Skate Team Takes Over New York City

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Skate Team Takes Over NYC

Skateboarding in New York City is Truly distinct, an experience like no other

We took Alec Majerus, Louie Lopez, Milton Martinez, Jackson Pilz, Simon Bannerot, Collin Provost and Jhanca Gonzalez to New York City to see what they could put down on some crusty east coast spots. We opted not to rent a van or any sort of automobile but rather push our way around the city and utilize the NYC public transit system to get truly immersed in the city.

Stoop squad!

Stoop squad!

The summer in New York City can be either beautiful or brutal

For our two week visit to the city it was both. The first couple days were plagued with rain, pouring down at times with little chance of letting up. Jaime Owens from Transworld Skateboarding was with us for that first week and documented the squad trying to get some skating in while dodging rain. One such moment was at the long barrier spot next to the Manhattan Bridge on Lower East Side, where Milton Martinez battled traffic to lipslide the entire thing. Not a bad start for a day we thought would probably be a wash based on the forecast.

Milton Martinez Lipslide the entire barrier! As seen in August ’19 issue of Thrasher Magazine

Jhanca Gonzalez frontside wallride
Jackson Pilz wallride yank out

Go Skateboarding Day in the city

Our time in NYC also coincided with Go Skateboarding Day so we decided to attend the events Adidas was putting on at the LES skatepark and on the rooftop of a school nearby. Jhanca and Simon walked away with a couple extra bucks in their pockets after putting down a few in the cash for tricks portion. After the contest the plywood run up to the infamous “piss hubba” was still there so Alec Majerus decided to hit it. After a battling the uneven landing for a minute he made a backside noseblunt right before the Parks Dept. came and took out the plywood.

Alec Majerus BS Noseblunt slide at the piss hubba
Simon’s Wallride shuv was a crowd pleaser at Adidas’ Go Skateboarding Day event

Simon Bannerot is a true skate rat, he doesn’t care who’s watching, he skates for himself. He cruised around the LES Skatepark all day and when it was time to move to the Adidas rooftop skate event he was leading the charge, pushing and skitching on the back of cars all the way there. Simon really liked the wallride obstacle they had on the roof and he just wanted to hit the top bricks. He wasn’t event aware there was a contest even going on until it was announced on the mic that he’d got $100 for this shuv-it he was trying in the middle of the wallride. After he pulled it, the crowd went wild and shut it down for that obstacle. Simon definitely gained some fans that day!

Milton Martinez is an absolute animal!

Milton is one of those skaters that you get scared watching sometimes. If you’re unfamiliar with his skating, he likes to go big, but most of all, likes to go FAST! When he wasn’t trying to skitch every car that he possibly could, he would be looking for a hill to bomb or the gnarliest spot to barge. At a park in Brooklyn there’s long bank with two skate stoppers that are supposed to stop you from going down them, but that didn’t stop Milton! After a quick test run, he rolled in, hopping the bars on the way down, then he kickflipped into it in 5 tries, making the little ollies over the bar and flying into the park. At the infamous Con Edison banks he was skitching a car going down a hill and pushing when he let go and absolutely blasted off of the side of the bank and over the bench. It was one of the rare times he’s claimed something he did was “sketchy”. He also did a manual down the biggest hill on the east side of Manhattan, the look on his face was priceless.

The Jerome Ave. Banks

Located deep in the Bronx, the Jerome Avenue Banks are a set of 4 staircases with banks on both sides of each staircase’s railings. Situated in between a couple large apartment buildings, the spot itself is intimidating with it’s uneven concrete and is typically littered with debris (broken glass, feces, trash, etc.) Many people use the stairs and the entire neighborhood gets curious to see what’s going down, especially the kids. Some things have been done there, but as far as doing tricks in a line, not so much. Milton set it off trying a kickflip over the first rail into the bank, ollie over the second and frontside flipping the third set. As the day got later more the crowd of onlookers grew, kids were getting out of school and people were getting home from work, making the session that much more hectic.

After a while Milton pretty much made the line and Simon wanted to step up to the spot. The last stair set is massive and the bank on the side of it is gnarly cobblestone, it was ollied into recently but no one has ever done it in a line. Simon wanted to go for all 4 over the rail into the banks and Milton wanted him to do it as well. By the third bank Simon would have so much speed that he would almost be landing too flat so he had to power slide to slow himself down. On a couple tries he was doing an ollie over the rail out of a power slide, which is insane! By this time a good sized crowd from the neighborhood was watching. When Simon did finally make it the entire neighborhood erupted with cheers and ran down the stairs to congratulate him. It was truly a magical moment.

