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Grenade Games 10 Returns to Mammoth

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Grenade Games 10 coming back to mammoth mountain on april 26th!!! for a packed day of racing, jumping, and slashing!!!!!!

we will have a special musical group the GROWLERS and many more bands coming to perform. COMe and enjoy surprises, prizes, and music!

Presented by MONSTER energy. Come get your hole in ONE
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9:00-10:00 Pre Registration at Mophie Recharge Lounge at Main
10:00-11:00 – New era of  Slope Style Practice
11:00-1:00  New Era of Slope Style
1:30—3:00 Monster Triple Pipe
4:00 Oakley Chinese Downhill
5:00-6:00 Zumiez Dual Slalom Mogul

BYND x MDLS 5: Grenade Games

Kevin and Tor do their best impressions of American snowboarders in the late 90s, moshing with Danny Kass and riding to NOFX. They also ride with some modern American boarders like Johnny Lazz, Brendan Gerard and Jaegar Bailey.

Edit: Ryan Scardigli

Grenade Games 9: Mission to the Edge of Mammoth

Monster Energy presents Grenade Games 9 at Mammoth Mountain — April 27-28, 2013

Mission Grenade Games 9 seeks to radically advance snowboarding and partying (nothing else really matters, does it?) in and around Mammoth Lakes, California to the absolute benefit of nobody or anything. Mission control dictates we, and anybody associated or within screaming distance of us, shred, party our brains out and get WAY out of this world.

“Finding yourself going up so high, without even strapping on your bindings, is a supernatural sensation,” philosophizes the universally admired loose screw known as The Dingo. “Shit, man, reaching for the stars is just great, but it really all comes down to living large, laughing in the face of death and shredding and partying. Yeah, it’s a mission — a mission extremely out of control!”

Grenade Games 9 brings together the world’s leading “Brain Trust” in snowboarding, partying, and waking up on the floor. Do whatever you gotta do to make it to Mammoth Mountain and be a part of extra terrestrial history at the 9th annual Grenade Games. The Monster 9 Lives Slopestyle? The Zumiez Handplant Park–winners receive a trip to Jamaica?

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It will be a record setting event and one that promises to make you see stars.

Grenade Games: The Ocho This Weekend

Hopefully the girls are planning to wearslightly more clothing to this weekend’s 8th Annual Grenade Games at Bear Mountain, March 24=25. Rumor is it’s dumping there and we wouldn’t want anyone getting frostbite on their nipples, now would we?

Grenade Games 7 Semi-Exclusive Coverage

Traveling to So Cal seems difficult and not that fun, so we missed the Grenade Games this year. Luckily there was no shortage of cameras there, rolling and clicking away. In fact, Robbie Sell‘s camera clicked so many times, he managed to get us an exclusive gallery from the event for those of you who either don’t check any other sites or just can’t get enough of those Grenends and their crazy antics.

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If you prefer video coverage, ThirtyTwo was there:

So was Spy:

And Grenade even managed to put together its own video:

Grenade Games 7 from Grenade Inc. on Vimeo.

All video links stolen from Grenadegloves.com

High Fives with Todd Richards—Hard Questions

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Mr. Todd Richards is currently holed up in a Canadian hotel room. In an attempt to relive his youth Todd has apparently traveled to the Grenade Games, or he could be hosting some MTV2 Rock n’ Jock one time gig. Who knows, anyway, the guy is busy, surrounded by weed, fucked up Canadians, filthy and stoned boarding bros and free health care. Yuck. Anyway, can Todd answer the hard questions under such odd circumstances?

What’s beyond space?

Oh that’s easy, “the other space”. Scientific experts like Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan have been calling it “over there” for years now or 0- vr- th3r3. It’s where reality stops and fantasy starts, kind of like Vegas, but in space.

Why do we exist?

To do something. Some exist for other reasons. I exist to torment the weak minded. Nick you exist to to suffer eternally, like the Christians.

Is love real?

It depends on what you consider real.If you can feel it then it’s real. Here, feel this love…

What happens to us when we die?

