ARob’s Smash Life Banked Slalom Returns to Big Sky and Alpental

A-Rob’s Smash Life Banked Slalom is back for its 5th year Jan 9-10 in Big Sky, MT and Jan 16-17 at Alpental, WA. It’s time to kick off 2016 by slashing berms and slapping high fives two weekends in a row to celebrate the life of our friend Aaron Robinson and raise money for The A-Rob Plant a Seed Project. Helping kids in the Flathead Valley of Montana fall in love with snowboarding as much as Aaron did. Oh and did we mention that overall men’s and women’s winners receive spots in the 2016 Mt. Baker LBS!

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Smash Life Banked Slalom at Alpental, WA

I never had the pleasure of meeting Aaron Robinson before his untimely passing in 2011, but what I have had honor of experiencing is the positive energy his friends and family have carried into the snowboard world as a result. Yesterday marked the second race of the Smash Life Banked Slalom series, and despite the icy conditions at Alpental, soul-shredding was alive and well. This race carried a much bigger prize than bragging rights, as the male and female riders with the best combined times from Big Sky and Washington would be granted a spot into this year’s Legendary Banked Slalom at Mount Baker. Needless to say, this made the stakes very high for those who had managed to make it to both races, and the shit-talking was a-flowin.

Despite the overall olympic skeleton ice luge feel of the course, the day was amazingly fun. The most entertaining, and crowd pleasing event would be provided by a girl positioned after the third turn who flashed every single rider than fell before they got to her. I kid you not, she was dumpin ’em out like no one’s business if you ate it in the beginning. A large crowd sat at the top of the course and cheered loudly every time someone fell, rooting for it when most riders dropped. Paul “Bagels” Stanley was quoted in saying “those were some really nice boobs.”

Suppressing my urge to fall on purpose and see some humdingers, I held on for dear life, and was able to win my first ever media pool title after staying on my feet for my second run. The pool included myself, Jeff Hawe, Brooke, and Colin Wiseman of Frequency. One could say there have been pools with stuffer competition, but whatever, I am 15 bucks richer!


and now…

The results!


1. Keala Cole 55.84
2. Austin Buza 56.19
3. Matteo Sultan 56.22


1. Isabella Gomez 58.18


1. Sarris Mccomb 56.28
2. Mallory Sullivan 102.89
3. Robyn Borneman 103.27

Grumpy Old Men

1. Marcel Dulak 53.17
2. Ryan McCurdy 55.63
3. Kemo Cole 55.74

Open Men

1. Todd Kirby 51.13
2. Andy Bergin Sperry 51.32
3. Kyle Miller 51.63

Overall (Combined from Big Sky and Alpental, 1st wins a slot to the LBS)


1. Sarris McComb
2. Brooke Geery


1. Kyle Miller
2. Todd Kirby
3. Chase Matteson
4. Tyrel Bacon
5. Micah Hoogeven


Smashlife Banked Slalom Video

The 3rd Annual Smash Life Banked Slalom was a huge success. Check out full results and coverage here.

Smash Life Banked Slalom Jan 4th at Big Sky


Smash Life Banked Slalom is a fundraiser for the late Aaron Robinsons Plant a Seed Project. Details can be found at  Other Questions can be sent to [email protected]

Jan. 4th Big Sky, MT  Discounted lift tickets and lodging available for racers.  For $135/night huntley lodge rooms mention Smash Life when calling reservations.
Jan 18th Alpental, WA

Snowboard Banked Slalom Series.  2 runs at each event, best time counts.  Best time from each  Big Sky and Alpental are  combined for an overall time to decide who Smashes the hardest. Participation in each event is necessary to be win a spot in the     Mt. Baker LBS.  If you only do one event there are prizes for each individual event as well.

Mens Snowboard (15-39 years), Grumpy Old Men (40+) Womens Snowboard (15-39)  Old Ladies (39+) Boys Youth Under 14 and Youth Girls under 14.  Divisions are subject to changes.

 Racing Schedule:
Racing will be held on scheduled day rain or shine.

 Price and Registration:
$20.  Registration details will be posted as available on Both events usually fill up during online pre-registration.  Overall winners (Men/Women) win a spot in the 2014 Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom.

