Rider Insider / Parker Szumowski

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 GOOD VIBES ONLY. 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:

  1. Wake myself up
  2. Wake up my roommate Tyler
  3. Get dressed
  4. Brush my teeth
  5. Go to work

5 SONGS YOU’VE BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY:

  1. 50 Cent – I Get Money
  2. Hell Rell – Get Them Bricks Off
  3. Roxy Music – More Than This
  4. Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick
  5. 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

  1. Chicken Sausage with Peppers and Onions
  2. Grilled Corn on the Cobb
  3. Potato Salad as a side
  4. Avocado Toast in the morning maybe
  5. 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:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Water
  3. Energy
  4. Lunch
  5. Friends* That’s the most important one

5 BEST THINGS ABOUT SUMMER IN OREGON:

  1. Mt. Hood
  2. Sassy’s
  3. Cruiser Boards
  4. Food Carts
  5. Burnside

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…

  1. Tre-Flip
  2. Varial Flip
  3. Name any flip trick
  4. Name another flip trick
  5. 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.

  1. Trevor Bradbury
  2. Kit Gallager
  3. Evan Boches
  4. Jared Healey
  5. John Pezzela

We Told You He Had Style. Front 3 Melon. Photo: AG Photo


Parker is often found riding the Happy Hour or the Daniel Franck Whales LTD in the park, the Joy Driver Split in the backcountry, and he’s always riding the Formula binding. You can check out Parker’s gear (and all kinds of other NEW gear) over at K2Snowboarding.com.

WE KNOW, YOU’RE STOKED FOR WINTER. SO ARE WE!

CRUISE — Starting the Season Off Right.


Words & Video by Nick Meilleur | Photos by Colton Jacobs /// What an opening month of shredding December was. Mother Nature arrived in the PNW with a resounding blizzard and did not let up for quite some time. Kael Martin, Greg Phillips, Jay Kelly and John Shaw set out to enjoy the goods on opening day at The Summit at Snoqualmie and Alpental. It was pretty hard to find any part of the mountain that wasn’t a ripping good time!

Greg, Shaw and Jay | Colton Jacobs photo

Greg, Shaw and Jay

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Hotlapping some of our favorite zones, everyone was real stoked at how light the snow was thanks to lower than average temps we are seeing this winter. Perfect for getting our shred legs back up and running!

Greg, Jay and Kael

Greg, Jay and Kael

Greg sending a backflip. The landing didn't quite work out, but it still looked cool.

Greg sending a backflip. The landing didn’t quite work out, but it still looked cool.

Sometimes you get bit by the pit

Sometimes you get bit by the pit  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The northwest is known for its interesting vegetation, and accumulation of features: pillows, stunt ditches, tree jibs, the list goes on. While the early snowfall did provide excellent coverage, it was fun seeing trees, shrubs and sticks that are usually completely covered up showing their heads (amidst deep pow).

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Kael gettin' twiggy wit it.

When we weren’t hitting the side stashes, the slopes were a medley of slashes, bashes, carves and airs.

Mandatory artsy "from the lift" shot of Kael

Kael with a nice carve.

Jay Kelly

Jay serving up some style on the Party Platter. This tail grab 3 was a particular beauty.

At the end of the day, we just wanted to keep ridin’ powder. Lucky for us, the snow came back and free refills became the new policy.

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Greg and Kael hidin’ in the white room.

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We’re stoked on what’s to come, hope your season is also off to a great start!

 

 

 

The Manboys Spring Madness!

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Kyle Miller shredding pow at Alpine Meadows on March 14th 2012

A quick edit from Kyle Miller snowboarding from earlier today at Alpine Meadows. Kyle says “A good morning of pow at Alpine Meadows, good start to the big storm ahead.”

Ben Lynch… the Next Travis Parker

He’s weird yet calculated. He’s confident yet humble. He’s a country boy with good ol country style and he fucking rips on a snowboard. Travis parker’s protégé and our good buddy, Ben Lynch. We expect to see more from this hill billy in the near future but for now take a look at what Ben’s been up to so far this season.


Photos by Jon Hill













K2 Eco Pop Featured on ESPN’s Green Guide 2010

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Check out ESPN’s Green Guide by Jesse Huffman featuring the K2 Eco Pop Snowboard and tons of other great product buys that are good for snowboarding and sweet Mother Earth. Pray for Snow!!!