Friday, February 5, 2016

SIA Denver

Another year at SIA Denver.   Burton has their own Setup at CityHall where we are able to show the line and entertain the Retailers.    This year Burton paid homage to Jake and how he started.   Jake Carpenter started building boards in 1977.   40 years ago,  Dang i was only 7 years old.  Ha.   Anyway , this year we brought some equipment from Craigs Proto shop and some of the employees and we had some fun.   Retailers were able to cut out their own board and design the graphic by themselves.  It was a really cool experience helping people make their own gift.   Good times.  :-)

Ethan D

Steve Klassen getting creative 


Warren from Easy Rider 

Classic Shape 

Warren and Trey putting some graphics on 

Warren and Trey from Easy Rider and some History 

Mark Weeks from the Source sanding away 

me and a couple of dudes that have been around snowboarding longer than i have been
Ken Achenbach, Emmet Manning 

Edit of the Tahoe backcountry trip

Tahoe Retail Trip FROTH! from Dave Downing on Vimeo.

alex andrews did this edit of the trip to tahoe, all footage was filmed with iPhone and a GoPro, Edited on his iPhone

Brighton Demo

Getting Retailers on some of the new Burton hardgoods lineup.  We went up to Brighton in Utah and the conditions were incredible.  I haven't seen Brighton this good in years.  I used to live in Utah and Brighton was my local resort.   I filmed my whole TB4 part just out of bounds at Brighton with Dave Lee and Mike Hatchett back in like 95.   It was great riding with some awesome people and getting some Utah Pow Pow.   #skeletonkey #branchmanager #gatekeeper


snowy chair ride up Milly

it was so cold out we had to switch up boards inside the lodge 

gate keeper and the skeleton key 

Family tree 

tailgate style 

Epic Conditions for a Hike out of bounds 

skeleton key 

Tahoe Backcountry

I've been shown the ropes in the Backcountry from some of the Best in the world.   Being able to learn from a lot of my peers while filming for Standard Films and Mackdawg were some of the best days of my life.  Now, i get the chance sometimes to take some friends out in the Backcountry and show them that special place.   This has been a really good winter so far in Tahoe,  and after 4 years of meager conditions it has been awesome to ride some epic Tahoe Pow Pow.   George from Milosport in Auburn was a lucky guy to get conditions this good.  

all smiles 

Zach and George

George and i about to take another run 

Skeleton Keys ready to rip 

Snow was epic 

my buddy Dan 

backcountry posse 

pointing up to a line 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Woodward Tahoe, ( Boreal )

Spend the Day at Woodward in Lake Tahoe , which is right at Boreal resort.  We had a great time.  My kids love riding the park then getting into the Jump zone and getting their energy out.  It also makes for a Easy Drive home :-)

Woodward Boreal from Dave Downing on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Terje Dec 2 2015

Took a few runs with my buddy Terje today at Whistler.   We were up there for the Burton Winter Sales Meeting.   Product is looking on point by the way :-)  Terje is riding the new Custom X 56 , Genesis EST bindings, and Imperial boots and AK outerwear.   The Cat has some serious board control even when he has only ridden two runs on the setup.  Ripper for life

TB2.1 from Dave Downing on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

anderson/downing kids from Dave Downing on Vimeo.

This is a little video of my boys riding Mammoth last weekend with Billy Anderson's girls.  It was really special for me to ride around and watch them.   Over 25 years ago I was riding around with Billy Anderson and Jeff Anderson at Mammoth.   Snowboarding with your kids is the Best thing Ever :-)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Alberta Clinics

Just had a good trip to Canada.  I was up there supporting the Local Reps for Clinics at 3 awesome snowboard shops in the region.  The Source,  Unlimited, Easy Rider are all great shops up there with Great people.   I love talking to people who are passionate about snowboarding and the Product.  Sometimes the product can get a little Tech and overwhelming,  I just try to keep it simple.  While we were there i got my first look at Fresh snow this year while driving near Banff.  I'm looking forward to going up there with some more snow on the mountains.

Taylor , at The Source

Talking Anon 

Mark at the Source is a classic Shredder at Heart 

Awesome spot this year for the Unlimited Clinic 

Kids brought Sleeping bags cause it was cold 

First look at snow for the year

Warren from Easy Rider and Evan beginning the Clinic 

Evan Talking Boots at Easy Rider 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

El Nino

It has been a pretty incredible year for Fishing here in Southern California.  The water is incredibly warm this year, and that El Nino rumor is very true.  I hope it produces a epic snow winter this year here in California.   I grew up as a kid fishing with my Dad on his Boat.  He was a Scuba diver and fisherman,  he would fish for bottom fish a lot and also Abalone and Lobster.  The last two years i've been getting pretty stoked on fishing for Pelagic fish.  Good Tuna and Dorado a short distance from the coast this year has been awesome.  My freezer is Full

Logan with a Yellowfin

my boys love it 

Dillon Bendo

Bendo on the light gear

Death Box

Dillon caught this one 

Logan and his catch 

couple of good ones

Mahi Mahi 

Boys need to Eat 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Surf Demo time

Surfboards are expensive,  and finding the right board is hard sometimes when your  just listening to people talk about boards.  Its best to be able to try out the right model and size for yourself.  Channel Islands surfboards has a Demo tour where you can try before you go to the shop and buy.   I really love talking to people at these demos and getting them on the right board.  The Waves have been pretty fun this summer in So Cal and most of the Demos this year saw a great turnout of people looking to find that magic board.

Kalani robb stoking people 

Candy truck 

Stoked groms 

boards for everyone 


i love the gerrabit 

Bike gang showed up in Newport