Tiny Type 15.8

It was another blur of a winter. As we say our farewells for the season and head our separate ways, we’ll keep our ears to the ground for any and all snowboard-related trash talking, sponsorship shifts, and lowbrow dirty tales-mostly the dirty dirt. We hope you do the same, but before we collectively f-k off to the wild, white yonder, chomp on this.

Office Space
There’s another new kid in snowboard-company town-the mouthful brand, Rome Snowboard Design Syndicate, started by Paul Maravetz and Josh Reid. The boards will hit stores next year, and former Original Sin go-to guy Dan Sullivan will be in charge of sales. Gravis has split its team-in addition to its global shreds, it has several development riders including Kyle Clancy, Erik Leines, Jaime MacLeod, Jesse Fox, John Cartwright, Miles Hallen, and Ian Spiro. This should help “Millsy” and “Pooky” keep things straight. The misty Clae Shoes brand announced its team, which includes Gigi RÅf, Jeff Anderson, and Chris Brown. Markku Koski is now on ThirtyTwo boots. David Carrier-Porcheron and Andy Finch are now riding for Spy. And able Abe Teter is shredding around tall-style on a Palmer board.Anon Optics is now its own separate entity, as opposed to being part of R.E.D. (that’s Rider Enhanced Development) under the Burton brand-name as it previously was. Although you can purchase Anon items from the company at the factory store, they’re not actually “Burton” goggles, got it? Anon also has two new teamriders-Jaime MacLeod and Shane Flood.

Presto Chango
Injuries have been piling up throughout the season. Chauncey Tanton broke his arm skateboarding-for about the fourth time. Andrew Crawford suffered a bone bruise on his knee at a Japanese quarterpipe contest. ThirtyTwo public-relations guy Brian Garofalow was hyping up the brand in a knee brace after he did in his ACL while working hard at a company sales meeting in Utah.Shawn Farmer was spotted hitting up the quarterpipe at the Mammoth Grand Prix, and holding court in the TransWorld condo. Lane Knaack sat there dazed and kept pinching himself to be sure he wasn’t dreaming: “Hi, uhh, Farm, I’m Lane.” Farmer is living in Encinitas, California and is on Spy’s legend program. Von Zipper swooped in and snagged Kevin Jones for its team, and sources say he’s working on pro-model beer goggles and stressing “otter cock,” wherever possible. Therry Brunner joins Lukas Huffman on 55DSL and will have more expensive faded jeans than any Euro would know what to do with. He might even get one of those sweet ads. Gian Simmen will represent his country at this year’s Olympics in O’Neill outerwear, and Eddie Wall has signed with Jeenyus. That creep Kyle Clancy is also riding a Jeenyus, but few other details are known about his official relationship with the brand.

M3 added some new amateurs to its program: Chris Hotell out of Truckee, Callifornia; and Zack Siebert, Tommi Ylianttila, and Trey Banner-all from Park City, Utah. Stepping up from the rep-rider program to the amateur team this season is Chas “The Spaz” Guldemond from Laconia, New Hampshire. It’s not just Tina Basich anymore, all the Airwalk teamriders are “boots only.” The brand pulled the plug on its marginally successful board line this season, leaving Tom Gilles, Roger Hjelmstadstuen, Fredrik Sarvell, Zach Leach, Preston Strout, Luke Mathison, and Amy Johnson to fend for themselves. Team Manager Mike Arzt said he’s excited about the scale-back (not attributing the cuts to a curse that also took down Bluetorch) because it will give the company a chance to focus on just one thing. Arzt also said riders would no longer have to deal exclusively with him-although at the current time, the only rider who’s managed to finagle a new board sponsor is Strout who will be riding for K2.

Customer Parking Only
The offices of Sims Snowboards have moved from Santa Monica to a bit of much sought-after real estate in Oceanside, California. Looks like Travis Wood and the crew wi have to trade in nights out at the Viper Room for happy hour at One More That’s It with the TransWorld dirts. Santa Cruz will be sponsoring the Loon Mountain Snowboard Park in New Hampshire this season. All park employees will rock Santa Cruz outerwear (so they’ll be easily identifiable), and the resort will also host Santa Cruz contests throughout the season. New England powerhouse Eric Kovall has taken up with new product flow from Option/NFA, further cementing its foothold in the icy east, as the legendary manchild has become somewhat a character of local lore.Eddie Wall tried to pawn off his 1970 Toyota on Andreas Wiig for the outlandish price of 500 dollars because now that he’s a high roller with facial hair, Eddie is treating himself to a new truck. Poor Andreas is getting the short end of the stick on all counts. He’s been sleeping on Kevin Jones and Gabe Taylor’s couch in an apartment Jones keeps at sub-zero temperatures at all times. At least the frigid air is reminiscent of his Norwegian home, right?

Small Soldiers
Mikey LeBlanc may have some sort of complex. Besides purposely landing flat, he allegedly has written a clause into all of his contracts that prohibits his sponsors from using portraits of him.Andromeda Snowboards is joining forces with Grenade Gloves to start a distribution company. Corey Smith of Andromeda is currently doing graphic design for them, but may be moving to Mammoth to work for the joint distribution company. It has yet to be named but will be completed within two years. Matt Kass will head up operations, while Corey, J.J. Johnstone, and Danny Kass will claim ownership. Most of the Andromeda team is already officially riding for Grenade, and teamrider Chris Shepherd has been working for the glove company.Along with Marc Frank Montoya and T.J. Schneider, Micah McGinnity is rocking new hella-dope Osiris boots. McGinnity has moved from Minnesota to Salt Lake City were he lives with Bjorn Leines. Todd Schlosser now adds “straight edge” to his list of labels. Devun Walsh is back on Special Blend. In other positive news, Shin Campos recently married his girlfriend Maria Brander. The newlyweds are holding it down in Whistler, while Shin waits for snow and Maria finishes up her master’s degree. Congratulations.

