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Snowboarding was simpler in the 90s. Fewer people did it, the Internet hadn’t ruined it yet, and the popular consensus was to keep shit punk rock. Snowboarding was turning mainstream, and depending on who you asked, it was the beginning, or the end. For the riders who grew up in this magical decade and are still at it, there’s a bit of nostalgia floating around these days. Maybe because it hurt a lot less back then (getting old sucks) but mostly because that’s just kinda how things work. So, for you, my fellow 30+ board brethren, here’s 20 things that will remind you how old you are.

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1. You’ve answered the question “How do you stop on those things?” on a chairlift.

Snowboarding was accepted, but far from mainstream in the 90s. Our parents still assumed it was a fad and you’d often encounter incredulous skiers asking absurd questions. Hell, Transworld even made a shirt with the answers.

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2. You know TB stands for Totally Board.

While technically Fall Line Films was the first, the 90s were all about TB and Mack Dawg. Dawger was arguably more hip with younger riders, while the TB movies had lots of big mountain sections to fast forward through. But either way, you bought them both, every year.

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3. You remember thinking it was insane when Jeff Brushie signed a 1.3 million dollar contract with Ride.

But still thought it was cooler when he rode for Burton. “Selling out” was kind of a big deal back then.

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Brian Regis and Rahm Klampert. Pulled from the Yobeat photo archive.

4. You at one point wished you could ride the Killington half pipe (or you hiked it everyday – and night for the one season it had lights.)

See back then, the average halfpipes topped out at 12 feet and it was actually kinda fun. They were the 90s answer to the rainbow rail. Killington, in particular, had a solid scene of people who almost made it and the week before the Open everyone who was anyone would show up to “train.”

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Photo: Sky Chalmers via ESPN

5. You remember when the US Open was a drunken mess, and people actually cared about it.

Oh, and there were no bag checks.

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These suckers were guarantee not to break. Your ankles on the other hand…

6. You’ve ridden (or wanted) baseless bindings.

So much better board feel, dude.

8. Peter Line is kinda your hero.

Not only was he good at snowboarding, he had funny board graphics, and he was short enough to not be threatening.

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9. You rode a stomp pad before it was ironic.

And if you were riding Clickers, it probably came in handy when they froze, broke, or otherwise failed you mid-run.

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10. You had a Mack Dawg sticker pack, in its entirety, on the back window of your car.

It was a pain in the ass to scrape it off every September when the new one came out, but you had to keep that shit fresh, yo.

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Told ya, Lifty guys.

11. You’ve been denied access to a chairlift for not having a leash.

So you ingeniously rigged up a shoelace from your boot to binding to trick the lifty. Why anyone thought run-away snowboards might be an issue, we’re still not sure.

12. You thought Shaun Palmer was kind of a bad ass.

Now you know he actually is.

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13. You spent hours playing Cool Boarders 2.

But you never touched another snowboard game after Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater came out.

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14. You remember when guys didn’t land 720s every time in contests.

And when they did, they won the contest.

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Airwalk ad, circa 1996

15. You owned Airwalk Snowboard Boots

They were a big step up from your Sorels, but that’s not saying much.

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Prom ad. Circa 1995

16. Every girl who you knew that rode was sponsored.

Both of them. And Tina Basich was their hero.

17. You either loved, or hated the Garden.

Nothing in between.

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18. You can tell the difference between Ten Foot Pole, Pulley, No Use for a Name and Face to Face when you hear them.

Thanks to the music credits at the beginning of every part in videos, you had that shit down.

 

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Sweet pants dude. No idea who this is, it was an ad for something though.

19. You used a studded belt to hold up your absurdly baggy pants.

And weren’t even a little bit ashamed.

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20. You claim 93/94 was the best season ever.

Cause it was, duh.

Tyler Davis. Quarterpiping.

