Heavy Freaking Metal: Freediving in the Well of Duluth’s Dense Boarder-World

Heavy Freaking Metal: Freediving in the Well of Duluth’s Dense Boarder-World

| January 19th, 2022 |

Rob Roethler | Photo: Mark Clavin

Red Bull Heavy Metal 

Cascade Park, Duluth, MN

Story and Photos by Keenan Cawley

This story begins in a little town in western Nevada: Reno.

In the sky. Thinking of Heavy Metals past. It’s been damn-near two decades. I remember drooling over the photos in TransWorld. Pre- everything is a video. Travis Kennedy had an insane photo switch front boarding ‘round a c-rail in Denver. At least I think it was Heavy Metal Denver.. . ‘Cause that was the same contest at the beginning of MFM’s part in love/hate – gap back 270, 270. Broncos starter jacket, unzipped. Lil’ skully. And then before that, what, it was Portland? Someone knows. If I’m wrong it’ll give ‘em a chance to flex 😉 Travis Parker in the football get-up, pigskin in hand, back-lipping like only a Texan could. Who else? TJ and BJ? Schneider and Leines. More love/haters. switch back 270 and switch front-lip. Possible glimpses into the polished boarding of the future. And before that one: mayhem. Just a big ol’ center rail. Pile up top. This is where my memory is real mush. I’ll just say I remember images of Clancy grinding like Clancy used to grind. And Scotty Arnold in bloom. Those are sticking out because Grenade had its (garbage bag quality) Misfittens wrapped around my swelling East Coast brain at the time. Skeletal imprinting. It worked. ‘Cause I still think snowboarding is badass. And ‘cause I thought that contest was badass back then and now it’s back and sticking true to form: put badass boarders on top of rowdy steel and see what happens. I’m anxious. And sleep deprived. Shouldn’t do coffee. I don’t know what time it is. Eat a banana. People are laughing behind me. I’m hearing voices. They’re talking about the rail. It’s definitely in my head and not actual riders who might also be on the same flight as me, the last flight of the day from SLC to MSP the day before the event. I’m delirious. Exhaustion-borne self-talk. Perhaps actual chatter. That’s not Jeremy Jones shaking my hand at baggage claim. Where’s Craig? I need my homies. Craig’s here, off we go 😉

Austin and Marty

It was the ride day at Spirit, the local hill in Duluth. Absolutely perfect. Drinking that blue air in, crisp from Superior’s expanse. Fresh wax had us soaring and giddy amongst exceptional company. Followed OE into some chunky pow. Mostly stayed on the lifts because we were trying to go fast and fly but made a point to hit the rope park for a few. Could see the local field is still just as technically proficient as always. The level of talent will pulverize any entitled ego. It’s gorgeous; breath-taking and life-giving. And at the bottom, munchkins crowding around the Red Bull artillery vehicle, politely asking every ~athlete~ to scribble on whatever piece of gear they could get ready fast enough. And what I saw was every John Hancock signed genuinely and compassionately, knowing that these lil’ groms are not too far behind on the metaphorical rope.

We left the mountain for the hotel. I needed to have a meeting.

Benny Milam is credited for the rebirth of Heavy Metal and there couldn’t be a more apt candidate. The young man was bred on the ropes (as far as I can tell) and worked his way up to a unanimous position as a problem in snowboarding. His riding is unreal. His character is kind and unwavering. I see this event as a clear yet subtle message that he rides with Minnesota on his back. Heritage is clearly high on his priority list. Obviously I didn’t invite him to my hotel room. Nor did I invite Mr. Joe Sexton, despite his dedication to the homeland by way of tirelessly assisting the event, and the board culture at large. I needed someone else. A friend, an angel. I needed P.

The winner | Photo: Mark Clavin

Endlessly original and eclectic—the epitome of homie-boarder—and at the epicenter of Duluth’s iconoclastic and underground snowboarding mecca, and in my hotel room, is Andy Pearson. I needed to get some facts straightened out, and I needed to have a beer with him. It had been too long. And ain’t shit changed. Sure, he’s hunkered down with his sweat-pea and their pup but P is still P and what P is is a boarder. (Reference his section in The Reelest Vol. 2, among them all, scored to Codeine Crazy for proof.) This man has clocked in, offering a hand with a shovel, cam, or bevs to assist the youth or out-of-towners in clipping up, all before getting himself one or two. He is a patron Saint of Duluth snowboarding in my eyes. And aside from enjoying his company, he held me down with knowledge.

