Caught Up: The Adidas Snowboarding team

Caught Up: The Adidas Snowboarding team

Well it’s official, Adidas are fully in the snowboarding game. Their team is stacked with Jake Blauvelt, Kazu Kokubo, Eric Jackson, Keegan Valaika, Forest Bailey, and Helen Schettini. We sat down with a few members of the new Adidas team (Ejack, Forest, and Helen to be exact) to see what they’ve been up to, and what they’re getting excited for.

Forest Bailey

What have you been up to since the season ended?

I’ve been having a really great summer. I did a lot of traveling and hanging with tons of great people, I saw some good music, and I skateboarded a bunch. I also moved into Keegan's (Valaika) so that's going be the base for this winter.

What’s been the coolest thing you’ve done this summer?

I’ve been shooting a lot of photos with this little Nikon film camera I got, So I've been pretty hyped on that.

What’s your plan for the season?

My plan for next winter is to do a lot of snowboarding with good friends in great places. I'll be filming for the new TransWorld movie, and also filming for Givin again so it should be a good winter. I'm heading to Japan next week for a little Gnarly tour and opening day at Mt. Fuji. That should be pretty tight too.

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Forest Bailey knows what it means to tweak. PHOTO: George Crossland

What’s up with Adidas? When did that come about? Do you have any big plans to do anything cool with them?

Getting on Adidas all went down at the end of last season, and through this summer. I had been hearing that Adidas was trying to get into snow, and I asked a couple people if they knew what was up with it because I thought it sounded really sweet. Photographer Mike Yoshida emailed Greg Martin for me last spring and that got things rolling. About a week after Mike emailed Greg I got a text from Jake (Blauvelt) asking if I would be interested in riding Adidas boots. I remember being pretty blown away. I was obviously down and Jake put me in touch with Terrell and the rest is history.

Is getting their sick skate shoes the best part of riding for them?

(laughs) Yea getting their shoes is definitely awesome, but everything about it is pretty awesome. I'm really just excited to be on Adidas with Keegan and the rest of the crew.

See what Eric Jackson and Helen Schettini are up to on the next page!

Helen Schettini

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What have you been up to since wintertime ended?

Well I have been hanging out in California a lot. I also coached up at Camp of Champions up in Whistler for most of July. It was super fun, they had a great summer. It was super sunny and the park had a ton of features in them. I also went to Chile a couple weeks ago with the Billabong guys. It's weird, I feel like I spent more time in Cali than I did in Whistler this summer.

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Helen sends one in the Whistler backcountry. PHOTO: Jusso Grznar

What are your plans for the upcoming season?

Well I'm still trying to figure out what exactly my plan's going to be, but it should be pretty similar to what I've done in the past. It will be a lot of filming, riding with the YES guys, hopefully the Adidas guys, and I also want to ride a bit with Annie (Boulanger) too. I'm going to base myself in Whistler, but I'm hoping to travel a ton. Just try and do a lot of movement.

What's up with Adidas?

Oh man Adidas is new and I'm so excited about it. I just look at the team that I'm apart of and it's pretty insane. There are some pretty big heavy hitters on there and I'm just so grateful and thankful to be apart of it.

Eric Jackson is a complete boss. Want to know what he’s been up to? Just click to the next page…

Eric Jackson

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What have you been up to since the season ended?

Well, my brother (John) and I did a project called Brothers on the Run. It was an epic road trip across the America’s. We met lots of rad people, surfed crazy scary waves, and pretty much had the best summer ever!

How was it filming for Absinthe this year? Was it a big change from People?

Filming with aAbsinthe was rad, it just happened, it wasn’t planned out at all but we worked well together. I mostly rode with Lucas Debari, and we ended up sharing a part, it was a lot of fun.

What’s up with Adidas? When did that come about? Do you have any big plans to do anything cool with them?

Adidas is so rad! It happened super organically and I’m stoked to be apart of something fresh in snowboarding. I could not be happier to be on the team!

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E Jack is stoked to have the stripes on his feet. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

What’s your plan for the up coming season?

I’m going to shoot for Jake Blauvelt's movie Naturally for sure, and hopefully do the Super Natural again. I also might do the X Games real snow contest too.