Tiny Type 14.5

In our continuing coverage of somewhat outdated industry hype, the most recent major event that took place was the Action Sports Retail (ASR) show in San Diego, California. Not only does this show include the premieres of all the great and not-so-great snowboard videos, but it also marks the beginning of the ’00/01 winter season. From here on out we will eat, breathe, and sleep snowboarding, dreaming all the while of the powder to come our way in the next few months. So for this issue of Lifestyles of the Sponsored, Shameless, and Sometimes Nameless, let’s begin with a story, which pretty much sums up everyone’s South America experience last summer.

As the Volcom crew wrapped up the filming of Luminous Llama, Bjorn and Erik Leines, Joel Mahaffey, and Billy Anderson went to South America to put the finishing touches on their parts. Visions of cliff drops and powder landings danced in everyone’s heads as they were promised amazing conditions. But after 28 hours of travel, all they faced was bulletproof ice at El Colorado, Chile. The crew made the best of it nonetheless, and found some stuff to jib and jump. From there, a phone call down to Termas de ChillÝn reported twenty centimeters of fresh, which threw the crew into a panic to score what they’d been looking for all along. After a 6:00 a.m. van ride, a seven-hour layover in the train station, a seven-hour train ride, and another four-hour van ride, they arrived at their new destination, hopeful and anxious. It was not what they were promised, however. Again, it had just rained. The boys still milked it, jumping rivers and sliding rails. All in all they said it was super funny, because seemingly everything that could go wrong did, but the crew managed to stay positive.

Drunk snowboarders are always entertaining-and that’s what ASR weekend in San Diego provided. Friday night began with quite a celebrity crew (in the world of snowboarding) gathering at the Spreckles theater for the double-header premiere of Mack Dawg’s Amp and Hatchett’s TB9. The only people not there were those who decided to hit up Modart and check out Patrick Armbruster and Justin Hostynek’s new flick, Tribal, among other various works of art on display. But not to worry, everyone was able to meet up again later in the night at Fourth And B, where if you were willing to wait in the incredibly long line outside, then you were bound to have a great time dancing, drinking, and mingling with the crowd. And many people blew off the premieres all together on Friday and opted for less of a scene, which the Vans party at Cane’s in Mission Beach provided. Hundreds of people waited in line for a chance to see Turd, Nebula, and Motorhead bust out some kick-ass, fist-in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll. But, you needed a wristband to get in, so half the crowd was SOL. Many people remember going to the show, but few remember anything aside from how loud it was, or that you had to wear snowshoes if you went upstairs. Which pros were there? They had Lemmy-who else do you need?

It seems the premiere of Whitey’s Destroyer at OlÇ Madrid on Saturday night was so popular patrons who actually made it inside were forced to urinate at the bar itself due to overcrowded restrooms. No one really noticed, though, save for the foul stench and unusually large puddles on the floor.

In keeping with their high-profile, big-pimpin’ lifestyle, the Sims squad, led by industry feather-ruffler Travis Wood, found time on Saturday to charter a private Leer jet to Las Vegas for a little afternoon gambling. The excessive move immediately followed the premiere of the new 411Snow inside ASR, with Kurt Wastell’s historical profile opening the video. It seems Kurt’s Audi isn’t fast enough for him anymore, as he made the pilot step aside while he took the wheels, er, controls for about ten minutes.

Rossignol’s J.F. Pelchat, Dionne Delesalle, Paavo Tikkanen, Jeremy Jones, and Andrew Crawford were among the hordes of professional athletes ASR. Staying true to form, the downtown nightlife provided the usual amusement, such as a certain Rossi representative leaving their credit card at Fourth And B two nights in a row. But it wasn’t until later on back at the condo that things really got crazy. Articles of clothing were set ablaze in the rental unit’s barbeque, and some genius thought they could pick the lock to a room with toothpicks only to leave the door handle stuffed.

The best part of the trip for the Rossi team, however, was hanging at San Clemente “local” joint The Red Fox, where locals supposedly don’t even go. They found out why locals don’t go there when the bar only took cash, there was a fight, the cops came, and there aren’t really any windows in the place. Sounds like TWS editors Nate and Dave’s hangout One More, That’s It!

Although the film premieres in San Diego provided much entertainment, things are always turned up a notch north of the U.S. border. J.F. Pelchat-freshly cut with a nice new mohawk, Alex Auchu, and the rest of The Gathering crew stepped out of a swanky stretch limo, dressed in trailer-park threads, and were greeted by more than 300 waiting fans for The Gathering premiere. What looked like an after-hours party at a strip club, in reality was J.F. giving a board away after the video, an event that defined how the night went. Perhaps the ladies in the photo had eaten some of those yummy cookies that made Alex puke his guts out the night before.