Note: Video and Photo Gallery added, see below New Hampshire is known for its amazing parks, hometown heroes and dirts, but lets face it, only a chosen few ever seem to make it big time. So if you do, it’s good to give back to the less fortunate, which is exactly why Pat Moore has put on Back to the Boneyard for that past three years. This year, the event raised over $1500 for WVBBTS, a scholarship program that helps kids who can’t afford it go snowboarding.

The Waterville park staff, led by the semi-legendary Luke Mathison, recreates the legendary 90s Boneyard park. Everyone from former legends such as Preston Strout, to current legends such as Mike Ravelson as well as enigmas such as Aaron Diamond and Pat Bridges come out to ride.

Pat Bridges, in the flesh, and still winning the invert contest.

If you had to classify the format, it’s a jam at best, with three segments. There is a scary looking-90s jump, though only 30 feet to the sweet spot it boasted a 24-death gap, which claimed one victim. The Mike Baker Banked Slalom tests how fast you can go (for the record, Pat Moore went the fastest this year) and then a jersey barrier to quarterpipe finishes the day.

There were lots of hand plants, some small airs (and a few big ones), and a couple serious maneuvers over the course of the day. Forrest Bailey put on a demo, Bridges failed to master frontside inverts, Preston Strout wore his 90s costume, Mike Rav turned 21, and a good time was had by all.

New England Stud Nick Esposito

There were awards for just about everything, randing from Pat Moore’s pro model forum snowboard to a sweet as falcon statue, so here’s the complete list.



15 and Under

1) Jack Herald
2) Parker Szumowski
3) James Fawlet

Chicks
1) Julie Kochan
2) Mackenzie Hennessy
3) Mary Walsh

Zach Normandin, King of the Boneyard

Open Class
1) Zach Normandin (King of the Boneyard)
2) Merrick Joyce
4) Nick Esposito

25 Plus
1) Tyler Davis
2) Adam Mettervlle
3) Jaues Beruai

Most haggard kit: Preston Strout
Best Hick: Aaron Diamond
Best Method: Jaques Beriau
Best trick rail: Merrick Joyce
Best Jumper: Luke Mathison
Days of Old School: Preston Strout
Worst taste in music: Pat Bridges
Worst Slam: Alex Cole
Biggest Buzzard: Aaron Diamond



Biggest Pussy Awards

Jump: Ryan Stephany
Banked Slalom: Pat Bridges
Quarterpipe: Mike King

And the video. Well, you know the the infamous “dad cam?” This is it, in all its glory. Yes, my dad made the video. The caveat is he’s actually a “real life” photographer, so it’s potentially composed slightly better than the average “dad cam.” To compensate, we’ve left in some of the dramatic “dad commentary.”

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Original publication date: 1999

When I was 18, these things were really important to me. Replace “rodeos” with “double corks,” add a “skinny stance” crack in the stance section, and disregard my fashion advice completely, and it’s almost still relevant today. Please also note my awesome snowboard style in the photos – I was “sponsored.” Ahh, the 90s.

With any sport there are always faux pas, such as skating mongo footed (pushing with your front foot), and snowboarding is no exception. In fact the number of things that people do wrong in snowboarding seems to out number any other sport. Be it dumb grabs, poor fashion, or foolish tricks, not a day goes by with out some one being guilty of looking dumb. I believe the original intention of trick tips, which pollute so many pages of reputable snowboard publications, was to inform the herbs how to do certain tricks. Where these segments have gone wrong is that no kid who reads them in hopes to learn that cool new trick is reading to learn Kinger Flips, or even rodeos. The only tricks that should be explained here are frontside 360′s and maybe ollies. Anyone who’s good enough to do any of the higher level tricks doesn’t need to have each step of them spelled out. Beyond learning the tricks, there are many things in snowboarding you might not be able to figure on your own. Maybe these little things are what trick tips should zero in on. Since no “real” magazine will do it, I’m taking this opportunity to do it myself, mainly because I cringe every time I see some idiot looking so uncool off a rock star kicker.

