming up with Len Jørgensen for one of the most memorable tricks of that particular day. The following few days were plagued by bad weather which forced the riders and photographers to get creative. But these guys definitely weren't ones to let a few clouds dampen their spirits, and a picnic bench session went down while we waited for the weather to blow through.
those few hours of sunshine made every minute of waiting worth it.
Unfortunately the clouds turned out to be way more stubbon than we had anticipated, with several days of heavy snow and wind forcing us to retreat back to our hotel rooms and embark on fun-seeking skate and go-kart missions in Innsbruck. But all of the waiting was worth it in the end with the sun deciding to rock up on the final day of the session. After a few question marks about who would be brave enough to hit the 30+ meter mega-booter first, Werni Stock stepped up and dropped in. What quickly unfolded after was an explosion of insane snowboarding riders cramming a weeks worth of riding into just a few short hours. Roope Tonteri went huge and stomped everything he tried. Markku Koski poked out all of his tricks with timeless style, Len Jørgensen was as wild as ever, the jibbers laid to waste the high-rail feature and big Wern manned up and sent it to the moon on the hip. It was the ending we'd all been hoping and praying for and those few hours of sunshine made every minute of waiting worth it. Onboard would like to thank all of the Send Off Session sponsors, riders, photographers and everyone involved in any way for an incredible week showcasing the best of what European snowboarding has to offer. Stay tuned for the Bangers edit dropping next week. Featured riders in order of appearance: Will Smith, Markku Koski, Gulli Gudmundsson, Ville Paumola, Len Jørgensen, Peetu Piiroinen, Roope Tonteri, Jonas Steen, Jørn Simen Aaboe, Sebbe de Buck, Ludwig Lejkner, Jesse Augustinus, Werni Stock, Ethan Morgan. Cover photo: Werni Stock by Howzee ]]>
10 Essential GoPro Accessories http://onboardmag.com/snowboard-gear/snowboard-buying-guides/the-top-10-best-gopro-accessories.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=67432 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:21:38 +0000 Mike Brindley Top 10 Best GoPro Accessories Cover Like them or loathe them - action sports cameras are here to stay. You can send in as much hate mail as you like about the little things, we've seen a tonne of crazy shit done with them at the helm! And a lot of the best shots are made possible thanks to the infinite range of adapters, mounts, rigs and general accessories that allow them to perform at their best. So, here's a round up of some of the best GoPro accessories we've come across on our travels - unfortunately we can't guarantee you'll be able to pull off stunts like Sage and Eric here but still we hope they'll help you get that little bit of extra fun out of your footage. SP Snowboard Gopro pole remote 2014-2015 Remote Poles €69.90/€79.90 23 Inch: 10.75–23” (276-582mm) 39 Inch: 13.6–39” (330-990mm) (Remote sold seprately) One handed filming made a whole lot simpler with these Remote Poles from SP Gadgets. They house the Wifi remote that's provided with the GoPro Hero 3 so you can easily use it with your pole hand. Both sizes are extendable and twist lock to stay secure so you can set yourself up and get sliding  - ideal if you've got children to hold on to/ a sandwich to eat/ terrible balance as it keeps your other hand free! Power Bar  €79.90 This portable charger might look familiar if you read our mag - it's not only compatible with GoPro batteries but many USB devices as well - so when you're stuck for charge but you've still got more to shoot - you don't have to panic. When attached to the mains, it's even better because you can charge two GoPro batteries, and the one in your camera at the same time! Fotodiox gopro filter kit gotough €30-40 If you're a bit of a pro with a camera already and want to take your POV footage up a step - you might want to look into Fotodiox's GoTough Filter Kits. Available as a screw on adapter that fits onto the existing GoPro casing - these maintain waterproofing while allowing you to fit a range of filters - the standard Kit features UV, CPL and ND8 and there are coloured tint options available too. Handy if you want to give your footage a different colour and feel OR if you're looking at shooting in conditions with a lot of bright light.

Giro GoPro Snowboard Helmet 2014-2015

c. €140 Simple but effective - if you like having a GoPro - and you want to have the ability to attach it to your helmet - but you DON'T like having a permanent fixture/sticky pad on your lid, Giro have the answer. They've integrated a removable fixture into their design (also available in other colours) which allows you to have your camera when you want it and forget it when you don't.

