Tiny Type 15.6

In this fitful industry, few things are ever certain. Throughout snowboarding’s history, having a sponsor tomorrow or having a career next year is never something one can be sure of. The only thing that’s a definite is that once “Jeenyus” is up and running, this column won’t have nearly as much to talk about.

She’s All That

Victoria Jealouse and Tara Dakides gave their clothing sponsors a very small amount of exposure when they posed in the October issue of Maxim’s “Women In Action Sports” spread. “There’s nothing wrong with being an athlete and a beautiful woman,” Dakides told the magazine. In somewhat-more-related-to-snowboarding news, Dakides shot a cover for Sports Illustrated For Women with a Forum board in hand and more recently signed with Forum’s offshoot company, Jeenyus.

Tara won’t be Jordan Mendenhall’s teammate, though. After early involvement with the new company and a few games of sponsorship do-si-do, Mendenhall is back on Sims. Matty Ryan has also been telling people he quit Forum and may be riding CAPiTA this year-but until it comes from a more reputable source than Matty, don’t count on it.

Burton also got caught up in a bidding war with the Forum geniuses over Shaun White. The fifteen-year-old kid allegedly got a couple-million dollars for a multi-year deal from Jake. Do you have any idea how many tickets to the Harry Potter movie that will buy?

Back To The Future

Welcome Mt. Baker to the future. The ski area not only paved its lower parking lot (say goodbye to the speed-bump-whoops section) and updated one of its ancient double chairs (Chair Two) to a quad, but also-and most importantly-added a bar to the White Salmon Base lodge. Mt. Baker’s Chair Four is currently the oldest running chairlift in North America, but history is no reason for outdated uphill capacity, so the chair’s reign will come to an end next season. The mountain plans to replace that and Chair Five, which run side-by-side, with one quad in the spring. The new chair will be called 4.5. These improvements are part of a four-year plan to replace all of Baker’s remaining double chairs.Meanwhile, back east, Mad River Glen was called out by Burton recently. The snowboard company put an ad in Skiing Magazine asking riders to stand up against “the blatant bigotry of anti-snowboarding policies” such as the skiing-only policy at MRG. Owners claim that since Mad River Glen is private, they can choose who rides their trails-skiers only.

Domestic Disturbance

Brandon Ruff was cut from Ride, and he’s pissed. Team Manager Matt Sickels, a friend, didn’t come correct, and Brandon is rumored to have passed over another offer based on Ride re-signing him. Brandon may have to get a real job, as the sonogram results came back, and he and wife Melissa are having a boy.

Obviously jealous of Andrew Crawford’s tanning salon, Chad Otterstrom got in on a real-world business opportunity himself. He has gone in as a partner in a new restaurant that opened in Breckenridge around Thanksgiving. “Maori’s” serves Thai and New Zealand-style cuisine.

Postcards From The Edge

Shin Campos had some trouble getting into the United States with the increased airport security after a trip to Chile. He claimed that immigration gave him the terrorist treatment-which can’t be a good thing. After a four-hour detainment, he ended up missing his connecting flight.

Jeff Brushie, who’s been afraid to fly since long before the September 11 attacks, took his girlfriend Greta Brumbach on a whirlwind Harley tour. Check out: home.adelphia.net/~tlord/jbrushie to see photos of them and their bikes in front of various national landmarks.

While you’re on the Internet, click your way over to scottarnold.com and check out the inner workings of Scotty Arnold’s head, or at least a cool metal-esque logo.

And then there’s staticproject.com, the brainchild of Kendall Whelpton and friends, which will provide you with everything you want to know about your favorite pros. Ts includes home and cell-phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and even excerpts from their diaries. Nearly 120 spy cameras broadcast day and night, revealing the hidden lives of your favorite riders-or maybe you’ll just be able to check out regularly updated photos and video clips and purchase rider-produced videos.

Change Of Heart

As of January 1, ThirtyTwo will have a revamped lineup. John Jackson, Markku Koski, and Tyler LePore are new editions to the team, while Blaise Rosenthal, Jean “Babs” Charlet, and Dave Lee’s names will all be absent from the team roster.

Fellow Mormons Jason Murphy and Jeremy Jones are now riding for Bonfire. Could Jones’ quitting Alphanumeric for an obviously sweeter financial deal be part of his wife’s master plan to get him to adopt a “take the money and run” attitude toward snowboarding, eventually spending less time on snow and more time raising a nice big family? At age 25, he’s already six or seven kids behind where he should be, right?

Loyalty bites back-Nitro gave Seth Neary the boot. He rode for them for almost ten years and also worked as their North American team manager. Another change to the Nitro roster is the addition of Marni Yamada. Tina Dixon has been riding their boards as well, although there is no further word on her sponsorship status. She’s currently concentrating on getting straight As in school and will also be announcing this year’s X-Games.