Beach Party
Jimmy Halopoff’s newest side project will keep you, Carson, and TRL free this spring break. South Shore Soldiers Snowboard Camps will offer college students and individuals eighteen and older the chance to cut loose in the 24-hour town of South Lake Tahoe-and snowboard side by side with Kevin Jones, Tara Dakides, Todd Richards, Shaun Palmer, along with many others. Although you may only get a goggle tan, it certainly beats dodging Federales in Cabo, Mexico or ending up on Say What? Karaoke.

Danny Kass is on probation for the next two years for disturbing the peace. After one of his get-togethers got a little out of hand, a disgruntled neighbor called the police. While there may be no more festivities at Danny’s Mammoth condo, the Grenade team has found a new place to party. The house of snowboarding’s own madame (who shall remain unnamed) and Rosey and Beth Fletcher has opened its door to the party needs of the Grenade army. Rumors are it is simply referred to as The Mansion.A bonafide panty stealer is at work in Mammoth Lakes, California, and he’s chosen to stalk Gretchen Bleiler. Her house was broken into-her cell phone, bra, panties, and AOL password were stolen. The culprit has been sending out offensive e-mails using her account, so if you receive a questionable e-mail from Gretchen, you now know why.

Dream A Little Dream
Like the glory days of moviemaking when Corey Haim and Corey Feldman starred in every movie with the word dream in the title, the snowboard industry is suffering from a little problem of too many Coreys. To set the record straight once and for all, here’s the rundown. First, there’s Cory Smith, the Smith team manager. Next is the other Corey Smith, who’s behind Andromeda snowboards. Rumors have it another Corey Smith exists, and that’s just ridiculous. Finally, there’s Cory Grove, who’s the new Sessions team manager, and that about does it for the moniker.

In other Sessions news, the company has acquired some other new employees as well. Ex-Burton rider Ryan Williams is the new marketing director, Hana Beaman has been added to the pro team, and the snaggle-toothed Scotty Wittlake is rumored to be back on board. The company has also joined forces with infinitesnowboarding.com as a premier sponsor. Infinite Snowboarding has a lineup of riding events at Ragged Mountain and Blue Hills resort.Former Blue Lodger Mark McGarry made a movie starring MIA superstar Brian Barb as an albino DJ who spins at a bowling alley. It’s called White Lightning, and according to its maker, this is a quality movie (how could it not be?). The film dropped in February.

Looks like patenting his signature haircut wasn’t lucrative enough, as Brad Scheuffele has stepped up to be the sales and marketing manager of Millennium Three Snowboards, Chorus Snowboards, and Premier Snowskates. And apparently boots weren’t enough for DC-the company will also be making boards and outerwear for next season.

Because we think you’re all winners, results and reporting from the ’01 Winter X-Games Women’s Big Air weren’t included in the February issue of TransWorld. It did happen, and first through fifth place results are as follows: Tara Dakides, Barrett Christy, Jenna Murano, Jessica Dalpiaz, and Leah Wagner, respectively. And finally, like that last episode of Friends, we’ll leave you hanging until next year with a few questions to ponder. Is Bryan Iguchi back into competition, and did he really ride in this year’s U.S. Open? Did Mammoth rookie Hana Beaman get a lap dance at a Mt. Bachelor strip bar during the Grand Prix? Is Todd Richards going to become the Jason Lee of snowboarding with appearances in several more big-budget movies? Are Ami Voutilainen, Jason Borgstede, and Kendall Whelpton starting a new line with Heelside? Is Russell Winfield making a comeback?r Corey Smith, who’s behind Andromeda snowboards. Rumors have it another Corey Smith exists, and that’s just ridiculous. Finally, there’s Cory Grove, who’s the new Sessions team manager, and that about does it for the moniker.

In other Sessions news, the company has acquired some other new employees as well. Ex-Burton rider Ryan Williams is the new marketing director, Hana Beaman has been added to the pro team, and the snaggle-toothed Scotty Wittlake is rumored to be back on board. The company has also joined forces with infinitesnowboarding.com as a premier sponsor. Infinite Snowboarding has a lineup of riding events at Ragged Mountain and Blue Hills resort.Former Blue Lodger Mark McGarry made a movie starring MIA superstar Brian Barb as an albino DJ who spins at a bowling alley. It’s called White Lightning, and according to its maker, this is a quality movie (how could it not be?). The film dropped in February.

Looks like patenting his signature haircut wasn’t lucrative enough, as Brad Scheuffele has stepped up to be the sales and marketing manager of Millennium Three Snowboards, Chorus Snowboards, and Premier Snowskates. And apparently boots weren’t enough for DC-the company will also be making boards and outerwear for next season.

Because we think you’re all winners, results and reporting from the ’01 Winter X-Games Women’s Big Air weren’t included in the February issue of TransWorld. It did happen, and first through fifth place results are as follows: Tara Dakides, Barrett Christy, Jenna Murano, Jessica Dalpiaz, and Leah Wagner, respectively. And finally, like that last episode of Friends, we’ll leave you hanging until next year with a few questions to ponder. Is Bryan Iguchi back into competition, and did he really ride in this year’s U.S. Open? Did Mammoth rookie Hana Beaman get a lap dance at a Mt. Bachelor strip bar during the Grand Prix? Is Todd Richards going to become the Jason Lee of snowboarding with appearances in several more big-budget movies? Are Ami Voutilainen, Jason Borgstede, and Kendall Whelpton starting a new line with Heelside? Is Russell Winfield making a comeback?