Stian Solberg – Colorado backcountry. Photo: Eddie Lee
Global warming is in full effect but that’s not going to stop the etnies/32 team. Here’s a quick glance at what our riders are up to.
Fredrik Austbo gets back in the swing of competing and snowboarding everyday. He recently competed in the O'Neill Pro-Freestyle event in Avoriaz, France (February 3, 2007). Placing 7th in the quarter pipe event. He said his knee is feeling super solid and he’s stoked to get his shred on. Freddy will be heading out to the states to start filming with Standard Films crew and hopes to spend most of his season traveling all over North America.
Dustin Craven has been on a mission ever since the season has started. He’s been on the road filming with the rest of the Capita crew hitting up spots all over Calgary and the Interior BC. Who knows where he’ll end up with in the next several days. Maybe in your neck of the woods. Speaking of Dustin, stay tuned for his new interview and team page!
Markku Koski enjoying the sunshine
(Buttermilk, CO) Photo: Eddie Lee
John Jackson headed straight to Whistler after the X Games to get back into filming and shooting photos. He’ll be heading to the secret spot some time this week to explore and continue filming then off to the interior BC to put in his time with the Heli.
Markku Koski was feeling great and doing well at the X Games but during his first run of the qualifying round, his binding completely blew out causing him to slam into the second wall of the pipe. It was pretty unexpected and Markku took it like a champ. He said he suffered a charley horse to his upper leg but that didn’t stop him. He had the binding strap replaced and went straight up to the top of the pipe. After taking his second run he missed the final by a few points. Better luck next time Markku.
Shortly after the X Games, Markku and Stian Solberg ventured out to Southern Colorado to film for the Stepchild team video and shoot photos. They managed to get in a few good days of hiking and building kickers. Be sure to check out the teaser!
On a mission... Tyler Lepore has been busy filming with the Capita crew. You can peep the teaser here. Tyler will be heading to Mt. Baker for the Legendary banked slalom this weekend. Speaking of being on a mission, Tyler and a few others will be making their way to an exclusive area sometime in the near future. The plans have been put in place but as long as the stars are aligned they’ll be on a mission. More info to come as their plans come together.
The injured list...
Janna Meyen reported two torn ligaments in her ankle and a badly bruised bone. While practicing her switch 900’s at Keystone, Janna took a flat landing on her back foot causing an uncomfortable pain which took her out of the X Games. She reported positive feelings and will be concentrating on physical therapy for the next few months. Good luck Janna! Keep up the PMA!
Hamp-man or shall I say Hampus Mosesson gave it his all during the 11th winter X Games. Hampus didn’t quite make the podium but he definitely showed the world he was capable of handling any kind of obstacle. He’s back in Salt Lake City, UT planning a route to head to Tahoe or Canada where he’ll be filming with Mack Dawg.
Multi-Tasker Leanne Pelosi is keeping herself quite busy these days. After placing 6th in the women’s slope style at the X games she bounced back to Whistler where she went right into filming and shooting photos for her film project, Runway films. Later this weekend she’ll be heading to the Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt. Baker, WA. Be sure to check out her teaser.
Benji Ritchie will continue to film with Whiteout Films this season. He’s been on the road filming and shooting photos between Whistler and the interior BC. He’s on his way to Mt. Baker where he’ll challenge the roster of shredders hoping to knock out some of the big time players.
Back to the states...Stian Solberg made it back to California not too long ago where he purchased a brand new truck (Nissan Titan) and drove straight out to Utah to pick up his brothers sled. He met up with Markku Koski in Aspen and shortly after the X games drove to Southern Colorado to start filming and shooting photos. He’s back in Utah at the moment waiting for news on the latest conditions. Once again, be sure to check out the Stepchild teaser.
The Great Northwest is where Wille Yli-Luoma can be found. Wille’s been back and forth from Mt. Baker to Portland clocking in some mileage. He’ll be headed to Mt. Baker for the banked slalom along with the rest of the North west crews. He’s been working on getting his work visa renewed so he’ll be heading up to Canada some time next week to meet with officials. It’s also Wille’s birthday Friday February 9th, Happy Birthday Wille!
That’s it for now. Till next time, pray for SNOW!