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Too Hard: Yas Quain Teaser

In light of the currently #metoo discussion we bring you the latest teaser from Too Hard.

Featuring: A bunch of bad bitches who are gonna do what they want, despite the fact they don’t get paid, get told they suck over and over on the Internet, and cool guy’d out of spots and are referred to in high level snowboarding marketing meetings as “unmarketable” over and over and over.

Yas Bitch – these chicks fucking rip. 

Subscribe and follow along all season on the Too Hard Youtube. 

Foren – Intro to Tahoe

A video series from Vernoiqi Hansen, traveling and highlighting some of the badass women of snowboarding. In this episode she introduces you to the ladies of Tahoe.

Brighton Femme Part Deux

And since we didn’t post part one yet, here’s that too!

Featuring : Jill Perkins, Taylor Elliot, Kendel Elliot, Sam Kolesky, Nirvana Ortanez, Mary Rand, Corinne Pasela, Danika Duffy, Madison Blackley, and Laura Rogoski

Shot + Edit : Pat Sarnacki
Femme Design : Alec Aja

Too Hard: We on. Winter 2016 <3

Boarding 4 the $ in BC, Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City, Copper Mt by:

Danyale Patterson
Morgan Lynne
Fancy Rutherford
Christine Savage
Madison Blackley
Maria Thomsen
Darrah Reid mc LEAN

 

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Too Hard – It’s Lit FULL MOVIE

Despite your votes for the name “Tuff Muffs” the ladies of Too Hard present their 4th effort: It’s Lit!

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Danyale Patterson
Corinne Pasela
Madison Blackley
Fancy Rutherford
Morgan Lynne Anderson
Maria Thomsen
Dina Treland
Maria Hilde
Mary Luggen
Desronique “Vero” Verosiers
Marjorie Couturier
Joanie Robichaud
Kayli Hendricks
Jill Perkins

 

#stinkyfamily: The Girls ’15 Edit

een and unseen shots of Fancy Rutherford, Elena Graglia and Melissa Evans from the past winter.

The 2014/15 Trend Report

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As the winter of 2014-15 draws to a close, we would like to immortalize our favorite part of snowboarding: the trends. With the ever-rising influence of the Internet, things come and go so quickly sometimes it can be hard to keep up, but if you were a radical dude or dudette in 2015, you were probably guilty of, or in attendance at, at least a few of the following:

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Banked Slaloms/DIY events: Holy shit there were so many of these things it was hard to keep em straight. Even though Smash Life at Alpental and the Legendary Baker Banked didn’t happen due to lack of snow, there were no shortage of places to prove you were the fastest boarder. Colorado put itself back on the shred map with DIY events like the Slash and Burn banked slalom in Steamboat as well as the Love Games and Bull of the woods. Airblaster showed small can be fun with Board Games at Timberline and the Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge gets bigger every year.

2016 predictions: X Games adds banked slalom event where competitors must build the courses themselves. Nate Holland and Seth Wescott don speed suits, but a 17-year-old unknown wins the race switch. 

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Surf Style: Carving has officially made a comeback (though it really never left.) Gen x’ers are really psyched, because they can once again do the tricks people do in videos, and some of them probably still own hardboots. Along with the explosion of carves in video parts, more and more riders adopting the tuck knee stance of the days of old. Slashes for days, brah.

2016 predictions:  Gray Thompson and Eric Messier make the first all-surfing snowboard video.  

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Women: In case you haven’t heard, women are the fastest (only?) growing market in action sports. Well that means there are going to be more girls on the hill and making videos, so hopefully you’ve gotten all your “girls aren’t as good as guys” cracks out of the way.

2016 predictions: People stop calling it “women’s snowboarding,” and just refer to it as snowboarding. 

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Yoga: I guess people are doing this? I suppose being limber is a good thing. I come from the “you ever seen a cheetah stretch before it takes down a gazelle?” mentality shared with Woody Harrelson’s character in ‘Zombieland’

2016 predictions: Extra limber snowboarders invent a series of new contorted grabs bearing food names ie:grandma’s mashed potatoes

Powder boards: If you still haven’t picked up a pow shape you’re totally blowing it dude! Haven’t you noticed just about everyone is riding some weird pow-specific shape these days? Guess what, they work in more than just powder, and every time you look at that goofy thing under your feet you can’t help but smile.

2016 predictions: Park boards become obsolete, and pressing on a twin tip is deemed “pussy shit.”

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Instagram: Facebook is over. Real life interaction is over. Instagram likes and followers are all that matter. If you got rad and didn’t post it to Instagram, did you really get rad?

