Best Summer Ever: YoBeat Cribs

Government Camp, Oregon is a summer snowboard destination for most of the world. However, not everyone can get their parents to buy them a camp session or get their own condo with a private coach. Camp jobs are few and far between so Dakota Whitaker demonstrates on how to make it happen with little money at Mt Hood by giving you a tour of his abandoned cabin, riding the park at Windells with his friends, and skating up a storm.


Texts with Niko: Weed and Cigs

Welcome to texts with Niko, our new column in which we get the answers to life’s pressing questions from Niko Cioffi via text message. As Niko is arguably the fastest texter in the west and the most successful Gremlin, he seems perfect for answering questions about just about anything, whenever we have them. The warning we gave him was this: we’ll text you whenever we have a question, and you have to send a selfie of whatever you’re doing at that moment. You have to answer right away, and we’ll post the whole conversation here so everyone can share in our new-found knowledge.


This week, we decided to ask Niko about smoking stuff, and it happened to be while he was driving. (warning: don’t text and drive, Niko is a professional)



So there you have it, we ask, Niko answers.  If you have any topics, questions, life advice or anything else you need from Niko, holler.

Strap’d Up Video Magazine: Issue 5

Produced By: Matt Inglis and Jeremy Landy

Filmed and Edited By: Jeremy LandyArnette
Eli Olson-Crewzin Waterville
Zach Lefter- GBP Commercial
Brooks Karchner-Young Gun
Russel Lee-Party Snake
Ryan Allaire -Music Skate Edit


Win $250 in Niko Cioffi’s Best Front 5 Contest


Strap’d up is doing it again. Got a mean front 5? Win yo’ self some cash. Click the image for more!


Here are the actual negotiations that went into this post.


Niko Cioffi’s Online Part

We know you can’t get enough Niko (or at least we can’t) so here’s a part that isn’t from Refried Batch or Gremlinz 2. It is yet ANOTHER part he put together.

Gremlinz We Out Here Presents: Kauai Vacation

This is what your life would be like if Pat Moore and Niko Cioffi were your inlaws.

Niko Cioffi’s On JSLV

Niko Cioffi is the newest edition to the JSLV squad, who apparently packs and ships all its own gear! To welcome him to the team, JSLV dropped this edit and also has an “exclusive” interview on its site where Niko answers such pressing questions as:

Gambling, why is it so addictive?
Haha making money that quick is the best. But when you lose 3 grand in a month u know u got a problem. But I’m back now so it’s all good.

Congrats on the new free stuff Niko. Don’t put it all on black. Check out the whole interview here.

GBP Throw Back: Niko and Gooner

Really feeling nostalgic today. Good thing GBP just re-dropped this classic featuring Lucas Magoon and Niko Cioffi from 2005. Dude, snowboarding was so much better five-seven years ago.

Vacation Week: Vacation Do’s and Don’ts

After my recent vacation, I realized, this is living! So, when the crew at Forum suggested taking Yobeat on Vacation in preparation for its North American tour, we said, hell yeah! Break out your flip flops, crack a cold one, and get ready to have a damn good time. First up, we present a few travel tips from the Forum team’s recent trip to Cabo to help you prepare. Check em all out, cause your chance to win goodies from Forum Snowboards is at the end…

Don’t: Turn your back on the ocean. Nothing will ruin your vacation like getting swept out to sea, especially when you’re a snowboard type with a scrawny upper body and minimal swimming skills.

Do: Protect your eyes and your pasty ginger skin from the sun. Goggles aren’t just for snowboarding, ya know. Alek Oestreng.

Do: Take advantage of the various activities with friends. That way, You both look ridiculous and no one drowns! Jake Welch and Nic Sauve.

Do: Take lots of pictures! You’ll wanna remember your memories, forever. Peter Line and Austen Sweetin.

Don’t: Forget sunscreen. Stevie Bell.

Do: Assure you have proper flotation devices, at all times.

Don’t: Leave your friend you buried with an empty drink. That’s just mean. Niko Cioffi and Daniel Ek.

Do: Take advantage of your sweet air awareness skills from snowboarding to do fancy flips into the water. The ladies will love it.

Don’t: Wear your T-shirt when you’re surfing. Unless of course you’re trying to distract people from how bad you are, but seriously, are you the fat kid in gym class?

