Can you believe September's almost over? Its not even cold enough to shred but snowboarders are out'n about getting their shred on.
Check out what some of the etnies/ThirtyTwo team riders are up to...
Leanne Pelosi won both Rider of the Year and Readers Choice at the Transworld 7th Annual Riders Poll. Chad Otterstrom who's also a flow rider won the Rider of the Year. Congratulations to both of them!
John Jackson recently got back from Japan terrorizing some shops with a few of his other colleagues from Planet Earth. He's on his way up to San Francisco for a contest somewhere in the city. If you haven't seen John's part in Standard Films (Paradox), you're missing out. Get the dvd and check out John's part, it's pretty sick.
Markku Koski is somewhere down unda'. He was last seen in Australia with the Quik team and then in New Zealand. He reported that he was having a great time skating and shredding when the weather and conditions were decent and having fun with some good friends. He'll be heading back to Finland for bit to figure out his game plan for the season.
Tyler Lepore recently drove down to Southern California to attend the premiere of Oakley's Community Project. He along with some of his good friends spent all last season filming all over the globe collecting some impressive yet creative lines in snowboarding. Tyler was also lurking in some obscure places around the Transworlds Riders Poll... Or was he? Ty will be on the never ending traveling circuit for the next month. He flew down to Southern California to attend the ThirtyTwo catalog photo shoot and then off to Seattle for a premiere for a bunch of kids and then he'll be off to Japan for a week, then back to Canada and then off to the East Coast of Canada. Good work Ty.
Benji Ritchie went back to Quebec to chill out with his fams for the time being. He'll be there for a few weeks catching up on some family time and then plans to head back to Whistler where he'll be hustling early winter. Make sure you check out the Big Blind at Whiteout films. Benji's video part pretty much explains his talents.
Janna Meyen ventured down to New Zealand to shred for a month or so. She's having such a good time down there she claims she doesn't want to come home! Maybe she's over doing the Vegemite? Who knows. Anyways, she's already committed to film all year long with the Volcom crew and is off to a good start.
Leanne Pelosi drove her new Volvo S50 down to Southern California a few weeks ago to attend the TW awards along with some of the other snowboarding premieres like the Misschief premiere AS if. She was so overwhelmed with winning two awards and keeping her stoke up that she lost her voice during the tradeshow. She chilled out for the time being until she graced her presence at the Hot Dawgs Rail Contest. She drove back to Whistler where she'll be getting ready to move into her new apartment in Vancouver. She's slated for a handful of interviews with Transworld Japan, Snowboard Canada, Fuel TV and Salt magazine this month. So be on the look out for her comments and insights from her successful year. Way to go L-Peezy!
Alexis Waite jumped on a plane right after the ASR tradeshow to attend a few video premieres in Europe supporting her video part in Misschief's "AS if". She was caught hanging out with some friends in Switzerland and then found herself wondering aimlessly in Cyprus. Yes Cyprus. She wanted to explore more of Europe but found herself in situations you wouldn't want to be in. Unfortunately, she had her rental car broken into and her purse along with her wallet and credit cards got stolen. They even stole her jeans and clothes. Luckily, they missed her passport and her return ticket back to Switzerland so she made it back in one piece. She's back in the States right now hoping to get caught up on some bills and some down time with her new pooch. She'll be heading to Whistler later this week to attend some premieres and then head down the West Coast on a Quik/Roxy RV tour making a few stops down the coast. If you're lucky maybe you'll see her along the way.
Wille Yli-Luoma just got back from visiting his daughter and family. He spent a couple of weeks hanging with Lilou (see lead photo) for her fifth birthday, yes fifth. Wille's back in Portland where he'll be attending a few premiere's in the North West and then heading to Colorado for some shop demos. Be on the look out for Wille's part in Mack Dawg's new release From___With Love.
As for the B-team riders, Laura Hadar and Keegan Valaika won big at the Hot Dawgs Rail Jam in Big Bear, CA. Laura and Keegan kept the crowd alive with their smooth yet aggressive styles. Keegan pretty much dominated over all the other competitors by mixing up his bag of tricks, stomping frontside 270's boardslides, to gaping the middle rail and airing over the staircase with his old school style mutes. Laura stepped it up with frontside 270 boardslides to her stylish back smith. Both of them took home a nice chunk of change keeping their stoke alive! Congratulations to both of them for kicking some arse.
Get ready cause the winter is just around the corner...