Tiny Type 14.2

Hello. You are reading Lifestyles Of The Sponsored, Shameless, And Sometimes Nameless, your number-one source for industry entertainment news. We would like to begin by addressing the issue of safety. We sometimes find it hard to believe that people can get themselves into such predicaments as the following. Granted, some of these occurrences were completely out of the victims' hands, but other incidents probably could've been avoided with a little more caution.

Santa Cruz's Shawn Sterken narrowly escaped with his life while snowboarding at Sugar Bowl after hitting a tree. Damage inventory is as follows: a ruptured and removed spleen, broken ribs on the left side, a punctured lung that collapsed, three fractured vertebrae, and a bruised liver. Doctors said internal bleeding was so severe that he was four hours from death when he went under the knife. According to Sterken, “I had tubes coming out of every orifice in my body except my ass.” Miraculously, Sterken is almost 100-percent back to normal–whatever that may be–and is working on his part for the Santa Cruz Team Video and the development team for TSG helmets.

MLY's Justin Lamoureux also had a near-death experience while exploring Cascade Amphitheater with his girlfriend. Deciding to slide down the snow on his backpack, shit got out of hand after about 200 to over 300 feet. Slough quickly turned into a slide, and before Justin knew it, he was bouncing off rocks left and right. He lost his pack as he gained speed, and went tumbling into more rocks sticking out of the snowpack.

The slide eventually gave up and dropped him on top, allowing him to live. His final ride of over 600 feet through the 2.5 avi resulted in being heli-vaced off the mountain with a sprained ankle and the world's worst charley horse. He also received four internal stitches and eleven external stitches on his right knee, and two internal and five external on his left knee. Justin returned to the site a few days later and was lucky enough to recover his pack with all his belongings, including his camera and the only wallet he's ever owned.

Not afraid of mere ice, MIA's Eric “Manchild” Kovall went a little too high in the practice round of a quarterpipe competition and floated out over the deck upon reentry, separating his elbow. Manchild was visibly upset on the way to the hospital saying, “Something had to give, my bones are too strong to break.” Word is Manchild was testing MIA prototypes weeks later, unfazed by the incident.

Nitro's U.S. Sales Manager Kris Kuster calmly survived what could've been the next big airline disaster. About half an hour into his American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Kris saw his life flash before him as he looked out the window over the wing and witnessed huge flames coming out of the engine. Everyone began screaming; the pilot came on the speaker and said they were having engine trouble and would immediately be turning around to make an emergency landing back at LAX. They turned off the engine, flew at an awkward angle back to LA, and landed onto a runway lined with fire trucks, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles. “It was just like Die Hard,” stated Kris. He is now waiting for some serious compensation from American Airlines.

A rail in Hemesdal almost had Airwalk's Seth Huot for breakfast: it nearly cut his ear off, cut his head open (enough to see inside), and cut his face one centimeter from his eye. Also, Sims' Kevin English wrecked his wrist and Rossignol&#146 J.F. Pelchat broke his cheekbone. Wow … enough already.

On a lighter note, Avalanche Snowboard's Tom Burt has recently returned from Iran. While boarding in the Caspian Mountains, Tom and his colleagues were shot at by Iranian soldiers. After taking his split board apart and making a swift 007 getaway, he returned to the States with no bullet holes.

Speaking of bullets, Gian Simmen was recruited to the Swiss army for two weeks. All able Swiss males are required to serve their motherland every couple of years. Although Gian was stuck on kitchen duty most of the time, he did get a gun out of the deal, a Swiss army knife, and some ass kicking. He's ready to rock his long-awaited pro model with Santa Cruz Snowboards this year.

On the other hand, Roger Hjelmstadstuen is looking for ways to get out of dressing in green for six months in the Norwegian military. If anyone has any suggestions, e-mail Airwalk Team Manager René at geertrh@online.no.

Darren Cingel is moving back to Whistler this winter to get in touch with his Canadian roots. No longer will he have to trick Uncle Sam into thinking he's American so he can live in Truckee, eh? In any case, his checks for Santa Cruz and Switch/Vans will be worth a lot more in that Canadian funny-money.

