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SESSIONS ANNOUNCES NEW TEAM

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DECEMBER 1, 2015 – PORTLAND, OREGON – Today Sessions announces a robust roster of riders for their new team, including pros Jesse Paul, Scotty Vine, and Ryan Paul. Scotty Vine is a prolific snowboarder with accomplishments ranging from magazine covers to repeat SnowboarderMag Superpark Standout. Joining him on the team are Jesse Paul and Ryan Paul, both of whom have received acclaim and medals at international contests and ESPN’s X-Games. “I am beyond excited to be a part of Sessions because of what they have done for snowboarding. Sessions is one of the most iconic brands ever!” comments Ryan Paul. Joining Scott, Jesse, and Ryan on the team will be Sessions’ ams Ryland West and Nick Geisen of Lake Tahoe, CA.

Beyond the team’s ability to perform strapped in, all of the new Sessions riders are impeccably creative; they will inspire and perfectly complement the genius of the Sessions’ designers. Scotty Vine says it best, “it’s so rad to see Sessions coming back! I’m genuinely stoked to be part of this team of creative, snow-loving humans.”

The excitement for the brands’ re-launch is tangible throughout every department. Nick Visconti, Sessions post-pro and current Jr. Brand Manager, suspects that it will be reflected throughout the external market. “Sessions is what the industry has been longing for – authenticity. With the mass snow market constantly ebbing and flowing in trends, I couldn’t be more stoked to co-lead a company and team of snowboarders hell-bent on making snowboarding better.”

For more on Sessions’ history, team or current catalog, peruse the website sessionsmfg.com and/or follow @sessionsmfg on Instagram and Facebook.

Arbor Snowboards :: Video Log – Boston

Erik Leon, Blake Axelson, Scotty Vine and Brandon Hammid take to the confusing cobblestone streets of Bean Town during the last winter’s epic snow event ever.

Site Check: Arbor Snowboards 15/16

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Arbor Snowboards. Excuse me, Arbor Collective.  They were on the whole eco-conscious thing before almost anyone else, and have somehow avoided making their entire brand one endless boner joke despite their undying fondness for wood.

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Looking at the boards, I can see why they are so fond of that wood. I’ve ridden a few Arbor boards and they ride fine, but I’d be lying if I said the look wasn’t a big part of why I bought them. They’re just so damn pretty, it almost feels wrong to sticker them up.

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And the tech … is okay. In the right conditions they’re as good if not better than a lot of the competition, and in the wrong conditions it rides exactly like a snowboard. And what more could you expect? As involved as “The System” sounds, it’s just over-branding of a parabolic rocker benditure paired with extra-grip edge magic. Not that I’m saying Arbor is the worst for over-branding things that don’t need to be branded.

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But this is the real news. In case you missed it last season, Arbor signed Frank April, Mark Carter, and Bryan Iguchi in January, and Marie-France Roy in April. Which has me thinking- how pissed is Scotty Vine? I mean right there all the male riders have a beard and his is clearly the worst. Losing to Frank April on that count isn’t a great look. I’ve also got this completely unsubstantiated theory that Scotty made Erik Leon cut his hair so he could win at least some kind of appearance-based superlative.

So- Arbor makes some of the prettiest boards in all the land, though they try and impress you by slapping a fancy name on a really rather simple technology package. But that team is too stacked for me to not be at least a little excited to see what they do this year, keeping them out of last place with a modest, but respectable 71.

Check it: http://arborcollective.com/snowboards/

The standings so far-

Rank Brand Score
1. Bataleon  86
2. Endeavor 74
3. Arbor Collective 71
4. Holden 62

 

Arbor Video Log – Superpark 19

Remember when they used to Battle of the Brands from Superpark? Yeah, that was annoying. We like this casual release schedule way more.

RIDERS: Erik Leon, Mike Gray, Mike Liddle, Blake Axelson, Ryland West, Sammy Blazeajewski, Buzz Holbrook, Scotty Vine

Scotty Vine Full Part

The flips, one-footers and outside the box thinking that you’ve come to expect from Arbor’s Scotty Vine.
Still not sure how I feel about that ender…

Arbor Snowboards at Superpark 18

The Superpark edits keep rolling in. This one from Arbor Snowboards.


Parking (v) [par-king] is the progressive form of the verb to park, which is the word chosen to describe the act of riding a terrain park. Parallel Super Parking (v) [paruh-lel soo-per par-king] is the most progressive and super manifestation of the aforementioned verb. Buckle up and grab the “oh shit handle” because Arbor Snowboards is about to drive home their series “Parallel Parking” with the last episode of the season straight from the super-est of super, Superpark 18.