Ewww…Girl Method. Don’t ever, ever, ever, do this trick!

Bend your knees

This is the absolute simplest part of snowboarding. It makes sense, if your knees are bent you have more control, and can better absorb impact from all the little bumps on the trail, and you are less likely to blow them out.. Oh yeah, and you can’t turn with your legs straight! Perhaps, you’ve come up with a method of scraping out turns without bending your legs, but let me assure you, it looks foolish. If you are guilty of not bending your knees, you probably don’t know, but do this little exercise. When you are riding pay attention to how you are standing on the board if your knees are locked, you’re doing it wrong. If you determine this much, then make sure to bend your knees. If your muscles don’t burn at the end of the day, you still aren’t doing it.

Fix your stance

“But nothing is wrong with my stance.” Your stance sucks if your toes are pointing together, this is called pigeon toed and it is very uncool, as well as something which makes it nearly impossible to ride well. If you’re just starting to snowboard, you probably want to learn how to turn. If you’ve ever seen someone on hard boots, you notice that they ride very sharp angles on their front and back feet. Why? Because it make it super easy to turn. What this means for you, is that you should ride angles on both feet until you feel totally comfortable carving. Once you feel you are ready to ride switch, you can straighten out your back foot or angle it slightly back. This called riding duckfoot, and although it went through a brief period of being shunned, it is again socially acceptable, and will make it easier to land and ride switch. However, it is okay to keep your angles, as most halfpipe pros do too.

Never under estimate the power of forward lean

If you’re unsure what forward lean is, or what it does, you’re probably not riding with enough. Forward lean is more than just Burton socks, it is what makes riding with your knees bent and holding an edge up the backside wall possible. If your still riding low backs, you probably don’t have forward lean adjusters, and you fall under the uncool catagory, cause low backs SUCK, but if you’re riding any recently made high back, that plastic thing on that back is a forward lean adjuster. Crank it down so the backs of your bindings are not at a 90 degree angle from the board, and you’ll be set. A warning, forward lean hurts the first few days, so slowly increase the amount every time you ride. You may find you like a different amount for riding halfpipe and freeriding. You make the call.

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Ditch the baggy pants

Fashion has this nasty tendency of changing, and if you’re still rocking the 1992 stylings of size 48 pants, you need to get out more. Even if you claim not to care how you look, you should, cause there is something wrong with looking retarded. Try picking up a snowboard magazine, here you’ll find example of all the lastest fashion. While you might not have the duckets to go out and buy all the new Special Blend gear, Army Navy Stores and the Salvation Army can provide cost effective street ware alternatives. A good idea is to spend a decent amount of money on good outer ware, because if you shop wisely it can last you for years, and you’ll be much happier if you’re warm up on the hill. Whatever you do though, I urge you to stay away from Camo. That is a trend which must DIE NOW!

Don’t do stupid grabs

So you’re ready to hit jumps. The first thing you want to learn are strait airs. A strait air is any trick that doesn’t involve rotation. The best way to stay balanced in the air off a jump is to grab, but whatever you do, don’t grab tindy. This is a very natural grab (between your back binding and your tail), so it can be enticing to do as a safety grab, but trust me, you should put the effort into grabbing between your bindings cause tindy’s are just plain wrong. Other no no grabs include tail fish (in between your back foot and your tail) and girl methods, (a method which is kicked straight back, no tweak). If you do any of these grabs, don’t expect any high fives from your bros, as they should in all reality, be embarrassed to be seen with you.

If you can’t clear a jump, don’t try to spin off it.

Makes sense right? Nothing is more painful to watch than someone barely even pop off the lip of a jump before hucking around a 360, and then crashing about 5 feet after the take off into the flat of the table. Also, if you’re pre rotating 270 degrees on the take off, making your actual rotation in the air 90 degrees, it does not constitute a 360, so don’t expect props, dude.

