Checkout the Paul Gemignani interview on buoloco.com and learn why he rocks the 12 in front and 12 in back stance.
Romain and DCP stopped by Calgary’s Royal Board Shop to spend some time with the peeps that make YES. possible. Thanks for all your support and enjoy some pics from the YES party and the premier of NowHere.
Checkout all the boys slaying it by going to iTunes and downloading your copy of Absinthe’s NowHere. As usual Absinthe Films does not disappoint for one minute with amazing shots of the best big mountain riding in the world with an awesome soundtrack to boot. This is the easiest, cheapest and most green way to own your own copy.
The wonderful TDF graces the cover of this months Snowstyle Japan magazine.
Checkout Romain, JP and Italian rider Tato during Italy’s world premier of Absinthe Film NowHere. Shop tour with JP and Tato included!
I recently took a trip to the southern part of Chile, near Osorno on a Transworld trip. My crew was The North Face snowboarders Lucas Debari and Xavier De la Rue , TWS photographer Scott Serfas, filmer JOE CO Carlino , writer Ben Gavelda , fellow rider , Canadian legend and trip organizer Shin Campos as well as 3 Argentinean guides: Jorge, Nico and Paula . Our mission was to ride the inside of a volcano, someone told us that the last time the volcano erupted was in 1982. Not bad. Although, this last year’s worldwide tectonic activity (Haitii , Chile, New Zealand ) made me wonder …what if? But, what are the odds?
We first arrived in Chile. That’s right, I flew in a plane on 9/11. Now I may seem superstitious with my last two comments but I am not at all, I’ll stare down a black cat while walking under a ladder on Friday the 13th any day, especially to go on this kind of adventure.
We jumped on horses from the valley rode them up the mountain for 2 1/2 hours, with other horses and donkeys carrying our camping gear, food, generator, gas, splitboards, boards. When we reached snowline, our horses were having a little bit of problems, one of them fell to its side and we decided it was time to give them a break say ”Gracias bueno caballo,” suck it up and unload all the gear, put it on our back and split board up to the refuge we were wanting to get to. One hour of splitboarding up the mountain with 80 pounds of gear on you for your first splitboard experience is perfect. Because after that, everything seems like a piece of cake. It was awesome, after a couple falls on my side and realizing that putting weight on your heel is the way to go. I made it up and then we rode back down and picked up more gear and food and this time, I had a head lamp on…The mission started nicely, I knew I was up for some good days …
The weather was very bad, but snowing, we decided to go down a couple more times to get the rest of the stuff. Our refuge was cool. Right at tree line, 8 bunk beds, a table, a wood stove. Good thing I had some solid ear plugs since a couple guys were snoring pretty loud, one guy was grinding it up and one other French guy one was talking in his sleep….in French. If I heard him, I would have been the only one understanding him. Good or Bad? We all had a good book and a headlamp. I slept on the top bonk away from the wall. So it was already getting extreme.
I turned 30, it’s my B-day. We wake up and the weather is half decent. We decide to move some gear up closer to the rim of the volcano. We are getting all the tents and some of the food up there. Two hours later, the weather moved in and we had to leave the stuff against a big boulder and get our first run down that thing. Totally blind but the snow was sweet. It was awesome. Lucas hit Xavier on the way down, then they both got sprayed, haha! Then I got it back. That night, I chopped some wood, We had a full on Milanos pasta dish cooked by our Italian chef Debari , we played a game of catchos, we DJ’d on Jo COs computer , we drunk wine and Pisco. It was awesome B-day! Thanks to all you guys who made that day very special. I wish my girls were here!
Chilled….chopped more wood.
We wake up its half decent again so we decide we are making the push to the rim no matter what. And here we go. We reached the rest of the gear in decent visibility, what a view from up there, it’s gorgeous, you see lakes, other volcanoes…Then we packed everything on our backs and we started splitboarding up again. Then, WHITE, can’t move, we need to hang for a while and wait, hoping for a clearing to keep going. It finally happened and we got going we couldn’t see much but we were side traversing, on splitboards, not knowing where I was going to was the weirdest feeling ever. Pretty awesome though. Then we reached the Rim, wow, we could see the inside, all the lines, only for a moment, and this moment’s gone. We then picked a spot to set up camp, had mac and cheese, read and passed out.
Thanks to THE NORTH FACE for the ”Inferno ” sleeping bag, I was hella cozy…-40 C bag…can’t go wrong. Although we had to sleep with our wet liners inside the sleeping bag and leave our shelves to ice up in the lobby of our tent. Good night! I can still hear the snoring of 4 tents away. Doesn’t matter we are on a volcano.
