Swatch, the world-renown Swiss watch brand, becomes the first premium partner of the freestyle snowboard initiative, Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour for season 2006-2007.
Jukka Erätuli’s got design company Ivana Helsinki to come up with the graphics for this lightweight park and rail board, and it’s perfectly suited for advanced riders, what with its use of Intelligence intellifibres. What? Yep, more gobbledegook to confuse you but that’s why we’re here – to break it down for you. These fibres react to the vibrations and rider input of more aggressive riding to generate energy, which causes them to stiffen and increase torsional stability. So, you get powerful turns, great edge hold, stability while running flat, and mellowness at slower speeds. You also get a sintruded IS 4600 base, carbon/kevlar construction and a chance to ride a board designed by one of the nicest guys in snowboarding. He’s also very, very good.
Through the Adopt-A-Highway program, ThirtyTwo has committed to rehab a two-mile section of Highway 395 between its Southern California headquarters and Mammoth Mountain. Litter on the adopted stretch, which falls between mile marker 41 and 42, will be picked up on a regular basis. The brand’s first clean-up day will be November 8th, on the way up to opening day at Mammoth Mountain.
Billabong head into winter with a new signature range of outerwear from the likes of Wolle Nyvelt, Risto Mattila, Antti Autti, Marius Otterstad and Christophe Schmidt. So here’s Schmidt’s signature jacket, and rather tasty it is too. Featuring a 10/10k fabric to keep all but the most apocalyptic weather at bay, the fur-rimmed hood is removable for more clement weather and there’s a bit of extra core insulation for those chilly days. You’ve also got vents, wrist gaiters, a pow skirt and a variety of pockets to keep your particulars in order, and Christophe’s seal of approval on the wrist.
Why O’Neill would want to name a pair of pants after that dude in Streetfighter is beyond me. Hang on, maybe ’cause they can take a beating from the elements with no stress. Yeah, that could work. After all, the International Ryu pants tout top-of-the-line waterproofness and breathabilty to give the elements a smackdown. These lightweight shell pants are made of a 30/30k waterproof/breathable fabric meaning the only way you’re gonna get wet is if you go SCUBA diving in them. They’ve got a good cut, have the right amount of pockets and vents, and would be spot-on for riders wanting teched-out protection and ninja steeze. Sho-ryu-ken!
Produced by Max Jenke of Endeavor Snowboards and Derek Heidt of Oakley, It's Your Life intimately documents the aspirations of five professional snowboarders and their friends. The rawness of personal journals and footage filmed exclusively on Nokia camera phones combined with vivid narration, an amazing soundtrack, and first class snowboarding combine to make a unique viewing experience.
For this Fall/Winter Season Arnette have released their 'Tracer' goggle, worn by Jonas Emery, Daniel Franck and Gary Zebrowski. The Tracer goggle boasts super wide angle visibility by means of its toroidal Injection Moulded lenses, double toric lenses that are super arched, anti-fog and anti-glare with an ultra resistant mirror treatment and front slits.
Four of the best German action sports athletes, a Hip-Hop duo and one of the most innovative Breakdance crews in the country – that’s the Fiat Freestyle Team Germany. All team members live the freestyle philosophy of independence, self-determination and pleasure in experimentation.
Nico Watier and Xavier Marcou have spent a full week building the rails for Grand Montets’ park. They’re awesome: slightly warm like a good ol’ bakery and attractive like a young lady with their brand new paint and weldings. Just a few weeks to go and you will rip them apart in the park!
Nine US Olympic snowboarders have been nominated for the inaugural Action Sports Awards presented by FUEL TV, U.S. Snowboarding announced yesterday. Up for nomination are silver medalists Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO), Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton, VT)) and Danny Kass (Mammoth, CA), as well as gold medalists Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT) and Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA).
Following a successful launch in the 05/06 season, the TTR Women’s World Snowboard Tour experiences huge growth as the 06/07 Provisional Woman’s calendar demonstrates true global reach. In its second season, the Woman’s Tour introduces the Star Tier system, growing from 6 events and possible 9 results to over 20 events offering more than 30 possible results.
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