The winter is over, but what a fine one it was. Tons of snow and good times. Too bad summer is here. Time to travel to Chile or New Zealand. Before you go, though, here are some things to look forward to next season.

Extreme Boarding Co. of Solana Beach is changing their name and their location. Just seven blocks north of the old store, the new name will be 540 and the address is: 135 South Pacific Coast Highway, Solana Beach, CA 92075; phone: (619) 481-5404. With over 3,000 square feet of space, it will be stocked to the brim with all kinds of goodies¿from boards to ladies’ apparel. Owner Paul Myers and manager Jyl Goldenhar are primed and ready for the season.

Announcements from Inflight in Seal Beach. Manager Laurie Bassett faxed down these tidbits: To start, a big congratulations to longtime team-rider Shannon Haymes for taking first place at the Quiksilver Cup in France. Next, the preseason snowboard/skateboard bash will be held October 7, with a raging party following at the Sea Port Marina Hotel. Stay tuned for details. Finally, Inflight’s vert ramp will be at both Ski Dazzle in L.A. and Winterfest in Orange County this year. So, don’t miss it.

Southern California locals have taken their boarding interests to local access cable with a new show called STV. According to show promoter Isabelle Tihanyi, the once-a-week, one-hour show is produced and supported by top surfers, skaters, and snowboarders, featuring the likes of Benji and Jason Weatherley, Jason Ford, Kelly Slater, Kris Markovich, and the filmmaking talents of Taylor Steele. Check your local listings for show times, or cybersurf STV info at http://tumyeto.com.

Pete McAfee of Echo West Sales is proud to unveil the following new Southern California team riders: For Anarchy eyewear, Andy Roth, Brandon Hockman, Kenny Lamb, and Todd Meleinn. For Yang snowboard apparel, Snow Valley’s own Todd Meleinn. And for Staple snowboards, Kenny Lamb and Robert Myers. Good luck to all for the ’95¿96 season.

East Coast By Philip Joseph

After an unseasonably warm winter, the early thaw of ’95 that seemed to last forever finally came to an end. However, it takes a lot more than a little warm weather to melt away the enthusiasm of the East Coast snowboarder.

In fact, late-season bashes such as Killington Mountain’s Bump-Off and Huckfest Competitions sported large crowds as riders made the best of snow conditions in what turned out to be a couple of four-star events.

Darkside Snowboard Shops of Killington, Vermont had a large number of riders competing in the Bump-Off, with shop riders Tricia Sipola and Shawn Cole winning first in the women’s and fourth in the men’s final, respectively. Presently, shop-owner Bill Langlands is in search of an old 1950s-style delivery truck, which he plans to paint purple and use for promotions. He says that the store did great in its first year of business, and he’s looking forward to starting off their second year with a big tramp bash/concert/barbecue in late August.

Down in New York City, Yana Farrally-Plourde of Blades Board and Skate says they “managed to survive, and even prosper, despite last season’s miserable snow year.” Blades was involved in promoting quite a few contests in the snowboard park they designed for Hunter Mountain in the state’s Catskill region. Biweekly bus trips to Hunter turned out to be very successful, making it easy for city-locked riders to get to the slopes. The shop also started a magazine called Snowgun to help promote it all.

Nu-Wave Sports of Laconia, New Hampshire has been keeping cool this summer with their air-conditioned indoor skatepark. Chris St. Jermaine says that their shop is lining up Nu-Wave riders for the upcoming boarding season to hit nearby Loon Mountain snowboard-park Skid Row.

Joe McAndrew says his shop Boardworks, located in Milford, Connecticut, had customers requesting 1995¿96 boards in the spring. In its second year of business, the shop doubled boardales last season and is expanding by knocking down a wall to facilitate the customer demand for more product.