SP Snowboard Gopro grips 2014-2015

Buoy (Left) - €24.90 If you're just after a simple grip for control, you can't go far wrong with SP's POV Buoy. Chunky handle for plenty of control - adjustable wrist strap with carabiner included - and small enough to fit easily in your pocket when not in use. As an added bonus - their Buoy and Dive Buoy grips float in water so they won't get lost if you're pond skimming or going for a dip. POV Pole 19"/36"(Right) €39.90/€49.90 19 Inch: 7–19" / 175–480 mm 36 Inch: 11.25–36" / 285–925 mm Telescopic twist locked poles that attach directly to your GoPro case - these fold down to a super compact dual diameter grip. SP Snowboard Pov Camera Case 2 2014-2015 €39.90 You need a place to keep your shit - you got a place to keep your shit. SP's POV cases keep all your bits and pieces safe from harm - at least until you take your camera out and trash it. Available in a range of colours for the fashion conscious - here's what they look like on the inside: Gopro Pov case SP c. €600 There's a lot of demand for quadcopters at the moment - with their ability to get completely different shots, they provide additional depth to your footage that you can't get any other way. We've chosen this Phantom 2 not because it's the best out there but because it hits those unavoidable criteria of being just about affordable, easy to pick up and learn, and therefor probably the most accessible high quality accessory for the majority of most snowboarders out there. There ARE some nuts RC fanatics who build their own versions of these which are undoubtably on a whole different level - but unless you've got one of those guys at the ready - this will save you a whole lot of man hours and probably a fair amount of money too (we saw an estimate that building your own version of this could easily cost €1500...) Anyhow - the video above had us pretty much sold... GoPro Suction Cup Car c. €30 The journey's half the fun right? If you're road-tripping and getting shots along the way this suction cup will definitely come in handy. Whack it on any surface that's flat enough to get a good seal and you've got yourself a stable spot. We've used it on the windscreen/dashboard more than a couple of times - ideal for catching those moments when you've all been up for far too long and everything seems funny... GoPro LCD screen c. €80.00 Whoops... we meant LCD screen, obviously. Although you might trip out on this one as GoPro reintroduce the revolutionary ability to ACTUALLY SEE WHAT YOUR SHOOTING. It's the answer to the bane of many POV enthusiasts everywhere - after all monitoring what's in your frame means you can shoot better footage! Now available in a touchscreen edition, the BacPac allows you to preview and playback your footy just like a regular camera - all integrate-able into the small waterproof shell you're used to - handy right! With the brand new GoPro HERO 4 Silver edition that has just been launched, this accessory is no longer required, with GoPro finally including a built in LCD screen on the back of the camera. gopro-blackout-housing c. €59.95 Sick of the shiny silver look of your GoPro and looking for something a little more stealth? The blackout housing is the GoPro accessory for you. Launched earlier this year, GoPro's blackout housing gives your camera a low-profile, stealth appearance by enclosing it in a matte black case rather than the traditional clear one. It's perfect for situations when you don't want to draw attention to the camera, and looks pretty damn sick if you ask us. The Blackout housing comes with multiple exchangeable back doors as well as LCD concealment stickers to help eliminate light reflection from the housing’s LCD window. BRUNTON_ALLDAY If carrying around spare batteries to keep your GoPro fully charged through the day doesn't sound like much fun, it would be worth considering the Brunton All Day battery pack. The pack replaces the standard back-door of your GoPro, while maintaing waterproofing and shock-proofing, and can increase the life of your GoPro by up to four times. The pack can also be used to power smartphones via the built in mini-USB port. Although adding extra bulk to your GoPro is a definite hindrance if you plan on wearing it, it's a great solution if you plan on attaching it somewhere and leaving it recording for longer periods of time, without having to replace the battery mid-way through. Want more gear? Check out our previews of all the 2014/2015 product from this year's ISPO. ]]>
ADIDAS SNOWBOARDING INTRODUCES THE BOOST (TM): TECHNOLOGY FOR ANY TERRAIN http://onboardmag.com/snowboard-gear/gear-news-and-previews/adidas-snowboarding-introduces-boost-tm-technology-terrain.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76900 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:15:15 +0000 Tom Copsey adidas boost boot 2015 For year two of their snowboard programme, adidas drop in with an all-new cushioning technology in their top-end boot offering - The BOOST (TM). Here's what we made of it when we featured the boots in our recent Product Guide:

adidas have been making footwear for over 60 years, so you can be sure they know a thing or two about keeping your feet sweet. Following their debut last season, this winter they drop a killer new premium model, the Boost, which they say revolutionises cushioning in shred sneakers. Their innovative Boost foam – that stuff looking like polystyrene – has been cooked up so it provides increased energy return, which improves edge-to-edge response, while still remaining super cushioned and comfy. It’s also three times more resistant to temperature change than regular EVA cushioning. Other pimp features include a Torsion System shank, dualzone speedlace, heat moldable liner with Merino wool, and Recco reflectors. 

