Tiny Type 13#4

Tiny Type 13.4

Fun and games. That’s what life is all about, and that will be the focus for this edition of Tiny Type. If you have a thirsty mind and are down for a leisurely stroll through industry lane then continue to enjoy our latest, and perhaps greatest, edition of Tiny Type.

Silence has had a good time putting together a team that spends as much time playing games on the links as on the slopes. In order to take advantage of team members’ golfing talents, they will be hosting a fun-filled Silence Golf Championship on the North Island of New Zealand in February 2000. Watch out for Silence’s best kept secret weapon, Mike Ranquet (shooting around 150) who has been putting in overtime at his local course West Seattle Golf Club, to dominate the field. Check with your local shop for details, or dial up silencesnowboards.com for more information. Adding to the theory that snowboarders love to be on the greens, Jamie Lynn’s ever- evolving back 40 is changing once again. Jamie is turning his backyard from time trials and BMX action to a game with a bit slower pace. Mr. Lynn has not yet disclosed what par his new golf course will be, but you can bet he’ll play his links with style only Jamie can produce. In other home news, J.P. Walker has joined the homeowner’s club, purchasing a pad in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. We’ll see how much fun he has mowing the grass and shoveling the driveway. Congratulations, J.P.

Is there snowboarding hope long after your ankle, knees, shoulders, and hips have told you to commit to a life of backgammon? No, we’re not talking about managing a team–who wants to babysit a bunch of snow kamikazes? Former Technine team rider Canadian Jeff Patterson landed a job driving a cat at Mount Potts in the interior of British Columbia. Jeff is fired up about working on Potts, utilizing his pro experience to create the most sick trannies for any crew of riders able to make the visit. Technine.com, Jeff’s old sponsor’s Web site is worth a gander. Besides getting in on products Technine will only be making available through the ’Net, may we suggest “The Scene” section.

Now that Jeremy Jones’ wrist is sponsored, he can do more with it than just play games with himself. Jeremy will be accenting his fall Alphanumeric wardrobe with classy timepieces courtesy of his new sponsors at Nixon. In the mounting hype, or dis-hype, surrounding the network production of the Gravity Games, Ms. Barrett Christy is buying into what should turn out to be one big fun game. Barrett has been named spokesperson for the games, which will be hitting boxes inside millions of homes this winter. How fun! The boys at Option-NFA are spreading their wings and adding an honor student from the University of British Columbia. Jon Cartwright will be graduating in time for his first winter on the team. If you’re lucky enough to see Jon having fun at Whistler this season, ask the geography major when our next ice age is due, otherwise find him in the new Adventurescope Films production, Momentum, where he uses physics to manipulate his surrounding geography. To learn more about Option and NFA, their products, and new additions to their B Team, Chris Naugle, Eerik Llves, Ryan Vanlanen, and Frank Maheux, check out their Web site at Option-NFA.com.

Now time for a quick Jordan update. Jordan Mendenhall gracefully made his way onto the Airwalk snowboard team. In other Jordan news, what do Michael Jordan and Michael Michalchuk have in common? Like ebony and ivory they sit together in perfect harmony as teammates Nike’s worldwide swoosh domination team. Arguably the most popular young pipe rider on the snow, Michalchuk will cash checks in the unofficial sum of more than a million dollars over the next three years. Check nike.com for the release date of Air Michalchuks, they’re sweet-as! After Nike is done giving Michalchuk his own shoe, maybe Burton will give him his own snowboard. Michael has left Salomon to become a member of Burton, the grandaddy of snowboard teams. Still no word, however, on Mike’s third rotation, we’ll keep you posted. If buying corporate tennis shoes doesn’t fulfill the void you feel for needing to belong to a rebel clique, try getting Moms to shell out for the bomb lip-smackin’ breakfast treat of Applejacks. During our ritualistic Saturday morning toonies, the latest commercial from the sweet appley-crisp cereal caught our eye. Yeah, that was Volcom’s Tonino Copene getting jiggy with it during the Batman break. Tonino’s impressive maneuvers were not only enough to stoke out the little green-mascot frog “Dig’gem” but his moves exhilarated Nitro enough to continue to support his snowboarding habit.

