Snowboarding Archive

Ever have one of those days where you end up engaging in a whole heap of cray cray activities to get something done only to realise you could have achieved it much quicker and without using amazeball Red Bull athletes to do it? No, me neither but sometimes just sometimes the long way is the best way. Watch this  sheer fried awesome Red Bull athlete machine action adventure for a quality example. [Thanks Gadge

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Wednesday, Thursday and Friday you were a coven of witches, glad to see the back of your warty faces! In light of that here’s some feel good aural and visual food from Adam Moran. [Make the screen big like the sky] [Created for the 2012 Telus WSSF Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown in Whistler BC] [Music: Welcome Home - Radical Face; Nightcall - Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx; What the Water Gave Me - Florence + The Machine] Have a good weekend ya’ll arnie

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Filmed in Tignes in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France with Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes in a bespoke LED suit. Aaaah Tignes, where 12 of us sat down to a Raclette banquette and woke up in something resembling the Shining, much too much cheese. Good white-knuckled times, however I digress, this is in fact something quite serene, a gentle float to punctuate your Friday. &nbsp

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Today I leave for the French Alps. I’m beyond excited: feeling like a chameleon on a smartie box, ADD, caffeine twitches and contraband amounts of restless energy. It’s like a first date with the girl of your dreams, and in many ways a snow covered Alp is just that. So for the next 2 weeks I leave you in the comfortable labyrinth that is the mind of Rennton while I climb 50 degrees down the temperature ladder, unplug, turn on, tune in and cliff drop out… before I sign off here’s a little sumin’ sumin’, sent to me by Lisa after Europe turned from December meadows into a snow packed powder puking mecca. Big big Love, and this is why we ride… [thanks Lisa

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The scene of my 2009 Canadian winter: Fernie, British Columbia. I signed up for an 11 week instructor course with these chaps Nonstop Snowboard, one of those life experiences that makes your skull feel convertible, letting your brain loose to let its hair down – crazy imagery huh, but that’s how it is! Admittedly I broke myself, repeatedly, trying to execute ambitious manoeuvres prescribed by our ex cage-fighting instructor. A interesting, mightily-bearded chap channeling his latent rage into his students ambition, a volatile formula that somehow works. Colourful, and yes, that word…epic, times. Cool crew, crazy nights, blue bird days and so much white noise! Here’s a shot of opening day of Fernie’s 2013 season opening weekend…*sigh* almost taints Cape Town’s sun-drenched Tuesday. Damn those were some good times, place is a firetrucking powder mecca. Feel like blowing this rice paddy for 3 months… you could do a lot worse than a BC winter: and Go!

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This is the stuff of legend, nothing less. The Denali Experiment Finally a rare instance of the true meaning of the word epic. I’ve been to  19973 ft (6088 metres) on Huayna Potosi in Bolivia, summating that mountain drained the life out of me, I’ve never felt so utterly depleted, it was bitter! Could I have strapped in and ridden down? Wish I knew, I’d love to try. arnie

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Burton and LucasFilm pepper the 2012 season slopes with intergalactic good times for kids (and people with small heads.) The crown jewel in this collection has to be the R2D2 helmet, this nut cushion floored me: I expect these will dot the groomers across North America, I hope a few make it to the Alps. Classic. More of the Burton gear and garb after the jump. arnie

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Jake Blauvelt’s name was slipped to me by the Gypsy King a little while ago, sighting him as perhaps the classiest rider on the planet, I have to agree. Blauvelt’s  preference for natural terrain and ability ethereally pepper a mountain with seamless ease is at least elegant and definitely classy. Put that up against 65daysofstatic’s Radio Protector with some poignant editing and you’ve got this, and it’s FiretrUCKING awesome: arnie

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