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Who Rocked it Better? — Scotty Wittlake or Chris Brown

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All this talk about song selection got us thinking: it might be fun/entertaining/educational to feature some of the best parts over the years that have shared songs and let the people decide – who rocked it better? Up first a couple classics – Chris Brown in the 1997 Shorty’s video A Young Brown Walsh and Scotty Wittlake in Kingpin’s 2002 video Brainstorm – whose parts were both edited to the Sid Vicious’s version of My Way. Watch em:

Chris Brown in A Young Brown Walsh

Scotty Wittlake in Brainstorm

And then vote:

 

An Ode to Tarquin Robbins

Lest we not forget where we came from, The Catfish unearthed this gem from the bowels of Youtube. Ever wonder who started that whole baggy pants, big stance thing?

The Exciting Sponsor News Continues!

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-Scotty Wittlake might not be a “pro snowboarder” any more, but he is getting free socks from stance as part of its “Punks and Poets” program.

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-686 signed Sammy Leubke. Now that we’re trying to trick you guys into liking “real mountain” riding, we should probably give that guy a Hump Day. Shit, shouldn’t have said that out loud.

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-Rusty Ockenden brought things back to his motherland, and joined Endeavor. The enterprising Canadians also signed Cam Pierce and Kareem el Rafie to their Professional Snowboarding team.

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-Pat Moore is making moore moves, and will be a good person to hit up for free shoes, as he’s now riding for Vans.

For those of you who were all like, oh man, Jed Anderson’s blowing off Airblaster for Nike money, well actually he’s still on the Ninja Suit team and also enjoying fruits of Bonfire money. We heard his check comes out of Colleen’s salary though. That, or he replaced Bode.

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Flow picked up Kotaro Kamimura, because those Japanese kids are RIDICULOUS.

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Jamie Anderson got a real big time agent, and now she’s on Oakley.

If you want to read press releases about this stuff, they’re mostly on Boardistan. Another good plan for keeping up with this crap is following brands on Instagram. It’s the new press release, really.

Friday Funday #2

Man the mid 2000s ruled. A retard was running the country, a war or two were happening on the other side of the world and an economic collapse was on the horizon, but so what. We were too busy having fun to care, and many of us weren’t old enough to vote anyway. For us, this was an era of change, revolution and reinvention. Snowboard movies began to stray form the standard trick porn format and take a more in-depth look at the lives of our favorite pros. Little documentary projects popped up left and right like Airblaster’s “December” and Blank Paper Studio’s “91 Words for Snow” and Kids Know made snowboarding badass again. By the way, in case you don’t know or forgot, David Benedek did the first double cork in a halfpipe in “91 Words for Snow.”

Snowboarders themselves started to shape a new image of snowboarding. A jean and sweater party burst out onto the scene and Corey Smith showed the world that there was more to do than contests and big stupid jumps. His part in NeoProto should be considered a classic. Enjoy.

Love/Hate defined a generation. From Mikey’s mind a revolution was born. If I could I would just loop Love/Hate instead of writing this story, but Darrell Mathes and Justin Hebbel’s parts can’t be found on the interwebs. *Look for the back 180 in this part.

From Technine to the gangsta’ kid in the hipster movies, Justin Bennee has proven he rules. You know who else rules, Matty Ryan. These two paired up to create one of the best shared parts ever, and it didn’t hurt that the song made white kids (snowboarders) look cool when stopped in traffic. *Bennee broke his face filming this part, literally. But managed to keep filming and get one of the best 270s ever on film.

People was the awkward love child we were left with after NeoProto and Mack Dawg combined forces. I know this isn’t going to set well with anyone, but serioulsy, Mack Dawg is such a dumb name. Anyway, although I didn’t really love where People ended up, I rank Nima’s part from “We’re People Too” as one of the most progressive and re-watchable parts of the era.

Andy Forgash might not have been all that great at snowboarding, but he did provide us with a clip or two from Scotty Wittlake each year. Either way, here’s more from Love/Hate so be super happy and enjoy the shit out of this mess of a video part.

