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Andy Parry’s “Tell A Friend Tour”

December 18th, 2014 - Posted by danbrown in Event Coverage, LINE Skis News, LINE Team News

The Tell A Friend Tour is coming! The Tell A Friend Tour is coming!

Don’t know what the Tell A Friend Tour is? Well, we went straight to the source – Andy Parry – to get you all the need-to-know-info!

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What is the Tell A Friend Tour, Where is it headed and Who’s going?

Tell A Friend Tour is a freeskiing park tour that travels to resorts film, ski with fans, and then hold a free raffle/pizza party.  This year we are visiting resorts in VT, MA, CT, PA, WV, OH, MN, and WI.  Ross Imburgia, Charlie Dayton, Ian Compton, Cole Drexler, Allan Lam, and other Line Skis regional riders.

Why? Why create the Tell A Friend Tour?

Over the last seven years of filming Line Traveling Circus,  we visited  a lot of resorts other people never really go to. A lot of these places had tons of kids that are really into freeskiing but they aren’t really on any ones radar.  These skiers are the bread and butter of the ski industry and it only makes sense to bring a ski event directly to them.

TAFT represents what freeskiing was when I started in 2002.  Fun, but also serious about progression because your hungry for it.  It was about learning a new trick with a bunch of friends and pushing each other because it was fun.  None of us really went out of our way to “train” for comps but still competed at local events, and used them for a source of community more then anything.  It’s true freeskiing, and that what I want to show the next generation.  Not comp skiing, not film skiing – just freeskiing.

With the Traveling Circus, you’ve criss-crossed the country multiple times – What are the top five bits of advice you’d give anyone who’s about to head out on the open road?

1.  Need dental floss?  Rip a small strand of the elastic out of a sock.
2.  Don’t be a tool to fast food.  Find a grocery store.
3.  Download audio books for long trips.
4.  When driving at night place a small dimly lit LED over your head.
5.  Avoid drinking things like Monster, RockStar and Redbull  All the sugar and other stuff they put in those will just make you crash harder, and feel sick.  Slowly sip coffee, and get a 5 hour energy.

What’s your favorite stop?

I’m really looking forward to all the stops.  Each one is going to have a different crowd of skiers, and things set up.  Can’t really say I have a favorite stop but last year we had the best showing at Ski Sundown, CT and had a really good crew of kids at Butternut, MA.

In 140 characters or less – Why should we go to TAFT?

Come to TAFT to have fun skiing, eat pizza, and win free stuff!

New Traveling Circus “That’s Different”

December 8th, 2014 - Posted by danbrown in LINE Skis News, LINE Traveling Circus Episodes



TC 7.3 – That’s Different


ROADTRIP! The Traveling Circus embarks on another epic journey – err, maybe not! The crew runs into van trouble, which leaves them and their travel plans stuck in neutral. Will they ever be able to leave Utah? With some quick internet-ing, their plans are up in the air, literally!

The TC Crew’s last minute scrambling lands them in the mid-west where they find rope-tows, road-kill and roller-coasters. Watch this episode and you’ll surely be saying, “That’s Different.”

“Why’d you take your socks off?” – Will
“I had ‘em on since yesterday and they’re my ski socks…so it was like, itchy.” – Andy

ABOUT LINE TRAVELING CIRCUS:

Admission is free! No high-end production crews, annual movie sales, snowmobiles or AK heli trips here. Powered by more creativity, ingenuity and hyperactivity than a 3rd grade art class, this band of misfit skiers is led by die-hard ski bums Will Wesson and Andy Parry. Criss-crossing the globe in search of angled surfaces to ski on, the Traveling Circus is part reality TV, part ski bumming. For comedy, adventure and skiing antics that prove truth is more entertaining than fiction make sure not to miss an episode. Every online webisode is watched hundreds of thousands of times by skiers around the world. This is the reason why the International Freeskiing Film Festival (IF3) presented the Line Traveling Circus with the first-ever “Best Webisode” award in 2010 and 2011. 3,000,000 views and counting!

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Traveling Circus Episode 7.2 – “Mayisode”

October 26th, 2014 - Posted by danbrown in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News, LINE Traveling Circus Episodes


TC 7.2: Mayisode


May, a time when flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and the aroma of smelly socks wafts through the meadows and forests of Mount Hood, Oregon…wait, what?! That’s right, the Traveling Circus returns to the springtime ski destination of Timberline, dirty laundry and all, in Mayisode – the 2nd episode of the 7th season.

