Everything you need to know about the 2018 Winter Olympian Chris Corning as he gets ready for his debut in the snowboard Big Air final this weekend.
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!
Enough is enough, this is how we feel watching the mainstream media’s coverage of snowboarding in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Read the full Getty A Clue: A Mainstream Photographer’s Guide To Snowboard Photography article on Snowboarder Magazine.
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
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.
2018 Winter Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard sits down with Jimmy Kimmel, and of course we had to add in his clip with Silje Norendal.
Read the full The Gold Medal Media Tour: Red Gerard on Jimmy Kimmel Live! article on Snowboarder Magazine.
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:
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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Watch Scotty James’ top qualifying run, above:
Qualifying second and third respectively, Scotty James and Ayumu Hirano both put down incredible runs during men’s halfpipe qualifiers at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. We thought it would be worth revisiting them before halfpipe finals go down tonight. Both riders have the ability to make things a lot more difficult for Shaun White to secure gold, and we can’t wait to see what happens.
Watch Ayumu’s top qualifying run here:
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.
Gold – Chloe Kim, USA – 98.25
Silver – Liu Jiayu, China – 89.75
Bronze – Arielle Gold, USA – 85.75
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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.
Sit down with Dillon Ojo, Mike Ravelson, Cole Navin, Blake Paul, Arthur Longo and Sam Taxwood as they talk about the making of Vans’ LANDLINE..
Read the full Trickin’ And Waffles: Episode 2 With The Vans Landline. Crew article on Snowboarder Magazine.
Nestled in the Australian Alps of Victoria, Australia, Falls Creek was established 70 years ago. Over the decades since, the resort has grown into a European-style ski village where no cars are allowed during the winter months, and the only transportation is via snowcat and snowmobile. Our cat dropped us off at a place called The Attunga, and after a 20-something hour flight and a seven-hour drive, it was time to crash.
The next day, Sophie, who heads up marketing at Falls Creek, hooked us up with Marcel, the park manager, and Bailey, the park builder. They toured us all over the large resort. On the last run, we dropped into a bowl, and the feature we had come to shred revealed itself. It looked amazing. Bailey had taken the notes from Chris and Gunny and created a shredable Volcom Stone. Marcel explained to us that the dimensions of jump were exact to the logo. The math was perfect, and the results were remarkable. I could see a huge wave of relief wash over Seth and Jeff’s faces as they saw the final product; their vision that started as a simple sketch had come to life. From this point, it was up to the riders.
For the next week, while we waited for the right weather, we settled in and got to know the town—bubble gum trees, wild parrots, wombats, and all. The locals took well to us, and after a few days, we were taken to a speakeasy that served drinks until dawn. The closest police were miles away, giving the town a sort of lawless feel. We were settling in and started to get invited to local hangouts like karaoke at the Trap House, where we had a song battle with the Rusty Toothbrush crew. Each night we stayed out a little later, really blending in, then it happened. The perfect weather report.We had finally drank it blue, and it was time to do what we came here for.
The plan was for a sunrise mission. We would be hitting the Stone as light crested the mountains. With little time to warm up, the sun began to pop, and we got to work. Seeing this variety of snowboarders, from all parts of our culture, come together to session the feature was something special. The idea worked perfectly. You could literally hit it from all angles, allowing the riders to really get creative. Someone like Marcus or Torgier could blast it like a tabletop, while a rider like Rav or Blum could come at it with an entirely different take. Three generations of riders sessioned the feature, all bringing their own flavor.
As I sat at lunch drinking my first Gary—see page 106—I couldn’t help but notice the smiles. This is what snowboarding is about. Just doing what you feel. Everyone had forgotten we’d woke at 3:30 am. We were already anticipating the afternoon session. The photos and clips we came for were in the bag, so anything that happened in the next couple days was just a bonus.
My mind snaps back to present. Feet from Rav, I’m following him off the lip of the Stone. I put down a 180—a small one, but enough to garner a fist bump from one of the lifties. He tells me he likes the open jacket, MFM style. I hit the jump in the smallest way possible, and it was awesome. That’s the best part about the Stone. It’s one feature that can be enjoyed by me and Marcus Kleveland alike, while someone like Rav or Blum can shred it witha special level of no-rules creativity. The Stone brought this crew together, and it’s the reason I was able lay carves and catch air on yet another continent on my list.
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Vote for one of these riders to win a heli-boarding trip to Whistler with Austen Sweetin, as well as a chance to win $10,000
Read the full Vote For Quiksilver’s Young Guns Snow Winners Now! article on Snowboarder Magazine.
Fresh snow seems to follow the Burton Qualifiers tour just about everywhere it goes, and Ontario’s Horseshoe Resort for stop #5 was no exception.
Read the full Burton Qualifiers 17/18 Tour: Stop 5—Horseshoe Resort article on Snowboarder Magazine.