After the old Technine team got too famous to spend all their time filming for FODT they would basically just hand over a large portion of shitty B-roll and call it good. Luckily for you most of the B-roll in this section of Moment of Truth is from Love/Hate. Check out some random stuff from Hebbel, Darrell, Kooley and MFM.

Friday Fun

It’s August, and while next winter is closer than ever  it also means another boring Friday, filled with not snowboarding and staring at your computer. If you’re at work, fuck it, it’s Friday, blow off that excel document and enjoy the videos below. If you’re on vacation, then kickback, relax and stare in amazement as some of the all time greats put on a show.

In 2003 snowboards began the transformation from planks of plastic and wood to engineered snow-destroying tools. Robot Food (RIP, god bless their beautiful souls) also put out “LAME” and David Benedek took a shit on the entire industry. Older than some snowboarders, this part is still amazing today, but a decade ago, it was simply unreal.

Speaking of Robot Food, their first (2002) release was nothing short of amazing. Every rider was talented, but clearly bored of the status quo. In my opinion, this couldn’t have been any more true for Travis Parker, who through sheer talent and style filmed a timeless part filled with one-footers and all sorts of randomness.

The death of Kingpin Productions was either the saddest or best thing to ever happen to snowboarding. While that crew was awesome, and gave snowboarding an edge, I don’t think the explosion of new video styles and underdog companies would have sprung up in the mid 2000s without Kingpin dissolving. Anyway, if you don’t like Scotty Wittlake, his part from “Happy Hour” or you just can’t realize how fucking insane this shit was in 2002 (or now) then I kindly ask you to get the fuck off Yobeat.

“Happy Hour” was truly awesome. The two VHS set I owned was even better. And, MFM’s part could potentially give you a stroke. Why? Because the dude made straight airs cool. Not only cool, but terrifying. Also, come on, a fake rap video? All the motion graphics and bullshit 3D, 1080HD bullshit in the world can’t compete with that.

Kevin Jones. Do you know Kevin Jones? Do you know him as anything more than the sorta chunky old guy who is, “…making a comeback” and hucking backflips? You should, because once upon a time he was the golden god, the billion time over rider of the year and honestly, just way beyond his time. Check him out here in 2001’s “Stand and Deliver.” *Note: Notice how all these guys just gave way less fucks than riders these days?

Finally, we’ve got this little gem about Tarquin Robbins. The footage is from the ’90s and he’s practically riding a washing board, but his style and trick selection would make him a full blown star in today’s Big Bear scene. Admit it, it’s true. It must have be weird being that much better than everyone else.

Life’s a Bummer Sometimes

Recently at Yobeat Worldwide Enterprises, senior management was told of a spike in anger towards a lackluster ability to give a fuck. As an organization solely focused on making each and every audience member feel appreciated, important and recognized we felt it important to get back in touch with the scorned few.  So, we called our youngest (and longest standing) intern RJ Sweet to write up a piece for us. You know, really talk to the readership again. We asked him, “What should kids know these days from a kid ‘in the bizz'”. Here’s what he had to say…

So, you think you’re in the running? Gunna’ make it? Going to get the sponsors and live the dream? Hate to break it to you, but you’re not. Unless you’re thowin’ down triplecorks and 1440’s likes it’s nothing new. Most of you can maybe throw 1/3 of a triplecork. The pros have become retarded good at snowboarding and have givin’ the 99.9% rest of us no chance to make in the snowboarding world. So give it up. Whatever happened to REAL snowboarders anyway? Like Scotty Wittlake and Ross Powers? When did watching cliff drops and method grabs become uncool. Now we get to watch snowboarders on ESPN wearing white tight leopard pants get a perfect 100 on their pipe run. Fucking fantastic. You huck steezy back 7’s and 9’s? Sweet, I see 12-year-old kids rep that shit. You’re average. But you have mad style points? Yeah, having raw style is cool and all, but you still won’t be going pro. Maybe pick up a couple of sponsors if you keep at it long enough. Wait? You won 1st place in numerous rail jams and major competitions? Great job, you get a case of Redbull, a medal and a pat on the back. Get over yourself and accept the fact that you’re nothing special. Go work at Zumiez, film your good friend, do anything else, just stop sending your shit videos around the net.

