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State of Snow: Vol. 2

January is over.  Snow conditions have improved very little in the US, and people are hitting the road.  The late-January completion of SIA and X Games marks the end of two of the industry’s biggest yearly shitshows, and with February, March, April, and May left in the Northern Hemi’s 2012 snow season, I think its safe to say people are going to be hunting pow and staying real busy for the next three months.

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01) Skullcandy athlete Dan Brisse……..wins X Games Real Snow……….Dan Brisse…….gets the new cover of TWS!  Yeah, both these things happened to Brisse this January, so as you can see, he is a boss. Almost anywhere you go you will hear people say, “Dan is one of the hardest working and nicest dudes in snowboarding” etc, etc.  I mean think about it – the dude has been the chillest and paid his dues for years, and now look: those dues are getting paid back.  See that cover?  That was the first feature he hit this winter…….BOSS.

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02)  Reno/Tahoe natives and former Alpine Meadows grom rats Ross Baker and Brandon Cocard have both made major moves this season, as they both have begun filming their first video parts with Absinthe Films.  I was 14 when I first rode with them in Tahoe, and I realized pretty quickly that I had better start shooting photos of them instead of following them off Alpine’s last jump.  Seeing them all growed up and killing it ten-plus years later stokes me out big time, and I know they are both going to blow minds when the Absinthe vid drops next fall.

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03) What good is being busy without blowing off a little steam?  Brandon Hammid and Sean Black invented a drinking game that involves a mini roulette table and an airsoft gun, the results of which are hilarious.  Numbers on the wheel correspond to different shot glasses, which either come with whiskey, beer, or getting shot with the airsoft gun from the other side of the hotel room.  One second you hate the game, your skin is broken from an airsoft pellet stuck in you skin, and you never want to play again it stings so bad. Two minutes later, you love the game again because it’s your turn to shoot the next sucker with bad luck. 

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04)  Young Ben Bilodeau is—if you’ve seen any of the web edits out of Park City—the kid to watch…but what you haven’t seen is that he’s working on a real video part.  With Milosport, Technine, Arnette, Osiris, Celtek, Landing Headwear, and yours truly backing him, I’d give it 12 months tops before Monster Energy picks him up. Just watch.

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05)  Dave Doman has become a one-man art powerhouse.  With his parents’ full support since day one, solid shred skills of his own, and friends in places near and far, high and low, the kid is on a roll.  He has dozens of board and softgood designs under his belt, yet DD still cranks out art that regular homies can afford. Late in January he held an art show and sale at Spedelli’s Pizza to raise money for more t-shirts, paint, and gas money.

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06)  Madison Blackley is getting all fired up, as one of the only girls at Park City hitting any of the bigger jumps.  “I just want to shred, on anything that’s in front of me…..” is the most common quote that comes to mind when I think of Madison, and knowing that she’s hunting down big gaps in the city has me extra stoked for when the snow finally hits the streets.

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07)  Bumped into the Volcom guys on the streets of Paris; word is, the project is coming together real nice and apparently Dylan Alito has earned the privilege of traveling with his dog. $$$$$$

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08)  Can you guess how many cops Bode Merrill has talked to this year while filming for Real Snow and Absinthe?  Can you guess what this one said to us?

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09) Alex Andrews was recently sighted riding with a big ol’ crew at Brighton.  Fresh off a journey to the frozen North with Burton and TRJJ, (which Alex said was “the best time. Ever.”) Alex was immediately back home at Brighton enjoying the reason that snowboarding is fun: backflips and tons of your buddies.

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10)  Why is Ryan Paul so excited, and who is that filmer?  First, click here to check Think Thanks #MINDTHEVIDEOMAN teaser and you’ll see why.  I swear the kid was sleeping in a coffee shop right before he showed up to the spot and did that trick.  Second, that filmer is Sean Lucey – he’s an example of the fine people you meet while on the road shooting, and he is also the tallest filmer I’ve ever met. He’s seriously so tall he could stand right next to you and not be poaching your angle because he’s 12 feet above you.
 

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11)  Dylan Thompson moves at night, because he is a ninja.  In case you didn’t know.

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12)  Parker Worthen had a good month.  He stopped by the Nike Chosen event in SLC and won, walking away with something like $2,500 in winnings.  While starting a session on this gap rail a few days later I asked him what he wanted to spend the money on and he said, “traveling and filming, every penny.” Ask a simple question, get a simple answer, I guess. The next question is, “well, Parker, where are we going?”

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13)  Graham Banks & CO are hungry.  Between clocking in and out of class at Westminster College, he and his crew continue to work on their TWS webisode project, bagging two or three spots every day they go out to shoot.  Hustlin’.

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14)  See that far off, distant look in Zach Clanton’s eyes? By the time you read this, he will have packed seven months’ worth of gear into his whip for the journey of his life.  With his final destination, Alaska, getting more snow than ever, and a month-long glacier camping trip in the spring planned with Forrest Shearer, the Provo bros, and a few other pals, its going to be quite the blog to follow and quite the story when all is said and done.  Safe travels Clanton!

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15) Ted Borland.  Fun guy.  Loves Cobra Dogs.  Spends his summers @ Hood.  Pretty tall, kinda quiet.  Also filming for #MINDTHEVIDEOMAN. 

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16)  Till next month: go find snow, whether it’s beyond the next fence or over the next ridge. Be safe, be respectful. -SKS

 

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