The TC crew meets up at Andy’s cat-filled apartment in Government Camp for a week of shoveling, snacking and volcano skiing.

“I literally hadn’t worn deodorant, like I maybe, like a handful of times a year…now my armpits itch. Thanks deodorant!” – Andy Parry

The 2015 Line Traveling Circus Ski

ABOUT LINE TRAVELING CIRCUS:

Admission is free! No high-end production crews, annual movie sales, snowmobiles or AK heli trips here.  Powered by more creativity, ingenuity and hyperactivity than a 3rd grade art class, this band of misfit skiers is led by die-hard ski bums Will Wesson and Andy Parry. Criss-crossing the globe in search of angled surfaces to ski on, the Traveling Circus is part reality TV, part ski bumming. For comedy, adventure and skiing antics that prove truth is more entertaining than fiction make sure not to miss an episode. Every online webisode is watched hundreds of thousands of times by skiers around the world. This is the reason why the International Freeskiing Film Festival (IF3) presented the Line Traveling Circus with the first-ever “Best Webisode” award in 2010 and 2011. 3,000,000 views and counting!

The Traveling Circus Returns!

September 21st, 2014 - Posted by danbrown in LINE Skis News, LINE Traveling Circus Episodes


TC 7.1: Everybody Loves Ramen, Part Two


Hisashiburi! The world’s longest freestyle skiing web series returns for its seventh season! Watch as The Line Traveling Circus crew wraps up their second trip to Japan – Andy takes in the sights & sounds of an anime festival at the Iwatake ski resort and Cole Drexler enjoys the exotic cuisines found in … a Japanese convenience store!?

Follow the crew on their bizarre and ever entertaining adventures! Did Garrett Russell ski in a soccer ball? Did Will ever find the perfect rail? Who knows?! Get excited for MORE ANIME, MORE RAMEN & MORE SKIING!

“I think we’re going skiing today — right? I don’t know. Fish market in the morning, skiing in the afternoon. Ichiban, number one!” – Andy Parry

ABOUT LINE TRAVELING CIRCUS:

 Admission is free! No high-end production crews, annual movie sales, snowmobiles or AK heli trips here.  Powered by more creativity, ingenuity and hyperactivity than a 3rd grade art class, this band of misfit skiers is led by die-hard ski bums Will Wesson and Andy Parry. Criss-crossing the globe in search of angled surfaces to ski on, the Traveling Circus is part reality TV, part ski bumming. For comedy, adventure and skiing antics that prove truth is more entertaining than fiction make sure not to miss an episode. Every online webisode is watched hundreds of thousands of times by skiers around the world. This is the reason why the International Freeskiing Film Festival (IF3) presented the Line Traveling Circus with the first-ever “Best Webisode” award in 2010 and 2011. 3,000,000 views and counting!

The End of the Line Traveling Circus*

April 1st, 2014 - Posted by danbrown in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News, LINE Traveling Circus Episodes


*The Traveling Circus is Over for the season!


It’s the season six finale: Konichiwa! The Line Traveling Circus crew travels over 5,000 miles to Japan for noodles, monkeys and skiing. Part soap opera, part travel documentary, “Everybody Loves Ramen – Part One” features the antics of Will Wesson, Andy Parry, Garrett Russell and Cole Drexler traveling across Japan in search of creative features and all the noodles they can eat!

“I honestly, I don’t know the plan. We’re going to go skiing and then we’re going to drive some more and go more skiing.” – Andy Parry

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ABOUT LINE TRAVELING CIRCUS:

Admission is free! No high-end production crews, annual movie sales, snowmobiles, or heli trips to AK here, just a couple of die-hard ski bums with a camera powered by more creativity, ingenuity & hyperactivity than a 3rd grade art class. This band of misfit skiers are lead by Will Wesson & Andy Parry on a year round adventure crisscrossing North America and beyond in search of an angled surfaces to ski on.  It’s reality TV meets modern ski bumming, for comedy, adventure and skiing antics that proves reality is more entertaining than fiction. Each of the eight episodes per season are watched tens of thousands of times online by skiers around the world. This popularity is the reason the Line Traveling Circus has been recognized with the first ever prestigious award of “Best Webisode” at the International Freeskiing Film Festival (www.IF3.ca ).

Re-enlist with the Skiers Union!

March 14th, 2014 - Posted by danbrown in LINE Skis News


We’ve relaunched the Skiers Union!

Sign up here!


