LINE Traveling Circus Enters Tenth Season
That’s like, 50 Episodes, man!
10 Years?? Crazy! But here we are, with the first episode of the tenth season. And it also happens to be the fiftieth episode. That’s right, FIFTY episodes. Over the years, Will Wesson and Andy Parry have criss-crossed the country an absurd amount of times, consumed countless pizzas, and inspired a whole generation of skiers along the way.
From the humble beginnings passing the camera back and forth to the developed, world-traveling scope it is today, LINE Traveling Circus has cemented its place in skiing history — without abandoning the founding impulse. LTC has always celebrated the weird, the odd, and the downright strange. And Season Ten stays true to those roots.
For the 50th Episode, Will Wesson, Andy Parry, and Jarrad McCarl headed south to Arizona. The Group explores the wonderful world of leisure, studies the unique flora and fauna, and skis the Arizona Snowbowl terrain park. Oh yeah, and Jarrad gets his ear pierced with a cactus needle. So without further introduction, check out the new episode!
Traveling Circus hypes up it’s 50th Episode with a Special Release of Shane McFall’s Favorite Shots!
Shane McFalls, childhood friend of Will Wesson and Andy Parry, spent years traveling around with the LINE Traveling Circus as their dedicated filmer. In a lot of ways, he’s responsible for the aesthetic you’ve come to expect from LTC. From the early years traveling around in Andy’s Subaru, to the more far-flung early Euro Trips, Shane experienced it all.
But he has since moved on — Jake Strassman has taken over — to more adult like behavior. Rumor is, he’s even got a kid (possibly 2?), a 9-5, and his own house. What a nerd! With the newest TC episode on the horizon — it’s their fiftieth episode, believe it or not — we reached out to Shane to see if he could relive the old days. We asked for a short edit of some of his favorite shots. He sent over this 10 minute cut. So sit back, nerd out, and enjoy the weird, bizarre world of Traveling Circus!
LTC Season Ten Coming Soon! Watch all the episodes HERE
In Fernie and Beyond, Siggers Gives ‘Er a Go
Canadian Young Gun Dylan Siggers has been crushing it north of the border for years now — which is pretty impressive considering he’s only 23. From untouched pow laps deep in the backcountry, to big double backs hossed off of some booters, Dylan’s full part is pretty sick. Check it out HERE:
For Years, young Dylan has been ripping around on the EP Skis; but we somehow talked him into giving the new Sick Day 114s a go, and he seems pretty comfortable sending on those. You can learn more about those HERE.
Siggers and Burrrlapz
But Dylan is no one-trick pony. In fact, Dylan is the driving force behind The Burrrlapz, a small production house out of Fernie. They’ll be releasing a series of webisodes this winter. You might remember the teaser that came out a few weeks ago:
So keep an eye out for more from this young squadron of shredders, that seem to always be down to head out for a rip.
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.
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