Tiny Type

Hmmm … March, no arguing that. While the rest of the winter months are a fool’s paradise of two-inch powder dustings, March is the month that Mother Nature gets her job done–it’s the big-dump month. So wherever you’re at, set your stance back, pull out your powder snorkel, and don’t forget to set the alarm clock. It’s time to slash it.

Hot Licks

Straight out of the “What the f–k?” files come reports of Airblaster Cofounder Jesse Grandkowski and Lukas and Jesse Huffman heading to New York City for an Elite Modeling Agency party. Supposedly, the firm flew the boys out because it wanted “authentic snowboarders” in the mix at its winter party. Your guess is as good as ours.

After a series of injuries and a bout of summertime tendonitis from overworking her healing knee, Tara Dakides was spotted shredding around Mammoth early-season style. Speaking of which, did you hear that Tara raced the Baja 1000 with our very own Chris Coyle in the passenger seat? Man, that girl can drive. Kinda makes you wonder what she’s still doing snowboarding.

Now, Dakides and Gretchen Bleiler might be (ex)posing for lifestyle mags like FHM, but Santa Cruz shredder Alexis Waite is sticking true to the, uh, “sports” publications. That’s right, Waite is knocking around in nothing but her single-digit-percentage body fat and a silver bikini in the December issue of Men’s Fitness.

In other news, the International Olympic Committee (the very same organization that brought you the Salt Lake City bribery scandal) has recently decided to allow athletes who’ve undergone sex-change operations to compete in the Games. The new rule covers both male-to-female and female-to-male cases. Predictably, several male pros looking for an added advantage are saving up for a sex change before the 2006 Olympics–among them is Preston Strout. “Unfortunately, my need for various aftermarket anatomical parts will be nothing short of expensive,” he says.

The Rail World

While in Wyoming on a shoot for the upcoming Holden video, photographer Andy Wright almost had a second run-in with John Q. Law. Since the first incident involved the police telling him he’d be arrested the next time around, Mr. Wright scrambled into action when he got wind that the cops were on their way to a rail the crew was at. “He was completely frantic,” claims teamrider Andy Forgash. Wright reportedly ran across the street and locked himself in a gas-station bathroom, and only after hiding in the handicap stall for some time did he emerge to see the rest of the boys getting frisked. Asked for a comment, Wright replied, “They can talk all the shit they want, but while they were getting hassled, I was nice and warm, eating a B.L.T.”

In a separate incident, a certain hot rail located an hour north of Salt Lake in a dusty Wyoming town was the site of some good old SLC drama. Reportedly, Mikey LeBlanc, Jon Kooley, Justin Hebbel, Cole Taylor, and Shane Charlebois scouted the rail one afternoon, only to roll up on it the next morning and find JP Walker and Seth Huot already sessioning the thing. Mike’s crew claims that when they offered to film with the two, JP declined, saying, “No thanks, brah, I’ve got my own camera.” As the former peeled out of the parking lot, Mike yelled out the window, “Well be back to one-up you later!” The crew then parked at a Chevron for a few hours until Walker called and said they were done with the session. The end.

Rites Of Passage

This year’s Scanner invasion has targeted Salt Lake City. JP Solberg, Jussi Oksanen, Wille Yli-Luoma, and Heikki Sorsa have all relocated to the Beehive State for the ’03/04 season. Hopefully the Burton Scandos will find the weak beer counterbalanced with the standard-issue “innocent” blondes around there. Good luck, gentlemen.

Speaking of the SLC, a new sushi, wine, and jazz joint called The Circle Lounge is blowing up the city’s downtown area. The main owners are silently backed up by such shred personalities as Ali Goulet, E-Stone, Jessica Dalpiaz, and Park Citys Jim Mangan. The establishment is located on 400 South and State Street, and the opening should be around mid January–it’s kinda swanky, so at least try to change out of that week-old hoodie before you go.

Olympian Kelly Clark recently bought a condo in Mammoth, California, while fellow U.S. teammate Tricia Byrnes (who’s no longer riding for Lamar as of December) has purchased a sweet little spot in Aspen, Colorado. With Shaun White acquiring property on the regular in Southern California, it’s looking like real estate (rather than a played-out industry job) is the new retirement insurance for pro snowboarders everywhere.

