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You know what the problem with an amateur contests is? The riding is by a bunch of amateurs. Ba-dum-bum. That said, on May 4, 2013, Lib Tech and Snowboy Production’s Kinko de Mayo was hardly a “contest” at all. More like a session between a few Bachelor hardcores who weren’t distracted by the fact it’s already summer in Oregon, and some pro dudes putting on a demo.

bundy1Ted Borland gapped to this rail at least 1000 times, or whatever the Mexican equivalent of that is.

Mt. Bachelor provided the rail set up, consisting of four rails of varying sketchiness, while Krush Kulezsa and Jesse Burtner provided the on-mic entertainment, consisting of mostly Three Amigos jokes no one got. There was a Squirt Pit (actually just a hole in the snow filled with soda) and banana salsa at the top and bottom of the course to keep competitors hydrated and sustained for all their early outs, zeaches and even the occasional make. The media circus was mostly focused on the pros — Brandon Hammid, Ted Borland, Sam Hulbert, Max Warbington, Blake Paul and other totally sponsed dudes who rode side-by-side with the locals, before taking on the challenge of selecting a winner.

aaroncardwellLast year’s victor Aaron Cardwell was among the “just having fun” sect, but since he’s pretty good at snowboarding, it was fun to watch as well.

Feel-good session or not, there were 8 riders that stood out at the end of the mayhem, and the judges underwent much deliberation to decide that first place belonged to Kevin “Kornbread” Cummings. A close second was Jeff Deforge who came all the way from the east coast for this shit, and Kenny (the contest was held on a first name basis) in third. They all got more free stuff than the dudes that “just had a good time” and seemed sufficiently stoked on the honor. But don’t worry, much like a second grade party, everyone left with some sort of free stuff, cause there are no losers here, right mom?

hammidDon’t let Brandon Hammid’s bare chest fool you, it was actually kinda cold for a Mexican-themed celebration, but when you give as few fucks as he does, whatever.

connorSince the theme of this event is kinks, there were several to negotiate.

squirtstallNormally, the beverage of choice at snowboard events is beer, but since this one was fairly wholesome, it was all about Squirt.

jeffdeforgeIt seems like it would be scary to hit a rail with the likes of Brandon Hammid baring down on you, but Jeff de Forge seemed ok with it.

maxandblakeThis Yobeat post would not be complete without a head shot of Max Warbington and Blake Paul.

bundy3Dude, did anyone get that?

hammidsquirtReally not sure why I bothered continuing to take photos after snapping this one. Moment, captured.

burtnerJesse Burtner attempting to decipher the official results.

winnersAnd the winners, left to right: Kenny, Kornbread and Jeff.

Image, for a second, getting the chance to close down one of the best trails on the mountain so that only you and your friends could ride it when you got around to it. Well, on April 13th, 2013, that’s exactly what happened at Timberline Lodge on glorious Mt. Hood. Thanks to the local knowledge and authority of Ricky Hower, Bob Elmer remained mostly pristine until 12 noon on a Saturday, when 15 teams of serious boarders took turns making figure eights through the fresh snow, while being judged by local celebrities Shane Flood and Johnnie Paxson.


The Hesh mob moves in perfect harmony.

Logic or meteorology might tell you that mid April is an odd time to plan a powder boarding competition, but this is Oregon. It’s a strange fantasy land where when Ricky snaps his fingers, a few inches of light, fresh snow fall on top of the groomed trail. Add a deceivingly short kicker, and you have the perfect recipe for the inaugural Yobeat Powder 8, an event inspired by the classic movie Aspen Extreme.

thedudesThe dudes were all there!

