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Peter Line and Party Time Nate met once again in a battle of culinary skills. For this YoBeat Most Awesome Chef challenge, the home court advantage was Nate’s, as Peter drove down to Portland to attempt to take out Nate once again. The secret ingredient of coffee (provided by Wille Yli Luoma and Heart Roasters) prove to be a challenge for both chefs, but they managed to put together two very good meals. Only one could come out on top though, and claim the glamorous prize.

If you missed the first time Peter and Nate met, be sure to check it out.

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The super limited edition Capita Peter Line Rainbow 153 Quickstrike officially hits store shelves tomorrow — although based on Instagram, hungry board collectors have already started snatching them up. The graphic features the iconic rainbow, which Peter first used on his Division 23 pro model in the mid 1990’s, as well as some more modern accouterments such as pizza, boobs and cigs. Spanning 20 years, the rainbow graphic is one of snowboarding’s most memorable art pieces and we caught up with the man himself for a little history lesson.

What was the original inspiration for the pink rainbow graphic on your Division 23 board?

I think it was a Sean Sheffey skate graphic of Hello Kitty or something pink and I just thought it was awesome to have a girly graphic. Not sure where the rainbow came from or why I didn’t do white polka dots. I can still do those on my re-re-re-issue board in a few years.

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How many different variations of the rainbow have existed over the years on your pro models?
Only the three D23 originals, the Forum 10-year reissue and this one. I think on one of my other Forum graphics, I had a hand drawn rainbow and they may have made an icon from it at one point, but I can’t remember.

Has there ever been any homophobic blowback over the years? Any issues with sensitive retailers?

I don’t think so. When the D23 one came out in ’95 or ’96, it really wasn’t a known logo for the gay community. Later, when the rainbow logo was more prevalent and known, I think some people were thinking I was gay because of my graphic. I really didn’t care, I didn’t know of the rainbow meaning when I used it as my graphic, now I think it makes it even better. I love pissing off homophobes.

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Forum 10-year reissue. Photo: Alex Swords

Do you feel given the current climate of acceptance for gay marriage and trans gender individuals in America, this graphic holds the same impact it once did?

Probably not, especially this new version. Cigs, pizza, boobs and pills? It may have its own impact far aside from having a rainbow on it.

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In all its glory. photo: Jason Chuma

How did you team up with Capita? 

I’ve been friends with Blue since the D23 days and I’ve always respected the Capita brand. And plus, it’s here in Seattle, so even better.

What else are you up to these days?

Oh, stuff. Designed Jess’s graphics for Capita again, designing the men’s outerwear for Dakine, shooting product photos and writing for Snowboarder Mag. There’s this three-part documentary about me coming out one of these days soon. I have a goggle with Electric coming out that carries a similar theme, as well as a shoe with DVS. And maybe some other stuff, but I can’t remember. And hoping it actually snows this year!

The Peter Line Rainbow Quickstrike is available at select retailers starting October 20, 2015. Hit up your local shop soon if you want one!


Tedore, Peter and half of Surrey BC.

At the risk of dating myself, I remember when there were so few snowboarders on the the hill that if you saw one you didn’t know, you’d go out of your way to say what’s up and take a run with them. It obviously isn’t like that anymore, especially at Baker on opening day, were the initial lift line snaked all the way out and around the lodge to the parking lot, and the majority of people were on snowboards. But I digress.


Baker bluebird!

We decided to try and outsmart the herd by taking chair 8* to the top, instead of the more logical 4-6 mess, which actually worked out well for us. There was no line and we took a lap on that side through, yeah, I’m gonna say it, the waist deep, uncharacteristically light pow. On our second ride up, we got on the chair with Zach, a stoked Canadian kid with a GoPro and an old forum board. I should also probably mention that “we” was myself, Sean Tedore and Peter Line, which may have been why Zach had waited to get on the chair with us. Peter, not me or Tedore.


Yeah, we were there. Photo: Zach Janz

Anyway, we wound up riding with Zach all day. Since Tedore has the knees of a 75-year-old man and Peter was suffering the effects of too many cigarettes and old age**, we were pretty full of gripes on the chair rides. We’d catch ourselves going off with some completely asinine complaint or arguing about which runs sucked, and then Zach would say something to remind us just how awesome this day really was. It reminded me of the good old days, making a new friend and just shredding all day. There really is something about Mt. Baker, that even during the opening day shit show, the old-time good snowboard vibes remain. Then again, it could have just been that we were with Peter.

