Hey All. Thanks Vans for resurfacing this clip, a friendly reminder that snowboarding went off this week—especially for kink rails. Just as Cole Navin back 50ed this behemoth of a DFDF in living room, a lucky few can say they did the same to a similarly buck rail this weekend. What we’re eluding to is one of the sickest events to go down, Heavy Metal, presented by Red Bull. Luckily we got Keenan Crawley to capture the madness, and you can find his write up here. Aside from this eventful Saturday in Duluth, MN, there was a slew of projects, photos, and other content that perfectly encapsulates the past week in snowboarding. Without further ado, here’s another edition fo Torment Tuesday News.
Sean Lucey comes through with another cinematic banger that follows Austin Sweetin, among other homies. As if Wind Slab wasn’t enough, now we have even more reason to back Lucey and the synergy he’s got going on with the Mervin and Quicksilver.
As the Instagram caption entails, the cats out of the bag. Salmon Arms has attempted to recreate Brent Meyer’s iconic trick, but did they succeed? Only time will tell. (Either way, the attempt is commendable)
In other news, Batwing just dropped their MEGAPIXEL beanie, and chances are you slept right through it. It’s sold out now, so jokes on you. Maybe you can keep refreshing their website and catch a restock?
This week, just like every other week during the winter months, was a race to the snow-filled spots that would otherwise be missed opportunities. Here’s an update from some of our favorites:
Some of the Salomon team got their fix at Brighton, where it was “absolutely off the meat hook”.
Eli McClatchy leaked some clips but didn’t disclose the location. From the looks of the homies he’s with and a photo of Dr. Luti’s iconic spot, we have a hunch as to where he is. Even so, we wouldn’t want to ruin the mystery for you.
Niels Schack got creative in Helsinki. The spot is super sick.
Happy New Year! There’s a lot we want to leave in 2021, but this photo of Jonas Harris in Issue FOUR is not on that list. Also, on a more optimistic note, there’s a lot were looking forward to as well. We’re excited for more snow in the PNW, the Natural Selection tour that can’t seem to come fast enough, and Jake Kuzyk’s bombhole tomorrow—just to name a few. Let’s not jinx ourselves, though, so here’s some highlights from an exciting first week of 2022.
With the new year comes new beginnings for Chris Grenier, as he parts ways with Salomon Snowboards after 14 years of support. If his stories from Brighton tonight are any indication, his future is looking bright (no need to even bank on The Bombhole).
Maria Thomsen dropped her full part from the King Snow movie this past week, and that shits fire. There’s a reason she got last part—go see why.
In light of the holidays, it’s only right to acknowledge the gift that keeps on giving: Jed Anderson. On Christmas, he dropped yet another part that highlights why he is a constant in the snowboard community. To that end, DC also released their third feature video this year. A Ryo Aizawa full part was the icing on the cake for a content-filled year that put DC back on the map.
There’s two other presents that hopefully aren’t a surprise. Well maybe one will leave you satirically startled. First off, Vans expanded their efforts to northern Asia, where a refined Vans team released their first film, STEPMOTHER?!. A long youtube description relays something to the effect of Russia being a melting pot of climates, cultures, and snowboard opportunity. Secondly, Mammoth Durette and Freddy Perry teased a potential project, Leap of Faith. This last minute attempt to illustrate that they’re not fucking leaving is turning heads, but will it ever come out? Keep checking TTN to stay up to date on their wishful thinking.
It seems as if 2020 was a year made for headlines—the craziness that ensued was more than enough to keep Fox News and CNN busy. Some people got Covid-19, others rejoiced over the impeachment of Donald Trump, and hopefully everyone participated, in some capacity, to the BLM movement. Now it’s our turn to share our news, the behind the scenes from the making of Running Perrenial.
In January 2020, we teamed up with some of the best photographers, Matt Georges and Julien Petry, to document one of the best snowboarders, Louif Paradis, as he did his thing in Japan. What came of this collaboration was Running Perrenial, and this collaborative zine is the tangible testament to what went on from our point of view. With no sponsors and no fundraising, this zine commemorates the blood, sweat, and tears that made this project so special. Enjoy.
