The Launch Photo Recap | Snowboarder Mag

The Launch

Snowboarder Magazine’s The Launch event was a breath of fresh air.  For riders earning their stripes the season tends to be congested with contests, organizing bodies, and rules.  While checking in on arrival day the invited congregation let out a harmonious sigh of relief;  the spirit of snowboarding, of freedom and creativity, was sweeping over us, engulfing our souls, and washing our sins.

The stage was set at Snow Summit for four days of ideal southern California ripping.  “Sunny n’ Sick” was easily heard throughout The Launch.  Why wouldn’t it be?  Every day on snow was perfect – the warming sun rays, a gentle breeze, and a light crispness of air that can only be provided by dense pines made The Launch heaven on earth.

Support provided by Oakley

Select images in gallery below | Photos by Matt Guf

Vans Slip Ons Lite Shoes

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The world’s best shoe – Vans Slip Ons

The classic checkerboard patter may catch your eye at first, but the simplistic design, practical comfort, and lightweight appeal of the Vans Slip Ons will grab ahold of your heart.  These may look like a classic, but they’re not – they’ve been updated with 21st century technology.

Elastic mid-step bands allow for easy entry and exit and a subtle amount of padding line the perimeter of the foot opening.  Do they fit snug for their size?  Yes, and for good reason, the canvas weave upper will stretch slight throughout it’s lifetime causing for a perfect worn-in fit.

For a low profile shoe the Vans Slip Ons have an unreal amount of cushioning.  The insole and outsole are made of a lightweight proprietary foam Vans calls Ultra Cush Lite. Ultra Cush Lite provides great shock absorption and virtually zero break-in time.  Out of the box the Vans Slip Ons automatically feel like heaven on earth.

With a skate and beach vibe the Vans Slip Ons stick to grip and leave waffle sole tread patterns in the sand. The slight off-white/ eggshell color tips the hat to the days of yesteryear. Stride with confidence every time you wear the Vans Slip Ons by dressing them up or down and know you’re a step ahead of everyone else.

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2017 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard

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All Mountain Freedom

Mount up and slide on a board that dominates the whole resort, the Burton Flight Attendant.  From ripping apart crisp morning groomers to floating through the steep trees the Flight Attendant is the quiver of one big mountain freeride board for intermediate to advanced snowboarders. Read More

Your Next Wire Framed Sunglasses

Your Next Wire Sunglasses

Wear Confidence

Wire framed sunglasses are as timeless as a white cotton t-shirts and blue jeans.  Launch into a new realm of sophistication, wear class, and walk in confidence with a pair of wire framed sunglasses.  Not sure if you want to slide into a new look?  Ask the ladies, they’ll tell you with honestly you look like a stud.  [READ MORE BELOW] Read More

South Africa Mountain Bike Park

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Garden Route Trail Park | Knysna, South Africa

Sam Reynolds, Matt MacDuff, Danny Pace, and Andreu Lacondeguy crank into darkness down the steepest and longest drop-in that you’ve ever seen.  With high speed berms, triple lines, and a massive step-up Pure Darkness 3 rips from beginning to end.

With massive risk comes massive reward.  The reward feels great, but falling into risk hurts.  Protect yourself from risk like the crew and get yourself a full face Bell Super 2R Mips Helmet.  It’s nice having teeth left after a face slam.