“Blame Canada! Blame Canada!” sang K2 Team Manager Blue Montgomery in a drunken stupor when he locked himself out of his room in Whistler. No worries, he quickly found another to crash in–doh! Meanwhile, his dog Bubba guarded his real room and very hungover photographer Kevin Zacher.

At the Da Kine photo shoot in Whistler, Jesse Huffman showed an extreme amount of dedication in testing the adhesive of the stomp pads by sticking them onto his hairy chest. What else would you expect from Lukas' brother? Da Kine's new recruits for this season include Brandon Ruff, Josh Dirksen, Kale Stephens, Gabe Taylor, Justin Mooney, Mitch Nelson, Timmy Ostler, Shandy Campos, Jon Cartwright, and Guillaume Morrisette.

The Santa Cruz team enjoyed endless barrels of wine at the team party, courtesy of SC am rider Carlo Mondavi, grandson of Robert Mondavi and heir to the famous Napa winery. Some of their newest teamriders in NorCal are Stephen Duke and Curtis Woodman (“Daggers” straight out of the school of Chris Roach), Clarke Kent Hurlbut, and Mike Branzel. New blood also includes longtime big-mountain warrior Dave Basterrechea, who resides in B.C., Canada.

DC's new team, consisting of Todd Richards, Travis Parker, Jason Murphy, Scotty Wittlake, Josh Dirksen, and Kim Bonsack, is also sponsored by KRC Karts and can go to six different tracks to race each other at over 100 miles per hour. We're sure Team Manager Brian Botts had nothing to do with that!

Brian Iguchi left Volcom to join Tim Pogue in starting Faction Denim. K2 picked up Louie Fountain, but ditched Lance Pitman after ten years of dedication. Luckily, Lance is an entrepreneur and started his own board company Illuminati, and signed Willie McMillan after he left Type A.

Wes' little brother Brad Makepeace has been added to the Atlantis team; we're anticipating the same raw skills his brother's displayed in years past. Kim Stacey is representing Prom. Martin Gallant and Sean Lake signed with Nirve. Scott Arnold, who placed third at the U.S. Open Big Air competition, is Airwalk's newest pro rider. Brian Barb of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Helli Wacker of Lermoos, Austria, join the MIA Pro Team. And Alphanumeric has acquired yet another Mormon: Jordan Mendenhall from Highland, Utah.

A further sign of mega-companies jumping on the snowboarding bandwagon, Motorola has announced its backing of four U.K. snowboarders: Danny Wheeler, James Stentiford, Juliet Elliott, and Simon Brass.

In T and A news, after three months of complete horror dealing with U.S. immigration and being denied entry back into the U.S. from a Japan trip last winter, Silence's Ami Voutilainen married Katrina in Utah this September and became a U.S. citizen.

Photographer Vianney Tisseau finally asked his girlfriend Anne to marry him probably because her job requires as much travel as his and he was afraid of losing her, and rightfully so. Former pro rider and Morrow's NorCal rep Tim Manning finally got engaged to his girlfriend Kim. And Russell Winfield and his girlfriend Sarah had a baby girl in June.

Airwalk's Romain “I Will Be Humping You Tonight” De Marchi and Roger Hjelmstadstuen were supposed to go to one of the larger big-air contests in Brazil last summer, but had to pass due to technical difficulties. (The computers at Airwalk's board factory lost all their designs on this year's boards.) They were definitely not happy campers after missing out on the prize money, not to mention the hot girls at the beach in those teeny Brazilian bikinis!

But Romain did make it to the Arctic Challenge in Norway, and although he won the quarterpipe event, he and TW SNOW Senior Photographer Embry “Rocker” actually put more effort into their drinking skills and changing girls faster than their underwear. Romain has a bad habit when he drinks: he takes four half-liter beers and locks himself in the bathroom until the next day. What? That's not good when there's only one bathroom in the house.

Option-NFA teamrider Kevin Sansalone has been spotted on the cover of Mountain Bike magazine–he spent most of his summer mountain-biking, snowboarding, and racing motocross. In fact, he just won his first motocross race.

Speaking of mountain bikes, Morrow's Josh Dirksen won the best bike K2 makes as a bonus for receiving the most coverage throughout last season. However, Josh may have to sell that bike in order to make his mortgage payments: he is a very proud new homeowner. He should be all moved in by now; however, the previous occupants had considered either setting up a concession stand or getting a restraining order for all the people Josh brought by before he purchased the house.

