Not The Beach: Summer Snowboarding at Mt. Hood

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We kept it loose. We went to Mount Hood to go snowboarding, hang with campers at High Cascade, talk shop, and test some new product. Filming wasn’t priority, but we passed the camera around and decided that we should show the world what we were up to. With the exception of the incredible meals, heavy-flowing beers, and endless laughs around the dinner table, this is what our trip to Oregon looked like this summer. Snowboarding in it’s purest form.

Hannah Eddy goes red on red with a frontside air. | P: Colton Jacobs

Mount Hood is our second home. The environment is variable and demands ultimate versatility out of boards, boots, and bindings – lending to an incredible testing grounds for product. The snow is soft and wet, the trails are wide open (for carving up a storm), and the parks are on-point. That aside, there’s something extra special about summer snowboarding; maybe it’s the sun, or the soft snow, or the mini-pipe, or maybe a combination of all three. It’s a feeling that can’t be described, and certainly can’t be beat.

Jake Kuzyk tests out a new board, and a newer look. | P: Colton Jacobs

Team riders Leanne Pelosi, Jake Kuzyk, Tim Eddy, Jody Wachniak, Matt Belzile, Parker Szumowski, Alex Rodway, and Kael Martin were all on hand the first night to help us surprise Mark Wilson by officially welcome him to the pro ranks. A house packed with friends and teammates made for an amazing night of high fives, good times, and may have lended to the next day’s late start.

Couple of boards ready to hit the waxing iron.

The parks were incredible. Perfectly manicured rails, boxes, jumps, and pipes from both Timberline and High Cascade made for smiles lasting from  top-to-bottom. We took turns passing the camera between the crew in between features, watching footage on the chairlifts, and laughing ’til our faces hurt because Jody or Parker were cracking everyone up.

Alex Rodway Frontside Airs himself on a snowboard from the future. | P: Colton Jacobs

Afternoons were met with tons of lot-lurking that spilled over to the house. Heavy post-boarding hangout Sessions had K2 Team riders (past and present) snacking galore, telling stories from past winters, talking about product, and arguing about what was for dinner. After a quick re-charge, a skate Session with the HCSC Campers or a trip to Windells was never out of the question.

HEAVY Hangin’ with Parker, Mark, Jake, and Bryan.

Departure day lended to hugs, high fives, and “see ya laters” as everyone headed their separate ways. After a little break from life, some riders went back to work, some headed out for a vacation, and some dove in head-first to a new project. Grab a snack and check out our new edit, Not The Beach, we hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.


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K2 is Rolling deep at Tom Sims Retro World Championships

 

Gray Thompson blasting that retro steez in 2014. Photo: @tackittphoto Provided by Snowboard Mag

The day before the day has come and here I sit at home in California before a wave of vintage stoke consumes Boreal Mountain Resort on Tahoe’s Donner Summit. It wont be long before K2’s team of rippers join snowboard lovers old and new in the legendary hand dug Donner half pipe to celebrate the roots of freestyle snowboarding which run deep here in Northern California. Inspired by the surf and skate lifestyle, snowboarding in Tahoe took on a personality of its own and this year rather tomorrow, March, 27 2015 we’ll see a glimpse of what started this whole passion we share called snowboarding. Stay tuned for blog updates, social media insights and shenanigans along the way as we pay our respects to the OG and help foster a history we all appreciate so much.

Lookout for your favorite K2 athletes: Jake Kuzyk, Mat Belzile, Tim Eddy, Leanne Pelosi, Johnny Brady, Mark Wilson, Chris Beresford, Alex Rodway, Danika Duffy and a full on K2 legend we’ll keep anonymous for now…

 

I Ride Park City Ep 6 with Alex Rodway on the K2 Fastplant

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Mason Aguirre and Alex Rodway in Park Sessions at Buttermilk