2016 predictions: Someone actually breaks the Internet by sticking the elusive cinco de corko. Everyone goes back to using flip phones.

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Snowboarding in street clothes: Whether it’s because you’re too broke to afford outerwear, it’s 80 every day at the mountain, or you just think it looks sweet, wearing frozen jeans will never actually be a good idea. That didn’t stop half the kids in the midwest from doing it anyway.

2016 predictions: Colorado medical centers are overrun with cases of hypothermia due to lack of circulation from riders in skinny jeans

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A resurgence of Old pros: Budgets are tightening and everyone is trying to figure out how to keep making enough money to snowboard (this shit ain’t cheap ya know.) Who can blame them? Still, their wisdom and real life experience may be just what the industry needed to get out of its slump.

2016 predictions: Damien Sanders makes a come back in hardboots sparking a freestyle revolution.

Coming Attractions: Full Moon with Leanne Pelosi

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Leanne Pelosi and pretty much every snowboard babe ever will be appearing in Full Moon coming this Fall. It’s an epic line-up of past, present and future rippers, lots of powder and if we’re lucky, a few good ass shots. We caught up with Leanne to get the dirt on this radical release and find out what one of our friendliest, most favoritest Canuck has been shredding on this year.

You guys set the internet abuzz with your infamous ass shot. Great way to launch a film. How did that full moon go down and was there any reluctance?

Ha! We didn’t launch the film like that! You’re just linking that up in your head. We actually just went on a hike up Whistler on one of the first pow days and we thought it was a good idea. No thought process behind anything, we were just having fun. I didn’t know that those pictures were going to be as popular as they were! Cheers to the snowboarder butt.

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Annie Boulanger, Helen Schettini, Jamie Anderson, Robin Van Gyn, Marie France Roy, Hana Beaman, Tara Dakides, Barrett Christy, Natasza Zurek and you all will be appearing in Full Moon. This is a heavy list of the world’s greatest professional female snowboarders. How did you did this once in a lifetime opportunity come about?

Yeah that is a super heavy list and the only way it came to be, was to believe it was going to happen. Over the years, our crew have become close friends and we wanted to do something to showcase the camaraderie between the generations of the past, present and future of snowboarding. If it wasn’t for the great pioneers of our time, we definitely wouldn’t be standing here right now, so we are going to do a little retrospective in the film. The best part about including the pioneers is that it gave me a chance to actually go visit them and interview them myself. I’ve only had the opportunity to visit Nat and Tara, but seeing them in their new chapter was equally inspiring.

Is the entire film dedicated to British Columbia or just your part and how has this made your life easier and possibly tougher?

I would have loved to do the entire film in our backyard, but this anomaly happened. The snow decided to go to Italy and Europe and not Whistler… so we had to chase it. This year was definitely extremely tough to travel to new spots and figure it out, especially filming on ski hills… but it was also one of the only years where I’ve been able to get to so many other places than just Whistler. It’s so easy to get stuck in Whistler because it’s so good. So this year was nice to check out some other locations. We had a great time at Mica Heli, Golden Alpine Holidays and Italy.

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If this is the case, have you given any thoughts to pursuing a Tim Horton’s sponsorship?

Haha…bring it on. I like Tim Hortons, but it’s not as good as Heart Coffee!

Do you believe in superstitions tied to full moons? Do you get weirder or go bigger on full moons?

Yes. We are witches who back in the day would be in synch with the moon’s 28 day cycle. Hahaha.

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With lack of snow plaguing the entire West Coast, how have you been getting creative this winter?

We are taking the time where we’d normally be filming to do some fun things like the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, “Intersection.” I had probably the best days of my season hanging and dressing up in costumes for this mockumentary we are working on. Even though we’re not shredding epic pow, we’re still out there and having fun.

There is a huge process that goes into releasing a video part, let alone an entire movie. What’s your favorite part of the process?

The best part is the filming part on a good day! You can count on one hand how many days you get like that, especially this season. And also the creative process behind some of the lifestyles, the look and feel of the project. We just got started, so we’re in the brainstorming phase right now and it’s really fun.

What’s surprised you the most this season?

The lack of snow in Whistler!

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When will Full Moon be released and what can we expect?

Fall 2016 and you can expect it to be a part-less video. It’s all about riding with friends, right? There is also going to be some stuff released this fall. A lot of cool mini projects surrounding it.

Vice’s Lady Shredders: Part 3

Things get heavy in the finale of Vice’s series on the lovely ladies of Too Hard.

The Most Badass Women in Snowboarding (Part 2)

Vice Sports goes deeper into the lives of the hardest chicks in snowboarding. Is it worth the concussions, hate and drama? Who knows, but they’re going for it anyway.