On the slopes, teams of locals including the Nipple Draggers (Collin Whallen and Joey Carnera), Hesh Mob (Chris Classen and Cameron Dean) Righteous Disciples (Janessa Bork and Matty Guitierez), I’ll leave this up to you Brooke (Cale Meyer and Kharma Vella), Team Party Time (Nate Betteker, Scotty Keating and Dustin) Team Clam Slam, (Carson Schubert and Kyle Irvin), Team Pup n’ Suds (Cam Weeg and Alex Drinkard), Team OJC (Richard Sweet and Cooper Harringon), Cool Runnings (Curran Shaw and Ryan Irvin) — joined the Airblaster crew and other visiting teams from as far away as Tahoe, including Super Duper Snowboards (Erik Leon and Jay Hergert), Team Dopey John (Aaron Cardwell and John Olmsted, Master B8ters (Tim Eddy and Tucker Mandrews), The Crazy 8’s (Brandon Cocard and Ben Lynch), The Underbelly Toasers (Jackson Folwer and Taylor Carlton) and Bonerz Fully Loaded (Max Warbington and Jesse Gouviea.)

When the clock struck noon, DJ Ricky Hower chose a unique song for each run, and the teams were let loose on the snow one at a time. The rules were there were no rules, and the judges had the difficult task of deciding who used mother nature’s canvas the best based on team work, creativity and overall impression.

powcarvesbroOJC goes for the gold!

Aside from the snow getting torn to shreds, the only real carnage was on the mini booter, when a few riders backflipped way past the landing, but since the contest was mostly based on turning, it didn’t really matter. After each pair took one glorious run each, the judges were torn between two teams. Super Duper Snowboards had mobbed down from top to bottom, doing pow butters mid 8 and synchronized methods including a mid-air collision on the kicker. Bonerz Fully loaded went for full synchronization in turning, and on the booter Jesse kicked up a spray while Max did a method through it. After much deliberation, it was decided everyone won, but Eric Leon and Jay Hergert won a little more and were officially named the best snowboarders in the universe taking home custom engraved trophies.


The secret is there is no secret. These dudes just know how to board powder.

The entire competition lasted less than an hour, and for the rest of the day, there were plenty more pow turns to be had around Timberline and everyone involved agreed it was the “best contest ever.” Special thanks to Ricky Hower and Brian Reed at Timberline for making this event possible and if you missed it, I’m sure we’ll get more pow next year! (ps. Timberline is open until the end of May, so if you are thinking about getting a spring pass, we would recommend it.)


Tyler L’Heruex and some herb.

It’s easy to write off the Northeast with a simple “no one gives a fuck” but here’s what most people won’t tell you –The East Coast doesn’t give a fuck about you either. What those who call the East Coast home do give a fuck about is having the best time ever, and March 18th, 2013 at Loon, the stars aligned for the 13th annual Last Call. The sun was shining, and it was only sort of cold. The open container laws were unenforced, and the gondola line was a who’s who of snowboard semi-celebs. If you missed it, you missed out. End of story.

In the past 13 years, the dudes from Eastern Boarder have grown and shaped Last Call into the ultimate celebration of East Coast spring snowboarding. Now a well-oiled machine, it starts with a “big air” portion, moves to a rail conglomeration and then ends up on the classic wallride set up. The Loon Park crew is known for its creative set ups and this event is when everyone in New England gathers in one place to enjoy the fruits of their labor. And now, without the US Open, it’s also the biggest event of the season in the East, so that’s something.

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This is a pretty solid nose press for a girl. Brian Skorupski.

It didn’t hurt the attendance record that the East Coast has bustling with activity this past weekend. The Lib Tech crew was still hanging around after the Near Canada Open. Forrest Burki was there with his cane and camping chair. A bunch of the O.G. Blue Lodge crew were in attendance reliving their college days and the current Plymouth State contingent, many of whom you know better as Keep the Change were going for it as well. STUMPED was in town from Mass,  and the Carinthia Crew showed up to represent for Vermont, and there were probably a bunch of other people that someone cares about I’m forgetting.

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Ted Lavoie shoots the gap.

