Vans is kicking hard into celebrating 50 years of business. Is there a better way to show significance within a community than hosting an event? Maybe, but the the Combi Pool Party definitely defines Vans as a vital organ that helps make the heart of skateboarding beat.
The Mervin crew (Lib Tech, Gnu and Bent Metal) on an epic journey to snowboarding’s mecca, the Holy Bowly! Pack in to a HCSC van, skate sick parks on the way down, pick up homies here and there and then spend a week shredding the world’s most fun set up? Yup!
Starring; Sky Siljeg, Ted Borland, Tucker Andrews, Phil Hansen, Eric Jackson, Alex Lopez, Mikey Swearingen, Brandon Reis, Blake Paul, Jesse Burtner, Max Warbington, Zebbe Landmark, Jacob Krugmire, Sam Hulbert, Chad Fenlon, Jamie Jacobson and Jamie Lynn.
Filmed and edited by Think Thank’s Sean Lucey with additional filming by Garrett Read, Tim Stanford and Tim Zimmerman.
Thanks to Snowboy Productions, Mammoth Mountain, Snowboarder Magazine and Monster Energy. Road trip made possible by High Cascade Snowboard Camp.
The GoPro Omni video camera is going to revolutionize how the hobby filmmaker creates content. This is the tip of the iceberg for VR, and it’s good to know GoPro is leading the way for consumer accessibility.
Liquid courage. Nerve tonic. Pork chop in a can. Whatever you call it, it’s all the same once it hits your lips: BEER. This adult beverage has been entwined with snowboarding since the dawn of time—cold ones kicked back in the parking-lot, a 12-pack at the spot, or late-night shotguns at a house party.
The Strange Brew boys are no strangers to slugging cold ones. They’ve built their reputation out of Tahoe by thrashing urban environments, traveling by van, and crushing cans all the while. Thousands of miles away across an ocean, Toni Kerkelä has spent his seasons meticulously picking apart street spots and filming hammers on his home turf of Finland. Toni’s built his reputation by putting out multiple video parts every year, full of his crisp style. When you park the Strange Brew van in the U.S. and mash them and Toni together in Finland, you get “Beer & Rails”.
When the wave of fermented grain finally crashed and washed Strange Brew up on the streets of Jyväskylä, Finland, they got a two-week guided session of Toni’s home-town spots. The crew was comprised of Riley Nickerson, Keenan Cawley, Ian Daly, Jasper Tripp, and Toni Kerkelä. With equal parts raw snowboard talent, beer-soaked ambition and an eye for unique lines, the newly-forged crew took it hard to the streets in search of late-night sessions and urban creativity.
Beer & Rails hits taps 8.31.15.
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Red Bull’s newest mountain bike event is called Sky Gate, whereas I simply call it sketchy. The course flows rapidly down a 50° pitched flight of 999 stairs that leads up to the world renowned Big Gate at Tianmen Mountain National Park – Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China.
It’s very likely that the riders invited had no idea what the course would look like, let alone ride like. An intense straight drop-in to 500 stairs, onto sections of flats, little gaps to stairset landings, to rickety berm/wallrides, a blind closeout-ish gap to short stop finish line like this is not for the faint-hearted. To stand behind the start gate’s wand is one thing, but if you actually want to drop you’ll need watermelon sized balls.
In the highlights reel above you’ll see all the action, including Kelly McGarry’s brutal slam at the 1:47 mark. I’m not sure if the 360p quality video is what makes the course look damp, but it’s easy to see there isn’t any room for error. Event coordinators need to ensure that riders can ride to their best ability while creating a course that is fast and technical; it’s a tough job, but someone needs to do it.
If you’re thinking about doing something crazy like this, make sure to wear a helmet. Check out all of our helmets HERE.
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