The Snowboarding Girls Club

There are a lot of positive messages for the youth in this video (male and female) and therefore we felt obligated to post it to make up for the Moonshine article and calling Lucas Magoon a role model earlier in the week. Chanelle put together a pretty impressive event for the leading ladies of competitve snowboarding – almost makes me wanna do contests. Can we make the jumps 90% smaller though?

Help Save the Jib Gurlz

Crowd sourcing may actually be the most annoying part of the Internet. I mean, how’s a person supposed to feel good about themselves and make ends meet with all these opportunies to support the cause popping up daily? But if you support only one snowboard video kickstarter project this season, let it be this one. Why? Because Danyale Patterson managed to make a legitmately funny video to go along with it, and while lots of people talk about “supporting women’s snowboarding” she’s making it happen. Or, in her words:

Will you be an angel for helpless jibgurlz? Every day, these girls are abused, beaten and neglected in the streets, and they’re crying out for help. Please, join the JGSF (Jib Gurl Support Fund) with a one time donation right now. you’ll help keep women’s snowboarding alive, and provide medical care, food, shelter and love. Join online in the next thirty minutes and you’ll receive a photo of an injured jibgurl. You can give them a second chance. Right now Too Hard needs you. Your support says ‘I’m here to help.’ Please click right now.”

So come on, you’re a rich white kid. Click on over and support the cause: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1425770607/too-hard-all-womens-snowboard-project

Hump Day Partyboats with Alexa McCarty

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McParty enjoying a Sam Adams in the dirt. photo: Lauren Rudin

Alexa is the real deal. I’m not sure if she’s oblivious to nonsense or just ignores it, but it’s a trait that allows her to focus on what’s important. While others are talking and obsessing over useless details, Alexa is making things happen. If you’ve ever been curious who these ‘bad bitches’ are that rap music often refers to, read on, because Alexa McCarty is a bad bitch. — Taylor Boyd

Accents don’t come through in type, so tell us where you’re from.

I’m from Chicago, Illinois, and I live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

For those who’ve never snowboarded in the Midwest, explain what it’s like there.

In the Midwest, you’re riding the shittiest conditions, all the time. But you’re just so passionate about it. I would drive three hours on average, every weekend, just to go snowboarding and then just count down the days all week until I got to go back the next weekend to ride the same shitty little hill. When you come out West it’s all there and in front of you, but in the Midwest you just have to have that passion for it.

After high school, you did what a lot of Midwest kids do and headed to Colorado.

Yeah, I made my escape from the Midwest and moved to Colorado. First, I tried to go to college. I went to CU Boulder and used it as an excuse to get out West. Then I quickly realized college was just getting in the way of snowboarding. So, I moved up to Breckenridge. I moved in with Dylan (Alito), Josh (Bishop), Kyle (Hay), Chris (Sypert), a bunch of Colorado loc’ dawgs. They pretty much raised me from birth. Our house was a complete shit show, there were broken windows, there was no heat. There were seven people in a two bedroom, everyone was pretty much 17 or 18. It was pretty much a bunch of teens getting wild. How do I word that better?

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Sometimes when girls start moving their snowboard in one direction, they have a hard time bringing it back the other way. Alexa defying stereotypes, and bringing it back to regular. photo: Ben Birk

Sounds good to me as is.

So, I lived with all those boys and I would attribute a lot of my… I would credit Dylan a lot as an influence on how I turned out, because he’s on a whole ‘nother level of not giving a fuck. He was pretty much my father more or less. A young 17 year old Dylan Alito was my father.

And after Breckenridge?

I realized I had to go to Salt Lake. It just seemed like the place to be. While I was living in Breck I took a trip there early season to ride Brighton and I decided, “Yep, this is where I’m goin’ next.” The following summer I got stranded in Oregon after a summer at Hood. Mia (Lambson) offered me a ride as far as Salt Lake. So, I got as far as Utah and decided to stay there. But it wasn’t until that first summer in Oregon that I fully realized that snowboarding was what I was gonna spend my time doing. I found the glitch in the matrix. I was like, “You can just be poor and snowboard all the time and have the happiest life? Why isn’t everyone doing this?” So then I just decided I was going to make that my life.

Is that when you became a jib gurl?

I think I’ve been a jib gurl at heart for years, but I’d say it wasn’t until last winter that I became a true jib gurl. I let a bunch of Alaskans take over my house and really my life in general. That’s when the jibbin’ really began.

Can you define term ‘jib gurl’?

A jib gurl is someone who tries their best but it’s just not quite good enough. Girls just wanna jib.