Scotty Vine’s Big-Balled Hump Day

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Scotty Vine is a pretty out there. But how many creative people have you met that are completely normal? The best inventions and creations of all time come from minds that are slightly off kilter. Snowboarding is at a stalemate. There are so many good riders and so many tricks have already been done. It’s my opinion that if snowboarding is going to manage to stay fresh and exciting, we’re going to need more weirdoes like Scotty Vine leading the charge. -Sean Black

Scotty, I heard your upbringing was a little short of normal. Where were you born?

I was born in a little town called Crestline, at my parents house. My mother had a midwife come to the house to assist with the birth. Me, my younger brother, and my youngest brother were all born in that house. I’m the 5th of 7 siblings. After a while she was just like “eh…I don’t want to go to the hospital for this one.”

Haha that’s pretty nuts. Where did you go to school?

I was homeschooled until my freshman year of high school and then I went to a private school in Lake Arrowhead, which was pretty mellow and small. My sophomore year, I went to Rim of The World High School, which was a complete culture shock for me. The halls…people pushing on each other…everyone rushing to get to class on time… It was a huge change for me. I was only like 5’1’’ freshman year and I’d get picked on a bit for being small but then I shot up to almost 6 feet junior year.

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Dang, you grew really quickly.

Yeah haha. My coordination was off. My ligaments grew faster than the rest of my body so I had to stop playing baseball. I turned to snowboarding as an alternative sport.

Was that the only thing that grew faster than the rest of your body? I heard you have abnormally large balls too.

Well yeah once I got into snowboarding they helped out a lot with weight distribution. They almost serve the purpose of a tail when it comes to balance. They’re kind of the unsung heroes behind my snowboard career.

How big are your balls?

They’re big enough. Haha. I wouldn’t want em any bigger.

Do you attribute landing the first ever one-footed double backflip to your giant set of balls?

Um…no. I would attribute that to years of mental visualization and finally finding the right jump.

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Where do you see the one-footed thing going? Are you worried about getting dubbed as the one-footer guy?

I mean, there are a lot of riders doing one-footed tricks. Bode Merrill and Scott (Stevens) are some of my favorites. I don’t think I’ll ever be in the same category as them. I mean they fucking slay it. Those are two of the people that got me stoked to do it. There’s always gonna be one-footed tricks. There are riders and then there are tricks. They’re just tricks. There are one-footed tricks. There aren’t one-footed riders. I’m not worried about being dubbed a one-footed rider. You could say Shaun Palmer was a “one-footed rider” and he fucking slayed it.

What kind of mental visualization do you go through before doing something like attempting a one-footed double backflip?

It’s a lot of past experience doing similar movements before and just understanding my edge control…getting in my head and calculating out all the errors so I can minimize the marginal value of error. I make all the estimations and then after the first attempt, it’s just fine-tuning the adjustments until it’s landed.

What other kinds of training do you do in terms of mental preparedness?

I’ve done a bunch of cognitive training just to keep my mind sharp. After 2011, I hit my head and got a bad concussion. It took 3 ½ or 4 months just to stop having really dramatic post concussive symptoms. A lot of my cognitive functions became really hindered. My memory was about 45% of what it is now. I felt like a space cadet. I didn’t want to do any repetitive physical therapy in person so I started researching it on the Internet and found a bunch of these brain-training sites. By training on some of these sites, you can strengthen certain neurological functions through specific activities…the five main cognitive functions: speed, attention, problem solving, memory and flexibility. There are games designed around strengthening each one of them.

Do you think that cognitive training has helped you out? Are you back to 100%?

For the most part. I feel much more up to par and normal and aware of what’s going on around me now. I still get days where I feel off but I don’t know if that’s from me eating a cheeseburger or something…buy uh…yeah…

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Hahaha. So do you put thought into your diet in terms of how that affects your mental capacity?

Yeah I try to eat a diet that’s high in Omega 3 fatty acids. It just helps the brain to function better. UCLA did a study that showed the memory recall for lab mice navigating a maze over a 6-week period. The control group was fed a diet of high fructose corn syrup and then the experimental group was fed the same corn syrup plus omega 3 fatty acids. The experimental group had significantly higher and faster memory recall when it came to navigating the maze over the 6 weeks.

You definitely seem to do a lot of thinking and self-reflection. Would you consider yourself to be an introvert or an extrovert?

