Just as the temperature started cooling from snowboarding having a few days off from hot new tricks popping up on the internet, this happens. This is a Cab 1440° Triple Cork done by Yiwei Zhang. Technically it should be called a Triple Haakon because it’s a Cab Cripper A.K.A. a Haaken Flip with a 1440° rotation. Burton Snowboard‘s Yiwei Zhang has now been added to a very small list of riders who can Triple Cork, and he is the first rider to do it in the halfpipe.
Yiwei Zhang is familiar with outstanding performances in the pipe; he finished in 6th place at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi representing the Chinese national team and wrapped up a 2nd place finish at the 2013 Arctic Challenge. It’s no wonder why he has worked so hard to land the triple – Zhang is a pipe jock and wants to get paid. With the backing of Burton, Nike, Mini Cooper (seriously), and Oakley it looks like he’s on the right track.
Mervin Manufacturing is the hands-on factory where our dream boards are made and ideas can go from your mind to paper to reality under your feet in 24 hours. Mervin is the foundation of our company and lives. For us, when we talk about a dream board we are not just thinking about how it rides. Our dreams include the entire manufacturing process, every material used during the process and every hand that touched it along the way.
When Mike and I began (Mervin Manufacturing) years ago it was very apparent that the composites industry is very toxic whether it be; surfboards, airplanes or skis… but there were choices to be made and safer alternatives. Sometimes the more environmental options were cost prohibitive, but surprisingly often they were both safer for us to use and less costly. Although unconventional, this process required more skill, research and craftsmanship resulting in a stronger, higher performance product. Having our own factory and controlling the entire process from start to finish allows us to make these decisions and activate immediate real change.
In the 80’s, our environmental snowboard efforts were often met with ridicule or confusion but today we are excited that people are much more aware of how small, fragile and interdependent we are as citizens of this earth. A few decades back Norm Nelson joined the Mervin team and became our own eco-hero and environmental process consultant. Norm has put together a short video that sheds some light on the everyday environmental materials and process efforts that help make Mervin Made boards dream boards.
The last of Pat Fenelon’s I Ride Park City episodes has finally arrive. After banging out mashers all season this 10th episode highlights Sam Taxwood, Ben Bilodeau, Alex Sherman, Harrison Gordon, and Ozzy Henning.
This years Men Of Iron tour started with the Ashbury demo at Trollhaugen, moved on to Colorado for the ‘Bull Of The Woods’ event and then back east to Superpark 19 at 7-Springs. The 13 man crew consisted of Jake Moore, Hunter Murphy, Cole Linzmeyer, Cullen Bernklau, Pat Rafferty, Robby Frank, Jake Devries, Jasper Alford, Zak Peterson, Matt Aura, Matt Melo, Sam Duncan, and Sam Garneau. Big thanks to The House, The Interior Plain Project, Nightmare Snowboards, Ashbury Eyewear, and Nitro Snowboards for supporting this convoy.
The 2015 Ashbury demo was at Trollhaugen and it brought out a swarm of kids for Troll’s last day open. The rope shut off every 2 minutes but this allowed you to say whatsup to those people you may not see over the summer. The demo was more of a free-for-all event and we didn’t see much of the Ashbury team, but everyone was ok with just getting their laps before Troll closed it’s doors for the season. Here’s number 1 of the 3-part tour video, chaos at the demo and then off to high country…
Everyone loves a good fail compilation. Here’s one focused around boards; from surf, skate, snowboard, and every other board you can imagine in between. Not all the fails are as gnarly as we’re accustom to in snowboard vids, but none the less it’s great to watch a kook slam. Enjoy.