What’s wrong with this picture? That stalefish is really a tailfish. Bad, bad, bad.

Learn straight airs before you learn rodeos

Rodeos are probably one of the easiest and most popular tricks right now. The reason they are so easy, is that the rotation is fairly natural, so what happens is a lot of kids with no comprehension of getting hurt will be able to huck around a rodeo, when they don’t even have enough control to do a straight air. Don’t believe me? You obviously didn’t make it out to Hood this summer, where every kid could do a perfect stomped rodeo, yet no one could do a method. Rodeos are a cool trick, but if they’re your only trick you are not.

Don’t vibe

A few years back, snowboarding was very different than it was today. There were only so many snowboarders on the mountain, and you, as a snowboarder, knew everyone of them. If someone new came riding, you made it a point to take runs with them and get to know them. There was always some vibing going on, but at least you knew what the person was about before you decided you hated them. Now, the vast populaity of the sport of snowboarding has made it impossible to know everyone on the hill, but the least you can do, if you happen to get on a lift with another snowboarder, even if they aren’t rocking a brand new forum snowboard, is say hi. It’s always nice to have a good conversation, make those high speed quads move that much faster. You gotta figure you both have snowboards on your feet, so must you have something in common. Basically, just be civil to everyone, this isn’t high school, it’s snowboarding. Snowboarding is fun.

We came across this piece of snowboard history recently and decided to pull it back up. Our interviews have gotten slightly more in depth over the years, but they certainly haven’t gotten any better. Original Publication date: February 1999

Still together after all these years…

So I interviewed this dude named Jeremy Jones, then I came to find out that there are two pro snowboarders named Jeremy Jones, and I was talking to the wrong one. No wonder he seemed so confused. Okay, so maybe that didn’t really happen, but it would have been pretty funny, right? In all honesty, this is an interview with Jeremy Jones, member of the world famous Forum eight. He begged me to trash him, so incase you were wondering he’s a real dick, and he sucks at snowboarding too.

Alright, first off, I was forced to ask, which clip of Decade do you think best represents your snowboarding and you would want it to go along with this very interview?

Probably my double kinked handrail shot.


This is the Decade we’re referring to, not to be confused to Double Decade, ten years later

How old are you?

23

Where do you ride?

Solitude, UT.

Who do you ride with?

J.P. Walker, Mikey Leblanc, Nate Bozung

Why do snowboarders always name other pros, don’t you have any friends who aren’t pro? Skateboarders always name their friends.

I do because they’ve been my friends since they were little, and they just happen to be pro too, and they live with me and are always with me. Skateboarders are cooler anyway.

What kind of contests do you usually do?

Big Air

Do you like competing?

It’s alright, I guess it’s fun, when you win. The check’s good.

Where’s your favorite place you’ve ever ridden?

Snow Summit, Ca. They build whatever jumps we want, they are super cool and this guy Gunny who works there is just dope.

Jeremy’s butt at the X Games in Crested Butte, CO. Photo: Shanti Sosienski.

Do you like traveling?

Yeah. I like it. I like coming home.

Do you feel like more of a rockstar when there is a camera running?

No, I just kinda feel like a cheeseball.

Do you push yourself harder when there is a camera running?

If my friends are there I will, but if they’re not it’s kinda hard to push even if there is a camera. My friends just push me really.

Would you patronize a web site entirely devoted to snowboard videos?

Probably, just to see if there’s some stuff to make fun of.

Camo — Just for hunting or super dope?

It’s for armies, but I think it’s cool. It’s out in the east coast, huh? I don’t run it too often though.

Are you related to Kevin Jones?

No.

Jenny Jones?

I wish.

Tom Jones?

No. I’m nobody.

What’s your favorite movie that has nothing to do with being extreme?

The Wedding Singer.


