A few people have alerted us to the plethora of Forum gear for sale over on Blue Tomato. Either they’re really excited they can still get their favorite brand or they just wanted us to shit on Burton. Anyway, we decided against the latter and went with some of that research stuff to figure out if the a time warp between us an Europe was indeed real. What we found is well, what we expected. Forum is not alive and well in Europe, it seems Blue Tomato is selling off some of the stuff had already been get made for 2014. Factory samples, which would explain the limited range of sizes. Anyway, this stuff has “collectors edition” written all over it, so if you’re super wealthy, could be cool to figure out how to buy it.
Yobeat’s discussion forum was broken for weeks. Brooke put Justin in charge of fixing things. His solution? Drive to Seattle to recruit Peter Line.
Holy Moly! In the final installment of the 2012-13 board tests, Tech spits hot fire about the final ever model of the Forum Holy Moly II 155. All Rap Instrumentals provided by Mike Fresh. check his work here. or follow him on twitter @Mike__Fresh.
The real Deal:
-poppy and ready to ride straight out of the plastic.
-This thing was squirley. They describe this board as the best, most affordable park board. False. -It seems to me like the engineers tried to strip out as much material as possible but made a snowboard that sucks. A frankenstein experiment gone wrong, if you will. It was stiff in all the wrong spots.
#FORUM NOW AVAILBLE ON iTunes
Â #FORUM is now available for digital download on iTunes.Â Â This final movie project from Forum, Special Blend, and Foursquare marks decades of great films such as The Resistance, True Life, Video Gangs, That, FYI, Forum or Against ‘Em, Forever, Fuck It and Vacation.Â Â Don’t miss out on #FORUM, and catch the best from #andreaswiig #patmoore #jakewelch #nicsauve #austensweetin #campierce #danielek #mariokaeppeli.
Also, check out the teaser for a look into what #FORUM has to offer.
If you’re in the SoCal area, Read more
#Forum and follow the hype as one of the best teams in snowboarding does it again. Dropping October 2012, this short film of A-grade bangers is sure to please the most Internet savvy riders, as well as the not so digitally inclined.
Available only on iTunes digital download, #Forum brings out the best from #andreaswiig #patmoore #jakewelch #nicsauve #steviebell #austensweetin #campierce #danielek #alekoestreng #mariokaeppeli and a few more #riders. More info on teaser drop dates, tour schedule, and world premiere coming soon. In the meantime, get your social media game on lock and #Forum.
For more on this year’s new short film, check out the World Wide Web @forumsnowboards.com, @special-blend.com and @foursquareouterwear.com.
I just walked in the wrong direction for about a mile. Then I turned around and some two miles later I made it to the hotel. Why did I go on this journey? Because Yobeat publisher Brooke Geery demanded it. So, here I am writing a story after too many beers, an awkwardly large lighting bolt tattoo, a weird Burton party, a $17 dollar lunch, a bunch of bullshit and a root beer serving strip club. Honestly, I’m at SIA. I want to party. I want to go have fun, so I’m going to keep this brief. After all you really just want to see the product photos anyway. Planning your kit a year in advance is a very important aspect to being a snowboarder these days. So let’s break down the last 24 hours…
1. Burton threw a party. It was beyond odd. Someone pulled the fire alarm and people started to disperse. It was a prank (go figure) and the party continued. You couldn’t get drinks at most of the bars (they were for important people). The bartenders were wearing very little, but I wish they had covered their ugly mugs. People realized the party blew and left, even though a secret stripper show was happening somewhere in the Jonas Bros bar. Yep, that was the actual name of the bar.
2. We ended up at a strip club. It was past drinking hours so they would only serve root beer or Sprite. Luckily someone had a giant bottle of booze and we got pretty riled up. The Dingo was there, he looks the exact same as he did six years ago. I think he should update his look.
3. Took a limo ride home. Got dropped off at 711. I was super hungry. Haggled a price and headed home.
4. Threw chewed up peanut shells at the Tranny Finders until I fell asleep. They are living on our floor.
5. Woke up and pissed everyone off by not knowing we were supposed to hurry. Seemed stupid.
6. Got to the show. Brooke fell asleep because her head was exploding and she felt rather awful. No one looked good.
7. I was up for a tattoo at the Arnette booth thanks to Robbie Sell.
8. I now have a giant lightning bolt on the back of my arm. It wasn’t thought out. I can’t move my arm too much because it will, “Totally fuck up the healing process.” according to the artist.
