Running The Gamut With LJ
LJ Strenio recently sent over his full 2016 Street Part, and not surprisingly, it’s a banger. From hefty gaps, crazy rails, and some of the more tech rail tricks ever to be put down in the streets, This part is an absolute heater.
Set against a high energy live track, LJ’s part shows just how hard it can be to put down a segment in the streets. Watch as LJ takes slam after slam, only to come back swinging for the make. It’s a testament to LJ’s perseverance and work ethic.
But this is nothing compared to his X Games Real Ski Segment. That segment — which earned him a gold medal — features a wild array of stunts, flip ups, and tech rails, as well. But before he had the opportunity to enter Real Ski, he had to get in. Which is why he put together this 2016 Part. Because while we never had doubts about this Vermonter’s abilities in the street, some people over at ESPN needed a little extra push to get him going. And it’s a good thing they did.
Andy Parry and the Powell Movement
Mike Powell checks in with Skiing’s Resident Weirdo, Andy Parry in this week’s “The Powell Movement,” a podcast about skiing, the action sports industry, and probably too much rollerblading. To be fair, though, Mike didn’t talk about blading once in this entire episode, so that’s a win.
Mike and Andy dig into the life of a professional skier, the legacy of the LINE Traveling Circus, and what it’s like to be a recognizable face in a subculture that exists in even surprising places. But that’s not all; below, you’ll find Mike’s show notes.
Andy Parry Show Notes:
2:00: Home renovations with Andy and the relevant things that have happened with Andy lately. None are good
5:05: The Line Traveling Circus
7:55: Growing up in Victor, NY with a lot of change
10:00: How was school for Andy as he was a weird kid?
12:57: How does Andy get into skiing? The I hate NY Crew and backyard skiing
16:20: Andy’s persona on Newschoolers.com and problems with different crews
18:01: Describing the skiing that Andy does
19:50: Comparison to Rodney Mullen
22:11: Emo Bogart Section outlines who Andy was in High School and what he wishes he realized in High School
24:00: Going to Green Mountain College and meeting the Meatheads, Line and meeting Mike Nick
26:30: Pitching the Traveling Circus to Jason Levinthal, signing with Line and Season 1
30:00: Lots of views little money. Does he need an agent?
33:12: Traveling the world and doing with not as much talent as the rest
35:16: Moving to Colorado and working at Ruby Tuesdays and Pizza Hut
36:02: Working with Shane McFalls
37:05: Blowing his knee jumping a fence and rehab
38:18: Strange fan encounters with The Traveling Circus and getting noticed
39:25: Having a lot more fun than other people
40:28: Getting a Sprinter Van, how gross the van gets and breaking down
42:19: Channeling his inner Plake with the Tell a Friend Tour
45:07: The lifestyle not seen on The Traveling Circus and what he doesn’t like about who he travels with .
48:13: Wanting to be remembered as a legend
Level 1 Presents Habit
It’s that time of year again! The days are getting shorter, and the air is a little more crisp in the morning. You know what that means: Ski Season is fast approaching. But what to do during the dark season? You know, that period of time between summer and the start of ski season. There’s not much to do but loaf around and nerd out over every iota of ski content and gear. Sound familiar? Well,We are all creatures of habit, after all.
At least there are ski movies. With Film Tours cruising around the country, you’ve got a guaranteed ski party practically every weekend. And nothing gets us more stoked than watching the annual offering from Level 1 Productions. This year, LJ Strenio, Khai Krepela, Will Wesson, Sami Ortlieb, and Rob Heule hopped in front of the Level 1 cameras. From LJ’s urban stuntery to Will’s creative approach and all the way to Sami and Rob’s envisioned pump track jib zone in Sunshine Village, LINE skiers ran the gambit of ski porn production. And we couldn’t be more stoked.
So be on the lookout for a HABIT Premiere near you. In the meantime, check out LJ’s X Games Real Street Part:
Watch the Final Episode of the Summer Here
That’s a wrap on a long summer of slushy park vibes coming to ya straight from Zermatt. With a stacked squad of LINE Skiers and friends alike (including Kai Mahler and Tilly Matti), The final episode of Zermatt Glacier Days didn’t disappoint. Check out the final episode of the summer below. And in true form, it comes complete with all the creative lines and subtle mastery you’d expect.
Check it out:
Tom Wallisch and Good Company release the trailer to their newest film, Guest List
With a all-star cast including Khai Krepela, Karl Fostvedt, Thayne Rich, Mike Hornbeck, and many, many others, Tom Wallisch and his production crew have just released their trailer for the newest Good Company Ski Film. Entitled Guest List, this guaranteed banger features some of the heaviest urban spots, untouched BC Zones, and raddest park shoots ever to grace the silver screen.
Because of record snowfalls across the entire western part of the US, the boys were able to get an early start. First, they headed to South Dakota, where Tom and Dale Talkington took to some high consequence — and high speed — urban features across the windswept Northern Plans Landscape.
Meanwhile, Thayne Rich, Karl Fostvedt, and upcoming big-mountain ripper Lucas Wachs pushed the envelope in Big Sky Country (that’s Montana for those unaware). Like many film crews before, these three posted up in Cook City, Southwest Montana’s hoboacking sledneck haven. And they systematically tore apart the mini-golf zones and all-time classic jump sites.
But like any Good Company Film, the park shoots stole the show. Piecing together shoots in Sun Valley and Seven Springs, Wallisch brought together the entire squad for post season domination. The jump showcase in Sun Valley is sure to impress, and the massive wedge built in Seven Springs is sure to go down as one of the best ever.
