The 32 / Etnies Japan trip started out with a positive vibe with riders Dionne Delesalle
, Joni Makinen
, Tyler Lepore
and Kevin Sansalone
all hyped to venture out to Japan once again to promote 32 and Etnies. The trip began with a few shop signings and visits to some of the shops that carry Thirty-two. The shop employees were all excited to see and meet some of their most respected riders in Snowboarding. Some of them even sacrificed their clothes to have the riders signature written all over.
The Maneuverline staff did an amazing job with setting up Minami Sports with tables and banners for the riders to sign autographs and give away a ton of promotional items to stoke out all their fans. We spent about an hour at Minami Sports then ventured off to a couple of other shops in the local area. Most of the shops didn't have too many pairs of 32 boots which was a nice thing to see since they mentioned the boots were selling very well. After spending a good day venturing out to some of the shops we headed for the mountains which took approximately 5 hours to drive.
The weather was fairly decent on the first day, which was basically a free day to warm up and get on track with the time difference. So everyone just free rode and threw out a bunch of high fives all day.
The next day (Friday) was spent practicing and doing a little bit of promotions. The Maneuverline crew manned the booth while the riders stopped by from time to time through out the day to sign autographs and take photos with fans. The fans were really stoked to get a first glance at some of their favorite riders.
Saturday which was the day of the contest, the weather pretty much started out a little grey but didn't stop anyone from having fun. Later towards the middle of the day, the weather started coming in making it a little harder for the contestants to compete but the contest went on. The weather basically got heavier and heavier so more and more people started to leave but they completed the contest and packed everything up to head back to the hotels.
Unfortunately, the trip ended in a horrific tragedy. If you havenҒt heard yet, one of our fellow brothers (Jeff Anderson) passed away late Saturday night due to an unfortunate accident. It was such a tragedy and so hard to cope with the loss that the rest of the trip came to an end. Everyone gathered together the morning after to mourn the loss of such a talented soul.
A memorial will be held this Saturday in Mammoth Lakes.
Here are the details:
Ride for Jeff, this Saturday March 01, 2003 at Mammoth Mountain. The entire day will be spent celebrating the amazing life of Jeff. There will be a room filled with photo's and a video camera available for everyone to sit down and tell stories about Jeff (aka El Jeffe) for his family to remember. This is one of the most important things to the family at this point is to hear the stories. Towards the end of the day, we will take the last gondola up to the top of Mammoth and take one last ride down the mountain for Jeff with his family and friends.
In regards to flowers, the family would prefer that donations are made in Jeff's name to The Mammoth Lakes Foundation for the building of the new skate park in Mammoth. We want to contribute any and all donations to Jeff's passions, that being skateboarding, art, books.
Send all donations to:
The Mammoth Lakes Foundation
Jeff Anderson Memorial Fund
PO Box 1815
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546