ISENSEVEN’s trailer for their new movie “kaleidoscope” is online

Baaammmm, Happy Hour in your face! Check out Colin Frei in the new trailer. he’s HappyHour (new 11/12 teamboard) addicted and saved the opener shot for himself.

here’s the trailer

Fossil Fridays – Excavating the K2 Travis “Parka”

Snowboarding shouldn’t be stresful…, it’s fun! Among snowboarding’s elite “athletes,” or artists as I like to call them, Travis Parker exemplifies the epitome of fun. When the concept came up of highlighting old board graphics and revolutionary board design I knew immediately I had to call on Parker. Always stoked to share his thoughts, Travis let it rip. Here he is, uncensored giving the inspiration behind the 02/03 K2 Parka. FYI, if you haven’t heard, Travis is back on the K2 Pro team and has been riding the new K2 Raygun.

“I meant no disrespect to Chad Muska, only respect for his ability on a skateboard and as a musician too. The silhouette of me on the toilet with large headphones on and rolling toilet paper was meant to show that sometimes I felt down in the dumps but I tried to make light of the situation, through  design and flipping on my board. Snowboarding was good and fun and the stuff I heard on the radio (large headphones) about war was not so fun.  In a lot of ways I suppose I didn’t feel worthy of my position in life when others around the world were suffering so much. I snowboard for a living, or, I used to. It was my lively hood and I felt dumpy about it at that time with what was on the news. Life isn’t fair. Hell, it seemed really good to me, but I didn’t feel I deserved such a posh lifestyle. It’s a humbling graphic. Everybody poops. I hope folks didn’t take the design expression the wrong way. In hindsight, what I / the world needed was a metaphorical, spiritual, and healing “Parka”, to be draped over me / us to keep me / us warm and protected from the bitter, cold, and war torn world. We have a big Parka on here in America. Folks were fighting and dying while I was snowboarding and getting paid for it. Crazy world. I like it, but it’s crazy. The graphic can be looked at in a lot of ways.  Shit happens. I think the following year we (K2, Travis Kennerly Parker, and Nemo Designs) designed the “Wild Style” graphic. I’m not extremely formally educated. I’m a snowboarder, cross country skier, and an artist, among other things. I like to have fun and be creative and I’m very fortunate and thankful for this every day.

Thank you for keeping snowboarding fun, Travis!

The Travis Parka - famous in Robot Food

The Travis Parka - made famous in Robot Food

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Fossil Fridays – Excavating the K2 Fat Bob with Chris Engelsman

“Without wide boards, us big-footed people would still be segregated and considered second class snowboarders. There may have never been a Marc Frank Montoya, Scotty Lago or Mikkel Bang.” – Chris Engelsman

Evolutionary once again, K2 snowboarding opened up a side of the industry that has become a standard today. As the poster child for the Fat Bob I felt it was crucial to get Chris Engelsman’s thoughts on what the Fat Bob meant for snowboarding. Here’s what he had to say.

“Before the Fat Bob, you could only chose a board by it’s length to match with your height. Once the Fat Bob came out people could choose boards based on their foot size which is important because we’re standing sideways… not straight like skiers. It’s ironic that a ski company would be the first to come out with the variable width story…”

“I was no longer inadvertently falling due to booting out on my toes and heels. I could finally shred like the rest of my friends with small feet, and power turns like Jean Nerva and Peter Bower.”

Yeah, Chris was an inspiring snowboarder…

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K2 Snowboarding Supports Summit at Snoqualmie in Summer Clean-Up Effort

Snow melts, trash doesn’t! Come out and join K2 Snowboarding this Sunday, June 19, 2011 at Summit at Snoqualmie as we help clean the mountains we love.

Think of it as a treasure hunt; how many people this winter lost their Ipods on the mountain? How many dropped cash from the chair lift as they reached in their pocket for a Snickers bar?

