A Wild RIDE to the Baker Banked

A WILD RIDE to Baker Banked

The RIDE team left cell service and headed into the North Cascades to participate in the oldest running snowboard event in America: the Legendary Banked Slalom.

It Really Is Legendary

Also known as the greatest one-and-a-half-minute leg work out in the world, LBS takes place in Mt. Baker’s historic natural halfpipe and is arguably the most prestigious snowboard race in the world. The weekend-long event attracts snowboardings top dogs–which is the reason we threw Jake Blauvelt, Hana Beaman and Jake Welch into the mix to see just how fast they could go.

Mt. Baker is Unforgiving

The Cascades are unpredictable and weather was not on the sides of the racers as near whiteout conditions ripped through the course during both qualifying days. High winds toppled old-growth trees, blocking roads and knocking out power for much of the area. Basically, Mother Nature was not having it.

However, race times came in and the boys made Sunday finals. When the storm broke, blue skies descended on the course and it was fast as heck. Winning gold isn’t really our style, so no storybook ending here but as you can tell by the photos, Welch, Hana and Blauvelt looked damn good doing it.

2017 Baker Banked Slalom Photo Gallery

Baker Banked Slalom

Blauvelt giving his Berzerker a final rub down
Baker Banked Slalom

Blauvelt hot into turn #3
Baker Banked Slalom

Welch staying low staying powerful
Baker Banked Slalom

Mt. Shuksan is seriously gorgeous. So is Blauvelts heelside turn
Baker Banked Slalom

Another day another perfect turn from Blauv
Baker Banked Slalom

Toe Side warm up carve from Welch
Baker Banked Slalom

Beaman entering the thunder dome
Baker Banked Slalom

Tanner McCarty all of a sudden realizing he’s not at his desk

The Legendary Banked Slalom

Held annually since 1985, LBS is regarded as the predecessor to the boardercross event and has been won by some of the biggest names in the history of snowboarding. The winner receives a Duct Tape trophy and an embroidered Carhartt jacket.

We’ll be partying out there again next year so sign up to receive event updates and we’ll see you there.

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RIDE x Napster: Playlists from the Pros

RIDE x Napster - Hana Beaman

No, you didn’t travel back in time to 1999. Napster really is back–and it’s badder than ever.

Now a global music streaming service, Napster offers millions of songs anywhere, anytime, without ads and without bullsh*t. And its commitment to delivering the best music for every moment is at the core of the 2017 Alpine Music Guide.

For the rest of the 2017 season, RIDE x Napster will release an exclusive playlist every other week so you can get an inside listen into what your favorite pros are rocking on the mountain, at the gym, in the car, or anywhere else. Our team riders are pumped to hand-select each and every track and you won’t be disappointed. Don’t want to wait? Perfect! Tune in RIGHT NOW for Ride Pro Hana Beaman‘s playlist.

Ride X Napster - Dillon Ojo

LISTEN NOW

And stay tuned for the soundtracks from RIDE Pros Jake BlauveltDillon OjoJake Welch, and Danimals. Because, you know, patience is a virtue.

RIDE x Napster Photo Contest

And we’re so stoked on this partnership that we’re giving away some custom RIDE x Napster gear by our very own Dave Banks as well. All you have to do is follow @RIDEsnowboards on Instagram and Facebook for contest rules.

Living and breathing snowboarding is what we do. Putting the music of top riders right into your ears is the next step.

Want more info? There’s a press release, but you know how we feel about those…


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Introspect Series – Hana Beaman – Vans

(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

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Hana Beaman in Frequency Magazine

Hana Beaman

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…

http://www.frqncy.com/issue/11.3/feature/Hana-Beaman

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Hana Beaman’s Ballsy Hump Day – YoBeat

Photo: Crispin Cannon

When you think about female snowboarders who rip you think about Hana Beaman. No, scratch that. When you think about people who rule at snowboarding you think about Hana Beaman. She fucking charges. Lays it out there. Has huge balls and they are made of steel. She can huck the Mt. Baker road gap. Effortlessly. Large backcountry lines? Not a problem. She was the first and only female rider for Grenade. She drives a bigger truck than you, rides motorcycles, can shotgun a beer and possibly was a sledneck in her past life. The Olympics? She might go for gold and start another cold war with Russia. In an old sausage factory of stale weiners, Hana truly stands out and her influence on the last 10+ years of female progression in snowboarding cannot be understated. Most importantly, she is doing what we all love. Snowboarding till the wheels fall off.

So when did you realize you didn’t have any balls?

Probably when I was about four (laughing). I was like, “oh I am girl!”

 

How did you get addicted to the shred?

Oh man, I dunno? It was kind of like how kids go play soccer when they are little and just get into it. Snowboarding kind of became my after school activity and then I think when I was 15 or so i finally saw a snowboard video. I didn’t even know those existed, really. Whoa, thats crazy! People do this for a living? Thats kind of where my perspective on snowboarding came from, like “I want to do that! That’s my deal.” I got into the park. That was the hook.

Read more about Hana Beaman’s huge balls on Yobeat…

 

 

Hana’s Setup

Road To Ruin Insulated Jacket
Road To Ruin Insulated Jacket

Hellcat
Hellcat

Fame
Fame

Wasted Pant
Wasted Pant

 

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‘Because of Snowboarding’ Short Film Series Launches with Hana Beaman

Because of Snowboarding Series – Episode 1 – Hana Beaman from Ride Snowboards on Vimeo.

Hana Beaman is bad ass. She rides a motorcycle, travels the world, & rides gnarly shit. Our new ‘Because of Snowboarding’ series launched today with Hana’s segment that gives you a short glimpse into her world. Learn why she loves snowboarding so much and what it means to her. We’ll launch a new segment every week on the ride site so stay tuned.

About the Series

The series features Ride’s Austin Hironaka, Hana Beaman, Alex Cantin, Marco Feichtner, Sebastien Toutant, and Jake Blauvelt. Video segments were shot around the globe, from Marco’s hometown stomping grounds in Austria, to Seb’s haunts of Mont Saint-Sauveur and Whistler, and Hana’s search of the next best line. Each short film is dedicated to highlighting a different pro rider, and captures the personal stories and intimacy each rider has with snowboarding.

Because of Snowboarding is directed and produced by Crispin Cannon and Shaun Anderson of The Solidarity Union.

Music by:

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Artist: Gang Signs
Track: Prequel – HUMANS remix
Album: Remixes
Label: Hybridity Music
http://gangxsigns.bandcamp.com

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