I forgot to use this intro for the rumor issue last month:Many years ago there was this pro skater from my hometown of Santa Rosa, California named Jason. He didn’t like me very much-probably ’cause I was a snowboarder, possibly ’cause I got too drunk at his house, ate all his barbecue chicken, and kicked over a couple chairs when I was visiting one summer-it was a minor incident.
A couple years passed and I was catching up with my boy Gannon from back home. He said, “Rumor has it you quit snowboarding and moved into the woods north of ‘Rosa.”
What the f-k? I was living in SLC, Utah having a productive snowboard season! It turns out skater Jason had set up a full-on shanty in the forest complete with tents and a chicken coop. Some other sketchy-ass bro was living up the way from him, and Jason was convinced that “bro” was me. Now he was talking more shit than ever … ’cause, get this-apparently, I had crept down in the dark and stolen and eaten his stupid pet chicken!-Cody Dresser
I heard Todd Richards was seen riding a Lib Tech. Is he riding for Lib Tech, though? It’s just too uncanny that two men with the same initials (T. Richards, T. Rice) would both leave Rossignol and join Lib Tech. Regardless, anyone who saw the last X-Games slopestyle knows that Old Man Richards still rips it up, no matter what he’s riding-but I’m curious. Dave Dorratcaguevia e-mail
“Lib’s been making me blanks, which is rad-I write AWESOME(tm) across the bottom. The kids think I’ve started a board company called Awesome Snowboards (ha ha). I’d love to ride for any of the Mervin brands because they have a sense of humor, but right now, nothing is concrete. I will say that I’d rather ride for them than some company with a cool logo and a bunch of G’d out thugs on the team-no offense to you G’d out thugs with your cool logos.Thanks for the props on the X-Games. I really wanted to place in the top five at that contest-I’m glad I did. However, I would really like another medal in my collection before I retire. There’s always next year.”-Todd Richards
Burning SnowYou know what I have to say: You guys are jerks for getting rid of FREEZE skiing magazine. I hope snowboarding burns in hell. Alex Timmermanvia e-mail
Very proud of you. A snowsport burning in flames, what irony. That’s pretty heavy, man, did you intend to get so deep, li’l dum-dum? Anyway, you know that I’m senior editor now, right kid? Well, my first order of business was to shitcan that skier rag you loved so much (ha ha). Vaya con dios!-Dresser
Cross TrainingI’m a keen snowboarder, and I was wondering if you know of any balance training that pro boarders do-so I can improve my game.Adrian Footevia e-mail
Go skateboarding. Marc Frank, Jeremy Jones, Devun Walsh, and most pros in the upper echelon of freestyle skate a lot. Skateboarding is a more technical sport and everything happens a lot quicker-it definitely helps.-Dresser
Gnu GT ChinaI have a question that needs to be cleared up. I bought a Gnu GT from a major skate shop this winter. I got it from my friend who works there, and he “gave me a deal” at 149 bucks. The board lists for 269 dollars, so I thought I got a Gnu for half price!
Later, I was talking to a friend who works at the Salty Peaks shop. He said the Gnu GT was a joke board made in China to make fun of all the cheap companies getting stuff made overseas! I would like to believe that I got a good intermediate board-it would be awesome if you would clear this up for me. Matt Carlson SLC, Utah
You got a China board dude! But if it’s still intact after an entire winter, you def got your money’s worth, holmes. Gnu’s whole deal is that all their boards are handmade in the Northwest-so spitting out bargain basement sticks made in China is a bit of a joke, isn’t it?
As far as pricing goes, you didn’t get ripped off or hooked up, either. Actually, it depends most on when the board was purchased -it was a good deal at the beginningg of last winter and not such a sweet buy toward the end of the year. You can find closeout Gnu GTs online for 129 dollars. Next time, shell out the extra cash for a real Gnu Danny Kass.-Dresser
Mail GiveawayTurn that frown upside down, sad clown! Matt Carlson’s letter was the best, most-saddest letter ever. I usually laugh at sad people, but it was “compassion day” at TransWorld corporate headquarters. Matt gets a top-of-the-line Ride snowboard that isn’t built in China-it’s probably made in Austria or something … go pretend like you’re Justin Hebbel, Matt. See you at the rail garden.
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