The whole Airwalk crew got hooked on surfing after TransWorld Media’s Jamey Stone set them up with boards. The team was blown away by how much fun it is and can’t wait to get back to San Diego. In fact, Seth Huot even bought a hand-shaped board and after ASR, was on his way to Honolulu with his girlfriend. Surf’s up, haole!

When checking out of the hotel on the last day of ASR, Tero Ainonen was handed a 712-dollar phone bill from the night before. “Telephone Tero” doesn’t remember much of the conversation, but he says it was worth it because someone was waiting for him when he got home. Score!

Shannon Dunn bet Leslee Olsen 100 dollars to drop in on the twelve-foot vert ramp at the Encinitas YMCA in San Diego. Leslee did it and won her 100 bucks, but she also went straight to flat-her wheels didn’t even touch the wall. Ouch!J2 decided to hang in So Cal for a while, and his road vehicle paid the price. While up in traffic-friendly Los Angeles, a girl, who ended up with the Nokia logo imprinted on her forehead, rear-ended Twos, causing a three-car Audi sandwich. Can you say personal-injury claim? Twos can.

DC Team Manager Brian Botts likes the new Lincoln Navigator team vehicle. We also heard something’s up their sleeve for next year: each DC A-team rider is going to get a diamond-encrusted DC ring that goes on the finger of their choice. Bling, bling!

DC and K2’s Travis Parker, who used to live in Utah, and Rossignol’s Andrew Crawford have relocated to Tahoe. Ride’s longtime Seattle resident Pat Abramson (a.k.a. Bird) has recently made a move to Reno, Nevada; Burton’s Abe Teter has been looking for a house in Mammoth; and Morrow’s Tyler Lepore has moved from North Vancouver to Vancouver proper. Also, in addition to buying a house in Encinitas, California, Todd Richards just finished a snowboard review with Maxim, and was supposed to have an upcoming gig with Rolling Stone, but it turns out he’s just too damn good looking!

Airwalk’s Romain De Marchi is now riding for Nixon watches, and he and Roger Hjelmstadstuen signed with Clive. Seth Huot is on the Clive flow team, as well as the Dragon and Volcom team. Gigi RÅf joined the Dragon European team, which consists of Romain, Roger, Nicola Thost, Wille Yli-Luoma, and Youbi. Up-and-coming Vail ripper Dan Genditzski is the newest addition to the Swag team, and Tara Dakides and J.F. Pelchat signed with Da Kine. Also, Joni Makinen is the latest addition to NFA-now all Option team riders are riding for NFA as well. Joni will have the opportunity to design his own line of clothing along with Kevin Sansalone for NFA.

Nitro’s Jesse Huffman earned some extra cash operating a jackhammer during the off-season. Although not sure if it will help his riding, he notes, “It was cool because it’s both loud and destructive.”

Seth Neary is back on board with Nitro, combining his snowboarding roots with the new technical video stuff he’s learning at UVM. Seth spent some time filming this summer at the Nitro summer camp, and turned out a nice Nitro teaser video. In addition, he’s working on a timeline video, showing the evolution of riding over the last ten years-Day-Glo and over-tweaked grabs will no doubt be in the mix.

The partnership between Limp Bizkit and Nitro continues to develop. In addition to producing a limited-edition Limp board this season, the Bizkit boys hope to take some time off from their busy schedule to ride with the Nitro team. In addition, Nitro will be sending out interactive CDs featuring the band and Nitro snowboards. Nitro’s also putting together a women’s tour for the ’00/01 season to promote women’s snowboarding. The tour, made up of top-level riders, will be traveling to various on-snow events including demos and competitions. For more information, contact leahh@voltec.com. Poot!

While on the East Coast vacationing with his girlfriend, Justin Lamoureux stopped in Ottawa and Saskatoon to compete in the last two stops of the Molson DV8 quarterpipe competition. He placed first in Ottawa, and after landing a Haakon 1080 in Saskatoon, he placed second, but won the overall. He was especially amped since he hadn’t ridden all summer due to injury.

Speaking of injuries, DC’s Kim Bohnsack and Swag’s boardercrosser Andy Finch are both recovering well from knee surgeries. And although still recouping from his separated shoulder, Airwalk’s Fredrik Sarvell has been playing golf with a half swing every day and is down to a five handicap.

K2’s Wille Yli-Luoma is now a proud father. His lady Nicole Angelrath just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Leilu. Bjorn Leines recently tied the knot in Minnesota to high school sweetheart Kristin Smith. It truly was the equivalent to the royal wedding, Midwest style. The families back there are very proud of their Bjorn, and even go so far as to refer to him as “The King.” It fits since they call his wife “The Princess.” After getting hitched in front of 400 people on the 80-acre Leines compound fully equipped with a river, a motocross track, and a vert ramp, they released butterflies. After the butterflies flew, Bjorn fired up his Kawasaki 125 given to him by Ricky Carmichael, and proceeded to jump the 45-foot double in the front yard, still wearing his tux. And once was not enough; the second time he did a no-hander. Brothers Erik and Thor were the best men, and Mikey LeBlanc was a groomsman. Minnesota local heroes Chad Otterstrom and Michah McGinnity showed up to give their support, as well as Mammoth’s own Billy Anderson.

