Screamin’ Eagles at Mt. Hood – Olympics on the Mind – Episode 7 at Mt. Hood

Most likely the only national team in the world that would use a soulful r&b track in a promotional video, but that’s why snowboarding and the Screamin’ Eagles are tight. The gang heads to Mt. Hood for a week of bluebird days and serene sunsets, dialing moves that may or may not be seen in the 2018 Olympics.

Featuring Red Gerard, Chandler Hunt, Judd Henkes, Eric Beauchemin, Chris Corning, Karly Shorr, Chas Guldemond, and Benny Milam.

Film and edit by Drew Hastings.
Additional film and drone by Danny Kern.

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Screamin’ Eagles: Episode 3 – Copper Grand Prix and Red’s Backyard

The U.S. Snowboarding squad goes full send at the Copper Grand Prix, then gets time to chill in Red’s Backyard.

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U.S. Snowboarding Team: Screamin’ Eagles – Episode Three – From The Grand Prix to the Gerard’s backyard!

The U.S. Snowboarding Team heads to a World Cup Event, The Copper Grand Prix, with Jamie Anderson, Brock Crouch, Red Gerard and more!

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Neff Land 4.0 at Boreal Opens! – Ahoy Mates!

Neff Land 4.0 drops a new video from the park at Woodward Tahoe.

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Screamin’ Eagles: Episode 2 – Austria

Full on aerial assault with the US Snowboarding team at the Stubai Zoo.

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Screamin’ Eagles: Episode 2 – Austria – U.S. Snowboarding with style.

U.S.A. Snowboarding with style.

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Contest Kids Episode 6: Mammoth Mixtape

Inspired by a culture that’s propelled by individuality & progression, The Contest Kids continuously push the boundaries even when they’re not competing.

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Chas Guldemond and Dash Kamp – Northstar Spring Laps

Chas Guldemond and Dash Kamp skip the side hits and target Northstar’s gnarliest for a few super-sized hits in the prime spring conditions. There’s something ironic about applying sunscreen, you know, for protection, and then pinning it at the most lethal features in the park. But we get it. Sun burns suck.

Film and edited by Rich Mangum.

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Fenway Big Air and Burton US Open – Contest Kids Episode 5

The Contest Kids add some medals to their collections at the Big Air in Fenway and during the Burton US Open.

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Contest Kids: Episode Five – Fenway Big Air and Burton US Open

Episode Five of Contest Kids takes you from icy downtown Boston to the powdery snowpack at Vail resort, showing how far and into what clashing environments the contest circuit can lead you. At Fenway Big Air riders assembled in Boston, Massachusetts where accents are as unforgiving as the terrain. The contest kids duked it out beneath the menacing stare of the Green Monster. After this inner-city showdown, the troupe decamped from the ballpark and hit the ol’ crusty trail for the Burton US Open. In Colorado they found a meaty course. Tricks couldn’t help but be sent. And one turtle costume could not help but be donned. When Eric Beauchemin claimed silver at the Open, stepping to the podium in his Ninja Turtle garb, it may have been the most cowabunga moment in snowboarding history. Featuring Chas Guldemond, Jessika Jenson, Julia Marino, Nik Baden, Kyle Mack, Brandon Davis, Red Gerard, Brock Crouch, Lyon Farrel, Karly Shorr,Eric Beauchemin, Eric Willett, Jamie Anderson, Ryan Stassel, Hailey Langland.

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Contest Kids: Episode Four – Breck and Mammoth

The Contest Kids are racking up those frequent flyer miles. In this episode our start-listers bounce around Breckenridge, Park City, and Mammoth Mountain. At each of these premier locations, ample crazy shit goes down. Some people have air awareness, but jump the skills displayed in this video transcend that. The Contest Kids are hyper attuned to the gnarly velocity that accompanies flipping through the atmosphere; they also have a face-slapping rail game. Considering that most of these vertigo-inducing moves are stepping stones to winning giant checks, it’s very appropriate to say that these tricks are money. Featuring Brock Crouch, Lyon Farrell, Brandon Davis, Ryan Stassel, Nik Baden, Eric Beauchemin, Brett Moody,  Chandler Hunt, Hailey Langland, Karly Shorr, Jessika Jenson, Julia Marino, Kyle Mack, Red Gerard, Jed Sky, Reid Smith, Chas Guldemond, and Eric Willett.

