Let’s get this straight: Tiny Type cannot solve your relationship problems, it can’t help you feel better about yourself, it can’t make you happy if you’re not already happy on your own, and oh yeah-it can’t help you lose weight. So what good is it? Um …
Life And Times
Former CAPiTA Team Manager/Investor Pat O’Toole picked up shop in Bend, Oregon recently and moved to Edwards, Colorado, just west of Vail and Beaver Creek on ol’ I-70, to open a new snowboard shop called EMAGE Board Store (an EMAGE location already exists in Denver). The shop, somewhat fortuitously, is bellied up right next to what residents are calling one of the best new skateparks west of the Mississippi.
In other Colorado news, Nic Drago got his hip replaced-again (the first replacement was rejected by his body, rendering him a useless pile of bones and flesh). Drago was spotted a number of times on the dance floor during the fall, as well as at the skatepark. Now that it’s winter, he’s most definitely shredding the rad on that new hip.
However, we are sad to report that King Weep, a well-known and loved member of Jackson, Wyoming’s snowboard community, was in a fatal car crash in late November on his way from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
Enough About Us, Let’s Talk About Us
Hey, did you know that we screwed up big time? Yeah, we effed up a photo credit in the January issue’s Wallpaper on a shot of Amber Stackhouse-we said that it was Jessica Dalpiaz. It’s not that we think all those Roxy girls are the same or that any photo that Brian Craighill shoots automatically has to be of his new wife Jessica. No, it was just a mistake-no hidden meanings. Sorry, Amber! Also, in that same issue, the Launch shot was Jake Blauvelt, not Lauri Heiskari. God, we suck … we should fire ourselves!
In other TransWorld news, we got a bunch of angry letters and phone calls about Pat Moore’s recent Forum ad (the one with the naked girls). That’s right, librarians were pissed and pulling the mag off shelves, and other conservative folk were up in arms. Aw, they’re just jealous! We’d also like to report that we’ve officially hired Dice-K Maru onto our senior photographer team for the 2006 season. The talented Whistler-based photographer will really beef up our sweet action for next volume, so keep your eyes peeled for his shots! TransWorld’s Chris Coyle is in a new band called Portals along with Andy Forgash-it’s been shredding eardrums all over Portland and the surrounding region. The dudes have a MySpace profile up, so paddle on over and check it out. And last but not least, Photo Editor Nick Hamilton got a sick new golf club … big whoop.
Canuck shred legend Ken Achenbach has reportedly bought a snowcat tour company that runs out of the Whistler area, powdermountaincatskiing.com. And down in Vancouver, Lifetime clothing has hired on Travis Parker to fill out the company’s pro snowshred team. Parker will be joining the likes of Tyler Lepore, Louie Fountain, Jon Kooley, and Leanne Pelosi wearing the hip new art-friendly duds. Oh, did we mention that retired pro dude Bobby Meeks is team manager? He’s also acting as a consultant for Nike 6.0.-well, he is, so that’s that.
Speaking of the Pac NW and companies based out of there, Option snowboards has seen a ton of moving and shaking during the recent past. With a recent change-up in management, it seems that Jon Roth is now the official Option team manager (forgive us if we already told you that-our memories are shot). And Whistler hero Chris Dufficy has signed on to the company’s pro team, as well as lady rider Jacqui Berg. Yeah, good stuff happening up north as far as we can tell.
It’s All So Exciting!
Burton photographer Jeff Curtes got hitched to fellow photog Jess Mooney recently in Australia, and the two are planning a spring move to-take a guess … yep, you were right: Portland! Also, the lovely Michele Taggart and hher proud gentleman of many years Ian Roy had a baby recently by the name of Kazlo Remi Roy. Little Kazlo popped himself out in San Jose, Costa Rica, and we hear he’s doing just fine. Jordan Mendenhall has reportedly had a little one, as well. Congratulations!
In other news, Whistler mainstay Shin Campos made his way south to meet up with Lukas Huffman and company for opening day at Mt. Baker-where Shin accidentally jumped on a skier. Nobody was hurt, but he got the season kicked off on a real dangerous foot. Yikes. Says Huffman about the incident, “Canadians!”
Also, it appears that Jared Johnson has lost all of his sponsors except Active Ride Shop … aw. However, here’s some good news: after piles of paperwork, Brit Sara Philips got her four-year U.S. visa. Yay! Oh, and former Kingpin Productions Founder Rob “Whitey” McConnaughy is the man responsible for the new Tony Hawk Pro Skater TV commercial dancing before your glazed-over eyes.
Vacationing In Bora Bora
It seems that Amen Teter has left Palmer snowboards and will be focusing his efforts on managing Team Teter this season. Which reminds us, the Teter clan had a real scare early season when Elijah landed in a rock field while riding Whistler and suffered severe internal bruising. He spent several weeks camped out in a Vancouver hospital before being released home. We’re glad he’s okay.
In other news, Brian Botts has left DC Shoes to pursue real-estate development ventures in Utah. Leanne Pelosi was vacationing in Bora Bora recently-who does that? Rumor has it that Airblaster will be designing Ski Bowl, Oregon’s mini park. And in Portland, Chris Prosser of Atmosphere fame made out with three different girls at the Nemo Halloween party and kicked a hole in the bathroom door-not bad for a pansy. Just kidding.
Quote Of The Month
“I’m more of a miracle worker then I am a photographer.”-Scott Serfas, totally serious