Dave Mills of Underground Snowboard Shops has been keeping busy this summer with huge skate demos and tramp bashes held at their Wellesley, Massachusetts store. The shop also hosted a few popular bands such as Fishbone on downtown Boston’s Landsdowne Street. The Boston store did well last year, selling a “ton of boards.” Mills says he even has sold a few more snowboards during the summer months. Shop-rider John Dale (sponsored in part by K2) returned from a trip to Japan with Dave Olcott, where they were promoting the snowboard-park design/consultant company Stimilon.

Many of the region’s shops will be getting together for Eastern Edge Magazine’s Consumer Expo Snowboarder Convention that publisher Neil Korn is planning for October 7 at Vernon Valley, New Jersey; October 21 at Boston University, Massachusetts; and October 18 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Last year Eastern Edge sponsored a similar event at Vernon Valley, with retailers and manufacturers giving consumers a preview of new product lines and an introduction to shops in the area.

The Northwest ReportBy Chris Hansen

The Northwest’s ’94¿95 season got off to a great start. Erick Schade, the board buyer at Oregon Mountain Community in Portland, says the snow was ridable November first¿if you didn’t mind hiking for turns. But the storms failed to stick around long enough to entice the number of new board buyers retailers would have liked. Increased business competition was also hard on some retailers. “Local competition sucks,” was all Bill Morris, owner of Winter Wave, had to say about the glut of new shops in Bend, Oregon last year.

Several shops either hosted competitions or helped sponsor them last season. Boardsports in Eugene, Oregon was one of the few Northwest shops to host United States Snoboard Association (USSA) races and freestyle contests. Race turnout was good, but freestyle was down a bit, according to Boardsports manager Rain Couture. The biggest complaint about competitions in general was from Gloria Wright, owner of Smoked Monkeys in Portland: “There just weren’t enough quality prizes to entice riders.” She hopes to hold a competition this year to attract more entry-level riders.

In other events, John Logic, owner of the Snowboard Connection in Seattle, said their showing of Gettin’ Some and Deuce was a success. The end-of-season snowboard demo/jamboree at Lookout Mountain, Montana was (despite the size of the place) a big hit. Potential future competition organizers should take note of the large prize give-away; however, be wary of lucky local Mt. Hood Meadows rider T.C., who cashed in well on his ten dollars’ worth of raffle tickets. The man is luck personified.

Although mid-season snowfall was less than marginal, January was by no means the end of the season. Some areas shut down with over 100 inches of snow still on the ground in April. Tom Brown, owner of the Shred Shed in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, says he is taking advantage of that extra snow. He sees backcountry snowboarding growing as hardcore riders steer away from rising lift-ticket prices. But after the loss of a local rider this year, his number-one goal is education, education, education.

Chris Hansen is a PSIA-certified snowboard instructor and a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon.

Midwest By Meredith Ammons

Welcome to the Midwest, where the winters are cold, resorts are slightly above sea level, and powder is a foreign word. This past season brought a typically scant amount of snowfall to the region, closing many resorts in early March. But it takes more than a dry season of riding to stifle the optimism of Midwestern mentality.

Jayson Mahn of Ohio Surf & Skate in Dayton, enthusiastically announced that their region had enough snow to ride this year at local resort Mad River Mountain. Mahn added they even had some natural stuff.

Despite lousy conditions, retailers maintained strong sales. Doug Anderson of St. Cloud, Minnesota reported that their first-year shop, The Sticks, had a very good response in the area and was able to sponsor a contest at Powder Ridge. No judges were named; instead each competitor (approximately 100) was given a ballot to vote for the halfpipe and slopestyle victor.

Jason Blair from Basement Boards of Milwaukee, Wisconsin plans on sponsoring shop riders for the upcoming season. But for the off-season, Jason is busy pushing their summer line¿patio furniture.

Doug Seeley of B-Xtreme in Traverse City, Michigan stated that riders suffered due to the short season; however, the shop sold through on hardgoods and 80 percent of their clothing. They were also able to sponsor halfpipe competitions at Schuss and Crystal Mountains. Seeley, who witnessed his first Vegas show this year, added: “Vegas was far-out. I saw more skin and body piercing than anything.”