Speaking of the X-Games, several riders didn’t receive invites this year because the Games have given the axe to the Big Air and are replacing it with slopestyle.

Double Team

Seems like eight was the magic number for Millennium Three. Kendall Whelpton and Risto Scott were both cut from the team.Bobby Meeks may have to win his own contests this season, because Brian Craighill quit K2 to fill Chris Owen’s vacated team-manager position at Quiksilver. K2 has hosted several interviewees for the team-manager job, including Kevin English, Jesse Grandhauser, and MiloSport Sales Manager Matt Schrier. Eyeing the lucrative Japanese market, Lib Technologies held rider tryouts. Jesse Burtner and Mark Landvik judged as riders competed for slots on the Japanese amateur team. When all was said and done, six riders found themselves with free boards.

Fear And Loathing

Gravis Team Manager Dave Mills just finished writing a book-an apocalyptic work of semi-autobiographical fiction best described as William S. Burroughs meets Hunter S. Thompson. He is currently shopping for a publisher.The Volcom RV came under fire (literally) when it was parked across the street from the Triple Crown venue in Oceanside, California. Late at night, at least three shots were fired into it-luckily no one sleeping inside was injured by the bullets, which went all the way through the RV. In case you’re wondering, upscale Oceanside is not only home to thugs but also fine establishments such as the offices of this magazine.

Movin’ On Up

Mikey LeBlanc bought a 3,400-square-foot house with a pool and pool house in Salt Lake City. Not cutting any corners, he’s redoing the house in 60s-style retro fashion. Downtime from a broken foot gave him the opportunity to dabble in interior design. Nate Bozung put some pressure on Mikey to secure himself a room for the winter, but LeBlanc seemed less than interested in the proposition. Maybe he’ll let Bozung serve as a cabana boy.

Matt Kass expanded his real-estate empire with the purchase of an old gas station in June Lake, California. The “compound” will serve as an office, warehouse, and training facility for Grenade Gloves. Could a shop be far behind? The rumors have already begun to fly.

Dan McNamara’s new job as director of maketing for Four Star is requiring him to make a move into the heart of the Bromuda triangle. He and wife Yolanda, who quit her job at Burton, are relocating to sunny So Cal for McNamara’s new position.

In the grand tradition of ex-pro snowboarders, Brad Scheuffele has a new job at M3. He’ll be moving to Portland soon enough. Speaking of Portland residents, has Jeff Jewett been cheating the government by receiving unemployment checks and working under the table for Savier as a marketing consultant?

Push Play

Treetop Films missed a deadline when the company’s computer crashed, losing the entire video. This, coupled with poor business management, caused the production company to lose several sponsors, including Oakley.

Brad Kremer will bring you Kingpin’s movie next year. Whitey is said to be less involved with the project as he’ll be pursuing true cinematography in his quest to make rock videos and movies.

Shane Flood was flashed by a random girl after the Iron Curtain premiere in Stowe, Vermont. Before Shane could get too amped on his player skills, he found out that John Cavan had actually paid the girl to do so. Sorry, Shane.

Animal House

Catherine Nieves is getting sued for 3,000 dollars after the Mammoth house she leased sustained damages not covered by the security deposit. The house was also inhabited by Zach Leach, Kyle Clancy, and up to ten other Vermonters at any given time. Nieves and her family hired an attorney to take care of the matter, but should that not work out, she will hold an “I don’t want my mom to go to jail” kegger at Mammoth to raise the money. This year, newbie 21-year-old Eddie Wall is lucky enough to live with Kyle and Zach. Soon we’ll all be calling him “the brick.”l be moving to Portland soon enough. Speaking of Portland residents, has Jeff Jewett been cheating the government by receiving unemployment checks and working under the table for Savier as a marketing consultant?

Push Play

Treetop Films missed a deadline when the company’s computer crashed, losing the entire video. This, coupled with poor business management, caused the production company to lose several sponsors, including Oakley.

Brad Kremer will bring you Kingpin’s movie next year. Whitey is said to be less involved with the project as he’ll be pursuing true cinematography in his quest to make rock videos and movies.

Shane Flood was flashed by a random girl after the Iron Curtain premiere in Stowe, Vermont. Before Shane could get too amped on his player skills, he found out that John Cavan had actually paid the girl to do so. Sorry, Shane.

Animal House

Catherine Nieves is getting sued for 3,000 dollars after the Mammoth house she leased sustained damages not covered by the security deposit. The house was also inhabited by Zach Leach, Kyle Clancy, and up to ten other Vermonters at any given time. Nieves and her family hired an attorney to take care of the matter, but should that not work out, she will hold an “I don’t want my mom to go to jail” kegger at Mammoth to raise the money. This year, newbie 21-year-old Eddie Wall is lucky enough to live with Kyle and Zach. Soon we’ll all be calling him “the brick.”