I feel like I fluctuate in-between the two extremes. I definitely grew up as a pretty extreme introvert. It really depends on who I’m hanging out with, how well I know somebody and how many people I’m around because usually one-on-one it’s not bad. But when I get around more than a few people or when I’m at a bar setting, I get pretty quiet unless I can kinda zone in. That’s how I’ve always been. Working up at High Cascade for example, it was really hard for me to be sociable and keep a conversation going with a bunch of little kids who expect me to say things. But, being thrown into that situation helped to shape my character and made me open up as a person because I was forced to be extroverted.

Going a little further back, what happened with Stepchild? It seems like you started to come up in their movie Child Support and then you sort of disappeared after that for a while.

Um…I never necessarily disappeared but my outlets for exposure changed. I originally got involved with Stepchild 2005-2006. I was lucky enough to film for Child Support, which was the first project that I worked on with them. After that movie came out, Stepchild wanted to focus on their main guys because…you know…they sold snowboards better than some kid out of Southern California who didn’t really have a developed name at the time.

So did you stop riding for Stepchild right after Child Support? What happened after that movie came out?

I don’t necessarily want to talk about that but…fuck it…ill say it. Stepchild got to the point where they were kind of in a hole financially so they did what they had to do to cut costs. They dropped riders and with me, everything was on verbal contract so…. They kept the guys that sold the most snowboards for them…Joe, JP, Simon. I have a lot of love for those guys and I only hope the best for them. I just wish everything had been handled a little differently. At the same time, I don’t regret working with Stepchild or even turning down Forum and Burton for them.Boston_Blizzard_Feb_2013_Kealan_Shilling_0141-2

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Forum and Burton?

When I was riding for Stepchild, I turned down offers from Forum and Burton to stay on Stepchild. I turned down an offer from Forum. That was pretty dumb of me. I didn’t realize it at the time, I just figured that brand loyalty was more important and eventually it would pay off…but it didn’t. It was a complicated issue. The Forum offer was pretty lustrous…pretty prime and I didn’t realize that until years later. So yeah…

Was Arbor your first board sponsor after getting dropped from Stepchild?

Yeah. I was going to quit snowboarding. Brad Farmer called me up and was like “You should really give the boards a chance. We’re trying to change the face of the brand. Take things into a more core market direction and grab the right people. I think you’d be a good fit.” So I just took the chance, and it ended up working out really well.

How long ago was that?

That was in the fall of 2010.

So that’s been quite a change since then.

Yeah well when Brad first approached me, I didn’t know anything about the company. I’d honestly never heard about it before. The first time I was riding an Arbor, I was on their jib board and I remember thinking that if it had a little more stiffness, it would be the best board ever. Rocker boards took me a while to get into but they are something that I’ve really learned to love. When I got on Arbor’s slightly stiffer park board, I just fell in love with it. After that, I came down and met everyone at the offices in Venice. I got introduced to everyone and they had a premiere party at their headquarters. The company is a really close knit, awesome group of people. After that visit, I had a really good impression of the brand and the rest is history.

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Where are you living now and what are you plans for the upcoming season?

Where am I living? That is an ever-changing answer, because I basically just follow the snow. You can’t film a full video part in Southern California. Even though Bear Mountain is my home mountain and I love being there and being involved with everything that they have going on, I have to go to Tahoe. I have to travel around all over the place…Washington, Colorado, Utah…wherever there is snow. So I’m always moving around.

What are you filming plans this year?

Still kinda in the works. My focus for the last three years has been producing as much web content as possible. From the second I joined Arbor I’ve been keeping track of my exposure and it’s been a never-ending growth process for creating content and being involved in edits. And then to compliment that I’m gonna be filming another full part and doing the Postcard Series volume two. We’re gonna take it to some other countries and really run with the Postcard Series and make some huge improvements from last season.

What do you think it take to be a professional snowboarder these days?

I think it’s drive…willingness to be involved in something bigger than yourself. In one sense… in the contest scene, snowboarding is an individual sport, but in the filming scene… there’s no fucking way that snowboarding is an individual sport. Even though its just one person and there’s a video part of just one person, its always people working with each other…and…I’ve lost track…of the original question.

Snowboarding…Filming…what does it take?

Oh yeah yeah. Ha. It takes somebody that is willing to work with other people and to be able to work alone in your own mind if you have to. It takes that drive and that willingness to keep going, to learn about the common trends in the industry, to learn what’s good and what’s not. It’s kinda complicated to be a pro snowboarder. Every person has their own story of how they’ve come up, how they have marketed themselves. Overall, it’s just time…just dedicating the time to go up to the mountain in the morning, consistency, and the willingness to constantly live on a budget. There is a lot but it’s all worth it.