Milton Martinez FS Flip to end the line
Simon taking down the last cobblestone bank after going over the first three

What’s up Washington Heights!

On one of the nicer days of our NYC visit we took a trip up to Washington Heights to meet Gene who runs the only skate shop uptown, Terminal Skateshop. Unlike the rest of Manhattan, Washington Heights has a lot more hills and with elevators in the subways that will take you to the top, it made for a fun day of bombing hills to get around from spot to spot. Through the skate shop, word got around the scene that we were coming uptown and a couple dozen kids cruised with us on the sessions.

The first spot was the Tyshawn bump to bar, Jackson and Simon really wanted to skate it after looking at photos of it. In real life it’s a lot bigger, respect Tyshawn! Our favorite bus driver Jarrod ‘Road Rage’ Pimental was with us that day as he lives a few hours from the city. Stoked on Jarrod’s presence and to give perspective on how huge the spot is, Simon only wanted to try a frontside 180 melon if Jarrod was standing under him. After a couple tries it worked out.

How’d that selfie angle look Road Rage?!

“I got $100 on it if you boardslide it!”

Simon boardslides an untouched rail uptown
This was Jhanca’s first kinked rail, that’s a gnarly one!

Outside of one of the subway stations there was a 8-flat-7 double set out of the park. The locals that were showing us around claimed that no one has ever done it. The kink in the middle was pretty gnarly and since it had never been grinded, it didn’t slide too well. Simon was eyeing up a boardslide to christen it and our master lensman Lannie Rhoades shouted “I got $100 on it if you boardslide it!”. Simon was down, and as the crowd gathered at the top of the rail in the park, Jhanca decided he was going to 50-50 it too. As the crowd grew there were all sorts of people watching, kids with squirt guns at the top were shooting Simon and Jhanca. After about a half an hour of trying, both of them were rolling away to cheers of passerby’s. A group of old ladies even took their time to tell Jhanca how scared they were to watch, but on how impressed they were with his talent. They even wanted to watch the footage after too!

Wear what they wore

New Music Friday | Laurent De Martin From Switzerland With Love


You asked and we listened. This past season, we got many requests for the music Team Rider Laurent De Martin used in each episode of his web series From Switzerland With Love. We reached out to LDM to snag the tracklist and compiled all the songs into his new playlist: From Switzerland With Love

If you’re interested in listening to more playlists curated by the 686 team, check out our Spotify Channel!

  

 

686 x Woodward Copper Recap with Patrick McCarthy

Woodward Copper is a paradise high in the Rocky Mountains for board sport enthusiasts. Every year, the Copper Mountain crew consistently puts together one of the best summer parks on the planet with a number of on- and off-hill activities to satisfy just about anyone. From the alpine slides, go-kart track, skatepark, and trampoline barn training facility, Copper has just about everything an athlete needs to progress in his or her abilities. This year enrollment was way up with many eager campers rolling through the program. This yearly pilgrimage for me is a way to connect with the kids and relive my days as a camper myself.

The Woodward Copper Park consists of 3 sections: a triple line that goes into a fun rail line, finishing up with a quarter pipe at the bottom. Once at the bottom, campers can hop right onto the magic carpet and coast back to the top to do it all again. The magic carpet ensures campers save their energy and put it back into their riding and progression. Each afternoon, the campers were provided with an on-hill BBQ to hydrate and re-fuel while the diggers raked out the features for the second session of the day. 

Every year, I send an invite out to the 686 team in Colorado along with anyone else who wants to make the journey. This summer the 686 crew was stacked for the week. Kyle Mack was destroying. Brett Esser brought a fire and consistency all week. Benji Farrow put a show on for the campers on just about every feature. Chase Blackwell showcased a savage bag of tricks and unbridled stoke at all times. Stephon Deifer came through and brought his high energy. Duncan Adams surprised the crew and skied the place like a bat out of hell connecting with every ski camper. Jared McDaniel brought his rail style to new heights. David Faircloth was ripping and organized a plan for how to inspire the kids to a new level. Ed Enyart came out from Utah for a taste of the park. And last but not least, our Colorado/Utah Rep Dave Graves came through with the stoke and smiles making every moment a good time. 

