This summer for Channel Islands surfboard demos we have been changing it up. Instead of doing a demo on a crowded Saturday for a few hours at a Beach, we have been working with key retailers to have a Demo week at their shop. Consumers can go and check out a board or two for 24 hrs and really get a feel of what they are riding in conditions they normally surf in. It has been great to hear stories about how stoked people are. People are loving the new Twin Fin, also the Flex Bar tech in the Sampler, Black/White, and Pod Mod. Summer has been good so far with rideable surf almost every day.
This year I took a road trip to Vail, Colorado for the US OPEN. My wife "Shannon Dunn" hasn't been to a US OPEN in a long time. She used to really dominate the Halfpipe back in those days. It was cool for her to see how Vail and Burton really have upped the Ante with the Event and have made it the Favorite event for the riders. The riders are really taken care of and its a really mellow scene with people poaching the pipe and just having a good time. My Kids were tripping out watching Shaun in the pipe go 25+feet out. We also had some good Retailers from around the Country there to enjoy the scene. Good times in Vail
First, i just gotta say i love japan. The people and the culture there are amazing and very special. The snow, Well its just plain incredible. I call it the Snow Factory because every day at around 4pm when the lift closes it just starts Dumping snow, and snows all night with anywhere between 8-28 inches of Fresh in the morning. Then somehow it just lightly snows or clears up during the day so you can have the best day ever riding Pow. This year i was there in Hokkaido for a Dealer Event, then i hooked up with Ben Ferguson, Who was born the year the Custom Board from Burton came out at Retail in 96. Ben is a Pleasure to be with and was a great riding partner. Thank you to Jimmy and the Whole Burton Japan crew, they are top notch and Love snowboarding as much as I do.
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. :-)
Steve Klassen getting creative
Warren from Easy Rider
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
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
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.