Burke's Going to Alaska!!!

This video just got posted, this is so rad! My good homie and work buddy, was the first official winner of Rome's Ticket to Alaska! This is a North American wide contest, and he won for selling the most Rome gear in all of Canada and the States!! It's an all expenses paid trip to Alaska, where Rome flies you out and you spend a week shreddin and hangin with pro riders as they all come together to get some of the best terrain in the world! check out the site for more info here, Wooo!! So the other night pro Rome rider MFR (babe) and our rep Derrick, showed up at the back door with a big prize poster and confetti, and gave him the surprise of a lifetime. Beers and good times were had. It's all in the footage here.

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A big shout out to Tyler, if you've ever been in the shop I'm sure you've seen this guy, if not, next time you're in the dub give him a big high five!

Congrats again brudda! Stooooked CLASSIC WESTBEACH






Zion Snowboards: Local Quality Since 2000

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Zion Snowboards.  To many of you, that name doesn't ring any bells and some of you have heard of Zion.  A select few have had the pleasure of owning and riding a Zion and any of these guys and gals will tell you that Zion Snowboards kill it.  As a small, local company, Zion is all about putting the fun back into snowboarding without all the big business hype.  Their mission is simple.  Build quality, durable boards that let you have more good times without worrying about your equipment. A couple nights ago, I got together with Walter Froese, owner of Zion Snowboards, at JJ Bean coffee shop on Commercial Drive.Zion Walter

Sam Masih: Hey Walter, thanks for taking time to meet up tonight.  Let's jump right into this.  People are probably wondering how long Zion has been around.

Walter Froese: Hey Sam, how’s it going bro?  I started Zion Snowboards in 2000. Hard to believe, but Zion’s been making boards for 10 years!

SM: Zion wasn’t your start in the business.  You were with Option in its hayday.  How has that helped you with your own company, in terms of board quality?

WF: Option at its peak, was making the best snowboards in the world. I pretty much learned everything about snowboard quality at that factory. I ran the core department there for several years and we would be getting our cores within 3 thousands of an inch to the spec we wanted. That is about the thickness of a sheet of paper! I got a chance to see all aspects of building snowboards and it’s definitely helped me get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. Option’s also used to last forever so I got a feel for how to build boards that are tough and last longer. It sucks when boards break down too fast. It's good to break in but not to break down!

SM: What does the 2011 line up have to offer?

WF: Our new line for 2011 consists of 4 models. The Z1, LOST, WHOA MAN! and WONK. The Z1 is our top of the line model with all the features we could put into a board. It's designed to be an all mountain freestyle board. The LOST is our top park board made from top notch materials, while maintaining a mid range price point. We are using a cool material called basalt fiber under the core of the LOST. Basalt is 30% stronger than regular fiberglass, so it’s designed to take some big knocks to the base from hitting all the features in the park. The WHOA MAN! is our unisex line – good for guys and girls who want a fun and forgiving board that won’t beat you up when you make mistakes. We are also super stoked to introduce the WONK for 2011. It's basically a brand new shape that we designed with the help of George Cant at Design Cartel. George, in my opinion, is the best snowboard designer out there right now. The WONK is designed to be an all mountain jib board. The WONK is good to BONK! The board is made from super tough materials and will put a huge smile on your face and an even bigger smile on your wallet’s face.

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SM: Though you’re a local company, a lot of your team base is in Colorado.  How'd that happen? Who rides for Zion down there?

WF: Yea, we somehow ended up with a bunch of guys from Colorado on our team. I guess it's because I have some good friends down there and things just went from there. We’ve got Floyd Ralph, Josh Stock and Chris Willett riding for ZION down in Breckenridge. We used to have Eric Willett until a little while ago. Kid is one of the best riders out there these days! Just got second in slopestyle at the X Games. Unfortunately, part of the small company curse is losing guys like this when bigger brands come along an offer them more. Super stoked that we were able to help him out along the way though and hyped to see him making it in the snowboard world!

SM: What is Zion all about, at a grassroots level?  What inspires the designs for the boards?

Zion Wonk ClintWF: ZION is all about having FUN with your FRIENDS. We’re not as concerned with the coolest trick of the season as we are with having fun riding with a bunch of your friends. Hey, if you have all your 10’s, that’s great, but if someone is doing Tindys and having a great time, that’s just as great!

