The Forth Phase
The release of this teaser marks the 723rd day of production for Red Bull Media House and Brain Farm’s upcoming film “The Fourth Phase”. Staying patient for two years will have it’s reward. With never before ridden locations, shocking first descents, and a roster heavier than the Dream Team, The Forth Phase is pushing snowboarding into a new realm of crazy.
How does Travis Rice continue to reach beyond human limits? That’s an extremely difficult question to answer. One thing for sure is that his Lib Tech snowboard helps him to get where he’s going. Throughout The Forth Phase you’ll see Travis ripping on a wide range of his T.Rice Pro Snowboards. You may not be able to ride like Travis, but you can ride the board that Travis does…
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Besides being some the best product made this is why we LOVE MERVIN.
Brands made at Mervin:
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.
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Minneapolis; MidWestern Urban Snowboarding Hotbed
3rd and Hennepin, Downtown Minneapolis; not what comes to mind when one thinks of snowboarding, let alone epic snowboarding. However, this was the site, on Saturday October 19, for the most anticipated urban snowboarding event in the industry.
Lib Tech’s Downtown Throwdown has been the epicenter of urban rail contests for the last 7 years. The brainchild of Lib Tech and Snowboys Productions’ Krush Kulesza, the Throwdown began as a small “Do It Yourself” contest in Seattle and has expanded into the leading event in urban snowboarding. In 2013, the DTTD moved from the West Coast to the MidWestern Urban Snowboarding Hotbed of Minneapolis. This year $20k in total prize money is on the line; the most in contest history and bringing the cumulative amount to $100k. Riders were chosen from edits posted on the internet that gained popularity due to progressive and daring moves. This comp is not for the mundane or competition heavy snowboarder. The Downtown Throwdown was created for the evolution of the sport, for the urban rider pushing the limits of their athleticism, pushing the limits of what can be done and in some cases what should be done. Think Cru Jones on Hell Track.
The DTTD has set itself apart from the bland and typical one to two feature contest. Creativity is the soul of action snow sports. The DTTD allows its participants to explore the expanse of their riding genius and provides the means by which to expound upon it. The best urban and park features are picked each year and set on a tiered structure. A typical contest has one to two features on a single level. Tricks get stagnant, predictable; riders reach a cap of trick inventory as feature options are non-existent. The 2013 DTTD Comp had nine of the best features on three different levels. The 150 foot structure rose from the asphalt to 30 feet into the grey skies. Urban snowboarding’s version of a Sphinx and Mona Lisa love child with a dash of Bro and garnish of Sickbird. Snowboarding is the paintbrush, Lib Tech’s Downtown Throwdown the canvas. To see some more pics check out “Lib Tech’s Downtown Throwdown Rocks Minneapolis.”
October 19, 2013– Hundreds of Minnesotans unpacked jackets from storage and shook the mothball fragrance off winter gear this past Saturday. Was it time for gorgeous gourd picking? Was it time to get a pumpkin spiced latte and go for a stroll in the city? On the contrary. It was all for snowboarding. Lib Tech’s Downtown Throwdown captivated a crowd of winter-clad MidWesterners who braved the weather which ran the gamut from sunshine to hail.
The crowd rejoiced as both sharpened pieces of ice and Urban riders fell from the heavens. There was a full assault on the senses. Pros and Amateurs stomped the three tiered urban course; which included nine different features allowing for the utmost creativity and choice. Downtown Minneapolis was hammered by a barrage of flashy tricks. Front flips, back flips, backside 270’s, presses, and hand plants galore; just a taste of what was thrown at the jib-tastic broham bash. Hearts and hands were warmed watching hometown heroes and international superstars slay the beast and feed the fires of their passion.
- Ryan Paul—> $8,000
- Nial Romanek—>$5,000
- Aidan Flanagan—> $3,000
- Ted Borland—> $2,000
- Jaeger Bailey—> $1,000
Monster Moment Best Trick
Jesse Paul, pole jam backflip to 50-50 on the A-frame
Think Thank’s Crab Grab Quarterpipe Award