As for the snowboarding itself, the name you really need to note is Tyler L’Hereux. While I’m not sure if he was drunk or not, I am sure he rode the hardest in the top two sections and was awarded with some cash for each. When the party went down on the wallride feature — an hour or so it was a free-for-all with dudes and chicks coming from every which way — Shaun Murphy was given top honors. Another notable highlight of the day was Nick Julius’s back 10 double cork, which earned him the coveted Ass Award. For most people though, this event is about friends and day drinking, so you’ll have to excuse my cloudy memory of rest of the tricks.

The day concluded with the WUSR Sub Arctic Challenge, a snowboard triathlon that includes a snowboard race, foot race, and beer shotgunning portion. Top honors when to Andrew Mutty, who may not have been the fastest drinker, but he did make it down the hill first. While there was some concern over how much of the beer ended up on his shirt vs in his stomach, the rest of the drunks really didn’t put up much of a fight, and that is pretty much the most fitting end the event.




1. Elin Tortorise
2. Mary Rand
3. Amy Gan



1. Tyler L’Heureux
2. Shaun Murphy
3. Travis Nuenhaus

And since our galleries are broken, here’s a bunch more photos, blog style! Warning: many of these captions were written under the influence of alcohol.

Cole St. Martin answers the call of the yeti.

There’s nothing funny about this photo, it’s just a good hand plant from Pat “the eYe” Bridges.

dylan ojo
Dylan Ojo, or “Dojo” as he’s fondly referred to, seems to have taken a liking to Loon, and the good news is, Loon likes him too.

Geno from the Beano is concentrating really hard on this shit.

Most people didn’t see him, but Dly9 was there.

All jump shots look the same so we’re not putting many in here, but this kid was killing it all day.

Lost in Translation or Fear and Loathing in Loon. Whatever. Forrest Burki was ready for just about anything.

kevin court
We thought this might be Kevin Court aka Gravedigger, but now we’re not so sure.

This one is definitely Gravedigger and considering he was bleeding at the previous event, looks like he’s doing pretty well.

merrick joyce
This is either Merrick Joyce of Nick Julius. Same difference really.

mike rav
Live free or grab nelon. Mike Rav ain’t scared.

nick doucette
This chimney tap is made extra impressive when you take into account that Nick Doucette is definitely drunk.

reis and rego
Two zeaches, one rail.

tarik blowers
There are way too many offensive things to say about this photo of Tarik Blowers. Let’s move on.

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Derrek Lever approves this backlip from Ted Borland.

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Travis Neuenhaus mctwisting his way to the podium.

This is probably the heaviest Zak Wilmot will ever look.

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This is probably the worst photo of Zak Hale ever published, but you guys, he was in New Hampshire!

Preston Strout handed out a golden claw to Merrick Joyce for snowboarding well, or something.

Some east coast OG legend shit — Preston Strout, Tom Johnson and Kevin Susienka.

And some new East Coast legend shit — the ‘Goons, Dr. Brendan, Dylan Gamache and Marcus Rand and Lemi, in one photo. The Internet can stop now.

The kids taking pictures with cell phones are the only thing that makes it clear this classic method from Ross Powers isn’t from 1997.

As soon as Stratton got word Burton had chosen to move the US Open to Vail, they made a call to the only man who could help: Stevie Hayes. The old-school-Burton-pro-turned-Hayes-Brothers-Snowboards founder had been putting on the Washed Up Cup for the past few seasons, and US Open or no, Stratton wanted the event to continue.

Fast forward to March 14th-17th, 2013, when the first annual Vermont Open was set on Suntanner — the same trail that hosted the original race events, as well as the halfpipe before it was shunned to Sunbowl. I can honestly say that after a season of going to events of all shapes and sizes, this was one of a kind. The prize money was provided by local families and businesses — no energy drinks or corporations to be found (unless you count Stratton, who matched the 10k raised.) The field included everyone from the local Olympic gold medalist to kids barely old enough to walk. Unlike the event it replaced, it was a contest for the snowboarders in it, rather than the people watching on network TV.

A snurfer race hosted by Paul Graves? Yeah, that happened, and local legend Jerry Tucker was one those brave enough to partake.