I see this event as a clear yet subtle message that [Benny] rides with Minnesota on his back. Heritage is clearly on his priority list.

We all know Jed switch boardslid the hog, once to regular and once back to switch. We all know Kritter opened up the gap with a front lip that Mr. Maark Himself would later connect the pavilion to going back 50. Lesser known was who was the first to actually hit the rail. That would be none other than his impaling constituent Aidan Flanagan. And what else – who else – took this burly boy on for size? Surely it couldn’t’ve sat there waiting exclusively for the pros. So P taught me that Jake Aldridge was the first to boardslide through it. Heard Cascade Park is Dan Spooner’s favorite place to snowboard and that he front lipped through the kink. Saw Nick Neeson half cab onto it on instagram. And same place, same platform, learned that Colton Rutledge switch 50’d through it. Talk about higher education.. .

Only got more interesting. I recalled seeing a clip of Nial nosepressing the set but that the rail was different – it was separated; two down rails with a gap between them.

“That was before the flood,” chimed P, all too knowingly. 

Thanks for your time and friendship, Andy 😉

In the early summer of 2012, Duluth got nuked with a rain storm. 10” of rain fell over the course of 48 hours and, given the tremendous pitch of the city’s landscape, the community suffered dramatically. Included in the millions of dollars worth of city-wide damage, on top of the local zoo that flooded, allowing Feisty the Seal’s escape, was none other than Cascade Park. Seems ill-minded to think of snowboarding spots after a city lies devastated, but the question started to buzz shortly after the dust settled: the old rail was gone; would they put a new one in? They did. And the old rail became folklore. ‘Back in my day, there didn’t used to be a kink. Set was there. Boody did a method down it. But there wasn’t no kink.’ Such is life; ever-changing. And life found me, P, and Craig getting hungry. We left the legends in the air for pizza with contemporary legends at Lucé. 

Given some inspiration from Durham late last night, I got up earlier than I’d planned to. I left Craig in the room, got myself a cup of coffee, lit a cigarette, and started hoofing it up some 10-odd blocks in the direction of Cascade. I saw something familiar. Heard it first, actually, over the crunch of my sneakers on frozen concrete. 8:30 on a Sunday morning is an awfully peculiar time to spot jibbers, especially given the day’s agenda. Nevertheless, Austin Visintainer and Marty Vachon were warming up at the Central Hillside Park double kink. Rego was behind the iPhone. And the realest Jeremy, who was set to be judging the event in just a few hours, was strapped in and launching wallies off the front of the bridge. I stopped, introduced myself, and took a few photos that you’ll never see and will later learn why. I kept it moving up the hill. Slow moving. Still cold gray out. Up the hill, up the hill.

I suppose I just wanted to see it. So I saw it. Got my media passes. Putzed around for a minute. And walked down, down the hill. Synced with Craig. Ate a Chuckwagon for breakfast. Shit it out. Walked back up.

Practice was just getting underway. There was a little session going on at the playground set-up. There was a larger session going on at the kink rail. And while most of the occupants were just getting their feelers going, Marty back nosepressed it. To be clear, he tapped going through the flats, but he came off the end. Craig and I exchanged a look, agape. Like, he didn’t do it. But it was evident that he could and that he wanted to. That was enough for me to switch gears. Long day ahead of us.

And it was. Definitely more so for the riders. There were three sessions – three zones: an hour at each. And each one ran at least 15 minutes over the clock. The first was up top at the pavilion; a kicker to launch you through the window to the left and a cannon set to launch you to the right. The second was at the playground where lied a slew of picnic tables to transfer, a jersey barrier that sent you over a fence, and a nice fucking down bar. The third was the kink rail. Just to reiterate: each session was over an hour long. So you start the day jumping down ~20 feet repeatedly to wake up your legs. Then you get your cardio by hiking the picnic tables and downrail. And just as the sun starts to go down and temperatures drop, you start to session a rail that you would film your ender on. Sounds Heavy freaking Metal to me. 