While this seemingly never-ending Fall has been fun, snow covered streets are finally making our habit of refreshing Quarter Snacks and Jenkem Mag seem a bit unorthodox. Instead, we found solace refreshing the Dew Tour live stream this weekend, which, in our eyes, initiated Fall’s demise for good. From this iconic energy drink induced event (that finally found a new home at Copper) to the Dirksen Derby, the contest season is bringing everyone, regardless of their snowboard background, together. And it’s bringing the snow with it. Outside of these courses, riders are still getting after it, so let’s get into everything that happened this past week.
A Week in Hood with Jed Anderson
Everyone wonders how Mt Hood keeps snow throughout the summer months. Sure, the enigmatic weather patterns that start around May are part of the equation, but the less talked about reality is that it just gets fucking dumped on in the winter. We speculate that, if climate change was fake, it would be harder to lose snow than retain it. Unfortunately, our speculation is just the remnants of our high hopes for this upcoming summer, so take advantage of the glacier, just as Jed and the slew of cars in the parking lot have. Also be on the lookout out for Bug Out, a quick turnaround part for Jed that highlights this trip to Mt Hood Meadows, among other spots.
Two biiiig contests went down this weekend, yet the two weekends, differentiated by the the various foundations of snowboarding, were symbolic for different reasons. On one end, riders were judged based on their ability to navigate a course, and, on the other end of the spectrum, riders just went fast—very fucking fast at that. Over in Copper, Red Gerard won the 21 person 2-run final as the last rider to drop. Kid is immune to pressure. Chloe Kim is also cut from the same cloth, as she won Women’s Superpipe in a fashion that makes us think she never even went two years without strapping into a snowboard. In other news, the Streetstyle was another crowd pleaser, as Seb Toots’ uncanny ability to flip off everything in his path hyped the crowd up more than warranted. He should probably join Ayumu Hirano in the pipe, where multiple flips, let alone triple corks, are rightfully applauded. Nate Haust destroyed, per usual, and Luke Winklemann won the contest on his birthday. Great way to spend your 21st. On the women’s side, Alex Roland dominated, but, more importantly, Grace Werner and Veda Hallen rode better than women half a decade older. It’s only up from here.
At Mt Bachelor, the 14th annual Dirksen Derby went down, and Nils Midnich proved once again that he’s fast as fuck. He won with a combined time of 58.39 seconds (32.39 seconds on the green course and 26 seconds on the red course). His victory was followed by Gabe Ferguson in second and Jared Elston in third—a podium we definitely back. Nelly Steinhoff took the womens top spot, followed by Zeia Rose, Rel Freidman, and Desiree Melancon.
Snake Milkers world premiere went down this weekend, on December 18th, at the JHSM Issue 17 Launch Party.
“A low elevation adventure with the Shrub Brothers. With avalanche conditions at extreme danger in the high alpine, these bold explorers take to some unridden terrain that is only accessible from the mighty Snake River. With the many uncertainties that come along with running a 21 mile stretch of whitewater, these riders enlist guidance from the Shrub Brothers, three western men that know a thing or two about thriving in the harsh Wyoming winter environment.”
Enough talk about Utah, Colorado, and Oregon. We love the West Coast but other regions deserve love too. That being said, the west coast was not the only part of the world that hosted some iconic events this past weekend. To add to what was arguably the most notable onslaught of events for one weekend, Pat Moore hosted Methodology at Gunstock Mountain and Double Triple Fest went down in central Kyiv. We like to think that Kyiv is a slice of untouched snowboard potential, but with the exposure that setting up a rail jam in the middle of a city creates, we are confident that the city that primed our Google Earthing skills will be overridden with snowboard crews in no time. Let’s hope this is just us catastrophizing.
Also, it’s good to see Brandon Reis get Method of the Day. Aside from his unmatched backyard shenanigans, his method speaks volumes about his snowboarding. Cheers.
