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Welcome to the State of Snow, our monthly recap of the snowboard industry as seen by photographer Sean Kerrick Sullivan. Getting right to it…
Casey Nelson snaps an ollie in one of the driest Decembers I can remember. Its a shock to some and depressing to others but theres little you can do but go out and see what kind of fun you can find anyways. Everybody has been so confined the parks now that when the snow does fall, the riding we're going to see is going to be nuts.
I think December might be remembered as month when Cobra Dogs took over. With next to no snowfall in Park City, the holiday crowds, and non-stop sunshine, the terrain park and beginner areas of the mountain see TONS of traffic, and the once infamous is becoming famous. Manager Matty Mo estimates anywhere from seven to nine thousand weiners flew off the shelves this past month.
Kazu Kokubo is making moves. Last season he put down an opening video part in Burton's new movie “Standing Sideways”, and started this season out by joining the Park City All Stars roster, followed by a Snowboarder Magazine cover AND interview in their September 2011 issue, was then picked up by Skullcandy, which was followed with a Pro Spotlight in the newest issue of Transworld. Damn.
Nick Fuca and Grahm Banks dew the logical thing to do @ night in Breckenridge during the Dew Tour: party. With injuries and falls keeping them out of the finals, that freed up their evening to, well, rage. They have a new project in the works with TWS, that's going to feature some serious shit from their crew including: Ross Baker, Dylan Bidez, Brennen Swanson, Billy Wandling, and Broc Waring.
Parker Duke is hustlin, slangin Cobra Dogs @ PC, but is he filming for the Absinthe movie or is he filming for the Keep the Change movie? Either way its gonna be dope. In related news, Keep the Change has reportedly been brought into the VG fam, and is aiming at more of an 'am focused' movie that will feature the likes of Parker Worthen, Dylan Dragotta, Mike Rav, Johnny O'Conner, Brandon Hobush, Spencer Schubert, and Johnny Brady.
Deadlung has been here there and every where. Ultra elusive, especially with the lack of snow, your best bet is to catch his fine i-phone photography on Instagram, @deadlung.
Young Brady Larson has been quietly killing it for a while now, spending the last few winters in high school. Fresh out, all he does now is shred, rain, sleet, snow, or no snow, he's out there doing his thing, and will more than likely lock down his first part in FODT's next movie if it ever decides to snow in an American city.
Cooper Hoffmeister might just be having the best winter of his life. His two year old son Caden has 7 days of riding under his belt, is already cracking little ollies, and laps the magic carpet at The Canyons as much as humanly possible for a two year old. Anybody who had parents who were rad enough to introduce shredding into their lives is eternally grateful, and that first season is sure to be a memorable one. “We only take him out on nice warm and sunny days and so far every experience he's had on the hill has been positive,” says Cooper. “He basically gets as low as he can and just cruises while I chase after him, he's getting his board on the heel edge and learning to slow himself down a bit.” Caden's gear also shows how far snowboard technology has came since the 70's and 80's. Cooper breaks it down, “His board is an 80. 80 centermeters! Thats like a skateboard but its, and his boots are dope too. They are boa's and after we get him in his snow pants he just jumps in the boots, locks down the dial, and tightens the boots on his own.” Damn, parents take note, another reason not to start your kid off skiing. Just sayin.
Another Brighton Digger done good, Parker Worthen just added Stepchild to his growing list of sponsors which includes Etnies, Thirty Two, Skullcandy and Oakley. With an opener in the last Keep the Change movie and a book full of new spots in Utah for the next storm, I think Parker is going to drop some fire.
With every resort in Tahoe aside from Boreal threatening to shut down in a matter of weeks if they dont get some snow, Johnny Lazz remains calm. Crusing in Colorado with Volcom teammate Dylan Alito and Volcom filmer Pat Barazza while on their mission to destroy everthing filming for the new Volcom movie, one can only hope that Lazz can use his new found hippy healthy lifestyle to give him the power to lay down a part for the People movie and the Volcom movie….....
Stevie Bell has proclaimed himself as a FIFA soccer addict, and this sequence of him kicking this snow, obviously out of habit, is enough for me to believe him. This hilarious dude's attitude wouldn't change if it snowed one inch or one hundred, check his new interview series “Black Friday” which drops weekly on his website StevieBell.com
Snowboarder Magazine held an art show @ Spedelli's Pizza in SLC featuring the art of their Special Projects Design Director Big Mike Gonsalves. Snowboarders love their technology, even if they dont know how to use it, evidenced here as Big Miike attempts to rings up Scott Stevens on his iPhone. Stevens was fresh back from Alaska where he finished his X Games “Real Snow” video part. With the lack of snow in the lower 48, expect the “Real Snow” battle to get real wild, as most of the riders found themselves bumping shoulders in streets of AK while out shooting.
Brandon Hammid has a growing reputation as one of the strongest guys in snowboarding, shield you eyes if he takes his shirt off because his muscles have muscles and its almost disgusting. More than likely he grew those muscles while helping Ted Borland, Alex Andrews, and Sean Black build the Bone Zone over the summer, because all those log jibs didn't just build themselves. Check the www / youtube for “Bone Zone the Movie” and see for yourself.
These photos of Aaron Bittner need no caption. Check you next month. -SKS