From Snowboard Mag:
Sometimes you’ll see a kid wearing little more than a cape and a pair of boots. This is because they know what’s important. At Snowboard Magazine we also value the importance of good boots — and capes for that matter. The point is, you should want to wear your boots as much as possible, not dread putting them on.
Highlites Photo Show at EVO Seattle from K2 Snowboarding on Vimeo.
There is so much more to be told in the story of a season. Forty-five minute snowboard movies and monthly publications certainly do justice but often times many of the photos, video clips, early wake ups, sled blowups, injuries and rag dolls are lost in the mere glimpse of A-grade content released to the public every Fall. Even the photos and video elements that do make final production tend to get lost these days quicker than ever before given our content consumption rate as humans in the 21st century.
It is with this concept in mind that K2 Snowboarding decided to Highlite moments both present and past as a way of preserving what our athletes and photographer <a href=”http://www.justinlheureux.com”>Justin L’Heureux</a> have accomplished over the years. With great pleasure we introduced the first annual Highlites photo show here in Seattle back on September 25th. The K2 team was on hand signing autographs for a sold out, all-ages show which included Seattle’s premier showing of Mayday, the new movie from <a href=”http://vgsnow.com “>Video Grass</a>. Mayday is now available on the iTunes store, download it <a href=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/id920747898″>here</a>.
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.
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, Shaun McKay, Tim Eddy, Leanne Pelosi, Alex Rodway and Taylor Godber.
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.
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!
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 Games event, Team Sports. With the support of three pro captains from K2 and three from Ride the campers had to land a series of jump and rail tricks in order to claim the ‘W’ for their respective 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.