We’re not sure if Ride’s Jamie Parker is in love or if he’s seeking U.S. citizenship, but he has been spending a lot of time in Portland lately. And unfortunately for the French Canadian David Aubrey, word has it he was recently ditched by his girl. So gals, if you’re into men with accents, e-mail him at davidnalu@hotmail.com.

And to complete this edition of Lifestyles of the Sponsored, Shameless, and Sometimes Nameless, Burton Snowboards has joined the fight to “Free The Snow” at three of the U.S.’ top ski resorts-Taos in New Mexico, Alta in Utah, and Ajax in Aspen, Colorado. This campaign is to allow snow enthusiasts everywhere the right to ride. These three resorts do not allow snowboarders, citing everything from “the terrain is too dangerous” to “snowboarders ruin the mountain’s topography.” During upcoming months, Burton/Free the Snow T-shirts and stickers will be available at events across the country where riders are encouraged to pick them up. For mhave the opportunity to design his own line of clothing along with Kevin Sansalone for NFA.

Nitro’s Jesse Huffman earned some extra cash operating a jackhammer during the off-season. Although not sure if it will help his riding, he notes, “It was cool because it’s both loud and destructive.”

Seth Neary is back on board with Nitro, combining his snowboarding roots with the new technical video stuff he’s learning at UVM. Seth spent some time filming this summer at the Nitro summer camp, and turned out a nice Nitro teaser video. In addition, he’s working on a timeline video, showing the evolution of riding over the last ten years-Day-Glo and over-tweaked grabs will no doubt be in the mix.

The partnership between Limp Bizkit and Nitro continues to develop. In addition to producing a limited-edition Limp board this season, the Bizkit boys hope to take some time off from their busy schedule to ride with the Nitro team. In addition, Nitro will be sending out interactive CDs featuring the band and Nitro snowboards. Nitro’s also putting together a women’s tour for the ’00/01 season to promote women’s snowboarding. The tour, made up of top-level riders, will be traveling to various on-snow events including demos and competitions. For more information, contact leahh@voltec.com. Poot!

While on the East Coast vacationing with his girlfriend, Justin Lamoureux stopped in Ottawa and Saskatoon to compete in the last two stops of the Molson DV8 quarterpipe competition. He placed first in Ottawa, and after landing a Haakon 1080 in Saskatoon, he placed second, but won the overall. He was especially amped since he hadn’t ridden all summer due to injury.

Speaking of injuries, DC’s Kim Bohnsack and Swag’s boardercrosser Andy Finch are both recovering well from knee surgeries. And although still recouping from his separated shoulder, Airwalk’s Fredrik Sarvell has been playing golf with a half swing every day and is down to a five handicap.

K2’s Wille Yli-Luoma is now a proud father. His lady Nicole Angelrath just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Leilu. Bjorn Leines recently tied the knot in Minnesota to high school sweetheart Kristin Smith. It truly was the equivalent to the royal wedding, Midwest style. The families back there are very proud of their Bjorn, and even go so far as to refer to him as “The King.” It fits since they call his wife “The Princess.” After getting hitched in front of 400 people on the 80-acre Leines compound fully equipped with a river, a motocross track, and a vert ramp, they released butterflies. After the butterflies flew, Bjorn fired up his Kawasaki 125 given to him by Ricky Carmichael, and proceeded to jump the 45-foot double in the front yard, still wearing his tux. And once was not enough; the second time he did a no-hander. Brothers Erik and Thor were the best men, and Mikey LeBlanc was a groomsman. Minnesota local heroes Chad Otterstrom and Michah McGinnity showed up to give their support, as well as Mammoth’s own Billy Anderson.

We’re not sure if Ride’s Jamie Parker is in love or if he’s seeking U.S. citizenship, but he has been spending a lot of time in Portland lately. And unfortunately for the French Canadian David Aubrey, word has it he was recently ditched by his girl. So gals, if you’re into men with accents, e-mail him at davidnalu@hotmail.com.

And to complete this edition of Lifestyles of the Sponsored, Shameless, and Sometimes Nameless, Burton Snowboards has joined the fight to “Free The Snow” at three of the U.S.’ top ski resorts-Taos in New Mexico, Alta in Utah, and Ajax in Aspen, Colorado. This campaign is to allow snow enthusiasts everywhere the right to ride. These three resorts do not allow snowboarders, citing everything from “the terrain is too dangerous” to “snowboarders ruin the mountain’s topography.” During upcoming months, Burton/Free the Snow T-shirts and stickers will be available at events across the country where riders are encouraged to pick them up. For more information, check out www.freethesnow.com. Until next time …or more information, check out www.freethesnow.com. Until next time …