Category snowboarding

LED surfer

Because sometimes it makes sense to combine light with movement.

Surfing powder (sans bindings)

I grew up skateboarding and snowboarding in the seventies. We all know what was happening on the skateboard side as it’s been chronicled with films like Dogtown and Z-boys. It’s clear that skating during that era was all about emulating surfing… people like Larry Bertlemann. What’s also clear is that snowboarding was pretty much about the same thing.

This was the pre-technical trick era. Skateboarding and snowboarding looked more like surfing. Today both skateboarding and snowboarding look more like ice-skating, all about landing one technical trick regardless of style or flow.

This film, shot at the epicenter of powder skiing (Alta), looks like it captures the essence of snowboarding in deep powder perhaps more than any other film. I say that boastful statement because there aren’t bindings on these boards. If you catch a rail on a carve you go down. Having no bindings also opens up some new doors.

Making your own… snowboards

I learned to snowboard in the late 70s. At this point in time there wasn’t a single resort in the United States that would allow snowboards on their slopes. We hiked back country to ride. We rode first generation, wood snowboards (hand signed by people like Jake Burton Carpenter). This was all happening to a backdrop of punk rock and vertical skateboarding.

It was a pure time. A time of creation… the DIY ethic and lifestyle was in full swing.

This video brings me back to that time. Many of us have forgotten we CAN create. We can create code for a new site, we can create boards to ride in the ocean, street or snow. We can create fun.