Jeremy’s Technical Difficulties part. Sound is disabled, so just listen to some pop punk while you watch it. Ten Foot Pole or something.

Did you ever ski?

Yeah I did until I was like 12 I think, and I’m gonna start again cause it’s rad. I went to some ski contest and the dudes were doing 1080’s and sticking them. It’s awesome, but they wear stupid clothes.

Does being a pro snowboarder get you a lot of chicks?

You know I’ve never tried to use it, but I’ve seen it get lots of chicks for lots of other people.

Do you have a crush on any snowboarder?

No females, I have a crush on some male snowboarders, but I don’t know who.

What’s your favorite prime time soap opera?

90210 and Party of Five for sure.

Boxers or briefs?

I wear boxer briefs and boxers, but briefs sucks. That question is stupid.

Have you ever bitten anyone’s style?

Not like straight up, but probably like bits of it, just like the world, every once in a while I’ve bit people’s style I’m sure.

Were you a cool kid in high school?

Not at all.

Did you get beat up?

Sometimes, I could usually run most of the time.

Who’s your favorite pro wrestler?

Hulk Hogan, he’s probably washed up now. Randy Savage is alright.

Ever belonged to anyone’s fan club?

No.

Do you own any old NKOTB paraphernalia?

No. I wish, that’d be so good. A calendar would be rad. I have Backstreet Boys magnet for my fridge.

What’s it like sharing a name with a media icon like Jeremy Baye?

It’s cool because he rides for Alphanumeric with me.

Who is your hero?

My mom, just cause she’s pulled it off.

Tell me about your first time?

It was pretty rad, I had a skateboard and I strapped rubber tape to it and mocked down my friends back yard. It was like 100 feet long. I did that for almost a full year, it was awesome.

Pro Boarders or Cool Boarders 3?

Pro Boarders. By far.

Who do you look up to in snowboarding?

Brandon Bybee and J.P. Walker

Shout outs

Gunny at Snow Summit, everyone at Forum, Steve, all the SC boys, Alphanumeric, the whole family there, my family and everyone that’s helped me out along the way.

And today…

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Tricia knows pros! And loves America!

Your parents, and maybe even you, probably think snowboarding is a temporary thing. A fun thing to do when you’re young, before you grown up and get a real job. When Tricia Byrnes strapped on a snowboard way back when, she thought the same thing. But after 20 plus years, many of them competing regularly, Tricia finds herself as ingrained in snowboarding as ever. She’s edited magazines, been at every X Games, represented America as an Olympian and then some. The sport has literally grown up right along with her. Now this is not to say she’s old school — with her own company specializing in webcasts and of course, a blog, Tricia is as 2.0 as they come, but over the years she’s seen some stuff and done something things, and never lost her passion for just riding her snowboard.

How many snowboard contests have you done in your life?

Well let’s see, I competed in a snowboarding event pretty much every winter weekend and a few summer ones too for 20 years so you do the math…

Are there any that stand out as especially amazing?

As far as contests go, the 2002 Olympics kinda stands out in the way Olympics tend to stand out in a competitive career but also in an “I can’t believe snowboarding is a part of this” kinda way. Just for the simple fact that when I started snowboarding in ’89, I remember skiers mocking us and saying it would never be an Olympic sport and we honestly didn’t really care because snowboarding was so much fun, etc. And then 13 years later, to walk into Opening Ceremonies and to be one of the more anticipated events of the games was pretty awesome. Other than the Olympics, every US Open’s I’ve competed in (20…yikes) stands out in some way or another. Winning the Open in ’92 as a high school kid, enamored with all the pros was pretty awesome and convinced me that maybe I could go pro and compete with the rest of the girls. But really more than anything it was the spirit of the Open and the antics and parties and people that made it memorable, and the sense that as a collective group of snowboarders we were doing something, pushing the sport….maybe not me so much, but people I knew :)

What was your most ridiculous sponsor over the years?

