Anna Gasser Takes Gold Over Jamie Anderson in 2018 Winter Olympic Big Air Final

With best two-out-of-three scoring, Anna Gasser dropped for her third-and-final run sitting in the silver medal position. After landing a flawless backside double cork 1080 and waiting for an eventual 96.00 to flash across the scoring screen, she officially overtook Jamie Anderson, who had been leading the whole time, for the first ever gold awarded in Snowboard Big Air on the Olympic stage. Jamie Anderson did all that she could to stay in the lead until the final rider on the day, Gasser, put together a combined score of 185.00, which was over seven points higher than her total of 177.25.

New Zealand’s young rider, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, had a strong showing on the day ending up with a bronze along the two freestyle giants. For the first ever Olympic Big Air final, we’d say it was quite the story, filled with progression, drama, and another third-and-final drop winner. Check back soon for more coverage from the 2018 Winter Olympics right here on TransWorld SNOWboarding!

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Carlos Garcia Knight Tops Qualifying Heat For Men’s Big Air at 2018 Winter Olympics

Following Anna Gasser’s performance in the women’s qualifier earlier this week, Big Air debuted for the men as at the 2018 Winter Olympics under sunny skies and a large crowd. Canada’s Max Parrot lead the pack in the first heat with a score of 92.50 after landing a textbook frontside triple cork 1440, followed closely behind Niklas Mattson of Sweden and the USA’s Kyle Mack.



Mack chose a different route, going backside triple 1440 with a Japan grab that was easily one of our highlights from the whole Olympics. Rounding out the six to qualify from the first heat was USA’s Chris Corning, Switzerland’s Michael Schaerer, and the golden boy from slopestyle, Red Gerard.



For the second heat, the group of riders arguably threw down a bit harder with Carlos Garcia Knight scoring the highest on the day with a huge 97.50 on a massive switch backside 1620 on his second run. The lowest score advancing from the second heat was a 90.50 (posted by Billy Morgan), which was higher than 5 out of 6 qualifiers making it out of the first. Notably, one of the favorites to win it all, Marcus Kleveland, did not advance to the finals after he was unable to land a run on either of his two tries.



The lone Norwegian to advance to the finals will be Torgeir Bergrem, who posted a 94.25 on his first run and then proceeded to set the snowboarding world on fire with a switch back 540 method that despite its score, had everyone claiming the best drop of the night. Canadian heavyweights Mark McMorris and Seb Toots had strong showings to qualify, while their fellow countryman Tyler Nicholson just missed the finals by a point. If that was just the qualifiers, we can’t wait to see what goes down in finals. Full results below:

Heat 1 Qualifiers:
Max Parrot – 92.50
Niklas Mattsson – 90.00
Kyle Mack – 88.75
Chris Corning — 88.00
Michael Schaerer — 87.00
Red Gerard — 85.00

Heat 2 Qualifiers:
Carlos Garcia Knight — 97.50
Jonas Boesiger — 96.00
Mark McMorris — 95.75
Torgeir Bergrem — 94.25
Seb Toots — 91.00
Billy Morgan — 90.50

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2018 Winter Olympic Men’s Big Air Preview with U.S. Snowboarder Kyle Mack

With the men about to drop for Big Air in a few hours, we shot over some texts to U.S. team rider Kyle Mack while he was hanging in the athlete village to check in with how his Olympic experience has gone so far. He competed in slopestyle, just missing out on finals, but looks to make a name for himself in Big Air later tonight. Keep an eye out as he drops in with Mark McMorris, Marcus Kleveland, Torgeir Bergrem, Chris Corning, Red Gerard, Stale Sandbech, Sebbe de Buck, and the rest of the stacked field at the Alpensia venue in PyeongChang tonight! (Check out more 2018 Winter Olympic coverage here!)

The Big Air venue sits in the Mountain Cluster of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. PHOTO: Mark Clavin

So how is it being a first time Olympian?
It’s been amazing! It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.

Everything you thought it would be?
Yeah, so far has just been a crazy journey.

How is the food?
I love Korean food so I’ve been really enjoying it, but the McDonald’s here has been on point as well.

