Tiny Type 14.1

Welcome to this month’s edition of Lifestyles of the Sponsored, Shameless, and Sometimes Nameless. We were wondering, did your mom ever teach you it’s wrong to gossip? Well, ours did, but you know what? We don’t live with our moms anymore, so here’s the deal¿who’s riding for which company, who got hurt, who’s dating whom, who puked and/or made a flat-out fool of themselves, et cetera. Everything your gossip-grubbing minds want to know, only slightly edited to keep the suits in the “main office” happy.

Since we’re just getting back into the swing of things after the long summer break, let’s start with a little travel news to ease our way back into the world of snowboarding.

Unfortunately, Volcom’s Matt Lebel did not ease his way into his first sushi/sake experience while in Japan. The next day on the subway, a green-faced Matt turned to his team manager and said, “Twitty, I don’t feel so rad,” as he made a dash for the subway doors, only to have them close in his face. He was bummed. But not as bummed as the napping businessman who woke up with puke all over his suit¿and no one around.

Japan’s rough: Ride Snowboards’ David Aubry’s first three hours there consisted of getting lost, being found by crying Team Manager Greta, and then dining on cockroach dung with a relieved but disgusted Greta in a local noodle house. They decided to ditch the noodles, got fries from McDonald’s, and chilled at a sake house for the evening.

As the Morrow team entered the Japan action-sports trade show, there were shout-outs and banners galore. Shit looked tight with the exception of Erik “The Mule” Leines’ banner, which read “Erik ‘The Mute’ Leines.” In order not to embarrass the Japanese distributor, Morrow has asked Erik to learn sign-language for his next trip to Japan.

Santa Cruz Snowboard’s Luke Omand may not have been on his way to Japan, but he did join the mile-high club on his last flight and is still dating his key to the clubhouse, who lives in Boston. Way to go, Luke!

The Rossi Team got shut down because of bad weather at Island Lake Lodge, but team members were able to find other ways to make the trip photographically productive. After coming down from the hill, some of the crew jumped in the hot tub and started sucking down beers. As the cases emptied, egos grew, and wild wagers were made. The results were J.F. Pelchat driving his sled bareback with Paavo Tikkanen in tow¿wearing only his snowboard and coming up a bit short. They also built a jump to launch over the tub; Andrew Crawford hit it successfully (with his shorts on). However, J.F. went for it in the buff and not only didn’t pull it, but he took out the fence and photographer Mark Gallup’s camera lens. Gallup must’ve been really pleased.

Back in the States, Rossi’s Ron Chiodi flipped his rental car on the way up to Mammoth¿no one knows if he was insured. Also in Mammoth, Chris Saydah, World Industries’¿uh, we mean Sims’ team manager, wasn’t too stoked when Chad Otterstrom got sick in his rental car, although that seems like mellow payback for all the spraying Chris does about his team.

East Coast transplant Luke Wynen received an invitation to be on the Jenny Jones Show, but turned it down after thinking about what the show could dredge up from his past. Maybe he has too many dresses¿uh, we mean skeletons¿in his closet? Jamie MacLeod borrowed one of Waterville Valley’s Volvos and lost it. Lost it? And Danny Kass and Lane Knaack were kicked out of the Okemo Mountain School after an incident involving condiments …While sledding about in the Tahoe backcountry, Josh Dirksen and photographer Embry Rucker thought it’d be cool to see if Josh could roop over a stream on his snowmobile. Well, he didn’t make it, and Rucker had to tow his rig out. Jason McAlister pulled up minutes later, and both Josh and Embry neglected to tell Jason what had just happened when he asked, “Do you think I can make it to the other side?” While on the subject of Josh, he’s feeling left out of the San Diego Girlfriend Club all his Morrow teammates are in. All smart, good-looking ladies residing in the San Diego North County area, please submit your résumé, a photo of yourself, and a 300-word essay on why you want to be Josh’s San Diego Sweetheart to Morrow Snowboards, 19215 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon Island, WA 98070.

Rumor has it Tina Dixon is moving to San Diego to spend more time with her man, ex-Snowboarder Editor Rob Campbell. Forum’s Jeremy Jones is engaged. And congratulations to Matt Kass, who got married on May 30 to Nicole Jackson; to Mitch Nelson, who got married on May 6; and to Dave Lee, who married Kennedy on May 27. Also, Blaise Rosenthal married Jessica Ralston on June 30. Blaise met Jessica on a chairlift (she was skiing and he was boarding) when they were both fifteen.