Thanks Scotty…any shout-outs?

Big thanks to Arbor Snowboards, Bear Mountain, Sandbox Helmets, Flux Bindings, NXTZ facemasks and Elm headwear.

Arbor’s Got Wood

Arbor has been using Real Wood topsheets in our snowboards since 1995. The Arbor Roots line including the Wasteland, Roundhouse, Element, Element Mini, Coda, Swoon, Abacus and A-Frame and Icon line including the Westmark, Blacklist, Draft, Draft Mini, Cadence, Relapse and Del Rey all use Real Wood.

Throughout history, wood and bamboo have been important building materials known for their versatility and strength. They also have a long association with quality skateboard and snowboard core construction. Arbor has taken their use further with the development of our Power Ply topsheet technology. Arbor Power Plys are produced using a range of sustainably sourced, natural wood and bamboo that have been sliced into ultra thin sheets. Once integrated into a snowboard, the Power Ply’s dense fibers structurally enhance the ride for improved edge, turn, and ollie performance, while its varied natural grain create a one-of-a-kind look.

During construction, the Power Ply topsheet becomes impregnated with resin, which locks the natural fibers in place in the same way that resin works with glass or carbon fiber. This process effectively turns the Power Ply into a 3rd composite layer. As a result, we are able to build lighter, stronger boards that are more lively and responsive. Arbor’s de-cambered rocker designs regain critical pop while our camber models retain their camber far longer than traditional designs. In keeping with our mission, the Power Ply technology also allows Arbor to reduce our reliance on chemically treated fiberglass and petroleum-based resin by up to 20%.

Arbor at Mammoth Opening Weekend

Arbor Snowboards main team rider, Scotty Vine and and regional rider, Michael Gray hooked up during Mammoth Mountain’s opening week and this is what went down.

Scotty Vine FULL PART

Last year, Scotty Vine’s full part blew some 150k minds. Does one-footed trickery still blow everyone away? Guess you’ll have to watch and judge for yourself.

Arbor and Flux at Hot Dawgz and Handrails

Let the media blitz continue!

Arbor Snowboards and Flux Bindings got together for their first ever collaboration video from Bear Mountain’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails featuring Ryan Tarbell, Erik Leon, Scotty Vine, Lenny Mazzotti, Uma Abe and Ian Sams. Congratulations to Ian Sams for taking third place in the event.

Arbor’s Uncertain Journey Part 1

If you’re bummed cause your area isn’t getting shit for snow this season, here’s some slightly reassuring news: every where kinda sucks this year. So imagine if ‘boarding was your job and you had to try and figure it out or face maybe getting cut or another unpleasant sort of fate. Arbor riders Scotty Vine and Ian Sams are determined to make it happen, and set out on an “uncertain journey” to find the snow. Spend the next seven minute of your life attempting to live the dream alongside them, all over Utah and beyond…

Arbor’s Van Delirium Episode 1

Leave it to Arbor to mask a really cool edit with a piece of shit intro. Don’t worry kids, the horrid trip-city filter eats the dust after a while. Chris rock makes you laugh, and these Arbor kids rip.

Scotty Vine Tanks and Spanks Hump Day

Rumors and disbelief of Scotty Vine’s one-footed feats and body contorting grabs have long preceded him. He’s been jerking necks at heavy hitter events including Snowboarder Mag’s Superpark for years now. Let’s just say, this Hump Day is probably a little overdue. He’s a hard guy to get a read on, but I am sensing intelligent, humble and gigantic dork- we’ll see how that pans out. One thing is for sure, Scotty is incredibly nice and to say he has phenomenal board control is an understatement. What you see is not what you get with Scotty and that’s definitely a good thing. Girls have described his vibe as everything from “cool” to “serial killer”, but he specifically wanted me to mention he has a girlfriend, sorry ladies.

I don’t know anything about you other than you do some grabs on your snowboard most couldn’t do strapped laying face down on a carpet.

I’m 23, from Crestline, California and I grew up riding Bear Mountain. This past winter my home base was Mammoth.

What was it like growing up riding Bear?

It’s a great place. I think a lot of people come out of there because it’s always on point with the features and the maintenance.

Look mom, one foot!

Do you pee in the shower?

Yes I pee in the shower and occasionally I blow my nose with my hand.

Did you always want to be a pro snowboarder?

No, I used to ski. My mom signed me up for lessons when I was 11. I never looked into it as a career or anything until I went to Snowboard Magazine’s Superpark 9.

Did you cry when your mom forced you to snowboard?

Oh yeah, I’m sure I threw a huge fit.