Earlier this month, we launched and all new Skiers Union!

Post photos, your season edit and check in with other skiers in your area.

You could also be featured as the Skier of the Day and have your name, photo & video on the Line Skis Facebook and Twitter  (100k+ skiers!)

Enlist and you’ll also be entered to win Line Skis swag in our monthly Skiers Union giveaway!

This Monday, we’ll announce who won the Ski & Destroy skatedeck that was signed by Eric Pollard, LJ Strenio, Will Wesson & Andy Parry in our February Skiers Union giveaway!

Meet the Line Skis x Newschoolers “Get In The Van” Photo Contest Winners!

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…

Complete Shananigans

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!

The Line Traveling Circus – Season Six

March 3rd, 2014 - Posted by danbrown in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News, LINE Traveling Circus Episodes


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

Sights and Smells of the LINE Traveling Circus Van


Welcome to the van.

Words and photos: Ethan Stone

Mt. Hood, OR to Seattle, WA

“I actually have no idea what we’re doing,” says Andy Parry with a mouthful of noodles.

We’re at a pho place near Tacoma, Washington, with pictures of balmy South Asian beaches and tantalizing Asian dishes on the wall. Between slurps of beefy broth, I’ve asked Andy what the plan is for tonight.

Until now I have only received vague details of the itinerary. We are to proceed from Mt. Hood to Seattle, retrieve Will Wesson and the Traveling Circus van, and head east for Montreal, where Andy, Will and the van are expected at the IF3 festival in a few weeks’ time. I’ve always wanted to check out IF3, and have some business in Montreal, too, and Andy has offered me a ride in the van… so now here I am, eating pho and finding out that we’re supposed to pick up Will at the airport in an hour, and that we have no idea where we’re sleeping tonight.

“Welcome to the Traveling Circus,” Andy says. It’s going to an interesting ride.

Seattle, WA to Anaconda, MT

“Well, they didn’t change the windshield.”

We have just arrived at K2 Sports cavernous headquarters and warehouse in Seattle to pick up our conveyance to the East Coast. The Traveling Circus van is looking good after some much-needed repairs and replacements: new tires, new lights, and a thorough cleaning inside. No new windshield, though, and Andy and Will assure me that many other mechanical problems lurk beneath the pretty vinyl wrap.


Loading up the van.

We load up the van and Andy and Will get geared up for their upcoming trip to the UK while I prowl the halls, scoping all of the vintage K2 memorabilia adorning the walls–old posters with Glen Plake, the Mahre brothers, and many more–and ogling the chain-link enclosure marked “Line/Full Tilt Marketing Goods” until Line Marketing Guru Eric Newgard takes pity and gives me a fresh snap-back and a backpack.


Will and Andy, raiding the candy jar.


Ever wonder why Will is so slippery on rails?

We queeze in a quick skate on the headquarters mini-pipe, then hit the highway, headed east. I stretch out in the back seat for a nap, and by the time I wake, we’re cruising through the golden wheat fields of eastern Washington.

We talk about freeskiing. Will says that “freeskiing” is any skiing that takes place outside of a structured skiing environment—-like when race coaches tell their kids to “go freeski for a lap,” to leave the training course behind and go skiing just for fun. In his view, freeskiing cannot be competitive, and once it becomes a competition, it’s no longer freeskiing.

Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Missoula. We make short work of the Idaho panhandle, stopping only at the 50,000 Silver Dollar Bar in Hougen, Montana for a mandatory tourist visit. Andy buys a set of camouflaged throwing knives, and very quickly we determine that camouflaged throwing knives are a very bad idea. Good luck finding those suckers!

In Missoula I am given the protocol briefing on Safeway stops with the Traveling Circus crew: Get what you need, then meet at the sandwich counter for WiFi. Will and Andy are seasoned road warriors, and Safeways—-with their soups, sandwiches and free WiFi—-have become indispensable waypoints.

We spend the next few hours listening to documentaries about aliens on Youtube, like the former Canadian Minister of Defence’s UFO revelations and conspiracies about aliens and the Vatican, before pulling over for the night next to a small lake somewhere near Anaconda, Montana. With the Milky Way splashed across the sky above our heads, we watch for shooting stars, and ponder the existence of extraterrestrial life.


Sunrise outside Anaconda, Montana.

Anaconda, MT to Lander, WY

“What’s the password for the TC Instagram again?” Andy asks, for the third time today.


Andy, waiting impatiently on a geyser.