Fueled by McDonalds, Mack sits on top of the drop in during practice. PHOTO: Mark Clavin

How’s the athlete village?
It’s crazy! So many different people and country’s that all want to do the best. It’s been a pretty serious vibe but I’ve tried to be as cheerful as I can be.

Who are you rooming with?
I’ve been rooming with Red Gerard.

What was it like seeing Red medal?
It was crazy. Seeing one of my closest friends win has been so much fun.

What do you like more, slope or big air?
I like slope more because it shows more of an all around rider, but still very excited for big air.

Will Red Gerard’s roommate win gold in South Korea as well? PHOTO: Mark Clavin

Thoughts on the jump/landing?
The jump is really good and not too much impact on the landing. Mellow.

Were you a fan of the Olympics before?
I have always been a fan. I’ve wanted to go to the Olympics since I was a kid.

Does the arena feel different with the Olympic rings overshadowing it or is it just a normal contest?
It’s a normal contest! I compete with all the same kids all year long and it has added more pressure to some of them but for me, I’ve just been doing the same thing as I’ve always done.

What are some differences between the Olympics and X Games or other contests this past year?
It’s bigger then any other contest I’ve been to, and more people watching then I could ever imagine. Pretty insane.

See you in qualifiers Kyle! PHOTO: Mark Clavin

What do you think about snowboarding in the Olympics?
It’s a huge showcase. Most people don’t get it like other sports, but it’s awesome to show what we do to the world.

What would it mean to medal in South Korea?
It would mean a lot. It’s a huge thing to do and would be a crazy experience.

Any tricks we can plan on seeing from you?
You’ll have to wait and see…

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Snowboarder Wins Gold in Skiing Super-G Against Lindsey Vonn at 2018 Winter Olympics

We normally don’t report on skiing events, but this is just too good to be true. Primarily a snowboarder, 22-year-old Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic won the women’s super-G gold on skis at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea against Lindsey Vonn and a bunch of other skiers that we have never heard of. Most importantly, she beat Lindsey Vonn, which now makes us understand why Lindsey was so adamant about separating skiing and snowboarding in her statements last year. She was afraid of losing, and that fear has officially come to fruition, getting knocked off the podium and ending up in sixth place while Ledecka claimed gold with a time of 1:21.11.

It was a historic first, marking Ester as the first athlete to ever compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics, and what a way to come out swinging. Vonn was quoted after saying, “I wish I had as much athleticism as she has that I could just hop from sport to sport and just, like, win everything. But unfortunately, I’m only good at ski racing – and she still beat me.”

The story just keeps getting better. Already focusing on another event, NBC supposedly reported that an Austrian had won, not even giving the 26th position skier a chance to pull off the upset. And then the 26th position skier, or snowboarder we should say (Ledecka), borrowed a pair of American phenom Mikaela Shiffrin’s skis, and proceeded to create arguably the biggest upset of the 2018 Winter Olympics. “I was probably the only snowboarder on site. All the other girls didn’t risk a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to do my best run.” -Ester Ledecka.

From all of snowboarding, we would just like to say thanks Ester, and good luck in your next race!

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Anna Gasser’s First Place Cab Double Cork 1080 From 2018 Winter Olympic Big Air Debut

Big Air has officially made it into the 2018 Winter Olympics, and although the riders have been stuck in athlete village for the past three weeks, it looks like finals is going to go off. Anna Gasser steps up from her first run to qualify first heading into finals later this week with a Cab Double Cork 1080, expertly called by none other than the nicest man in snowboarding, DC. Check out all the coverage from snowboarding in the 2018 Winter Olympics here on TransWorld SNOWboarding!

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Anna Gasser Qualifies First with 98.00 in Big Air Debut at 2018 Winter Olympics

Anna Gasser was excited when she heard the news that Big Air was added to the 2018 Winter Olympics, and now she sits with the top spot headed into the finals on Thursday with a 98.00 after beating out the rest of the field with a cab double 1080 on her second run. The riding level was extremely competitive for the qualifier, with a 76.75 coming in as the lowest score advancing.

The venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics Big Air debut. PHOTO: Mark Clavin

Already safely seated in the top five, Gasser dropped in front of a sizable crowd at the Alpensia Ski Resort, which has been used predominately for the ski jumping portion of the 2018 Winter Olympics until today, and rode away with first place firmly in her grasp after executing a stylish cab double cork 1080. It will be hard to top come finals, but the United States’ Jamie Anderson, as well as Japan’s Reira Iwabuchi and Yuka Fujimori, will battle Anna and the field of 12 for a chance at the first ever Olympic gold medal in the sport.

Notably, U.S. favorite Hailey Langland did not qualify for finals after failing to put down a second run with a high enough score, but three other U.S. riders will make an appearance in the final (Jessika Jenson, Jamie Anderson, Julia Marino). Full results below:

  1. 1. Anna Gasser
  2. 2. Yuka Fukimori
  3. 3. Reira Iwabuchi
  4. 4. Laurie Blouin
  5. 5. Zoi Synnott
  6. 6. Jamie Anderson
  7. 7. Miyabi Onitsuka
  8. 8. Sina Candrian
  9. 9. Julia Marino
  10. 10.Silje Norendal
  11. 11. Spencer O’Brien
  12. 12. Jessika Jenson

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Sunday in the Park 2018: Episode 7

Sunday in the Park episode 7 at Bear Mountain features Blake Axelson, Keoni Kaimuloa, Brandan Monahan, Melissa Evans, Matt Carlyle, Matt Robinson, Don Wheeler, Kody Williams, and Anthony Slater.

Filming/Editing: Kyle Schafer @jupiterpeopleMotion

Graphics: Kyle Schafer @jupiterpeople

Photo: Kyle Schafer @jupiterpeople

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Boreal Mountain, California: Pop-Up Park Volume 2

Boreal Mountain California has kept spirits high by creating a unique shredder’s paradise called Boreal Pop-Up Park! Pop-Up Park is a One-Of-A-Kind terrain park that only lasts for five days. Boreal invited Northern California’s best jibbers and jumpers for an opening day private shoot followed by five days of shred time for the public to enjoy.

The private shoot started out with coffee and donuts in Moondoes Café, located in Woodward Tahoe. Despite the heavy winds, local rippers such as Nate Haust, Eric Royce, Tim Humphreys and Christian Connors came through ready to put down some hammers in our second ever #BorealPopUpPark! Pizza, from Reno’s best pizza parlor, Noble Pies, kept these boarders fueled throughout the day.

This Pop-Up Park, located on the upper east side of the mountain utilized the Gold Rush Shack as one of the many jumps in the park. From countless innovative railfeatures to crazy tree gaps to endless transitions; this park provided everything to keep you hiking and hot lapping all day. It seemed as though Super Park had found its way to Boreal!

Pros, pizza, doughnuts and terrain parks, what more could you ask for? Don’t snooze, the countdown has begun! You only have this long weekend to experience itbefore it’s gone! More info at www.rideboreal.com.

Video features Eric Royce, Matt Shaffer, Jesse Gomez, Skyler Gallardo, Bryce Salazar, Casey Savage, Matt Melo, Nali Prevedel, Tim Humphreys, Christian Conners, and Nate Haust.

Photos by Jake Pollock & Bryce Bartlett.
Edit by Kyle Greene.

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Shaun White Wins Men’s Halfpipe Gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Words: Mary Walsh
Photos: Mark Clavin

The mainstream media would have you believe that the men’s halfpipe finals at the 2018 Winter Olympics are a battle of one. A rematch, four years in the making between one American rider and the halfpipe gold that evaded him in Sochi: Shaun White verses the PyeongChang pipe. It’s a story of redemption: Shaun earned gold in Turin in 2006 and in Vancouver in 2010, but wasn’t able to put a podium run together in Russia–he fell on his third and final run. But while Shaun was surely chasing a medal in today’s finals in the Bogwang Phoenix Park in South Korea, his story is one layer within the four years of evolving men’s halfpipe competition that has churned since the last Winter Games and was presented to the world via the whole of the twelve Olympics finals riders from the US, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, and Finland in one of the wildest pipe finals contests to date. And while Shaun’s story is paramount, the overarching theme is that men’s pipe riding is in a very incredible place, one filled with back-to-back double corks alongside massive methods and airs-to-fakie.