There, see, snowboarding from the eyes of a child. Aren’t you feeling better? 

Under Review: VG Presents “Shoot the Moon”

You should own Videograss’s Shoot the Moon. It’s got talent, attitude and a vibe of destruction. As director Justin Meyer put it, “This isn’t mother approved.” Dirks’ part alone will get you grounded. But, your eyes will open to a whole new world of urban destruction. What else could you want? How about a bonus movie by Bryan Fox and Scotty Wittlake. Yeah, seriously. For ten bucks, you’d be stupid not to have your own copy.

Overall Grade: A

Notes: Why does Shoot the Moon deserve an A grade? Because it comes with a bonus movie, an insane roster, incredible creativity, Jed Anderson, a great soundtrack and a performance only this crew can deliver.

Burn or Buy: Buy. Two movies, one price. Oh, and Scotty Wittlake.

The Rundown:

Louif Paradis
Instead of inventing new tricks, Louif is now inventing ways to hit the urban sprawl. His X-games real snow stuff is in there, his banger could have put him in a body cast and he seriously makes the upper echelons of tech wizardly look too damn easy. Just wait for the nosepress-gap-5050.
*Frank April Guests shots are no joke. Way to take advantage of the moment.

Will Tuddenham
Hope snowboarding pays off, because Will is going to need some new knees. That said, whoever’s paying the bills over at Nitro and L1 should give Will a fucking raise. Kid has officially arrived. Everything is high on the death factor, the gaps are huge and the bangers are fucked.

Jordan Mendenhall
First shot was a hard slam, then things picked up. Jordan reminds us why he’s been pro all these years and why he still has a thing or two to teach us. With enough hipster bullshit to drive up the Urban Outfitters stock, Jordan just delivered one of his best parts ever.

Jake OE
Doesn’t tie his boots, doesn’t use high backs, rarely uses gloves, doesn’t give a fuck and seems immune to cold. None of it makes sense, but all of it is awesome to watch. You’ll love this part for the unique spin Jake puts on everything, and for having the best hand plant in snowboarding.

Dan “Danimal” Liedahl
Welcome to the future. There’s not a lot to say about his part other than, “Wow.” Watching Dan you can literally see what direction snowboarding is headed in. Bigger, badder, more tech.

Nick Dirks
Last year, femur snapped. This year, brain snapped. The tattoo covered, beard having, chain smoking, Budweiser guzzling wild child has a special gift. He’s good enough that each shot screams, “Fine, I’ll fucking film but then we get to go to the bar.” But let’s be honest, you’re going to remember this part because it just doesn’t make sense. Smoking on a plane? Jumping a camel? Graveyard powder runs? Embrace the moments of madness people.

Chris Grenier
There’s really nothing bad you could say about this kid or this part. It’s creative as hell. Packed with attitude. Unique and original. Everything he shoots has a personal style to it. Oh, and this is Grendy’s best part ever. Real must see TV shit. Double flips, rail fuckery and the style is heavy.

Johnny Miller & LNP
Lots of hair. Like, girls locker room levels. But, there is also a ledge that if you were to fall I’m 99% sure you’d just die. It’s really scary just to see on TV. Your body might explode even.

Justin Bennee
Justin Bennee has transcended Technine to become a style guru of his own ilk. He gets better every year. He still owns the nollie, still likes knifes and even after breaking his face all those years ago still loves rails with a big, concrete drop off.

Gus Engle
Still weird, still Alaskan, still gnarly. He might not stop smiling. He might ride to a goofy song. But, I think we’ve all come to accept that Gus has a pension for danger that takes more talent than most to get away with.

