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.
Profesional Skier and 2014 Olympian Jossi Wells recently sat down with The House’s PaddyO to discuss the upcoming season, his thoughts on Russia, and the Sea Monkeys that now live in his knees. Wells has been competing since he was a child. He is a mainstay of the podium, a former World Champion, sponsored by the top companies in the industry, featured in magazines, and considered one of the best Freeskiers in the world. Yet, he does not let this go to his head. He is no prima donna. Wells still finds the joy, love, and fun in his passion. The stoke is still there, very much present, very much palpable. Jossi Wells is a normal sarcastic and fun loving New Zealander who likes working on motorcycles, laughing, and skateboarding. He just happens to be extremely good at something he loves to do.
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