Film and edit by Drew Hastings.

Read the full Contest Kids: Episode Four – Breck and Mammoth article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Big Air in Boston: Snowboarding hits it out of the park at the Fenway Big Air

words: Brendan Hart
photos: Mike Azevedo and T. Bird
captions: T. Bird

In its long history, Boston has witnessed its fair share of spectacles. But a US Snowboarding Grand Prix event in Fenway Park with a $75,000 cash purse was, well, a whole different ball game.

There has been a lot of hype around the proportions of the ramp for the Polartec Big Air on the Sox’s hallowed turf. In truth, the kicker did not have an exorbitant gap, but the ramp itself was undeniably gargantuan. The Green Monster, cowering in its corner, was sufficiently emasculated by the centerfield colossus. On the first day of practice Ty Walker fractured her T7 vertebrae on the hulking structure. After qualifying for finals, Sage Kotsenburg was warming up with a frontside 900 nose grab off the toes. He caught the knuckle, then his edge, splintering his helmet, and had to sit out of the event. Two Olympians sidelined. This jump was no joke.

On February 11, 2016, Big Air made its Beantown debut. Bostonians flooded their beloved ballpark, hoping to have their expectations exceeded, and, let’s be honest, see slams at their grandest. They were all swaddled in numerous layers of clothing—yellow B’s, shamrocks, and twin red stockings were common motifs. Each heavily clothed human served as a reminder that Boston is a city that has a deep love for sports. And that it was really fucking cold. But despite the below-freezing atmosphere, on Thursday night Fenway Park was seething with gusto. By the beginning of finals practice, emcees Nelson Wormstead and Preston Strout had brought the crowd to a boil. When the riders began warming up, the sea of onlookers was already entranced, becoming more orchestra than audience, responding with roaring crescendos after watching each electrifying hit. Decibel-wise, it was as if every trick were a home run.

After a chilling, if not freezing, rendition of the national anthem, the competition kicked off at 8:00 pm. Six women and nine men had earned spots in the finals from the qualifier events that were held earlier in the day. The riders had three runs to put down a minimum of two different tricks. Their two best hits would be combined to form their final score.

As Fenway is a place of baseball, therefore dominated by men, it was a special occasion for women’s sports. The ladies delivered, sending a solid assortment of spins and flips through the Boston night air. Canadian Brooke Voigt snagged third place with a backside and frontside 360, and her compatriot Jenna Blasman took second with a frontside 360 and a backside 720.

Julia Marino, an 18-year-old from Connecticut, who has close ties with Boston, originally came to the event as a forerunner, not officially part of the competition. In a mixture of luck, fate, and talent, Julia got a spot to compete and ended up winning the whole shebang with a cab underflip and a bottom-of-the-landing backflip. A Cinderella story—only a lot more badass.

The men of the night also gave Boston much to drink beer about. 28-year-old NH native Chas Guldemond was a favorite throughout the contest, engaging the crowd in an interactive dialogue. Chas said, “It’s East Coast. One of the best crowds, for sure. It’s all my people.” Guldemond put down a cab doublecork 1260 stalefish and on his final hit, called his shot, pointing to the skyline with Babe Ruth-like poise, and then batted a backside 1080 mute insultingly past the sweet spot. The crowd respectfully flipped their shit.

Canadian Mikey Ciccarelli finished just ahead of Chas, also stomping a cab double cork 1260 and a huge backside double cork 1080 indy. The big winner of the Polartec Big Air was 21-year-old Quebecois Max Parrot, who put down a crisp cab double cork 1260 mute and a backside triple cork 1440, which caused the entire stadium to exhale in one great sigh of holy crap.

Here are the full results.