Louif Paradis’ patience is derived from a commitment to himself and what he deems rideable and worthwhile. If it doesn’t check his boxes, the wait continues. While we’ve often been taught that perfection is the enemy of the good, for Lou this standard is just what he needs. Often, five days would disappear without a clip, as he looked for the right spot with no hint of urgency. But when everything lines up, the results speak for themselves.
The Nitro crew just dropped a short film, Never Break Crew, where Bryan Fox, Sam Taxwood, Jared Elston, Griffin Siebert, Jeff Richards, Jeremy Jones, Hunter Goulet, and friends took a two-week road trip through the mountain ranges, deserts, and resort of the south west. 7 minutes of visual evidence as to why you should go on a road trip with your homies.
Another week has passed, and here we are writing another Torment Tuesday News. It seems like every week is a gamble—the residuals of our ever-developing snowboard community never disappoint. There’s a lot to bet on over the past seven days. The odds that Spencer Schubert’s ender in Good Sportwill go down as Trick of the Year are high, and there’s an equal probability that all the Dust Box collab merch will sell out the minute it’s released. Enough speculation though, let’s get into it.
On a more serious note, the Cobra Dogs truck has officially packed up for the winter. We’re sure Derrek, Spencer, and Sherman will find a way to stay busy (and full), but there will surely be a red-hot void for the greater population of Portland. Until then, check out their new shop, which will keep Cobra Dogs with you in spirit.
The Midwest seems to pump out content on a daily basis. This week is no different, and today the Internet received Cooper Vosburg’s most recent offerings—Derek Lemke’s full part and PK Radio #1. By the looks of the latter’s title, we should be expecting many more sessions from Pike Knob Park.
Albeit the lack of snowfall in the Midwest, Hyland Hills has managed to offer a new set up. The infamous pencil rail returns to the rope tow, along with a few other features. This hype will continue into the weekend, when the first competition of the season will go down.
In what is a common sequence of events for most seasoned competition riders, Spencer O’Brien “leaves the bib behind and ventures into the backcountry” to film her first full part. The title is a fitting reference to her snowboard career.
Learn more about Spencer’s journey in the Telus Originals documentary ‘Precious Leader Woman‘ directed by Cassie De Colling and produced by Kiddo Films.
Adidas Terrex Presents “HAND OVER FIST”
Dec 13, 2021
Adidas Terrex Presents “HAND OVER FIST”
| December 13th, 2021 |
HAND OVER FIST, presented by Adidas Terrex, puts up a serious racket as Nik, Jare, Tommy, and Jed go full-throttle from the backcountry to the streets. Just the fact that backcountry footage of Jed and Tommy exists should absolutely entice you smash play. It’s like seeing a rare animal in the wild—and they deliver. Directed by Tyler Orton, the film brings up the energy, it’s to the punch, loud, and in your face, only to be capped with Nik and Jare’s now infamous Pyramid session. We asked the crew a few questions in line with the film. So sit back, watch, and then read up on a few thoughts.
Starring Nike Baden, Jared Elston, Jed Anderson, and Tommy Gesme
Directed by Tyler Orton Starring Nike Baden, Jared Elston, Jed Anderson, and Tommy Gesme
Filmed by Tyler Orton
Produced by Tyler Orton & Subjekt Objekt
Additional Filming by Jeremy Thornburg
Now that the movie is out, who had the best clip in the vid?
Jare: Tommy backflip.
Nik: I like Jared’s cab nine. And Jeddy’s back five Tyler follow.
Jed: Pyramid session is bucky.
Tommy: Pyramid gap session. I really wish I could have witnessed it in person.
Favorite feeling you had riding away from a trick last winter?
Jared: Pyramid was one I’ll never forget
Jed: Honestly, anything into powder.
Tommy: Wasn’t myself riding away from a trick, but Spencer’s Denver session was really something special to witness and be a part of. That was nuts haha.
Are we ever gonna see more backcountry Jed anytime soon?
Best and worst part of filming in general last winter for any of your projects?
Jed: The best part was being outdoors and hanging with my friends. Worst was trying to find snow and stressing about clips hah.
Tommy, How does your shin feel after that hawaii trip?
Shin is actually okay, luckily my hip broke my fall. Couple flesh wounds, hoping to hit another stunt soon.