Seriously Brooke!? Looking back I feel like all I had were ridiculous sponsors. I rode for an internet search engine at one point, Lycos, did a United Airlines campaign and rode for X-nix. I bet you don’t even know what that is but let me tell you it was big in Japan…..honestly.

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The glory! US Open 1992.

Obviously snowboarding has changed a lot since you started doing it; what’s the best and worst difference from when you started to now?

Change is good and then change changes everything and you miss the good ol’ days which in reality might not have been as good as they are in your imagination. Anyway, the best part about snowboarding is that it’s fun and so it’s great that it’s accepted at resorts and there’s equipment for everyone to partake in it — women, children etc., but at the same time it’s turning into just another sport that regular people do without any knowledge of where it’s come and the work that went into making it accessible for your whiny kids who would rather ski because it’s easier. I don’t know if I answered your question but the best part is that we can make a living doing what we love or talking about it and have an amazing lifestyle and the worst part is that people have lost or never had soul in this modern day of shred. People sit out the Open and are “over it” and then their careers are over and they have that reality check of what it means to have a real job where people don’t kiss your ass or particularly care that you used to be good a sports.

What about the state of women’s snowboarding?

Women’s snowboarding, like men’s, is in a constant state of transformation and maybe they’re closing the gap a bit more than in the past with 9′s and 10′s and all that. But I think the best part about women’s snowboarding is that it’s not “women’s snowboarding,” it’s just snowboarding. At the beginning of my snowboarding career, people in the media and randoms would always ask “how does it feel to be in a man’s sport” and now no one would even think to ask that now because it’s not. It’s just a sport like any other that everyone does. They also used to ask me what I was going to do when I was done snowboarding aka grow up, but now thanks to Shaun White and the Olympics, it’s a viable career choice, although I am still wondering what I am going to do when I grow up.

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Lots of pros!

How do you stay excited about pipe riding? Do you like how competitive it’s gotten?

I’m excited about pipe riding because I like the sport and the people in it, plus it’s pretty fun to watch. With the advent of the Olympics in snowboarding, it’s definitely changed the competitive landscape. The first few Olympics there was a sense of wariness about the relationship of snowboarding in the Olympics on both sides and now that it’s a part of the Olympic roster and history the whole competitive nature of the sport is changing and operating in four year cycles, which is I guess in inevitable and a little weird at the same time. Plus everyone gets so caught up in the Olympic fame that they lose sight of the community of snowboarding, so sometimes I am not a fan of the competitiveness. I liked the days when everyone cheered for everyone else, (which in all fairness might have only existed in my mind) it bums me out when everyone is in it for themselves and can’t share in the success in the sport unless they feel like they’re the ones creating it…

Why did you decide to move from whoring your own talents to whoring the talents of others?

I think one of my downfalls in the sport was not being able to whore myself out and maybe that’s why I’m still single too :) but I’m a really good cheerleader and so it was a natural transition to promote others over myself. And I was looking for a way to transition out of competing without walking away from my friends and lifestyle so when Octagon approached me with the opportunity to manage my friends and continue to work in the sport, it seemed like an obvious choice.

You were somewhat of a media mogul during your snowboard career. As a former mag editor (of Eastern Edge), what do you think about the print vs web debate? Are magazines dying?

Death seems so final and I definitely think there will always be a place for magazines and books and things you can hold in your hands in a tangible, real way. But obviously it’s a Darwin situation, a survival of the fittest or something, so the good and cool will survive, or I guess in this day and age, People magazine and US weekly will survive. In my own life, I went from running a magazine to running a webcast production company so maybe that says something about where I stand, or that fact that typos are more forgivable and fixable on the Internet then in print, who knows?

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This is how Go211 got fans.

How did you get involved with Go211?

I’ve been really lucky with everything in my career, doors kind of just open and so Go211 spurred from my relationships in management and one thing lead to another and I was hired on as their editorial director/commentator/webcast monkey/athlete content manager.