Men’s:
1st – Max Parrot
2nd – Mikey Ciccarelli
3rd – Chas Guldemond
4th – Seppe Smits
5th – Jonas Boesiger
6th – Mons Roisland
7th – Eric Beauchemin
8th – Lyon Farrell
9th – Michael Schaerer
10th – Sage Kotsenburg

Women’s:
1st – Julia Marino
2nd – Jenna Blasman
3rd – Brooke Voigt
4th – Spencer O’Brien
5th – Jessika Jenson
6th – Karly Shorr

Read the full Big Air in Boston: Snowboarding hits it out of the park at the Fenway Big Air article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Men’s Pipe and Slope Finals Video Recap From the 2015 Dew Tour

See all the video highlights from men’s slope and pipe finals from behind the scenes and on the deck at the 2015 Dew Tour.

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Dew Tour Breckenridge 2015: Mark McMorris, Stale Sandbech, and Darcy Sharpe take the podium in Men’s Slopestyle

words: Mary Walsh
photo: Mike Yoshida, Aaron Blatt, and Mary Walsh

The skies were smiling on Sunday, December 14th as Saturday’s powder storm opened up to bright sun, no clouds in sight. The demigods of the slopestyle circuit, who have paid their dues threefold trying to find speed in stormy conditions were treated to the best weather of Dew Tour weekend, a fitting close to this year’s event in Breckenridge.

The drop-in list was as stacked as ever, loaded with Scandinavians and Canadians ready to stake their claim to the podium. Stale Sandbech, Mark McMorris, Yuki Kadono, Sven Thorgren, Chas Guldemond Max Parrot and Darcy Sharpe, riders for whom a double cork is a casual necessity, deftly navigated the double rail line at the top of the course, the two double sets of jumps and the rail island mid-way down the run. Men’s slopestyle competition has been in constant change the past few years, speedily progressing as if toward some sort of trick selection singularity. Double corks, back-to-back double corks, triple corks, back-to-back triple corks. Twelves, fourteens, sixteens. And while the sheer number of revolutions is consistently increasing, the riders who have cemented themselves at the top of the phenomenon are equally as well-versed in style as they are in rotation. While there is always contention about the inherent style in a massive spin, these guys are just so good at snowboarding that they are able to infuse individual notes off of every jump they send, every time. There is the nuance of their grab selection when dipping a double, but additionally on Sunday, the three men that stood on top of the podium each kicked out massive, beautiful methods–the kind anyone, regardless of their inclination toward rails or jumps, contests or video parts, can harbor plenty of respect for–on their last hits of the day. Though these runs were not the ones that landed these guys trophies, of course, they are the ones that showcase the stunner duality of the best in the game.

2014 Dew Tour slope winner, Chas Guldemond was riding well, but wasn’t able to put down a clean run. Slope phenom Yuki Kadono also had trouble with his landing gear, finishing tenth. Sixteen-year-old Red Gerard, no stranger to sending his frame off jumps but new to the Dew, impressed the crowd, as well as the judges and landed a respectable fifth place, much to the excitement of his massive cheering section, including brothers Brendan and Trevor, who were hollering down at the bottom of the course.

Canadian Darcy Sharpe, who had one Dew win to his name already, placing first in Friday night’s Street Style event, came out firing on his first run, linking a 270 on and off on the second rail, and putting down a cab ten, switch back twelve, front ten off the toes and a back ten double, as well. He was given an 87, landing him a second extra-large trophy to figure out how to get across the boarder on Monday.

Stale Sandbech, whose proper riding extends from slow rotated threes to flat spin twelves clenched a very respectable score of 90 on his first go through the course on Sunday. He opened up with a cab 270 hardway on, followed up with a front 450 on in the upper rail line and ticked off a switch back double cork ten, cab double twelve, front ten and a backside triple cork fourteen on the jump lines. Stale was bumped to second place when Mark’s first score posted and wasn’t able to line up his final run score to best his first attempt. Nothing wrong with clenching second in the first contest of the year, though!

Mark McMorris, who has been the Dew Tour slope champ three out of the past four years regained podium gold on his first run, which he put down with his standard flawless consistency. Multiple 270 combinations in the upper rail section, a mellow frontboard 450 out on the battleship rail in the middle section, two doubles, a twelve, and of course the triple 1440 finisher on the last jump. For his first run efforts, Mark was awarded a 94.4, the score that would provide him with a banner start to the 2016 season.