Hey Jake 🙂

And the event proved to be just that. It was far from the traditional contest; no one ‘put on a demo’. What I mean is that everyone out there tried their hardest not just to show out but just to land shit. To some extent, I think that’s flush with the humbling nature of the Minnesotan rope-tow riders, as well: the terrain at this event demanded a lot from those moving down it. There was no ego on course. There was a broken leg during the first session for crying out loud! And Joey Fava still ain’t walking right and neither is Nial! Lord knows Marty got served up on the nosepress in finals. His fall not only sidelined himself but just knowing that he went down had others bowing out too. But I think that’s sick; the amount of “almost-a-make”s was equally as engaging, if not more so, than the actual makes. Something about watching people work their lil’ buns off trying to accomplish something gets me riled up. Danger in the air. Hyper-focus; heightened sensitivity. Palpable energy. Even the most rogue of all, Zeb, honed in. He was jumping down the whole set à la his preferred method but when the crowd started getting antsy to see someone slide backwards down the bitch, he reeled it in. He tuned in. And he turned it out; Zeb got the front board. And that was after his previous NBD when he 50’d down-flat and went to boardy through the rest of it. Since Benny posted his own NBD earlier – the switch front lip – technically he was the only one to nab a new trick on it. That didn’t stop Benny from backing up himself, though, as he got the switch lip again and the regular lip AND almost nailed a cab 270 through it, too. That ‘almost’ and RP’s ‘almost’ back 3 switch up off the kink were the two that invigorated the entire park. But the fact that those tricks didn’t work out just feeds the fire and folklore.

I think that’s sick; the amount of “almost-a-make”s was equally as engaging, if not more so, than the actual makes. Something about watching people work their lil’ buns off trying to accomplish something gets me riled up

Things simmered down. The Bombhole called the podium:

Alexis Roland took third. She earned that; she was trying any and every which way to make it through those kinks. Even switch backside at one point.

Jaylen Hanson took second. And she looked smooth as hell doing it.

And Maggie Leon won. She said fuck the kink and grinded the concrete creeper off to the side and it was so sick.

As for the men, Zeb took third. Definitely debatable. He front boarded down Cascade. But how can you call it when above him was Marty who, like his second-place, female counterpart, rode smooth as eggs all damn day? Guess I’m glad I’m not a judge 😉

And that leaves the event progenitor himself, Benny Milam, taking home first. The man knows what he’s doing and he does it exceptionally well. 

Insane judges. Jess, Tommy, and Jeremy

As for those photos you’ll never see…

Post Metal celebration was at Aces On First. There was loud music and lots of smoke. Oodles of boarders. I was overwhelmed. JoeJoe PeePee asked me and Craig if we wanted to go next door to shoot stick with Cody Beiersdorf. Obviously we did. I refrained from blurting out “hardway backside 180 on Harding” because Cody is just as nasty at pool as he is at snowboarding and I didn’t want to distract him. Not that we weren’t already; Craig and I were shooting like garbage and JoeJoe had already snapped a stick over his own damn head. But someone definitely caught me distracted. Or lacking. Or probably I was just outside smoking. Or Facetiming with Max who was at the other bar. Or hitting a cheers with Dylan and Marty over our enders. Laughing ‘cause all three of us were well aware that mine is not quite of the same caliber as theirs. Or almost getting dragged into a street fight. Loads of police. Better go. Gotta grab my jacket though. I go back to the pool table and can’t find it. Drats. Peer around. The crowd changed; no more boarders. Duluth locs. Tough exterior folk. Not much softer on the inside, either. Don’t blame ‘em, really. It’s a harsh climate up there. It’s American up there. Far more traditional and industrial than the coasts I tend to tread. I try to stay cognizant of that as I move through their city. But I still want my jacket. A bearded and fleshy man is sitting on a couch in the back, his partner or prospect draped over his lap, passed out equally as heaped as the pile of jackets engulfing her. 

“Hey I’m looking for my jacket.”

Big Man says nothing. My arm extends to investigate the pile and I ask if he minds. He brushes them off of her and tells me to fuck off. I see that my jacket isn’t there and fuck off to the bar. The bartender asks if I want more Starburst shots and I say no I want my jacket. She doesn’t know where it is and doesn’t really care and I say my favorite hat is in it and she goes “oh” and I say my camera is in it and she goes “that sucks” and I say I know it does suck because I’m covering the Red Bull event here and I need that camera and she stops pretending to clean and takes me to their office where they put anything they find and it’s not there so she takes my name and number and says “I’m gonna find your jacket” because Duluth loves Red Bull even more than Duluth hates my bangs. I’m learning to play my cards. I walk back to the hotel jacket-less trying my darnedest to exude don’t-fuck-with-me vibes with my cute haircut and Batman t-shirt, drunk off yummy pink drinks. I find Craig on the walk and we postulate hypothetical jacket-and-camera whereabouts, make it to the hotel, and fall asleep.