€500.00 And this is the skinny from the brand themselves: In our second season, we are proud to introduce a cushioning technology that will revolutionize snowboarding boots. The BOOST (TM) technology provides a springy and responsive cushioning to energize your riding with more efficiency and maximum comfort in any condition, on any terrain. The BOOST (TM) boot offers endless energy return through an industry-first midsole material with dynamic edge-to-edge control and unsurpassed responsiveness. BOOST (TM) foam also lends an ultra-comfy ride that is 3X more resistant to temperature change than traditional EVA foam cushioning. adidas boost boot 2015 “The material itself is a solid granular TPU that is literally blown up and turned into thousands of small energy capsules. With their unique cell structure, these capsules store and unleash energy. It’s unrivaled by anything in the market. It’s truly unique to the snowboarding world.” - Mike Fox, adidas Snowboarding, Global Category Manager NOMAD 2/3 : EN ROUTE En Route is the second installment of the Nomad Series of films from adidas Snowboarding. It follows Kazu Kokubo, Eric Jackson and Louif Paradis as they take on different conditions in different terrain throughout the world wearing the BOOST (TM) snowboarding boot. En Route will release on October 6th. Watch the trailer today here: http://youtu.be/HdTBl5ZYsrE ]]>
Hotzone.tv Park Opening Hintertux – The Snowboard Season Starts This Weekend http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/hotzone-tv-park-opening-hintertux-snowboard-season-starts-weekend.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76871 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:12:31 +0000 Tom Copsey hintertux-opening-15-1 The Hotzone.tv Park Opening Hintertux Celebrates an Awesome Snowpark Birthday from 2 to 5 October 2014! Park shaper Wille Kaufmann cannot remember the conditions ever being as good for the Opening as they are this year. The cold summer had its advantage: For this year, the Betterpark on the Hintertux Glacier has been completely rebuilt and extended. For the Opening’s tenth anniversary it will shine in all its glory for the first time – and it is not just catering for the pros: Riders of all levels will be able to improve their snowboarding in the all-new Betterpark. Let’s draw the line under the summer and welcome the upcoming winter! The so-called small line gets you excited for winter. Once you master it, you can move on to the medium line. AMs and Pros can warm up on the large line before tackling the XL tables. The jib line has been completely revamped: It now offers jib fun over more than one kilometer! hintertux-opening-15-2 Opening shaper Wille Kaufmann promises a total of 30 jibs, jumps of all sizes and a few more special obstacles: “This year, the park in Hintertux is most likely the biggest park in Austria – and we already offer it at the beginning of winter in top condition! This is probably the greatest gift to all visitors of the Opening.” The organizers expect a massive lineup of international pros, who will prepare for the upcoming season in perfect conditions. Apart from the free product tests visitors await sessions for AMs and pros: Alarm Clock Battle, Session of the Dudes, Cash for Trix and Pleasure Kids Shoot. See hardfacts for all program details! The Opening’s birthday will also be celebrated in the valley! Already on Thursday, 2 October things kick off at 9pm at the new PapperlaPUB (the former Tux1) in Hintertux. DJ BRX and DJ Mu will provide the perfect sound for the Warm Up Party. Friday will see the video premiere of the new Pirates flick “Perceptions”. Afterwards not one but three parties will take place in Tux: The Shred Warm Up Party in the Kleine Tenne, the Pirates Party at the Bergfriedalm and the Capita Party at the Gletscherspalte, where Capita will show their current movie “Stay Bad Ass”. Please check the party flyer for the top notch DJ lineup! Last but not least the birthday celebrations will reach its climax on Saturday night at the Hohenhaus Tenne: Main act in the tent is none less than Marten Hørger, who is considered one of the best current electro and breakbeat DJs. In the Tenne itself Austria’s number one MC Average and FM4 DJ Phekt will bro down together with Opening resident DJ NLP as well as other acts, among them DJ Socom from London. Shuttle busses will get you to all party locations on Friday and Saturday. Order your tickets now online and collect them during the Opening at the Hotzone tent. opening.hotzone.tv/party.html Hintertux Glacier and the Opening crew look forward to your visit! ]]> Sven Thorgren Wins the 20th Edition of freestyle.ch - Full Report and Gallery http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/sven-thorgren-wins-20th-edition-freestyle-ch.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76782 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:19:21 +0000 Yalda Walter Sven Thorgren was looking super solid on the freestyle.ch kicker all weekend. Here's a stylish frontside 360. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Sven Thorgren was looking super solid on the freestyle.ch kicker all weekend. Here's a stylish frontside 360. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Sven Thorgren stepped it up at the 2014 freestyle.ch and bagged the victory at the Swiss big air contest. Freestyle.ch saw a weekend full of sunshine and action sports for it's 20th anniversary (they grow up so fast, don't they?). Along with the milestone birthday came a record: a whooping crowd of 34,135 people came over to celebrate. http://youtu.be/AFKSgAr6VNY To start things off smoothly, the style session took place on saturday and saw a heavy line-up of young bloods and legends, who all fought for the title. Riders like Gian Simmen and Marco Grilc battled it out against the likes of Iouri Podlachikov, Roope Tonteri and many more, and put on quite a show. While Eero Ettala and Grilo were one-footing their way through the session (Grilo got the crowd hyped with a massive one-foot backflip), it was last year's big air winner Antoine Trouchon, who took home fame and glory with a fs 540 rocket air and a bs boardslide fs rodeo off the cannon bar.