 Thanks to all of the sponsors who make this event possible:
Volcom Snow, K2 Snowboarding, World Boards, Four-O-Six, Front Line Designs, Strobot Studios, Big Sky Resort, Alpental, Bomb Snow Magazine, Capita Snowboarding, Never Summer and Mt. Baker LBS. 

Where the Wild Went 1: Pillows for ARob

Eli Weiner is so pro that he even sent us tags to post with this video, but since not having anything to say isn’t in my vocabulary, I’d just like to say thank you to ARob for making this possible. Take it away Eli —

In January 2013 a group of friends descended on Big Sky Country to go fast, ride pillows, and to “Smash Life” In honor of their fallen friend and brother, Aaron Robinson. Getting barreled with friends was the most fitting scenario for remembering Aaron, so that’s what we did…

Riding By: Kyle Miller, Jason Robinson, Todd Kirby, Lucas Debari, and Micah Hoogeveen

Film/Edit/Directed By: Eli Weiner

If you want more, we made a similar, yet totally different video too!

Smashing Life in Montana

On January 6, 2013, 24 people hiked into a secret spot in the Montana backcountry to celebrate the life and passion of Aaron Robinson. This is what happens when the mission is fun and the setting is perfect.

Featuring: Todd Kirby, Lucas Debari, Jason Robinson, Mitch Kirby, Shane Stalling, Alex Yoder, Kael Martin and more.
Music: The Riot Act

Rest in Peace, Aaron.

Hump Day Smashes Life with Shane Stalling

In memory of Aaron Robinson. Photo: Jeff Hawe

Shane Stalling isn’t a pro snowboarder, but if you’re looking for someone to define what snowboarding is, look no further. He rides as much as he can, he plays music, he helps anyone who needs it, and he does it all because he wants to — not because he’s supposed to. With no shortage of energy or motivation, over the past ten years Shane’s unfiltered charm has earned him well-deserved “local legend” status in Big Sky, Montana. If you ever have the chance to meet or ride with Shane, do it. It will be the best time you’ve had in your life. Just watch out — what he thinks is possible, might not actually be — but that’s no reason not to try.

How would you describe living in Montana to someone who’s never been here?

I don’t want to answer that. I don’t want to say it’s good here.

Why not?

Cause then people from Portland will move here. (laughs) It’s still pretty raw. There’s a good shred scene, there’s not like a big pro scene. There’s a lot of mom and pop ski areas, you see a lot of people who wear jeans. It’s a good place. It’s mellow and not mellow at the same time.

Wearing a shirt is stupid. Photo: Reid Morth

You just put on the Smash Life banked slalom for ARob for the second time this year, how did you think it went?

It sure went a lot better than last year. I learned a lot last year organizational wise, kinda how to run the event. This year I was able to start it earlier and bring in different categories. The nice thing is, last year the timer broke kinda right at the end and some people still hadn’t taken their runs. Everyone knows why we’re there, so we just party boarded it. No one really cared, no one really cares what happens at it. We’re there for a good cause. This year was good, the timing worked, we had a big crew of people there, a big crew of rippers.

Like Lucas Debari.

Yeah, Lucas Debari was there, the whole Go Boarding crew was there. It’s a big deal for someone to drive all the way up to Big Sky just to do a Banked Slalom, it’s pretty sweet.

Montana. Code word: Horrible. Photo: Jeff Hawe

How does it compare to the other banked slaloms out there?

Other banked slaloms don’t have a super G at the end of the them. You don’t get core shots in other banked slaloms, and have everyone be like, well, there’s nothing we can do about it. There’s fucking rocks there. There was one really sharp corner and the rocks were seriously starting to stop people, but no one gave a shit. Everyone still dropped in and charged over the rocks. (Alex) Yoder was standing there and he was just like, whatever, what are you gonna do, which is kinda the whole Smash Life scene. There’s always gonna be obstacles that you gotta overcome but people don’t care. No one bitches about it. At least I don’t hear em bitch about it. You guys were probably bitching about it.

Ha no way. Today we hiked out into the backcountry and it was awesome — endless pow and pillow lines. How do you find crazy spots like that?