For the old people in attendance, many now with children of their own, the VT Open was a true blast from the past, right down to a 12-foot half pipe and 40-foot “big air” jump. However, for those who were not old enough to remember a time before events with credentials and TV cameras, the nostalgia didn’t quite make up for the lack of organization, which caused things such as Saturday’s big air dragging on long after the lifts closed and the light went flat. Yes, things could have gone smoother, but for a first effort that involved just about every facet of snowboarding crammed into three short days, we have to give Steve and Stratton an A for effort.

The Washed Up Cup happened went down Sunday, and no, there weren’t any bag checks.

With the inaugural Carinthia Open, Near Canada Open and this event now in the books, it’s pretty clear that the US Open moving to Vail may just be the best thing to happen to the East Coast snowboard scene in 30 years or so. And if you don’t agree, you don’t have to come here.

For Full Results CLICK HERE.

Watching rail jockeys attempting to ride an icy pipe was quite entertaining. Zack Wilmot figured it out.

No triple corks allowed. Luke Bonang tweaks out a straight air instead.

Mary Rand and Shaun Murphy pretending to like each other.

Ross and the youngest powers. His eldest daughter Victoria won her division in the halfpipe comp.

The East’s best coaches: Andrew Mutty and Aaron Diamond.

Fuck yeah Southern Vermont.

Speaking of Southern Vermont, the dudes from Mt. Snow made the trek north.

Attending the 1st VT Open was basically like inventing a time machine and the traveling back to a simpler time.

The Snurfer race got serious. (Note: the 3rd from the right was taken off the wall at the Green Door, literally.)

This is NOT as easy as it looks.

The boards are at least 4 times older than their riders.

1977 watch out.

Scott Johnson for the win!

Big air contests need more backside 180 methods.

The best part of this contest was no complex math was needed to understand the tricks being thrown.

Mellow tail grab over Bromley.

rossmethodIf you entered one event, you entered them all. Turns out, Ross Powers can do methods off jumps too!

courseThe Washed Up Cup marked the 400th banked slalom of 2013. This was about one quarter of the course, which was about as gnar as things get at Stratton.

gatebasherThat gate never saw it coming.

IMG_1148The gauntlet was in effect, but it was actually just Zack Wilmot and Timmy Sullivan, and they got bored after wasting a couple beers.

vtgauntletThis crash may have been due to the glare ice, or the fact he was being showered by beer. The world may never know.

number34Sean Genovese would be proud.

Mt Snow hype machine.

It was St. Patrick’s Day and don’t worry, Timmy Sullivan was letting ’em know. Zack, on the other hand, is not at all Irish.

It wasn’t that icy. Look at all that loose snow spray!

This guy didn’t get the memo that there’s no air in slaloms.

And in conclusion, beers, friends, and good times. Let’s keep it that way for at least the next 15 years or so.


On January 29th I received an email from notorious Yobeat commenter and intern guide at Silverton Mountain in Colorado, KC Kyle.

“Brooke. Get to Silverton ASAP…. over 50” since last saturday. Mark Landvick and Pat Moore were here today just checking stuff out. Blew their minds.”

This season I have made it a goal to snowboard as much as possible, which for a questionably-employed person such as me is easier said than done. I’m shooting for 100 days (no bragging), which may be unrealistic while simultaneously running the Internet, but whatever, I’m going for it. So when this email arrived as I was boarding a plane for Denver, I couldn’t resist. My response was simply an itinerary for a flight to Durango with the cautionary note, “be careful what you wish for.”

Just in case you don’t know anything about Silverton, this video featuring Shaun White should explain it.

Phew, that saved me a lot of words. And it was pretty much like that, except it felt less staged and people were drinking more beer than Red Bull — for the record even 3.2 Coors Light is strong at 11,000 feet. Life in the Colorado wilderness (and it is remote as fuck) is far from easy, but that’s just the way the locals like it. It keeps out the riff raff, which in hindsight, is amazing they invited me in the first place!