In other trade-show news, the MRA (Midwest Representatives Association) sponsored the Michigan Ski/Snowboard show in Lansing. Steve Durant, manager of Cheapskates in Riverview, Michigan stated, “It’s like Vegas, except smaller and minus the girls and the bikinis.”

Ted Steymiest of Adventure Sport, Rapid City, South Dakota reported that shop riders Mike Peterson and Nel Boshoff fled failing conditions, with the help of Burton, and did some traveling and work for famed ski filmmaker Warren Miller.

In other team news, The Shred Shop of Skokie, Illinois is apparently wooing Paige Warner. Fourteen-year-old Warner placed first in halfpipe and slopestyle at the USASA Nationals in Minnesota at Giant Ridge.

Matt Karban, national team member and shop rider for Flying Fish in Madison, Wisconsin, was named halfpipe winner of a spring peer-judged competition held at Tyrol Basin. However, Karban was disqualified from the contest because he was kicked off of Tyrol Basin earlier in the season for executing inverted aerials.

Finally, Minnesotians are excited about the arrival of a new skatepark. The city of Duluth is building the park with design assistance from Freestyle of Duluth. Pocket Park will be located downtown and open to skateboarders, as well as in-line skaters. Best of all, it’s free! Meredith Ammons was the director of snowboarding at Marquette Mountain in Minnesota last year.

The Rockies By Anka Corbin

After a sporadic snow season in the Rockies, some retailers reported that sales were up, while others said they were down. Regardless, the optimism for growth was still positive. Most retailers had either just expanded their store or are planning to expand for the new season. Some major players such as Powdertools, now owned by Christy Sports, the Max Stores owned by Breeze, and Gart’s Big Daddy stores are multiplying like field mice. New locations include the Summit County area, Denver, Vail, Boulder, and Salt Lake City.

Aspen, a very happening town for snowboarding despite the fact that Aspen Mountain does not allow boarders yet (shame, shame), is also expanding. Last year’s SIA-awarded Snowboard Retailer of the Year Alternative Edge is shooting a specialty catalog through cyberspace, reaching out via the Internet to those culturally board-deprived folks everywhere; for more info call Chris Chuchill at 1-800-307-8272. D&E Snowboards of Snowmass is opening a new Aspen location, and Aspen Velo is expanding into Snowmass and Basalt. Shred Shed out of Durango is opening a Farmington location, and Pedal the Peaks has a new board/bike store in Durango in addition to their Pagosa Springs shop. Vail alone has seen seven new board stores open within the last year. How much is too much? Distribution should be an interesting topic at the next Vegas show!

Unfortunately for Wyoming, the entire state was either on vacation, or busy and had no comment for this article at press time. Utah, on the other hand, was available. Check out Bike, Board & Blades’ ff.

Despite lousy conditions, retailers maintained strong sales. Doug Anderson of St. Cloud, Minnesota reported that their first-year shop, The Sticks, had a very good response in the area and was able to sponsor a contest at Powder Ridge. No judges were named; instead each competitor (approximately 100) was given a ballot to vote for the halfpipe and slopestyle victor.

Jason Blair from Basement Boards of Milwaukee, Wisconsin plans on sponsoring shop riders for the upcoming season. But for the off-season, Jason is busy pushing their summer line¿patio furniture.

Doug Seeley of B-Xtreme in Traverse City, Michigan stated that riders suffered due to the short season; however, the shop sold through on hardgoods and 80 percent of their clothing. They were also able to sponsor halfpipe competitions at Schuss and Crystal Mountains. Seeley, who witnessed his first Vegas show this year, added: “Vegas was far-out. I saw more skin and body piercing than anything.”

