Danny Davis and the Grateful Livin

Grateful Dead and Danny Davis

Thank god I heave Deadhead friends who post this stuff on Facebook.

Do you find a crossover between the Grateful Dead lifestyle and the boarding lifestyle?
For sure! Like I said earlier, all kinds of people meet because of their love for a certain thing. I have met a lot of cool people I wouldn’t have met just because I love snowboarding, and they do too. There are some weird folks who love snowboarding. Just like there are some strange people who love the Dead. People would travel all over the country and world to see the Dead just as people travel all over the country and world for good snow and to shred deep pow. I suppose you could compare some folk’s love for Jerry, like some folks love for deep powder.


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Danny Davis and the Grateful Livin

Danny Davis and the Grateful Livin

Disclosure: In full honestly, I do love the album American Beauty.

Travis Rice Behind the Ad

The Unique Oddities of Travis Rice

OK, not so unique but that’s a great sound bite. Regardless of good audio nuggets Travis Rice does a pretty good job of ensuring the snowboarding and non-snowboarding world walks around with their jaws dragging on the floor. One of the nice.r things is to see a guy who can haul ass like that down a mountain is given the green light to go places, film stuff and keep going back for more. I’m sure it’s to fill some deep burning passion he has for shredding or maybe it’s something else but all I care about is that it makes me want to get out and ride. Big or small terrain watching this stuff makes you want to go.

Is it a commercial for Quiksilver?

Sure is.

Do I care?

Not at all, I like the riding and their gear has been historically solid.

Plus you get more rad stuff like this

Art of Flight part from santiago moran on Vimeo.

Devun Walsh on Now

NOW Binders

I have no clue what these ride like but new concepts are good. Flow was laughed and pointed at for awhile but if you stick with it and keep innovating the idea presents itself in the right way. Would love to see how and if they provide a functional advantage on a board.

Oh yeah and they got this guy Devun Walsh in with the company now as well.

Devun Walsh on Now

Devun Walsh on Now

– Backcountry pioneer Devun Walsh has been riding the NOW IPO since day one –

WHISTLER, BC – October 9, 2012 – There are very few in the snowboard game who have earned such universal respect and status as Devun Walsh. One of the biggest names in the industry, Walsh has over 40 banger video parts to his credit filled with choker-deep powder, the biggest and baddest natural terrain, and ageless style. As king of the Whistler backcountry, Devun’s smooth style and uncanny ability to make snowboarding look fun in an age of huck and spin video-antics has made him a legend.

A backcountry rider with a skateboard-influenced style, Devun Walsh has partnered with infamous Wildcats member and long-time friend JF Pelchat by signing a deal with NOW Snowboarding which positions Walsh as a shareholder within the innovative new binding company.

“Devun is one of the most influential riders in the industry and we’re thrilled to have him on NOW,” comments JF Pelchat, inventor and founder of NOW Snowboarding. “Dev has been riding the binding since day one and has been instrumental in testing it, improving on it, and making it what it is today.”

NOW Snowboarding came to life in Pelchat’s garage six years ago when he started tweaking traditional bindings with technology borrowed from the world of skateboarding. Built around the NOW IPO hanger, the world’s first skate-influenced binding has a kingpin and bushings leveraging riders’ energy to create a smoother and more powerful ride while considerably reducing on-snow chatter and foot fatigue.

“I love the feel and control of the binding,” explains Walsh. “‎I’ve always been someone who rides a super tight binding with a big high back for control but it always hindered my tweak ability. NOW bindings have so much control that I can ride them loose and with smaller backs, it’s the best.”

With the NOW IPO hitting stores across Canada and the US and winter right around the corner, NOW is excited to have Walsh do what he does best: continue to creatively pioneer the backcountry and document the magic, so we can all be continually inspired to shred.

Make sure to check out Devun Walsh along with his DC teammates in the new DC Snow film titled Must Be Nice, releasing today, Tuesday October 09, 2012 at 11 am PST.

Welcome to the team, Dev!

How to be PRO snowboard blogger in 5 easy steps

Often (like may be once or twice) I get asked: “Hoon, how can I be a super kewl snowboard blogger like you?

Well Joey, it takes a lot of hard work, dedication, journalism school and a real passion for snowboarding. Okay, okay, okay. You got me. It really doesn’t take any of that stuff, and I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s super easy, easier than Facebook, and even your grandmother can be a super PRO snowboarder blogger with our step-by-step guide. Follow these five easy steps and watch the free schwag, lift tickets and pro-ho’s rain down on you like you’re at da club.

Step 1: Go to the interweb and find a domain name. Sites like godaddy.com will help you select an appropriate, open name for your super rad site-to-be. Make sure that your blog name includes words like snow, boarder, pro, shred, rad, snowboard slang, some weird strange name, your location or a snowboard trick. I suggest radsnowprobloggerfang.com

Step 2: Set up a PO Box in a cool, snowboard town like Breckenridge, Park City or Mountain Creek. You gotta make sure that the snowboard companies know you’re the real deal. Begin to email and facespace snowboard and outdoor companies. Only call yourself by your blog name, Radsnowprobloggerfang, and demand free gear because you are the most bad-ass, super know-it-all with more snowboard techno-knowledge than Chris Doyle, Mike Olsen and Sherman Poppen combined! Important: if you don’t know who Sherman Poppen is, just skip to step 4. Because these companies have warehouses of stuff, they will immediately comply with daily deliveries.

Step 3: Write a vapid, meaningless review (see below for a sample) which only offers glowing positives and only really explains how awesome Radsnowproblogger.com is. Consider including pictures of snowboard gear that won’t be released for 3 years that you found on some other blogger’s site.

Step 4: Promote yourself all over Facespace, Twitsquare, and all the other social networking, media, 2.0 websites. Friend everybody. Very important: Under no circumstances do you make physical contact with anyone who is not a Director of Marketing, Professional Snowboarder or CEO of a company. Make sure to bring three cameras to get the right shots.

Step 5: Repeat Steps 2 – 4 on a daily or weekly basis through the winter. Consider broadening your reach/depth with “reviews” on skate, surf and other action sport-related stuff.

Sample Article:
Instructions: Simply replace the italicized, bracketed text with your own words and repost to your super-awesome blog.
Yesterday, I received some super [snowboard slang superlative] [snowboard gear item] from [company name]. I was super [snowboard slang superlative] and honored that [company name] would send me something to try out.

I tried the [snowboard gear item] [triple-digits] times at [super kick-ass snowboard mountain] in [super hard-core] conditions. This was the most [snowboard slang superlative] [snowboard gear item] that I have ever tried. I really love the [snowboard slang superlative] [nonsensical snowboard technology term] and how it [snowboard trick slang] on [super stealth backcountry trail name].

Big props to [name drop company executive’s name] for letting me try this truly [snowboard slang superlative] game-changing [snowboard gear item].