In an effort to break free of the constraints of modern education and think outside the realm of the boxed-in mindset of traditional schooling, Logan LaPlante’s parents pulled him out of school at the age of 9 and created their own curriculum, Hackschooling. Now 13, he spends his week learning History, Science, and Math at his own pace, tending his passion for writing, creating, learning outdoorsmen skills, connecting with nature, skiing, and BEING AWESOME! In this video, Logan gives a speech at a TEDx event showcasing his love for education in a creative and alternative way. Hackschooling has lead him to be incredibly thoughtful, thought provoking, well spoken, charismatic, and inspiring. The LaPlante’s and Logan are Awesome. This young man points out the difference between BE and DO. What do I want to BE when I grow up? I want to BE happy and I want to DO whatever I can to continue the pursuit of happiness. Happy is a road. Awesome is the strut. Logan is walking tough.
In early November a group of misfits and socially awkward snow junkies banded together in celebration of the most influential skier of all time — the one, the only, the late and great Shane McConkey. McConkey (the movie) was to be shown that evening at the Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Dfunk Taylor, Minnesnowta local and avid skier, was inspired to help. Taylor organized the day, creating the opportunity for skiers and snowboarders to give back to the passion burning within. A party bus to Trollhaugen for an early season shred fest, a raffle at The Pourhouse, and a much anticipated screening of the award winning documentary; it was an epic day. We raised our spirits and the corners of our mouths, we raised money for The Shane McConkey Foundation, we raised our hands for high5s. Part of Shane’s life mantra was to live brilliantly, passionately, and do everything with a smile on your face in full recognition of the fragility of the moment. We were able to capture this credo on Friday November 8th. Thanks DFunk…I can’t believe you are a pro, I’m so much better than you (500 G.N.A.R. points)!
Zac Marben has established himself as one of the most well rounded riders to come out of the Midwest. Listen to his insightful words in this Vans Presents Introspect: Zac Marben short about getting sponsored, filming, and style. If you ever get a chance to watch Zac ride, you’ll instantly be blown away by his gracefulness, explosiveness, and creative lines – he makes everything look easy and fun.
Hat’s off to you Zac for being a great representative of what snowboarding is truly about. Your passion for music, art, and snowboarding are beyond inspiring.
If you ever ride Hyland Hills and see kid that rides like Justin Fronius, but isn’t just Justine Fronius, it’s probably Eli Lamm. The next generation of thrashers are tearing the roof down, and Eli is one of them.
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