Big thanks go out to all the people who helped make Woodward Copper run smoothly this year. This place provided an epic experience on-hill and off-hill for our riders and all the stoked campers. Off-hill they had something for everyone to do and on-hill they had a consistent park layout – aiding everyone in their progression for the upcoming season. Needless to say, it was an amazing week in Colorado at Woodward.

 

Words: Team Manager, Patrick McCarthy

Photos: Chip Proulx (@chipproulx)

Why You Should Keep Your Season Pass Next Season.

Words: Staff Photographer, Erik Hoffman

Everyone raves about the backcountry and how they hiked this or skied that…blah blah blah. On your next ski trip just take a look from your local ski resort’s summit or any number of resort summits on your monster multi-mountain ski pass. Simply put, the backcountry is a lift-less wasteland. I mean if you don’t own a snowmobile or a helicopter you’re going to have to walk everywhere. You think I’m kidding right? It feels like sometimes I can barely carbo-load with enough 10 dollar beers from the bar to walk back to the gondola. Those who praise it are usually just your try-hard buddy with a Bear Grylls complex. Don’t listen to that guy. “It’s so beautiful”, “the snow was amazing”, “best runs of my life”. Give me a break. 

Why would you ever want to ski lines far from packed parking lots, crowded cafeterias, overpriced lift tickets and washboard ice moguls? There really isn’t anything more exhilarating than waiting in line at your favorite chairlift before they open it on a powder day. The earlier you get there the more you’ll be privileged to wait in line. Once you finally get up to the top you’ll have that glory run you were looking for. It’ll be great; probably one of the best runs of the winter and you get to share it with the thousands of people who drive up from the big city. That’s pretty exhausting stuff. Who would want to take another run after rushing, standing in line and second-hand smoking that vape Johnny was sucking on before the chair opened? At this point you’re probably all tuckered out and ready for the bar since the mountain is polished off to an icy sheen of a bowling ball since everyone had the same idea you had.

Why would you ever want to learn something new and educate yourself about snowpack when you can just ski safe groomers all day? I mean, if you’re in your mid-twenties like I am, why bother learning something completely new and unknown that can potentially help you do something that you love like ski or snowboard? Hell, it sounds like a drag to me. $10k, $20k, $50k, $100k in debt from boozing in college sounds like enough of a price to call it quits on any further education. So don’t buy that book or sign up for an avalanche course it’s a waste of time when you can just ski the resort.

And for god’s sake why would you ever want to use your own power to hike your way into some of the most remote untouched places on Earth? If you follow the right people those places will just show up in your Instagram feed anyway. Seeing a beautiful place at 1080×1080 pixels on your phone is definitely just as good as being there in person and you don’t even have to get off your ass to get there. Ahhh the wonders of modern technology. All this being said, don’t go explore and take my advice… stay inbounds and keep your season pass.

Words: Staff Photographer, Erik Hoffman

BTBounds Chile Recap with Mary Walsh

Words: 686 Women’s Program Manager, Mary Walsh

Summer is in full swing in July: hot days spent surfing, evenings grilling and chilling with friends, weekend camping trips, hikes on forested trails. The sunny season has plenty to love about it, but even when enjoying all the spoils of summertime, we still daydream of fresh snow and all-day resort laps. In pursuit of the best of both worlds, Beyond the Boundaries Women’s Snowboard Camp partners with Steep-N-Deep Powder Tours every year on a summer snowboarding adventure in Chile.

The week-long trip has been a staple in the BTBounds calendar for the past four years, offering a unique dip into winter in the middle of July. Even in the midst of winter, Chile’s climate is moderate. In Santiago, Chile’s capital and the first stop on a shred mission to the county, it’s normal to walk around in a t-shirt or light long sleeve while the mountains that line the perimeter of the city are blanketed in snow. Go a little further to the coast and wintertime surfing requires only a 3/2 wetsuit. No hood or booties needed.

Chile is an incredible country, and while it feels so far away from the US and Canada, it’s strikingly easy to get to. Take an overnight flight from the US and you arrive early morning in Santiago. For most of the summer, Chile is on the same time zone as NYC, so jet lag is practically non-existent. The food is delicious, the mountains are beautiful, dinner is always late, music and art abound, and locals are stoked to let you try to improve your Spanish. Oh, and every restaurant and bar has their own slightly different take on the pisco sour, a lemony drink made with the country’s most ubiquitous spirit, so it’s worth it to sample a few of them (plus the pisco sour is one of the best après drinks there is). The annual BTBounds x SND Tours trip centers around snowboarding as a way to experience just some of the magic of the country.