Cool Minnesotans at Lucé

We push it. Sleep in, drive back to the cities, split a cheeseburger and a Gatorlyte, exhaust more possibilities of the fate of my jacket-and-camera. Ride Hyland for an hour – just the jump, fly with Froni, and head to the airport.

I receive a text en route:

“Hey this is ______, the owner of the bar. Did you get your jacket back? I watched the cameras and saw the person that grabbed it.”

I respond:

“Thanks for getting back to me! I did not get my jacket though :\ Could you send me a picture of the guy?” Thinking it might be Cody or JoeJoe.

______ responds:

Unfortunately I do not know the man on the security cam, crouched down, already wearing a jacket, grabbing my jacket from underneath the table. Guess I’ll chalk this one up to a good ol’ fashioned robbery 😛 Charge it to the game. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he gets the film developed in the camera. Couple bangin’ photos of Jeremy Jones on there, I’m sure.

Photos by Mark Clavin & Emily Tidwell


Torment Tuesday News

| January 18th, 2022 |

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?

Snowboy Productions with another project in the books
Bookclub will do anything for the shot
As Brett Kulas questioned, “who eatin the most?”. By the looks of Reid’s face, our bets on him.

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:

Reid Smith did a tribute line from a spot Denver Orr hit in how dark blue feels.

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.


Torment Tuesday News

| January 4th, 2022 |

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.

Book Club on the DC Subway

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).

Krugs on what is presumably his third spliff break of the session

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.

Jenaya J showing why teamwork makes the dream work. Shot by Bryanna Papp.

Freddy Perry captured Markus Olimstad’s initiation into Citi Bike Boyz
New mix courtesy of Bryden Browley

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Torment Tuesday News

| December 28th, 2021 |

Matt Petricone capturing the only Santa we believe in

Happy holidays and welcome back to another rendition of TTN. We hope the past 7 days have been filled with copious amounts of laughter, your whole extended family, and now your favorite present—the best source for snowboard news. Between the release of some insane videos, our collab zine with Club Sandwich, and some iconic memes, there’s a lot to be grateful for this holiday season. Let’s unwrap the past week.

Seattle received a few inches—a rarity

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.

Jake Durham edition
Nice work, Parrish

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’s either serious avalanche conditions out there or this
People forget
OE out



| December 22nd, 2021 |

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.

33cm x 24cm (13″ x 9.5″)
168 pages, notch perfect binding. Free Stickers.
Text by Louif Paradis
Photography by Julien Petry, Ian Boll, and Jon Stark
Snowboarding by Louif Paradis, Phil Jacques, and Toni Kerkelä
Art Direction by Matt Georges

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Torment Tuesday News

| December 21th, 2021 |

What’s wrong with this image?

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.
Is Skiba the most underrated snowboarder at the moment?

“RUNNING PERENNIAL” Featuring Louif Paradis

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.

Louif’s winter through the lens of Stark’s Iphone

You crazy for this one, Cody
Vans Snow welcomes Severin van der Meer to the team. After his part in Chroma, which he also co produced, this one was a no brainer.
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.
Must cop



| December 14th, 2021 |

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 Sport will 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.

Mark’s singlehandedly going to solve the supply chain crisis

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.

Danimals gearing up to build!
A perfect metaphor for everyone’s Instagram feed lately

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.

Photo by Colton Morgan
Incentive to order the tightest pants possible

Adidas Terrex Presents “HAND OVER FIST”

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.

Jed, Jared, Nik in Idaho | All photos by Ian Boll

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?

Jed: Yessuh.

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.

Jed, tree jam

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.

Nik: Whoops.

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.

I wonder how he’s doing
Roberts and the boys
Roberts and his notebook and floating bucket

What was backcountry Tom like?

Jare: Perfect.

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

“Nik, your shit’s fucked up”

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!

Wiz and Jare
Roberts kicked them out
Hat low, vibe high
Jed bs 360 indy
Chef Baden
Jared tree ride front 180
Nik, peace out.


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