What can you do with 18 straight days of perfectly blue skies at Mt. Hood. Well, the pros just found out. Since we’ve been at Hood for what seems like forever we’d like to share a little of the info we procured. It goes something like this:

- Gold Medal Swing Dancer -
Todd Richards, the 1997 US Open ruler, was hanging around Hood last week sporting the new urban heroine chic look with his the sharp jaw line, khakis, white muscle shirt, and a gel rock-a-billy do. The new Details Todd makes us wonder when the tats will start showing up on his arms. Todd didn’t hit the mountain up too much and spent a lot of last week skating the High Cascades street course. Was he on the “over it” mode or was the call of Urban Outfitters in Portland stronger than desire to ride pipe? He did make it up one night for an after hours shoot so keep an eye out for photos from that.

- Bump N Wood -
Also working on a new look this month is Travis Wood, he’s been changing the color of his hair as regularly as he changes his underwear (probably more). Wood lurked around the Hood area for a few weeks riding and interviewing pros for Blunt Magazine. For those of you who haven’t heard, Blunt is now owned by Larry Flynt Publications, the proud owner of Hustler and the latest porn sensation Rage. Travis said the buy out has been great, it allows him to write snowboard pieces for porn mags and porn pieces for snowboard mags. Recently he was working on an interview with porn star Chasey Lain. She apparently liked Travis’ last name and got even more excited when he suggested she meet his friend Jason Bump. Her manager starting talking about what a great movie they could make called “Bump N’ Wood.” Oh, yeah.

And in cleaner fashion news, the ever virginal Noah Brandon got rid of the green and has been doing the summer thing. He spent a few weeks at the Craig Kelly Camp at Whistler and now he’s pipe slutting at Hood. Speaking of Whistler, Canadian Derek Heidt was at Hood and riding strong for the ever present string of cameras pipe side at the camps. - The Ink Spots -
Cinematographer Artie Krehbiel from FLF Films has a new tattoo that is represenative of his film career, next week he’s getting color in it. Erik Leines‘ ex-girlfriend just got a tattoo near the bottom of her spine. How do we know? She showed us. Of course we saw Artie’s new ink every morning when he crawled out of his closet at the Salomon house and started bossing everyone around.

- The SOL Van -
Campers and drivers on Oregon highways have been treated to the newest addition to the Windell’s Snowboard Camp bus fleet. That’s right, it’s the SOL Van spreading the world to the unbelievers. So far the van has been seen by close to 200,000 people and that number is growing everyday. Now, if we can just get them to remember what they saw.

- Girlcicles (Girls on Sticks) -
Christine Sperber has been riding hard these days and is reportedly back from brief retirement as a pro. Leslee Olson is riding better than ever. She has been wowing photographers and filmers with huge methods, 3′s, and 5′s. This week the spotlight might get stolen by Nitro’s Nicola Thost who just rolled into town and is ready to show the world that she wants the gold. Tina Basich has been training hard and is looking stronger than she ever has. Shannon Dunn just made it to Hood too and was throwing some good pipe at Mt. Hood Snowboard Camp along with Tina.

Victoria Jealouse and Cara Beth Burnside have been seen at the pipe a few times over the last few weeks. Apparently CB is residing in the Hood area for the summer and is skating Windell’s newly bowled in ramp in preparation for the girls skate jam taking place in San Diego in September. Victoria on the other hand opted to just be a visitor in the Hood area this summer.

- Boy Oh Boy -
Tahoe boys Jimmy Halopoff and Kevin Jones have been back and forth between Hood and Tahoe all summer. The two claim they are going to be coming on strong next winter as they battle one another for big air titles.

Joe Curtes recently rolled into town in his swanky, black, tinted windows, big wheels, bad-ass truck complete with motocross cycle in the back. Jim Rippey sporting a rental dually (six wheel truck) with is motorcycle in back arrived at Hood just in time for a day at Waschougal track outside of Vancouver, Washington. Oakley team manager Joe Dorazzio rented the place for pro snowboarders to play in on Saturday, July 26th. They’ll be sticking around until the Morrow Motocross August 9th.

The Leines brothers are here, performing one of the most spectacular one-up-man-ship shows around. The other day in an attempt to catch with his little bro’s insanely huge McTwists and spins, Bjorn Leines was setting up for a Haakenfloppen and in the set up he drilled his tail staight into a kink in the transition. His tail went all the way up to his boot it body whipped him right into the bottom of the pipe, knocking himself out cold. Ski patrol held him down as he struggled to get up in a semi-conscious state. The amnesia reportedly lasted the rest of the day.

The slippery dog Daniel Franck just swung into town last night, along

with the rest of the pro world. Barrett Christy, Andy Hetzel, Peter Line, Jamil Khan, and John Sommers. The Burton house has been crowded this month: Joe Curtes, Shane Charlebois, Derek Heidt, JJ Thomas, and Ian Spiro are among the many Burton team that have been around this month. HREF=”http://www.mtnresorts.com/adtype.dbm?entity_id=143&table_name=Manufacturer&site_code=2&hard=true”>Burton rider Blair Rusin finally made it to Hood this summer after his surf accident last month in SoCal. Blair, who has been living in the 714 area code this summer, was surfing with visiting teammates John Summers and Jamil Khan and as he was riding a wave in he got smashed on some rocks. Apparently his fin dug into his leg slashing it from knee to groin and air rescue was required. Blair was up riding last week, but taking it easy.

- Zee Product Test -
The Salomon team North America and Europe is in town with the boot and binding development crew testing new product. Word on the product: love the bindings, hate the boots. Former Airwalk team manager Ben Pruess is now working with Bonfire/Salomon in the team managing department. New to the Salomon team this month is Finland’s Mina Hesso, formerly of Duotone.

Sponsorship switching is happening like crazy as pros are being dropped like flies during a cold snap. Adam Merriman was seen riding a Rift Board. Rift is a new Northwest Company owned by Wake Tech wakeboards. Jennie Waara appears to be going all Ride after being dropped by Airwalk boots and Tuesday/Twist closing its doors. Ross Peterson is riding for Helly Hansen after Stryke quit making snowboard clothes. Matt Donahue was on a Salomon board last week, as was Lael Gregory. Former Option rider Natasza Zurek was sporting head to toe Burton gear, but says she hasn’t signed anything yet. And that’s about all for now.

Stay tunes for another installment of Fast Times At Hood High soon.ue”>Salomon team North America and Europe is in town with the boot and binding development crew testing new product. Word on the product: love the bindings, hate the boots. Former Airwalk team manager Ben Pruess is now working with Bonfire/Salomon in the team managing department. New to the Salomon team this month is Finland’s Mina Hesso, formerly of Duotone.

Sponsorship switching is happening like crazy as pros are being dropped like flies during a cold snap. Adam Merriman was seen riding a Rift Board. Rift is a new Northwest Company owned by Wake Tech wakeboards. Jennie Waara appears to be going all Ride after being dropped by Airwalk boots and Tuesday/Twist closing its doors. Ross Peterson is riding for Helly Hansen after Stryke quit making snowboard clothes. Matt Donahue was on a Salomon board last week, as was Lael Gregory. Former Option rider Natasza Zurek was sporting head to toe Burton gear, but says she hasn’t signed anything yet. And that’s about all for now.

Stay tunes for another installment of Fast Times At Hood High soon.