Eero Ettala tweaking out a huge one-footer during Saturday's style session.
Eero Ettala tweaking out a huge one-footer during Saturday's style session.
Saturday night then saw the infamous cross-over session of snowboard, free ski, fmx, mountain bike and a crazy light show. How on earth the bmx dude could beat the beast that is Roope Tonteri in the finals we don't know, but check out the edit above to see what went down. http://youtu.be/N4zVIbDlEAk The long awaited big air contest on sunday showed some excellent riding with technical and style runs alternating, making the crowd cheer from the top of their lungs. Last year's Style Session winner Halldor Helgason couldn't quite warm up with the kicker and peaced out with his jerk-off flip that "...just feels so nice, you know". Seb Toots showed what he's made of with a proper bs rodeo 720, but like last year, couldn't make it to finals. Gjermund Braaten came in fifth with a bs 540 shifty and bs 1080, just missing out on a spot in the finals.
Halldor Helgason laying out a backflip for the fans. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Halldor Helgason laying out a backflip for the fans. Photo: Sam Oetiker
After we finally made it through all the other sports' finals, it was time for the four heavy-hitters to show what they're made of and boy did they deliver. Antoine Trouchon went all in with a fs double cork 1260, but couldn't quite stick it clean, Lucien Koch smashed it with a bs 1260 that left him with a grin on his face. Even though he didn't land his second run, he continued to rock that big, fat smile and seeing the kid stoked out like that made us go "aww" a little bit too. 15-year old Marcus Kleveland landed a cab double 12 and had us hoping he'd take the win.
Sven Thorgren tweaks out a method during the big air qualification stages. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Sven Thorgren tweaks out a method during the big air qualification stages. Photo: Sam Oetiker
But it was Sven Thorgren's slow-motion double cork 1080 stalefish - that could have easily been mistaken for a 720 - that ended up winning him gold. In the second run, neither Trouchon nor Koch could land their tricks and Kleveland failed at his attempt at a bs triple 1440, for which he deserves a load full of high-fives and some phone numbers too. For his victory lap Sven peaced out with a sweet backside rodeo nosegrab.

WATCH MORE: Full freestyle.ch snowboard finals replay

All in all it was another memorable weekend in the beautiful city of Zurich and a fitting show to cap off 20 years of freestyle.ch. See you next year!
Olympic gold medallist and local hero Iouri Podladtchikov was in attendance throwing down for the crowd. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Sven Thorgren tweaks out a method during the big air qualification stages. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Eero Ettala tweaking out a huge one-footer during Saturday's style session.
Halldor dishing out some signatures for the kids. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Marko Grilc with a one-footed backflip. talk about a crowd pleaser! Photo: Sam Oetiker
Markus Keller couldn't ride because of an injured ankle but he still found time to check out the comp and speak for the cameras! Photo: Sam Oetiker
Halldor Helgason was doing the sickest looking stalled out frontside 720 no-grabs during the style session. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Halldor Helgason laying out a backflip for the fans. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Now that is a lot of people! Photo: Sam Oetiker
Eero Ettala with a huge stiffy backflip! Photo: Sam Oetiker
Antoine Truchon keeping it styley with a big backside rodeo nosegrab. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Sven Thorgren was looking super solid on the freestyle.ch kicker all weekend. Here's a stylish frontside 360. Photo: Sam Oetiker
BURTON PRESENTS: Jeremy Jones & Mikkel Bang Full Part http://onboardmag.com/videos/web-series/burton-presents-jeremy-jones-mikkel-bang-full-part.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76799 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:39:06 +0000 Sam Oetiker Burton have released the second part of their new team movie 'Burton Presents', starring long-running Burton bosses Jeremy Jones and Mikkel Bang. Mikkel Bang is arguably one of the most stylish snowboarders ever, and his part kicks off with some soulful greybird ripping in the trees before stepping up a notch in the BC backcountry with some huge powder kickers, serious stepdowns and one heavy straight-line. Look out for a massive switch backside 9 stomped to perfection and a switch backside 5 nosegrab ender that had us collectively weeping with joy. That extra little poke right before he lands? Sublime. Next up is Jeremy Jones, and the fact that he's still riding as hard as he is and hitting such high consequence features aged 38 is pretty hard to believe actually. With more heavy-hitting parts released over the last two decades than we've had hot dinners, Jeremy knows what it takes to get it done in the streets. His part here is one of his strongest in recent years, combining his signature wallride variations with creativity and some truly knee-shattering spots. The creeper ledge to drop at the 10.46 mark is an ACL blower if we've ever seen one and there are so many things that could have gone wrong with that hit. Other highlights include the one-footed frontside 360 step up, a big gap to ledge and a full loop 50-50. At almost 13 minutes in length this one requires a little more attention than your average snowboard edit but with two of the best in the game doing their thing, it's well worth the time investment.