I can give you the simple answer or the long drawn out answer. Oh, so you want both? Simple answer, we cease to exist and that is that. Long answer: we cease to exist and our group consciousness relives all the most embarrassing moments of our youth.

Why do people get prenup agreements? Isn’t that like saying, “Well this isn’t going to work, but what the hell?”

That is a great question. It’s like a invitation to fail. I don’t have a prenup. I guess I’m not big time enough. They get half in California, and by they, I mean them.

Eric Messier Loves Him Some Hump Day

eric_faceEric loves bums.                                                                                                 p. JMoustache

Eric Messier is an NHL scoring sensation topped only by the great Wayne Gretzky, but the other guy that comes up on Google is a snowboarder. As underrated in snowboarding as he is on Google, Eric has always kept quality companies interested in his unique ride-what-I-want approach, and it has funded world wide travels, pro model gear, and continuous good times. While Eric may avoid the contest circut and typical video part equation it’s his ability on a board and agressive backcountry approach that have kept him in the spotlight. At all of 26, Eric’s still fresh, still has plenty of support and will only be climbing up the Google ranks in years to come.

How much weed to do you plan on smoking at the Grenade Games?

To tell you the truth I don’t think I’ll smoke any weed. I don’t really like to snowboard stoned. That’s how I got hurt at the last Grenade Games. Doin’ some dumb shit all stoned. So yea, probably none, maybe a lil’ apres spliff though.

Knowing that this interview is to be published on 4/21, make a prediction about what you think is going to happen on 4/20 at the Grenade Games.

Well seeing that there is no contests on the 20th, mostly just a welcome party at a sushi joint, I predict a lot of weed will go down, Iikka Backstrom will destroy the hotel and go to jail, Dingo will spit sake in Danny’s face, Danny will throw sushi at everybody, I’ll throw up a bunch of sushi and sake, Mikey Rencz will be two-stepping to that all star Canadian inspirational song on repeat with a beer in his hand, Eero Niemela will have another bill for having too many people in his room. Craven will be dancing two thumbs in the air, everyone else will just be shit faced. Canadians go hard!

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Like an angel from the heavens…                p. Robbie Sell

How did you get into snowboarding?

I remember being in Vermont when I was a kid and I was seeing these people snowboarding everywhere. I was like, “Fuck that looks fun.” so when we came back to Tahoe I got some shitty Sims board and learned how to ride at Squaw Valley n’ never went back.

Technine was your first big gig, how the hell did that happen?

I used to live with Josh Feliciano & Ricky Gatterdam back in the day, n’ they were filming for FODT’s Moment of Truth. Their filmer Peter Tankersley was my good buddy too, so I pretty much just went out with them and got a video part out of it. I guess they liked me n’ started flowing me boards. The rest is history. I definitely wasn’t gangster back then, and never really was. A lot of people thought I was serious with the Eazy-E thing in my One Love part, but I wanted it to be funny. I did feel a little out of place but everybody on the team was actually really cool n’ they totally accepted me.

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Eric went a record setting 305 feet on this jump even without a Redbull sticker.      p. Robbie Sell

How was the Technine experience? Why’d you split?

Technine definitely gave me some sweet opportunities the last few years. It was great filming with my good friend, but things went sour between my bud and T9, and everything started falling apart from there. I didn’t really get along with the new filmer and I was starting to get bummed on filming with them. The next year I was at the trade show and my name wasn’t on the team list anymore. I was like, “Ok, like that huh? Thanks. Thanks for informing me.” But whatever, fuck it. maybe it was a blessing in disguise.

Has sponsor drama ensued?

Yeah definitely, there’s some weird shit goin’ on over there. I’m thankful to be getting flowed Capita boards now. I’m so down with what they represent. Such an artistic driven company and their boards are amazing! I’m backing everything about that company. It’s true, Capita devours everything!

eric_kickflip“Think Thank” is going to be so jealous.

Have you been making music lately?