The real deal at Silverton Mountain is this: don’t be an idiot. It’s not a cushy “resort,” and the town itself is more of a summer attraction. In the winter it’s just a few die hards, some ice climbers and the staff of Silverton Mountain. If you have a sled there’s no shortage of gnarly backcountry terrain, but the avalanche danger is high and the hero factor even higher.

This is the chairlift. The only one.

The first night, Kyle had me convinced I would probably die. He didn’t say it in so many words, but tales of an avalanche that day (by some people skiing away from the resort), a mention that the house was 100 years old and only heated by a wood stove, and stories about the dangers of his job had me convinced I’d made a mistake coming here.

When I woke up for my one and only day riding at Silverton Mountain, the house was still warm and Kyle’s two huskies hadn’t chewed up my camera gear. We were off to a good start. In the base-tent I met some east coasters who knew about Yobeat and talked me into springing for the heli drop. It wasn’t hard — I can think of a lot worse things to spend the money on. And I was doing it.

If you like to hike and stuff, Silverton is your jam!

They also meticulously patrol the inbounds backcountry of the resort, and give you a guide who actually knows a thing or two. For an inherently dangerous activity, and backcountry boarding, it’s pretty much as safe as you can get being super extreme. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T DIE.

Unfortunately I wasn’t the only one to hear the news of 55 inches, and it was day 4 after the storm, so there were definitely some tracks. It wasn’t the blower pow my pal Shaun White showed me and the light was kind of flat. Don’t read that as a complaint, it’s not. And on the last run of the day, our guide Jess took us down “Delores,” a gully that sees no sun and hadn’t been open until just then. Insert face shots here.

This is what happens when you go for the heli ride (with A-man voice over for dramatic effect.)

Silverton is only open Thursday-Sunday (unless you wanna rent out the whole place) so on Monday I offered to take Kyle to check out Durango Mountain, otherwise known as Purgatory. On the first lift up we rode with a guy who managed to tell us his whole life story in 5 minutes, and also offered to show us his favorite run “if we could keep up.” During his story he used the expression “no bragging” a few times, which soon entered by lexicon on a regular basis. You may have even read it above.

Basically the best trick that either Kyle or I can do. Whatever.

Purgatory was a groomed paradise, with the exception of the endless traverses, but Kyle was so excited to not be working and riding sans beacon or any hiking, he was even willing to hit the somewhat-scary park jumps. He’s good like that. At the end of the day I was still alive, which means all those premonitions of certain death in Southern Colorado were probably just the weed.

That said, if you want to scare yourself, prove something, or otherwise have a different snowboard experience, go to Southern Colorado. You don’t even have to stay with ski bums, they have hotels and stuff.

Thanks to Silverton Mountain, Purgatory, KC Kyle and his roomies, and the Internet for making this story possible. Sorry I only took one snowboard photo, but not really.

Even though I have a vagina myself, I can laugh at the stereotypes of women’s snowboarding. We do stick our butts out and enjoy sleeping in real beds over yurts. But guess what guys, it’s just snowboarding. And when girls are around, the hot tub ends up a lot less awkward. So let me step off my soapbox and let some more capable babes show you up.

Stephanie Sue Feld and Emily Blewitt took a couple days off from the kitchen to head to Colorado, and do some boarding.

Now, society and you little shitheads may think Vera Janssen should be at home taking care of the children, but instead, she’s poised to become the first mom to have continue a successful pro career. Hell, she even just got on Nikita Snowboards.

And finally a couple entries from the Shooting Star Video contest. The deadline for entry is this Thursday, so if you’re slacking, stop it and send in some hot video action! Get more info and see all the entries so far here.

Melissa Riitano

Luci Imbach

Christy Prior

PS. While technically we can’t disallow dudes from entering this contest, you might not want to do it…

Shooting Star 2013: https://www.facebook.com/yobeatdotcom/app_515322148491016

How to get me to post your GoPro edit:

1. Put cats in it.

2. Make it funny.

4. Call it the Best Edit Ever.

3. Be TJ Schneider.

Simple, really.



