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The Mile High 2016

The Mile High presented by Carlton Dry at Perisher came to an end yesterday in spectacular fashion. The weather cleared with perfect timing and the semis and finals went ahead as planned. The course built by the Perisher Parks team was incredibly creative, with a halfpipe hit at the top and two separate rail and jump lines. In the women’s division, 16-year-old Hailey Langland finished on top, with Katie Ormerod in second place, and Miyabi Onitsuka in third. In the men’s division, Sven Thorgren was triumphant, with Marcus Kleveland in second place, and Seppe Smits in third.

Video: Boardworld
Film/Edit: Marcus Skin, Film: Jakob Kennedy, Max Ebejer

2016 Vans Hi-Standard Snow Series World Tour

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Vans is kicking off 2016 with the return of the Vans Hi-Standard Series, an international contest series inviting snowboarders to showcase pure style in a thrilling jam format. Touring across the US, Canada, China, Korea and France, the Vans Hi-Standard Series will feature an original big air format where riders are judged by individual style only, with no rotations over 720 allowed.

Starting on January 16th at Mount St-Louis, Ontario Canada, riders will compete in a unique exhibition of style and creativity. The Hi-Standard Series will award over $60K in cash prizes and challenge riders to push their imaginations with innovative tricks. The “Van Doren Rail Best Trick” offers cash on the spot for the most inventive maneuvers. Vans will also reward and name an MVP, a Most Improved Rider and a Worst Bail for each stop of the tour. With nothing beyond a 720 allowed, only the most creative competitors will be considered for the billing.

Additionally, Vans will present a House of Vans workshop, inviting spectators and family members to customize their own pair of Vans alongside an artist from each city. Fans and competitors can also expect to see familiar faces from the global Vans Snow team throughout the tour. Now is your chance to stand out—style is everything!

Official dates for the 2016 US Vans Hi-Standard Series
(See flyer attached)

January 16 – Mount St. Louis, Ontario, Canada
January 23 – Le Relais, Quebec, Canada
January 30 – Phoenix Park, GW, Korea
January 30 – Mellow Parks, Beijing, China
February 6 – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, United States
February 13 – Mountain Creek, New Jersey, United States
February 20 – Chamrousse, 38, France
February 20 – Norquay, Alberta, Canada
February 27 – Park City, Utah, United States
March 12 – Mt. Seymour, British Columbia, Canada
March 19 – Sierra-at-Tahoe, California, United States
June 20 – Mt. Hood, Oregon, United States
July 15 – Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Shaun White and Darcy Sharpe Win the Dew

Apparently the Dew Tour is still a thing. Who knew? We’re off galavanting at Dirksen Derby in Bend, OR this weekend, but we’ve got some PR photos fro your viewing pleasure.

Shaun White was back in the pipe taking the win. Darcy Sharpe won the streetstyle event in Downtown Breck. Nial Romanek took the best trick on the streetstyle course. And Anna Gasser won Women’s Slopestyle. Men’s Slopestyle finals go down Sunday and we can’t wait to hear who wins.

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Shaun White in black.

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OMG straight to Instagram #Shaunsgoateeissodreamy

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Dylan Alito, second place in “streetstyle.”

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Nial Romanek won best trick with a switch nose press to switch backside 180. 

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Anna Gasser took the women’s slopestyle win. 

Vans Hi-Standard Snow Series World Tour

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Vans proudly kicks off 2015 with the Vans Hi-Standard Series, an international contest series inviting snowboarders from around to the world to exhibit pure style and creativity in an exciting jam format. Touring across the US, Canada, China and Austria, the Vans Hi-Standard Series will feature an original big air format where riders are judged by individual style only, with no rotations over 720 allowed.

Beginning January 17 in Ontario, Canada, riders will compete in a special exhibition of style and originality. The Hi-Standard Series will award over $60K in cash prizes and challenge riders with the “Van Doren Rail Best Trick”, offering cash on the spot for the most inventive maneuvers. With nothing over a 720 allowed, only the most creative competitors will be considered for the top three billing. Vans will also present the Vans Custom Culture design workshop featuring a local artist from each city, inviting spectators to design their own pair of Vans. Fans and competitors can expect to see familiar faces from Vans Snow team, including Zac Marben, Darrell Mathes, Jake Kuzyk, and more!

