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After crossing the Alps in 2004, and then the Nice – Chamonix treck in 2006, the French snowboarder Seb Louvet, is getting ready for a new challenge : Monetiers-les-Bains – La Grave in one night and one day…through the “Dôme des Ecrins” and “La Meije”!! If the weather is ok, it is planned for the 3rd and 4th may.
To prepare this trip which includes more than 6500m height, more than if you walk up 23 times to the 3rd floor of the Eiffel Tower at more than 2000m above the sea level, Seb made many trecks during the winter.
It’s better to be super trained to make 24 hours of non-stop rise and downhill in the middle of these mythical summits!
Equiped with approach skis for going uphill, Seb needs a light equipment on his back. He’s got a Rossignol setting : Works 162 snowboard, Works Carbon bindings and Revolve boots.
Snowboarders aren’t all chairlift’s addict !!
photo credit: Fred Chevaillot
David Benedek and friends having fun with a remix of the famous moped dance!
Have a nice week-end and enjoy the video! 😉
3 month since we first posted about Stomp It, 3 month of hard labour for this British crew… But now Slappy Hour is finally out! And it’s loaded with 20mn of what snowboarding in the UK is like: fridges, plastic slopes, fun, friendship… Watch the video and give them your support on www.slappyhour.co.uk
In his inimitable smooth style, under glorious spring weather, Nicolas Mueller (SUI) claimed the first-ever Slopestyle title of TTR THREE(3)STAR Snickers Classic & Popcorn Wallride, held at Saas-Fee, Switzerland, 19th-22nd April, 2007.
The last major professional event on the Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour 06/07, the Snickers Classic & Popcorn Wallride delivered a perfect and worthy ending to the snowboard season. As bikini-clad bodies bronzed in hot sun on the beach-styled Popcorn Plaza at the Saas-Fee Spielboden glacier run, riders went all-out to enjoy the super-fun Slopestyle park designed by local Swiss stars, Frederik Kalbermatten (SUI) & Marco Schwab (SUI). Starting with a cliff-drop, the course included a huge table-jump, a roller-jump, a step-up manual box and snow-box. Two qualification heats of 15 cut into a 12-man Super Final where each finalist received a share of the 10,000USD prize purse. Judges marked riders during the Slopestyle jam sessions based on overall impression through the course.
Hard-pushed to judge the striking line-up of European snowboard talent, it was Nicolas Mueller’s (SUI) creativity, fluidity and variety of tricks that set him apart from his peers. Mueller’s (SUI) stylish runs included a neat 540 off the cliff-drop, a Cab 900 Japan and snow-box jibbing – the only rider to do so.
It’s been a while since our last BrOADER[view], so today we are stocked to present you a new one with Christian “mee-z” Miessner who is the man behind shralp!, probably the best weekly podcast dedicated to snowboarding!
We were lucky enough to be featured on shralp!’s episode 53 last January, and from this point on we were eager to learn more about how shralp! worked and its future plans. Read on!
Ever since we first heard about the Beyondsnow binding concept we wanted to get a closer look at the products and if possible try them out to make up our mind and get the feeling about riding them.
It happened during the Intergirlactik, where Florent was holding the Beyondsnow booth with test gear. So we went to see him to ask him what this strap-in patented concept was all about and tried them ourselves.
Here’s our feedback : Ok, on a powder day when the “friendship doesn’t count” rule applies, you will be happy to gain a few precious seconds to be the first to hit the powpow line because when you have to step-in, the straps are widely opened and a simple pressure on the heel cup sets them in “closing” position in a flash. But then of course you have to tighten them like for a regular binding. We must say that we appreciated the comfort of the main strap. It’s design – split in two parts – makes it pressure points free. The front strap is not different then on a regular binding.
The straps are really easy to close but the ratchets could be improved as the “release button” is too sensitive.
General feeling when riding is good. The bindings offer good board control and are well balanced all round.
In terms of looks, let say that for their first season, the guys probably decided to play low profile with sober colours and designs, axing their communication on the technology more than the aesthetics.
Check out our BrOADER TV episode for our interview of Florent and our product review!
If you are in Switzerland this coming week-end, you can either choose between popcorn or peanut butter according to your taste!
Volcom will organise the European finals of it’s Peanut Butter and Rail Jam tour in the cool resort of Hoch Ybrig on saturday.
The best 3 riders of each Euro stop of this season are qualified for this event and the winners will win an airfare to the USofA to compete in the US PBRJ champs in Mammoth and try to get a hold of the 30000$ of prize money.
Refresh your mind with our BrOADER TV episode of the PBRJ from Les 7-Laux, France and head straight to Switzerland!
The world’s best Freestyle Snowboard Action will take place in Saas-Fee, from April the 19th to the 22nd 2007!
Saas-Fee has the honor to present one of the last stops of the unique Ticket To Ride (TTR) Snowboard World Tour 06/07. Frederik Kalbermatten and Marco Schwab as hosts and a kick ass party program, the SNICKERS CLASSIC & POPCORN WALLRIDE is going to be the perfect end of season in the Swiss Alps.