We hear Josh is no longer the quiet guy–get three Coors in him and he changes like a chameleon. Josh and fellow teammates Todd Richards and Billy Anderson just got back from spending two weeks in Costa Rica surfing three times a day. And Todd still hasn't bothered to cash in any of the giant novelty checks lying around his house.

M3's Risto Scott has been pumping iron with WWF's “The Rock” at Fitness World in Vancouver–could this be the start of career change for Risto?

Fredrik Sarvell took a break from snowboarding in Sweden for a while and worked on his beer-drinking skills, as well as his golf handicap. Airwalk is actually thinking about coming out with a Fredrik Sarvell signature golf shoe (see interview).

And last but certainly not least (especially in this industry), Ride's Justin Mooney graduated6;s newest pro rider. Brian Barb of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Helli Wacker of Lermoos, Austria, join the MIA Pro Team. And Alphanumeric has acquired yet another Mormon: Jordan Mendenhall from Highland, Utah.

A further sign of mega-companies jumping on the snowboarding bandwagon, Motorola has announced its backing of four U.K. snowboarders: Danny Wheeler, James Stentiford, Juliet Elliott, and Simon Brass.

In T and A news, after three months of complete horror dealing with U.S. immigration and being denied entry back into the U.S. from a Japan trip last winter, Silence's Ami Voutilainen married Katrina in Utah this September and became a U.S. citizen.

Photographer Vianney Tisseau finally asked his girlfriend Anne to marry him probably because her job requires as much travel as his and he was afraid of losing her, and rightfully so. Former pro rider and Morrow's NorCal rep Tim Manning finally got engaged to his girlfriend Kim. And Russell Winfield and his girlfriend Sarah had a baby girl in June.

Airwalk's Romain “I Will Be Humping You Tonight” De Marchi and Roger Hjelmstadstuen were supposed to go to one of the larger big-air contests in Brazil last summer, but had to pass due to technical difficulties. (The computers at Airwalk's board factory lost all their designs on this year's boards.) They were definitely not happy campers after missing out on the prize money, not to mention the hot girls at the beach in those teeny Brazilian bikinis!

But Romain did make it to the Arctic Challenge in Norway, and although he won the quarterpipe event, he and TW SNOW Senior Photographer Embry “Rocker” actually put more effort into their drinking skills and changing girls faster than their underwear. Romain has a bad habit when he drinks: he takes four half-liter beers and locks himself in the bathroom until the next day. What? That's not good when there's only one bathroom in the house.

Option-NFA teamrider Kevin Sansalone has been spotted on the cover of Mountain Bike magazine–he spent most of his summer mountain-biking, snowboarding, and racing motocross. In fact, he just won his first motocross race.

Speaking of mountain bikes, Morrow's Josh Dirksen won the best bike K2 makes as a bonus for receiving the most coverage throughout last season. However, Josh may have to sell that bike in order to make his mortgage payments: he is a very proud new homeowner. He should be all moved in by now; however, the previous occupants had considered either setting up a concession stand or getting a restraining order for all the people Josh brought by before he purchased the house.

We hear Josh is no longer the quiet guy–get three Coors in him and he changes like a chameleon. Josh and fellow teammates Todd Richards and Billy Anderson just got back from spending two weeks in Costa Rica surfing three times a day. And Todd still hasn't bothered to cash in any of the giant novelty checks lying around his house.

M3's Risto Scott has been pumping iron with WWF's “The Rock” at Fitness World in Vancouver–could this be the start of career change for Risto?

Fredrik Sarvell took a break from snowboarding in Sweden for a while and worked on his beer-drinking skills, as well as his golf handicap. Airwalk is actually thinking about coming out with a Fredrik Sarvell signature golf shoe (see interview).

And last but certainly not least (especially in this industry), Ride's Justin Mooney graduated from college. With his graphic- design talent he will be heading up Da Kine's entire snow campaign this year. Congratulations, Justin, and great job so far on the ads!

 

 ated from college. With his graphic- design talent he will be heading up Da Kine's entire snow campaign this year. Congratulations, Justin, and great job so far on the ads!