You just explore. Go wander around in the woods basically, that’s how you find stuff. If you just drive on the road and never walk off the road you’ll never find anything. That was a special spot today, I’m glad you guys got to experience that. It was awesome.

This one’s for ARob too.

It was amazing. We were up there to hang a board for A-rob, what’s the story behind that?

Aaron used to spend a bunch of time here. To pay to get to his next place, he would sell old boards off, so a bunch of our friends have old boards that we were given or bought off him sitting around. The spot we went to today, Aaron used to go there with us all the time, and show us how to snowboard, basically. We thought it was a really cool, special place. Super quiet back there. So we thought it would be nice to have Aaron’s board there, be able to high five it, or salute it every time you drop in from a run because you’re about to go bash 20 pillows in a run or get face shots. When you’re dropping in, you’re not going to have a bad run, guaranteed. If you can go in with A-rob’s stoke into your run that’s already going to be sweet, it’s perfect.

Last year we wanted to hang the board but we had a bad snow year, so we didn’t go back there even once, which worked out well because we got to hang out with Jason today, which was awesome. Having him there to hang his brother’s board up, that meant a lot. And a bunch of his other friends. It was perfect. A lot better than just a couple of us going up there.

It’s a big scary world out there, so whatever. Photo: Reid Morth

What was the highlight of today for you?

Losing my hangover. For sure. (laughs) No my highlight of today was party boarding with 24 people on light, deep snow. I was surprised at how good that snow was. But other than that, just having people from all over. You have Mitch Kirby, it’s his first time in the backcountry probably, and then riding right next to him is Lucas Debari. You have the high fives between the two of them and everything, you just have such a wide range of people of all abilities, all shredding and being stoked.

We can thank Aaron for today. Without Aaron, stuff like today wouldn’t have happened. We kept that place a secret for five years — Todd Kirby and those guys found it too — but I never ever would have thought of bringing 20 people back there. Ever. But because of Aaron, 24 people today had an epic today, and that’s awesome. That’s the whole idea of the smash life thing, get everyone together boarding and not care if it’s your first time in the backcountry or if you were just in Antartica with Xavier de le Rue.

Montana urban action. Photo: Jeff Hawe

That’s awesome, as is your band.  Tell us about it.

We have a band called the Riot Act. We have a song called “Show Me Where you Pee From.”

Can you give us a sample lyric?

There’s only really one line it’s, “Girl, drop your shorts to your boots and show me where you pee from.”

Who wrote that?

Actually it’s a line our friend Yomar used to say a lot when he would be kinda buzz drunk to girls. And so we wrote the song and Brian couldn’t think of any lyrics for it. Earlier in the day I had heard Yomar say that to someone and I was like, show my where you pee from! Just start yelling that. Then Brian added the line about drop you skirt to your boots and then it became a pretty badass song. It was the first song we played last night.

Actually, on Halloween I had a girl do that before we even played that song, so that was awesome. Seriously. It was weird. I was playing the drums and this girl was really high and all of a sudden I look up and her dress is just pulled up. We played Ween’s Chocolate and Cheese all the way through, and she got a little loose.

In Montana, this is a perfectly sculpted quarterpipe. Photo: Jeff Hawe

So what you’re saying is, girls do like guys in bands?

Yeah, but the problem with being in a band playing at the bar is you get done playing at 1:30 and then you have to pack up all your stuff. So you’re done at like 2:30 and then some dude’s already taken the girl that you want to hook up with home. It’s the artistic plight.

How many Eskimo brothers do you have in Big Sky/Bozeman?

I’m not answering that question. But you’re sitting next to one of them. (laughs)

Fine… So, you came into two kids, how did that change your life?

That sounded horrible. Listen to the question you just asked. That’s fucked up. I’ve never come into two kids.

(Laughs) Let me rephrase. Your girlfriend Amy has two kids, how’s being a dad?

Well, I’m not a dad, more of a “role model.” It’s super fun though. Christmas is super fun because you’re not just like, thanks, I got socks, you actually have kids excited about opening presents and stuff. Kids are awesome. I babysat them the other day, they’re 6 and 8, we rode the Big Sky tram, so that’s awesome.

Role model. Photo: Jeff Hawe

Do you have them snowboarding yet?