Watch all of the other episodes released in this series below:

Introducing the GoPro HERO 4 http://onboardmag.com/snowboard-gear/gear-news-and-previews/introducing-gopro-hero-4.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76756 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:03:19 +0000 Sam Oetiker GoPro have just released the new promo video and full specs for the GoPro HERO 4 - the successor to the wildly popular HERO 3+.  Unless you've been sleeping under a rock, in a tree or on another planet for the last five years, you'll be well aware that the GoPro is (by a pretty giant margin), the most popular action sports camera in the world.
GoPro HERO 4 Snowboarder
Capture your faceshots in glorious 4K resolution at 30fps with the new GoPro HERO 4 Black Edition
GoPro footage is so straight forward to record that it has managed to work its way into everything from helmet cam runs of your uncle, to super high end shots of Travis Rice charging the biggest lines in Alaska.
The GoPro HERO 4 Black Edition is touted as the most advanced GoPro ever
Fans will no doubt be delighted that the GoPro HERO 4 has officially arrived. Including Black, Silver and a new HERO edition, there is something for everyone: from high end producers looking for the crispest 4k footage through to the entry level, casual user after an affordable video recording solution. Read on for the full details on the new cameras: GoPro HERO 4 Black Edition The HERO 4 Black Edition is the crown jewel of the new GoPro line, offering a processor that is 2 times more powerful than its predecessor and 2x faster frame rate options. It's touted as “the most advanced GoPro ever”. The HERO 4 Black offers shooting at full 4K resolution at 30 frames per second (fps), 2.7K at 50 fps, and full HD 1080p at a whopping 120 fps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rcDPF14sr0 While the first two settings will only really be useful for serious producers (who really needs to shoot cinema-size HD footage?), the 1080p 120 fps setting will no doubt be a game changer for us snowboarders, allowing us to capture and playback super crisp high-definition footage in super slow motion. New Protune™ settings for both photos and video will allow users to manually adjust the Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more - an digital SLR-like feature that will give users unparalleled control over images in such a tiny camera. The camera is waterproof down to 131 feet (40m) and other features include built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, greater control over exposure settings for nighttime shooting, a QuikCapture feature for powering up and recording with the press of a single button, a “HiLight Tag” feature that allows you to mark key moments in your footage and auto low light features. GoPro HERO 4 Silver The GoPro HERO 4 Silver Edition is the mid-range camera in the line, and although it doesn't offer the highest resolution of 4K at 30fps (it does still offer 4K at 15fps), it does include the first ever built in LCD display seen on a GoPro. The touchscreen will will allow users to frame shots, adjust settings and playback content, greatly improving usability on the trot. We'll have to wait and see how the GoPro HERO 4 Silver's battery life is affected by the addition of the screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKM9jAqJZoY The HERO 4 Silver will shoot 4K at 15fps, 2.7K at 30fps, 1440p at 48fps, 1080p at 60fps, 960p at 100fps, and 720p at 120fps, so a slightly lower maximum resolution, as well as lower maximum frame rates. The other features, including photo features are pretty much in line with the Black edition. GoPro HERO Along with the HERO 4, GoPro have also launched the new HERO, an entry level, affordable addition to the GoPro range, offering key video resolutions of 1080p30 and 720p60, a simplified user interface and all at a killer price. What do you think of the new GoPro range? Which one will you be picking up? The new cameras will be available on October 5th. ]]>
Rome Snowboards: Find Snowboarding - ALEUTIANS http://onboardmag.com/videos/web-series/rome-snowboards-find-snowboarding-aleutians.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76749 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:08:49 +0000 Sam Oetiker Rome Snowboards present the second part of their epic web series that set out to 'Find Snowboarding' in the most unexpected of places. For part two, the crew head deep into the remote Aleutian Islands of Alaska.  Alaska has definitely had its fair share of snowboarding visitors over the years, but few, if any have ventured into the remote Aleutian Islands. That was the mission of Cody Booth, Thomas Delfino and Aspen Rain Weaver, who trekked, ATV'd and hiked on active volcanoes, camped out in travelers huts, and spent many pain-staking days for the weather to ease off so they could attack some big lines in one of the most breathtaking locations in the world. The harsh weather conditions, threat from grizzly bears and rough living made the trip the most grueling of the series yet, but once the stars aligned all of the hardship paid off. There are few people in the world who can say that they've snowboarded somewhere that nobody else in the world has and these guys made it happen.