Anyway, good shredding with you Zach and if you missed opening day due to work, school, or agoraphobia, you blew it. Baker is sick.

There was snow. Lots of it. And even a little bit of blue sky.

JRob and John Laing. Pretending to like each other.

Oh yeah, and they built a new lodge.

Post shredding stretching with Austen Sweeten and Austin Hironaka.

MMM. Beer. None for Sweetin though, little punk.

Here’s our mediocre GoPro Edit, or watch Zach’s POV right here, right now.

Or watch this much better edit from Snowboard Realms.

*Fun fact one: Chair 8 apparently derailed later that day and the people on had to be downloaded

**Fun fact two: All of Peter’s new boards got stolen out of his car by a Seattle crackhead so he was also riding an old board. Sorry Winkel.

Peter Line and Party Time Nate met once again in a battle of culinary skills. For this YoBeat Most Awesome Chef challenge, the home court advantage was Nate’s, as Peter drove down to Portland to attempt to take out Nate once again. The secret ingredient of coffee (provided by Wille Yli Luoma and Heart Roasters) prove to be a challenge for both chefs, but they managed to put together two very good meals. Only one could come out on top though, and claim the glamorous prize.

If you missed the first time Peter and Nate met, be sure to check it out.

GET YOUR OWN YOBEAT HOODIE CHEF’S COAT HERE

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After losing the soup off, and the Totino’s Party Pizza challenge, I figured it was time to let some other people do the cooking. I brushed up on my hosting skills by studying Padma for weeks (not really) before we headed to Seattle for this latest Top Chef installment. This time it was legendary pro snowboarder Peter Line competing against my former challenger, Party Time Nate, and the theme was hot dogs! Peter was kind enough to host in his insane Seattle pent house that sort of made me feel bad about my own home. Maybe I shouldn’t have given up on being a pro snowboarder after all… It was nothing but a good time, and you know what, the food was pretty damn good too. So enjoy the video, cause I’m not going to tell you who won.

Check out the full recipes and the making of gallery on YoBeat.

Two titans of snowboarding’s culinary community met, but only one could emerge victorious. Party Time Nate and Peter Line set out once and for all to determine who was the superior chef by cooking what else, but hot dogs!

Appetizers
s-peter-app Peter Line’s Hot Dog and Pork Rillette

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s-nate-app Party Time Nate’s Deconstructed Hot Dog

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Entrees
s-peter-entree Peter Line’s Beef Hot Dog and Pork Bolognese on Parppadelle

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s-nate-entree Party Time Nate’s Hot Dog Risotto

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Desserts
s-peter-dessert Peter Line’s Cream Cheese Hot Dog ice cream with sriracha caramel sauce

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s-nate-dessert Party Time Nate’s Hot Dog Foster

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Check out the gallery of what went down behind the scenes:

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Working predominantly on the Internet, especially in these wonderful days of web 2.0, is awesome. Not only is the Internet endless, meaning you can write just about anything you want, (and I’ve got some good random ideas I’ve finally been able to bring to fruition thanks to Yobeat) but you get to know exactly what everyone else thinks of it, practically minutes after it’s posted! No more waiting around for letters in the mail, which people rarely even bothered to write. Even before you could comment on everything, it was a matter of someone actually opening their mail program and writing an email. Then that email would actually say where the letter came from, thereby negating the fun of saying really nasty things. But no more! Thanks to comments, people can anonymously say exactly what they are thinking!

I’ve always had a thick skin, and for the most part, it’s easy to laugh it off. But when you work really hard on something, and then some shitty kid decides to write some ignorant comment, it does get annoying. And since this is the second time I’ve mentioned my merry band of internet trolls in this here blog, it’s obviously something I think about. Apparently people with the Internet don’t subscribe to the old adage “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

I’m bringing this up again because yesterday I got my latest big break, a Industry Profile interview on Shayboarder.com. It’s already yesterday’s news, since Shay updates that site so damn much, but I was still pretty stoked she asked me to do it, cause we all know I like to give my honest opinion on things. Also, it was an excuse to use my rad karate picture. Well, the interview was long, and I had a little bit of answering remorse after I finished it, wishing I’d answered some questions differently, etc. I even asked if I could redo a few, until I realized that I wasn’t actually going to do it. Overall though, I think it came out well. Of course, before long the following comment appeared:

Anonymous said…
fucking shut this bitch up already. brooke you’re too old shut up and retire.