The week started off on Monday with a walking tour of Santiago. Ian Gil, the founder of Steep-N-Deep, grew up in Chile and has been guiding snowboard trips there for over a decade. His knowledge of not only the terrain and snowpack but the history and culture of Chile is deep and informative. That night, the crew was treated to their first traditional Chilean dinner. In Chile, eating dinner at 10 pm is considered early and restaurants are packed with patrons until well after midnight, even on weekdays. Every meal is a celebration of food, friends, and family, which is a wonderful way to close out each day of a snowboard trip.

On Tuesday, the crew headed to Farellones, the mountain town hub for the resorts on our itinerary: El Colorado, La Parva, Valle Nevado. As the crow flies, the distance from Santiago to the mountains is short, but in order to make your way into the rugged peaks of the Andes, you drive up a precariously exciting cliffside road that is made up only of hairpin turns as it winds uphill. It’s really nuts. In under two hours and over forty turns, we laced up our boots at El Colorado. It was bluebird and warm out—conditions were perfect for reacquainting ourselves with our snowboards.

The trails of El Colorado wrap 360 degrees around the peak the resort is situated on. In addition to all-above tree line riding, El Colorado offers sweeping views of The Andes, bathed in hazy blues like an ocean of mountains. El Colorado is also home to the locals’ favorite park. We spun laps around the entire mountain, turning down steep trails and cruising windy cat tracks. The snow at El Colorado was soft and fast; it was a perfect day. One of the additionally unique things about snowboarding in South America is the many surface lifts. Because everything is above the tree line, pomas are used in case of weather and wind. The crew of women adapted quickly to the t-bars, even though there can be a learning curve for getting used to them. First try on the poma and everyone made it up to the top! Big shout out to the crew for trusting us to navigate the surface lifts—they can for sure be a bear at first, but get easier quickly!

At the end of the day, we were treated to golden hour runs. El Colorado is open until 5pm and sunset, even in winter, is pretty late in Chile. As yellows and oranges swept across the sky, we made turns, only heading down when the lifts finally shut down for the day.

Our home for the week was Refugio Uno (also known as Casa Corona due to a generous partnership with the infamous beverage company that kept a mini-fridge stocked with Coronas and fresh limes our entire stay). Refugio Uno was one of the very first buildings constructed in Farellones and so has one of the prime spots in the town, perched high on the mountainside with a stunning, panoramic view that stretches from the snowy mountains to the right, all the way to Santiago on the left. The lodge sleeps about ten people and has a dedicated staff that takes care of everything while you’re there. (Big thanks to Macarena, the fantastic host!) It’s a cozy, mountain respite and boasts a wraparound stone patio as well as a second-floor balcony that are perfect spots to watch fiery Chilean sunsets while enjoying a glass of local red wine. Oh, there’s also a heated outdoor pool and a fire pit with lots of seating. When we arrived, filled with excitement from the day at El Colorado, but ready to kick off our boots and relax, we immediately realized that we were in the best place possible to enjoy ourselves. Even more, Refugio Uno has its own talented chef who created insane four-course meals every evening and hearty breakfasts every morning. The homemade granola was so delicious that a few of the BTBounds ladies learned how to make it in the kitchen one night so they could try to replicate the recipe back home.

On Wednesday, we hit some more switchbacks on our way to Valle Nevado, a sprawling resort adjacent to El Colorado on rider’s left. The base of Valle, featuring a lodge, hotels, restaurants, and condos, is perched at the top of a diving board-thin strip of land the falls thousands of feet on either side. It’s a wild sight to behold, beautiful and so unique. The resort is home to some of the longest trails in the area and also has an expansive backside that funnels down to the longest surface lift in the country that takes you to Tres Puntas, the highest lift-access point in all of South America. It’s a heck of a ride up to the top of the poma, but the reward is great: a stunning view of the mountains all around and a long cat track ride back to the bottom. We spent the day exploring the trails, barely crossing our own tracks as Ian showed us around the resort. We rode until the lifts closed, again—always a good feeling. Valle is the launchpad for the region’s heliskiing, as well. While this wasn’t on our agenda, it’s definitely worth checking out as some of the country’s most infamous lines and terrain are just a short helicopter ride from the resort.