Official dates for the 2015 US Vans Hi-Standard Series
(See flyer attached)

January 17- Mount St. Louis, Ontario, Canada
January 24 – Le Relais, Quebec, Canada
January 31 – Park City, Utah, United States
February 7 – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, United States
February 7 – Mellow Parks, Beijing, China
February 14 – Norquay, Alberta, Canada
March 7 – Mountain Creek, New Jersey, United States
March 7 – Mt. Seymour, British Columbia, Canada
March 21 – Vans Penken Park, Mayrhofen, Austria
TBD – Final Stop, California, United States

Emil Ulsletten Wins Air and Style Bejing

Shaun Blanco’s Air and Style happened in China this past weekend and if you missed it you are probably less dizzy than if you tried to watch the livecast. In short, it was a whole lotta triples and Norwegians dominated the podium. Our cohorts at Pyramid Mag were not there, but they did interview the rider who’s triple was deemed the best, Emil Ulsletten and got his insight on winning, gaining followers and the contest scene in general.

From the outside looking in, there are a lot of different contests in the sport, are there too many? What changes would you like to see?
Right now there are a lot of contests and I think there could be fewer. But that’s not the biggest problem, the biggest problem this year is that I feel like none of the organisers speak to each other. It’s Air and Style in Innsbruck, then over to X-games, then back to BEO in Laax, then Grand Prix Mammoth and all of that is in 1 month. So there will be a lot of traveling back and forth from Europe to America and back.

So a tour that is better planned would be great. I know that these changes are happenin though , so I guess we just have to be patient.

Read the whole interview here.

This Week in Competitive Snowboarding

While most people in the US were attempting to remaster their box moves on various preseason parks, the global contest scene kicked off this past weekend. With $47k up for grabs, here’s what it takes to top the global podium these days.

Burton Rail Days – Tokyo

2014 Burton Rail Days presented by MINI: Final Results

1st: Zach Aller (CAN) – $15,000
2nd: Jaeger Bailey (USA) – $6,000
3rd: Yuma Abe (JPN) – $3,000

Best Air Trick: Frank April (CAN) – $1,000
Best Wall Trick: Reo Takahashi (JPN) – $1,000
Best Rail Trick: Benny Milam (USA) – $1,000

O’Neill Pleasure Jam – Superpark Dachstein

Results

Men

1 Beauchemin Eric
2 Sobolev Alexey
3 Tonteri Roope
4 Boesiger Jonas
5 De Buck Sebbe
6 Coultas Rowan
7 Weissenbacher Mathias
8 Millauer Clemens

Women

1 Gasser Anna
2 Könz Elena
3 Nisula Kristiina
4 Gyarmati Anna

Videogames 2013 Registration is Open!

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X-­MAS Special Edit Event;
$1k for Skate, and $1k for BMX
X-­MAS Open entry closes Dec 15th
X-­MAS Voting Open from Dec 15th — Dec23rd X-­MAS Skate and BMX announced on Christmas Day

On Mountain Events
January 26th — Wachusett, MA
February 9th — Loon Mtn, NH
March 2nd — Sunday River, ME
March 23rd — Okemo Mtn, VT

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Hump Day Competes with Chas Guldemond

Hate him or love him you cannot deny that Chas is one of the best contest riders out there today. Yeah he’s a buzzard, rides for an energy drink for a board sponsor and doesn’t have some “cool” image, but he is just being who he is. He’s a nice guy and is trying to make a buck so he can keep snowboarding, just like everybody else. His thing might not be your thing, but who really cares? Different strokes for different folks, you can’t argue with that.

Is there a difference between being a good rider and being a good contest rider?