As the morning of Wednesday, February 14, 2018 opened up in South Korea, the men’s pipe contest was anyone’s to win and from the very beginning, the riders pulled no punches. Switzerland’s Patrick Burgener put down the first full pull. Japan’s Raibu Katayama and USA’s Chase Josey followed closely behind, moving their way up the ranking. Scotty James broke into the 90’s as the second-to-last in the dropping order when he showed up and threw down a first-hit double cork twelve sixteen feet above the lip, as well as a switch backside double cork twelve on his last hit. He was rewarded for his efforts with a 92.00. Scotty’s reign at the top was brief though, as Shaun White unleashed an enormous double 1440 on the very first wall, kicking off a run that the judges would award a 94.25 and setting the bar very, very high for the remaining two runs. But, even a run that appears practically unbeatable–like Shaun’s first go–is not invincible. On this day in South Korea, the men’s halfpipe pipe finals would be a battle until the end.

Ayumu Hirano burst onto the snowboarding scene in 2011 when, at age twelve, he won the Burton Junior Jam, flying as high as his senior counterparts. In 2013, he competed at his first X Games Aspen, clenching a silver medal. In 2014, he won his first Olympic medal in silver. And since then, Ayumu’s uncanny ability to send it clear into the stratosphere with an unflinching style has earned him not only plenty of podiums, but admiration within snowboarding. As the Japanese rider dropped into the PyeongChang pipe for his second run, he effortlessly floated a giant backside air, back-to-back double 1440’s (frontside to cab) and back-to-back double 1260’s (frontside to double McTwist). The scoreboard flashed 95.25 and Ayumu moved into first, one point in the lead. But again, it wasn’t over.

Watch Ayumu’s silver medal run here:

In likely the heaviest men’s halfpipe contest to date, the top of the podium essentially mandated back-to-back 1440s and back-to-back twelves in a single go. That is a mental concept: two double cork fourteens and two double twelves. During the third attempts, banner runs were put down by Ferguson, Burgener, and Josey–they ended fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. Scotty James’ first run would remain his best and he ended the day with a very respectable bronze medal. Ayumu Hirano tried to better his second run score and advance his lead in his third run, but washed out, leaving an opportunity for White’s final push to regain the lead position. Shaun White performs under pressure, and as the world watched, Shaun dropped, blasted back-to-back 1440’s and followed it up with a double McTwist to a frontside 1260. The run he needed, when he needed it. The judges tabulated their scores: 97.75 and Shaun White had won his third Olympic gold. Redemption had been achieved, Shaun had risen, once again, to the top of the podium, sharing it with two very deserving peers. The collective bar of men’s pipe riding once again raised to an unprecedented level.

Enormous congratulations to every rider who dropped into the PyeongChange pipe and especially to Shaun, Ayumu, and Scotty for adding to their medal collections. Nice work, gentlemen!

Watch Shaun White’s winning run here:

RESULTS
Gold – Shaun White, USA – 97.75
Silver – Ayumu Hirano, Japan – 95.25
Bronze – Scotty James, Australia – 92.00
Fourth – Ben Ferguson, USA – 90.75
Fifth – Patrick Burgener, Switzerland – 89.75
Sixth – Chase Josey, USA – 88.00
Seventh – Raibu Katayama, Japan – 87.00
Eighth – Jake Pates, USA – 82.25
Ninth – Jan Scherrer, Switzerland – 80.50
Tenth – Kent Callister, Australia – 62.00
Eleventh – Yuto Totsuka, Japan – 39.25
Twelfth – Peetu Piiroinen, Finland – 13.50

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Shaun White’s Gold Medal Winning Run From Halfpipe Finals at the 2018 Winter Olympics

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Chloe Kim Wins Women’s Halfpipe Gold Medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Words: Mary Walsh
Photos: Mark Clavin