Jon Kooley
Best opening shot I’ve seen in a long time. Besides that it’s the same old Kooley we’ve known for years, which isn’t a bad thing at all. His style is still top of the class. He’s still tech, and not afraid of rails with consequence. Seriously though, the opening shot is awesome.

Darrell Mathes
Still a ladies man. Still in the streets. Still blowing minds. Watch for two wall rides you won’t see anywhere else. The ability to jump a snowboard in both the backcountry and busy streets. And of course, outfit inspiration for all you fashion show freaks out there.

Zac Marben
Methods and mustaches. This is Zac’s best part ever. Don’t argue, just watch it. It’s seriously fucked up. He goes up rails. He jumps down rails. He slides down rails. He spins onto rails. He spins off of rails. He does whatever the fuck he wants and it’s all amazing. And then he goes into the backcountry and says, “Fuck it, I’m giong to do a double cork or two.”

Jonas Michilot
Jokes, cigs, gaps and hair. At some point Jonas says, “Psych! Oh, shit I’m sorry.” and starts laughing. That pretty much sums it up. He can’t just do “a” trick anymore. Everything needs a variation, a tweak, a spin, a revert, a jam, a holy shit did he just wallride to a rail? Chalk this up to another, “Best part of his career.”

Jed Anderson
Jed can’t even fall right. He just lands on his feet. He also can’t act gangster that well, I guess that’s the harsh reality of being a Canadian child. You know what though? It doesn’t matter, because just like last year, and the year before that, Jed filmed a part that puts anything you’ve ever done to shame. Maybe someday someone else will get to close a video Jed is in, but that day might be a decade away.

DOWNLOAD “SHOOT THE MOON”:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/shoot-the-moon/id456149150

Scott E. Wittlake’s New Snowboard

Just watch.

A Hickster Hump Day with Robbie Sell

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Yes ladies, Mr. Sell is single and searching for love.             p. Robbie Sell of Robbie Sell

With guns o’ plenty, a mean mustache and an apartment in Reno, Robbie Sell is nothing short of an American badass. After the tragic death of a once prominent snowboard career Robbie has recently shifted rolls from in front of, to behind, the lens. Robbie is the first pick photog’ for riders like Johnny Lazz, the inspiration behind a young Eric Messier’s mac-game and the owner of what Sean Tedore describes as the, “Best old school straight air.” With a blog to run, covers to capture, mountains to ride, sponsors to please and shit to shoot, Robbie Sell is as relevant as ever.

You’re the proud owner of some serious firepower, what’s in your arsenal these days?

I’m actually going to sell a couple. The novelty of the AK-47 has worn off, and I want to get a regular rifle, one with a scope to be accurate with. You know, really concentrate and try to hit the target; it’s very gratifying. And the big semi-auto pistol is gonna get changed to a little revolver. I’m keeping the shotgun though, it’s so much fun to shoot skeet.

How did you obtain an AK-47?

I randomly bought it in Oregon when a group of HCSC coaches were driving to the ocean for the weekend. There was a convenience store that sells firearms along the way; we stopped, the homeys got drinks, and I bought a Romanian assault riffle. It threw them off guard a little bit, maybe they didn’t know my redneck roots. They called me a hickster.

nick_dirksWith ideas like this it’s amazing Nick Dirks isn’t crippled every year.     p. Robbie Sell

Favorite thing to shoot at?

Skeet.

jarad_hadiHave you ever checked out Jarad Hadi’s Hump Day?       p. Robbie Sell

Where do hicksters come from?

I was raised in a split family, so Summers were in Redding, California and the rest was in Sacramento, ‘till I went to high school in Truckee. While in Sac’, Moms was dating a rocker guy in Reno. She wanted to be closer to him without leaving California, because of our welfare support. So, Truckee was the closet town. Yeah, we had food stamps growing up.

Your childhood wasn’t filled with orange slices between pipe runs and DVD’s in mom’s mini-van?