I like all areas of snowboarding whether it be shredding for fun, filming a video part or doing contests. Doing contests is just something I love. I’ve been doing it since I was very young and it takes a lot of mental strength to go to a contest — get your ass kicked and go to one a week later and still have the confidence to say, Ok I can win this. It’s a whole different game than filming a video part or shooting a photo. It really excites me and there is no better feeling than landing the run you wanted to land, when you wanted to land it. And winning on top of that is pretty amazing.

Yeah and a great way to make money if you’re able to do it, right?

Yeah for sure. I don’t ever compete for the money. My ultimate high is landing a run and ending up on top of the podium, the money is just a bonus. When you look back at it all and you’re like, wow I won a lot of money; you realize how hard you worked your whole career to be able to put yourself in that position.

How did your contest season go?

I won pretty much every contest that I had my filmer there for, which is kind of weird. I had a really good contest season. It started with a third place at the Breck Dew Tour and then [I] went to Germany and won this big air contest. [I] broke my nose and my wrist and went on to win the contest three hours later.

Jesus, what happened?

I gapped out to this rail, slipped off and jammed my face and wrist into the ground. You should have seen my nose — it was the size of an apple. That was quite an experience. Then I got third at the European Open, which was about a week later. I came home and did a couple more Dew Tours and did all right in the middle of the season and then everything picked up at the Snowbasin Dew Tour- I got fourth and was riding really well. After that I just starting winning, I won the Arctic Challenge, which was a life long goal for me, it was probably one of the coolest wins I’ve ever had. It was huge.

Congratulations. That is pretty sick.

I went straight from there to Japan and did the Toyota Big Air in Sapporo, Japan. I went into a head to head battle with Mark McMorris, Seb, and Peetu- it was kind of crazy. I ended up winning that as well. After that I went to the Grand Prix in Mammoth, ended up winning that one as well. Then went straight from there to the US Open at Stratton, which is one of my favorite all time events and got third. I finished off the season with a first at European X-games. It was definitely the best competitive season I’ve had in my life.

Why does the Arctic Challenge stand apart from other contests?

The Arctic Challenge, Terje’s event, is run by snowboarders and has been going on for a long time. It has a lot of history. This year the slope course was super sick and all the best riders were competing. It was just a battle, it was a battle between me and Tyler Flannigan. I ended up on top and it was an amazing feeling. I love Norway, it was sick, it was real sick.

Speaking of contests, I take it you’re going for a spot in the Olympics? What’s going on with W(e) A(are) S(nowboarding)?

Oh man, right now its kind of jumble. Ever since they announced that slopestyle is going to be in the Olympics there’s been a whole lot of politics going on. Who is going to run the events and how [the events] are going to be run. FIS is really strong on trying to take that whole thing over. TTR and FIS have formed a task force, which I am on and I’ve gotten on the TTR board of directors and a calendar committee, so I’m working really hard to give that part of the industry a rider input. I started to give the riders a voice in all that, so everything kind of forming together- the task force, TTR, WAS, we’re all working together to make a healthy contest schedule for the riders and make a positive influence on the sport. Snowboarding is ours and we’re trying to keep it that way. We’re working really hard to keep things good for the riders and have control of our own sport.

At least 600 revolutions. Photo courtesy Chas.

With snowboarding becoming so popular is it us again them, them being FIS?

It’s really hard and there are a lot of politics involved. If we just sit there and watch it happen it won’t be authentic. We’re working really hard to protect the integrity of [snowboarding]. We’ve built slopestyle and halfpipe as a sport and we’re trying to have our events be the qualifiers for the Olympics, not some newly formed World Cup event that has no credibility in our industry. I’m just going to keep working at it, all I can do is try my best and that is what I am doing.

What’s been the hardest part of the process?

The hardest part for me was dealing with a lot of uneducated snowboarders on this subject. They don’t know where they can help and they don’t know how to help so it’s a battle you know. We work really hard to educate these kids and make them realize how important it is to voice your opinion and stand up for snowboarding. Also dealing with FIS and all their rules and politics.

Who will be on the men’s and women’s Olympics slope team?