9. The dumbest thing at SIA (besides the entire ski side) was this collection of boards by YES. It has head shots of different legendary boarders who don’t, and never will, ride for them plastered on both nose and tail. I think they are just trying to trick kids into thinking they’re buying a different brand. Plus, do you really want Peter Line starring you down whenever you go snowboarding?
10. Brooke passed out in the hallway. I think she puked somewhere, too.
11. Everyone wandered around and did business. Then Team Yobeat left and I got drunk at the Capita booth.
Tonight only holds more fun. A few post-prime rappers are playing shows. Transworld is having their party and we’ll fight to get drinks. Team Yobeat will split up, half turning in and half getting twisted. More importantly, tomorrow I’ll actually know I’m supposed to write a story and I’ll take lots of cool photos. Now, enjoy a gallery of new shit that you wouldn’t otherwise see.
Forum Snowboards and Seven Springs Resort invited Yobeat to The Streets opening day bash that took place yesterday. We couldn’t resist. You might have already checked out the photo gallery, but if not, get on it. Forum riders including Cam Pierce, Austen Sweetin, Stevie Bell, and Nico Cioffi were on hand shredding the brand new park inspired by real street features from downtown Pittsburgh, PA.
As soon as the park crew cut the chain and let in the public, the locals destroyed the place (and the place destroyed a few locals). The herd was unleashed, and this is what we captured while trying to dodge skiers, shredders, and loose cannons on the course.
If you haven’t already, check out the photo gallery we shot of the Forum crew the day before the park opened to the public.
Remember when you used to have to go out and find urban spots, and then set them up and worry about getting kicked out. Man, that was a bummer. Well good news, Seven Springs is getting all sorts of urban this season, and it’s accessed by lifts. Doesn’t get much more sweet that than!
Changing the game of urban snowboarding, Forum is proud to present The Streets at Seven Springs — a park dedicated to urban snowboarding, featuring an on-mountain replica of urban riding at its best. Pulling inspiration from the surrounding area of Pittsburgh, while working in conjunction with Forum Team riders Pat Moore and Nic SauvÃ© along with the park building masters from Seven Springs, The Streets brings a whole new meaning to urban snowboarding.
“The Streets is taking the concept of what a snowpark should be to a whole new level,” says Nic SauvÃ©. “I envy the kids who will grow up riding it!” Pat Moore adds, “The park looks so sick. I’m excited for the snow to come to bring it to life! I think we’ll be seeing some real good snowboarders coming out of PA in the near future.”
Urban snowboarding is supposed to be fun and accessible, but when you have angry security guards, passing cars or just can’t find the right features, your ability to actually enjoy it becomes limited. This is where The Streets comes in. The Streets offers a wide array of rails, ledges, gaps and wall rides, all built with the look and feel of riding in your local town.
“Being able to bring this level of urban features to a full access resort is something we used to only dream of,” says Forum Brand Manager Kevin Winkel. “The features that Pat and Nic have designed with Seven Springs and Snow Park Technologies will forever change how resorts look at building parks.”
Since 2004, Seven Springs has been committed to developing and growing its terrain parks. In addition to the already six parks and more than 70 features, The Streets is to be the most innovative urban setup created. “We are really excited to be partnering with Forum on The Streets,” said Joel Rerko, Seven Springs’ Director of Action Sports. “Seven Springs is committed to providing the best parks and pipes in the country, and this is a great addition to our already solid program. Our region is a perfect fit for this style of park and I know The Streets will help progress the riders of the lower East Coast.” Due to its hard work and dedication towards these efforts, Seven Springs has been nationally recognized as the 2011-2012 number one terrain park on the East Coast.
Assisting with the building and development of the features for The Streets is Snow Park Technologies (SPT). SPT is the world’s leading consulting team for special projects on snow and is comprised of an all-star crew whose passion and commitment give SPT its greatest strength. Their focus is on the design, construction, and progression of all areas related to terrain park development. This is a collection of the most experienced and talented freestyle park and pipe innovators in the world who are excited to see the outcome of working on the game-changing project, The Streets.