Words: Brooke Geery. Above Main Gallery: Jared Souney.

starter air

Usually when you say, hey, will you do an air out of the start gate in a race people ignore you. Eric was down though.

People in Montana are rugged. Dare I say gnarly, even. The ride steep shit, hard shit, rocky shit, and even traverse endlessly with ease, so they don’t think about the mountain the same way people from other places do. And when you let a crew from Montana build their dream Banked Slalom course, those that come from elsewhere better watch the fuck out. Now don’t read that as a complaint, or even an excuse, it’s just the only way I could begin to describe the course at the 2nd ARob Smash Life Banked slalom on January 5th in Bozeman, MT.

Stan negotiates the first few turns on his way to the BRONZE medal.

So about that course. This thing started slow with some big old banks, but quickly turned into a super g where the only option was to pin in. There was a last-minute gate addition placed in an attempt to slow people down, but it caught almost everyone by surprise. This was not a race for the feint of heart so when making predictions on the results, you can count out all the people who came from Baker, Oregon, Colorado or even as far away as Michigan. Park rats need not apply. Honestly, you can even count out Lucas Debari, who rolled up in the Go Boarding Subaru with Alex Yoder.

Jon Overson with that photo bomb and all the other guys who couldn’t beat Todd Kirby.

Really, the ones to watch when it came to results were the locals, or more specifically, Todd Kirby. He was referred to as the golden boy, the pace setter, and various other glowing names by his friends — who may or may not have been being sarcastic — and sure enough, when the seconds were counted, Todd topped Arob’s brother Jason Robinson by a solid hundredth of a second. To make everyone feel better though, even he fell on his second run.

This dude was STOKED.

The truth is though, the results don’t matter. The event — brain child of all of the late, great Aaron Robinson’s friends and family, and man-powered by Shane Stalling — is a benefit for the A Rob Plant a Seed foundation, with all the proceeds going to help more kids get out and board in ARob’s honor. It’s put on by homeys, and aside from scaring the shit out of us flatlanders, they did an amazing job making the day nothing but fun. Even the awards

Which in the end, is all that really matters. After all, ARob would have wanted it that way.

Oh yeah, and there were sheep.


Men 17-37

Todd Kirby 35.42
Jason Robinson 35.43
Chad Dalman 36.18
Reed Schneider 36.33
Lucas Debari 36.49
Micah Hoogeveen 36.52
Alex Yoder 36.62
Tyrel Bacon (Paid) 36.64
Eric Morrison 37.25
Chad Cremers 37.27
Brand Browning 37.29
Mitchell Kirby 37.47
Shane Stalling 37.66
Cody Lewis 37.68
Mark Thieszen 37.82
Kameron Joahnson 37.93
Nathaniel Murphy 37.96
Shane Knowles 38.2
Kyle Cremers 38.22
Erik Overson 38.25
Jon Oversor 38.54
Kevin Fischer 38.67
Mike Brearey 38.67
Rand Stearns 38.94
Joe Pope 38.94

Jason Schutz and Todd Kirby. Smash life.

Masters 38+

1. Jason Schutz 35.83
2. Chad Zeigler 38.25
3. T bos 40.05
4. Jeff Wexall 40.05
5. Jay Moore (P) 40.5
6. Chad Peterson 43.45
7. Bird Morris 43.73



1. Sarris McComb 37.86
2. Tanya Simonson (P) 39.17
3. Galen Bridgewater 40.7
4. Audra Bintz 41.05
5. Amy Balbier 42.65
6. Carly Miron 44.64
7. Brooke Geery 46.01
8. Maggie Heerdt 46.45
9. Kate Lindsay 53.06
10. Victoria Baughman 60.87

The Yobeat Cup

The winner receives one weapon from the 50,000 Silver Dollar store.

