Mike Ranquet on Are the Olympics positive for Snowboarding?



Snowboarding is a sport at the Winter Olympic Games. It was first included in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Snowboarding was one of five new sports or disciplines added to the Winter Olympic program between 1992 and 2002, and was the only one not to have been a previous medal or demonstration event. In 1998, four events, two for men and two for women, were held in two specialities: the giant slalom, a downhill event similar to giant slalom skiing; and the half-pipe, in which competitors perform tricks while going from one side of a semi-circular ditch to the other.Canadian Ross Rebagliati won the men’s giant slalom and became the first athlete to win a gold medal in snowboarding. Rebagliati was briefly stripped of his medal by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after testing positive for marijuana. However, the IOC’s decision was reverted following an appeal from the Canadian Olympic Association. For the 2002 Winter Olympics, giant slalom was expanded to add head-to-head racing and was renamed parallel giant slalom.In 2006, a third event, the snowboard cross, was held for the first time. In this event, competitors race against each other down a course with jumps, beams and other obstacles. On July 11, 2011, the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board approved the addition of Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle to the Winter Olympics roster of events, effective in 2014. The decision was announced via press conference from the IOC’s meeting in Durban, South Africa. A fifth event, parallel slalom, will be contested starting in 2014.
Six athletes have won two medals. Philipp Schoch of Switzerland, Shaun White and Seth Wescott of the United States are the only double gold medalists.Karine Ruby of France and Americans Ross Powers and Danny Kass also won two medals. In the men’s half-pipe event, American snowboarders have collected six of nine possible medals, achieving a unique medal sweep in 2002. The United States won a total of 22 medals, more than any other nation. The Americans and the Swiss collected five gold medals each. As of the 2006 Winter Olympics, 42 medals (14 of each color) have been awarded since 1998, and have been won by 38 snowboarders from 11 National Olympic Committees.

Evisen Welcomes Seimi Miyahara

One of the most outstanding parts in the TBPR video Lenz II belongs to Seimi Miyahara. We are honored to announce Seimi as the newest team rider on Evisen. Peep the video and find out why…


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3 Movies for the Deep Freeze


It is currently -6° F in Minneapolis right now and going to hit -26° by midnight (-50 windchill. Which begs the question: why do I live here?). School is cancelled tomorrow and I suspect a lot of offices will be closed.

I recently spent a Sunday watching art and design documentaries and thought all my snow- and cold-bound people might might dig ’em. A much better way to kill an afternoon than frostbite. Here’s what I watched:

Gerhard Richter Painting

(2011, 87 minutes)

I have been evangelizing this movie hard since watching it. Even if you’re not a fan of the German master’s work you need to check it out for a visual blueprint of how to be a professional. Richter was 78 when this was made and a couple of things are clear: he works harder than you, he takes his work more seriously than you do, and he understands that the point of a livelihood is to do the work for its own sake not for fame or money.

The movie is shot as Richter battles a handful of large abstract canvasses for an upcoming show and its a special experience to watch his methodical and patient approach to painting.

I was inspired to write this  after viewing.

Watch online: Netflix

Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect & The Painter

(2011, 85 minutes)

The Eames are like air. Or Picasso. Its easy to forget just how much they did and achieved because you take them for granted (or I do, at least). This American Masters documentary paints a broad picture of how they worked, the attribution and credit controversies, and their personal issues (without scandalizing). Watch this and see if you’re not immediately thinking about making a movie from some random stuff in your house.

Watch online: PBS.

How To Make A Book With Steidl

(2010, 88 minutes)

A fascinating look at the life and times of Gerhard Steidl, the man behind German photo-book publisher Steidl. He’s a manic ball of energy and the filmmakers follow him around the globe for proofing and check-ins with Ed Ruscha, Jeff Wall, Helmut Lang, Robert Frank and others. Actually, that sounds sexier than it is. Steidl hates travel but believes in face-to-face communication so he packs multiple bi-coastal meetings into a weekend so he can be back in Germany for months straight.

It can seem like he does everything the hard way but Steidl is one of the most successful art book publishers in the world and provides a lesson worth remembering—pursue projects you believe in and do them right. Not conveniently, not cost-efficiently but right. Watching this movie I was reminded of Ian Mackaye and Dischord Records—the counter-intuitive and the difficult are often rewarded by markets.

Make sure you watch the bonus footage for a discussion of my favorite typeface of all time—Akzidenz Grotesk and a very transparent interview about the publishing industry.

Watch online: Netflix


If you’ve got any good recommendations for art documentaries, leave them in the comments.

Namdev Hardisty is designer, educator, writer and co-founder of The MVA Studio in Minneapolis.

Grant Taylor Video Part

Modus Bearings rider Grant Taylor shuts down the rumor mill by dropping this amazing video part to announce he now proudly skates for Anti Hero. Congrats, GRANTIHERO!

Passport Welcomes Billy McFeely


New York concrete terrorizor Billy McFeely brings that `Merican ish to Pass~Port. If you’re in the area, stop by KCDC or LABOR to get the latest wooden product from Passport. Welcome to the family, Mcfeely.

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