While a myriad of countries were represented by pipe phenoms in Pyeongchang, the American women came in hot to Korea this year, boasting a depth of talent seen in few other Olympic events across the board. Five-time Olympian and winningest snowboarder of all time, Kelly Clark; two-time Olympian Arielle Gold, who was sidelined in Sochi due to injury and eager for her second attempt at The Games; rising halfpipe wunder-rider, Maddie Mastro; and of course, reigning pipe royalty, Chloe Kim, looking to add the only missing metal to her ever-growing collection. While these four were perhaps the strongest contenders for a scounty-sweep since Powers, Kass, and Thomas took top three in Salt Lake in 2002, formidable riders, including Spain’s Queralt Castellet and China’s Cai Xuetong and Liu Jiang prepared to offfers both high airs and lofty spins to the pipe proceedings. Snowboarding legend, Todd Richards was on hand narrate the event for NBC providing a venerable voice of reason as he explained snowboarding to the better part of North America (also a nod to Craig McMorris who provided the commentary for the CBC) as one of the most highly anticipated and most-viewed events at the Olympics.

The ladies of halfpipe surely didn’t disappoint. From the very beginning of finals, the resounding message from every rider that dropped was that women’s halfpipe riding is in a very good place. 900’s were de riguer. Backside and frontside airs towered high overhead the deck. The 1080, a trick first landed in women’s competition by Kelly Clark in 2011 and first done back-to-back by Chloe Kim in 2016, was landed or attempted by nearly every rider. The tide continues to rise and while today’s Olympic event was a banner day for women’s halfpipe, the collective crew of riders involved showed the world that they’re only interested in going higher.

Four years ago, as her fellow competitors and pipe peers headed to Russia, Chloe Kim remained at home. She was technically the top qualifier to the 2014 games, but at only 13-years-old, she was just shy of being old enough to compete per Olympic regulation. Since then, Chloe’s abilities have only increased and as her riding has become progressively more explosive, the hype surrounding the SoCal-born boarder has simultaneously snowballed. But while many things fall short of the hype around them (Star Wars Episodes 1-3, staying out for one more drink, anything involving a Kardashian, etc.), Chloe Kim continually exceeds expectations and her first Olympic showing was, of course, no exception. Dropping into run one, Chloe was as fluid and collected as ever, sending it sky high above the coping for a massive method, and setting the bar with a clean frontside ten, followed by back-to-back nines. She jumped nearly ten points ahead of the next best score with a 93.75 and wouldn’t look back the remainder of the event.

Kelly Clark, whose storied contest career has garnered her a gold medal in the 2002 Olympics and two bronzes, in 2010 and 2014, ended the day just below the podium in fourth place. True to form, each run she provided stratosphere-level airs and effortlessly-landed tricks. Savant from Spain, Queralt Castellet, came out firing, not only with some of the most picturesque first-hit methods, but in her final run, massive back-to-back nines and an attempt at a 1080, though she wasn’t able to ride it out. Maddie Mastro, whose rise into the upper ranks of the competition circuit has been explosive of late, landed in last place for the day, but her unwillingness to settle for a safety run, coming out of the gates and dropping fast into enormous 1080 attempts, was a confident foreshadowing of her lofty future in the four years to come.

Arielle Gold, coming off a silver at X Games Aspen in January, was the last individual to qualify for today’s finals and kicked off the competition in South Korea with the first drop. It wasn’t until her third run that Arielle moved into top three contention, building upon the momentum from her second attempt with a 1080 to 720 at the top of the pipe and a front nine to Michalchuk at the bottom. She was awarded an 85.75 from the judges and a definitive shot at her first podium at the Winter Games. Standing at the bottom of the pipe through the rest of the contest, with just two riders to go the Steamboat Springs local was assured her first Olympics hardware, a well-deserved bronze.

Earning Pyeongchang silver was China’s Liu Jiayu. Her second run was her best, including a big backside air on her first hit that was followed up by a 720 to a 900. During her third run, she attempted to better her score of 89.75 with a ten of her own, but was unable to put down the landing gear, riding away with a respectable second place and leaving the walls open for Chloe Kim’s victory lap. For Chloe, this victory lap could have been easy airs and kicked-out methods–the crowd still would have cheered, her peers still would have hugged her, viewers back home still would have posted in their Instagram stories. But instead, Chloe dropped in and sent a front ten and followed by a cab ten, bettering her score by almost five points and earning a 98.25.

