Burton young gun Keegan Valaika has been on the radar for quite some time now, and our inaugural issue for Volume 22 represents a benchmark in the Laguna Beach native’s career, with his first SNOWBOARDER cover. Always one to seek out the odd within the landscape, Valaika consistently finds a way to get the shot. Well Keegs, congratulations. It certainly pays off. Keep up the good work.
Up For Grabs
Since turning pro at the turn of the new millennium Big Bear’s Hana “Chyna” Beaman has been a positive force in the progression of women’s riding, first as a perennial podium finisher in events like the X Games, US Open and Sims World Championships and later as the alpha female in the Misschief, Grenade and Runway film crews.
DC Down Under
Head south with the DC pro and am squads as they split the globe and ride Chile and Australia. Lauri Heiskari, Iikka Backstrom, Devun Walsh, Andrew Geeves, Kimmy Fasani, Aaron Biittner, Chas Guldemond, Torstein Horgmo and others explore the pros and cons of pro and amateur status. Exactly what is in a name?
Norquay Super Session
We head north to Norquay, Canada to put on a mega-session of sorts with some of the biggest names in an even bigger country. Dustin Craven, Andrew Hardingham, Sebastien Toutant, Scotty Shaw and many more go head-to-head with some massive features.
All aboard! Rider/writer Blair Habenicht hops on a train and travels Europe, meeting up with some of his Volcom teammates at their home hills along the way. Follow along as Blair, Iouri Podladtchikov, Markus Keller, Cheryl Maas and more go loco(motive).
David Benedek reports on the state of snowboarding with the one and only Jake Burton.
Fresh & Tracked
Don’t call it a comeback. Jed Bradford Anderson has been here for years, and once again, he’s in the spotlight as arguably the most talented rail rider on the planet.
With Higher Learning, SNOWBOARDER is bringing our readers an uncommon array of tricks that each have the distinction of appearing harder to do than they actually are. This month’s move–the switch method–is no different.
“Sarka Pancochova is the best overall female rider in the world today.” – Pat Bridges
In this month’s installment of Sicktionary, we wanted to give you a quick dose of the Canadian dialect. Read up. You might learn a thing or two, eh?
Rhode Island super shop Civil is the brainchild board retailer of Guido Silvestri and Rob Asselin. In 2007, Guido and Rob saw a need for a true snow and skae shop in lil’ Rhodey, and with their combined experience in those respected industries, they birthed a boutique in the smallest state in the Union.