The Grand Opening of The Streets kicks off January 19th, 2012.
The Streets is found just off The Polar Bear Express Chairlift at Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania. For more information, stay tuned to www.thestreetspark.com.
If you live in the northern hemisphere, summer is quickly coming to an end … but that doesn’t mean the party’s over. Special Blend, Forum and Foursquare are about to bring the Vacation to you! Just sit back and relax as you marvel at the talents of Pat Moore, Jake Welch, Andreas Wiig, Nic SauvÃ©, Stevie Bell, and The Youngbloods: Daniel Ek, Cameron Pierce, Niko Cioffi, Austen Sweetin and Alek Oestreng.
Kicking things off this year is the World Premiere on September 28th, taking place on the beach in Huntington Beach, CA, just north of the Huntington Beach Pier. If you happen to be in So Cal, you definitely don’t want to miss this beach party! Then, kick it Vacation-style with select riders as the team takes off for the following scheduled stops across North America:
World Premiere: Sept. 28th Huntington Beach, CA — Huntington Beach Pier
Oct. 13th Calgary, AB CAN — Plaza Theater
Oct. 14th Vancouver, BC CAN — Forum Sports Bar
Oct. 15th Portland, OR — Mission Theater
Oct.19th Detroit, MI — Crofoot Ballroom
Oct. 20th Montreal, QC CAN — Boulevard 44
Oct. 20th Denver, CO — Summit Music Hall
Oct. 21st Reno, NV — The Freight House District
Oct. 21st Plymouth, NH — The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center
Oct. 22nd Salt Lake City, UT — Complex
Oct. 23rd New York City, NY — The Red Bull Space
Since you’ve clearly forgotten all those SIA posts from last winter, and despite what the ad reps are saying, you probably haven’t actually looked at any buyer’s guides, so Forum is taking advantage of your laziness to entertain you on facebook! All week long they’ll be dropped the latest and greatest over on everyone’s favorite social network and to be the first to see them, all you gotta do is click like. Here’s the official schedule.
What up!? Winter is on its way so let’s give it a proper welcome! Drop by the Forum Facebook page and get a taste of what’s coming up for 2012: http://www.facebook.com/forumsnowboards
We’re not blowing our load all at once so check these dates to uncover boards, boots, and bindings wet dreams are made of:
8/22 — Park Boards
8/23 — Freestyle Boards
8/24 — Urban Boards
8/25 — Women’s Boards
8/26 — Tweaker Boots
8/27 — Good Vibes Bindings
Forum just dropped its latest teaser and everyone is going on Vacation this year!
Unlike miniramps at skate tradeshows, it’s easy to drop in on the session at the Salomon booth. All the snowboarders are busy taking photos with their phones.
Day two of SIA 2011 happened and it was a lot like day one. New products, familiar faces, etc, but there were a few key differences:
-All hangovers were provided by the Burton stripper party. We’d post lots of awesome pictures but they don’t let you take pictures at strip clubs, duh.
-There was a Videograss teaser premiere at Salomon.
-Terry Kidwell was there.
Connor from MNMNT totally met Terry Kidwell. We didn’t but we took a picture of him once, so pretend we did.
That about sums it up. Two more days to go, and we’ve still got booths to check out, elbows to rub. If you’re not here, you’re probably thinking, man, I would love to go to SIA, quit bitching. But if you are here, you understand and I’d like to provide a few pointers for surviving the next two days of the show.
– Your lips are probably chapped. Ski accessory companies love to give out free chapstick. Head over into the annals of the convention center and pick yours up.
– You know how your back and neck are killing you? It’s because you’re standing all day, but also because of your badge that is quickly filling with business cards and weighing you down. Even though the old ladies at the door insist you MUST have it around your neck, wearing it as a dangler from your belt loop will make all the difference.
-Start asking different questions. At this point, every one has explained their season is going great, they’re really having fun riding, and the show is going really well 150-plus times. Get a little more creative. For example, ask if they’ve boned any hot Denver sluts yet.
-Trade show security is really cracking down on beer and booths serving beer illegally. You can avoid getting anyone in trouble by finding one of the few booths who paid $800 for an official keg and getting a beer there. Then save your cup and use it for all beers after that. If you’re drinking from the official ski-brand sponsored cup, no one can say anything!
