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Sandwiched inconveniently in the middle of the season, SIA is happening, again. Wait, did that sound bitter? Cause I didn’t mean it that way at all. In fact, the Yobeat crew is super stoked to be back in Denver for another round of shmooze, booze and product peeks. Day one is a wrap and here’s what we learned: People are still starting new companies. PR people still think the brands they work for are revolutionizing the sport. And it’s always good to see old friends. Since I’ve already written this story a few times, I’ll just spare you much reading and let the pictures tell the rest of the details.

Brad Steward and Terry Kidwell’s combined ages top 100. And if you’re under 20, you probably don’t know who either of them are. Weird.

Windsurfing is just one of the new sports CAPiTA is taking up for 2012/13. The other, single-blading seems slightly more dangerous, so we don’t want to post a picture of it in case you try it, get hurt, and then want someone to blame.

Touch-tech is hot for 2012. This DAKINE glove will enable you to Instagram while boarding and if that’s not a selling feature, we don’t know what is.

Mikey Leblanc is trying out a new brand of professionalism this year, which is a bummer, because working in the new insulated slippers is comfortable, but not professional.

You can take Holden out of Portland, but you’ll never get the Portland out of Holden. Heart Coffee was french pressed on the spot, and Solstice Supply’s Justin Clapick was happy to indulge.

Mikey and highlights of the 2012 Holden line, most of which he described as “not ugly.”

Scotty “The Body” Connerly has a new gig with I.N.I. Cooperative,which uses materials such as hemp and has Bob Marley licensing, but isn’t about smoking weed, rather sustainability. Jah man.

Nike. Still making snowboard boots.

Boas on helmets? Yep, genius. In case you were wondering, the one-size-fits all kids Pro-Tec helmet fit me best anyway.

The big news over at Vans, socks are back for 2012! Yay, socks!

Ashbury’s got a whole damn wall of goggles now.

FUNhat co-founder and current Yobeat Brand Partnership manager Justin Parkhurst described the Coal booth as “heaven.”

Draplin’s got a Michigan Yo-Merica sticker. Do you?

The models Salomon/Bonfire hired to hang out were kinda dull.

Seattle heavy-weights Sean Tedore and Peter Line.

Did ya hear Travis Rice is on Union now? Luckily they make a binding to match every outfit he has!

Not gonna lie, the highlight of my day was getting free Chuckbuddies. You know you’re jealous.

And now for you gear nerds,  here are lots more pictures of the stuff we checked out today.

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At this point we’ve seen enough boards, boots, bindings, outerwear and accessories that it feels like it’s already 2012. The boards have things like ollie bars, scoop bases and kick jammers (we made those last two up). Outerwear is more more tech (or in some cases less tech) and will hopefully keep you warm and dry on hill. You can get a goggle to match absolutely any outfit, and a helmet too. Bindings are more adjustable than ever, and boots are the lightest they’ve ever been. And collaborations are still hot. But what did we really learn at SIA? We learned what will sell this year. See the above pie chart for the highly scientific break down.

Now check the gallery for photos of new gear from Bern, Banshee Bungee, Holden, Salomon, K2, L1, Nike Snowboarding, Nitro, Ride, Rome and Technine.

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Party Time Nate as “The Hoff”

Halloween is this Sunday. Do you have your costume picked out yet? If you’re like me, probably not, and on Saturday you’ll schlep on over to Goodwill and end up with whatever ridiculous getup is leftover. But this year, why not plan ahead a little bit (seriously at this point it’s only a couple days) and figure out what to be right now! To help, Party Time Nate donned several costumes made almost entirely out of snowboard gear you may very well already have, or at least if you have to buy, you’ll be able to use again before next Halloween. So this weekend, don’t settle for the same half-assed costume, break out your gear and get creative.

Costume Idea 1: Canadian

To complete the Canadian look, you’ll simply need to don all denim (a Canadian tuxedo, of course) and a Canadian flag. Put a tooque on your head, and you’re good to go. In this look, Nate is wearing the 686/Levis 3-Ply Jacket with Holden Stella Denim pants, and a handmade YoBeat beanie. We made the flag with colored pencils and a piece of white cardboard. If you really want to make this look official, we suggest drinking Kokanee rather than Hamms.