How did you get invited to Superpark?

Snowboarder Mag had a Superpass event at Bear when I was 17. You had to be 18 to do it, but I lied about my age and won the trip. I made it through that one and have been to every one since.

When did you start riding with one foot out?

Just this last season. I used to mess around with one-foot stuff occasionally, but I saw Nick Visconti riding with grip tape on his board in Tahoe and I asked him if he minded if I tried that out. I spent a whole season learning how to fall correctly and every day that I’ve rode a park has been with one foot strapped in.

How do you fall correctly when bailing with one hoof?

There are a lot of different situations to watch out for. But the main thing is you don’t want your front or back leg twisting. I actually had a fall in Mammoth a week after Superpark where my femur dislocated from my hip. It went back in on site, but it was pretty painful and the worst one-foot injury I’ve had so far.

Jesus. You said that was your worst one-foot injury — what about worst injury overall?

In Dew Tour 2009 finals I ended up coming up short to the knuckle on a double back flip. I smacked my shoulder really hard. I broke my scapula in half, tore my rotator and had a bone spur from my collarbone in my joint. That was five-month recovery process.

Oh, I didn’t know you’re a jock?

I hate contests. Hands down. They’re what the sport needs to keep going, but I love filming because it’s a lot less pressure. You can go out with your buddies at your own pace and have a good time.

Who is better at one-foot tricks, you or Scott Stevens?

It’s not even a fair comparison; one-foot tricks are so different that you can’t compare them.

You seem pretty stoked on the whole snowboard scene, is there anything you don’t like about it?

Companies. Some companies treat riders really well and others just dangle product in front of them and make empty promises. I feel like it is the industry of empty promises. It’s hard to get anywhere for a lot of riders who are extremely talented.

So you filmed this year?

I did, but I didn’t have any goals of where my footage would go. It was probably my most productive year filming because I was able to go out with all different riders and photographers. I decided to put out a video part online exclusively, it just seems easier for people to see it if you can just go to a page and hit play.

Where can we check that out?

It’s not available yet. It’s going to be released late September on some snowboard websites and my blog.

Blogger, boarder, largely obese man. Scotty Vine wears many hats.

Is filming all good time or does it ever get stressful?

I’ve had instances where I go out into the backcountry and everybody is hitting a jump and one guy is wanting to build the jump for his specific trick. Those are the type of people that are really frustrating to work with. You just get more done with people who are easy going.

Talk about music and art and how they influence you and your riding.

Making beats is something I do on the side. I would never be serious with it. I’m learning how to produce music, make beats and use them for snowboard edits. Snowboarding is a different kind of art. I think it shows people my individual style when I try to be creative.

Dub step, yay or nay?

I love dub step. I like disco and indie a lot. Those are my main three genres. House is great too; it helped get me involved in wanting to learn music.

What’s the deal with the rainbows?

I just got some paint pens at camp and it got a little out of hand. I went back and undid all my rainbow stuff because some kid came up to me and was like “oh cool a gay pride helmet!” And I’m not down. I’m definitely straight. I have a girlfriend.

What is a pickpocket?

A pickpocket grab is your front hand to tindy behind your back, tweaking like a method. Every session I offer a volcano cone and a cobra dog to any of my campers at High Cascade that can do it.

Are you working on any new grabs we haven’t seen yet?

Yeah, a one-foot seatbelt grab and a one-foot spaghetti grab. I might try a pickpocket one-foot, but I’m not sure if I can even say it’s going to happen.

In your opinion what’s the hardest grab?

It’s probably the newest one I am working on. The one-foot seatbelt was pretty hard.

What is “tanking and spanking”?

Tanking and spanking is a term from WOW that means you go in and have one person hold aggression on a boss and a bunch of healers healing the tank and the DPS (damage per second) players. You rush as fast as you can and kill the boss- there is no strategy involved. It’s super easy.

And he juggles. Photo: Kevin Westerbarger


So you play World of Warcraft, that’s cool. What are your WOW character names?

Laughingbee, Littlebee and Luckybee. And I have a one called Cancercure, that one is awesome- it’s an undead warlock. It’s very appropriate. I play on an Australian based server so I have quite a few friends online that I’ve never met. Nice people.

Do you want to thank your sponsors for supporting you?

Arbor, Aerial 7, Bear Mountain, Active, Flux and Elm.

Is there anything we left out that you want to share on Yobeat?

What’s Yobeat?

Read Scotty’s blog: vinetime.tumblr.com

Actual excerpt from Scotty’s HCSC application. For an explaination, go watch this.