After a drunken evening, Blaise’s teammate and Rookie Of The Year Scotty Wittlake fell victim to Forum’s aggressive self-promotion, waking up wearing a Forum T-shirt. Luckily for M3, nothing was signed before he passed out.

We were asked to clear up any rumors going around about Forum team riders leaving for other companies. With the exception of papa-to-be Wille Yli-Luoma, who was released from his contracts with both Forum and Four Square Outerwear and is now riding for K2, the team is super pissed about this rumor. They’re more stoked than ever and want everyone to look out for their new video, The Resistance, brought to you by Mack Dawg Productions. However, Four Star Distribution would like to welcome Jason Murphy to the Four Square Outerwear team, joining Peter Line and Chad Otterstrom. We are also told to stay tuned for announcements regarding additions to the Forum Snowboard team in the near future. Along with Wille, K2 picked up Bobby Meeks, but fired Marius Sommer. Is Marius now looking to “talk” with K2’s new team manager and ex-pro-rider Blue Montgomery, or will he fill Wille’s shoes over at Forum?

Nicola Thost of Germany has left Nitro and signed with Burton. Here’s a little message for her:

Nicola,
Everyone at Nitro would like to thank you for all the good times and ripping riding! We’re sad to see you go and wish you the best of luck with your new sponsor. Look forward to seeing you fly by.
¿The Nitro Crew

Here’s another message for her:

Dear Nicola,
As much as we appreciate your riding abilities, we would love it if you could stay out of the pipe while we men are riding. It’s not that we don’t like you, but you’re making us look bad. It’s just not fair that a woman such as yourself can rip as good as, if not better than, the rest of us. Thanks for your consideration in this matter.
¿The Dude Crew

Burton also welcomes Jussi Oksanen of Finland to their team. Individually, Nicola and Jussi will be working with Burton product managers on the 2001/02 hardgoods and softgoods lines, and RED accessory line.

Peter Line’s been spotted rocking the volt icon for Electric Visual Evolution. Peter left Dragon and has since signed a goggle and eyewear agreement with Electric, joining Keir Dillon, Mike Ranquet, and Axel Pauporté. He’ll be involved in all aspects of product, creative, and snow-team development. Shannon Dunn and Cara-Beth Burnside are working with Velvet Eyewear in the codevelopment of highly specialized, technically advanced eyewear designed for female riders. Keep your eyes peeled for the new Flurry snow goggle coming out this year.

No longer the “Comeback Kid” (we mean it, this is the last time we say that), Lael Gregory is the newest Sessions pro-team member. A big thanks goes out to Travis Parker for recommending Lael at the 2000 Gravity Games in Mammoth. Santa Cruz Snowboards welcomes the arrival of new pro Dave Basterrechea. Never Summer picked up Scott Ensminger, J2 joined Lib Tech and Rip Curl, and Mark Reilly signed with M6. Bjorn Leines became the first and only snowboarder to join four skate guys on the Diakka Time Tracking team. Tex Devenport signed with the Glissade team and is coming out with his signature 164 and 168 using an all-new Vibrathane topsheet. And finally, Ross Rebagliati joined Onetrack¿keep your sniffer clear for his signature board named “Second Hand Smoke” available as of 4/20.

Speaking of signature models, look for Ross Powers on the PowerBar PERFORM energy-sports-drink bottle. Ross took first place in the halfpipe at each stop of the Vans Triple Crown Series for the first time in history. He’s the ’99/00 overall men’s points winner of the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding and took home a brand-new 2000 Ford Ranger as well as 10,000 dollars. Keep an eye out for Burton’s Powers Pro Model 158 this season. Both Ross and Nidecker’s Tommy Czeschin chose the same theme for their board graphics¿their home mountains: Tommy’s Minaret Park, California and Ross’ Green Mountain, Vermont.

Tara Dakides is busting out with three Sessions outerwear garments this year, creating the snowboard industry’s first women-specific signature-model clothing. You can also find Ali Goulet, Marc Frank Montoya, and Kurt Wastell’s Technine Signature Series bindings this year, and Tina Basich’s Airwalk shoe and Sims deck. Or, if dolls are your thing, Todd Richards has done all the casting for his Mini-Me action figure. Look for a Todd Richards pocket pal coming soon to a town near you.

