As you grow up a snowboarder in Minnesota, you quickly realize your tremendous and unfortunate situation: the scene is small, and your hills are smaller. Little did I know that we were playing by fire rather than candlelight and it wasn’t until I left my home hill in northern Minnesota that it occurred to me. What we have here is a condensed meal of talent and outright creative fearlessness. The scene in Minnesota has become an incredible landscape for great riders and talent that reaches the peripheries of the sport. This is to include riders, film and edit crews, writers, graphic designers, and salty park crews (many a times being a combination of all of these things).
As I was fumbling with my summer job, I had an optimistic feeling that the upcoming season would be one of the best, mainly because of the incredible friends I’ve made working with Colab. During the season of 2018-2019, I had the opportunity to build some parks with Austin Sam, an Afton Alps local and aspiring polymath of the talents listed above. This season, he’s partnered with FYVE to complete an online video series (link below) called HEARTLAND that delves into the beating heart of Midwest snowboarding. Here’s what he had to say.
Continue reading HEARTLAND: a video series by Austin Sam
You raised a thousand bucks, and now you’re ready to get a new feature – with no guidance, no mentor, maybe no experience. Let’s get to it.
Continue reading A Park Crew’s Feature Handbook – Part 1: Material
In 2010, I broke my kneecap on a bolt, and it’s my mission to make sure every rail is built right so I don’t have to do that again.
Continue reading Better boards for your rails
A master plan to con a bunch of riders into shredding a new hill for no good reason.
Continue reading The Private A-Fair
What is it like to grow up in the 2000’s as a snowboarder? It’s hard to say, really. I know that magazines like TransWorld had their salad days too soon.
Continue reading I’ve Buried a Friend
Feb 2nd, 2019. (Yes, it was a satuday.) Detroit Mountain was a unique animal. Two new rails planted and free hotdogs on a super cozy park setup.
Continue reading COLAB COOKOUT : DETROIT MOUNTAIN
Growing speculation as the sun is setting, an uneasiness unique to the individual. Sometimes the things we desire are often things that we need. If it is a form of expression, the individual can only lament the sun, but also feels, at their very core, the need to express themselves before it goes. And so it must be the same in snowboarding.
Continue reading Stimulating the Retrograde: Morgan Anderson
Denim and Flannel, Spiderman and Ironman, skate butter and ledges, Ozzy and his bat. All things rad achieve a greater outcome with help of good friends. Continue reading Everything You Need: COLAB x FITZHARRIS COOK OUT
There are a lot of rules-of-thumb out there for building jumps that don’t actually work. Here’s the way to do it with SCIENCE.
Continue reading Make Jumps Great Again