Congrats to Mark, Stale and Darcy and thank you for the triple-method send off to the weekend. Cheers!

RESULTS
First – Mark McMorris, 94.40
Second –  Stale Sandbech, 90.00
Third – Darcy Sharpe, 87.00
Fourth – Max Parrot, 82.00
Sixth – Mons Roisland, 74.20
Seventh – Chas Guldemond, 45.20
Eighth – Tyler Nicholson, 44.80
Ninth – Mikey Ciccarelli, 36.00
Tenth – Yuki Kadono, 30.00
Eleventh – Sven Thorgren, 28.60
Twelfth – Kyle Mack, 20.80

Read the full Dew Tour Breckenridge 2015: Mark McMorris, Stale Sandbech, and Darcy Sharpe take the podium in Men’s Slopestyle article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Contest Kids – Episode Two – Stubai, Austria

Red Gerard, Eric Willett, Eric Beauchemin, Brett Moody, Hailey Langland, Brock Crouch, Chandler Hunt, Lyon Farrell, Ryan Stassel, Kyle Mack. That list of names reads eerily like a start list—as it should. The Contest Kids, the collective moniker for the U.S. slopestyle team, consists of some of the most viable contenders of today’s major competitions. With the all-important and demanding contest circuit about to kick off, top-riders of all nationalities have been frenziedly flocking to Stubai, Austria, where the jumps are crisp, groomed, and friggin’ huge. Essentially, an ideally gargantuan training facility. For the Contest Kids, who are striving to maximize their prowess before they have their mettlesome repertoires subjected to the meticulous eyes of the judges—the burlier the better.

Filmed and edited by Mia Lambson.

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Contest Kids Ep2: Stubai, Austria

For the second episode of the Contest Kids series, the star-studded cast congregates at the top of the Stubai terrain park in Tyrol, Austria.

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Strangers, Goons, and Olympians in the Stash at Northstar

What happens when you let loose a Yawgoon, some Strangers, and an Olympian into the Stash at Northstar for a powdery session? Some BA boarding goes down in the woods. Witness the stylings of Chas Guldemond, Riley Nickerson, Marcus Rand, and Brady Lem in the above video and take heart that this is only the beginning of the goodness you will see from these guys this season! Viva the crews.

Filmed by Brett Wulc and Marcus Rand.

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Contest Kids ep1: Australia

Every August, Perisher Parks hosts the best of the best snowboarders to start preparing for a winter full of contests.

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US Snowboarding – Contest Kids Episode One – Australia

The U.S. ambassadors of snowboarding Red Gerard, Brandon Davis, Kyle Mack, Ryan Stassel, Karly Shorr, Jessika Jenson, Haiyley Langland, Eric Willett, Sage Kotsenburg and Chas Guldemond are, more or less, contest kids. Although that term isn’t exactly glamorous—the snowboarding equivalent of mathlete—this season our extreme patriots are owning the moniker. As they should. Contests are in the midst of evolution. After decades of being about twists and turns, contests themselves are taking on a new spin. In the past few years there has a been a subtle series of revolutions and upheavals, a slow toppling of the antique system of stock runs, and the implementation of a new paradigm of eccentric lines and brazenly creative tricks. Even physically, slope style courses have been reshaped, now featuring a sprawling array of architectural inventiveness where three-jump tenements once reigned supreme. This summer the American podium walkers kicked it Down Under, where the sun was plentiful and the parks were prime. In essence, this is a glimpse of how our U.S. athletes are preparing for the upcoming ’16 contest circuit. Yet instead of uniform acrobatics, you see style, innovation—gnarly stuff, yet still loose and fun. The first episode of Contest Kids by Mia Lambson is a testament to the new-age philosophy of creative contest riding.

Read the full US Snowboarding – Contest Kids Episode One – Australia article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Mammoth Hot Laps : Recut

All of the hammers from the Hot Laps web series boiled down to one mega-edit. This is Mammoth Hot Laps Recut.

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