When I first heard Ross tested positive for marijuana, I figured it could be true. There are manysnowboarders who smoke pot. After the story broke, I felt all snowboarders were branded as potheads bythe media. Jim McKay labeled the halfpipe the “hash pipe,” and the late-night duo of Leno and Lettermanalso took their “pot” shots. For a while I thought just having a snowboard on the roof of my car might give astate trooper reason enough to pull me over. I feel the story gave all snowboarders a black eye, so I wasforced to defend myself and everyone else who snowboards but doesn’t partake in extra-curricular activities.I made this bumper sticker to absolve myself from this new stereotype. Luckily the general public has a veryshort memory, but those who ski will probably hold onto this event as a way to continually bashsnowboarding. Thought you might find it interesting. Subscriber for life, John Brousseau Living LargeYour mag sets the standards for all others in my book. I would like to comment on a board I bought thisyear-the Ride Mountain 163. It’s the best board I’ve been on in my five years of riding. I have size thirteenfeet and I’m six-foot-four and weigh 225 pounds. No other board I’ve found has the response and snap forsomeone my size, and it floats in powder like a Caddie. Why does it have to be so hard to find XXL gearand size thirteen boots? I’m so glad someone at Ride has an ear to the ground and is looking out for peoplelike me. Thank you Ride, and thank you Snowboard Life for freeing my soul.
Mike Flacke Your welcome.-E.M.
I don’t understand why you can’t run more photos of Terje Haakonsen is yourmag. There are tons of other snowboarders getting their pictures published ten times more than Terje. Heonly gets in there once or twice. I don’t get it. Everyone I know wants to see Terje. I don’t even care if yourun old pictures of him, just get him in there. If that’s not possible for some reason, please explain why. TrevMeridian, Idaho If we were holding unreal Terje images, you can bet we’d be running the livingdaylights out of them.
Fact is, photos of Terje-especially non-contest shots-are a rare commodity. When we get some in, you’ll be the first to see them.-E.M.
Snowboard Life is the best and only magazine that gives me excellent tips, amazing photos, and great articles. I have been snowboarding fortwo years and reading Snowboard Life for one. Every month I can’t wait to read your mag. I learnsomething every time. Thanks. Keep up the good work.
Kyle Cordt Prescott, Ontario, Canada
Party On, Bro
I estimate that carving represents about ten percent or less of the snowboard population, so yourcarving coverage seems ample. My beef, however, is this: when you do cover carving, there’s a lack of styleand personality. Most of the carving photos are of great pro riders and instructors, but to be honest, they’renot really laid out, getting low and scraping body parts other than their hands (there was a respectable shoton page 48 of the October issue). They keep imagining they’re turning around gates, upright, with their kneesbent-in the open corduroy no less! Most people think carvers are a bunch of converted ex-ski racers whoget to bed early (which is mostly true), and the real party crowd is the creedler/grommet freestylers riding onlunch trays. Let me introduce you to the Mammoth Mountain “Cocktail Carvers”-a collection ofsix-foot-plus, 200-pound-plus, 30-something mixture of pimps and players who work behind desks for aliving, claim sole ownership to Chair 2, and bump rap music. All we care about is getting low and impressingthe women in the chair above. We drink Kettle One Vodka martinis only (hence our name), and are knownon a first-name basis at the Yodler and Whiskey Creek (what a thing to be proud of!). We’re like AndreAgassi: we don’t care about winning, we’d rather just look good and get the commercial. Next time youcome to Mammoth, I urge you to photoograph and party with the Cocktail Carvers: Thomas (L.A. carver),Lou, David (Big Daddy), Jim, Ron, and Jeff (J.R.). We’ll give you some great material of us laying fat rails inMartha’s Box for a future issue!
Jeff Frederick firstname.lastname@example.org
True, some race-bred riders aren’t loaded with style, being more into technique. Don’t kid yourself about laying it over, though-that’snot what all Alpine riders aspire to do, nor is it overly difficult. Check out the next issue for a healthycombination of Alpine power and style.-K.H.
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