Team Manager Eddie Lee slashin' and burnin' Leanne Pelosi! Rahhhhhh!
Spring Madness! Get your speed wax and iron ready cause you're going to need it. Here's a quick update on what the ThirtyTwo/etnies team riders are up to:
John Jackson managed to empty out his piggy bank to go on a two week heli trip to Canada with the Standard Film crew. They'll be getting the goods all week trying to milk the powder shots before the snow turns into slush. Reports have been coming in positive that Canada is finally getting some snow. Wicked-eh? Jackson will be heading back from Canada later this week to join the ThirtyTwo/etnies team at the June Mountain team photo shoot scheduled for April 16-20.
Here's some vintage Jackson for you.
Markku Koski made it back into the States after attending a few contests in Scandinavia—most recently the Arctic Challenge. He's ready to slaughter it and get back into film mode. He'll be joining some of his other team mates for the TransWorld Team Challenge this week at Aspen, CO. Shortly after the Team Challenge Markku along with Am riders Stian Solberg and Freddie Austbo will be heading to June Mountain to meet up with the rest of the ThirtyTwo crew.
Markku probably wouldn't be stoked on this photo.
A big shout out goes out to Birthday boy Tyler Lepore! Happy Birthday Ty! You better not be hiding out again this year. Ty's notorious for disappearing on his birthday for some odd reason. Hopefully he's having fun doing what he does best, whatever that means. Anyways, Tyler will be attending the Team Challenge this week with the rest of his comrades at Capita Snowboards, maybe he'll get another cover shot?
Benji Ritchie is up in Alaska with the White Out crew getting the last bit of Powder before it turns into Hot Pow. He'll be trying to wrap up his powder shots this week and then plans to head to Whistler hoping to get some more backcountry shots before it's time for park kickers.
Corey's artsy fartsy stuff!
B-team rider Corey Smith just showcased some of his art work at the Costa Mesa Active in the O.C this past weekend. The artist/snow slasher was seen at the opening and then bounced the next day to get back to shredding in Tahoe since they just received a few more flurries. Corey plans to head to Aspen for the Team Challenge and then he'll be joining the rest of the ThirtyTwo crew in June to get his jib on.
Wille Yli-Luoma finally got settled in to his new apartment in Portland, Oregon. After several months of negotiating he finally got the keys to his own studio loft in downtown Portland. Wille's excited to be in the states more often so he can concentrate on filming and be more involved with his sponsors. He felt Portland was a good middle ground for all of his travels as well as access to the backcountry. He's got his truck, snowmobile and electronic gadgets to keep him going for the next year or two. Good work Wille! Look out for more details on a Wille session at High Cascade Snowboard Camp this summer.
Later this week the ThirtyTwo/etnies crew will be heading up to Mammoth/June Mountain to get ready for the team photo shoot at June Mountain. This will be an exclusive photo shoot for the team. The unbound snow park crew will be cutting the pipe at June mountain as well as building a few jumps.
April 12-14: TransWorld Team Challenge-Aspen, CO
April 16th: Nikita Chikita Showdown-Northstar At Tahoe, CA
April 16-20: ThirtyTwo/etnies photo shoot-Mammoth/June Mountain, CA
Have fun slashing..