In other trade-show news, the MRA (Midwest Representatives Association) sponsored the Michigan Ski/Snowboard show in Lansing. Steve Durant, manager of Cheapskates in Riverview, Michigan stated, “It’s like Vegas, except smaller and minus the girls and the bikinis.”

Ted Steymiest of Adventure Sport, Rapid City, South Dakota reported that shop riders Mike Peterson and Nel Boshoff fled failing conditions, with the help of Burton, and did some traveling and work for famed ski filmmaker Warren Miller.

In other team news, The Shred Shop of Skokie, Illinois is apparently wooing Paige Warner. Fourteen-year-old Warner placed first in halfpipe and slopestyle at the USASA Nationals in Minnesota at Giant Ridge.

Matt Karban, national team member and shop rider for Flying Fish in Madison, Wisconsin, was named halfpipe winner of a spring peer-judged competition held at Tyrol Basin. However, Karban was disqualified from the contest because he was kicked off of Tyrol Basin earlier in the season for executing inverted aerials.

Finally, Minnesotians are excited about the arrival of a new skatepark. The city of Duluth is building the park with design assistance from Freestyle of Duluth. Pocket Park will be located downtown and open to skateboarders, as well as in-line skaters. Best of all, it’s free! Meredith Ammons was the director of snowboarding at Marquette Mountain in Minnesota last year.

The Rockies By Anka Corbin

After a sporadic snow season in the Rockies, some retailers reported that sales were up, while others said they were down. Regardless, the optimism for growth was still positive. Most retailers had either just expanded their store or are planning to expand for the new season. Some major players such as Powdertools, now owned by Christy Sports, the Max Stores owned by Breeze, and Gart’s Big Daddy stores are multiplying like field mice. New locations include the Summit County area, Denver, Vail, Boulder, and Salt Lake City.

Aspen, a very happening town for snowboarding despite the fact that Aspen Mountain does not allow boarders yet (shame, shame), is also expanding. Last year’s SIA-awarded Snowboard Retailer of the Year Alternative Edge is shooting a specialty catalog through cyberspace, reaching out via the Internet to those culturally board-deprived folks everywhere; for more info call Chris Chuchill at 1-800-307-8272. D&E Snowboards of Snowmass is opening a new Aspen location, and Aspen Velo is expanding into Snowmass and Basalt. Shred Shed out of Durango is opening a Farmington location, and Pedal the Peaks has a new board/bike store in Durango in addition to their Pagosa Springs shop. Vail alone has seen seven new board stores open within the last year. How much is too much? Distribution should be an interesting topic at the next Vegas show!

Unfortunately for Wyoming, the entire state was either on vacation, or busy and had no comment for this article at press time. Utah, on the other hand, was available. Check out Bike, Board & Blades’ new shop in Salt Lake City when you get a chance¿looks happening.

In other news, congrats go out to Dave Smith of BC Surf and Sport in Littleton, Colorado. His wife had a baby boy in April. Longtime manager Shane Brandberg of Colorado Snowboards in Denver has resigned, and former assistant manager Rob Good is now in charge.

For those of you who missed the end-of-the-season bang in Telluride, your loss. E. Dan Smith of Freewheelin’ put on a boardercross to make your head spin. For the ultimate spectator sport (or if you have cojones grandes, you may want to participate), don’t forget to mark the weekend after the WWSRA show on your calendar and head out to Telluride next year.es’ new shop in Salt Lake City when you get a chance¿looks happening.

In other news, congrats go out to Dave Smith of BC Surf and Sport in Littleton, Colorado. His wife had a baby boy in April. Longtime manager Shane Brandberg of Colorado Snowboards in Denver has resigned, and former assistant manager Rob Good is now in charge.

For those of you who missed the end-of-the-season bang in Telluride, your loss. E. Dan Smith of Freewheelin’ put on a boardercross to make your head spin. For the ultimate spectator sport (or if you have cojones grandes, you may want to participate), don’t forget to mark the weekend after the WWSRA show on your calendar and head out to Telluride next year.