I really want to start making more music. I need that in my life. I just haven’t had time for it really right now. The Fiz was supposed to play a big show with Major Lazer and Ming & Ping but I was up here in Canada on this Grenade trip and I couldn’t make it. I still DJ in Reno every Saturday night which is awesome. Getting paid to play music and drink for free is the shit! Except you feel like shit the next day.

What’s up with your musical duo The Fiz?

We’re still playing shows here n’ there. It’s hard to make music during the Winter when your buddy lives four hours away and I’m trying hard to concentrate on snowboarding everyday. I think this Summer I would like to start something new. I want to start a band with electronic drums, guitar, synthesizers. Something like that maybe.

What or who are you influenced by?

I’m influenced by all sorts of things, from beginners to pros, from music to ho’s. May it be negative or positive, Everything in life will influence me in some way.

eric_flipEat your heart out hipsters.               p. JMoustache

You aren’t a rail kid, a jumper, or an Alaskan helicopter dude. You just float powder and thrown yourself off weird backcountry shit. How did you make that work?

I don’t know how I’ve made that work for me. I never really thought I was good enough to get sponsored n’ shit. It just kinda happened somehow. Surfin’ powder, it’s really just my favorite thing to do. I like being out in the backcountry where there’s nobody around to rush you or bust you and you can find new possibilities everywhere. Though I did just get back from Alaska n’ I got to try out that helicopter guy thing. That’s the fuckin’ shit right there! I’ve gotta get back there next year to get some more.

We saw you in Videograss, how did that happen, how do you like it?

I just kinda sent them all my footage from last season and they picked what they wanted from it. I wasn’t really too happy with my part, it was a little short, but whatever I’m really just psyched to be in that movie. It was definitely put together very well and they used two songs in there I sent them, so I’m stoked none the less. This year I’ve been getting some good footage together. It’s been a weird season though. Every storm that came in would finish out all wet and ruin all the powder and we seemed to get kicked out of just about every spot we went to. People are catching on in Tahoe, there are so many people trying to hit shit now around there. Even fresh guy knows about our “secret spot”.  I need to find a new spot I think. I just went up to Alaska with Danny, Dingo, and Dustin Craven, so I’ll have some stuff in the Danny & Dingo show. I’m pretty psyched on that. The trips been an amazing adventure so far. Things are about to get crazy this week at Grenade Games too.

Do you have an internet show with Fuel?

Oh it’s not my show. My bud Diggles films a webisode thing on there. Its called “The Shook Up Generation” It’s all B-roll footage and we have to use music from the Fuel TV library which is incredibly weak. But whatever, he gets some sweet checks from them.

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You’ve been pro for a few years now, where’ve you been?

Japan, Italy, France, Alaska, Canada, North Carolina, Utah, Idaho, Washington. It’s really a dream come true. I love traveling.

What are some of the weirdest things you’ve seen, done or experienced in Japan?

Eating squid legs that were still moving. I dunno I can’t even remember what I did last week.

eric_waterGoodbye penis! Hello frigid Alaskan waters!                  p. JMoustache

I saw you get a handjob, behind a curtain, in a busy basement, at a white party, once upon a time. Does that happen often?

Oh you fucker. I was just making out with this girl behind a curtain and she was grabbin’ me n’ shit. I don’t know man girls like me for some reason.

If snowboarding handed you a pink slip what would you do next?

Oh yea I’m dreading that day. I’d probably do something involved with music or snowboarding, because I love those things so much. I wanna be involved somehow.

Are you stoked on what’s going on with snowboarding these days?

It’s definitely not what it used to be. It used to so bad ass. Its definitely gone soft. There’s a million companies now and everyone seems to make a movie these days too. It’s way over saturated now. I mean Ed Hardy makes snowboards now? what is that garbage? That will fail for sure.

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If Xbox wanted to make “Eric Messier’s Pro Snowboarder” what would your reaction be?

Well first off, I doubt that will ever happen, but if it did I would be way pumped to try and actually make a good snowboarding video game. I’m not much of a gamer but I don’t think its been done yet. You’d be able to snowmobile around and pick different style jumps to build. There wouldn’t be much of an objective, just free riding around.