Nope, I used to work in the ski rental shop at Boreal so I could ride. I would hitchhike everyday after school to go night riding. I also worked at a lumber mill in the Summers to get enough cash for a Squaw Valley mid-week pass.

romeGrab a skittle colored Euro, add nature as a backdrop and BAM! Great photo.         p. Robbie Sell

How did you guys meet Scotty Wittlake? What were your initial impressions?

He went to school at Squaw, and we rode there. He used to make his own baggy pants, and sell them to the kids at his school. He has never tried to impress anybody, and I appreciated that from him. He really kept me humble when ever I got a weird ego or something. Initial impression? Dirtbag. There ain’t nuthin’ wrong with it either.

viscontiLook at how Nick Visconti’s nail polish pops in that sepia tone.           p. Robbie Sell

You used to be very vocal, why were you so quick to burn bridges?

Some people just need to be called out, and the public should know what’s up.

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Great timing, great placement and a great grab by Eric Messier.         p. Robbie Sell

How did your path to snowboard stardom unfold?

I tried to get sponsors, because I couldn’t afford new gear all the time. I used to do the USASA contests with my friends, which was a good time. I never really had a sponsor-me tape, but talked to people and tricked them to give me some stuff. I got hooked up by the Santa Cruz Nor-Cal rep for a few years, then got on the AM team. I started shooting for videos like 411, Technine, a couple other video magazines (pre YouTube) with Pierre (Minhondo), and also started getting published in the mags. Then after like six years of being AM, Quiksilver sponsored me. Probably because I was all edgy for the time, wearing jeans and hoodies. Quik took a chance and turned me pro, and then all my other sponsors decided to jump in and put me on their pro teams. (Thanks and Congrats Brian and Jess Craighill on their new baby) My answers are dumb.

Your best video part?

I thought they all sucked. Blacklight was kinda cool though.

johnny_lazz“Robbie is my first pick, my second pick, he’s my only pick.” –Johnny Lazz p. Robbie Sell

Why were you so keen on wooden handrails?

The Lake Tahoe area doesn’t have spots like SLC does.We have a bunch of vacation rental homes with shitty wood handrails. So naturally, that’s what we went to jib on. There’s like five metal handrails in all of Tahoe And Scotty (Wittlake) wanted to be badass, and ride something more difficult than it needed to be, so we hit the shittiest stuff.

How were the living conditions in the NeoProto flophouse?

Well, nine of us in one house. One of the guys lived in the pantry. Dudes shared beds. (Shaun) McKay lived in the hallway. Gretchen Bleiler’s now husband used to share a bed with a blonde Finnish guy. Ahh, the good ole’ days. We also had a different house, were (Aaron) Keene lived in the closet, Pierre had a sex swing hanging from his ceiling, and Filippo (Kratter) lived in the dining room.

Neoproto met its maker and shortly after so did your spotlight, why?

Politics.

grendysRiders like Chris Grenier take eating shit to a whole new level.          p. Robbie Sell

Why did all of your sponsors drop you at the same time?

My video part came out in People, and I had a lot of magazine coverage, but I wasn’t the flavor of the week anymore. I wasn’t doing big airs like my managers wanted from me. It was ironic, because I got twice to three times the exposure then some of my teammates were getting, but budgets were shrinking. My binding sponsor at the time, that situation still confuses me; among many others, even other employees at the brand. That’s all I’m going to say about that one.

Tight pants weren’t cool anymore, or did the look mutate to include tattoos and Harleys without you?

A lot of people who hated me/Corey (Smith) for our fashion trend, now look like us. Whatever though. I’m over it. My favorite quote used to be, “The haters are just jealous.”

You’re always selling your possessions on Craigslist, could you survive without your digital income?

I used to donate to thrift stores. Now that I don’t have a big income, Craigslist is invaluable. I’ve got a couple extra cameras, some retro furniture, and a bike if you’re interested.

millerCalifornia cowboy Johnny Miller tuckin’ up and flyin’ by.               p. Robbie Sell

After a snowboard career how is your body holding up?

