Short update from my trip to the LBS Legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom.
It was a hectic start! My flight from Munich to Washington DC had a delay of 40 minutes! I arrived at the airport at 16:30 and my boarding time to Seattle was at 16:35! I was the first guy at the customs and no one was there, after i got through the customs I had to wait for my bags before I could try to catch my flight to Seattle ( pain in the ass) after running and sweating my ass off, luckily I caught my flight to Seattle!
My friend pat from 686 and his wife Bethany picked me up at the airport and we drove to there’s place in Bellingham! Two days later Pat, Brent and I drove up to Glacier where Pat had his mountain house!
I have to say it was the best trip in the last ten years for me- no cameras, no stress to get shots, I had some beers with old friends, friends what i met over the last years as well i met some new people. I had some really cool snowboarding days with friends and being a part of the 29th banked slalom was unreal for me! the organizer’s told us: 1200 people tried to get a spot at this years banked slalom!
I always dreamed to race at this soul snowboarding event and this year- thanks to 686- I was part of this legendary banked slalom! they said: because of the snow conditions it was the craziest banked slalom in 29 years! I have been to backer a few times now but I never have seen Baker with this less of snow! at the racing weekend we had -15 degrees and the track was icy as hell!
I was so impressed how everybody was waxing there boards or some other guys brought two boards to the starting spot! I had nothing to use and maybe my waxing job was not that pro as someone elses but I qualified on Saturday for the final on Sunday! I felt super happy that i could race on the final day, so i had to go out for some beers to celebrate that i can race on the next day It was a fun night with friends. On the final day every rider had to race two times through the ice track! I am used to powder and i was super stoked that i survived that icy weekend with out any painful moments! This year I got the rank 36 and i will be back next year for the 30th legendary banked slalom — http://lbs.mtbaker.us !
Thanks to pat, Bethany, Brent, Sammy, Mike, Jenni…….. for an awesome time!!!
Stay tuned for some more updates!
All the best,
Marco was riding his Signature Series Board the Wild Life!
For their 2015 hard goods line, Ride teamed up with Denver based clothing brand Akomplice, imbuing their boards with the same supreme style Akomplice is famous for. A dark & stormy take on the tropics graces the top sheet, perfectly contrasted with a bright, sunny base. Plus, check out the shape… the Helix is an all around all-time snowboard.
- Snowboard Mag
Read full article in Snowboard Mag: HERE
Other work from Akomplice
After four solid days being hit over the head with the latest and greatest for 2015, we’ve found the time to reflect on our time spent at SIA and take stock of the gear that really impressed us, the next-level lines that literally had us drooling on the carpet of the Colorado Convention Center.
On the binding front, boosted flex, revamped tech and sleek style seemed to run rampant; here’s a run-down of the 5 bindings upping the ante this time around:
Created as part of Ride’s 2015 collab with Akomplice, the Rodeo binding is styled out to fit the Ride x AK Helix board, a sleek highback binding supported by aluminum heel cups. Good looks & solid tech, we’re stoked on what Ride is bringing to the table this time around.
Thanks Snowboard Mag!
Full Collection: All 6 episodes of Ride Snowboards’ “Because of Snowboarding” series
Ride Snowboards’ “Because of Snowboarding” was easily one of the sickest webisode series we’ve seen in a while. Then again, with a crew like Ride’s, we’re really not surprised. Here’s a roundup of all 6 episodes from Hana Beaman, Sebastien Toutant, Alex Cantin, Marco Feichtner, Austin Hironaka and Jake Blauvelt; check these out, you won’t be disappointed.
Because of Snowboarding – Hana Beaman – Episode 1
Because of Snowboarding – Sebastien Toutant – Episode 2
Because of Snowboarding -Alex Cantin – Episode 3
Because of Snowboarding – Marco Feichtner – Episode 4
Because of Snowboarding – Austin Hironaka – Episode 5
Because of Snowboarding – Jake Blauvelt – Episode 6
2013/2014 Ride Berzerker Jake Blauvelt pro model snowboard. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Lengths: 152, 155, 158, 159W, 161, 162W, 164, 165W, 168W
Ideal Terrain: All-mountain
When you think of Jake Blauvelt’s riding style a natural, creative flow comes to mind. But then there’s the occasional explosive act within, berzerking you could say. Jake designed his pro model for his type of riding, one that fits this electrified current. It has a slight directional shape and 3/4 inch setback stance with a bit of rocker in the nose and subtle camber throughout, giving it easy turn initiation, float in pow, solid snap in and out of turns, and powerful ollies. It’s laced with Ride’s urethane Slimewall sidewalls for vibration dampening, smooth flex, and impact protection. With a hybrid layup of fiberglass between the top and bottom the board isn’t overly stiff (it’s rated a five out of ten on Ride’s flex scale), but multiple arrays of carbon extend from the bindings and tip and tail to further edge control and pop. It comes finished with a screaming fast sintered base, too. Like a lone artist painting his way down a white canvas, this board is Jake’s signature brush.
About the Graphic
Brazilian Artist Bruno Novelli (a.k.a. Bruno 9li) stormed up the graphic frenzy on this board. Novelli, of Brazilian and Italian descent, has a keen interest in Amazonian rituals, painting history, and animated GIFs. Check out more of his work at bruno9li.com.
From Transworld Magazine
Get more information or sign up for the 2014 Ride Shakedown
In 2014, the 13th edition of the Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile will be held at Mont Saint-Sauveur (Saint-Sauveur, Quebec) on April 4 and 5. The 40 professional athletes invited from all over the world and promising amateurs will compete vigorously on the course (Big Air and Rail), for a total purse of $50,000.
This 13th edition is guaranteed to send adrenaline levels through the roof for athletes as well as the thousands of spectators expected on site. Spectator scan expect: a halftime show, partners village, booth, an autograph session with pros, after parties, live DJs, and much more. In other words, an incredible opportunity for thrill-seekers to discover snowboard culture and everything it has to offer.
The top three riders from the amateur qualification will each earn free admission to the Ride Shakedown semi-final. A total prize money of $50,000 CAD will be divided as follows:
1st place: $20,000
2nd place: $8,000
3rd place: $5,000
4th place: $2,000
5th place: $1,000
6th place: $800
7th place: $800
8th place: $800
9th place: $800
10th place: $800
Coors Light Rail Jam
The Rail Jam will follow a new approach for prize money. Two grand prizes will be awarded to the Best Trick and Best Overall athlete performances respectively. The top 10 finalists will earn a $500 purse.
Best Overall: $3,500
Best Trick: $2,000
Halftime skateboard show
$2,000 for the winner