Wow, 2006. The world is getting on in years, isn’t it? Really, it’s almost an adult now. In fact, other planets its age probably have real jobs and families-they’re not just floating around the universe with nothing but shredding on the brain. Then again, those are probably the same planets that’ll die in a few years from stress-induced heart attacks, so there.
Elusive Salomon Team Manager Alex Pashley has officially moved from Summit County, Colorado to Portland, Oregon to work out of the company’s inter-office headquarters. We are confident that he will be wearing a tie, tucking in, and referring to himself as Mr. Pashley by the time you read this. Speaking of going places, word on the street is that Ryan Lougee has moved to Vermont to pursue a career … perhaps a design gig with Analog? Or how ’bout being a hand model. Yeah, something like that.
This just in: Iikka B ckstrà®m and Simon Chamberlain have been slapped on the Drop international team. Also, Shane Flood no longer rides for Mission Six. Why? It allegedly has something to do with Flood’s new obligation to sport his board sponsor Ride’s outerwear line instead. A Mission Six statement on the subject went something like this: “Shane is still our homie, and we wish him only the best in the future.” However, the parting of ways came too late to pull Flood’s face from Mission Six hangtags for this winter’s gear. Oh well, it’s like the company says, “Any press is good press, and Shane Flood’s marketability will continue to elevate consumer awareness of Mission Six throughout the next year.”
Spinners For Everyone!
It seems that California doesn’t get everyone, after all-Colorado has reclaimed Doran Laybourn and J.J. Thomas from their off-season lairs in Southern California. Academy up-and-comer Mike Casanova has recently moved in with his teammate Chad Otterstrom in the township of Breckenridge. Also, Otterstrom will be driving around on that Rocky Mountain black ice this winter in his brand-new 2006 Volvo-winnings from the Burton Abominable Snow Jam this past summer. The car is reportedly “beyond nice.”
While we’re talking cars, we should mention that Paavo Tikkanen traded in his Audi A6 for a pimped-out Chevy Tahoe, so even though he’s white and speaks Finnish, he’ll be that much closer to looking like a rap star. Paavo’s also been seen cruising around Cali with fellow Finn Joni Malmi, who apparently bought a brand-new Porsche Cayenne. TWS’ Annie Fast bought a used VW Passat, but she should in no way feel inferior to the aforementioned filthy rich pro snowboarders and their flashy cars.
In Tahoe news, Hannah Teter just bought a house there: “It’s so crazy buying all the jazz it needs-I don’t even like shopping anymore!” she says. Also, photographer and Trilogy Arts Founder Ruben Sanchez is reportedly opening a retail shop in Kings Beach to sell TA boards and softgoods, as well as Union bindings, Indy trucks, wheels, and bearings. Stop by and take a gander if you’re in the area.
Where’s Paris Hilton?
Apparently the latest shred marketing craze is snowboard companies partnering with non-endemic motor-sports brands. For instance, Ride has hooked up with Polaris Snowmobiles and is kicking off the relationship by giving away a 2006 Polaris 600 HO RMK sled as part of a sweepstakes on the Ride Web site. Also, randomly enough, Burton has partnered with Ducati to produce limited-edition Ducati snowboards and matching bindings for this season. We can’t wait to see photos of Jake in neon leathers flying around on a crotch rocket.
Burton threw a serious soiree in NYC as part of the brand’s World Tour and the opening of its Soho retail shop. Word had it that attendees included the à…ber-cool likes of photographer Terry Richardson, that band Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah!, actor Michael Pitt … the list of New York socialites goes on and on. Which reminds us, rumor has it that Burton’s throwing down a whopping 920,000 doollars per month in rent for the Soho store space, which adds up to eleven-mill a year-hot damn!
In other news, MFM’s The Block Hotel is on the hunt for new locations in Europe and Asia, with an apparent goal of opening four more hotels soon. Also, The Arctic Challenge is planning to throw a quarterpipe event in Beijing, China that’s equivalent in size and grandeur to the record-breaking Holmenkollen, Norway QP. Dubbed the Oakley Style Masters, the contest will be held at Badaling resort just outside Beijing, where, according to TAC Founder Terje Haakonsen himself, event organizers have found the perfect place to build a giant quarterpipe. Rumor has it that Oakley’s even kicking in the 30,000-dollar solid-gold Time Bomb watch for the first person to clear ten meters on the QP (Heikki Sorsa holds the record on the Holmenkollen one at 9.3 meters out).
Golf: It’s A Problem
We just can’t go another month without addressing the issue of golf, which is giving surfing a run for its money as the favorite obsession of pro snowboarders everywhere. Seriously, it’s all people talk about. Our Photo Editor Nick Hamilton wouldn’t stop yapping about getting to play Darrell Mathes’ dad’s country club in Lake Oswego, Oregon, while Matt Peterson reportedly got a hole in one on a five iron in Colorado. Also, photographer Jeff Potto keeps talking about how he’s been shooting a 71. What a bunch of bourgeois bastards.
As proof that golf might actually be a safer bet than surfing for certain ill-fated pro snowboarders, it turns out that while surfing somewhere in the larger So Cal area, Finnish shred-boarder Eero Niemela had to be saved by Pat Moore from a “scary monster” in the ocean. Niemela was reportedly stung by a stingray right on a major artery and had to get stitches-or, more accurately, a stitch. “Lots of blood. It was scceeerrry!” says Mr. Moore.
By the way, we have some domestic matters to attend to: Jussi Oksanen and his brand-new wife Zoe have moved to So Cal and are surfing a bunch, plus, he’s golfing every day, of course. And congrats are in order for Brandon Ruff, who just had another little one-a girl by the name of Aria. Also, Jimmy Halopoff and his wife Jackie are expecting. However, we are sad to report the recent passing away of legendary French rider Frank Screm. Frank took his own life after battling depression for several years. He was a good friend of Tom Penny’s and as talented and hard for people to understand as Tom.
Quote Of The Month
“You look stressed out-do you want to borrow my nunchucks and unwind?”-Andrew Crawford to Lukas Huffman