This snowboard competition is open to everyone, who likes riding slopestyle and wallrides and wants to compete with smooth operators as Marko Grilc, Marko Grilc, Jonas Emery, Tonton Holland, Friedl Kolar, Steve Gruber, Iker Fernandes, Morgan Le Faucheur, Gian Simmen.
There are still some starting places left!!! Hurry-up, online inscriptions are opened until Wednesday 18th April07 6pm.
Wooo come down dude! There’s no porn on BrOADER (yet)!
Just kidding 😉
Here are some more pics from the Intergirlactik contest!
Enjoy our slideshow from this super cool week-end!
If you haven’t heard about Scalp it means you haven’t been snowboarding on the same planet as us.
Scalp has been on the scene since the birth of snowboarding in Europe and has been showcasing it’s evolution year after year through his photography.
Senior photographer for Onboardmag and active with other magazines and brands, Scalp is a unique character in the industry. We were stocked sitting down with him for a beer and listening to what he had to tell us about his life, photography and snowboarding.
Kick back and press play for our latest video interview on BrOADER TV!
There exists a species of snowboarder that is more associated with the Gods of board sports than other riders. Most of them can recall times when they were skidding down the mountains on their homemade boards. This species is difficult to find today – or maybe it’s just too modest to reveal its true identity and heritage – although it embodies the backbone of the snowboard scene.
Once a year The Longboard Classic gets them crawling out of their holes and banding together. Once a year they do what their code and common sense forbids: hundreds of them drop into a face at the same time!
After a Le Mans-style mass start at the height of 2,408m, riders will hammer their way down 1,001 metres of off-piste to the village of Stuben (1407m).
So, if you have the heart of a shredder and an old school board or a board longer than 170 cm in your garage, you should instantly register !!
April 21, 2007 – Longboard Classic in Stuben, Arlberg
Fee: Euro 45. Includes lift ticket, event shirt, lunch and beverage
Sunny weather, fresh air, green grass, red flowers and milky cowes for this product review with Fanny Foucrier from Roxy Winter Division.
Fanny presented us the new 07/08 board “Envi“. It’s a nice looking all mountain freestyle board for the ladies including features like the magnetraction edge concept and a 100% natural bamboo topsheet.
This board is Torah Bright’s favorite! She was riding it when she won the X-games! So it’s definitly a board for good riders who wnat to push their level and progress in freestyle.
Watch our video & pics for more details and appreciate sexy Fanny with her “envi”…
Special thanks to Elodie T. for her support
Darius was part of the crew of 4 skiers and snowboarders who travelled to Nepal this winter to try and beat the record of building the highest kicker on earth and stomping tricks.
We met with Darius and asked him about this adventure, human experience and sporting challenge.
“Mountain and nature rules it” is the message from Darius! In fact the record didn’t happen because of the harsh weather conditions but it turned out to be an unbelievable experience. Check out our video interview!
Sam dropped us an email to let us know about his project, which has been going for just over a year now: SnowSphere Magazine.
It’s a new concept – a travel magazine blended with a snowboarding magazine – thereby featuring “off the beaten piste” articles about exotic ski destinations, from China to Chile, India to Iceland.
The mag is based on the fact that most people have to travel to go snowboarding, and the travelling part is just as important as the snowboarding part.
At http://www.snowbroader.eu we are totally backing this approach and hope you’ll learn a lot about snowboarding all over the world thanks to SnowSphere.
There are currently 192 different countries on planet earth. You may be surprised to hear that the snow falls on at least 90 of them, from Tanzania to Taiwan, Israel to Iran. SnowSphere explores the world through the medium of snow. Blending travel and local culture with skiing and snowboarding, we bring you inspiring, amusing and informative snow stories from the more mysterious peaks of the planet.
Methodmag’s HIGHWAY TO HELL kicks off today in Mayrhofen, Austria’s best snowpark.
Until next saturday (April, 14th), it will be the place to be to experience the hottest spring session and finish of the season in style!
Over 40 international pros – including the likes of Martin Cernik, Arthur Longo, Sani Alibabic, Quentin Robbins, Friedl Kolar, Danny Wheeler, Kalle Ohlson, Jenny Jones, Conny Bleicher or Lisa Filzmoser to name a few – will be shredding the Burton Snowpark, and taking full advantage of the high quality line-up of bands, and DJs present for the Snowbombing, Europe’s biggest mountain music festival.
The contest format is all about fun with a fearsome twist: Friday The Thirteenth will see obstacle sessions with On-The-Spot cash prizes. Saturday will see riders taking on the trident-shaped HIGHWAY TO HELL line for yet more cash handouts, plus €2k prize money for the top 3 overall riders.
Intergirlactik is over and looking back it has been a great event!
It was our first contest partnership and we were stocked to see how the girls were going big – back 7s on the 15m gap for Claudia – on the perfectly shaped HO5 Snowpark.
The weather was nice, the vibes super good and it was also cool to be able to check out and test 07/08 boards from Allian, Forum, Roxy, Gnu, Lib Tech as well as Beyond bindings. Oh yeah, and the friendly drunk swiss from the Pinard crew were there, hunting down Serge…
Can’t wait for next year!! In the meanwhile check out our video of the finals!
1st – Claudia Fliri (AUT)
2nd – Vicci Miller (UK)
3rd – Lisa Filzmoser (AUT)