Snowboarder Magazine, after all its grueling efforts in testing 2011’s endless snowboard list has come to the conclusion that K2’s Fastplant is pretty freakin cool. Combining an industry first bamboo core with killer graphics from Don Pendleton proved benificial for K2 in 2010/2011. Follow the link below for the full story behind the Fastplant’s prestigious award, where it was tested and what the testers had to say when it was all over.
Heyo! We’re here in El Colorado, which is also attached to resorts Valle Nevado and El Parva. Travis Parker, Gretchen Bleiler, Danny Larsen, Aaron Robinson, Jordan Mendenhall and myself are here to shoot the catalog for 2012, and also do some much needed board testing to make any last minute tweaks. We’ve had 3 days of shredding a very shallow snowpack. I don’t mind, because so far its been sunny everyday, with jaw dropping sunsets. This place is awesome and the people are so nice. One lady gave us fresh bread she baked while we were hitting a small hip in front of our k2 house. So amazing!
We’re getting creative with what we have to work with, and our crew is insane. I need to take more photos. Its just gorgeous here, and one of our photographers, Claudio, is a guide in Patagonia. He showed us amazing pictures of breaching whales, seals, and gorgeous camp spots on volcanoes. Beautiful.
Maybe we can convince Kevin to take us south… ha! I’m dreaming.
Session 5 at High Cascade I took the Japanese campers on a mountain biking adventure. Its was amazing! Most of them had never been mountain biking before. There were some tears, some blood, and some mud but everyone finished with a smile on there face! Here’s a little video showcasing the extremenesss…enjoy!
Mtn Biking Rules! from Tim Eddy on Vimeo.
Ole Ole Ole! It’s that time of the year….catalog shoot time. So while many of you are probably trying to squeeze in the last few days of float life, BBQ’s, beaches, bikini’s, warm weather surf and all those other wonderful things about summer. We decided to end it early and take some of the team down to Chile to shoot the 2011.12 Catalog, and what can we say? Such a good decision!
The Mike Yoshida
First met up with K2 Staff Photographer and video cameo master Mike Yoshida. Between the two of us we had around 14 bags including our photo gear. Packed everything into my girfriend’s Subaru. Not enough room for me and Mike so we had to get a cab as well. Good times. Then we had an interesting challenge of trying to get 10 bags of product onto a jumper flight to LAX. Thanks to the counter ladies at United for the straight hook up! We met the majority of the rest of the crew in Los Angeles which consisted of Jordan Mendenhall, Travis Parker, Gretchen Bleiler, Leanne Pelosi, and one of our filmers for the trip Sam Hiltner. 13 hours, a quick stop in Lima, some delicious wine, and a couple Advil PM’s and we were in Santiago.
Customs in Chile is pretty mellow. Brought in over 30 snowboards. Helps if you pretend not to know what they are asking you.
The drive up from Santiago to the Farallones area is a fun one. Over 39 counted switch backs on a road not much wider than your car in some areas climbing around 4,000 feet. We arrived at our house for the trip right next to El Colorado Resort, one of the first houses to built up here. Farallones is next to four resorts El Colorado, Valle Nevado, La Parva, and Farallones. Every window has a view of the Andes. Not bad.
360 degree views
But now looking forward to a great week! Not the powder we expected, but can’t beat the sunshine. Stay tuned for updates as much as we can. Internet is a pretty rare commodity up here.
Spring Time Weather!
Leanne's Funny Pillow Chile House Shoes
our home for the next week. we do all of these activities.
Hey Everyone, we got to Chile safe and sound…looks like we’re shooting our 011 catalog. The boards look insane!!! Got to see an amazing sunset today, and settle into the k2 house in Farallones. So stoked to check out this country. I can’t even sleep! Will post pics soon! Ciao!
Here’s a Swiss kid named Martin Seiler who charges but his name hasn’t gotten around much outside of CH. “Seili” has a huge appetite for powder and wishes he was Radioactive Man! Peep some pics and get to know him a little better. Martin Seiler, “Who are ya?! Who are ya?!”
Who are ya? Who are ya?
I’m Martin “Seili” Seiler, 21 years old, out of Wallis, Switzerland.
Seili just shittin’ on gravity as he flips through the gap in the loop. Photo: Basti Gogl
Who are your people?
Everyone who has a positive attitude towards life.
Who are your heroes?
Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and McGyver
Follow the arrow. FS lien 180. Photo: Silvano Zeiter
Who are your enemies?
If I had to pick one, I would say time. There’s so much cool stuff to do and to see on our planet. Compared to that our time here is ridiculously short.
Rock to fakie on avalanches barriers out in Fiescheralp, this shit is eXXXtreme! Photo: Silvano Zeiter
Who is your leader?
I don’t like it too much when other people decide what I have to do, so I try to be my own leader.
Sometimes conditions get a little icy even in Switzerland. Photo: Andre Kremmer.
Who is your favorite?
Too many to mention just one.
Who do you shred with?
Everyone who likes to shred neck-deep powder instead of icy parks and wants to have fun.