In terns of graphics, we have some really great people on our design team and our head designer Brandon Wilson has some really rad ideas. We do our best to try and not worry too much what other brands are doing graphic wise – we try and have our own feel to our designs as much as possible while still keeping in touch with general trends in the industry. This year, we had Cindy Kinash as a guest designer for the 2011 WHOA MAN! We have a lot of fun with the LOST series, which features a person or creature that is lost. The idea came from a guy I used to work with at Option, Travis Bothner, and we have kept it going. We have featured a polar bear on the beach, parrots in the arctic, man golfing on the moon, penguins in the dessert, a yeti on roller skates, and, for 2011, it’s a bear taking a shower in the forest. Its super fun coming up with weird graphic ideas.

SM: A big thing with you is giving back to the world in some way.  What is the POP program and how does it work?

WF: I’ve always wanted to have my company help make people’s lives better. I didn’t really know how to do that for the longest time, but then I ran into Brian McConaghy from the Ratanak Foundation. I heard him give a speech about the brutality of child slavery – especially child sex slavery. I couldn’t get that speech out of my head for about a year. Finally, I just asked myself, what am I going to do about it? I decided that I would give a portion of what ZION makes to help rescue these kids that are forced into brutal situations. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if people could help change the world while they are out having fun? So basically by snowboarding, you can make the difference in a child’s life and help rescue them from slavery. It's all about the products you choose. There are a lot of good board brands out there. Why not choose a board that’s good like the other ones, but also makes a difference in the world?  A lot of companies are pushing the “green” theme and helping out the planet. I think this is really good and we all should be a part of that – that’s a given. I think it's even better to take it a step farther and help out the people that live on the planet. That’s how the name the POP Program was born. People of the Planet. You can also check out what Ratanak is all about. As the company grows, we aim to add other causes to support as well.

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SM: Any last words?

WF: We’re doing something new this year that is pretty rad. We are releasing the 2011 snowboards early. If you order one by March 1, you will get your board by the  end of March or 1st week in April. We thought some of our customers would be stoked to be the first on the hill with 2011 product. You can check out our online shop for the details.

SM:  I'm all out of questions for you right now.  We're stoked to be able to get some of your 2011 line on the mountain in the next couple weeks for some demos.

WF: Thanks for the interview, Sam and thanks to Grouse Park – I appreciate the chance to share a bit about ZION Snowboards. Stoked on what you guys are doing at Grouse. Thanks for reading. Hope you guys are having fun out there this season – that’s what is all about.

Thanks to Hamish Baxter for getting the shots of Clinton Cameron this afternoon.

First Legit Contest Winner

I'm stoked to announce that the winner of our first online contest this season is Grouse Mountain local shred, Eric Behn. Congrats Eric, you and three buddies are going to spend a most likely rainy Sunday afternoon with a bunch of the Grouse Pro Team.  The weather may not be super hype, but I'm sure you're still stoked.  For those of you that didn't win, have no fear, we're working on a second contest dropping in just a couple weeks, so keep it locked on grousepark.com for that. In case you were wondering what the answers were, here they are.  Out of 24 entries, only 11 answered all 3 questions right.  I warned you that number 3 was going to be tricky.

  1. Chris Dufficy's big comeback part was in Forum Snowboard's True Life.  I have it on VHS if anyone of you wants to borrow it.
  2. C.R. Johnson won the 2002 US Open Big Air for skiing with a bio 1260 mute.  Everyone that entered got this one right.  I guess skiing, all around, is just too easy.  I'm joking, don't hurt me.
  3. The first resort to allow snowboarding was Suicide Six in Pomfret, Vermont, back in 1982.  A lot of you said Stratton, but the questions wasn't which major resort was the first.  Can't always trust Wikipedia!



Grousepark.com Presents: "Our First Legit Contest Ever" Contest

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I've got some pretty hyped news for you.  We're opening up a contest for all you Grousepark.com faithfuls.  The prize that you'll be dueling for will be a day on the hill for you and three buddies with the Grouse Mountain Pro Team on Sunday, January 17th, as well as a prize pack for you from our sponsors.  You could tell all your friends that you are now friends with not ONE pro, but multiple pros, thus making you the coolest cat on the block.  How do you win? It's pretty easy.  There are three questions below.  You need to send an email to contest@grousepark.com with correct answers for all three and we'll put your name into a draw.  The deadline to get your answers in is January 13th at noon.  That gives you a week.  We'll announce the winner later that night.  Please remember to mention your first and last name, as well as a telephone number that we can reach you at to set things up.  So, without further ado, here are the questions. Get Google fired up!