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As Cody Booth made his yearly migration to Alaska in search of untouched lines and epic powder – The weather was less then cooperative. Armed with a map and pending weather forecast a decision was made to head west…as far west as possible. The Aleutians were formed by volcanic reaction and to this day still host large active volcanoes; many with lines, couloirs and untouched possibilities. – An adventure to unbelievable to pass up for Thomas Delfino and Aspen Rain Weaver, who headed north to meet Cody in the wild frontier. Weather, grizzly bears, and a lack of amenities made this into one of the grittiest missions to date. The little town welcomed these unusual visitors but the surrounding terrain made no concessions, forcing the crew to get creative as they searched for first descents and fresh lines. See it all in Find Snowboarding: ALEUTIANS, the second of three full films from Rome Snowboards. ]]>
Top 5 Jussi Oksanen Parts http://onboardmag.com/features/lists/top-5-jussi-oksanen-parts.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76677 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:05:04 +0000 Sam Oetiker Jussi_Whistler_Moran_1951
Jussi Oksanen by Adam Moran
Jussi Oksanen's contribution to snowboarding over the last 17 years has been nothing short of legendary. Following the news of his retirement from professional snowboarding, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to round up some of his stand-out video parts from over the years.  In between winning numerous X Games medals, competing at the Olympics and dropping incredible parts in some of snowboarding's most celebrated movie productions, Jussi Oksanen's mark on snowboarding has been profound. When the news dropped yesterday that Jussi would be retiring from professional snowboarding to focus on his re-usable water bottle company Mizu, we began looking back over some of our favourite Jussi parts. So without further ado, here are five of our top Jussi Oksanen parts, presented to you in chronological order: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrNVDNM61vo Standard Films dropped TB8 back in 2000 and Jussi had one of the stand-out parts. Featuring some massive hits in the park and backcountry in some very retro looking outerwear, this part was an indication of the greatness that was to come from Jussi in later years. Looking back on it 14 years down the line it's a little difficult to put into perspective just how big Jussi was going here, but the fact that it earned him "Video Part of the Year" at the Transworld Rider's Poll Awards says it all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDmW1yvY1nM As one of the founders of Robotfood, along with the likes David Benedek, Travis Parker and Bobby Meeks, Jussi Oksanen played an instrumental part in making snowboarding look like the most fun ever. His full part from Robotfood's 'Afterbang' was nothing short of legendary, featuring an infectious tune, Jussi's signature pre-kicker butters, some big rail tricks and other fun stuff like synchronized backflips. It's easily one of our favourite Jussi parts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4sZ0JTeNG8 Jussi's part in Mack Dawg's 'From ___, With Love' was one of the parts where he really started to step it up in the backcountry. Featuring some massive cliff drops, a frontside 1080, spins in all four directions and even a spattering of street riding, it was an explosive part and one where Jussi really began to dial in his style. http://youtu.be/tNKHznArHTs MDP's 'Picture This' was a super memorable snowboard movie. After suffering one of the worst season's for snow in recent years, the crew had to get creative with shots and spots to make the movie work, and the result was a diverse flick with great songs and some killer snowboarding. Jussi's part in 'Picture This' perfectly captured the vibe that was so prevalent in the mid 200s: quirky, upbeat pop songs, bright colours and solid riding. And just see if you can keep 'Pop Goes The World' out of your head for the rest of the day... (NB. Unfortunately users in Germany will not be able to watch this one. Bloody GEMA!) https://vimeo.com/78387257 In 2011, Burton granted Jussi with a well deserved ender section in their team movie 'Standing Sideways'. This part was arguably when Jussi hit his peak, with massive double corks, one of the longest step down cab 900s we've ever seen and a crazy-tech switch back 720 in powder to end an incredible part. Another top song too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n00Vb1MNY-A Last year, Burton dropped a highlights edit featuring all of Jussi's best shots from the three years prior and predictably, it features some insane snowboarding. Whilst many snowboarders end up losing their way a little after the ten year mark, Jussi has only got better with time, going bigger and stomping more technical tricks every year. Just take that switch backside double cork at the 1.52 mark or the huge frontside 900 ender for example. Insane stuff! Of course, these five parts are just a tiny snippet of what Jussi has dropped over the years, and even though he has decided to focus his energy on new challenges, his legacy will be engrained into the VHS tapes, hard drives and memories of riders for generations to come. Which is your favourite Jussi Oksanen part? Let us know in the comments below. ]]>
Tailgate Alaska In Short Episode 32: Ten Minute Class - Glacier Travel http://onboardmag.com/videos/web-series/tailgate-alaska-short-episode-32-ten-minute-class-glacier-travel.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76695 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:47:46 +0000 Sam Oetiker In the latest episode of Tailgate Alaska In Short, we take a ten minute class from instructors Ed Shanley and Sarah Carter on how to navigate glaciers safely. Snowboarding in glaciated terrain can be pretty sketchy. Crevasses can be covered up by snow bridges and the danger can be easily concealed from view. In the latest Tailgate Alaska, we take a ten minute class from instructors Ed Shanley and Sarah Carter, who give us some tips on the best way to navigate glaciers, terrain to watch out for, the best equipment to carry with you and the easiest way to rescue a buddy who might have slipped into a crevasse. Hit play and take notes!