We’re at Yellowstone, waiting for Old Faithful. Andy has been impatient, demanding that the geysers produce their spurts as soon as he’s ready. He doesn’t like to wait. I entertain myself by taking photos of what I consider the most interesting visual aspect of Old Faithful–the endless camera-toting tourist hordes.


Gaping at Old Faithful.

We have spent the morning walking among bubbling cauldrons and steaming pools. In all their journeys across the country, Andy and Will have never been to Yellowstone, so now we’re packing it all in.


Staying on the walkway for your own safety? So overrated.


Andy, unimpressed.

In the afternoon we move on, cruising past the Tetons and opting to skip Jackson for a more direct route to Denver. We stop to watch a gorgeous sunset over the mountains, then head southeast on Route 287, making camp for the night south of Lander, Wyoming, up the rugged canyon of the interestingly named Agie Popo River.


This is one Wyoming sunset that will not go undocumented.

Andy and Will have their own beds in the back of the van, and tonight I attempt to sleep inside as well, on the rear seat. The windows are up (Will has a thing about bugs) and the inside of the van is as sweaty and pungent as an armpit. After an extremely uncomfortable ten minutes, I throw in the towel, and pitch my tent outside. I don’t know how those guys can sleep in that metal coffin.


Stars over Wyoming.

Lander, WY to Denver, CO

The cattle in the canyon have left us undisturbed through the night. We make quick time on the four-hour drive to Denver, stopping only to spray-paint the top of the van with a greeting to any aliens that might be looking down at us. Will adds a waving monster and some sound financial advice for the aliens: “Buy Gold.”

“What’s the stupid Instagram password again?” Andy asks.

In Denver, the Level 1 office is a flurry of activity. A bunch of the stars of Partly Cloudy are hanging out, kids are snagging autographs and overpriced hoodies, and Freedle Coty is putting the final touches on a brilliant pre-movie comedy roll for tonight’s big premiere. Some kind of hot-rod show is going down on the street outside—-lots of greasy dudes in leather jackets and girls dressed like pin-up dolls. Josh Berman takes some of the crew down the street in search of food. Andy walks along the row of classic cars, identifying each: “Bugatti. Bugatti. Bugatti.”


Andy greets some TC fans outside the Level 1 office.

The Partly Cloudy premiere goes down at the City Hall Amphitheatre in downtown Denver. Andy finagles one of the special free-drink wristbands from Josh Berman and I make sure to stay close whenever he heads for the bar. The theatre fills up and we watch The Wallisch Project, then Partly Cloudy comes on. We cheer loud for Will’s awesome opening segment, which I am still sober enough to appreciate. This cannot be said for the rest of the movie, which slowly blurs together into one big mess of free drinks, cheering crowds, and crazy skiing.


The premiere. Photo courtesy of Jordan Harper/Level 1.

Slowly the evening disappears in a haze. The afterparty has a strange vibe, with not enough people on the dance floor and overly aggressive security guards. After we’re booted from the bar at 2am, the zealous security personnel take pains to inform us that we will be maced if we don’t get off the sidewalk in front of their establishment. Thanks for the hospitality guys!

Denver, CO to Iowa 80

The next day it’s all business. We’ve got a lot of miles to cover through the “flyover states” of the Midwest. Andy puts in a solid 14-hour day behind the wheel, carrying us across Colorado, Nebraska and almost all of Iowa. In the van, we talk about skiing, what’s good, what’s bad, the industry, aliens, and so on. Meanwhile, Andy’s girlfriend keeps him updated on the status of his cat every few hours with photos and videos on his phone.


Van Lyfe.

Making decisions with a group is never easy. Even with just three of us in the van, it’s difficult to please everyone in the choice of music, routes, stops, and so on. I prefer to sleep outside of cities, in the country, whereas Will likes to stay closer to civilization.

I wonder aloud what it’s like with six or seven dudes packed into the van, plus all their gear, trying to decide together where and when to ski, eat, and sleep. Will and Andy say that the secret is to declare that it’s somebody’s “birthday.” Whoever’s “birthday” it is gets to make all the decisions for the day.

We all agree on our home for the night: the parking lot the Iowa 80 Truckstop, purportedly the world’s largest, but for all its endless trinkets and souvenirs, we can’t find a decent FM transmitter for music in the van. Thirteen bucks to take a shower? No thanks, I think I’ll stay dirty.