1. In which team snowboard film did Chris Dufficy make his comeback and what was the movie called?

2. What was the trick that won the 2002 U.S. Open Big Air (skiing) and who won it?

3. Which North American resort was the first to allow snowboarding?

Good luck! Get those entries in!

Choice Apparel Winter 2010 Product

Choice Apparel has cleared out the old and made room for the new, just in time for Christmas. Rod has a selection of 5 prints for you in 3 great colours. Also available are Choice's XL tall fits (3 feet tall), perfect to layer with your tall hoods and jackets on the hill. Made of 100% Egyptian cotton, Choice Tees are some of the most comfortable shirts available anywhere on this planet, AND they're only $30.00.  To see what all the hype is about, make your way to the online store and check everything out for yourself. I've got me one of them tall tees, time for you to do the same.  Remember kids, supporting local companies trying to make a name for themselves is the cool thing to do. Choice 2010

To Be 13 Again...

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Turning 19 means you're legal in BC.  21 means you're legal in the States. 18 means you're legal all around the world EXCEPT the States and Canada.  But, if you're younger than 13, you could have a shot at being the next K2 grom.  Remember Sean Petit?  See how he blew up?  You could be k2's next Sean Petit.  Newschoolers.com, Sean Petit and K2 Skis bring you the PG>13 contest.  It's simple. If you're younger than 13, get a video together, send it in and you could will a FULL sponsorship from K2 Skis.  Note that I said full sponsorship, just just a free pair.  You get to give your input about design and all that fun stuff.  Make your way over to Newschoolers.com and get your video in. Oh, and Sean picks the winner.  I think that's all you need to know. Now go filming.


Zion Snowboards Celebration Sale

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Just thought I'd give you a heads up on a pretty awesome softgoods (read: APPAREL!) sale going on right now. The good folks over at Zion Snowboards have sold out their entire 2010 board stock, pretty freaking rad for a local board company! To celebrate, they're having an inventory clear out apparel sale on their website. Everything in the online shop is going for 50% off the retail price.  You've got until December the 7th to get your web pages pointed to the Zion Snowboards Online Shop.  Better hurry, if you want to get the right sizes, as stock is limited and flying out the so called interactive door. Here are the details, taken straight off the Zion site.

Ok....So here's the deal - We're SOLD OUT of snowboards!!!! This is the earliest that we have ever been sold out of boards so we're celebrating with a 50% OFF ALL APPAREL SALE

All you have to do is go to http://zionsnowboards.com/ and click on Shop and fill up your cart. Enter promo code: letscelebrate This will take 50% off the total of your order!

This celebration sale will be on starting today Nov 23 and go until Dec 7. Best to order early to make sure you get what you want. We only have about 100 items left. A HUGE THANK YOU to all who ordered boards this season - Hope you have the best season ever!

Thanks again everyone for the support - you guys are rad!!!

Walter - ZION Snowboards

Go shoopping! Sam

Random Happenings

Hey All, I will now be interning with Alterna Films so the content on here will be more frequent and fun!  Just on a side note, Alterna is having a sale on some of their camera gear, there is a chance for some awesome package deals for some of the best gear you can get!  They will also throw in some free DVD's, if anyone is interested, send me an email to charlie@grousepark.com.  

A new PYP edit will be on here ASAP, it is done, just needs to be uploaded to the internet.  We are also going to do a complete overhaul of the old PYP site so that will be sick.  PYP goes to Mt. Hood in t-minus 17 days, so get ready to get rocked! Just kidding, but no seriously, there will be some awesome content that you wouldn't be able to see anywhere else, funny stuff coming folks!



Free Showdown Wallpaper Shots from Grouse Mountain

Hey Errbody! I have some goodies from Mr. Bryant Bell of Bryant Bell Photo, not only is he a film/editing wiz with Alterna, he also kills it on the photo side as well. 

Here are some free pics that he took at the Quiksilver Showdown Over the City that work very well as desktops on your computer. 

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Big thanks to Bryant for sharing these sick pics and more to come... make sure to also check out Alterna's Blog as well as aspectfilms.ca, and YOUTHofTODAY.ca!!!