Category Archives: December 2011
I’m not one to back commercial products, ever. In general I am allergic to most types of branding, logos, and things of the sort. However, I do have a small list of brands that peak my interest on occasion. The following items are some products of note, a top twelve of 2012 if you will…………..drum roll: Apple, Visa, WestJet, and Crown Royal. I have only listed four because everything else sucks. Everything!
Documenting urban snowboarding has come a long way in the past decade, not only from a riding perspective (progression), but the tools to help get the job done. The early years saw the advent of the ‘drop in ramp,’ a device that provided enough speed for handrail maneuvers (gap-outs excluded), built inexpensively out of wood or metal (if you had a bit more money budgeted). Of course there was always a couple of friends to ‘pull you in,’ but that gets old quickly. If you were really lucky, you’d locate a spot that provided ‘natural speed,’ everybody’s dream scenario, even to this day.
You hate on snowboarding. Admit it. You talk shit behind its back like a cheating ex. And you should hate it. It’s this passion that keeps it real. It’s this passion that proves deep down how much you love it. And you should love it. The scenario is the same at every industry function: tradeshow, contest, industry event. It matters not. Groups of men – we’re not that young anymore – wearing the uniform that promotes whatever brand they’re currently working for or thinks is the next big thing. They grab a drink, slap high fives, and talk briefly about their hangover. And then they gossip. We. We gossip like schoolgirls.
It has come and it’s here to stay (for a while at least). The dreaded winter weather of our beloved country has arrived. Sure, it’s great news for all the snowboarders, but shitty news for all skateboarders for whom the rain and snow will keep indoors. This is the time our minds begin to process ideas at full speed when thinking of where to travel and chase a combination of the sun, the warmer weather, and the endless skate spots.
I know a lot of people who traveled to Australia as soon as they’ve finished high school. At 18 or 19-years old, it’s a safe and culturally familiar destination for a first time traveler. I get it. When I was that age, Australia was the last place on my mind. I’d spent enough time in Whistler to think that all Aussies were obnoxious and all I cared about were mountains. I didn’t give a shit about the beach. I grew up on the beach and it was overrated. As time passed, I heard so many stories about people going Down Under to drink box wine in Byron Bay and get laid in cheap Brisbane hostels that I felt like I’d already been to Australia, even though I was subconsciously making an effort to not go there. I had officially convinced myself that I should stay out of Australia for good.
The last month or so I’ve been skating a bunch with Zero’s Tom Karangelov. Tom grew up in Huntington Beach and somehow came out of there being an awesome kid. Tom introduced me to his concept of “Riding the Wave.” Riding the Wave is Tom’s way of describing how or why someone skates. People that are out there just trying to land tricks for coverage and fame are not Riding the Wave. Tom says Riding the Wave is going out skating just to go out and have fun, cruise and hang with your bros.
With a dire early season forecast back east, booking a flight to ride Whistler the first weekend of December made perfect sense; especially factoring in the free accommodation thanks to my wife’s work trip to the Whistler Film Festival. And with social media practically vomiting the powder onto my Toronto desk, I felt no reluctance clicking the “purchase” button. I might’ve missed the 60 cm days and accompanying face shots everyone was bragging about on Facebook, but my mantra was simple: Who cares? I sure as shit wouldn’t be snowboarding had I stayed at home, and groomers and park laps on Whistler and Blackcomb under sunny skies never disappoints.
“Dude! Where’s your camera??………..you’re BLOWING IT! I hear this all the time. Fortunately its mostly good natured “let’s annoy the photographer” stuff. Many times though, I find myself out and about with no camera in hand and get the feeling like I’m missing the shot. I guess you could call it Photographers remorse. During my daily internet trolling, I been coming across a selection of interviews with photographers who seem to suffer from the exact same ailment. The only difference is that they’ve seen the light and are now ready to begin spreading the gospel.
A “Working Vacation”, I’m sure we’ve all heard the term before. Without hesitation, I’m also pretty sure that everyone reading this post could identify someone in his or her network that needs a vacation from their regular 9-5 grind. If done properly, taking time off can actually be quite beneficial to your relationships, your creativity, and most importantly, yourself………………….
Last summer I got to show around the RDS dudes on their World’s Deadliest Tour (for the record, no lives were lost during the tour) when they came through Toronto. While they were here I pulled Courtenay, B.C.’s Sascha Daley aside to film another installment of SBC’s “3 Minutes With…” series.