We wake around 7 am to the most beautiful view you have ever seen. And I actually opened up the tent door and saw Xavier about to drop in his first line. Holy smokes Lucas, wake up, lets go, Xavier is about to drop in! And it was the start of a very very very fun day of Volcano riding and splitboarding across the crater, hiking back up using an Ice axe. It was all new and fresh and we were the fortunate ones up there. Vini, Vidi, Vinci
That night we saw the storm starting to roll in so we packed the tents up and had the sickest longest run at sunset with 60 pounds of gear on my back . Holy back leg! We had a wicked dinner of sausages and the rest of the Milanos spaghetti sauce. We did it. We rode the volcano, I wished we had one or two more days in there but, hey…we got to ride POW in September. Happy BDAY David!
Chile National day, 200 year celebration, its pouring rain and the wind is howling, We decide to go down that day. We rode with so much gear to snowline…then the horses are in holiday…ho ho! We had to down hike the whole mountain with most of the gear on us… ouff…what a day. We then decided to go to Bariloche ,Argentina (3 hour drive) and go PARTY!. We celebrated Chile day in Argentina and the completion of our mission. We sent it that night! YES we love to party! Especially when there is something to party about! Nice to meet you all on that trip, it was an awesome experience and I hope to live more of these type of experience again and again.
Nik Baden gives us the lowdown and shares with us his highlights from his recent trip to New Zealand. …a little sneak peak into what the future of snowboarding has in store for the world.
This year I went to New Zealand for the 2nd year in a row. The reason I we went was because Cody Warble and I got invited to a Red Bull Performance Camp. The setup at the camp was amazing, they had an air-bag with an identical step up next to it. It was made for progression and that was exactly what I got out of it. On the first day of the camp I was getting used to the bag jump, but by the end of the day I started to try some new double corks. We all got snowmobile rides back up to the top of the in run and shredded all day. On the second day I hit the air-bag some more and hit the step up a couple of times later in the afternoon. By the third day of shredding I jumped on the air-bag once again and tried two other new double corks. Around the middle of the afternoon the air-bag got shut down so I went over to the step up with some others that were attending the camp and sessioned it till the sun went down. I did the last trick of the day at the mountain and that was an experience I will never forget.
On this crazy adventure we called a trip we also went on the highest swing in the world. It was called ‘The Nevis Arc’. On the arc you would go 70 meters of a free fall then 300 meters of an arc. Since I was so light the workers had to put 20 kilos under my butt and when I got to the bottom of the free fall I flipped upside down. When I stopped swinging I had the opportunity to look at the beautiful valley surrounding me. This was an opportunity of a lifetime and it was a great experience.
Near the end of our trip we got to go heli-boarding. It was my first time ever in a helicopter let a lone snowboarding while doing it. During this adventure we got some sick powder, hit crazy features that you can only find in the backcountry, and got some amazing pictures. We rode on glaciers the whole time as well. We ate a great lunch on a mound on top of a crazy high peak to make it just that much better. After lunch we hit an amazing wind lip and some little tricks that we always do in the terrain park but is totally different in the backcountry so they were a lot harder. Going in the helicopter through all of these crazy mountains dropping amazing peaks was one of the craziest things I have ever done.
YES. team rider Jake Koia is featured in this years Sandbox film ‘Now You Know’ and we got your New Zealand premier highlights here.
YES. old man winter is on our heels here in CO. With the first significant snowfall Wednesday night and the first snowboard premiers of the year, the Colorado shred heads were out in full-force Friday night in Beaver Creek. The event is the premier of Absinthe’s new movie NowHere. We all watched and cheered as the likes of DCP, Romain, JP and Tadashi hucked their meat and scored enough face shots to even make Jenna Jameson jealous.
All in all, Mr. Hostynek continued his snowboard film domination with his potential movie of the year and a firm statement that the YES. team is still on top of the game and pushing the limits of what is possible on a snowboard. Shout outs also have to go to the other riders in the film like Brisse, Merrill, and Debari for showing us how gnarly they can take snowboarding.
Of course, the only way to end the premier is with a limbo contest, right? The grand prize being a limited edition YES. board. After a hard fought battle, Aspen local Bree Lamson walked away with a new shred stick. After that, there is only one more thing you can do to keep the stoke, go grab a beer with the shreds, hang out and get pumped on this winter!!