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The Big Weeeiners: 2014 Dick’s Ditch Banked Slalom

The Jackson Hole Dick’s Ditch Banked Slalom is not for the faint of heart. From gaps and rollers to chundery jumps, this race, in its 16th year, is an impressive testament of a rider’s brawn and stamina.

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Yeah, ladies!

You’re laying your eyes on the snow ninjas who crushed the pro women’s division.

First place: Halina Boyd, Jackson Hole, WY (This is her second consecutive first place win.)

Second place: Amber Nelson of Idaho Falls, ID

Third place: Lynn Neil, Jackson Hole, WY

 

And what about the fellas?

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Pro men’s podium:

First place: Chase Josey, Sun Valley, ID

Second place: Rob Kingwill, Jackson Hole, WY (That’s a second place for Kinger for the second year in a row; he’s no stranger to the first place position on that podium, too.)

Third place: Cam FitzPatrick, Jackson Hole, WY

See all the results here.

When You’re Far From Home

After two days of relentless snowfall, we awoke to clear skies over the Cerro Catedral Mountain Range in Bariloche, Argentina. The crew consisted of guide Andrew Berns, Cam FitzPatrick, Chase Josey, Chris Poe, Galen Knowles, my brothers Jack Hessler and Brolin Mawejje, and me. Our mission in South America was to capture the highest level of snowboarding possible for our upcoming documentary Far From Home.

Blake Paul and Alex Yoder GO! on the Road for New Shred Flick

This past winter Lucas Debari set out to make a one-of-a-kind snowboard video. Something that broke loose from normal procedure, something that would shed a new light on freeride snowboard films. He invited Alex Yoder, Kael Martin, and me as riders, Sam Tuor as director, and we all set out on a new trajectory. Following in the footsteps of Craig Kelly and the Mt. Baker Hard Core,

Back in the Day? No Way

I never want to see another hard-boot snowboarder. I never want to duct tape and zip-tie my bindings back together every third run. I never want to go back to trying every trick in the book to make my boots not feel like miniature iron maidens. I certainly don’t want to go back to the days of Grateful Dead jams in every tram ride… wait… I guess that one still happens. Anyway, I say let’s move on to the future. Join me and let’s embrace this new culture of twerking, obnoxiously colored outfits, fast lifts, stash parks, and hot babes. Your “back in the day,” can stay that way.

Place a Bet on Boyd

Something strange was in the air during the pro-women’s portion of Dick’s Ditch last winter. The women competitors just weren’t acting like, well, competitors. High fives were gleefully thrown around, sincere words of encouragement were spoken and copious smiles exchanged. Some of the contestants might tell you first place winner Halina Boyd helped brighten the scene. The aspiring pro-snowboarder, often spotted sending it in a maniacal fashion off Kicker Cliffs, possesses none of the traits that have stigmatized more than a few JH women riders. Ladies, I know you know the type.

Dropping Next: Jack Wiley

In today’s state of snowboarding it takes a certain combination of hard work, personality and balls to stand out from the crowd. Especially in Jackson Hole, home turf for riders like Rice, Iguchi, Kingwill, Carter, Rodosky, Yoder, Paul, FitzPatrick and Hessler. Tricks once reserved for well-maintained park kickers are finding homes in the most unexpected backcountry and urban locales. Lines once considered unrideable are bagged regularly. For the up-and-coming shredder, the path to greatness is an increasingly insane pursuit. Creativity and style coupled with a massive amount of dedication now play a bigger role than ever in getting recognized, and this is exactly why Jack “Wildcat” Wiley is dropping next.

Stealth Ninja Mode

Thanks to some very productive mid-season backcountry trips in Jackson Hole with Volcom team rider Bryan Iguchi by my side, I’m on-call whenever JH condition line up. Once I get the report from The Guch, I get in my vehicle and blast up same day from SLC, ready for an early start the following morning. This formula was standard last winter.