Night flight up in Belalp, alley oop front 3 nose boner
Who is your music?
Pretty much everything from guitar-based music, hip hop to electronic stuff.
Remotely flipped at Jib Vid in Mayrhofen. Photo: Silvano Zeiter
Who are you scared of?
Avalanches and injuries.
Who will you be in a decade’s time?
Still me, I guess.
Droppin’ off some wall that is older than Christ. Photo: Andre Kremmer.
Who were you in another life? Who the fuck wrote these questions? I have no freaking clue. Actually I’m pretty stoked on my current life, I never thought about a previous life before.
Who can you always count on?
My friends and family.
Seili hopping into some fresh vanilla frosting, FS 5. Photo: Silvano Zeiter
Who are the best riders right now?
Frederik Kalbermatten, Travis Rice, Jake Blauvelt.
Who would you be if you were a cartoon character?
Radioactive Man. He rocks!
Mega mushroom blast out in the woods. Photo: Silvano Zeiter
Who is the last person you saw in a dream?
Bud Spencer, we were kicking some guy’s asses in a bar.
Who’s your favorite historical figure?
JFK was probably a pretty interesting character.
Sending it off the tunnel in Simplon with a switch back 180. Photo: Silvano Zeiter
Who are your sponsors?
Rip Curl, Swany, Scott, Deeluxe, K2 Snowboards, Hä-wear, Flux Bindings.
Check Seili out in Rip Curl’s new movie Welcome Home 2 coming out FALL 2010. Peep the teaser
So i wanted to do something awesome before my shoulder surgery. and this motorbike/camping trip was exactly what i needed. 1st day we had a late start ’cause Iikka’s bike would not start (some stupid fin left the key on overnight). He got a new battery and I hope he learned something. We started our trip in Encinitas, met up with Lauri in San Clemente and Joe Carlino in Santa Monica. We drove the Coast Highway the whole way to Ventura,Ca (170 mi). We got to the camp site in Ventura around 10.30. Got the bonfire going and Iikka started to put up his and Lauri’s tent and i thought that Joe would have a tent for us. I was like ” where is r tent Joe?” He goes, “nah man, we r sleeping outside”. So, had few beer by the fire and put down my little bike cover down for bedding and jumped into sleeping bag and started to catch some zzz’s.
Next morning packed up and headed northeast to a lil town called Ojai, Ca. Drove all kinds of mountain roads in Los Padres National forest and just enjoyed the warm weather and windy mountain roads. Stopped in some random biker bar for cold beers and some funny local biker stories. For example, “some guy got kicked out few nights before for being too drunk. So the drunk then decided to put gun powder into the ashtray and when the next guy was about to put out his smoke he nearly lost he’s hand and set the bar on fire”. Classic move!
We started to head back to the camp site, stopped by the store for beers, burgers, and fire wood. While we where cooking up the burgers i spotted a three foot garden snake. And i am so terrified of snakes that it doesn’t matter if it’s a little harmless garden snake or a blood sucking rattlesnake. I was ready to leave knowing that i have to sleep on the ground. Then, next thing i hear from some other campers is how the raccoons like to dick around your camp site and will try to get into your shit! So great, here we r surrounded by snakes and raccoons. Around 11 pm Lauri and Iikka got into their tent and Joe and I had this picnic table set around the fire to try to be safe from the snakes and the ‘coons. i wake up around 4am freezing and the fire is out. So i put my head lamp on and try to re-start the fire. I get the fire going and look around with the head lamp and i notice i’m surrounded by seven raccoons. Here I am, knife in my hand, trying to make noise to scare them away. But they were way more interested in the party they were having at the garbage can next to r camp. Joe is so dead asleep, he’s not helping and Im just so terrified. I don’t know what to do. Iikka wakes up and sticks his out of his tent and tells me to get the fuck out of there and get into the tent. At this point it started to get funny ’cause the ‘coons were having the party of their life and Joe is just snoozing right next to them. Then Joe wakes up and yells, “there is fucking ‘coon’s out here” and falls back to sleep. Me and Iikka r just laughing and amazed how Joe just went back to snooze town and I picked up my tampons and crawled in to the tent.
Next morning we woke up early and packed r bags and headed back home. Drove the Coast the whole way again (185 mi). Left Lauri at he’s house in SC and rest of us still had the longest 30mins r life’s. Made it home safe but extremely tired. Even knowing that i had the shoulder surgery the next day i had one of the best sleeps ever. Surgery went very well and now Im just sitting on the ground shoulder rapped up watching golf and of course so high on pain killas!
Gretchen Bleiler stumbled upon a sweet project down in Portland. K2 Snowboarding and our riders truly embody eco-friendly production. “Trashion” seems pretty interesting; sparks memories of Zoolander with Will Ferrell.
"Trashion" Keep it grungy
“Hooked” is the newest teaser from Pirate Movie Productions, coming at you live from Snowboardermag.com. Watch for
Pirate of darkness and K2 super mega pro Danny Larsen’s new quadruple corks in the full feature.
Pirate of Darkness Danny Larsen - Bringing the park to the back country