All those harsh landings are showing. I sometimes have ankle issues, a rib in my has been dislocating for eight years, back pains once in a while, but my neck has been a problem everyday. It doesn’t help that I lug around all the heavy camera gear and still ride a bunch. It’s just a part of daily life now. You deal with it, and get on.

Years ago your meniscus was down to 15% of its original size, how is it holding up now?

Yeah, I got over-pronation on my right knee. I don’t know if it’s just how my knee is, or if it was from riding that worsened it. My back/neck pain overpower that though, so it doesn’t bother me.

What’s up with this neck pain?

I went to a sports therapist for a couple years during the last bit of my filming days. My body was/is so tweaked. My spine is slightly rotated to the left, from being a regular footer. My neck has 3rd degree disk degeneration, or something like that. Just too many brutal landings, and the top three or four vertebrae began fusing together from it.

Drink of choice?

Bourbon, or Coors Light, or both.

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Travis Kennedy is going to make Forum feel stupid once his T9 part drops.           p. Robbie Sell

How did you transition into a life behind the lens?

I was always more concerned with magazine coverage than video parts, which makes sense about my current career. When I was making tens of thousands as a pro snowboarder, I bought camera equipment when I could. I was still filming for People, and after I would get my shot, I would hang with other awesome riders, and take pictures of them. It was the best interning you could get, because I was right there with guys like Andy Wright, Rob Mathis, Mark Welsh, Mark Kohlman, and others, who were the best inspiration ever. They never leaked their secrets, but I would pay attention a little.

When did photography become a serious gig?

When I got dropped by my sponsors. It was what I wanted to do, and a natural transition from my past. I already knew how film/photoshoots were run, I had a huge network of athletes who were already comfortable with me and trusted me, and the magazine editors already knew my name. It was just too perfect to do anything else. All I had to do, was learn how to take a professional picture. Reading books, experimenting, trial/error, workshops, and advice from mentors has gotten me to where I am today.

Have you taken any cover shots?

I’ve got a couple. Austin Smith on the last Future Snowboard Mag, and Robbie Walker on Snowboarder AUS.

messierWhere is Eric Messier coming from and where the hell does he think he’s going?       p. Robbie Sell

What camera do you shoot with?

Mainly, a vintage Canon digital. Vintage by 2010 standards. I shoot a little film still after I know I’ve gotten a keeper.

Is there a style to your photography? Is there something you want your photos to be known for or a theme to link them?

Yeah, awesome, pysche! Kevin Zacher has told me to find a certain style, and run with it so they are recognizable without the tag on it. But I don’t go out with a certain feel, except to make a scene/rider look the best they can, or mad artsy if the spot isn’t dangerous. I just remember seeing photos of myself, that I risked my life for, and the shots completely not showing how gnarly it was or what I went through, and I don’t want others to feel that same way. I’m a snowboarder more so than an artist.

superparkIf Bigfoot was a snowboarder this would be his wet dream.         p. Robbie Sell

Do you see more meth or hookers now that you live in Reno?

I don’t meth around, but for entertainment we’ll drive down 4th street and play “spot the hooker”. It’s like slug-bug.

eric_fernEric Fernandez getting nasty on this concrete behemoth.

Do you think your snowboarding background helped to make you a better photographer?

No.

Do you think there are worse photographers than you?

Yes.

Watering hole of choice in Reno?

There’s too many to say just one. Lincoln Lounge, St James, Chapel, Imperial, Tonic, Broken Spoke, and that’s all in a couple block radius. Pie Face will be my choice in the future.

Aren’t you still sponsored?

I don’t know why, but a few brands have my back right now. It’s not like I was of legendary status or anything, but big thanks to Compatriot Snowboards, Comune Clothing, Sabre, Thirtytwo, Active. Oh, and of course Coal Headwear.

