November 10, 2013

Roxy Spirit Shines Through Kjersti At Ms. Superpark

Roxy Snow Team rider Kjersti Buaas may be a seasoned pro but her passion for riding is as fresh as the tracks she carves. The key lies in balancing playfulness and determination when busting big airs and landing tricks. Join her at Ms. Superpark for a glimpse of her cool take on snowboarding and life!

November 10, 2013

2013 Oakley Snowboarding Teaser

Some of the best and biggest moments of the 2012/2013 season, featuring the stars of the Oakley Snowboard Team. Full edit coming soon. Including Jake Blauvelt, Shaun White, Stale Sandbech, Eero Ettala, Danny Kass, Kazu Kokubo, Terje Haaksonsen, Nicolas Muller, Rusty Ockenden, Mark McMorris, Torstein Horgmo, Seb Toutant, JP Walker and Jamie Anderson.

November 10, 2013

Shred And Destroy Mammoth Opening Weekend 2013

Opening Weekend at Mammoth Mountain with Tyler Flanagan, Castro, Jared Dawoud and Jordan Small. You can connect with @ThirtyTwo on Twitter, Instagram, and for the latest on the brand and its riders.

November 10, 2013

Burn Nordic 2013

Burn Nordic 2013
Burn Nordic 2013
Shred and Destroy - Mammoth Opening Weekend 2013
Shred and Destroy - Mammoth Opening Weekend 2013
Roxy Spirit Shines Through - Kjersti at Ms. Superpark
Roxy Spirit Shines Through - Kjersti at Ms. Superpark

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November 09, 2013

Protect Our Winters reboots its Hot Planet/Cool Athletes climate change assembly

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA – November 5, 2013, While the new International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report confirmed recently that climate change is indisputable, it’s something that the winter sports community has been seeing first-hand for years. Protect Our Winters re-launched their “Hot Planet/Cool Athletes” program this week to take that first hand perspective into the classroom to explain climate change from an engaging new perspective and to inspire and empower students to become involved.

November 09, 2013

Hondo’s Weekly Round Up: 11/3-11/9

The weeks top videos that you maybe didn't see! Check them out!

November 09, 2013

Absinthe Flipside 2013 episode 1: Steel and Concrete in SLC

In the first episode of the 2013 season of Absinthe ‘s behind the scenes show Flipside, Brandon Cocard , Bode Merrill , and Cale Zima do their thing in the streets of Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the most prominent street shredding locales in the world. Check out their newest release Dopamine to see more of the good shit.

February 11, 2013

Lib Tech Skate Banana Snowboard Review

One of the best overall boards I took for demo at the recent On Snow Demo and Trade Show at Stratton, Vermont, was a 156 Skate Banana by Lib Tech. This geometrically twin deck features Lib's BTX or Banana Technology for the base and core profile, and their patented Magne-traction (serrated in appearance) edges. This blend is meant to reverse the typical camber "pressure map" by shifting the rider's weight inward to the center of the board, thereby improving balance. The board features rocker between the feet, and flat-to-mild positive (traditional) camber to the contact points.


What all this technical jargon means is that this board kicks a$$ in just about every condition I tried. Now granted, while riding on the east coast, man-made hardpack, and loose granular with boilerplate is all too common, these conditions are often the most difficult to ride safely. The board handled the inconsistent hardpack and occasional hidden icy spots with ease. The increased efficiency and control during carves was due to the magne-traction edge shape. This technology increases the amount of contact points with the snow (or ice) surface allowing the board to bite down and hold the rider in their carve while on edge and while powering through uneven piles of loose granular snow.

     The flex of this board is considered a 6 from the manufacturer, and I have to agree with that number. The board was flexible enough to get around while messing about flatland style and just buttering for fun. The combination of the flex and rocker make it a high performer in the park and in freestyle situations. The amount of pop was definitely respectable considering the fact that there are no carbon rods in the core. While pointing and shooting down the trail, the chatter and vibration was sufficiently dampened such that I felt comfortable and confident in blasting straight down. Basically, this thing is a quiver-killer (no squirreliness) when flat-basing.

Best Terrain

     All mountain (with a freestyle and park focus for shorter lengths)

Rider Style

     Park, pipe, freestyle, freeride


     6 out of 10 (1 Softer--10 Stiffer). Boards shorter than 156 are a 5 out of 10.

Edge to Edge Performance

     Because of the magne-traction (serrated in appearance) edges, this board rips down the mountain while carving and flatbasing, so chatter and squirreliness are kept to a minimum.


     The pop on this board is respectable considering there are no pop rods or carbon within the layers of the deck.


     Lib Tech boards are very durable and well constructed in my opinion. They use high quality materials and handcraft all of their boards right here in the USA. Full disclosure, I do not own a Lib Tech board...yet, but my impression of the ones I have ridden is that they are well worth the money.

Features and Graphics

     This board features Lib's BTX banana tech and magne-traction edges, and the 2013 line have a flame looking graphic in several colors based on size and width selected.


     The 2014 Skate Banana will retail for around $500 (last years went for $489)...well worth the money in my humble opinion.

     The Union Contact bindings were a good match because they are light and more park oriented so the combination made a nice light and versatile set-up. I also really appreciate the fact that Lib-Tech handcrafts all of their boards in an environmentally sustainable and conservation-minded manufacturing process right here in the USA!

-Rob Adams




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