So tune in to the trailer and be on the lookout for additional content in the weeks ahead. And be sure to sag your copy of this sure-to-be instant classic.
Sami Ortlieb, Will Wesson and Crew Head Back To Zermatt
Oh, how quickly time passes. Yet here we stand with the start of the third season of the Zermatt Glacier Days. With filmer and scoring extraordinaire, Jeff Kohnstamm at the helm, the boys produced this rad piece of summer feel good shredding. Check out the lines Sami puts down, and don’t miss Will’s subtle rail trickery.
But above all, this rad little slice of Swiss life highlights the insane mountain landscape of the Alps. Massive glaciers, high alpine lakes, and a hefty dose of surreal high alpine wilderness. If that — combined with a rad summer park — doesn’t make you want to drop everything and head to Switzerland, nothing will.
Tom Wallisch and Dale Talkington head to Mammoth for Some Slushy Spring Park Laps with Good Company
With an absolutely absurd snowpack from the best winter in recent years, Mammoth quickly became THE destination for early summer park laps. The infamous Mammoth Unbound Terrain Park is home to one of the best parks in the world. And Tom and Dale made quick work of it.
All shot and cut by the discerning eye of AJ Dakoulas from Good Company, this short segment offers smooth follow cams and the classic desaturated 4bi9 aesthetic. Toss in some good old fashion rail wizardry by two of the best in the game, and boom; there’s no doubt that this will be one of those edits you bookmark. Watch Dale destroy the iconic (but recently rebuilt as a tube?) Mammoth Deck Rail. Check out that absolutely mental straight left ten cuban. And oh yeah, did you catch the ABM backslide briebe continuing cameo?
But there’s no doubt that Tom puts in down. With his signature effortless landings, capped blunts, and flawless right 9s, tom puts it down with the style we’ve come to expect out of the Pittsburgh native. From filthy, high speed rail tricks, to floaty switch dubs, Tom puts it down.
So why are you still reading this? watch the darn thing already! And Check out Tom’s Ski here to get the tools you need to stomp as hard as Wallisch himself.
Check Out Five Season Edits from the International LINE Mountain Command
The LINE Mountain Command, the legions of local rippers the world over, have been a mainstay of the LINE program from the beginning. Whether they’re lapping the big line at Breckenridge, piecing together lines at the plaza-inspired Sugarbush Parks, or hiking sketchy double kinks in Austria, the LINE MC operates within the core of current skiing.
And as the summer rolls around, the Skiers of the LINE Mountain Command invariably get to work, piecing together season edits of their winters spent chasing skiing — whatever that might mean to them. So we took a small spattering of some of our favorite season edits (so far), and grouped them together for your viewing pleasure. Each one, unique in it’s own right, highlights different regions and styles of skiing. Kick back and enjoy — we know you will.
1) Thomas Trifonitchev – Germany
With silky smooth style, lazy sets, and some damn good grabs, German Thomas Trifonitchev’s season edit is rad. Every set is proper. Thomas has that classic and timeless approach to park skiing. Check out his edit, filmed mainly in Austria. Check out that Flat 5 early slap across the rainbow rail!
2) Charlie Dayton – Vermont
There’s no denying that Vermont holds a special place in LINE’s heart. For many years, we called Burlingon, Vermont home, and the area has long been a stronghold of LINE Mountain Command Skiers. Heck, Most of the Rebel Base (all those nerds working at LINE behind the scenes) called Sugarbush their home mountain at some point. Charlie keeps that train going, but embodies the skate-inspired style that dominates Vermont ski culture.
3) Peter Koukov – Colorado
If you roll up to Keystone or Breckenridge, Colorado on any given day, the park will be overrun by talented comp kids, training their t-set dub tens and unnatural 9s. And then there’s Peter Koukov. With dad shades and track jackets, he’s that guy skiing mach-a-billion into flat rails, and skying backflips off of barrel bonks. This young buck treads that line between swerve skiing and the more traditional — and has more fun than you while doing it.
4) Fabio Doberauer – Austria
With some reckless behavior, sketchy urban setups, and an utter lack of fear, Fabio Doberauer brings the reckless element into his skiing. Check out some of those bails; he’s fully committed. Skiing out of the one and only Absolut Park in Austria, Fabio is holding it down both in the streets and on the massive jumpline at Austria’s best park.
5) Peyben – Sweden
Par Hagglund is the main member of the Bunch Family, but before the norm-core troupe of skiers came together at Space Camp (no joke), Par was one of the best up-and-coming ski racers in Sweden. In Peyben in the Park II, Par demonstrates his uncanny ability to twist, swerve, and defy physics on even the most basic features. Maybe one day, Par will take it one step further and produce an entire edit leaving the ground.
Stay tuned for more season edits and segments as the months roll on.
Swerving With The Peyben and The Bunch in Oregon
Under sunny skies and skyrocketing temperatures, Windells Camp kicked off the summer of 2017 in style. With Par “The Peyben” Hagglund — alongside Magnus Graner and LSM — hosting the camp for their signature Takeover Sessions, The first week of Windells was marked by swervy good vibes.
Get stoked and Sign up for Camp! There are only a few spots left!
Will Wesson and Crew Take Over Session 1 of Woodward at Copper
While much of the country has hung up their skis for the summer, Will Wesson and a grip of LINE Skiers take to the perfectly manicured Woodward at Copper set up. Check out the recap video!
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