If one area of Mammoth’s Main Park could embody the entire vibe of Day 2 at Ms. Superpark, it would be the pondskim that emerged midday near the entrance to the park. Kelly Underwood, Hana Beaman, Robin Van Gyn and Ashley Thornton lead with some lean-backs over the water and the rampant excitement surged like a tidal wave down the rest of Main Park. With perfect Mammoth blue skies, the second day of Ms. was all hot-and-sunny-slushy-snow-and-tons-of-laps-from-nine-‘til-four. It was party boardin’ at its best, though don’t think that when these riders are having a blast they aren’t stacking heavy shots the whole time, too.
Walking into Hana Beaman‘s old one-bedroom apartment in Bellingham,Wash., you might not know where to look first. Your eyes might dart from the snowboarder’s vintage multi-bulbed chandelier to her headboard made of three attached doors to her collection of hand-painted wood pieces featuring illustrations of a rooster, an eagle, a fish and a snowflake. These are just of the few of the treasures the three-time X Games Aspen silver-medalist has found during her many thrift shopping adventures around the world.
“My apartment was furnished with all thrift, garage sale, and Craigslist finds in one week. I think I spent under $1,000 on the whole place and I loved it,” said the 31-year-old, who was named Snowboarder Magazine’s Women’s Rider of the Year in 2013 despite having hung up her competition bib a year earlier. Though she made a push to be part of slopestyle’s Olympic debut in Sochi this winter, she had already pretty much devoted herself entirely to filming back-country riding, which is what she’s doing this March in Europe (Italy and Switzerland) as well as in Montana with her production company, P.S. Webisodes.
“Traveling has probably encouraged this growing obsession since every town I visit has a different personality and different treasures. What you find says a lot about the town and the people,” said Beaman, who believes she began thrifting 12 years ago while living in Mammoth, Calif., where she would often visit the only secondhand shop in town for furniture and costumes for dress-up parties.
While the hunt for hidden gems is the biggest lure, Beaman is also in it for the good karma. “I like the thought of reusing items instead of just tossing them out. So many people just get rid of stuff they don’t like anymore. I’m guilty of this, too. We’re a pretty disposable society and being able to lengthen the life of some stuff makes me feel better about it all.
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
(Bellingham, Washington) Hana Beaman invites us into her home in Bellingham as she prepares for backcountry season. Experience her perspective on exploring uncharted powder and what she envisions for the future of women in snowboarding.
Music: “I’m Not the One You’re Looking For” by Hunx, “Silk” by All India Radio, and “Oh Mein M” by Dum Dum Girls
Thirteen years into her career as a snowboarder, Hana Beaman has grown from a contest rider to the best backcountry freestyler in female snowboarding. The Big Bear, CA native talks the early days of Grenade in the Mammoth Mansion, fear of missing out, and being comfortably scared.
A few months back I invited Hana Beaman to the Volcom Pipeline house on O’ahu, HI for a week of September surf. She declined because she would be returning from South America the day before we were set to leave and had a wedding to attend that night. She thought it would be too hectic.
Hours into the trip and mid-edit of this interview the texts started coming in: “How many boards are there?” “What are the waves doing?” After waking up jetlagged and hung over from the wedding, Hana booked a flight for Hawaii leaving just four hours later.
Impulsive and afraid of missing out, Hana has a wild inability to sit still…