More importantly, the mountain inevitably collects trash throughout the season. Join us in picking up some garbage this Sunday and you might just be the lucky one to retrieve sweet goods including a new snowboard from K2 Snowboarding.

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Seattle Companies Spacecraft Collective and K2 Snowboarding Team up to Help Japan Tsunami Victims

On March 11, 2011 a 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan causing a 23 foot tsunami to hit the coast. The resulting damage has left hundreds of thousands with out water, electricity and camped out in temporary shelters.

Now K2 Snowboarding and Spacecraft Collective have teamed up to help bring a little comfort to Japanese tsunami victims in need. Spacecraft has donated 1500 beanies and K2 Snowboarding is taking care of the shipping along with including several hundred t-shirts, hoodies and beanies.

Once in Japan the supplies will be distributed to relief shelters by Tsutomu-Endo, Japanese photographer and good friend of Spacecraft.

The other morning we picked up the boxes of beanies from Spacecraft and got a chance to check out their beach house office.

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Girlie Camps in Les Deux Alpes, France

What are your plans for the summer? Wanna ride on one of the highest ski areas in the
world? Don’t miss the opportunity to go crazy at an altitude of 2800 to 3600 m, on the
largest skiable glacier in Europe.
This summer GirlieCamps organizes the ultimate snowboarding week for all you girls who
can’t stop thinking of boarding just because the calendar says July. This year we will be
joined by K2 -rider Alicia Bonnaud.
What is included in the camp
? Accommodation, apartments 4-8 person, and you make your own food
? 6 days of lift tickets
? 5 days of coaching
? Coaching and snowboarding with K2 riders
? A dinner at a restaurant
? A goodie bag from our sponsors
? Lesson about safety on the mountain and on the slopes.
? Video analysis to keep up with your progress
? Girlie Snow Compendium
? Sister- and Brother party with Brotherhoodcamps
Information and booking
For more information and booking go to www.girliecamps.com. Tell your
friend/boyfriend/brother that he can join brotherhood camps on
www.brotherhoodcamps.com.
Camp dates
The camp takes place July 2-9 and July 9-16

Fossil Fridays – Excavating the K2 “Farmer”

Don’t follow Farmer! Yeah that’s right I said it and so have many others around the snowboard community. Shawn Farmer is a snowboarding icon who, to this day, shreds harder than most pros half his age. Back in ’93 Shawn was one of few who took Alaska by the horns and came out alive. Without guides, Farmer and his crew of mad men destroyed pow lines which are just now being discovered by the general public. We caught up with Farmer recently for some insight on his pro model from back in the day.

“Inspired by hotrod cartoons from the seventies the graphic portrays an out of control tractor dude and cow print because cow print is timeless. Additionally, this was one of the first pintails… which I really didn’t understand at the time… now I ride a pin tail most of the time; that and the Gyrator which is pretty sick in the pow.”

Check out the video of Farmer and our homie Nick Perata smashing pow lines in Alaska, vintage style.

The original page straight from the catalogue

The original page straight from the catalogue

WTF is Fossil Fridays?

How’s it going suckas, Pete here. In case you didn’t know, K2 Snowboarding has been in the game now for just about 25 years. During this time not only has K2 been supported by many of the industry’s top snowboarders but they’ve executed damn good work to progress the product side of our beloved sport as well.

Over the next six weeks we are going to excavate some of the fossils, taking a look at the most revolutionary moments in K2 Snowboarding’s history. Centered around influential riders and the boards they rode we’re taking a step back in time (some further than others) as a way to investigate progressive moments in snowboarding. You can look forward to the voices of Shawn Farmer, Chris Engelsman, Travis Parker, Bobby Meeks, Wille Yli-Luoma and Gretchen Bleiler walking you through board design and the inspiration behind their board graphics.

Legend big mountain rider, Shawn Farmer will be kicking things off next week. In the meanwhile, here’s one of my favorite snowboard parts of all time. SNOWBOARDING IS FUN, SO HAVE FUN SNOWBOARDING!