First of all, Thirtytwo and Etnies wish everybody out there a happy new year!
And this is what happend for the last few weeks…
The Pleasure Jam 2008 at the Dachstein glacier in Austria was a big success. The upgrade to a TTR 4-Star Event guaranteed a high level of riding and the 20.000 US Dollars price money attracted many big names to come, also the Thirtytwo Team. Beside the European team riders Matevz Pristavec from Slovenia, Erik Botner from Norway, Mario Käppeli and Tina Ramholt both from Switzerland and Sami Saarenpää Etnies Snow team rider from Finland, also Markku Koski and Stian Solberg competed at the event. Thirtytwo did extremely well and nearly all of the guys made it to the finals. Bad luck for Matevz Pristavec, who hurt his knee during the first training session for the finals. But he will be back on board soon.
On Saturday, the spare time in the afternoon was used for a little signing session at the local Blue Tomato snowboard shop. One little youngster used the chance to let Markku and Stian sign his brand new Stepchild board. Together with some fresh Thirtytwo stickers on top he won’t forget this session too soon. In the end, Markku and Stian had to give an interview to some young Austrian girls, which are posting a new website about snowboarding, too bad that nobody can remember what the name of this site is, haha…
Danny Larsen – photo: Carlos Blanchard
After Pleasure Jam, Stian went straight to the US for the shooting of the Thirtytwo Outerwear Catalogue, dropping 2009/2010! In December Markku and Stepchild teammate Fredu Sirvio went on a trip to Norway to visit Stian and shred together at his local resort.
The exact opposite did Danny Larsen, who decided to go on a short trip to Austria, where he did a story for Norwegians biggest newspaper and also did several shootings with photographer Carlos Blanchard.
Next big thing will be the Burton European Open in Laax Switzerland, where Thirtytwo and Etnies team riders like Markus Malin, Markku Koski, Luca Hitz or Tina Ramholt will compete. Tina also got some nice coverage in Swiss girls only snowboard magazine Whiteout Sister, where she shows how to do perfect Frontside 720s. (Guess many guys are jealous about this one…)