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adidas Snowboarding | Then, Again

In case you’re looking for bitchin’ snowboard action, there’s a lot of it in the latest ad for Adidas snowboarding.

Featuring: Kazuhiro Kokubo, Louif Paradis, Jake Blauvelt, Keegan Valaika, Forest Bailey, Tommy Gesme, Derrek Lever, and Alex Sherman.

The Official YoBeat Awards Show 2010

We made it to the end of 2010, and honestly, let’s hope we make it to 2012. With war, poverty, a food shortage and a water crisis (not to mention some bullshit Mayan calendar) things are looking bleak. But, that’s the beauty of being a snowboarder — we don’t really care. Sure, we say we do, but really? Nope. Admit it, and enjoy your picks for this year’s best in our business.

The most bullshit trend of the year is moving to NYC. While the Big Apple appeals to millions, if not billions, it’s not know for its powder, or hills in general. Sure, a filming trip could work out, but if you decide to move into a bedbug-infested apartment with 18 of your closest pals, you’ve officially quit snowboarding.

The Olympics, Dew Tour, X Games, TTR, rail jams left and right and, oh god who cares! We all know filming is still the way to go. Let’s hope some impressionable 14-year-old kisds are reading.

We can still remember asking, “Who the fuck is Forrest Bailey?” and then he won everything. This rail jam, that rail jam, wowee. After that he landed a pro model, snagged a hammer section in Dump Em Out, and went on to appear in a plethora of ads and more importantly, peoples’ minds. For those that saw him riding this summer, or any point last winter, it’s obvious Forrest knows how to shred.

Sure, Nick Dirks snapped his leg in half and a few dudes wrecked their spines, but Kevin Pearce got fucking flattened chasing a dream. Reports show he’s doing pretty well these days and his spirits are high. Amazing considering what he’s been though. Either way, he’s earned Slam of the Year and been an inspiration to an industry.

Jess Kimura spent years breaking herself. She was basically a human wrecking ball. These days she’ll still beat you to a pulp, but more importantly, she’ll out shred you. It’s a total bummer for any dude in her consciousness, but her riding is getting gnarly — could she be the one to break the barrier?

Sure, he didn’t win the X Games or huck a triple cork, but after two of the most successful years we can remember, it makes sense that Yobeat readers would push this kid to the top. Not only did Jed have more votes than anyone else, but he pretty much blew them away. Either you guys are retarded, or Jed’s the man of 2010.

Videograss won, although ThinkThank was close. So sort of they both won! But really, VG’s sophomore release showed a bit different style than the first, but now as the crew heads into their third year with multiple movies planned it seems as though we’re watching a legend in the making. It’ll be fun to look back on when people stop making DVDs  next year.

Don’t agree? Go watch the Yobeat Movie of the Year, Bon Voyage. A few hammers, then more hammers, then air time, then some shit we don’t know about and then a seizure inducing few minutes of constant craziness. Every trick you, your bum friends and this years’ pros will ever hope to land, all in one video part. Nuts.

The whole “film everything” mentality we have today had GoPro looking like a leader. But our generation’s lack of ingenuity and craftsmanship made Banshee Bungee the clear winner. Why build and transport a drop-in ramp when you can just sling shot into the rail with more speed and a more controlled run in? Yeah, we’re lazy too.

Undisputed, controversial, and ultimately unforgettable–thanks Lago. The Olympics are kind of a bummer for snowboarding. Of course they bring in the bucks, let Shaun White make more video games and all that good stuff, but they also make snowboarders look like ballerinas or X-treme DUDES to the world, both lame. Anyway, when Scotty Lago used his medal as a fake penis, and then got some Asian to suck it, he showed the world the true meaning of snowboarding! Oh yeah buddy, you reminded people who we are, and because of that, you’ve won Yobeat’s Moment of the Year.

Promo Shot: Forrest Bailey

Red Bull paid Forrest to have this photo taken. He did it for YoBeat for free!

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Backyard Bang Hits Denver

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Always make sure your kit is looking fresh, you never know where the cameras are.   p. Lyndsey Theriot

The Backyard Bang Rail Jam has hit the road, and the mile-high city was the destination. The Denver snow scene was treated to a circus of Salomon activity. The team was in there — signing autographs, making fun of things, and looking dirty. A DJ hurt the ears of little kids and parents alike, and food and beverages were available for the hungry.

The event had attracted enough potential riders to overbook any kind of list. This resulted in nervous riders hoping to get their chance to twist and press for some Skull Candy head phones. Eventually the jam got underway, while a beautiful Denver day kept everyone warm. (Take that Portland!)

Forrest Bailey pulled out the $2000 win in a move that might just prove he’s this year’s rail jam kid,  Two years ago it was Lucas Magoon that had the right moves, last year it was Jed Anderson, and I feel good when I say, welcome to the big leagues Forrest. Next year you should have all sorts of fans.

In the end, things shaped up like this:

Men:

1. Forest Bailey
2. Eric Van Assche
3. Derek Summering

Women:

1. Claire Hewitt DeMeyer
2. Melissa Kelly
3. Izzy LaLive

Wanna know about tricks and junk? Check the full video here.

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Forrest sporting the 1890’s sketchy prospector look.  p. Lyndsey Theriot

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Way to go ladies. p. Lyndsey Theriot

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Super-Champ Forrest twists a lot when he snowboards.   p. Lyndsey Theriot

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A rare glimpse of Forrest not on a rail.  p.Lyndsey Theriot

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Frontboard or Fruntblunt? I hope frontboard.   p.Lyndsey Theriot

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Almost pro dudes Jed Anderson and Harrison Gordon giving kids hope.  p. Lyndsey Theriot

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Fuck double-corks when you can do this.  p. Lyndsey Theriot

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Five or six people showed up.  p. Lyndsey Theriot

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Jed Anderson, Chris Grenier, and for some reason LNP, pretending to be interested.  p.Lyndsey Theriot

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Pat Milbery sliding on his tail.  p.Lyndsey Theriot

Magic Mondays Video from the Backyard Bang: Denver

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The first ever Denver edition of Salomon Snowboards went down in at the Art Institute on November 21st, 2009. Congrats to Forest Bailey, taking top honors at the event. Photos and story coming soon, but for now you’ll have to settle for a video. (Sometimes we do stuff backwards.)

RESULTS

Men

1. Forrest Bailey
2. Eric Van Assche
3. Derek Summering

Women

1. Claire Hewitt DeMeyer
2.Melissa Kelly
3. Izzy LaLive