Our final resort to check out during the week was La Parva—a favorite on powder days. We didn’t receive any storms this trip, but La Parva’s trails are perfect on groomer days, too. The trails are long, winding, and offer plenty of steep sections. You can cruise at La Parva and we hit another beautiful, bluebird day while we were there, so we were stoked. Midseason, when the snowpack is deep, La Parva has unparalleled access to backcountry terrain. Short hikes off of trails yield bowls, chutes, and more. Even when we ride in bounds there, we bring our backcountry gear in our packs—beacon, probe, and shovel—in case the opportunity presents itself to head out of bounds. Because the mountain is all above tree line, the lines are practically endless—there are some wide-open snowfields that hold snow long after storms. Taking cues from the BTBounds weekend camps that are freestyle-focused, we utilized the great groomer conditions to hone our euro carves, trail tricks, and slashes. La Parva’s wide trails were perfect for this. We kicked up clouds of snow, got really surfy with laybacks and while grabbing low carves and etched lines down the trails again until 5pm, taking in more stunning views along the way.

 

On Friday night, after lapping El Colorado once more until the sun started to set, we headed down the mountains and back in Santiago. We packed our snowboard gear into our board bags and headed out to get dinner in the Providencia region of Santiago. It was after 10 when we set out to eat and all around us, outdoor restaurant seating lined the streets, filled with groups dining, drinking, and socializing. The weather was mild and by Chilean standards, it was early for dinner on a Friday, The city is full of eclectic dining, but we opted for a low key, traditional Chilean restaurant with meat, seafood, and of course, pebre, a condiment made of tomatoes, onions, and spices that is served with bread.

The next morning we headed to Valparaiso, a city on the coast just under two hours away from Santiago. No trip to Chile would be complete without trying some local carménère, so we stopped at a winery for a tasting on the way. By the time we arrived in Valpo, we grabbed some empanadas and completos (hot dogs loaded with avocado, mayonnaise and more) and set off into the city on foot. Valparaiso is a creative center, known for its plentiful street art that covers the buildings, walls, stairs, sidewalks, and any other exposed surface of the hilly metropolis. The artwork is stunning; there are political murals, art that spreads love and good vibes, commissioned work, and much more, big, small, and in between. Some of Chile’s most famous painters have pieces in Valpo and seeing their work in person is so cool.

On the final day, we journeyed further up the coast to Con Con, a town known for its surf breaks. Even in winter, surfing in Chile is not too cold. We linked up with Alan at Escuela Soul Surf, grabbed wetsuits and boards and got in the water. The waves were perfect, fun for those who had some experience surfing and ideal for everyone who was surfing for the first time. Big thanks to the surf instructors, too, who helped everyone catch a few waves! 

Lots of turns in the mountains, a surf in the ocean, and lots of empanadas in between. A snowboarding trip to Chile is the perfect getaway from summer in the Northern Hemisphere, though it always goes by way too fast. Thank you to Ian Gil from Steep-N-Deep Tours for partnering with BTBounds every year to introduce crews of ripping women to The Andes! We’re already muy emocionado for the 2020 trip!

For more info, check out www.btbounds.com and www.sndtours.com.

 

Yago Dora Wins 2019 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA

Volcom Surf Team rider, Yago Dora, crowned the 2019 U.S. Open of Surfing’s Men’s champion

Heading into final day on Sunday, Brazil’s Yago Dora had his sights set on the podium. “I came out of my house with a goal to win this event and I did it.” After taking out France’s Jorgann Couzinet in the quarterfinal with and inverted frontside rotation that earned him one of the event’s highest scoring waves, a 9.27, Yago would have to take on fellow Brazilian, Alex Ribeiro. In the semifinal that saw the countrymen engaged in an air game battle, Alex almost stole the heat in the last few seconds with a 9.33, but was just shy of the 9.94 needed to beat Yago and advance to the final. In the final against Australia’s Liam O’Brien, Yago wasn’t done busting lips, nailing an air-reverse and navigating through the HB pier, this 8.6 would catapult him onto the podium.

Yago’s win at the 2019 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach launches him into the number 4 position on the QS and puts him in a good spot to secure a place on the CT in 2020.

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