 While I commend them for using the correct version of you’re, it really wasn’t very nice, now was it? But whatever, I do complain about being old a lot and it would be sweet to retire. And of course, it’s clearly someone I know…

I am not the first, or the last person to be subjected to the torture of anonymous comments. Sarah Morrison told me she thought a great episode of MTV’s True Life would be “I Am An Anonymous Commenter,” after she was subjected to a ton of them when one of her Youtube videos was featured on the site. And I recently read an interview in the LA Times with Christian Lander, creator of the awesome and hilarious site Stuff White People Like, who said of his internet haters:

“People were obsessed with telling me [the blog has] jumped the shark. For every single post I’d put up. Part of me would want to be like, ‘It’s your right to say whatever you want,’ but dude, I get it. You’ve said this about the last 15 posts. Enough. And so I stopped reading the comments entirely months ago.”

Of course I’m not going to stop reading comments. As bummed as they occasionally make me, I love it. For every hate comment there are usually two more saying whatever is great. Today I posted a Peter Line interview on YoBeat, and within a couple hours had several positive comments, including one from previous hater.  I guess I just wish people would have the balls to put their names on what they have to say. Unless you are going to get in legal trouble, or lose your job over it, why not?

Photo courtesy of Forum Snowboards

Photo courtesy of Forum Snowboards

Ten years ago if you had said Peter Line was at the peak of his career, no one would have argued. He had his own company, filmed some of the best video parts, and consistently threw tricks that other riders couldn’t even imagine. Back then everyone just accepted that Peter was the best thing going in the sport, but what no one could have predicted, is how long it would last. While other riders have come and gone, and snowboarding is full of a new generation of styles, talents and tricks, Peter Line is still a rider everyone looks up to, and a lot of people would kill to be. This is the second YoBeat Peter Line interview.

BG: First off, what exactly do you do with yourself these days?

PL: I live in Seattle, where the riding is only an hour away, so during the early winter I cruise my local hill. This year was my first year filming in… I don’t know 4 years-ish, at least filming a full part. It comes out in October-ish, the new Forum video. During these summer months, I paint once in a while, drink too much, hang out with my girlfriend and dog the most, stare at the internet too much, write too little, and sleep till my head hurts, but that could be from the drinking.

BG: Why did you decide to film again after so many years?

PL: I got the motivation back again. I think you can only be burnt for so long before you completely quit or get stoked again. I got stoked again.

BG: So did you spend the whole season filming like the “kids” do, or did you take a more mellow approach?

PL: Yeah, I did it like the kids, or at least, how I did it as a kid — full emersion in the film world. It took sometime to break the rust, and was out for a month and a half with a broken foot, but I tried to film as much as possible. Could have found some better luck, but I’m happy with the season.

photo courtesy forum snowboards

photo courtesy forum snowboards

BG: Are you still pretty involved in the business side of forum?

PL: Not anymore, with the sale to Burton, I’m no longer that tight with the company on that level anymore. I still give them designs and help with team stuff and other decisions, but before, I was always at the office during the summers, working more directly with the people there.

BG: Oh I see. Well, then how did you feel about the sale to Burton, and what they are doing/have done with the brand?

PL: It was and is pretty awesome that Burton bought the brands, Forum/ 4sqr/SB needed to be bought, so it’s a really good thing that a company like Burton was there. Now, they still keep pretty much hands off, from what I can see and what I hear, they just let Forum do what it does best. And helps out where we weren’t so on it.

BG: Very diplomatic! So who is most in charge of steering the ship these days?

PL: It seems it’s a more collaboration with a few guys over there, between the marketing guy, the design guy and the product guy. They seem to get everything pretty tight and come up with some cool shit.

BG: I’m definitely impressed with the team. Did you get to ride with those guys a bunch while filming? Who were you most excited to ride with?

PL: Yeah, the team is getting pretty tight again. I haven’t seen everyone’s part yet, but I did see Jake Blavelt’s. His part is sick, crazy backcountry lines. Early season I took a trip to Baker with John Jackson. He’s the new guy, so it was cool to ride and get to know him. That guy can land anything.

photo courtesy of forum snowboards

photo courtesy of forum snowboards

BG: OK so looking into the future, what can you tell me about the documentary Mack Dawg is doing about you? How did that come about?

