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TBT: Jeff Brushie’s Revenge

Jeff Brushie is arguably one of the all time greats of snowboarding. He rode with a style years ahead of his time, pushed the levels of halfpipe riding to new heights, and one was on the first snowboarders to leave Burton by his own will. Who can blame him, when he was alledgedly offered a three-year, six-figure contract from Ride!

In the mid 90s, if you didn’t ride Terje’s board you rode Brushie’s, and these days a ’93 Burton Brushie 157 (with the trout on it) will fetch you a pretty penny online. With his token dreadlocks and ability to bone out tricks like no other, Jeff secured his place in snowboard history before Yobeat was even an idea. But in 1997, as Brushie’s career was shifting to a more “adult” status, we went to a American Snowboard Tour stop at Sugarbush to do some coverage. The conditions sucked, and no one could ride for shit, and Brushie, despite barely making it over the lip managed to land on the podium. My report included a line to the effect of “Jeff Brushie is still getting sympathy points from the judges because he’s old, fat, and washed up.” This was meant to be totally tounge-in-cheek, but of course when you’re a pro snowboarder in the golden hour of your career, and you just dealt with a 90s halfpipe full of snow where you were excepted to perform, it’s definitely the last thing you’d like to read about yourself. These are things that a 15-year-old with a website doesn’t think about, of course.

It wouldn’t have mattered, but in addition to being into snowboarding, Jeff was an internet early adopter and actually participated in the same AOL chatroom Yobeat got its start. His email was on the list I’d send a note to every time we dropped a new issue of Yobeat and accordingly he read this long-ago-deleted post and took to his keyboard in all caps. The rest, well, is history.

See the full issue of Yobeat this was featured in here. 

Jeff Brushie and the VTSP Inducted to the Snowboard Hall of Fame

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Yes, the snowboarding hall of fame is a thing at the VT Ski and Snowboard museum. To me, this begs the question, are there any Mysteries at this museum and when will Don Wilder solve them, but most importantly, they’re having a party.

 

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum celebrates Jeff Brushie and the VTSP with the opening of an all new exhibit and Vermont Snowboarding Hall of Fame inductions.

In 1985 a group of High School kids from Northern Vermont saw advertisements for snowboards in their BMX and skateboarding magazines and soon started schussing the sled hills of the Champlain Valley standing sideways. Once resorts began opening their doors to riders this pastime transitioned into a lifestyle and a brotherhood was born. The VTSP became renowned for their technical skills and new school style.

While most all original members of the crew which included Cole Bouchett, Josh Brownlee, Matt Lawrence, Greg Manning, and Kris Swierz went on to enjoy success at various levels in professional snowboarding, it was Jeff Brushie who took his style and skills to a whole new level of global recognition. The influence that Jeff and the VTSP had on snowboarding changed the way we were riding on east coast forever and continues to inspire countless snowboarders.

For more info or to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/152067881670293/

Hump Day Uncensored: Danny Kass Interviews Brooke Geery

Since he puts the DK in DK Zoom, it seemed appropriate we interview Danny Kass right about now. But let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. After two weeks of phone calls, ichats, emails and @ replies, I finally tracked down Danny in Orlando, FL. Even then he didn’t want to sit down for an interview. Instead, he turned the tables interviewed me about such hot button topics as YoBeat and taking dude’s virginity. Eventually we got some dirt on him, and some solid life advice from an old dude that worked at the trade show. Don’t worry, if you don’t care what I or Danny have to say, there were plenty of blonds hanging out in the Grenade booth so you can just check them out in the background.

Video by Patrick Wieland

YoBeat Loves Jeff Brushie!

Even after this. So we figured we’d link to the VBS Saga now that all four parts are live!

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

PART 4