Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mammoth

So after 15 hours of travelling we finally arrived in Mammoth, making a quick stop at Pita Pit for dinner. We made it to the condo and unpacked our things, and all being tired from a long day of travelling, hit the hay pretty soon after we arrived.
We woke up to a typical sunny Mammoth day, with perfect conditions to shred. We spent the day riding South Park and hitting all of the features they had to offer. Including a sick wallride and a prime three jump line. We didn't hit the main park where the Grand Prix was going to be held because they were still in the process of building the jump line. The jumps in south park were near perfect and Quincy, Biba, Phoebe and Ezra were all throwing down. Practice was scheduled for the next day, so we called it a day and went back to chill.




On Monday, we woke up to windy and snowy conditions and were skeptical as to how the course would be running today for practice. We got up the hill and the conditions were far from perfect, but after getting used to the conditions and having a good look at the course we were ready to hit it and give it a go. Ezra paved the way by hitting the 4 jump line and practice went well for everyone.
Today we woke up to a sunny but very windy Mammoth. Practice was postponed and eventually cancelled due to the heavy wind so the team met up with Travis Moore and the Sass Global Travel crew full of SMS alums in search of pow.




Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hinterglemm Video

Here is a short edit from our latest trip to Austria. I only filmed two days with my camera, the other days we used Biba's . Here is what I came up with in those two perfect days. I can't wait to see the edits the girls come up with! video

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Main Event. Bretton Woods 2012

Never before have I seen 8 riders so completely dominate a contest of 50 or so other worthy competitors. A mutant crew of SMS Snowboarding, half Elite-half AM Team and one Dev Rider loaded-up on friday afternoon, travelled four hrs north to shack up in North Conway NH and UNLOAD all day long upon Bretton Woods New Hampshire's final stop of the 2012 Main Event Contest Series.
The Main Event is a different kind of contest. It has been an east coast staple for independent minded and progressive slopestyle pros, groms and ams for ten years. It is a simple idea. A short slopestyle. One Rail(or "jib") and one big Jump. Short is easy to judge and while not easy to build, there is a much better chance of the features being GOOD. So for those in need of an explanation here it is... 
Who dares to Enter The Octogon?!
the Main Event Series is a contest on features you want to ride with prizes you can really use... now here is what went down...
It would be disrespectful and rude not to acknowledge the riding level of the field. Everyone killed it or took a beating trying. This is a knockout format as they like to call it and the judges take into consideration "punches landed" during the two "rounds" of Jams. Is it Sun Tzu's The Art of War that so famously recommends respecting one's opponent? This crew was full of respect and was in turn rewarded. The announcers at the start and judges vantage soon knew them by name from far and near when dropping their bombs. Here comes Ezra...your going to want to pay attention...boom! Racine!
Ezra Front five to the body!
 Here comes Dan Landy and he is tucking and bombing in. He is no stranger to the Main Event his whole family was raised competing on the east coast!

Danbo grabs the back of the head and winds up...
PD demos tiger style boxing tech.
                   ... Here comes lightweight Peter Dimitriou. Check the style that won the Nike Boots last Weekend...
and again from underneath!       
JP back seven over the top!
                                                                              






A flurry of Damage From the Nantucket Raith Bros. Don't blink...or you'll get the wrath of Jack G and his Giant back three! These guys are swinging Kettlebells and they mean business. Just wrecking the place.
Bam! Xander
Off the Top rope!
Bonk! Benjo
  






HIIIYAH! Peter C      


Back 3 Jack Griffin. 60 plus feet.





 And Peter Cerulo with the Clean style all day...I dunno it may just be that the simpler moves with the crisp

EXECUTION might win out over the big spinny flails today...And we've seem some technical maneuvres out of Ezra. Lets see what he's left, OHHH MYYY!

So the boys won the overall title. Ezra gets the Belt and some $ and a trip to Argentina courtesy of SGT. JP and Xander won Jumper titles: a pair of Binders each. Peter Cerulo won 2nd place Lightwieght Contender Overall: Binders and more Headphones. Xander took away the Lightweight title with a wildcard for the US OPEN. The week before Ezra and Peter D both took away Nike Boots for railriing and best trick on the hip. Jack and D and Benjo all won Headphones for throwing punches all day and the Crew made SMS look great on the road with a constant flurry of stoke and huge tricks over the 55 foot table and the assortment of jib features. The best course all year and a great ride home. Thanks boys. Well done.







Probably the first round knockout. YES he's heading left, backwards, folded. Nasty fellow.



Definitely the final Blow. Front 3 on sbs 5 off! Rope a dope!





Lets give em a hand!


Front Boarding and Fighting  Irish John Patrick McArdle












Sunday, February 12, 2012

Canyons Utah SBX Grand Prix Feb 2012.