RESULTS
Gold – Chloe Kim, USA – 98.25
Silver – Liu Jiayu, China – 89.75
Bronze – Arielle Gold, USA – 85.75

Monday Mallet: Olympic Slopestyle Overshoot

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Jamie Anderson’s Gold Medal Winning Run from the 2018 Olympic Women’s Snowboarding Slopestyle Finals

After talks of postponing the event went on in the riders tent all morning, Jamie Anderson earned herself not only a victory run in South Korea, but a gold medal to go along with it. Under tough conditions Monday afternoon in PyeongChang at the women’s snowboard slopestyle final of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Anderson went back-to-back from her win in Sochi, keeping her title as the only woman to hold Olympic gold in snowboarding slopestyle. Canada’s Laurie Blouin and Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi rounded out the podium respectively with silver and bronze.

Constantly changing wind conditions were a major story on the day, throwing the women off their lines and even causing big name riders like Aimee Fuller to opt out of hitting the full jump line, due to safety concern. Only five riders from the field of 25 completed a full run on their first attempt, and while that is not all due to wind, it was definitely on the mind of all the riders and media on site, bundled up as gusts touched down and visibly changed riders trajectory. Fuller, and other big name riders like Anna Gasser and bronze medalist Enni Rukajärvi criticized the decision to move forward.

Anderson’s winning run through the jumps–a backside 540, cab underflip and frontside 720–was not her best stuff from this season, but factoring in the weather, consistency proved key and she earned her gold after multiple delays in harsh conditions. Silje Norendal, along with Anderson’s fellow U.S. teammates Hailey Langland and Jessika Jenson sat just outside the podium after being able to put down 1 of their 2 runs on the day, just falling short of the scores they needed to medal. Some of the favorites coming into the final, including Julia Marino, Reira Iwabuchi, Spencer O’Brien, and Gasser, all failed to complete a full run.

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Sunday in the Park 2018: Episode 6

Sunday In The Park 6 at Bear Mountain features Drayden Gardner, River Richer, Evan Stum, Austin Johnson, Anthony Slater, Lenny Mazzotti, Kody Williams, and Don Wheeler.

Filming/Editing: Kyle Schafer @jupiterpeopleMotion

Graphics: Kyle Schafer @jupiterpeople

Photo: Jeep Eddy @jeepeddy

Songs: La Femme – Anti Taxi, Jazz Cartier – Just In Case

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Future Product: Eight 2019 Snowboard Boots We Like

While wandering the seemingly endless miles of tradeshow aisles at the Colorado Convention Center, we found a grip of boots that should last well beyond the beyond the expiration date of these frayed-lace, flat-soled skate shoes we made the mistake of wearing again. From the massive flexibility offered in Vans’ new linerless option to Salomon’s plush heated model, below are a handful that caught our eye for the coming season.

Vans Hi-Standard Linerless DX

The Linerless Hi-Standard boot that Mike Rav has been buttering around in. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda

The linerless boot has gone the way of the landline. Pun intended. But if you’re old enough to remember a time when people communicated via home phone, you might have had a pair. Well, Vans is bringin’ ’em back. Now the softest option in the Vans lineup, this is for those looking for the most minimal in snowboard footwear for maximum tweakability.

DC Tucknee

Backed by Iikka Backstrom, the Tucknee is said to be perfect for just that. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda

Looking at the boot and hearing its name, the concept for the Tucknee becomes clear. It’s designed to tweak. Medial–that means toward the middle–flex is enhanced through an asymmetrical lacing pattern, while lateral support is maintained through support in the outside of the boot. Before you know it you could be tweakin’ like Iikka.

adidas Acerra ADV

The Acerra is adidas high-end dual-Boa option tuned for maximum support. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

Ever watch Jake Blauvelt enter orbit off a pat-down? The dude needs a boot that holds up to that sort of behavior, and this Acerra is it. With adidas’ cushy yet lively Energy Boost sole adapted from their running shoe line, the Acerra ratchets you into a dual-density liner with two Boa dials, so you’re locked, loaded, and ready to launch.