1. RC Cone 42.54
2. Tim Breault 42.66
3. Justin Leveille 44.09
4. Brooke Geery 46.01

Thanks to Big Sky, all the event sponsors, the Robinson Family, Shane Stalling and everyone else who made this event possible. We’ll be back next year, when I will stay on my feet and be on top of the Yobeat cup!

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3

Imagine if you went to High School with only people you truly liked and enjoyed. Then you graduate and move on, only to see a few of those friends regularly. Well, this year’s Dirksen Derby is the 10 year reunion of that High School.

On December 14, 2012, the best people in snowboarding (yeah, I said it) gathered at Sunrise on Mt. Bachelor to test out the course, place some side bets, and get warmed up. The real event hasn’t even started, but things are already shaping up for the best snowboarding “contest” of the year. The red course is tight (ride it like a skateboard) and the green course is all about letting loose. There will be thrills, spills, and even the girls have to qualify this year. If you’re here, see ya on hill, and if you’re not, stay tuned for plenty of pictures, videos and inside jokes all weekend long!

From the desk of Josh Dirksen:

Men’s and Women’s Qualifier on Saturday will be as follows: All Men and Women racers (14-49yrs) have one run down the course of their choosing. The top 25% of the racers down the Green line and the top 25% of racers down the Red line will qualify for the finals on Sunday. Don’t miss your run! The lower your bib number the earlier you go!


And since we know you like video, our man Russell Winfield has already made one! Oh, and he happens to be hanging out with Terje.

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3

A few lucky jerks on the west coast are already riding (Colorado and Oregon even have open resorts), but for most people the season is yet to really get underway. So how can you pass the time until the snow starts falling and the lifts turn, while simultaneously upping your stoke for the season? Why not dig through the hard drive and put together your own season edit. You know you’ve got enough footage because the constantly rolling GoPro’s of last season let very few stunts go undocumented, so open up iMovie and make it happen. However, if you want it to hype up anyone besides you and your mom, follow these few simple rules.

Pick a good song. It can be tempting to go with something on trend (ghetto rap) or something really obscure so that everyone knows how cool you are, but the music will set the tone for your entire edit. Pick something that is fun to listen to. (I love Rebecca Black, and now you have it stuck in your head. Joke’s on you, sucka.)

Don’t repeat tricks. We’re all SUPER EXCITED that you can 270 out of park boxes, but you don’t need do show us that you can, in fact, do it out of every box in every park in your entire state. Pick the best version and call it good. (I can only do 50-50’s, so suck it.)

Mix it up. No one wants to watch a whole edit of park boxes, so throw in a pow turn, some jumps, urban shit, skate clips, whatever you have. Not only will it make things way more interesting, but it will show how well rounded you are. (Yeah, I totally took a trip to Vermont in between Ski Bowl laps and I skate!)

Production value counts… It SUCKS watching videos when you can’t see what’s going on because it’s so interlaced, dark, or otherwise pixilated — so learn how to export correctly. If at all possible, leave the shots your 12-year-old brother with Tourette’s shot on the cutting room floor. (Whatever, my friends are awesome at GoPro follow filming.)

…But don’t over do it. A few funny clips is cool, but if you’re editing your WHOLE video to a movie, Internet memes or Pokemon, it’s gonna get real old. Same goes for effects. Just because they’re there, doesn’t mean you have to use them. (Who am I kidding, I don’t even know what the effects do or how to use them.)

Keep it short. Jed Anderson can put together a two-song part. You can’t. (Admittedly, I just wanted to get to the part where the dude starts rapping. Sorry.)

Now that you know the secrets to making a mildly entertaining video that may get up to and including 25 views from your friends and family, get to it! If you’re actually good at snowboarding, maybe it will get you some free gear flowing, and if not, well, at least you’ll have something to show your kids when they accuse you of being “uncool” someday.

PS. Mine is a joke. Here’s one that’s slightly more serious from Carson Wiser in case you feel violated.