Transworld Snowboarding

Transworld Snowboarding October 2018

TransWorld SNOWboarding inspires and motivates you to go out and ride. Delivers on everything from the best photos of the world's best riders, to product reviews, how to's, and park and resort info.

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3 min.
full circle

As a kid, growing up in Colorado, I used to visit the town I now call home during the warmer months of the year while we make these magazines. I knew that a surprising amount of the snowboard industry was based in Southern California, and my dream was to one day live in Encinitas and have one of these jobs. I told my dad this on the porch at Pannikin, where I sit typing this. During that trip, I frequented the “snowboarder’s break” up the street from here. The softest wave on the West Coast, some have called it. It suits us front foot-heavy mountain migrants well. As I paddled out, I glanced to my left and saw an unmistakable chin and chain cruising efficiently past. Fourteen-year-old me splashed up to…

1 min.

In these instances, there is an overwhelming absence of all but the present. No obligations, no expectations, no frills, no bills. Photographers freeze them to last and share. As snowboarders, we are inherently familiar with these fleeting sensations. It can be assumed that in this image Gray Thompson is consumed by the phenomenon—rooster tail billowing overhead, body elegantly contorted and delicately balanced as he propels across his canvas. For him, this moment is retained in an ever-increasing catalog of experience. The rest of us can be grateful that Silvano Zeiter was there to capture it.…

1 min.

No matter how much we plan, scenarios rarely go as such. We land where we land. Whether we match the transition, whatever it may be, is what’s important. Here we see Iikka Backstrom with a rogue popper into some variability. He might touch down in a perfect pocket or somewhere less fortunate. Iikka’s good and so too is his chance of riding away regardless, but we all tomahawk, and with each ragdoll comes a better understanding of how to stay on our feet and increased motivation to do so. Nothing’s perfect, but practice makes it so we can power through the imperfections without a plan.…

4 min.
ben bilocq’s custom campers

We may have reached peak “adventuremobile” saturation. The livable vehicle concept is ingrained in popular culture like never before, with the rich and famous and Instagram influencers readily adopting the trend. Whether it’s to truly experience all the vagabond lifestyle has to offer, sometimes it’s hard to know for sure. That said, nomadism has been an integral part of snowboarding from the beginning. There’s something about life on the road that is appealing to our kind: chasing snow with the freedom to come and go as you please. Sleeping in a camper is one thing; building it yourself is another, and Ben Bilocq has been doing both for quite some time now. His interest was piqued when he went on a spring camping trip in a big RV. “I really liked…

5 min.
move to a mountain town

At some point or another, we’ve all experienced the itch to drop everything and move to the mountains. It’s whether we scratch it that determines our reality. I chuckle when people tell me how “lucky” I am to live where I do. It’s not a matter of fate, and yes, you can do it. You just have to commit. I traded my post-college desk job for a lifeguarding gig at a YMCA to make the move. They paid me $180 a week, provided some hardly digestible meals, and a windowless room beneath a roller skating rink. While waking up to the sound of kids eating shit on skates got old, and realizing Monday’s hamburgers evolved into Friday’s mystery meat soup was rather disgusting, I wouldn’t have done it differently. There are some…

7 min.
dylan alito

What if I told you that Dylan Alito isn’t the objectionable punk you think he is? That under his greasy mop of hair, ripped flannel vest, and Coors stained t-shirt, there is another Dylan—one who defies assumptions based on his well-established reputation. Image and identity are coupled. For Dylan, this has meant a presumed character rooted in unapologetically not giving a fuck. Few have crafted a persona as polarizing and contentious in snowboarding’s modern era. But people mature—and there is often more lurking beneath one’s constructed exterior. Such is the case with Dylan. I recently found an unlikely reality underneath his thorn-studded shell. Don’t get me wrong; Dylan still has no interest in conforming to this industry’s mold, but you’d be remiss to conclude that’s where his story ends. So you tell…