Salomon Kiana Toast

A heater liner at the push of a button–the Kiana Toast. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The thing about feet and snow is that that one is cold and one gets cold. This boot from Salomon, however, can mitigate one of those things. Press a button and the Kiana will get toasty, as its name suggests. The battery will last through multiple frigid days on-hill on a single charge and, of course, when it’s balmy and there’s no need for subsidized heat you can forget about that feature altogether.

Rome Guide SRT

Rome’s Guide boot gets a design overhaul and an SRT suffix added. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda

The Guide has been a rugged force in the Rome line, but this coming season it gets even better, and its performance upgrades translate to improved aesthetic as well. A leather upper is completed with an ultra-durable toe box and an exposed molded backstay. This bad boy is ready for rugged times and ripping.

Nitro Capital

The Nitro Capital, pictured left, is a high-end bombproof boot that should hold up, and provide plenty of traction, wherever you can take it. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

With an optional heated liner, Nitro’s new high-end Capital model can also provide manufactured to heat to your dogs. Durability and customization are the name(s) of the game for the Capital, and with an outer and sole as burly as they come, the Capital should carry you to completion of the most serious missions with support to boot.

Ride Fuse

Lick the Cat gets their own edition of Ride’s popular Fuse boot. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

The Fuse has been a popular model from Ride since it was introduced two seasons ago, and more riders without a boot sponsor are gravitating toward this mid-flexing model with a hybrid of Boa and traditional lacing. For the coming season the Lick The Cat crew gets their own colorway. We’re curious to see whose feet we see the land on next.

K2 Taro Tamai Snow Surfer

Taro Tamai’s Snow Surfer boot from K2 gets even better next season. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

Designed with the innovative Taro Tamai, founder of Gentemstick, K2’s Snow Surfer is the first of its kind. A boot designed specifically for the ocean-influenced style of riding that Taro is considered the godfather of. For the coming season, Taro’s boot gets a slight redesign to complete a package that’s becoming ever surfier.

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Future Product: Five Pairs of 2019 Bindings We’re Stoked On

Some like ’em stiff, some like ’em loose, but whatever your preference, bindings are something you want to forget once you strap in. After making our rounds at the tradeshow, we identified five pairs coming out next season that we’re especially hyped to ratchet into.

Salomon District

A thinner highback and stiffened up chassis create an all-new District for the coming season. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Salomon’s unique ShadowFit concept that employs a flexible heelcup to allow for more lateral mobility gets an overhaul for the coming season. Overall, the system is stiffened up. But the bindings in the ShadowFit lineup–District, Defender, Hologram, Quantum, and Mirage–see new straps and/or highbacks as well. In the case of the District, the highback is significantly thinned out, creating an overall lighter binding.

Union Strata

With a completely new baseplate unlike anything we’ve seen before, Union’s new Strata is one of the most exciting bindings being introduced next season. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

The Union Strata is a new addition to the brand’s ever-evolving lineup. Where a typical baseplate is layered–the bushing and baseplate glued together–the Strata uses a direct-injected one-piece system. The material is more rubbery than what we’re used to seeing used for this application, creating an especially damp ride that riders from Jacob Krugmire to Bryan Iguchi are backing.

Nitro Poison

The Nitro Poison is a responsive women’s binding that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Strap into the Poison, and you’re standing on air. Nitro’s Dual Air dampening system puts, you guessed it, air, below your toes and heels, but an adjustable aluminum heelcup and fairly rigid highback provide plenty of power transmission. Nitro calls the Poison “the perfect blend of response and comfort”–a phrase used so often it’s become all but meaningless, however, in this case it actually seems to apply.

Rome Crux

Rome’s Crux is a new freestyle-oriented binding with a price tag we can get behind. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda

The Rome Crux and women’s equivalent, the Flare, are a new binding offering from Rome that brings top-of-the-line tech to a binding with lower sticker shock. The bindings feature UnderWrap, where the heelcup ‘wraps under’ the toe of the binding–a design intended to increase edge-to-edge power while allowing torsional flex. Both models also employ Rome’s minimalist single-injection heelstraps.

