The Behind-The-Scenes Story Of TransWorld SNOWboarding’s First Cover
It was May 1, 1987, the day before the North American Snowboard Championships. Brothers Ken and Dave Achenbach led Editor Kevin Kinnear and photographer Guy Motil to an out-of-bounds quarterpipe near Sunshine Village ski resort in Alberta, Canada.
Kevin and Guy were still new to snowboarding, having only been on one trip to the “World’s” in Breckenridge, Colorado before going to Canada. It was in Breck that they’d met Barfoot Team Rider Ken Achenbach, who invited the two to the “North Americans.”
Guy still worked at Breakout, a surf magazine based out of Southern California, when Kevin hired him to shoot for TransWorld SNOWboarding.
“He was the best photographer I knew, but neither one of us had ever been in the snow,” Kevin remembers. “I grabbed Guy and said, ‘Let’s go. Nobody else knows anything, either.’”
Guy had a background that was tailor made for the job; he’d worked at Breakout and Skateboarder Magazine, and he was determined to nail the shots, even though just getting around on snow was a challenge.
The consummate artist, Guy set up perfectly for the quarterpipe. Shooting into the sun, he captured a timeless silhouette of Dave that is permanently burned into the memory of every rider who saw the first issue of TransWorld Snowboarding.
Swiss rider Jose Fernandes ended up winning the North American’s halfpipe event by doing a backflip out of the bottom of the pipe, but Dave Achenbach will always be remembered for the first of TransWorld’s 141 (and counting) covers.
Cover Caption: Dave Achenbach soars into the history books. Backside air, Sunshine Village, Alberta. Sunshine locals claim the legendary quarterpipe is still ridden each winter.
Where Are They Now?
Guy Motil is the publisher of Longboarder surfing magazine. He lives in San Clemente, California.
Dave Achenbach is one of a small group of non-Native people permitted to live on Native Lands in the Canadian outback. Dave no longer snowboards.