You obviously had a good run with them, so why did you decide to move on?

I decided to move on from Go211 in October. They seemed to be changing their focus, less quality webcasts, especially in snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding, and it just no longer seemed like it was in alignment with my values. Plus, I love webcasting and want to do more of it so that’s why we decided to start a production company that focuses on live webcasting and video production.

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Tricia’s teenage ago doesn’t like herself in spandex, but seriously, this photo says nothing but FAST!

What exactly are you up to now? Super agent, twitter mogul, radio host?

In classic Tricia fashion, I’m doing a little bit of everything and at the same time wondering what the fuck I’m doing with my life. What does that mean….well let’s see, I manage Kelly Clark, which does not make me a super agent but allows me to work with them….which is kinda scary, just imagine super agents and then me…different cloth. I also do social media management for some athletes, websites, blogs, tweets, etc and my main thing is that I just started a production company called WE Media Project and we focus on live webcasts, etc. This summer we’ll be producing the Zumiez Couch Tour and have big plans to take over the world in between doing all the other things we love. I’m also hoping to do a radio show in Aspen, talking shit and shop about Aspen antics but who knows…did I mention I blog? feelthebyrnes.com tee hee hee

How did you get so good at twitter? Don’t your hands get cold tweeting from the side of the pipe?

I love twitter…does that make me a twat? I hate that word. It’s the new way of talking to yourself. It makes you feel heard, like instead of road rage or bitching out a person, you just tweet it. Maybe it’s more like modern day prayer or complaining to cyber gods or people who really don’t care. Anyway, this winter without webcasts at events, I thought people might want to know the blow by blow of the events and it’s funny I’ve been told by some journalists that they follow my tweets to go back for specific tricks and what not. As far as cold fingers and dying batteries, I bring hot packs for Colorado events and that seems to do the trick, but this winter was so mild that my fingers didn’t really get cold…..ah global warming.

Do you ever feel guilty when ghost twittering for others? How do you sleep at night?

I don’t know what you’re talking about. A true ghost writer never admits to the people they haunt…or something like that. Oh wait I admitted it above. I do feel guilty and so I don’t respond to replies on twitter for the people I ghost tweet and I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. I mean some people might be like “why doesn’t _____ respond to my fanning out tweets” but I feel it would be dishonest to do so, but who knows I might change my mind on that one. I try to keep it pretty generic so that people who actually know the person will figure it out, but there are definitely some awkward moments when people refer to something they learned/heard on my ghost twitterers account and I feel naughty. Oh well.

Do you have any aspirations to move away from snowboarding entirely or you think you’re a lifer?

I’m open to whatever happens but having a play-for-work lifestyle is important and snowboarding seems to understand that better than most. The word lifer sounds so lame but it’s a pretty good life and to most snowboarders we’re already are lifers at our age…..

When you started snowboarding, did you think it would take you as many places as it has?

No way, when I started snowboarding I just wanted to do something that seemed cool. It’s amazing how one decision in the base lodge of a mountain in between ms. pacman battles with your brother can change your life.

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konichiwa!

How many lifetime United miles do you have?

810,000 or something like that.

Of all the places you’ve been, which was your favorite?

A lot of places feel like home, which is nice when you travel a bunch. New Zealand has always done me right and not necessarily in regards to snowboarding, it’s a bit windy. Bali’s pretty sweet and Peru’s nice too, but I am really excited about my trip to Africa this fall, I’m hoping that’s one of my new favorite places.

Do you ever get sick of traveling?

Am I crazy? I love traveling and don’t really get tired of it. But we all travel so much to the same places all of them feel like they are home in a certain way and I honestly have more friends in other cities than I do in Aspen, so when I’m home I miss my friends. It’s kind of opposite to most people who travel.

Not to sound like your mom, but when are you gonna meet a nice man and settle down? Ha.