Not yet, they have snowboards though, so they’ll pick it up.

Are you afraid that they’ll ski?

Nah, they can do whatever they want. Amy will read this. She does not like when I make fun of skiers. You’re getting me in so much trouble.

No I won’t. I’ll get you in trouble with all your friends but not your girlfriend. Let’s talk about Todd Kirby. Why is he so good at snowboarding?

I don’t know. We had like the same snowboard coach growing up and I’m not nearly as good as him, so Matt Gustafson must have gotten a lot better at coaching. That’s my only reason. The only thing I can think of. He’s way better than me, which is not fair.

Just think of him as a snowboarding Johnny Cash. photo: Jeff Hawe

You didn’t grow up in Montana? Where are you from?

I grew up in Minnesota. Grew up riding Buck Hill and once I had a drivers license I started riding Hyland. Then I moved down to Mammoth for a year in 2003, but I got sick of Los Angelesers, so I moved to the exact opposite of Mammoth, which is Bozeman. Been here for 10 years now. Don’t even want to leave. It’s awesome.

You must have lived in Mammoth during the glory years of Grenade.

It was 2003, definitely when Grenade was going on. It was before the village was there, La Sierras was like the drinking spot, it was still like kind of a raw ski town. It’s kind of a little more uppity ski town now.

Do you have any good stories from those days?

I lived right near Danny (Kass), there would always be crazy shit going on in the parking lot, but none that I can remember.

That’s the problem with old stories.

Nah, I forgot those by the next day. (Laughs.)

Wish you were here. Sorry, had to do it. Photo: Jeff Hawe

What’s your personal favorite part about Montana?

The fishin’. If there’s a body of water that’s moving, there’s probably fish in it. Even like irrigation ditches that run through town have like 24-inch fish in them. The fish are bigger than the irrigation ditch is wide. The snowboarding is good too, but I’m getting old, so, fishing.

How old are you?


While we’re talking age, why was the cut off 38 for Masters in the Banked Slalom?

Well it was 40, and then our friend Travis Boss, who used to be a Ride pro, has bad knees or something, and called me and was like, I don’t want to compete against all you guys. So I asked him how old he was and he said 38, so I moved it to 38. And then Erik Morrison, who ended up getting like 13th overall, he thought he was in the old man division at 36, but he’s got two years to wait. He ended up beating me. I might just keep it with whatever T  Boss’s age is from now on.

This definitely didn’t suck. Photo: Jeff Hawe

Can you explain to be how RC beat all of us in the Yobeat cup?

RC stood around in the cold, filming all day long while you guys were snowboarding. He didn’t even have a warm up run and he still beat all of you. It’s cause he lived in Montana and he knows how to ride fast.

Fair enough. Is there anything else that you would like to say to the Yobeat public?

Yeah, keep hating on videos, it’s awesome to read. We had a video up and someone said they’d rather “hammer a glass pipe into their dick hole than watch that video ever again.” It’s one of the best comments I’ve ever read. But don’t submit stuff to Yobeat if you’re gonna be offended if it gets made fun of. Every time I submit edits, I submit them to see what people say about them. What is the meanest thing that’s going to be said, cause I want to laugh, because I don’t care. If it wasn’t for that, Yobeat wouldn’t be what that is. Also, Joe Pope can get fucked, so go to the Smash Life Banked Slalom at Alpental on the 19th of January.

Of Life and Love: Intro

On January 6th, we party boarded 24-deep at a backcountry Montana spot that I wouldn’t believe existed if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. The entire thing was made possible by Aaron Robinson, who’s influence will be felt throughout Montana, forever. Stay tuned for lots of stuff all week long, but for now, get primed with another of ARob’s lasting contributions to snowboarding — the intro to the full flick “Of Life and Love.”

Brought to you by The Aaron Robinson Plant A Seed Foundation.

Featuring: Alex Yoder, Blake Paul, Jason Robinson, Gray Thompson, Curtis Woodman, Kyle Miller, Tim Eddy, Kael Martin, Skyler Thornton, Forrest Burki, Tucker Andrews, Blair Habenicht and more.