Who out of the crew is most likely to become a cop after their snowboard career is done?
Jare: Jesus hahaha.
Nik: Is Beach part of the crew?
Can someone elaborate how Nik’s sled ended up ragdolling down the highway?
Jare: Nik’s sled was not locked down tight enough and after a day of bumpy driving the superclamp decided to give up. HIs sled kickflipped off of my sled deck going 70 around a corner.
How was it trying to get to Logan UT?
Jare: That was the biggest fuckshow ever, I can’t believe we actually didn’t give up. First night was a 2-hour drive into the sketchiest Airbnb we’d ever seen which we had to bail on back to SLC, and then next day heading back we dumped Niks sled off my truck.
What was the weirdest thing that happened in McCall?
Nik: We drove to a hot spring, walked on this snow trail, as we approached we noticed it was full of women that were getting out. They walked by us as we patiently waited and when we got to the tub there was a Santa looking man with a crusty walking stick who said he would be back in sec. We got in and soon enough he was back introducing himself and asked if we had gone to war. His name was Roberts, he was full Irish, and when we left he asked us to write our names and numbers in his notebook that was floating in the water in a tupperware container, soaked and also housing his phone. Two nights later we checked out what the local drinks tasted like and it was karaoke night. Couple hours in, Roberts walks in and signs up for three songs back to back to back. Ian still texts with him.
What was backcountry Tom like?
Nik: Mean, clean, and composed.
How accurate was Harrison’s write up on the Pyramid Gap?
Jare: I think he pretty much nailed it
Nik: I liked it a lot 🙂 thanks Harrison
What is next for each of you this winter?
Jare: Brown, duh.
Nik: Cody Warble footage.
Jed: Just to keep filming, try to get in the air more.
Tommy: Film another Video!
Dec 7, 2021
Torment Tuesday News
| December 6th, 2021 |
Last week was a big one for snowboard films, where notable crews like Strange Brew, Pay the Rent, Onlookers, and Spotheads all blessed us with their footage. Check out all the videos, and feel the inspiration ensue.
An Ode to Eastern Edge Magazine
A snapshot from Brian Knight’s book, Snowboarding in Southern Vermont, highlighting a legendary Memorial Day halfpipe session at Stratton. From pioneering halfpipe riding to birthing the Bookclub crew, Southern Vermont is the place to thank.
Check out the impromptu skatepark right below Grizzly’s. Iconic.
Jared Elston’s Top 10 Camera Roll Moments
There’s something to be said about someone’s camera roll. It can tell you more about someone than any conversation ever could. If you didn’t know who Mason Lewery is, these ten clips will give you a better idea. If that’s not enough context, then here’s two preseason shots from Peter Cirilli.
Roullete Rich just dropped their first street movie, Beginner’s Luck. They’re a new crew with seasoned riders like Jack Wiley, Xander Cornaby, Jed Sky and Christian Buling. Our eyes really perked up when we saw clips from Eugene Stancato. Glad to see @genebeanpheind setting time aside from operating cranes to get into the streets. We missed him.
The annual Pat Moore x Baldface Lodge risk maturity course went down last week. The minds of Nils Midnich, Robin Van Gyn, Kelsey Boyer, Griffin Siebert, Sage Kotsenberg, Hannah Beamen, among many others, spent the week tackling the ever developing reality of risk tolerance. The backcountry is as precarious as the avalanches that threaten it, so it’s comforting to see some of the best bettering their snow safety knowledge.
84 episodes too long. We’re all ears for this one.
Seb Picard giving us yet another reason to pack it all up and build a backyard set up in Quebec
After Dustbox’s Dreamcastle, it’s clear Denver should be the topic of conversation for street spots this upcoming winter. We were confident every crew would be booking flights to the Mile High City after the first inch hit the ground, but things are looking grim. Denver’s yet to see any snowfall this winter, making it 247 consecutive days without our favorite kind of precipitation. It is the longest snowless stretch in recorded history. This unusual December weather bums us out, but to add insult to injury, there are Hawaii blizzard warnings right now.