And now, the injury list: Erik Leines broke his collarbone in two places, Abe Teter sliced his hand grabbing a gloveless roast beef, and Eric Kovall dislocated his elbow and broke his arm. Craig Ballantyne and Greg Wilson tweaked their knees; Jeff Anderson blew his. DCP broke his wrist; Trevor Andrew hurt his. Daniel Migneault tweaked his back; Brian Barb and Rahm Klampert broke theirs. Chris Brown and Marius Sommer injured their shoulders. We wish you all a speedy recovery.

In contest related news, while checking into his hotel in Stratton, Vermont, Michi Albin’s packed board bag was stolen from the lobby. He then had to go to the Burton headquarters in Burlington to shop for a new wardrobe and equipment before competing in the U.S. Open. Luckily for him, Burton is nearby¿and at least he’s still got his DVD player.

Following the U.S. Open, Martin Freinademetz (Austria), Mark Castriotta (Pennsylvania), Andreas Seistock (Austria), Karolina Salavcoca (Czech Republic), Thomas Kilian (Austria), and Steffi Vonsiebenthal (Switzerland) were all arrested after a drunken brawl. Five Euros versus one American? Damn Euros! And, that’s all, folks! Tune in next time for more scandalous industry entertainment news brought to you by the editors of TransWorld SNOWboarding.Curl, and Mark Reilly signed with M6. Bjorn Leines became the first and only snowboarder to join four skate guys on the Diakka Time Tracking team. Tex Devenport signed with the Glissade team and is coming out with his signature 164 and 168 using an all-new Vibrathane topsheet. And finally, Ross Rebagliati joined Onetrack¿keep your sniffer clear for his signature board named “Second Hand Smoke” available as of 4/20.

Speaking of signature models, look for Ross Powers on the PowerBar PERFORM energy-sports-drink bottle. Ross took first place in the halfpipe at each stop of the Vans Triple Crown Series for the first time in history. He’s the ’99/00 overall men’s points winner of the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding and took home a brand-new 2000 Ford Ranger as well as 10,000 dollars. Keep an eye out for Burton’s Powers Pro Model 158 this season. Both Ross and Nidecker’s Tommy Czeschin chose the same theme for their board graphics¿their home mountains: Tommy’s Minaret Park, California and Ross’ Green Mountain, Vermont.

Tara Dakides is busting out with three Sessions outerwear garments this year, creating the snowboard industry’s first women-specific signature-model clothing. You can also find Ali Goulet, Marc Frank Montoya, and Kurt Wastell’s Technine Signature Series bindings this year, and Tina Basich’s Airwalk shoe and Sims deck. Or, if dolls are your thing, Todd Richards has done all the casting for his Mini-Me action figure. Look for a Todd Richards pocket pal coming soon to a town near you.

And now, the injury list: Erik Leines broke his collarbone in two places, Abe Teter sliced his hand grabbing a gloveless roast beef, and Eric Kovall dislocated his elbow and broke his arm. Craig Ballantyne and Greg Wilson tweaked their knees; Jeff Anderson blew his. DCP broke his wrist; Trevor Andrew hurt his. Daniel Migneault tweaked his back; Brian Barb and Rahm Klampert broke theirs. Chris Brown and Marius Sommer injured their shoulders. We wish you all a speedy recovery.

In contest related news, while checking into his hotel in Stratton, Vermont, Michi Albin’s packed board bag was stolen from the lobby. He then had to go to the Burton headquarters in Burlington to shop for a new wardrobe and equipment before competing in the U.S. Open. Luckily for him, Burton is nearby¿and at least he’s still got his DVD player.

Following the U.S. Open, Martin Freinademetz (Austria), Mark Castriotta (Pennsylvania), Andreas Seistock (Austria), Karolina Salavcoca (Czech Republic), Thomas Kilian (Austria), and Steffi Vonsiebenthal (Switzerland) were all arrested after a drunken brawl. Five Euros versus one American? Damn Euros! And, that’s all, folks! Tune in next time for more scandalous industry entertainment news brought to you by the editors of TransWorld SNOWboarding.