On a somber note, the Salt Lake skate/snowboard community lost a friend this last December when Shane Justice passed away. Our hearts go out to Shane’s family and friends. He’ll be missed.

Exploitation And Other Virtues

Popular propaganda purveyor Grenade Gloves is now making goggles through the Scott goggles factory (it’s rumored that Danny Kass turned down healthy sums for riding Quiksilver goggles to support the venture). It’s still unclear whether future Grenade expansion plans are limited to accessories beginning with the letter “g.”

The holidays are a time of giving–and we’re sure it’s with that spirit that Mammoth dirts like Jesse House and Keenan Rice supported their local grocery store chain by working as scabs at the neighborhood Vons. While the strikers huddled outside around garage-can fires, the boys happily manned checkout stands for upwards of fifteen bucks an hour. Hey, you gotta do what ya gotta do–right?

We’ve always known that the Aussie Grenerd known as The Dingo was going places in snowboarding. Many of us also suspected that it might involve the entertainment side of things rather than, um, high-performance athleticism. Well, damn it if we weren’t right on target. Mr. Dingo is slated to do event announcing for Fox Sports Net this season. Will he be as big as Sal? Stay tuned to find out.

Speaking of entertainment, a recently opened club in the new Mammoth village is boasting Thursday night karaoke–and we’d be lying if we said Dave Schiff doesn’t kill it on the mic. In other randomness, Frank Knaack93/94 cofounder, older brother of Lane, and all-around East Coast celebrity–is now living in Egypt. Yup, you read that right. Weird, huh? And a little off the subject, but this just in–rumor has it that Eero Niemalä “pulled” Miss Switzerland one crazy night in Saas Fee. We hope it’s true …

Dude, Are You Sponsed?

Man, the Ride team keeps getting better and better–Portland powerhouse Darrell Mathes is the newest addition and has recently found himself ripping around the Midwest among the ranks of his new crew, including Ali Goulet, Shane Flood, Brian Regis, Jari Tuoriniemi, and Erik Leines.

In other big business, Jackson Hole’s Travis Rice has hooked up with Life-Link Backcountry, Scandinavian specimen Andreas Wiig has hopped on Planet Earth outerwear, and Mammoth’s John Jackson has joined forces with Sims. J.J. Thomas, Doran Laybourn, and Mitch Reed are now hanging with Gretchen Bleiler, Ryan Lougee, and Chris Klug on Team Aspen.Gigi Rüf is on DVS. And rumor has it that ex-Elevation shred Scotty Arnold is talking to Salomon.

Looks like old-time Colorado pro Ron Bureta has fired up his own board company out of BreckenridgeSined Snowboards. The indie brand is only doing a limited run this year, but the shops carrying them are stoked. Check it at sinedsnowboards.com.

Speaking of new projects, friend of the industry Kelli Bratvold has launched her graphic design Web site. Check it out for all of your graphic needs: kellibrat.com. Also, peep the new Frontier Films snowmobile movie Fo’ Reel with footage of sledders tearing up the Unbound park at Mammoth–railslides and all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dude, Are You Sponsed?

Man, the Ride team keeps getting better and better–Portland powerhouse Darrell Mathes is the newest addition and has recently found himself ripping around the Midwest among the ranks of his new crew, including Ali Goulet, Shane Flood, Brian Regis, Jari Tuoriniemi, and Erik Leines.

In other big business, Jackson Hole’s Travis Rice has hooked up with Life-Link Backcountry, Scandinavian specimen Andreas Wiig has hopped on Planet Earth outerwear, and Mammoth’s John Jackson has joined forces with Sims. J.J. Thomas, Doran Laybourn, and Mitch Reed are now hanging with Gretchen Bleiler, Ryan Lougee, and Chris Klug on Team Aspen.Gigi Rüf is on DVS. And rumor has it that ex-Elevation shred Scotty Arnold is talking to Salomon.

Looks like old-time Colorado pro Ron Bureta has fired up his own board company out of BreckenridgeSined Snowboards. The indie brand is only doing a limited run this year, but the shops carrying them are stoked. Check it at sinedsnowboards.com.

Speaking of new projects, friend of the industry Kelli Bratvold has launched her graphic design Web site. Check it out for all of your graphic needs: kellibrat.com. Also, peep the new Frontier Films snowmobile movie Fo’ Reel with footage of sledders tearing up the Unbound park at Mammoth–railslides and all.