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Transworld Snowboarding

Transworld Snowboarding

December 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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13 min
twsnow 2018 powder board review

Nestled in the British Columbia backcountry is a place called Baldface Lodge. Accessible in the winter only by helicopter—or a combination of boat and snowcat when there are too many flakes falling to fly—it is a powder paradise unlike anywhere in the world. We showed up here to a fresh meter and a storm that piled up deeper and deeper, during the days it took to assess the 14 boards to follow. Contained in the coming pages are remarks on the performance of these pow-oriented shapes. Reviewing powder boards: It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. ARBOR CASK MSRP: $500 Sizes: 145, 150 The Cask is a new shape from Arbor based on the notion that there is more than one way to achieve float. In the Cask’s case, surface area—which…

2 min
do something or do something else

Call me crazy, but I took a semester off college to peel stickers in the name of working in “the industry.” Why? Because snowboarding is the single greatest thing that exists on this planet. It is for this reason that I have never once questioned this decision and, to be honest, would do much worse things than tediously deal with sheets of vinyl if it meant another chance at looking into Travis Rice’s fiery eyes. But I’ve got to say, lately I’m feeling confused. After two straight weeks of picking up trash at industry events and premiere tours—a welcomed break from dealing peeling vinyl—I relentlessly overheard Industry higher-ups grumbling about how snowboarding “used to be.” Goddammit, some of these people were flat out saying “snowboarding is dead.” Guys, don’t you see? The…

9 min
s.t.o.m.p summit

This past spring, TransWorld SNOWboarding hosted the inaugural STOMP Summit. With Aspen Snowmass as the venue, STOMP set out to provide an engaging platform for brands, retailers, and media to interact, offering each the opportunity to experience and understand this season’s most sought after gear firsthand, on the mountain. Each issue in this volume of magazines features products from a selected set of attending brands, every item within having received its chance to shine on-hill, as we took over one of the world’s most iconic resorts. adidas Snowboarding has created a compact and curated collection of boots and outerwear that focus on quality, performance and style.on quality, performance and style, designed in collaboration with team riders to ensure leading aesthetic rooted in function. TACTICAL ADV Borrowing lines from military issue boots, the adidas…

3 min

ANON INVERT $120 Thanks to a low-profile design combined with a deep and cozy fit, the Invert stood out as one of the most comfortable helmets in the test. While it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of its counterparts—no Boa fit system incorporated here—the Invert still possesses an ability to conform to any size dome and goggles thanks to its Auto-Adjust Fit System and easily removable earpads. The incorporation of a magnetic-assisted buckle also resulted in one of the most convenient helmets to take on and off, meaning you can keep those gloves on when it’s frigid. RAD: Magnetic buckle can be opened or closed with one hand, even with gloves. BAD: Would be nice to see a Boa system incorporated. SANDBOX LEGEND APEX $125 No one wants to look like a…

6 min
ride’s michael chilton

There never has been a right or wrong way to snowboard. It’s what makes the act of laying down a turn for one as liberating as sliding down a rusty handrail for another. Born of the counterculture that is surfing and skateboarding, snowboarding has always been a way for us to approach our passion in individual ways, many of which stray from the norm. But there’s no denying that snowboarding is also a business. For the people behind the products, there are margins to hit and mathematical equations to consider. While there may be no direct rulebook on how to go about designing and selling snowboards, there are formulas involved. Michael Chilton is well-versed in these formulas, but it hasn’t prevented him from approaching his craft with an unorthodox spirit. As the snowboard…

21 min
dope how competitive pressure

Has a snowboarder ever doped at the Olympics? The answer is yes. At snowboarding’s 1998 Olympic debut in Japan, Canadian Ross Rebagliati, the parallel giant slalom (PGS) racer and first-ever snowboard gold medalist tested positive for marijuana. When he was stripped of his medal, he pulled a Clinton: “I didn’t inhale.” The International Olympic Committee (IOC) realized cannabis wasn’t on the banned list, and Rebagliati was given his medal back. He then used the publicity to set up Rebagliati Gold, a medical marujana business in Canada. For snowboarding though, it was a poetic middle finger to the IOC and the International Ski Federation (FIS) who many believed had hijacked the sport and were praying for a minimum of fuss as they smuggled it into the games. This dinner party anecdote is,…