Do: Indulge in the local spirits and have fun with your friends. Duh.

OK, so we’re not actually going to send you on a vacation, but we do wanna hook you up with sweet Vacation gear all week. Today we’ve got a package including a Forum Werdmark Tee Mojo Hat, as well as other goodies and winning is easy! Click here for all the details and check back every day this week for a new giveaway.

Vacation Week is brought to you by Vacation, the new team film from Forum, Special Blend and Foursquare, premiering Sept. 28th in Huntington Beach, CA. Click on over to for the full North American tour schedule and teaser.

Arnette Stacks its own Crew

Not only are they sponsoring pretty much the coolest contest we’ve ever done on the site, but the crew at Arnette has also found time to built up its own team. And no, this is not their official entry into the Crew Clash, but it does have some heavy moves from the new kids on the team.

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Meet: Green Bandit Productions

Thought we might be done with this film crew profiles, now that the full movies are dropping left and right, but in true Rutland fashion, Niko and the boys at GBP finally gave us the dirt on the crew and their new movie. You think you know Rutland, but you have no idea.

Location: Rutland/Tahoe
Riders: Niko, Lucas, Matt, Ryan, Peter, Shane, Caked, Dave, Dylan, Tyler, Sawyer and everyone else who gets shots
Filmer/Editor: Zach Lefter

YoBeat: Explain something for me: what’s GBP and what’s Gremlinz? Is there is a difference? Am I just retarded?

Niko: GBP is just our production name i guess(Green Bandit Productions) and Gremlinz is more like us and the name of our next movie.

This will be the 3rd movie right? So is it gonna be in 3d?

Yeah, of course

The Gremlinz moved to Tahoe this year, how will that effect the movie?

We’ve been in the mix for years, slowly growing in numbers. Now you can expect more pow shots, but we haven’t been doin’ as much filming as we should. It’s hard to survive with no money in Cali, but I would say it turned out good.

Will there still be plenty of Rutland antics?

Yeah, that’s the best stuff there will always be antics still tryin’ to get some more party and fights shots to round the movie out.

How many things get lit on fire?

Thousands of moles

What else can the people expect from the movie?

To be entertained and there is always more to it than you see the first time around. Zach’s nice with it. We’ll be putting out a short teaser slash movie this year like in a month or whenever we feel it, then next year the official GremlinZ movie will be out.

Just out of curiosity, who from Rutland actually has their shit together enough to make this happen?

If someone had their shit together a lot more would be happening.

Who do you think will have the best stunts in the movie?

Shane got his shit together a little more than usually this year (didn’t live with the pack) and it helped him get upside down twice several different ways.

What do you think makes a snowboard video good?

Everything, but snowboarding lifeys, fights, parties, sorta like the old Whiskey videos.

Who influences you guys?

A lot of people do. People who snowboard and people who don’t, just people who are living right. sababa

Filming/editing set up?

Zach’s got a HD and a office set up with this big flatscreen thanks to our homie db, the boys didn’t get everything.

When will Gremlinz drop and where can people see it?

Who knows. It will be online, that’s for sure and there is always the Rutland premiere during Christmas break. Get wit it. We have a new website in the works that will be dropping sooner then later right now if you want information on our Gremlin activities peep our facebook page. Rutland all day everyday.

Hump Day Goes Back to Rutland with Niko Cioffi


Brooding. Photo Tim Peare

Who is Niko Cioffi, other than a grammatical nightmare that almost crashed the spell checker on my laptop? Well, he’s a dirty, stinky, dread-locked disaster, but he also has one of the best work ethics of any young shredder out there, and the video parts to prove it. He loves people-watching, his dad’s Italian food, skateboarding, but most of all, he loves the East Coast. As a New England-born, west-coast transplant myself, I just can’t quite grasp the concept, but maybe that’s just because I didn’t grow up in Rutland… — Jim Ferrigno

JF: A lot of people think you moved out west after high school, but according to your facebook you graduated from North Tahoe in ’08. What’s up with that?

NC: I actually didn’t go there, I’m not sure why it says that. I graduated from this special school in Rutland called Success. I went to school in the summer instead of the winter, it was sick.

Oh, did you take the short bus to your “special school”?

Haha, no bus. I walked or drove when I had a car. But we did have cig breaks every 30 minutes and it was for 2 hours a day. My graduating class was only 2 people and I was an honor student for the first time in my life…don’t judge me.