Watch the other Tailgate Alaska episodes here

2015 marks the eight edition of Tailgate Alaska, the event is the annual pilgrimage of dedicated recreational riders, professional athletes and the industry to ride the world’s best mountains and deepest snow on the planet. Dates are 3-12 April 2015 at Thompson Pass, Alaska. Tailgate Alaska offers multiple on-site rescue teams and free daily snow science classes, nightly seminars given by industry veterans and snow safety experts, who share their experience with participants of the event. We are honored to invite you to ride the best mountains and snow conditions of your life at Tailgate Alaska, check out www.tailgatealaska.com or contact rasmus@tailgatealaska.com TICKET SALES OPEN SHORTLY. More news to follow… follow Tailgate Alaska on FACEBOOK here. ]]>
Nial Romanek's FULL PART from Think Thank's 'Almanac' http://onboardmag.com/videos/full-parts/nial-romaneks-full-part-think-thanks-almanac.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76653 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:25:14 +0000 Sam Oetiker Think Thank have just released Nial Romanek’s full part from their brand new movie ‘Almanac’. Hit play for some proper presses, creative spots and a killer tune to match! Think Thank movies are always worth a look in, and Nial’s full part, the first we’ve seen from Almanac, is the perfect insight into the movie. Nial Romanek takes the streets by storm in this three-minute bang fest, with trick after trick on some incredible features.
All signs are pointing to this being a Nial Romanek year. Early frost, deep presses, solar flares, a fast moving jet stream and miraculous maneuvers lead us here at Think Thank Almanac to declare that a high risk, strong presser El Romanek system is moving in.
Don’t miss the ‘wallride kicker’ at 2.22, the textbook backside nosepress front 180 out at 2.34, or the extra creative two-hit ender, but to be honest, the whole damn part is fire! Think Thank’s ‘Almanac’ is available on iTunes now, check out the full teaser for it here. All signs are pointing to this being a Nial Romanek year. Early frost, deep presses, solar flares, a fast moving jet stream and miraculous maneuvers lead us here at Think Thank Almanac to declare that a high risk, strong presser El Romanek system is moving in. We've compiled the footage for the layman in one helpful place. Watch this video of snowboard predictions and take heed! Buy your shovels, secure your crew, scope your spots, bevel your edges and fill up the van because it's an El Romanek year and you're not going to want to miss it! ]]>
Jussi Oksanen Retires from Professional Snowboarding http://onboardmag.com/news/rider-news/jussi-oksanen-retires-professional-snowboarding.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76649 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:29:39 +0000 Sam Oetiker Jussi sends a Front 10 double cork deep into the Whistler backcountry. Photo: Russell Dalby
Jussi sends a Front 10 double cork deep into the Whistler backcountry. Photo: Russell Dalby
Jussi Oksanen has announced that he will be stepping up to work at Mizu, the company he co-founded, full time - effectively marking his retirement from the world of professional snowboarding. Thanks for all the good times Jussi! Jussi Oksanen has been killing the game for the best part of two decades. From his slew of impressive contest results including 7 Winter X-Games medals, to his stacked library of videoparts in productions such as Robotfood, Mack Dawg, Standard, Burton (and let's not forget everyone's favourite trick tip video 'Jumping with Jussi'), Jussi will be remembered as a true great when it comes to stylish, technical backcountry freestyle. Jussi Oksanen Mizu His most recent video offering in Burton's BURTON PRESENTS: Jussi Oksanen and Mikey Rencz, showed no signs of him slowing down, and was a worthy end to a snowboard career that has no-doubt inspired countless riders to get out there and send it.
