The Transition Home

Danny Larsen can’t wait to drop in

We’re officially in a transition period between summer shred and the snowy winter months we call “Home.”  To help pass the time we reached out to fellow Minnesota snowboarder Dylan Cook for support in passing the time.

By Dylan Cook:

After an amazing few months of summer riding, warm weather snowboarding has come to an end. Many annual events took place this summer at Mt. Hood such as the Merrill Mini-Pipe Invitational, the Drink Water Rat Race, Ollies for Alzheimers, and the new Team Sports event sponsored by K2 and Ride snowboards. Now that the all the summer fun has come to an end, we are faced with the long and always agonizing wait for pow to fly and lifts to start cranking again.

Lucky for us, there are many ways to help make the wait less painful and feel just a bit quicker and easier. Nationwide there are kick off events to fuel our desire to ride and load us up on inspiration. Some events to help get your snowboard fix will be taking place in the upcoming months. Make sure to keep your eye out for the Red Bull Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails at Bear Mountain on September 27th. This event will be streaming the webcast so everyone can watch it live to get their fix of rails and tricks. Along with that, there is the DownTown ThrowDown on October 11th happening this year in Boston, Massachusetts. Nationally that’s all good but don’t forget to check in with your local spots. It is very common for local resorts to have rail jams and events to kick off the season and get riders in the mood. Here in the midwest we have killer jams on ice rink snow with the sun shining and rail hits going down all around.

A staple in snowboarding has always been snowboard videos and this in-between period is when many videos premiere. Some videos to look forward to are Think Thank’s Right Turn Left Turn, Brothers Factory’s LosBum, Absinthe’s Heavy Mental, and Videograss’s Mayday just to name a few. Every season the level of riding is raised and this season you can expect some heavy parts from rookies and legends alike.

The fix is on month after month and the season has only just begun! Combine all this with the wide array of summer and season edits to watch and you should be able to survive this long and agonizing wait.

K2 Snowboarding Presents: Highlites

 

On September 25th K2 Snowboarding is hosting a photo art show featuring images from our own Justin L’Heureux. These photos will portray images of K2 athletes from years past that we feel stand out from the rest and thus need some extra love. In addition we’ll be showing Mayday, the new shred flick from Video Grass, hooking up everyone of age with free beer and the chance to win product from K2. There is a cover of $5 with proceeds supporting Snowboard Outreach Society.

Confirmed athletes for the event include:

Jake Kuzyk, Lucas Debari, Matt Belzile, Chris Beresford, Tim Eddy, Shaun McKay, Leanne Pelosi, Johnny Brady and Taylor Godber.

Seek, Find and Enjoy!

Ready, set, search! Open up your Instagram account and follow the hashtag #SeekFindandEnjoy for a chance to win a plethora of FREE product. Throughout the month of September we’ll be giving away everything from snowboards to swag! How do you win? It’s easy.

 

Ready, Set, Search


Throughout the month we’ll be posting pictures across N. America and using the hashtag #SeekFindandEnjoy, each post will give photographic evidence where the product is hidden and how you can claim it! You may even meet one of our pro riders! Stay tuned all month and be ready to search. Party on.  

Click HERE for Rules and Regulations!

K2 and Ride’s Team Sports Full Edit – Snowboarder Mag

 

Summer Games: K2 and Ride Snowboards Team Sports from Snowboarder Magazine on Vimeo.

The opportunity to take runs with your favorite professional snowboarder is a highlight for the campers that flock to summer snowboard camp. This summer, Ride and K2 upped the ante for a group of groms who participated in the second SNOWBOARDER Magazine Summer Gamesevent, Team Sports. Spencer Schubert, Johnny Brady, Nick Dirks, Danimals, and Jake Kuzyk captained teams for both Ride and K2 in collaboration with the campers and each crew had to land a series of jump and rail tricks in order to claim the ‘W’ for their team. In the end, it was Minnesotan Dan Liedahl’s crew that came out on top and earned the first-ever Team Sports title.

Team Sports is part of SNOWBOARDER Summer Games. Stay tuned for more photo and video coverage from each of the Summer Games events. Nexen Tires is the official tire sponsor of the SNOWBOARDER Summer Games.