Costume Idea 2: Jed Anderson

Yeah sure, you could go as an unnamed “snowboarder,” but isn’t more fun to go as a specific snowboarder, such as Jed Anderson? Chances are, you already have this look dialed as Jed is easily the most imitated rider this season, but if not, here’s what you’ll need. A helmet (doesn’t matter what brand cause Jed doesn’t have a helmet sponsor, but Nate is wearing a Bern Berkeley) a hoodie so you can put your hood over your helmet, Ashbury Goggles, Nike Boots, and some nice tight pants. Please note, Nate is still wearing the same Holden women’s pants, but if you want to make it official, you’ll really need The Sissy Pant from Airblaster. And yes, dressing as Jed Anderson also counts as dressing as a Canadian.

Costume Idea 3: Scuba Diver

Put your base layer to use for this extremely comfortable costume. All that really matters is it’s tight and black, but to create this look Nate donned some women’s underwear. He’s got the DAKINE Realm 1/4 zip and Realm pant. His hood is actually the Coal U.H.B. and then a regular old mask and snorkel complete the look. Simple.

Costume Idea #4: Lumber Jack

You know you wanted a plaid jacket for this season, and here’s the perfect excuse to get one. Pair it with some jeans and a nice warm beanie, make an axe (they probably won’t let you in anywhere with a real one) and boom, you’re ready for action. Of course, Nate is wearing the Holden Women’s Matador Jacket so if you want to be a real lumberjack, something more manly might in order. The Spacecraft Watchman beanie completes the look.

Costume Idea #5: Rocker Dude

What better way to be metal this Halloween than with a YoBeat Bathory T? Nate’s headband is actually the belt from that Holden Matador jacket, and he’s still got on women’s pants, but any tight jeans will do.

Halloween Costume Idea #6: Mummy

The Airblaster Tereclava may very well be the most useful item you could get for Halloween. Here it is paired with a basic bathrobe and just like that, Nate is a super scary mummy.

Halloween Costume Idea #7: Sheep

See what we mean about the Tereclava? Add some ears and Nate is a sheep!

Costume Idea #8: Wrestler

Spacecraft definitely makes some zany facemasks, and the Tron Mask is a must have if you want to be a wrestler. Add some long underwear bottoms and take your liners out of you boots to make stylish wrestling shoes, and you’re set.

Costume Idea #9: Biker

Leather is hot for 2011, and with a few accessories, your faux-leather snowboard coat can turn you into the most badass biker on the block. Nate is rocking the Holden Motorcycle jacket with the same Stella Denim pant (although if you wanna go all out, some Leather pants such as the Strummer would be key) and the look is completed with a DAKINE Convertible Balaclava “converted” into a doo-rag. Add some Ashbury Day tripper shades for that extra badass element and ain’t no one gonna fuck with you.

Costume Idea #10: Astronaut

If you’re of the snow thug persuasion, or were a couple years ago, you can turn your over-sized snowboard gear into a spacesuit with little effort. The keys to making this costume work are less in the outerwear itself (Nate is rocking a two-year-old Holden Wallace Jacket and Bonfire Radiant Pant and you could certainly improve on the color combos) but the real kicker (no pun intended) is wearing your snowboard boots. While Nate has on the Nike Zoom Force One’s a pair of the DK Double Tongue’s would really set this look off. As for his helmet, it’s an old kitty litter bucket. Again, you could probably do better.

That’s all we came up with, but there are plenty more. This year, put in a little effort and maybe you’ll even win a gift certificate or something for how bitchin’ your costume is. Happy Halloween!

I am a big fan of making web videos. Not so much of watching them, but I love to make them and post them and then watch the traffic add up. But my issue with Youtube is that whole 100 mb limit. Unless your video is 30 seconds long, it’s near impossible to make it look like anything other than crap when you compress it to under 100 mb. And never fail I would export my finished video to find it was 101 mb, meaning I would have to lower the quality even more to get it to load. It was a travesty really. But everything has changed now that I’ve discovered Vimeo. I posted my first video on there last night, the YoBeat tour of Holden Outerwear and holy crap! It’s amazing. Here’s the video, but be sure to check out the full coverage on YoBeat.