Rail sliding to the great white north of Rutland. photo: Tim Peare

Were you studious? Or did you spend your school days daydreaming about double-kinks?

I have no clue what studious means… I didn’t daydream in school, I would actually just sleep through it. I hated it a lot.

Tell me about life in the Rut.

I love Rutland almost too much. A typical day for me is wake up around 2 to 4 pm, instantly go get Iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts and go to Bagel Cafe for a breakfast sandwich. Then I‘ll hang around my yard, wait for dinner. My dad makes the best Italian food ever. Then I go skate at our new park, which is sick. Then nocturnal life begins. Walgreens is open 24/7, so I usually hang out there for a while and people watch. That’s an average Rutland day


Rut-Vegas Style! Photo: Tim Peare

As a former east-coaster myself, I have to ask, why so proud?

Gotta know where you come from. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the East Coast.

So everybody says the best part about coming out west is the transition from riding ice to riding pow, but that’s just the played-out snowboarding answer. What do you REALLY like best about the west?

Good weed in Cali. I don’t really smoke that much anymore, but that’s a definite plus. Casinos, I love Reno, and the never ending party, and black jack come-ups all night. Good sushi…

What was your favorite shred flick back in high school?

Any Iron Curtain movie, those were so sick. I wish I still had copies of those. The first Grenade movie, Kyle Clancy’s part was my favorite then. Video Gangs is classic.


You know, just chillin’ with his friends. Photo: Tim Peare

How did you manage to hook up with the FORUM crew?

Basically, my good friend Lucas Magoon got on. Then, I don’t really know exactly how but, I synced up with him shortly after… Thank you Lucas!

What was it like suddenly being on the same team as legends like Peter Line, Pat Moore; and following in the footsteps of former FORUM-ers like JP Walker?

Well, first off, fuck JP. He denied the come-up on me for a while, but it’s all good now. It must have been fate, but he’s a hater. But Peter and Pat, man, I couldn’t believe that shit. They were both in the movies I would watch everyday, several times. It’s a dream come true. I’m blessed.

What was your most intimidating day filming for FOREVER?

The first day was intimidating. It was a flat-rail to a huge drop down onto a snow bank. My first couple of tries I landed shitty. One time I rode out and smashed a $500 light. I felt so bad.


Pennsylvania is like Rutland, except not at all. Photo: Tim Peare

Did you ever think “maybe I’m in over my head”?

Yeah, all the time, but the best feeling ever is overcoming those feelings. You can’t be a pussy in the streets, but you also can’t be all roids-out. You’ve got to be on the thin line between.

Worst bail of the season?

In the new F’ it teaser, when I do the gap to switch front board, that took 2 days. I hit my head twice, really hard, probably got minor concussions.


Too bad Nico isn’t bigger or he could ride a board that said “sex.” Photo Tim Peare

What can we expect to see in Gremlins 3?

Hopefully more fighting and wild shit. More skating too, Tyler Lynch is on point.

Will you guys keep that name now that rumors of an actual “Gremlins 3: 3D” are floating around?

I think we’re gonna call it “Gremlinz 3” with the z, so it’ll be all good. I really hope they come out with a 3-D version, that’d be sick.

Have you ever thought “maybe I should take a shower and get a haircut?”

I actually just got a hair cut today, and got some new rattails!! And they washed my hair and combed out my gross dreads so I’m all fresh now!


Tree hugger. Photo: Binky

Now that Tahoe chewed you up and spit you out (in a financial sense), and you’re back east, any ideas which run-down Vermont flop house you’ll be calling home next winter?

I had a place in Tahoe all winter with my fellow Gremlins, but I just had to get back to the Rutland for the summer. Soo nice and green, I love this place

What are your plans for this summer?

Getting roids-out at the gym, training on my flat-ground game. Mingle with some weird Rutland people. And possibly end up in Hood for a little summer shredding.


Far from the Rut. Photo: Tim Peare

Teasing Forever with Niko and Cam

This just in, Forum doesn’t think we’re cool enough to get the heads up when these teasers launch anymore. But screw them, cause once it’s on Vimeo, it’s anyone’s for the taking, so here’s the latest installment with Niko Cioffi and Cam Pierce. Read more