I like that definition. Tell us about the Alaskan house.

So, I got this house and Salt Lake happened to be having a great snow year, so all the jibbers were in town. First, Danyale moved in. Then (Brendon) Hupp, (Chris) Larson, (Chris) Brewster, and Scott Holland all ended up living at my house for the winter. Brewster was actually the one who coined the term ‘jib gurl’. Mike Mo pretty much lived there too. I don’t know how I’m not an Alaskan, those are my people. That house was all time. We laughed, we cried, we eventually got evicted.

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That ass. Photo: Ben Birk

You’ve got a good story from that house, so go ahead and tell it.

Ok, so we’re all partying and it’s getting late and Mike Mo gets a little too drunk to stay awake any longer and proceeds to fall asleep in the middle of the party, on the couch, with his shoes on. He’s just face down, passed out. And we’re like, well, this is our time, our time to paint Mike Mo’s face. So Danyale and I get out all this makeup and nail polish and we just cover him, make him look glamorous ya know? Somehow, by the luck of… the Irish or something, Danyale takes the camera out and just gets seven minutes of the best footage we’ve ever filmed. At one point he sort of woke up and went “fuck!” So, ya know, we move away, act like nothing’s going on. Then he fully wakes up, just pushes himself up from the couch with his head and flips over the living room table. There’s bongs, bowls of macaroni and cheese, beers, laptops, a camera. All this stuff just goes flying, the table breaks, then Mike Mo just stomps out of the house. No one could’ve seen this coming. This was just the most shocking thing. Mike Mo doesn’t return for awhile and everyone’s calmed down; we’ve all watched the footage over and over, just loving it. All of the sudden, the door just swings open and low and behold, it’s Mike Mo with a look of fury in his eye. He just immediately runs over to Danyale and starts screaming at her. No one’s in party mode anymore and Mike Mo is just in literal rage mode and is just screaming at her. So I had to intervene. I was just like “ Hey man, it was both of us, it’s okay, I’m sorry, it’s whatever.” And I tried to apologize. So when he realized I had some involvement, he goes, “You did this?!” He saw my bong and just picks it up with both hands, holds it above his head like it’s the fuckin’ Lion King and just lets it go, and it smashes on the ground into a million pieces, then proceeds to walk out the front door, not to be heard from again until the next day.

That is somethin’.

And that was actually how we got Mike Mo to film us. I told him he owed me for breaking my bong.

I’d say it worked out: a bong for a filmer. Was that you who was topless in the Too Hard teaser?

It may have been, but who’s to say for sure.

You went to Israel on a birthright trip. What was the most interesting thing about that experience?

Yeah, I got to go for free because of my Jewish heritage. I think the craziest thing is that in Israel you go into the military when you turn 18. They have to do that by law, but they also accept it as something reasonable because at any point in time their country could be under fire. They know that they would all be dead if they didn’t (join the military), so they just accept it. They have so much conviction and they’re so willing to put their life on the line for their country. There’s very few people in our country that are willing to do that. I think it’s pretty respectable to have that much pride in your country. And beside that, Israelis don’t give a fuck! They’re all just living in the now, they all carry guns, they say whatever they want whenever they want to, they drive fast, they party… a lot.

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It would be too easy to add a pun about wood and tail here. Alexa testing and pressing during Good Wood. Photo Ben Birk

Who has good style? Snowboarder or otherwise.

I literally watched Alex Stathis’s part from Givin 2 almost every single day last year before I’d leave the house. It was just a note to self on how to be better than I am. Other than that, Beyonce.

I know you have some stuff to say on the topic of women’s snowboarding, so I’m just going to let you take this wherever you’d like.

Alright, I’m just gonna get into the brass tacks of it. My three fundamental issues I see with women’s snowboarding:

First, I just don’t know if girls know how to ollie. I don’t know if they grasp the physics behind it. If everyone just stepped up their ollie game a little bit, it would be a lot easier for everyone.

The second issue I see is girls’ general knowledge of what’s relevant. I find that most girls just haven’t watched many video parts or even web edits. They just aren’t that knowledgeable of the sport. It’s like they just strapped on their snowboard and filmed some super mediocre park edit without any idea of where that fits into the larger picture. They just think, “This is snowboarding!” If you’re a snowboard nerd you know that shit’s just not okay. Then you have these oblivious girls just trying to “do them” and sometimes it doesn’t look good.

When doing you goes wrong.

Yeah, “When Doing You Goes Wrong: Girls’ Snowboarding Edition”

What’s the third issue?