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That powder reminds me why people make fun of rails.        p. Robbie Sell

Should snowboarders give a shit about what people think?

I think you should just be you and do what you do and never look back. There’s gonna be haters in any aspect of your life. Haters are just jealous of what you’re doing and they really have nothing better to do than be negative. I don’t know what it is. It’s a nasty generation forming of little kids hating on everything. It’s weird. Like Nate Bozung would say “Fuck It”.

Who pays for all this?

Capita Snowboards, Grenade Outerwear/Gloves, COMUNE Clothing, Airblaster Goggles, Nike Boots, and Squaw Valley USA.

Big thanks to Robbie Sell and JMoustache for photo evidence of Eric’s riding. Click their names for more of their special sauce.

High Fives with Special Guest Danny Kass!

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Photo: Brendan Coughlin

Todd took off to become the Ultimate Boarder, leaving us high and dry for our Friday funnies. However, we ran into superstar Danny Kass and decided waiting on Todd sounded stupid. So here it is folks, High Fives with Danny Kass.

Are you going to win the US Open this year, why or why not?

I was planning a driving trip to Alaska with (Dustin) Craven, so could be hard if I’m not there.

In what direction do you see yourself headed in both business and snowboard superstardom?

Seems to be busier and busier. Just want to have fun with this awesome opportunity and keep on rocking, making rad gear and doing wilder stuff on my snowboard(toys).

What would you do on your TV show with an endless budget?

I would go to Antartica and shred, get to the the moon or close, and make a most extreme elimination to every episode. And also I would get some new tires for the RV.

How famous are you really? Have you had any “Holy Shit I’m famous” moments, and what’s it like?

I don’t think I am that famous, but I have meet a ton of cool people that love snowboarding or our crazy antics. It makes for some good stories and meeting people you never thought possible. Somehow I met Stevie Wonder, that was crazy. I think it is sweet for kids to geek out on riders. I did heavily growing up on skaters and earlier shredders, still do.

Are you planning to go back to New Zealand this summer? Will they let you back in?

I have been back since. There is talk about doing a Grenade Games in the Southern Hemisphere, so it is up to NZ or Australia. I don’t think I will be spending nearly as much time as I did last summer though.

Puff Puff, Pass: How to Celebrate 420 Boarder Style

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It’s no secret that a good number of snowboarders enjoy smoking marijuana, pot, weed,  herb, nugs, bammy, chronic, ganja, grass, or whatever you want to call it. Well today’s their, possibly your, big day! At some point it was decided that April 20th would be National Pot Smoking Day. A day dedicated to smoking weed, and getting high. But why? And how is the snowboard community celebrating?

First and foremost let’s educate ourselves. April 20th is more than just a stoner holiday, it is also Adolf Hitler’s birthday. So while you are stoned contemplate the fact that you are celebrating Hitler’s birthday. Ooo, bad vibes bros.

Back to smoking weed. The code, 420, has many believed origins. Some rumors point to 420 being a police code involving mary-jane, others point to a group that would meet at 4:20 p.m. to get high, but the most convincing is a rumor based on the growing season. April 20th is a great time to begin planting pot for summer. Weed plants need dry heat and all that other unpleasant nonsense to grow, so why not plant in the late spring? Either way, 420 exits and is super exciting for many folks. But how does this relate to snowboarders again?

The Grenade Games is one way. Hosted on 4/20 rumor has it people smoke weed is smoked at this event openly and recreationally. Now of course this may be a myth because we all know athletes couldn’t possibly function while under the influence of illegal narcotics. On the other hand it is entirely possible that there is some truth to the matter. Below are a few pairs of Grenade gloves, our main source of evidence…

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Official pot smoking gloves. Perfect for cold bongs, hot joints, and looking like you enjoy the chron.

