A Couple Corona’s and Parker’s World Turns Upside Down – Photos: Colton Jacobs
If we had to describe K2 International Am Parker Szumowski in three words, we would use GOODVIBESONLY. With a heart of a gold and a smile that never fades, it’s hard to not feel excited when you’re around Parker. A board-dork at heart, Parker’s the last one to bed and the first one up in the morning, acting as a full cheerleader and getting the crew pumped for the day. Whether he’s searching for powder, paddling out into head-high waves, or rolling around in the deep end of a pool, he oozes style and creativity and just wants to keep the train rolling. It’s not hard to see his talent and work ethic, but it WAS pretty dang hard to lock down Dr. Zoom long enough for this interview.
Somehow, we got Parker to sit down long enough in-between swinging a hammer and fishing for lobster to chat with him and get a peek behind the curtain of some of his favorite things in our newest installment of the RIDER INSIDER:
FIRST 5 THINGS YOU DO IN THE MORNING:
Wake myself up
Wake up my roommate Tyler
Brush my teeth
Go to work
5 SONGS YOU’VE BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY:
50 Cent – I Get Money
Hell Rell – Get Them Bricks Off
Roxy Music – More Than This
Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick
Primus – John The Fisherman
5 FAVORITE MEALS YOU’VE COOKING UP:
We’ve been grilling a LOT so I’m pretty much eating most of the stuff off the grill
Chicken Sausage with Peppers and Onions
Grilled Corn on the Cobb
Potato Salad as a side
Avocado Toast in the morning maybe
More stuff off of the grill
Feeling Like Home in OR with the board slide on the Loon NH feature. – Photo: Colton Jacobs
5 ESSENTIALS FOR SUMMER SNOWBOARDING:
Friends* That’s the most important one
5 BEST THINGS ABOUT SUMMER IN OREGON:
No Letter on Parker in SKATE with a Frontside Air. Photo: Colton Jacobs
5 TRICKS THAT GET YOU A LETTER IN SKATE:
Oh gosh! Holy cow…
Name any flip trick
Name another flip trick
Name another flip trick
5 HOMIES, 1 VAN, 1 LOCATION – WHO’S IN & WHERE YOU GOING?
All my childhood friends are in! We’re loading up and heading to Connecticut for a skate/camping trip. So many good parks, just get in the van and go.
We Told You He Had Style. Front 3 Melon. Photo: AG Photo
Just a lil’ update from Mt. Hood! Last week was my signature session at High Cascade, as well as the women’s k2 alliance product testing week. It was awesome to check out the new line for 2011. There’s definitely some sick product that I can’t wait to get on! We’ll be shooting the catalog with the K2 team in Chile coming up in August…so not too many sleeps to go and we’ll be shredding some deep pow and getting some soul turns in. Yes!
So back to HCSC…one of my favorite features at high cascade was the airbag. I was pretty skeptical of the whole idea when it came out because I’d heard of so many people getting hurt. I passed by a bunch of campers so unbelievably stoked that they’d gotten all these tricks they’d been working on, so I figured I might as well give it a go. It didn’t seem like many people were getting hurt, and I saw some carnage go down! One of my first tries I rotated a backflip so slowly that I had time to visualize everything possible that was going to go wrong before my face hit the bag. And all I got was a bruised ego. So…from there, I decided that this was a good thing for my snowboarding. I’m getting to work on some tricks that I haven’t had the chance to try in awhile.
Today was the last day of session six up here at High Cascade Snowboard Camp. Unfortunately we woke up to a rainy mountain so we didn’t hit the slopes. But a day without snowboarding just means a day of roller skating! With a crew of campers we loaded the Awesome bus and headed to a magical place called Roller World! -Tim
Snowboarding is fun even and well especially in the summer time. Especially at High Cascade Snowboard Camp…and especially at Mt Hood….and especially with the K2 team…and especially when it’s really hot…and especially when you are LIVIN FAST!!!