My Vegas psychic says by August, but I’ll keep you posted.

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The good old days.

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For years I have maintained my first snowboard was a Burton Ouija board. Back then, there was no cooler snowboard than this, with its moon and sun twin tips and conflicting yes/no message. And sure, I was about 4”6’ and 80 pounds, and the board was a 158, but damn it, that’s what I wanted everyone to know I rode in those earliest of days.

But I have a secret. I think only saw that Burton Ouija board sitting next to my actual first board: a hot pink Funky. The snowboards both belonged to the daughter of a friend of my father, who was under some sort of house arrest/rehab for dealing drugs, and wasn’t really using either of them.

Since we were a skiing family and I was a purple haired teenager, I was dying to start snowboarding. I begged my parents to buy me a snowboard and when these boards became available, I finally got my wish. But since the girl’s father hoped she’d get back on board soon, and wanted to hold on to the Burton. Only the Funky was offered for sale, and that’s what I got. I honestly can’t remember if my first runs ever, on the slopes of Burke Mountain, were taken on that Ouija board or not. At this point, I’ve been carrying the secret for so long, it’s sort of a blur. But I am sure that I brought home that Funky at the end of the trip and rode it in my backyard until I could almost make heelside turns.

There was one other snowboarder in my school back then, and at the beginning of the next season we headed to Okemo together. I could barely make it down the hill, so it really didn’t matter what I was riding, but he insisted I borrow his Burton PJ (a racing board) so he didn’t have to be seen with me and my Funky. I still remember the time spent sitting on my ass staring at that ridiculous PJ that made it so hard to ride fakie.

Eventually I bugged my parents enough and they got me a Burton Air 5.1 for Christmas that year. My Funky was given to a friend, who I distinctly remember cutting off the high backs with a hack saw because low backs were all the rage, and using cooking spray as wax. I lost touch with it after that.

With my Burton Air though, I was totally cool. I learned how to make it down the hill without side slipping, and continued to ride Burton snowboards until I was sponsored by Original Sin a couple years later, inevitably ending my affair with Burton. Ok, I still wear their socks sometimes.

It’s been a long time that I’ve been keeping this secret, but now that Burton has become what it has, I can finally admit the truth. That Funky snowboard is what got me hooked on snowboarding, and Burton had nothing to damn do with it.



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I’ve recently returned from the Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt. Baker. Definitely one of the best contests out there, I was excited that Adryan not only forced me to go, but actually paid me for my services (impressive in these though economic times.) For the first time ever, I actually stayed in Glacier, which is sort of like another planet. On top of being dark all day long even on the brightest days, it still lacks cell service and Internet. I remember this from my years in Bellingham, but since that was more than 5 years ago (gulp) I thought maybe things had changed. Such was not the case!

After the initial shock, it was sort of nice to be totally cut off from the world, but I still don’t think I’ll be moving to Glacier any time soon. It also made me think about the good old days, when there were like five extreme journalists total and it was nearly impossible to get in touch with people during the season because NO ONE had cell phones or internet. Funny how things have changed.

It was awesome to be back at Baker and I had a lot of fun shooting the event. Some sort of big time photographers even said they liked my photos (and I don’t think they were just being nice) so that’s cool. I managed to write two stories (one for Yobeat and one from Snowboarder.com) while waiting for the longest awards ceremony ever to start, then hauled ass down to Maple Fuels (the closest internet) to get them posted. I do believe I succeeded in getting them up first, which is major currency for us online editors!

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On the drive home, we made good time, and also saw this funny sign on the back of a truck. (I will translate because unforunately the better photo didn’t download for some reason and I cleaned off my SD card without realizing it, awesome!) “Girls, Girls, Girls. It’s a very long road. Almost a handsome driver. Be a flirt. Unbutton that shirt!” We creeped so hard trying to get a photo of it I almost felt obligated to make Adryan flash him, but she totally wasn’t into it.