PL: It’s just now in the works. I guess he’s already compiled a bunch of good stuff from the interviews done for Double Decade. He’s really motivated for it, and of course I am too. I’ve got a lot of footage to go through though.

BG: You’ve definitely had a long career. I just went back and dug up your old YoBeat interview to see if I could repurpose any questions, but man, those questions were bad! So I guess, when you started snowboarding, did you ever think you’d be able to make a living off it of so long?

PL: As a kid, I thought it would be a dream to get free products. When I got products I thought it would be amazing to not have to work and only snowboard. When I started getting paid to snowboard I couldn’t believe it. Now that I’ve made a career out of it, and made money and owned companies, I look back and realize, that as a kid, I couldn’t even fathom of dreaming to where I’ve gotten in snowboarding.

BG: Do you still get recognized when you go snowboarding?

PL: Yeah, all the time still at my local mountain, but anywhere else, no not really. I don’t shave as much as I used to, or I need to shave more often than I used to, so I’m a hairy Peter Line now, not a kid Peter Line like what people remember me for.

photo courtesy of forum snowboards

photo courtesy of forum snowboards

BG: Do you think you are still relevant to the “next generation”?

PL: Yeah, I’ve still got my creativity and new ideas, and some new trick variations coming out. It seems the next generation is actually taking more and more from snowboarding’s past, from the colors to the tricks. So I’m right there with their 80’s inspiration, 80’s snowboarding is what inspired me too 20 years ago.

BG: What is the worst trend you’ve seen come and go over your tenure in snowboarding?

PL: A lot of the trends weren’t really that bad, they were just taken to an extreme so they got bad. Stances got wide, from 18inches to 27 inches back to 22ish. Each trend helped define the sport and develop it. I was never a fan of the step-in bindings, that was actually a trend that made people’s style worse, but other than that I’m cool with most trends, even the tight pants one now. I see it more than just tight pants though, they have their own riding style too. Tricks that are fun and weird — that inspires me. Pants can get too tight, and stances can get a too wide, big deal.

BG: So you are “snowboard famous”, but then you have someone like Shaun White who is “famous famous?” Would you ever want that?

PL: I would like the money and opportunities it brings, but famous to be famous, no. I liked the recognition I got for my snowboarding from my peers and the kids, to get the admiration for snowboarding is good. Shawn is the snowboarder who is famous with people who don’t snowboard. I don’t know?

photo coutesy of forum snowboards

photo coutesy of forum snowboards

BG: So, how do you feel about the fact that the forum video finished second in our poll of videos people are going to skip this year?

PL: What video is the one they most want to see?

BG: Well, Absinthe is last, so I guess that’s it.

PL: It’s cool if they don’t want to buy it, but they should at least check out as many snowboarding videos as they can. That’s how you get to see all the new best tricks, that’s how you improve. And the Forum movie has some pretty sick shit in it.

BG: So what movie are you most excited to see then?

PL: Not sure, I’m going to check out Double Decade. I heard it’s pretty sick with a lot of old footage and interviews.

BG: How insane is it that it’s been 20 years?

PL: Same as I’ve been riding

BG: Does that make you feel old?

PL: I am old… Old enough to see the first mags and first snowboarding videos, ever. I’ve had idols from Terry Kidwell to Jed Anderson.

BG: You were one of the older members of the original Forum crew, right, yet a lot of them have sort of faded away and you are still around and killing it. Why do you think that is?

PL: I was the old man of the team from the beginning, but all those guys are still around, they are just riding for new teams now. Me and Joni are the only ones left from the original Forum 8.

BG: Were you bummed when some of the other guys decided to leave?

PL: Yeah for sure, some didn’t have their contracts renewed right after the sale due to money, and the others faded off for different reasons.

BG: I guess that’s business. Ok, enough snowboarding. Who are you going to vote for?

PL: Obama, of course.

BG: Of course. Do you think voting is important and do you encourage the kids to register?

PL: I think it’s important, I do what I can, but sometimes people shouldn’t vote. The bigot voter doesn’t vote rationally.

BG: Right, I guess that’s the problem with a democracy. All right, well, anything else you’d like to say?

PL: No I think it went pretty well.

BG: Thanks a lot for your time!

PL: No problem, gonna go eat some pizza now.

photo courtesy of cobradogs.com

photo courtesy of cobradogs.com