-Remember, at least you’re not at the X Games.
The future is now at Academy. Seriously, the boards are from 2012!
No but seriously, we checked out a bunch more products you can start getting excited to buy. Here are lots of pictures of the stuff we checked out today. If you are not into product shots however, we recommend you read about Shaun White’s new costume.
Special Blend, Forum and Foursquare are pleased to announce the world premiere of their latest feature film F’ It, and the start of this year’s Global Tour. Starring John Jackson, Stevie Bell, Nic Sauve, Jake Welch, Niko Cioffi, Cameron Pierce, Austen Sweetin and The Youngbloods, and co-starring Peter Line, Pat Moore, Andreas Wiig and Daniel Ek.
September 9: Newport Beach, CA at the Lido Theater with Peter Line, Pat Moore, John Jackson, Jake Welch, Stevie Bell, Nic Sauve, Andreas Wiig, Daniel Ek, Cameron Pierce, Niko Cioffi, Austen Sweetin, Alek Oestreng, and Rusty Ockenden.
October 14: Minneapolis, MN at the Suburban World Theater with Stevie Bell, Cameron Pierce, Jake Welch, Austen Sweetin, and Peter Line.
October 14: Toronto, ON (CAN) at the Underground Cinema with Nic Sauve, Pat Moore, John Jackson, Andreas Wiig, and Niko Cioffi.
October 15: Salt Lake City, UT at the Gateway Megaplex Theater with Stevie Bell, Cameron Pierce, Jake Welch, Austen Sweetin, and Peter Line.
October 15: Montreal, QC (CAN) at the 1234 Club with Nic Sauve, Pat Moore, John Jackson, Andreas Wiig, and Niko Cioffi.
October 16: Portland, OR at the Willamette Riverfront Warehouse with Stevie Bell, Cameron Pierce, Jake Welch, Austen Sweetin, and Peter Line.
October 16: New York City, NY at the Red Bull Space with Nic Sauve, Pat Moore, John Jackson, Andreas Wiig, and Niko Cioffi.
October 21: Denver, CO at the Bluebird Theater with Cameron Pierce, John Jackson, Stevie Bell, Andreas Wiig, and Pat Moore.
October 21: Vancouver, BC (CAN) at the Forum Sports Bar with Peter Line, Niko Cioffi, Nic Sauve, Jake Welch, and Austen Sweetin.
October 22: Boone, NC at the Appalachian State University with Cameron Pierce, John Jackson, Stevie Bell, Andreas Wiig, and Pat Moore.
October 22: Calgary, AB (CAN) at the Plaza Theater with Peter Line, Niko Cioffi, Nic Sauve, Jake Welch, and Austen Sweetin.
October 23: Portsmouth, NH at the Portsmouth Music Hall with Cameron Pierce, Stevie Bell, Andreas Wiig, and Pat Moore.
October 23: Reno, NV at the Grand Sierra Resort – Xtreme Bar with John Jackson, Peter Line, Niko Cioffi, Nic Sauve, Jake Welch, and Austen Sweetin.
September 23: Innsbruck, AUT at the Weekender Club with John Jackson, Nic Sauve, Daniel Ek, and Alek Oestreng.
September 24: Verona, ITA at (TBA) with John Jackson, Nic Sauve, Daniel Ek, and Alek Oestreng.
September 25: Freestyle (Zurich), CHE at Cocuna with Andreas Wiig, John Jackson, Nic Sauve, Daniel Ek, and Alek Oestreng.
September 27: Lyon, FRA at Le Voxx Bar with Andreas Wiig, John Jackson, Nic Sauve, Daniel Ek, and Alek Oestreng.
September 28: Barcelona, ESP at Club Mondo with Andreas Wiig, John Jackson, Nic Sauve, Daniel Ek, and Alek Oestreng.
September 30: London, GBR at The Grand Union Bar with Andreas Wiig, John Jackson, Nic Sauve, Daniel Ek, and Alek Oestreng.
October 1: Amsterdam, NLD at the Winston Kingdom with Andreas Wiig, John Jackson, Nic Sauve, Daniel Ek, and Alek Oestreng.
October 2: Munich, DEU at Puerto Giesing with Andreas Wiig, John Jackson, Nic Sauve, Daniel Ek, and Alek Oestreng.