Pictures are funnier when you’re having fun with friends.
At the beginning of the year, Line Skis & Newschoolers.com teamed up to find the best, the most fun group photo of friends enjoying skiing. Thus the Line Skis x Newschoolers GET IN THE VAN Group Photo Contest was born.
After one round of open voting, the top 5 crews were announced and sent to the Traveling Circus crew for them to review and pick the winners.
The winning crew would receive 4 pairs of skis & pointy sticks with grips!
So without further delay, we’re happy to announce that the winners of the Line Skis x Newschoolers GET IN THE VAN Group Photo Contest are…
Keenan Desplanques, Max Ickes, Vayle Townsend, Nico Schiavone and Garrett Coleman!
“This shot took about 8 attempts. Cant believe that this is actually going to be a part of the Line Traveling Circus!” – Keenan Desplanques
Congrats to the crew on winning the Line Skis x Newschoolers GET IN THE VAN Group Photo Contest. The group will receive 4 pairs of skis & pointy sticks with grips!
Watch More East Coast Hardcore Real Stuff…Part Two!
The Line Traveling Circus crew, now filming & releasing content for their sixth season, continues their journey in the latest release, “More East Coast Hardcore Real Stuff – Part Two” Join Will Wesson, Andy Parry, Cole Drexler, Charlie Dayton, Erik Olson & Shane McFalls as they wrap up their trip to the Northeast. Andy checks off a bucket-list line before the van and crew heads to Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to ski some park and eat some pizza.
What people are saying about the latest release:
“Andy doing something crazy since ’95″ – SkiWithMeBro
“ALWAYS PUTS A SMILE ON MYE[sic] FACE, every time” – pâl jensen
“Thanks you smelly beauties!” – GoodOleChrusty
The 2014 SIA Snowshow just wrapped in Denver and we’re showing off what’s in stores later this year including the all new Magnum Opus and Supernatural series.
Mag•num Opus from the Latin meaning “great work,” refers to the largest, and perhaps the best, greatest, most popular, or most renowned achievement of an artist.
From Eric Pollard’s brain comes an impossibly light powder ski with futuristic materials and over 15 years of powder ski development behind it.
“The goal of the Magnum Opus was to create a ski that had the same all mountain performance as the Opus, but with increased float. I approached the design with a few ideas on how to accomplish that; larger waist, longer length, and a new tip outline & profile”
- Eric Pollard
The Supernatural Series
The formula for freeride fun is here. Take the industry’s first, mix in proven weight savings technology, freeride specific geometry in a collection of widths for any condition on Earth.
It’s time to make some new friends who can keep up
The Supernatual Series incorporates a full height & lenght 80 durometer Elastomer sidewall over the edges to absorb vibration & shock for a smooth solid ride.
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Will impersonated animals for Freeskier Magazine.*
*and talked about his recent filming with Level 1 & weather woes
You can pick up next year’s 2015 Sick Day 95 at the following retailers HERE!*
The Line Influence 115 has been our go-to do everything stick for the past few seasons. Looking for a neutral, easy to ski big mountain stick for all conditions out west? This should be atop your short list…
Long Term Review: Line Influence 115 192
Skier: Jeff Brines
Binding: FKS 14
Boot: Krypton Pro
Ski Weight: ~2450 grams (192)
Radius: 22.6M @ 186M
Rocker: Rocker/Camber/Rocker (Height in mm -11 +4 -9)
Summary: The Line Influence 192 impressed us a few years back with its versatility and overall neutrality. It isn’t the stiffest, lightest or biggest stick out there but its strength lies in its ability to strike a balance of “do everything” at an attractive price point. If you are a skier living out west, the Andrew Whiteford (and other line athletes) “pro” model should be on a short list of skis that can do it all.
Who is it for: This is a great one-ski quiver or go-to inbounds ski for the stronger skier living somewhere it snows more than 400” a year. The Influence 115 is especially good for those who appreciate a more modern mount point and looking for something that strikes a balance between “playful” and “charger”. If you like a more traditional (rearward) mount point, looking for the lightest ski in the 110-120mm category or want as much float as possible, look elsewhere.
Side note two of the best Jackson Hole skiers, Max Hammer and Andrew Whiteford had a fair amount of input in this ski. If you like how they ski and your mountain parallels that of JHMR, consider this to be near the top of your list.
Read the complete review HERE.
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Roy Kittler has released his 2013 Season Edit.
Our own professional picture drawer, Nathan Canupp speaks with Connor Davis from Skiing Magazine about his job here at Rebel Command. For 7 years, Nathan’s been the lead for our graphic design and curating some of the most innovative ski top sheets to date. Here’s what he had to say:
How did you get interested in graphic design?
