Line Skis would like to welcome Swedish skier Niklas Eriksson to the LINE Mountain Command Team. From his jump to stardom winning the Level 1 Superunknown ’09 Video Contest joining the Level 1 Productions crew to representing Sweden at the Jon Olsson Super Sessions Niklas has been killing it in Europe. We’re stoked to have him on board and look forward to watching him ski with the style all his own on his brand new Chronic Cryptonites
We gave Will Wesson a goPro camera and said have a good summer, he did. This video is the outcome of a summer of skiing, snowboarding and living at Mt Hood, Oregon with friends.
Over the course of the summer, I filmed my friends and myself with a Go Pro. This is the end result. Enjoy!
So after along year I finally get to hang out in NY and be bored as hell. After locating my head cam I went and plugged it into my kick ass Acer computer to see what was on it. Turns out it was a bunch of random things from the Orage Masters and the filming for season three episode one. No skiing was on it and that was kinda disappointing but I can only blame my self for that one. No filming = no footage, something I’m going to work on. Try and guess what Shane and Josh are watching, and why the owner of Newschoolers.com Josh Bishop is trying to scare people.
-Andrew “The Wurm” Parry
In reaction to Line MC Tyler Barnes‘ first published shot, a 2 page spread in Powder Magazine by Erik Seo to boot, Jordan Harper from Saga Outerwear (Tyler’s clothing sponsor) asked him a few questions.
Whether it is an athlete or photographer to open a magazine and see your hard work pay off must be a feeling like nothing else. It was worth the countless hours spent getting the shot and all the hard work you have put into making it to this point of being published. Both the photographer and athlete have created the shot that perfectly captures that fraction of a second that shows how the setup was. That is my favorite part about photography it leaves you with the ability to form the whole sequence in your mind of what it must have been like to be there. Whether it is urban or backcountry an amazing amount of hard work goes into to getting a print ready photo and I know from being friends with the people both in front and behind the cameras nothing justifies a passion more than seeing you hard work bound in a front to back magazine show casing the sport they love.
Erik Seo, who took this photo, is no stranger to getting published but this doesn’t change the same feeling of job well done when seeing the final product, every photo has different story and in this industry it is anything but cookie cutter, this isn’t an issue of home and garden. Each page is a different person putting it all on the line to get THAT shot. The shot that makes the reader want to go out and try to create their own moments and continue to progress in something they are passionate about.
Tyler Barnes, (the athlete) is a team rider but also a good friend of ours and has helped build our brand from literally the ground up. The shot below is his first ever published spread compliments of Erik Seo and Powder Magazine. I can only begin to tell how stoked we are for Barnes to get this honor of having a moment forever frozen in time, a reminder of hard work pays off. This is true for everyone of our athletes, to watch their progression along with our own in the business is always a feeling of surrealism, we really have come this far.
To every single photo there is a story and I didn’t want this one to go untold. I contacted Barnes after I had seen his shot in Powder and asked if wanted to give some background to the photo, so everyone who reads this blog and see’s the picture is better educated on the who, what, when, where, how of the photo. Below is a little Q&A with the man himself Tyler Barnes.
1) where was this photo taken and what is the name of the rail?
The photo was taken at a woman’s health center in Ogden, Utah.
2) who was at the session with you?
Hitting the rail, it was Wallisch, Ryan Wyble, and myself. AJ Dakoulas and Kevin Steen were there shooting video for the new 4bi9 flick, and Erik Seo was taking photos.
3) what was the scene at the rail like? Time of day? Cold or snow issues? What made you go to that rail? How long were you there? Any issues. Was the winch used?
We hit this rail really early in the season, like early December if I remember right, it was the first handrail I hit this season. Ogden had just gotten a lot of snow, so made the hour drive north with this rail in mind. When we showed up at the rail there were a couple of janitors inside cleaning, so we left and came back later. I don’t think we got the rail all set up until after 1:00 am. It is a pretty difficult rail, and we had three people hitting it with one drop in ramp, so we were there for a long time, hours, it was cold too. Thanks to Aj, Kevin, and Seo for staying out in the freezing cold until the early hours of the morning so we could get the shot.
4) Is this going to be in your segment, what movie?
This rail will be in the new 4bi9 movie, Gunnie Season. It was also in Kevin Steen’s short movie “Sound and Light”, which won “Best Action Sports Film” at the Nation Film Festival for talented youth this last spring.
5) Is this your first published photo? What does this mean to you? It must be epic to open Powder and see your skiing featured!
I have never had a photo published before, so when Seo told me I was going to have a 2-page spread in the first issue of powder I was pretty much shocked. It’s definitely one of those bucket-list goals that I can finally cross off. I was also really stoked that they credited 4bi9 in the mag, that definitely means a lot.
6) how far is too far?
Haha the moon maybe. Not really sure what your asking here.
Any plans for Labor Day weekend? Oh you’re going to an overcrowded campsite and do the same thing you do every year. That’s cool. This year why don’t you head down to South America and ski some unreal powder and give yourself a chance to win a ton of free product?!?!
No joke the people over at SASS (South American Snow Sessions) are giving away over $2500 worth of product to one lucky person who signs up for the VIP Session (September 4-12). So if you have money tucked away for an epic trip…. this might be the one. Last but certainly not least, Line’s own Garret Russell will be there share some sick powder lines with. How cool is that?!
For most of those reading this, you’d love to go…. you just can’t afford it. So instead you’ll have to settle with re-living the experience of others lucky enough to have gone (example would be Pollard’s trip last year he did with SASS). But for those of you with enough money to make this trip…. please go, ski hard and post pictures/videos online so the rest of us can enjoy as well.
With the seventh and possibly the sickest installment yet, Max Hill and is his crew don’t disappoint with CASG Sundays VII. Not only will you see some serious bangers, Max also spits hot fire. Check it out below!
My money is on MC Axe Kill
If you haven’t seen CASG Sundays you really need to do your homework and check them all out below. If you have seen them, just go ahead and relive the magic.
CASG Sundays I
Max Hill recently called out the raw skills and growing reputation of Cole Drexler on SBC Skier’s site. Not only do we get great insight into Cole’s background and how he has moved up through the ranks (with obvious help from his Afterbangs), we also get to see Max’s literary skills. Let us know if that freeskiing thing doesn’t work out for you Max, you can write for us!
But for reals Cole Drexler is legit, so pay attention.
Freeskier decided to sit down (most likely emailed) with Ian Compton and featured him on their latest installment of ‘Fill in the Blanks Friday’. Not only did Ian give a glimpse into his deeper side, we also found out the secret for his jibtastic moves: Cinnamon Toast Crunch! That is aside from his Chronic Cryptonites.
Read for yourselves HERE to find out if the Beyonce rumors are true, what he eats for breakfast (besides Cinnamon Toast Crunch) and what exactly would he be doing if it weren’t for skiing.
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