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Who is Hot Possie?

July 7th, 2014 - Posted by danbrown in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News, Ski Artists & Designers


Meet Jon Hartman


Jon Hartman cannot whistle. Jon Hartman has never met a burrito he did not like. Jon Hartman loves whiskey, his wife and metal. Jon Hartman is one of the recent additions to the Line Skis team. Welcome.

Jon made the trek up the I70 corridor to join Will, Erik & Garrett for the LINE takeover at Woodward Copper earlier this summer:

Jon Hartman is also a graphic artist.

“In those brief and elusive times when I’m neither skiing, drinking, nor wreaking general havoc…I’m arting. Inspired by my fuller-time hobbies, outlined above, I illustrate those things that alter perspective….and somehow this is also my job. Enjoy some of my recent work, and check out more at iheartwunderwerkz.com.” - Jon Hartman

Line Week at Woodward Copper Video Recap

July 1st, 2014 - Posted by newgard in Event Coverage, LINE Skis News, LINE Team News


Line Week video recap from Woodward at Copper


MC’s Will Wesson, Garrett Russell, Erik Olson and Jon Hartman spent the week skiing with over 60 campers @woodwardcopper

There is still time to get yourself to camp this summer, so get off your couch and go skiing

 


 

Crans-Montana Spring Session 2014 – Recap

May 12th, 2014 - Posted by danbrown in Event Coverage, LINE Skis News, LINE Team News


Crans-Montana Spring Session 2014 – Recap


Will Wesson and Sämi Ortlieb headed to the Crans Montana Spring Session this past month for more fun in the snow. As translated from the original post on Zapiks: “Here is the final edit of the first Crans-Montana Spring Session. After a month of good weather, summer temperatures, winter decided to make his return for the Spring Session. But it will not stop the riders coming shredder slopestyle banked established by our shapers!”


For your spring sessions, check out the Foundation hoodie & the Chronic!

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Mammoth Fish & Jibs

May 9th, 2014 - Posted by danbrown in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News


Mammoth Fish & Jibs


Garrett Russell, Will Wesson & Cole Drexler spent some time in the sun in Mammoth Lakes, California recently. Check out their cameo in the recently released Visit Mammoth edit!

“Why fish or jib when you can have both? Garrett Russell is an avid angler and certainly knows his way around a terrain park. And, spring-time at Mammoth is a great time to multi-task… Jib, hike, ski, bike, shred, skate, kayak… all in the same day!

Also, spring-time is a great time in Mammoth for sightings of the LINE Traveling Circus bus… and crew. Yes, the circus is in town! This past week Will Wesson and Cole Drexler reunited with Garrett Russell, Bernie Rosow and Alex Dorszynski for some good ol’ slush slashing, steel slapping good times.

Shot entirely with one little GoPro.” – Mammoth Lakes


Garrett & Will were riding the new 2015 Chronic. Cole was riding the 2015 Blend. Get in touch with your local ski shop and demand them in your shop!

 

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LINE Goes to Camp!

May 4th, 2014 - Posted by danbrown in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News

LINE goes to camp!


LINE Goes To Camp!


Pack your bags because we’re heading to SUMMER CAMP!

Join LINE SKIS athletes this summer at the top three destinations for post season skiing! Ski with your favorite athletes like LJ Strenio, Cole Drexler, Garrett Russell, Rob Heule and Will Wesson at Woodward at Copper, Camp of Champions and Windells. Don’t let your wizard tricks get rusty!

Sign up now for the following dates!

Woodward at Copper || June 15th – June 21st

Camp of Chamions || July 13th – July 20th

Windells || July 21st – July 27th

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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Check out the photos from Will Wesson, Shane McFalls & Tatsuya Tayagaki!

 

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

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