Bent Metal Logic

Geno’s art is the cherry on top of a comfortable binding for those who don’t like to feel strapped in. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

Bent Metal has a made a hell of a comeback since their realaunch in 2016. The Logic is a minimalist option backed by one of the realest in the game, Sean Genovese. What’s equally cool about this soft-flexing freestyle-oriented model is that it features Geno’s art. If you think strapping in is lame, maybe this is the binding for you.

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Robin Van Gyn, Depth Perception—Full Part

Haven’t watched Depth Perception yet? Well now is your chance to watch some of the best clips in the whole movie. For your viewing pleasure, we present TransWorld SNOWboarding’s Women’s Video Part of the Year, Robin Van Gyn in Depth Perception.

Just like we have time and time again, not many people can hang with Travis Rice while riding in the backcountry. Robin Van Gyn is not like many people. Spending the past season with Bryan Fox, Austen Sweetin and Travis Rice filming in the heart of the wilderness in Galena, BC, the already proven ripper reminded all of us what riding at the top of your game looks like.

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DC Transitors in Japan: Mega Gallery with Devun Walsh, Anto Chamberland, Torstein Horgmo, and More

Photos: Andy Wright

We knew it had been dumping in Hokkaido since November, but until you see it in person, it’s hard to explain. We’re definitely not complaining about how much powder there was to be ridden because as the locals say, there’s no such thing as too much snow. Each morning we were greeted by a foot or so of fresh in the driveway, which was promptly shoveled as we packed up the rigs and headed to our daily zone. Spending multiple days at The House of Powder cat operation was an awesome way to kick off the trip. We lapped for hours, only taking short breaks for snacks, defogging goggles, or swapping batteries.

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With so many natural features to find and hit, it was almost overwhelming. Our crew consisted of Torstein Horgmo, Anto Chamberland, Devun Walsh, and an additional rider who will remain nameless at this point in time, due to a certain Olympic rule. The core idea behind Transitors is to document the real deal behind a video production, what goes on behind the scenes, after hours, and everything in between. With two weeks to cruise Hokkaido, the crew spent time at The House of Powder, the Niseko United resorts, Rusutsu, and finding their own roadside features. After the pow settled, we came back with one extremely heavy edit that could have easily been twice as long.

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Brand Spotlight: Roxy Outerwear 2018/2019 Product Preview

Product Preview of Roxy’s 2019 Outerwear Line

Roxy is led by a bold group of gals who are not afraid to push riding or style boundaries. Pro Riders Torah Bright and Robin Van Gyn have a heavy hand in shaping the outerwear and board line and it shows. For 2019 the Roxy’s outerwear is focused on more range of motion, built in moisturizing technology and a slew of eco-friendlier manufacturing processes. Roxy’s Hydrosmart moisturizing design puts skin healing fabrics where they’re needed most, in jacket collars around the neck and chin, inside neck warmers and glove and mitt liners.

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Hydrosmart works by enriching the fabric in these areas with micro-capsules filled with calendula extract, pomegranate oil, shea butter, sunflower oil, vitamin E and more antioxidants. Under normal wear and friction the capsules burst to deliver these healing goods to your skin. The enhanced range of motion comes from tailored fits and mechanical stretch fabrics that let you ride free. On the eco front, Roxy has implemented a number of processes to lessen their impact. Those actions include Repreve fabrics (which turns plastic bottles into polyester), Primaloft Eco insulation, Spindye waterless fabric dye, and Gore-Tex and Roxy PFC free water repellant treatment. Take a look at the styles in store for next season.

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Origins Extended: The History of Freestyle Snowboarding in France

Looking back on our fifth feature film, Origins, we set out to find the roots of freestyle snowboarding at five locations around the globe. On our list: Hokkaido, JapanWhistler, CanadaQuebec, CanadaMammoth, USAThe Alps, France. In each place, we sought the pioneers that shaped the local scenes and inspired the generations that followed. We strapped in alongside them and listened to the stories of how we got to where we are today.

Already dropping the extended cuts from Mammoth and Whistler, we now sit down and examine the scene that shaped some of today’s most famous French riders in Arthur Longo, Victor Daviet, and Victor De Le Rue. From Regis Rolland to Julien “L’Arrogs” Haricot and everyone else involved in the strong scene, enjoy a look at the roots of snowboarding running rampant through The Alps.

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