Another way snowboarders celebrate 4/20 is by sitting around and smoking a lot of weed. While many of these people will end up getting lost in their couch, some may actually go on to take a walk, eat food, skateboard, or roll another fat blunt. A brave few may even go snowboarding, but smoking on the chairlift is a total drag and the smoke shack is mostly melted away by now. Thus forcing participating members to save their doobies for later, which isn’t acceptable on 4/20. Other snowboarders, of the hippie variety, will enjoy games of hacky-sack, frisbee, and other hippie shit Yobeat does not approve of.

So if you are celebrating Yobeat has a few do’s and don’ts for how to go about your day. If you aren’t celebrating you should stop reading now, this information isn’t for you.

Do:

-Avoid the Fuzz. If you don’t end up in jail you’ll receive a hefty fine.

-Have food within reach, who knows what you may end up eating otherwise.

-Be productive, and with your friends, otherwise you’ve become that sad stoner guy everyone makes fun of.

-Enjoy yourself.

Don’t:

-Wear a nug-rug.

-Brag about how stoned you are, or how cool 4/20 is, your non-stoned friends don’t care.

-Buy a bad bag, it’s a recession and money shouldn’t be wasted.

-Say the words chill, vibes, or love.

-Smoke alone, do you really want to be that guy?

The Anti Contests

In this age of drug tests, energy drink sponsors and snowboard moms, contests have become the antithesis of why most of us started snowboarding. But there are a few events out there that don’t fit the usual mold, and strive to keep things mellow and fun. You don’t even have to be the best rider to enter. These are the Anti Contests.

Legendary Banked Slalom
Mt. Baker, WA
Est. 1985
This Year: Feb 6, 2009

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Photos: Timzimmerman.com
Tom Sims didn’t set out to respond to other contests, or remind people what snowboarding should be when he and Bob Barci approached Mt. Baker about the idea of holding a slalom event in 1985. Back then, many of the 14 competitors who turned out weren’t even riding real snowboard gear. But more than twenty years later, the Legendary Banked Slalom has remained true to its roots, and stands as the original “anti-contest,” an event that isn’t so much about winning, as it is about snowboarding, seeing old friends and making new ones. There is no money, just painted rolls of duct tape for the winners. Yet the LBS attracts everyone from top pros of the day, looking for a reprieve from the hectic contest circuit, to legends like Terje Haakonseen and Temple Cummins, who usually don’t compete at all. “It’s young kids, old rippers, and the best riders in the world all riding the same course,”Cummins said. “The actual race time is only a few minutes of the day, the rest of the day is for riding with all the friends.”

Check out more images from the 2008 LBS




Holy Oly Revival
Summit East a.k.a Hyak at the Summit at Snoqualmie, WA
Est. 2004
This Year: Feb 21, 2009

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The Holy Oly. Geery photo

The Holy Oly Revival is officially “A Celebration of NW Snowboard Pride.” The recipe is simple: build the biggest quarterpipe in Washington, and let anyone who wants to ride it go nuts. At the end of the day, someone walks away with a pallet of Olympia beer.  “The event just has a start and a finish…there are no heats, no categories and no rules,” event founder Krush Kuleza said. The “Holiest of the Holy” award has gone to Peter Line, Justin Heath, Luke Mathison, Sammy Luebke and Wille Yli-Louma over the years, but there are also awards for the Best NW Method, Hardest Charging Industry Hero, The Berserker Award and The Future of NW Shred. Every year the quarterpipe has gotten bigger and the course better, but the vibe has stayed the same. This year, a natural disaster is moving the action to Summit West, but don’t worry, that’s all that will change. “I’m stoked when I watch local 12-year-old Jacob Krugmire drop in after two-time Olympian Danny Kass while Sean Genovese and Pat Milbery session some jibs. Burtner keeps the crowd entertained, Grove keeps them fed and Peter Line’s girlfriend’s iPod playlist pisses off some soccer dad…it’s quite a scene to behold,” Kuleza said.

Check out all of the action from 2008

And some more photos.