If the Olympics were this year the US team would probably be Willett, Sage, Tyler and myself. As for other countries you’d see Seb, Mark, Gjermund, Seppe, and Torstein. Ladies would be Jamie, Spencer, Jenny, Possum, Silje. It is a ways away so who knows what the game will be like in another two years.

What is the progression in men’s slopestyle like right now?

I can tell you that triple corks are a reality even though it sounds like a video game. It’s a full-blown reality. I’m 24 and I haven’t done one yet [but] I know I have to learn one. You’ll probably see a triple cork in an Olympics slopestyle run. Everybody and their Grandmother is out there jumping into airbags and training hard to become the best slopestyle rider. The game is really stacked with a bunch of riders that are hungry.

Triple corks eh? You also have a pretty mean method.

Yeah I got third at the X-games method contest.

Media blitz!

What do you say to all the people who hate on that type of progression?

Don’t hate because you ain’t me. When people are hard on the contest riders you can always say that. We’re just doing what we love and if you love to be a gypsy and ride rails or hate on people on the internet- more power to ya. We’re doing what we love and that’s all that matters. We’re all trying to make a living, have fun and be good people. I don’t see why people go out of their way to be negative and hate. That is the reason why I don’t let it get to me.

Speaking of, top ten most hated snowboarder?

It disappoints me that [someone] would write an article like that bringing negativity to a sport that is so positive and fun. It’s really not needed. And the people that support it and post it all over the internet- that is just spreading hate and negativity. People don’t know what I’ve been through and my story unless they really know me. To talk about me in that way, it’s disappointing but I am just going to keep doing me, snowboarding for the love of it and keeping it positive.

People came out of the woodwork to defend you in the comment board.

I’m definitely really stoked on the fans that support me. I have a lot of love for the people who are cheering me on at contests, want what is best for me and the sport and defend me. I am really appreciative for all those people.

What is the dynamic of the contest scene like?

I have a lot of fun with it. I’m one of the oldest guys in the crew so I feel it’s my job to give guys like Sage, Flannigan, Mark and Seb shit, be hard on them and kind of be the older brother. [I] just mess with them, we joke around and have a good time.

Tell me about riding for an energy drink sponsor for boards.

Well I can explain my situation and how it all happened. In November of 2008, the year after I won the World Tour, the US Open and filmed a three-minute video part with Standard Films, about four days before I was about to resign with DC they said they weren’t going to resign me. I had two mortgages and you know, no income coming in from my main sponsor. I was definitely in a situation and it was a really hard time in my life. The economy had just shit the bed and Rockstar proposed the idea of giving me a board deal. I was like, you know what, I am going to go with the people who have my back. So that is what we did. We designed a board and it’s the best board that I’ve ever ridden. Rockstar has had my back and supported me fully; they take really good care of me so I am really psyched to be part of that program. I am really happy where I’m at. It was a tough decision at the time, but at this point I am stoked I made that call. I am appreciative of my sponsors that stood by me and thanks to Rockstar for having my back.

Did DC have an explanation for that?

I feel like DC wanted me to be someone I wasn’t and it is sweet to be with sponsors that let me be myself. I’m just living life, being gracious, thankful and riding as hard as I can. I have a great group of sponsors behind me so I am going to run with it and make a positive influence on the sport.

Who are your sponsors now?

Rockstar Energy Drink, Under Armour, Electric Eyewear, Neff, Kicker Audio, Northstar at Tahoe and Eternalsnow.com

How’s married life?

It’s good, we’ve been really busy but we’re having a lot of fun this summer.

What’s in store for next season?

I’m going to have a packed contest schedule as always. I’m filming with Standard again, so that’s the plan. No webisodes next year- just trying to film a video part, do a bunch of contests and have fun.

What sort of impact do you want to leave on snowboarding?

I just want to make a positive impact on the sport. I was a delinquent when I was a teenager and snowboarding and skateboarding was my energy outlet, it was my drug. I followed my dreams and became who I am today. I want to show kids that if you have a dream you can accomplish it no matter what the circumstances or what the industry or world throws at you- you can power through it. I want to be the Rocky of snowboarding. It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.

Holy shit.

That’s my favorite line.