 

TEAM SPORTS – JULY 2 AT HCSC

The countdown is coming to a close, it wont be long before K2 Snowboarding and Ride Snowboards descend on HCSC for the much anticipated Team Sports event. Team Sports was conceptualized from the idea of really bringing kids together with pros during a contest. We’ve gathered six pro athletes, three from K2 and three from Ride (Jake Kuzyk, Nick Dirks, Johnny Brady, Derek Lever, Spencer Schubert and Danimals) to captain their respected teams to victory.

 

Here’s how it works:

Fifty-six tricks have been listed, twenty-eight rail and twenty-eight jump ranging from 50-50 to Seatbelt 540′s. Each team is challenged to land as many of the tricks as possible, the team in the end with the most complete will win and have their team name engraved into the Team Sports trophy which will live at HCSC all summer long. Even if you’re not signed up for session two we still highly recommend you get on hill for this event, we’ll have a hot dog waiting for ya.

CIVIC AFFAIR – Jake Kuzyk’s Newest Production

Jake Kuzyk not only films epic snowboard video parts but he also produces, films and edits raw skate videos. Call it the best independent skate film of the year if you will, there’s no question Jake’s a talented kid and if this project is any indication we can bet his snowboard part in Video Grass’s new Mayday flick will be just as sick.

Leanne Pelosi Among ESPN Top 50 List

Leanne Pelosi has spent the last ten years paving the way for female snowboarders not just in the streets but the backcountry as well. It’s no wonder ESPN has named her among the top 50 women of action sports. Congratulations Leanne, here’s to ten more years!

Photo: Ashley Barker courtesy of ESPN

The ManBoys Official Teaser

The ManBoys are a mostly sublunar group of friends based out of Whistler, who love to snowboard and have important meetings. They are Mark Sollors, Rusty Ockenden, Jody Wachniak, Robjn Taylor, Matt Belzile, and Chris Rasman.

Follow @themanboys and @mattbelzile on Instagram for important news, meeting minutes & track the release of their web series.

The Manboys Teaser from TheManBoys on Vimeo.

TEAM SPORTS AN EVENT PRESENTED BY K2 AND RIDE

Team Sports is unlike any snowboard event done before bringing HCSC campers and pros together around a good ol day of snowboarding. Fifty-six tricks, one rail and one jump to determine the winning team. If you’re signed up for session two you’re already stoked and if you haven’t signed up for camp yet we recommend you shoot for June 26 – July 3. We’ll have burgers waiting for ya and an opportunity to go down in HCSC history.

In The Moment: On the Road

It’s 4am as I come to, awakened by the sound of uncontrollable solitary laughter only to doze right back off as if passing through a dream. Come to find out on day two of our road trip that Nick Dirks had unknowingly pissed all over the bathroom door in our RV. That was the first twenty-four hours of a 1.5 week long road trip out to the Holy Bowly at Park City with a stop at Mt. Bachelor along the way.

Seven athletes, two filmers, two photographers, two mountains and one goal – Have fun with our friends. I’ll be honest we don’t have Red cameras or heli budgets, we don’t have outlandish production availability or a fleet of snowmobiles ready to rip at the sign of a break in the weather; what we do have is an insanely talented group of snowboarders who love hanging out and snowboarding together. It’s only obvious that the best way to mix this drink is to get everyone in the same place at the same time and tell them to go apeshit and use the content generated for 15.16 advertising purposes. Here is a sneak peak at what we saw along the way. Be on the lookout for an edit dropping this fall and until then enjoy the summer. Don’t forget to piss all over the bathroom door, it’s funny as hell!

Crew: Tim Eddy, Chris Beresford, Johnny Brady, Nick Dirks, Shaun McKay, Gray Thompson, Alex Rodway, Justin L’Heureux, Sam Tuor, Jered Garrison and me Peter Mullenbach.

Tim Eddy and a gang of rats

Everyone likes Muff…

Runnin the train all week

K2: 7 – 0 :House – Actual Black Jack scores from Wendover, NV

Winners – Jered, Chris, Shaun, Nick, Alex, Gray

The road to nowhere is where we want to be – Nick Dirks off on his own

More trains. Tim Eddy, Chris Beresford, Nick Dirks

Drag racing the RVs in the Salt Flats

Tim Eddy and Gray Thompson party boardin.