Enjoy more Robert Harold Sell at Robbiesell.com

“Nick’s Night” This Friday at Exit Real World

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Apparently Yobeat has hit it big as our own Nick Lipton will be hosting a Fuel TV movie night something or other at Exit Real World’s Bridgeport location this Friday the 12th of February. Come out for some good laughs at Nick’s expense, some good movie watching and a chance at getting free stuff. Rumor has it the raffle won’t be exactly random or fair, but based on what is funniest, most dramatic and least boring. So if you happen to be in the Portland, Oregon area this Friday come out to Exit Real World at Brideport village to watch video parts from Nima Jalali, Corey Smith, Darrell Mathes, Nick Dirks, Mark Frank Montoya, Scotty Wittlake, Travis Parker and all the other riders Nick wants to showcase as he does who knows what for who knows what size of an audience.

Holden’s on Vimeo

They boys at Holden finally got with the decade and set up a  Vimeo page, just in time for it to be over. But they’ve spent the last month filling it with fun little videos, which will certainly help you waste some time today, such as Scotty Vision, Failed Video Concepts, and this gem including Mikey Leblanc and a pumpkin patch. If you enjoy randomness you can check them all out here. Read more

High Fives with Todd Richards- Summer Time!

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School is out for summer and unless you are a parent or a senior citizen that means it is time to blow off some steam. Fire up the BBQ, rub on the SPF, and puke before sundown. This week Todd shares his newfound passion for windsurfing and a plethora of lovely details about life at Mt. Hood during the summer months.  Get ready for a history lesson. Todd has logged more than 32 years as a camper/coach at various summer camps, and has survived everything from the great Government Camp herpes outbreak to the truly unruly days of summer snowboarding. Enjoy.

1. School’s out for summer. What is Todd’s dream summer vacation?

Todd: Ahh… fackin’ summahs on the cape gettin’ wicked tan and poundin’ gannies. Hard to believe at one time my dream was to go to Hood for 2.5 months. Dear God, that sounds like fucking Guantanamo Bay. I think I’m just going to kick back and take windsurfing lessons.

2. Most kids would give their left nut for the opportunity to get to Mt. Hood during the summer. What ruined it for you? What are the top five reasons summer snowboarding makes you sick to your stomach?

Todd: Dude nothing ruined it for me, well except that I was dating a fucking ghoul that ran the camp for a summer or two. God she sucked. I can think of the top 5 reasons that as soon as I get to Hood I begin to think about running back to PDX.

1. It’s all sweaty in your balls, I really don’t like swamp crotch. I once tried to combat it with baby powder but I ended up making cement on my coin purse.

2. Those God damned bees that attack you non-stop on the glacier. Look bee, just because I am wearing a nice bright jacket doesn’t mean that you can pollinate me. I save that for when I go to San Francisco.

3. Shit never drying. I swear last year I went to Hood for 15 minutes, came back, put my shit away, then went and grabbed it for opening day in November and the fucking shit was still Hood wet.

4.That mound of butter at Huckleberries that will never shrink. That stuff is not right. It could be 900 degrees in there and that stuff is solid as a rock. It reminds me of that big tower that the dude made in Close Encounters of the Third Kind in his living room. Oh shit, I just alienated 95% of the audience.

5. Getting torn up by salty snow. I can’t tell you how many times I have just mellowly fallen over in a half pipe at Hood only to find that my back looks like it just got raped by a god damned Puma. Then, oh yeah, this was cool. One year I got staph from a halfpipe salt sodimization, that was not in the brochure I can assure you.

3. Best Scotty Wittlake moment during the summer months? Would you advise kids to follow in his footsteps for a cheap way to ride all summer?

Todd: Oh man, Scotty. My best memory of him is when he used to like climb up Hood and hide in the rocks and lurk ‘til all the camps left, then ride by himself. This was way back when he drove a red Subaru and had teeth. The best way that kids can ride cheap up there in the summer time is to, well, look like each other. If you can find like friends that look like your twins then you can all split a pass. You might cut your hair a certain way, maybe get matching neck tattoos, or just get one of those savage goggle tans that you will have when your 60-years-old. I believe that those are called cancer beards.

