The thoughts of K2 go out the the family and fellow friends of Aaron Robinson. News of his tragic passing has made us all reflect on his life and infectious smile. Over the last few days it has been incredible to hear all the good words people are saying and posting despite the difficulty it is to find those words. As all of us at K2 process the news and our feelings we have collected some words, drawings, and best of times photos that we are sharing as part of the remembrance of a person we all loved so much.
“Yesterday a gem in the snowboard world passed on. Aaron Robinson (A Rob) has suddenly left us…..doing what he loved; snowboarding with friends in Chile. When a life is cut abruptly short there are no words, just feelings and memories. I feel blessed to have gotten to know A Rob at a K2 photo shoot last August in Chile, and I smile when I think of his contagious passion and pure spirit….not to mention he ripped! A Rob you will be missed but never forgotten because you’ve left a contagious way of living life that will be celebrated and shared by everyone you touched along the way. My condolences to the Robinson family and all of his friends.” – Gretchen Bleiler
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!
The Boa Lacing System has been a staple of the K2 boot line for over 10 years now. Did you know their laces and dials are guaranteed for life? So confident in the strength of their cable they like to tow cars around with them in their spare time.
The video is a bit cheesy, pulling a semi with a boa lace system, but it does show there is nothing stronger on the market or guaranteed for life
For 2011 we are introducing the Panoramic Splitboard complete with Voile splitkit, binding plates and integrated K2 custom skins.
K2 Snowboarding was born in America’s Pacific Northwest mountains in 1987. This season, the brand goes deeper into the backcountry with the new Panoramic split board. K2’s first split board is fortified with an indestructible, lightweight Bambooyah Blend core that comes with a 2-year warranty. Bambooyah features a bamboo-ply construction similar to a skateboard deck with crazy durability yet delivers pop and energy like no other.
Voile split kit
Ptex top sheet – no more snow sticking
K2 All-Terrain Rocker – slight early lift in the tip and tail and flat under foot
Yesterday was a glorious day of splitboarding, powder snow, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, beautiful scenery, oh and more powder snow. This is one of Tahoes many peaks that are easily accessible via splitboard(the best invention since pizza). Hope you enjoy this video of a most excellent day! -Tim
There is still plenty of snow in most parts of Montana. But with the schools out for summer, music festivals in full swing, tourist girls starting to show their pretty faces and temperatures soaring into the 80’s these past few days, we knew we had to get out and get some before it all melts.
Snatching a little tail on the drop-in of our 1st lap.
Brett, me and Turbo Dreams…..Mt Anneas in the background.
Brett Bacon sending a back 5
little front 3 in the sun
Whereever you may be, there’s probably snow close enough to hike to and shred down….go do it. And stay posted for more posts from me throughout the rest of the summer…..I’m going to CHILE!! (in 3 weeks!!!)
I just had 3 great days of riding good cold powder, camping in the snow and lots of hiking back here in Montana. Yes it is may, we do have long, cold winters, we don’t have electricity, and we used horses and a wolf to get to the top of the mountains we rode. With loads of new snow covering all parts of Montana from here in the Flathead down to Beartooth Pass, the opportunities for spring/summer shred will be aplenty.
Day 1– I just got home to Montana yesterday after over 3 months on the road…..i wake up to fresh snow in the valley, which means the mountains got a lot more and a lot colder of snow! We (Brett Bates, Brett Bacon and myself) decide to hike the local ski resort Whitefish Mountain (Big Mountain) and see how the snow is up top.
The hike up Big Mountain is easy, the only thing that made it hard was knowing that my snowmachine is stuck in Seattle. Using it via backcountry access roads we would have done zero hiking all 3 days....instead we hiked a total of probably 11 hours.
Brett Bacon, proud owner of 4 Turbo Dreams gets barreled....it's gonna be better than we thought!!
Turns out it’s epic blower January snow!! We put in some turns, catch some airs and work our bootpack all afternoon.
Putting up rooster tails on the way to that spine sender. photo Bates
2010 Long Jump championships. photo Bates
We did five laps on the top north facing pitch of Big Mountain (all around 500) then took one long run down the front, fully satisfied. To think I pondered staying home today, I had the best turns I took at home all season. We proceded to drive around Whitefish and holler at innocent pedestrians “Hey! I’m pretty sure i had a much better day than you!”
Day 2-3 We wake up in our cozy beds (all of us “living” with our parents) on the 6th and it’s still pretty cold out. We take a late start and head up towards the Jewel Basin, a mecca of hiking, wilderness lakes, wildlife, and all the other things Montana is all about. After a lot of hiking and a tiny bit of snowboarding the Bretts and I set up camp.
AAAAHHH...a cold Spaten next to a fire miles away from any other humans. Bates warms up his toeskis....and his belly.
Nothing like waking up, walking 40 feet and looking down fun powder lines....so nice to be home.
The whole crew, representing K2 all around. Flathead lake sits in the background, collecting spring run off from the same mountains under our feet. Jared Lynch(far right) rallied up that morning at sunrise only to arrive at the prime time toilet hour.
We do the same thing here in the Jewel; put in some turns, a bootpack back up and lap a sick face of chutes, spines and senders.
Forgot my goggs....and loved it!!
Bates gazes out towards Mt Anneas.
Jared Lynch rolls off a little cornice with our beautiful Flathead valley in the background. Jared's a positive soul, he moved out here from Atlanta 4 years ago, started snowboarding, fell in love with it and now lets it consume most of his existence....rad
It’s always a good feeling getting home after the winter’s travels, but when you can get home and ride powder it’s unreal. I feel so fortunate to have roots in this place and every time I’m here I’m overwhelmed by the soul that this place exudes…..