Nikita Chickita
Serfaus, Austria and Mammoth, California
Est. 2003
USA February 21, 2009, Mammoth Mountain
EUROPE April 18, 2009, Serfaus, Austria

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Sorry boys, you have to have boobs to compete in this event. Actually, technically you don’t because it’s open to riders of all ages, and 8-year -old girls have been known to compete against women in their 50s. There are tons of prizes (Lomography has even signed on to sponsor the event this season), some cash for the pros, and first prize in the Am division is a one-year Nikita sponsorship. But even with said prizes on the line, the Nikita Chickita feels more like a mellow day riding with your friends than a contest. The format seems to be made up as it goes along, and if the judges can’t decide, they just let the girls ride. Whether you hit up the event in Austria or the one in Mammoth, when all is said and done, it’s pretty easy to forget you spent all day at a contest, and that’s just the way they want it.

Want more images from the Nikita Chickita at Mammoth 2008? Here ya go!


The Nate Chute Hawaiian Classic
Whitefish, MT
Est. 1999
March 14-15, 2009

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Photos Courtesy of Brendan Rohan/ stumptownphoto.com

Nate Chute was a big part the snowboard scene in Flathead Valley, MT until he took his own life 10 years ago. So his parents, friends, and Joe Tabor, owner of the local shop, Stumptown Snowboards, set out to start and event in his honor. The Nate Chute Hawaiian Classic was born. “Nate was one of the kindest, most talented kids on the mountain,” friend and K2 Team Manager Kevin Winkel said. “He was the kind that let his riding speak for himself and when he did speak it was only positive things to be said.” The idea for the event was to create a time and place for old friends to gather, ride together and remember Nate. But since there are many variables in a freestyle event, the main event has always been a banked slalom. “It was something anyone could participate and have fun,” Winkel said.  “We have ex-Olympians participating, little groms, moms, grandparents, ex pros and all in between.” A few years back a Chinese downhill was added and after ten years the event has become something who grew up riding Whitefish won’t miss. “There is nothing better than getting to shred your home mountain with all of your friends that you grew up with,” Winkel said. “Everyone else that was not part of this history can easily feel the vibe and is welcomed.

Thanks stumptownphoto.com for these pictures!


World Quarterpipe Championships
Waterville Valley, NH to Blue Hills, MA and now Timber Ridge, VT
Est. 1998
March 23, 2009

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Photos courtesy Rome Snowboards/Liv2ride
In the late 1990s, the US Open was transitioning from the year’s biggest party, to a serious event with national television coverage and relentless bag checks, so the World Quarterpipe Championships began as an answer to that. Originally called the East Coast Quarterpipe Championships, and moving around New England as it wore out its welcome at various resorts, things have only gotten rowdier over the years, but it has always been about 50% drinking and 50% snowboarding. This season the rebirth of the WQP at Timber Ridge, a private ski area in Vermont, included a mid-course fire pit, a bottle of Jack handed to riders after they hit the quaterpipe, and the “gauntlet”–a row of hecklers who yell and pelt the rider with their empties. “From the outset it was designed as the anti-contest,” WQP founder Mark Sullivan said. “A lot of riders jump through the same contest hoops all season long and this was designed to be 180 degrees away from that. What all big events did, we did the opposite.”

We dug up some pictures from World Quarters of yore and a few more of the event at Timber Ridge. Here.


Grenade Games
June Mtn, CA to the Summit at Snoqualmie, WA then back to June and now Whistler, BC
Est. 2005
April 20, 2009

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Photos courtesy Grenade Gloves/Jeff Curley
Leave it to the Grenerds to come up with an event held each year on 4/20, complete with snowboarding, metal and of course an award for the “highest” air. The event, whichhas been held at June Mountain and the Summit at Snoqualmie over the years, includes awards for everything from riding mogul fields binding-less, bull riding, racing, over consuming, spinning like crazy, blasting massive airs in the pipe, and all-around great riding. “With the vast season of so-so events we need events like this to remind people why we snowboard and why we like to compete amongst each other on snowboards — to meet chicks,”  Danny Kass said. Word has it the Grenade Games will go down on Canadian soil in 2009, so watch out.

Oh yeah and here are more pictures. Thanks to Grenade and Jeff Curley!