Category Archives: Style
People often ask me who I look up to in snowboarding, and for sure, it’s the big-mountain chargers like Nico Mueller, DCP, Roman, and Travis Rice, but there are also a few out there that fly under the mainstream radar, people like Scott Newsome, who I take my toque off to for riding mountains the way mountains should be ridden and for being able to transcend their passions and visions into careers.
Over the course of a little over a year I’ve shared some parts of my creative process in photography. In the end I tried out a bunch of different cameras to solve a creative problem and came up with a pretty good solution. But when that story ends, another begins and the search for a different tool takes over. Read more
Loaded three surfboards, some black tees, and a leather jacket in the car the other day. Toronto faded away in the rearview: on the road. The destination was California.
It’s not that far: 4000+ kilometers. 40+ hours of full-speed driving. 4 nights, 5 days. Alone. Just the music and I.
“Dance, dance, dance, to the radio.” Read more
In the early ’90s The Guch was killing it. He was one of the leaders of the freestyle/jib movement coming out of Big Bear. He became the first rider for Volcom and held down a top spot on the Burton team. Then, in ’95 he moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His sponsors thought he was dropping off the map so they promptly cut him and he disappeared from the public eye. That’s often the misfortune of visionary people: sometimes they’re a little too far ahead of the curve. But what The Guch realized is that he didn’t really know anything about mountains. Even though he was shredding slopes around the world, somehow the terrain he ended up riding always seemed the same. For him, leaving SoCal and embedding himself in Jackson and the surrounding Teton Range was the only way to truly progress. Taking a cue from street skaters who constantly scavenge cities for new spots or surfers who travel to find new waves, he set out to explore new backcountry terrain. And, well, we know how the whole backcountry thing turned out—a generation of pros have built their careers finding spots and filming in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, The Guch has been quietly pushing forward, until at age 38 he’s breaking into the spotlight once again.
Top Photo: The Guch in New Zealand by Scott Sullivan
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.
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.
Waiting and anticipating is a thing of the past these days, and people’s patience grows shorter and shorter by the minute. This can be a good thing with the growth of the internet when organizing a certain event. Trying to organize a country to have a video contest would have been very difficult a few years ago, especially when it comes to the mass population viewing the winning entries.
I thought it was most fitting for this time of year to post a few rain skate shots as my first bneeth post. The summer of 2011 has come to an end and with fall and winter conditions coming on stong put’s most of the skateboarders in Canada into a dark and dull place.