Karen Kobayashi getting ready for her time trial.
Josh Cohen stepping up onto the butter box at the start of the course.
Mike Perle hitting the big hip.
Josh Cohen also airing the hip during practice.
Karen doubling down to generate speed for the step up butter box.
Mike Perle in his 1st heat in which he was top two and advanced to the round of 16.
Friday Feb 10th were the Grand Prix time trials. Karen qualified 11th which put her into the heats. As 16 women qualified for Sunday Feb 12th finals. Mike Perle time trialed 22nd which put him into the 32 men's final. Josh Cohen stepped up his riding this trip hitting huge features like the 70ft hip. With a few mistakes in his time trial runs he was unable to make the 32 men's cut. This was Josh's first Grand Prix and he went for it which was great to see.
Many of us have been wishing for it to snow all season and the one day when we don't want it to snow it was dumping. The course still ran pretty well with the snow but the visibility was tricky.
Karen had a hard first heat with Dominique Maltais, SMS alumni Jacqueline Hernandez and another USA racer. Karen placed 3rd in the heat. Dominique who is this years X-Games Champion went on to win the Grand Prix. Karen placed 10th for the day earning herself 130 FIS points. She was the 3rd Junior as well.
Mike Perle was also racing an SMS alumni first heat. Mike and Alex Deibold went one two in the first round to advance to the round of 16. In the round of 16 Mike was in 3rd behind US Team athletes Graham Wantanbe and Alex Deibold. Mike went for the inside pass on the turn after the big hip. He unfortunately went off balance and fell on the step down. Mike was going for it, riding fast and holding his own with top ranked riders. Mike placed 16th and was the top ranked Junior which really helps him towards earning his Junior World spot.
Markus Schairer from Austria won the men's. Nate Holland placed 4th earning himself the USA National Title as he was the top American. Graham Wantanbe placed 5th and claims retirement after the event. He's still one of the top racers in the world and will be missed on tour.
Utah has been a good trip. Now the team is excited to travel back to SMS to join up with everyone. We'll see you soon.
I received some good news on SMS results last night and today. Spencer Shaw placed 3rd at the Dew Tour halfpipe finals and Louie Vito Won. Noelle Edwards placed 3rd in the Gatorade Free Flow halfpipe finals. Which was also taking place in Snow Basin Utah at the Dew Tour Finals.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Hinterglemm in Photos

Biba has been at work touching up our photos. I will let them speak for themselves. The shot of Biba below was posted on the Roxy page!















Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Speed & Style at Park City Mountain Resort and the Canyons Utah.

Mike Perle with a front board in the Park City Park.
Another angle of Mike on the flat down box with a stair set.
Karen Kobayashi airing one of the PC jumps getting ready for the Canyons Grandprix.
Josh Cohen with a mellon over jump 3 at PC.
Josh kicking out a method.
It hurts to put this up being a Patriots fan, but Josh's Giants are the 2012 Superbowl Champs.
This is the start section of the Canyons Grandprix SBX. It's pretty tech.
This is the big hip jump at Canyons in the SBX course. 60-75 feet to the knuckle depending on the line riders take. There is an alternate route to the left but it will be much slower.
It has been cool to be in Park City. It brings back great memories and it is even the ten year anniversary of the 2002 Olympics. The Speed & Style team that is out here spent a few days at Park City getting their boardercross boards ready and playing in Park City's awesome park. Today was our first day at the Canyons for the SBX Grandprix. Josh, Mike and Karen tested out the course which has some technical features and some big jumps. Canyons and USSA did a great job building the course. Qualifiers are Friday and Finals on Sunday.

Three Peaks Challenge






With powder turns fresh in our minds we awoke a bit sleepy today and dragged ourselves to breakfast. I kept thinking about how I would like to sleep a bit more and wondered where I would get the energy for the day. I am still unsure of where I got said energy, but I'm sure glad I did.






Phoebe and Biba's eyes are opened to the joys of powder turns and the folly of spending your entire young lives lapping park runs, never turning your head to the mountaintop. We must have hiked for 3 hours combined today and covered miles. As we reached our final peak it was impressive to look miles across the sunny valley and see our morning cornice-drop tracks.








I neglected to say that Phoebe was a bit miffed yesterday because she didn't stomp her cornice drop. Today she had made up for it well before noon. She also beefed up her "backcountry" (we never left the resort boundary) knowledge as we chatted up and down the Austrian peaks. We bagged at least 3 today, which brought PETE DAVIS' name to our lips. Aside from the 3 Peak thing, we knew he would be stoked to be with us, and probably had some local knowledge.









Last night we hit the comp park again where Biba ran the 3 jump line in two runs. The girls will be up against the stiffest competition in their lives this week, but I already know they will make me proud. They are sponges for experience, knowledge and progression, so fun to work with. As we stumbled home around 3pm with jellied legs, we ran into Danger Dave and Ty Walker in the streets. The airlines lost their bags and they have been here for 3 days without the ability to shred. This made us realize our amazing fortune so far on the trip.