I just don’t know if girls are doing it for the right reasons in general. I think a lot of girls need to have more fun snowboarding. If they had more fun, they would probably want to get better. Progressing is way more fun than sucking.

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What can you say? She has nice melons. Photo: Ben Birk

Makes sense to me. Let’s talk about last season.

Last season was my first season trying to film a part, I’d never really even hit handrails before and I was just completely inexperienced. Danyale pretty much taught me everything I know about that aspect of snowboarding. It was mostly just her and I honestly. We had to do some ridiculous stuff. We had to bribe so many people to go film for us or pull the bungee. We would literally give people… substances. We’d show them spots in exchange for them to help us. I don’t know how it even worked out at all. It was just complete chaos. When the movie actually came out, I don’t think people knew what to expect, because I’m pretty sure a lot of people just thought we were drunk for four months.

What’s it like filming with a crew of girls?

Filming with girls can be a mess. You go to a spot with guys and right away everyone’s shoveling, everyone’s doing work to get it all together, and then everyone just starts hitting it, then everyone gets their trick and leaves. With girls, you go to a spot and it’s like,

“Let’s shovel this lip this way.”

“No, it needs to be changed.”

“Let’s add snow to the landing for 30 more minutes.”

Then, the second someone falls, there’s so much crying involved. Basically, girls will cry and there’s just no way they’re that hurt. It just seems a little ridiculous at times.

I know you cry sometimes, all girls cry. Everyone cries.

Danyale makes me cry sometimes.

So is it the presence of tits or the presence of emotions that makes it harder for girls to be good at snowboarding?

It’s kind of like the age old question, does having a pussy make it harder not to be a pussy? Plenty of guys talk about how if they were girls they would be super sick boarders or whatever. I don’t know about all that. There’s a whole plethora of variables that aren’t being taken into account. There are all these emotions, differences in testosterone levels, voices in our heads, overall softness in general. I certainly feel like being a girl in a male dominated sport makes it more challenging. That being said, I’d never use being a girl as an excuse… unless it’s to a police officer and I’m trying to get out of trouble. I’m just a girl trying to snowboard, which pretty much makes me like a cat trying to swim.

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I don’t know what’s worse, having a dream catcher and furry dice in your car or on your skateboard. Alexa on the way from Truckee to Salt Lake via train. Photo: SKS

Are you the only female Knowbuddy?

As far as I know, I’m the only girl on the program. They even made me my own snowboard with a Knowbuddy graphic cause all the guys ones are… for guys. Burton is awesome. In terms of girls snowboarding, they have more support for us than any other company, in my opinion. I’m really hyped to be working with them.

It seems like riding for Burton has been a goal of yours for a while now.

Yeah, and lots of people over the past few years have been like, “You should probably stop trying to ride for them, they’re just way too big.” I just looked at it as a challenge I wanted to accept. I’m stoked on the program and with all the opportunities there, it just means I have to step up my shit. There’s really no other company I’d rather be riding for, honestly.

The Knowbuddy program seems to be pretty rail centric. Are you content staying in that realm?

Obviously, I’d eventually like to get to the point where I could just ride powder everyday. I mean, there’s nothing more fun that riding powder with your friends, but I’ve got a lot of work to before that happens.

Yeah, that’s the dream. By the time this is on the internet, you’ll be in Sweden.

Hide your kids, hide your wife! It’s my first rail trip ever and it’s to Sweden, so needless to say I’m really excited. I’ve even been trying to learn Swedish. It sounds like a mixture between Sean Connery and a Viking.

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Does that sweatshirt say ‘super gay’? photo: Amanda Hankison

And you’re going to meet up with some Eurobabes over there?

Yeah, we’re going to meet up with some other jib gurls and they’re going to show us the ropes in Scandanavia. When we told them the dates of our trip they were like, “Oh, that’s good, but you should stay longer ‘cause we’re gonna go partyboating!” and we were just like, “We don’t even know what that is, but we wanna go.”

It probably involves partying on a boat, so I’m sure it’s a good time.

Probably like magic.

Alright, final words.

Snowboard because it’s fun. If you aren’t having fun anymore, then what’s the point? Thank you, Mom, Zach Nigro, Burton, Raw, Ass Industries, Stance, Danyale Patterson, and all my jib gurlz, keep grindin’.

For memes, pictures of free product, screen grabs of rappers, and the occasional photo of girls jibbing, follow Alexa on Instagram @allbusinessmccarty

Burton Presents: Women

It’s the Burton chapter we know you’ve all been desperately waiting for: the ladies.

Featuring: Kimmy Fasani, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, Arielle Gold, Enni Rukajärvi, and Cilka Sadar.