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.
High Altitude Exploration of Bolivia’s High Peaks
Last spring, as LINE skiers gathered in the rainy lowlands of Washington’s Cascades for our annual #Springbreak2017, Hadley seemed apprehensive. She had just received and invite to explore the high-altitude peaks of Bolivia alongside Sam Smoothy, Johnny Collinson, and Ian McIntosh. The mission? Tag ski lines in an unlikely — and unforgiving — landscape.
TGR went out in search of adventure. And if you believe Hadley (which, you know, we do), Bolivia provides just that. So be sure to look up Teton Gravity Research’s latest release, Rogue Elements to see the proof. And, to top it all off, Rogue Elements features Hadley destroying Jackson during one of the deepest storm cycles Wyoming has seen in recent memory.
So get psyched, watch the trailer, and find a copy of Rogue Elements. There’s a whole world out there — time to explore.
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.
It’s hard to believe that six weeks have come and gone. But here we sit, in the dog days of summer. Some of us were lucky enough to spend time at summer camps, others not so much. Kevin Salonius, the Finnish Rail Guru, has been putting on the Summer Rail Challenge for a number of years now, and the overarching impulse is the same: make due with what you’ve got.
Not everyone can get to snow in the summer months. But anyone can take some scrap wood, cobble together a drop-in, and hit a sketchy rail in their backyard — once you get over the embarrassment of putting clicking into skis without the slightest bit of snow within 500 miles.
Overall, there were 21 entries, each one demonstrating some serious ingenuity. But as the Entry Deadline came and went, the votes were tallied, and three guys guys rose to the top of the pack. Folks, without further introduction and posturing, we present the top three from the Summer Rail Challenge by Kevin Salonius:
2. Max Rye
3. Corey Iyoob
Congrats, guys! We broke down the top three below. So Keep reading to learn more, and watch the edits.
First Place: Sage Frontella
“Sage really embodies what this contest was all about: making due with what you’ve got,” explains Kevin. “With some seriously technical tricks, creative setups, and a host of gnarly bails, Sage put out a rad edit that really got me fired up to go and hit my sketchy backyard creations.” Sage will be walking away with a pair of LINE freestyle skis of his choosing, alongside a prize pack from Saga, MSnow and Spy.
Sage came out swinging with some hilarious bails, and followed them up with some creative builds on angled pads, integrating rail lines into his setup, and still putting down some technical switch ups and big spins out. And check out that line at 01:19: Sage laced a switch 2 on, pretzel 2 off of a picnic table. Also, how about that blind 3 switch up at 01:39?! Dang, dude!
Second Place: Max Rye
Sage was followed closely – really closely, I might add – by Max Rye from Great Britain. Max’s backyard setup was extensive and well developed. He was able to use this to put down some smooth tricks on his downrail and flat down feature. He skied strong, fluid, and even put down some heaters, like that proper double front swap pretzel 2 at 00:49 and the ender on the banana bend rail to blind swap. Also, shout out to the Kid Cudi track, harkening back to Leigh Powis’s early days – an ode to the fellow Brit? Who knows.
Third Place: Cory Iyoob
Cory Iyoob ended up taking third. With hippy killers, funky z-rail setups, Cory embraced the strange. And how about the most ridiculous front swap – front swap – front swap – front swap – front swap (we actually had to count the swaps)? Cory showcased technicality, a DIY attitude, and a lot of fun.
Big ups to all the skiers that entered the contest! We’re stoked with how well everything turned out, and really admire the dedication to keep the shred alive — even in the absence of snow. Check out all of the entries HERE.
LINE Takes over The Funnest Place On Earth!
Maybe you’ve turned your back on skiing. Maybe, that drive to get on snow has been overshadowed by camping, skating, or even fishing (although who in their right mind is into that?). But up atop Mt. Hood, the stratovolcano that dominates the lexicon of summer skiing, is still firing. And the past week, LINE skiers from all corners of the country came out to scratch that insatiable itch to ski.
This past week, Session 4 got underway, with non other than Khai Krepela coming in for a Session Takeover™. And in typical fashion, he brought along a whole host of fellow LINE skiers to put on a show. Tucker FitzSimons took a break from destroying the Hood River Skatepark to step onto some rails, Andy Parry kept things weird, and Jarrad McCarl rolled down from Canada to showcase his smooth and calm style. Peter Koukov even flew out from Colorado, and Sawyer Sellingham took a break from Cape Cod to get back on snow.
But this wasn’t a typical session — not by any stretch. Khai hosted the inaugural Khai Krepela Summer Classic. So Khai ponied up 1500 bucks, and the kids got after it. Forster Meeks laid down some high speed disasters on the 55 foot DFD. Tucker FitzSimons quietly destroyed some rad lines, and Jennie-Lee Burmansson planted a firm flag for the future of women’s skiing. Each walked away with 500 dollars, respectively.
But at the end of the day, it’s not about the competition, it’s about the skiing. And Windells’ park has been on point all summer, thanks in large part to everyone’s favorite ginger, Jack Borland. As head digger, he’s made it his mission to create the best summer park on the mountain; and his crew of diggers abide.
So if you aren’t ready to call it yet, load up the car, and head out to Oregon. There’s still time.
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.
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