Artec snowboard’s pro team came into the 09 season with a ton of momentum.

While providing consistent reports of “the best riding snowboards ever!" the proof was in the shredding as the team continued its progression on and off the hill. Here’s the lowdown on what these kids have been up to.

Nima Jalali has been at the forefront of rail progression the last couple of years and the tricks that he has pioneered are still out of reach for most pros. As if that wasn’t enough, he decided to start an eyewear company by the name of Ashbury, which is now taking the industry by storm. Nima is also one of the main minds behind the new Videograss project, allowing him to apply media focus to a group that shares his taste for raw urban shredding. Most recently Nima has spent the last two weeks touring through New York City with his girlfriend who was doing some modeling in the area. Nima’s new board will be dropping into stores this September and has already been hailed by a certain industry heavy as “Nima’s most amazing pro model yet!".

Johnny Miller has been pumping out video parts with Thinkthank productions for the last five years and this year’s installment will be the one to top all others. Johnny moved to Salt Lake City last fall and put even more commitment into being one of the most creative urban snowboarders on the planet. Throw in some solid backcountry spins and double backflips and Johnny’s new video part is ready to blow the goggles right off of your head.

Gus Engle made the move to Salt Lake along with Johnny and is proud to have landed his most solid video part to date. Gus has been a Thinkthank productions stalwart from the beginning and this year’s video will make sure to keep all of his fans amped. With a focus on some of the most technical switch riding that the world has seen, Gus completed a video part that will have you leaping for the remote to hit rewind over and over again. Gus will also be appearing in Videograss.

Gabe Taylor’s pro model was recently awarded a “Good Wood" rating by Transworld Snowboarding magazine and he couldn’t agree more. “It’s cool to hear people talk about how awesome my board rides, I try to tell everyone but sometimes it’s best to check it our for yourself." In addition to being associated with one of the best snowboards on earth, Gabe managed to film with two production companies last season. “Hot Laps", Mammoth mountain’s debut movie will feature Gabe, look for it in the January issue of Snowboarder magazine. Gabe also filmed for Autumn Line productions new film “Montevideo" due out in September.

Well, that’s the scoop. Artec out.