4. What sounds more pleasing to old man Todd? A summer full of snowboarding and hot dogs, or one of summer love, slip n’ slides, warm nights, and the other ingredients that combine to create the iconic American summer?

Todd: Damn, this is tough. It’s tugging on my feelings. Todd now wants to hang at the beach and increase his mole count. Summer then would be chasing dragons in hopes that someday he would get to mate with a princess. God seems like they were all dragons back then, or bridge trolls. Seeing as how I participated in Government Camp games back when all the camps were just coke fronts, then back to real camps, I have been through most of the different incarnations of “camp” up there. From there being a vert ramp every summer, to this big paper mache dog burning down a car in the street, to Harrison Ford dropping his kid off and me making a God damned fool of myself, to the Offspring playing at Ski Bowl and some kid lighting himself on fire, to the spread of herpes through the whole Government Camp by this fucking swamp donkey hippie, oh man those were all amazing times. Wait what was the question?

5. Can you describe the Government Camp singles scene come summer time?

Todd: Sheet, well things have changed up there. It used to be drier than the Queen of England’s uterus. Now with the influx of new emotional camp staff the ratio is pretty good, I guess. Back in the day it was like one hot chick and a bunch of retarded gorillas all trying to impress her. I usually had a chick back home so I wasn’t really in the salmon stream trying to spawn. Many broken hearts though. I watched so many dudes get led on by chicks in Hood for free gear. You were better off just trying to smash some Govy’ locals sasquatch beaver then deal with all the headaches of getting to “make out” with the one cute girl. The local talent wants to “make in” just make sure you wrap the hotdog. Those chicks are looking to breed outside their gene pool.

Atmosphere’s Hips and Lips

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Scotty Wittlake and Jimmy Fontaine were in attendance.

There was a contest on Sunday. It was the first annual Hips and Lips. Atmosphere clothing put it on with help from the Timberline park crew. A giant hip was built, lots of kids showed up, and a couple of pros rode by. Many of the would-be “good kids” were afraid of the hip and wouldn’t drop in. Transition is a bitch when you have no edge control. Too bad for the self-conscious kids because the event was fun.

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Look at that grab, seriously, you can’t do that. p. Darcy Bacha

All walks of life showed up for this event. “Johnny Rocket,” a very young ski racer, couldn’t get much air, but when you’re two feet tall people are stoked that you even showed up. Kid Rocket also announced that he liked snowboarding and will soon be ditching the skis for a board. Also, some girl stepped up the game plan by spinning upside down a lot, something many of the boys couldn’t dream of doing. Sacking up can be hard when you’re trying to look “hella steezy.”

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“Johnny Rocket” was awesome.

A few of the ten million riders did manage to put on a skillful show. Some kid named Johnny from Michigan double cork 1080’d to his face, breaking his ribs and sending him packing.  Break-neck Mt. Hood local Jerry Thompson took the show by actually landing his tricks. No one knew Jerry could leave the ground, but he quickly put that rumor to rest with double overhead this and thats. A few other soldiers launched as well, but they generally ate shit. Oh yeah, Matt Guess spun and flipped his way to a bloody lip and a lot of cheering from the crowd. The rest of the competition played a game of “who can catch the least air.” Yobeat will save you from that boredom. In a nutshell, the contest was fun and people loved the product toss. Consider this contest a success, especially since Atmopshere held a delicious bento cookout in the parking lot.

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Jerry Thompson, big winner, can now pay off his debt, sorta.

Below are a few photos provided by contributing photographer Darcy Bacha.

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Matt Guess going upside down and sideways. p. Darcy Bacha

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A mean tailgrab by someone talented. p. Darcy Bacha

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Darrell Mathes nicknamed this guy “Sasquatch” he was actually really good. p. Darcy Bacha