Jussi has been a key part of the Burton family for 14 years, and as much as we will miss him it makes us very happy to see him make the transition towards the next chapter of his life with Mizu - Jake Burton
Jussi founded Mizu in an effort to reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste, offering a range of innovative re-usable containers and we're stoked that he will be investing time in a company that has its eyes set impacting the environment in a positive way. mizu bottles From everyone here at Onboard, we wish him the best of luck in his new role and want to say a huge thank you for all the laughs, WTF? moments and incredible snowboarding that he's given us. Cheers for the good times boss! Check out the full press release from Mizu below:  MIZU FOUNDER JUSSI OKSANEN JOINS THE COMPANY FULL TIME Mizu is excited to announce that its co-founder, Jussi Oksanen, has joined the company in a full time capacity.   Jussi Oksanen has been one of the world’s leading professional snowboarders for 17 years. A former Olympian, his contest achievements include 7 Winter X-Games medals and numerous international contest podiums. Jussi’s love of the backcountry and his relentless personal drive to push the boundaries of snowboard filmmaking has created an impressive career and a library of videos that have inspired 2 generations of snowboarders. His latest escapades can be seen at Burton Presents BACKCOUNTRY.   Jussi’s love of the natural environment led him to found Mizu in an effort to help reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste his generation is producing. Jussi says, “I’m thrilled and humbled that everything fell in to place exactly as I’d hoped it would with my snowboarding career and with Mizu. Tim Pogue (CEO) has taken the company to the next level and I’m really excited to be working alongside him developing new products and guiding Mizu’s marketing. I’m thrilled we’ve reached this point in Mizu’s evolution and I’m even more excited about the next chapter.”   Tim Pogue is also a snowboarding industry veteran who served as the Burton team manager before starting Ride Snowboards in the 1990’s and eventually meeting Jussi in the summer of 2012. He joined the company later that year and describes the move with Jussi joining the company as “ …great news for Mizu! Professional athletes in any sport that can manage a career at Jussi’s level for that long are extremely rare. He brings Mizu all of his hard-earned years of outdoor backcountry experience, product development experience, marketing experience, but most important, he brings back the contagious inspiration of why he started Mizu – to make a difference.”     Jussi’s decision to make the transition comes on the back of yet another successful year filming for Burton Snowboards in addition to another X Games Real Snow edit. Jake Burton of Burton Snowboards says, "Jussi has been a key part of the Burton family for 14 years, and as much as we will miss him it makes us very happy to see him make the transition towards the next chapter of his life with Mizu. Not everybody starts a company that makes the planet a better place, and he did. I admire his efforts and look forward to crossing paths with him in business and on the hill."   Jussi is working in marketing and branding as well as leading Mizu’s advocate program and social media. He also plays a key role in product development including the development of Mizu’s new V-Series stainless steel vacuum-sealed insulated bottles and cups that are currently available in the Burton line up of Mizu products.  About Mizu:        Mizu is the Japanese word for water and the company is dedicated to Protecting Where We Play by providing innovative reusable containers that help reduce waste created by single-use bottles and cups. Mizu's core mission is to provide active people with smart hydration and drink ware options so that we can go have fun and feel good about it. Mizu partner brands include Nixon, Volcom, Electric, Capita, Poler, Roark, Civilware, Girl & Chocolate Skateboards and Burton. The Mizu family spans the globe and includes action sports industry veterans and professional athletes that are unified by a passion for our sports and a deeply seeded respect for the oceans, mountains and cities we play in. We call this living a #mizulife. ]]>
Grilosodes: Season 4 Teaser http://onboardmag.com/videos/teasers-videos/grilosodes-season-4-teaser.html http://onboardmag.com/?p=76643 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:20:42 +0000 Sam Oetiker Marko Grilc's Grilosodes are some of the most interesting webisodes out there so we're hyped to hear that season 4 will be dropping onto our computer screens this winter! Check the teaser above. Marko Grilc has been dropping awesome Grilosodes over the last few seasons and season 4 is shaping up to be one of the best yet. From exotic locations like South Africa and Australia, to more traditional spots like the Arlberg and Bear Mountain, Grilo has been one busy dude this past winter. Check out the teaser above and get hyped for the first episode dropping on the 6th October. Here's what Marko had to say about the new season: How does it feel going into the 4th season of the Grilosodes? It's crazy to think that we have been doing the episodes for 4 years already, when we started I was just hyped to have the chance to take my homies out riding and have a blast, but didn’t really think we would go this far. Now it is really insane, we can travel to some really sick places and do some insane snowboarding but at the end we keep the spirit that we started with. What do you guys have planned for the trips? We just got back from South Africa and Australia and we have some really cool trips ahead. From riding pow in Alberg to an urban trip to Bosnia and park riding in Cali and Absolut park, I am like a kid right now, just amping to go ride every day!
The passion for riding is the same everywhere and that is the beauty of it.
What trips are you really hyped on and who are you bringing along? I think going riding pow to Alberg is going to be insane, I just haven’t had the chance to ride much pow last year, and I am hyped to get into the streets. We did a jib trip last year and it was insane. I never done it before and it was so new so I was really hyped on it and I can’t wait for this year. When can we expect the episodes to drop and where can we watch them? Check out the teaser above and then we will have an episode every first Monday of the month – starting October 6 – till the end of the season. They will all air on RedBull.com/snow and the Red Bull's YouTube channel. The Grilosodes have taken you to some incredible places. Tell us why do you go there and are there some things you really didn’t expect to happen?  I think that snowboarding has so much to offer and we went to some places that as a pro you don’t really get the chance to go and we experienced some really cool stuff. But then at the end no matter if we were in Africa, Dubai or Big Bear, the passion for riding is the same everywhere and that is the beauty of it. ]]>