What do Shaun White and Jim Rippey have in common? Even though they are both Familie, they can’t get their names spelled right in Familie press releases. Headed by CEO Steve Astephen and perky P.R. wizard Circe Wallace, “The Familie is a premier action sports agency specializing in athlete management.” Having recently moved to Solana Beach, California, The Familie boasts an impressive list of riders that include, Kevin Jones, Andy Hetzel, Todd Richards, Jim Rippey, Jussi Oksanen, Jimmy Halopoff, Noah Salasnek, Chad Otterstrom, Blaise Rosenthal, Markus Egge, Shaun White, Jason Borgstede, Tara Dakides, and Barrett Christy. Now that you’re all members of the family, we want you to know you can come to us for anything, just remember, you’re family now. Other notables under the wing of The Familie, include Olympian Jonny Moseley and utility personality man Selema Masekela.

In the latest mullet news and much to our disappointment, K2’s Travis Parker has chopped his mullet (manny) in favor of a more contemporary look. To learn how mullets affect your riding go to mullet.com, and get the complete skinny on the business up front, party in the rear fashion statement. Other shredders who are having fun with less than 100 percent of their anatomies this fall include Ride’s John Robbins, who suffered a broken foot while McTwisting on proto-type bindings in the pipe at Hood this summer. Cough, cough–step-ins–COUGH. That’s gotta hurt. If the Hood camps couldn’t satisfy your appetite for progression, fun, and games perhaps you should’ve ventured to Alaska this summer. Nitro’s Boarderline Camp receives 22 hours of blasting fun sunshine a day, giving you more than enough practice time to get your game on. Call Scott Liska, the one man Alaskan snowboard scene coordinator, at (907) 346-4998, for more information on camping in the Alaskan tundra.

We interrupt this edition of Tiny Type for a quick public service announcement. Gambling is bad! Gambling can be addictive. Gambling is for losers. Gambling can lead you into a downward spiral that spits you out penniless. If you don’t believe us, just ask Devun Walsh who thought gambling was all fun and games until he was bitten by the gambling bug to the tune of 1,600 dollars. Devun was attacked by the fast-paced, but fun, three-card guts poker game in New Zealand. His friends watched helplessly as their buddy Devun transformed into a greedy deranged monster hardly recognizable to loved ones. This has been a public service announcement brought to you by the caring people at TransWorld Media in conjunction with the Wildcats.

Get ready for Hollywood to recognize the exciting potential of snowboarders on the giant silver screen. A film titled Riders On The Storm, which has been described as a mix between James Bond and Animal House, will begin filming in Utah this winter. Speculative heads cast a suspicious eye and are eagerly awaiting for the bandwagon to roll through town.

The editors at TransWorld would like to take a quick second to thank everybody who’s helped make this column a fun and wonderful experience. Now, it’s time for us to have a little fun playing a little game of our own, we’ll see you on the mountain!

in New Zealand. His friends watched helplessly as their buddy Devun transformed into a greedy deranged monster hardly recognizable to loved ones. This has been a public service announcement brought to you by the caring people at TransWorld Media in conjunction with the Wildcats.

Get ready for Hollywood to recognize the exciting potential of snowboarders on the giant silver screen. A film titled Riders On The Storm, which has been described as a mix between James Bond and Animal House, will begin filming in Utah this winter. Speculative heads cast a suspicious eye and are eagerly awaiting for the bandwagon to roll through town.

The editors at TransWorld would like to take a quick second to thank everybody who’s helped make this column a fun and wonderful experience. Now, it’s time for us to have a little fun playing a little game of our own, we’ll see you on the mountain!