While waiting for the sun to set it was time to lounge and let the cosmic rays dry out some wet feet
It’s session 5 here at High Cascade Snowboard Camp and it’s a very special session. Special because it’s the Photo/Video workshop camp as well. So yesterday after boarding the media and some boarders stayed on the mountain for a sunset shoot. There was a BBQ, awesome snow features, and one heck of a sunset! Here’s a few photos from the evening…
That’s right kids, Tim Eddy alongside chef Hanna Fuller at the session four staff sale at High Cascade. Come up to Mount Hood for muffins by Tim and maybe he’ll cut you a deal on one of his used Believers with his personal sticker job still intact.
Hey everyone! This is Pat Campanaro, and I’m on a short trip to do some fun summer snowboarding at HCSC! So my trip here has been pretty wild so far. To start off, I got to the airport in Minneapolis, MN with huge lines barely about to make it to my flight… to my suprise, my flight wasn’t actually until 9:40 pm, so I was actually 12 hours early, oops! So after catching the next flight on stand by I was still able to make it to my 2:00 shuttle to the camp. Too bad my shuttle driver pasted Govy and brought me to Mt Hood Ski camp instead. Luckily I only walked about a 1/2 mile before someone picked me up and brought me to camp. So aside from the journey here, some pretty sweet stuff is happening. The Think Thank premiere went down and it was Awesome!
Think Thank Premiere in the HCSC bowls
K2 likes Think Thank
Chris Beresford, Mike Yoshida, and Jesse Burtner
Pipe to Pipe also went down at Windells! Tons of people were around to both compete and watch the action!
See… Lots of people
So ya, I’ve just been riding and having alot of fun so far. The Video Grass Premier is tonight and everyone is pretty hyped! I’ll be back later with some more photos and the rest of my story.
The sun is out, the snow is slushy and the rope tow is in full effect. High Cascade’s park has made some excellent improvements this summer. This video showcases some of the K2 board-riding staff groovin’ out via rope tow. enjoy…
Hey everybody. This is Kirk Kaufmann writing from Mt. Hood. This is my first time every blogging so I’ll try not to blow it. First of all, I work as a digger at High Cascade Snowboard Camp. I’m in my second year of digging, and let me tell you, its probably one of the best jobs a boarder could have. Sure we don’t get paid squat, but I really can’t see myself doing anything else but snowboarding all summer.
So I thought I’d write about the daily routine of being a digger. Our mornings start off at 7 a.m. with breakfast. We pack our lunches, head into the digger bus (AKA satans limo), and start the slow drive up to Timberline. The bus tops out at a whopping 15 mph going up hill, so it takes us usually about 2 hours to get to the hill. Just kidding, but seriously. Once we get to Timeberline, all the diggers gear up and get ready for the long chair ride up the palmer lift. Most of the time the lift rides consist of watching YouTube videos on someone’s iPhone, or making fun of all the ski racers and there questionable antics.
The digger chariot. Runs off the blood and tears of campers.
Here's a taste of the inside
Me and fellow digger Alex Lopez on a windy chair ride to the top
Thumbs down to bad weather
Darkstar wide, best board out there. you wish you had that sticker!
So once we get to our high cascade park, everyone grabs rakes, salt, and start to get the park ready for campers. My job in the morning is to prep our main rail line. Everybody usually gets done with morning rake around 10 a.m.. So from 10 till 12 we get to snowboard. But if the weather is anything like today, we spend most of the time sitting real hard-like.
Kind of a bad pic, but this is our park
50 mph winds, no big deal for us
Once noon hits, everyone rakes and salts the whole park, including the new 22 foot super pipe which is probably the worst invention every created for a digger. Raking that thing sucks. If you want to experience it for yourself, come dig to ride and give it a try. Actually don’t, you’ll probably just blow it and we’ll have to rake it twice. After raking the pipe, we usually eat lunch and heckle people that are snowboarding. If you do ride in front of the digger zone, you will get yelled at. So be prepared.
We pretty much wrap up the end of the day at around 3. Take all the banners down and rake the pipe if necessary. Everyday is ended with manditory backflips out of the pipe. Can’t think of a better way to end the day. Everyone boards back down to the bus, and heads down to the vortex of a town which is Government Camp.
Well my fingers hurt. Adios for now, and thanks for reading.