Smash Life Banked Slalom Jan 5th


Smash Life Banked Slalom is happening again on January 5th at Big Sky Resort to raise money for A-Robs Plant a Seed Foundation. Going to be another fun year with the amount of snow we have gotten early season.


Snowboarding is much more than just banger after banger; It’s a journey, it’s euphoria, it’s pain, it’s excitement, it’s fear, it’s meeting new people, it’s sending it, it’s SNOWBOARDING.
-Aaron Robinson

Aaron was always the driving force behind this project. When it seemed like things weren’t gonna work out he always found a way to make it happen. He loved a challenge! I spent this last winter traveling around to many of his favorite places, meeting up with friends, and making some new ones along the way. I feel so lucky to have been able to share such great times with such an amazing person.

When Aaron passed away in Chile this last July it was hard to even think about the movie, let alone sit down and edit hours of his footage from the winter. It wasn’t until Blake Paul sent me an email highlighting the fact that one of Aaron’s goals all season was to get everyone down to Chile and film a segment for the movie that I came to realize something that should have been so obvious. We had to head South and finish what he had started. Although we were physically missing the one person who really should have been on that trip I feel like he was actually with us more than ever. We’ll miss you A-ROB! -Sam Tuor

There will be a “limited” number of DVD’s available through KidsKNOW distribution and some snowboard shops in the near future. It’ll be packed full of Bonus material including Volcom’s “Road Tested-B.C. Action Adventures” episodes. All proceeds will go to The Aaron Robinson Plant A Seed Project.


K2 Goes to the Carnival for ARob

This past weekend, family and friends gathered in Kalispell, Montana to remember Aaron Robinson after his unfortunate passing in Chile this summer. The K2 Snowboard crew made the trek from Seattle and put together this video recap, as well as some words about the event, which you can check out here. RIP ARob, you are in all of our thoughts forever.

Manifest Teaser

A few years back Aaron was staying at my house in Tahoe and he was hounding me about going with him to Alaska. As far as I could tell, he had no plan, nowhere to stay, a run down 86′ Blazer, and probably little to no money. Though the idea of going to Alaska was very tempting, I couldn’t see myself just bailing out of town like that. Aaron left and I didn’t hear from him for a while. I wasn’t sure if he made it, or where he was. The next thing you know, I started seeing these vids on the internet of him shredding lines and having the time of his life up in AK. From that point on I knew that when Aaron had a plan he was going through with it, no matter what obstacles stood in his way. That’s why when he approached me about making a movie with Jason and him, I knew right away that I was on board, and that I was in for quite an adventure. It’s been one hell of a winter! -Sam Tuor

Aaron Robinson Memorial Lap

On July 19 the snowboarding world lost a great man when Aaron Robinson passed away in Chile. This rocked the snowboarding community the hardest in Government Camp, OR where Aaron’s brother Jason and friends were devastated by the news. On July 22, both Windells and HCSC banded together at the top of Palmer Snowfield at Timberline and celebrated Aaron’s life with a heartfelt speech by Brandon Cocard followed by what many say was the biggest group of snowboarders (100+) to ever do a top to bottom run down Palmer at the same time in his remembrance. It was an amazing moment to celebrate an amazing person. RIP Aaron Robinson.

JRob and ARob

The bond between brothers is one of the strongest feelings known to man and the Robinson brothers are two of the most humble, kind, and caring individuals to have ever ridden a snowboard. The world lost an amazing person when Aaron lost his life on July 19, 2011 in an accident while snowboarding in Chile. Please send your love and prayers to the Robinson family and remember him for what he was; an amazing snowboarder, a rad human being, and above all, a brother.

Video by Tim Bradley

RIP, Aaron Robinson.

Unfortunate news hit us today, as we received word that Aaron Robinson (brother of a Yobeat favorite Jason Robinson and bad ass snowboarder in his own right), passed away in Chile today.

Update: ESPN is reporting Aaron was “doing road laps in an area known as Santa Teresita when he fell and hit his head on the rocks. Though it is technically out of bounds run, Santa Teresita is a popular backcountry area accessed off the back of a lift at the base of the El Colorado resort.” Link:

Below is a video of Aaron from The North Face Masters: Snowbird 2011. RIP Aaron. Our thoughts are with Jason and the rest of his family.