Courtesy Line Traveling Circus Instagram

Iowa 80 to Victor, NY

Day two of the flyover states. We get caught in traffic on I-80: a tanker truck carrying a load of vegetable oil has overturned, spilling its contents across both sides of the highway. After an hour of waiting, we sneak out of the jam-up and find a way around on county roads, endless cornfields streaming past on either side.

We’re starting to get to familiar territory for my two East Coast-bred companions. Will points out the exit for the Ohio town where Kyle Decker grew up, and shortly after, the town that Radio Ron of Meatheads fame is from.

An audiobook of George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” carries us the rest of the way to Victor, New York—Andy and Will’s hometown. We pull in at five in the morning and drop Will off at his parents’ house. I get the spare bedroom in the Parry household.


Andy at home. Photo: Traveling Circus Instagram

Victor, NY to Burlington, VT

In Victor the van gets an oil change, Andy and Will visit their families, and I get to try out Andy’s favorite local pizza shop. It reminds me of what people say about skiing on the East Coast-—that old ditty about how if you can ski here, you can ski anywhere. Well, if you can eat the pizza at this place, you can eat pizza anywhere. Soon enough we’re on our way again, headed for Burlington.

Along the way, Will and Andy point out all the features of their old stomping grounds—rails they’ve hit, rails they want to hit, rails they re-consider whether it’s possible to hit. We stop for pizza again.

It’s my first time in Burlington. Lake Champlain gleams in the afternoon sun as we walk through town to the Orage office, where the boys have a date to re-sign their contracts for the coming season. Mike Nick and Steve Herrick give us a warm welcome and fill us in on the details of the brand’s recent change of hands. Andy congratulates Mike Nick on the irony of his now being in control the company that bought out his own brand, Siver Cartel, back in the day.

Dinner is at Pizza Verita–yes, pizza again, but this joint features an oven imported from Europe that bakes at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and a menu that’s mostly in Italian. Yes, TC can be classy–but only when someone else is footing the bill.

After dinner, we walk through a downpour to a Burlington college flophouse that could have been used as a set for Animal House. It’s a huge, ramshackle shell of a once-grand Victorian townhouse whose current occupants seem to have been doing nothing but drinking since they moved in. The floor of the attic where Stept Productions filmer George Watts lives is sagging and ready to collapse into the room underneath at any time. It’s George’s 21st birthday, and his friends and housemates are hard at work getting him blackout drunk before heading to the bar. We hang out for a while watching the college shenanigans before heading to Steve’s place to crash.

Burlington to Montreal

In the morning we pay a visit to the Meatheads lair in Geoff McDonald’s basement, where the boys get more swag and Andy, always the charmer, crashes a remote-control helicopter into the TV.

We snag breakfast at a homey, Vermonty place outside of town with the Meatheads, where we’re confronted by two national executives of USASA who have spotted our two excessively branded vehicles in the parking lot and want to meet the famous people.


Rooster, Geoff, Andy and Will show off their excessively branded vehicles.

Farther north, we learn that “one does not simply drive into the Winooski traffic circle” from a crude Boromir print-out in the liquor store there, where we stop to stock up on inexpensive booze before the Canadian border.


Decisions, decisions.

At the border we’re waved to the side, and a pair of female Quebecois border officers start to search the van, before realizing that it’s either too messy or too smelly to make any serious effort. At the immigration counter, the officer interviewing us can’t keep a straight face when I tell him that my companions are professional skiers.

“Oh yes?” he asks, his eyes betraying fandom. “Do they have sponsors?” I list off a few – Line, Full Tilt, Bugatti. We have no further trouble.

On the other side of the border, all the signs are in French. Soon the Montreal skyline rises on the horizon. We’ve made it. Now please, get me the hell out of this van.


Stop-and-go traffic in Montreal.

At IF3, Traveling Circus was shot down in its bid for its fourth consecutive “Best Webisode” Award – the honor went instead to Switchback Entertainment’s “The Burn.” However, Andy and Will’s inconsolable anguish was assuaged by a fan who brought them poutine.


“Road to IF3″ edit by Will Wesson

Tell Everyone about Tell A Friend Tour

Please join us in helping Andy Parry raise the funds needed to make this years Tell A Friend Tour possible. Not only will your donation make the tour possible but you can also receive cool personal swag items from Andy. This years tour will have 8 stops throughout the East Coast. Check out the Tell-A-Friend Facebook page and RallyMe page below for donating and more details on this awesome event.

Let’s make Tell A Friend Tour continue for years to come!!!

Read this letter from Luke if you’re still not convinced.

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