I went to college for media communications and technology, which is basically anything from print graphics, to Web design, to making movies and television. I originally went there planning to make ski movies. I was going to partner with my friend who went to film school, but we wound up taking different paths after realizing we didn’t have athletes that anyone wanted to see. We didn’t know any pros, and growing up in Pennsylvania it’s like, “Hey! Check out this 700-foot vertical mountain that we’re skiing on.” Meanwhile everyone else had access to big mountains and parks. So it just naturally happened. It really wasn’t something I expected to do as a kid, especially after being so passionate about making ski films for years.
How exactly did you end up at Line?
I interned for Line Skis in Vermont when I was in college. At the time, they were in the same building as Karhu. After the internship, Karhu offered me a position doing graphics. Then, when Line moved to Seattle, I started working for them.
How do you come up with initial design ideas?
I usually run a graphic through a survey or focus group to see what people think. If people like it, I usually get the green light. From there I contact the artist and negotiate a contract with him/her. I’ll send him a creative brief saying what we’re looking for, and eventually they start sending in art.
How do you go about finding these artists?
Typically you’ll just go through agencies to find an artist. Or sometimes, you’re just browsing the Internet, going from one thread to another. Then you find an artist you like, and from there maybe he has links to other artists that you like. Eventually I’ll see someone’s work, decide if it fits our brand, and see if I feel like that artist would understand what were going for.
What do you look for in Line designs?
We’re always looking for something new and unique. We’re always trying to guess what the new trend is going to be, and trying to forecast that along with possible colors. We’re not always trying to do something bizarre, but we like to do something that’s comical and humorous. We’re making skis that should be fun, and one thing that’s fun about working with Line is that we see ourselves as the skateboarder brand of the ski industry. We’re not afraid to take a risk that’s over the top.
How much does athlete input come into play with Line’s graphics?
We collaborate with our athletes on nearly all the graphics. They’re skiing year round and can see when a new trend is starting. They’ll let us know if a graphic’s not working, or when something has been over played. They’re basically our eyes, and play a large part of the process.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
The trickiest part is trying to convey my vision to another person, so he or she can create it. The other hard part is keeping track of all of the artists. We often hire people from outside the U.S., and it can be busy just keeping tabs on all the artists to make sure they haven’t veered too far off the original plan.
What’s the most fun part of your job?
Honestly just working for Line. Having that skateboarder mentality, we tend to take chances with our graphics. Sometimes it stirs up a conversation with people talking about it online or in magazines, and it goes way better than we thought it would. Also seeing your work, and the physical proof of your labor is a great feeling. Seeing kids using our skis and poles is fun and rewarding. When our ideas end up being sold on a global level, it still blows my mind. It’s humbling. It’s just nice to see something tangible at the end of the day that you’ve worked on.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned throughout your career?
It’s something I learned a long time ago when I interned with Line: Never show a graphic that you’re not happy with. If they choose it, then you’re stuck looking at something you’re not happy with for a year.
Testers loved the Prophet Flite and Sick Day 95 in the east coast. Read what they had to say in the November issue of SNOWEAST Magazine.
“Out of all three of the Prophet series I tested the Flite was a standout in excitement. A much lighter version of the 90 it’s loaded with snappy energy that I didn’t want to click out. A feather on steroids.” Carol Beale
Sick Day 95
“Phenomenal right up with the Prophet that was a top pick last year. A directional freeride ski with a pin tail design means an early rise tip and tail with a thinner tail. Amazing for pivot turns and great for carving going off piste into fresh snow. Perfect for fun in the trees and ripping up the hard pack.” Joshua Bennett
The truth about backcountry skiing: Rare is the day when the weather, snow conditions, and terrain all align to make you a superhero. Sometimes, you need a ski for the snow you get, not the snow you want. Enter the Sick Day, which we pushed hard in conditions ranging from refrozen slop to sunbaked mank to glorious shin-deep powder. Our testers enjoyed its stability, edge hold, and ability to keep them balanced no matter what the conditions. This board can feather through the easy stuff (powder/packed powder), but still charge when turning isn’t an option. Pick the Sick Day if you love short, off-piste hikes out of the parking lot or bowls with cliff-hucking options. “This is the ski for days when inch-thick crust has encased your beloved powder,” says a tester who guides cat skiers in Colorado. “Because even in crap snow it gives you power and confidence.” Another tester called it “especially well-balanced,” meaning that he always felt “centered, fore, aft, and laterally,” even when ripping through bumps and airing off backcountry pillows. We liked how powerful and steadfast it felt, a result of a soft tip that floats over crud, and a stiff tail that aids in popping skiers from turn to turn. -Backpacker Magazine
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