Saturday, July 28, 2012

BREAKING NEWS! Banshee Bungee could HURT you!

Salty Peaks is a questionable board shop with some questionable principles & practices.. BUT this little rant they posted on their blog about the recent Banshee Bungee lawsuits is pretty on point. Read it and get a little mad: BANSHEE BUNGEE ACCIDENTS

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pipe to Pipe

Welp I thought I should add to the influx of "PIPE TO PIPE" hype, by posting some hammer photos of our own Mary motherfuggin Rand who placed 2nd in Women's Snow Pro and 2nd in Women's Am Skate. What a fucking boss.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

lasting more then a year? Nope.

riding at park city all last year i saw alot of these guys, some board companies should stay around longer then they are able to to, this is not one of them. if you died once, it was probably for a reason.

also read this

The Officially Unofficial NOPE Snowboards Timeline

Aside from the occasional comment I’ve tried to avoid Nope Snowboards but today I saw this in my newsfeed. The first thing that came to mind was, how can you possibly be a long-time supporter of a brand that’s less than a year old? We’re talking about a brand that didn’t even make it one complete winter season, after all.
Nope Snowboards

I probably will regret taking time out of my day to write this, but whatever.

Here is the officially unofficial Nope. Snowboards Timeline

  • Launched fall of 2011 selling limited edition made Nope.-branded Monson-built boards with a form-over-function focus on using the boards as a canvas on which to present custom artwork.
Not that there’s anything wrong with this, but it’s just a little disingenuous to be claiming OG when you’re outsourcing nearly every aspect of your product from the artwork to the R&D and tech to the manufacture.
  • Over the next few months they do the usual self-promotion that you would expect from an upstart snowboard brand: pictures, videos, lots of videos, teasers, giveaways of boards, skateboards, t-shirts, etc.
There’s nothing wrong with this, either, we do it whenever we can, it is self-promotion, putting your brand or name out there. Cool.
  • In April, YoBeat reports that Nope. is done for, shutting down. Out of the blue, the owners state they need to pursue other professional endeavors and conclude, “NOPE was started for us and it ends for us.”
Apparently Nope was never about the snowboarding or sticking it to the man or whatever else image they were trying to sell, it was about “us”, i.e., the owners having their fun and that’s all.
  • This was followed quickly by another post on Nope.’s facebook page; I have learned the hard way that you will get banned if you have the audacity to re-post this life lesson on their page:
There is more to life than snowboarding – there is life – a career – education – family – health – snowboarding is fun but for most everyone here it will never pay your bills or provide for your family – priorities – it’s just a hobby it’s not life
Look these words are absolutely 100% true. Snowboarding, for most snowboarders, is just a hobby. But most people don’t quit their day jobs to pursue it as a business. Once you do that, you can’t really fall back on the “just a hobby” excuse.
NOPE Snowboards was started as a statement against corporate america, venture capitol (sic) and all the rest. In such, NOPE Snowboards declined the opportunity and sold to a small group of friends here in Park City who believe in what we started. We wish them the best and we thank all those that helped us to realize our goals, the friends we made, and the people in the industry we came to know.
So… wait, they soldl Nope to a group of friends who think snowboarding is just a hobby and are in it for themselves?
  • In May they lined up some reps and started pushing hard in the Australia market.
The comments coming out from The Official Nope around this time (May 18) had a familiar tone to them. I had a sneaking suspicion that the old owners were still involved. Even my brother, who doesn’t snowboard at all, and would not be – by any standards – considered knowledgeable of the scene or the industry was able to see through this bullshit.
nope - dan gets it

Yes, I have a habit of saving screenshots of things that I think might be funny 3 months later.
  • Despite our suspicions, they continue to assert the claim that the old owners were no longer affiliated at all:
nope old owners
  • June was business as usual, and Nope brought together their team of riders to include some females, starting with Erika Vikander.
Of course, they say they are glad to have him back. Whether he ever actually left is a matter of speculation, but it’s also not really that important in the grand scheme of things. Whoever was at the helm continued the same posturing with the same attitude and no matter what anyone says Nope in July of 2012 is apparently the same as Nope ever was.
Well that’s the whole story, all eight months of it.
What will Nope be, or will they even exist two weeks, two months, two years from now?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

an excerpt from VICE about girls.

"Who else knows every single thing about music and books and movies but also knows how to use hash oil but also houses a private, expanding and infinite constellation of feels and thinks? Nobody! Weirdly, teenage girls have it the hardest: nobody likes them, because stop shotgunning one another with loud inconsequentials on the subway, OK? And because they are messy and self-serious and uncontained and are always, like, stroking their filthy accessories and iPhone charms in this grossitating way. I’m a professional girl, and when I am with two or more teenage babies I feel like they’re going to combust and just period and period and period all over me. But, but but but, they’re all anybody thinks about, looks at, looks at with their dinky in their hand, wants to be, has shit to say about. Teenage girls are as full of secrets as Gretchen Wieners’ hair but exist at the center of contemporary society, which is fucked, right?"

 ^if you liked that paragraph, you will thoroughly enjoy the whole literary gem.
It's one of the best-written and fucking accurate articles I've read in a while.

Friday, July 6, 2012

best road trip ever.

Broken Car.
2 mile bar excursion.
Dennys wiht strangers at 4 am.
8 hour bus ride with crazy stinky people.
36 hours with no sleep.
and crossing the burnside bridge carryign a board bag in 91 degree weather.

Hella Tight Bro.