Nibbles & Bits
July 17th, 2014

A new backcountry device that you’ll want in your pack next season

Thanks to the folks at goTenna, there’s a new backcountry device in town. The communication tool pairs with iPhone or Android devices via bluetoothLE and enables users to send and receive text messages (160 characters or less) and share GPS locations, all without utilizing cell reception. Depending on interference from terrain, the small device allows for users to communicate up to 50 miles apart and provides a “shout” message that will send to all users within range in an emergency. The goTenna product is re-chargeable via a USB cable, weather resistant and easily attachable to other gear. The kicker? You get two of these bad boys for the small price of $150. At such a small cost, the goTenna is incredibly affordable, compact and crucial in case of an emergency situation. For more info, visit gotenna.com

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July 16th, 2014

Enjoy an array of action snow-sport photos from the ESPY awards

It was quite a night for action snow-sports at the ESPY awards this evening. Freeskiing’s own Joss Christensen and David Wise were nominated for “Best Male Olympian” alongside snowboarding’s Olympic gold medalist, Sage Kotsenburg. Olympic champ’ Maddie Bowman was nominated for “Best Female Olympian” along with snowboarding’s Jamie Anderson and Kaitlyn Farrington; Anderson was also nominated for “Best Female Action Sports Athlete.” Cool-boarders Kotsenburg and Anderson ended up taking home ESPYs for Best Male Olympian and Best Female Action Sports Athlete, but as far as I’m concerned, all in attendance were winners. I mean, even Drake aka “Drizzy” turned out to be a much better host than anticipated. Congrats to all of the athletes representing action-snow tonight—you did us proud. Enjoy an array of ESPY pics from the Red Carpet and beyond, below.


July 16th, 2014

Don’t miss out on DPS Skis’ Dreamtime summer event

DPS skis’ Dreamtime event allows for skiers to purchase 2014/15 products at a mega discount. For a limited time, take advantage of sick deals on special edition skis and shaping creations from the Powderworks lab, as well as shipping, mounting, and gift specials. The Dreamtime event will be offered now until August 1, 2014 on dpsskis.com and through select dealers. So make sure to jump on the discount quickly to ensure you get awesome DPS products at a one-time price. For more info, click here.

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Related: APO skis set to relocate to the Rocky Mountain range


July 16th, 2014

Rory Bushfield is winning this summer, big time

Seriously. Bushy, you’re an animal. Sky diving into Momentum Camps’ lane on the Horstman Glacier, dropping care packages from the plane, backflipping up a storm… Way to crush it to the max. Keep up the good work.


July 16th, 2014

Øystein Bråten joins team Red Bull; watch this sick-ass triple cork

Norwegian Øystein Bråten has joined the Red Bull program. The soon-to-be 19-year-old has been on the come-up for the past few seasons, mixing insane technicality with super-fluid style. FREESKIER extends big congratulations to all parties involved on the new partnership. In honor of the news, Field Productions dropped this bomb on Instagram:

To keep up with Bråten, be sure to follow him on Instagram.


July 10th, 2014

Candide’s “Few Words” is available online; get it here

In case you weren’t aware, Candide Thovex’s 2012 documentary Few Words is available for immediate download online. This isn’t a new thing. It’s been available since 2012. If you are one of the few skiers who doesn’t own this movie, you can buy it on iTunes, by following this link.

Related: Watch badass GoPro footage of Candide Thovex shredding his home resort


July 9th, 2014

APO skis set to relocate to the Rocky Mountain range

The ski and snowboard brand APO has announced that it will officially be relocating it’s headquarters to Denver, CO. APO has decided to make the move to the “Mile High City” in an effort to be more centrally located to the Rocky Mountain Range and more accessible for APO athletes Sammy Carlson, 2014 Snowboard Slopestyle Olympic Gold Medalist Sage Kotsenberg and company, while working closely with its US media partners. The gang here at FREESKIER is surely excited to hear this news, as product developments and APO news will now be based locally in Colorado. For more info on the move, see the press release provided by our friends at APO below.

Press Release, APO:

APO is excited to announce it will be centralizing it’s US headquarters to Denver this month. The move reflects Snowide’s commitment to the US market and allows the group to operate inside of a snowsports industry hotbed with APO continuing to offer a full range of skis, snowboards, and technical outerwear.

Cedric LeCordoch, APO’s Global Marketing Manager stated, “Moving to Denver will create a synergy within the US market for APO as all of our sales and marketing associates will be in one location. This move will also allow us to work closely with our US media partners to further enhance the APO brand image.”

Denver’s close proximity to numerous world-class ski resorts will be advantageous for APO, allowing for easy product testing and content generation. The group’s US sales headquarters will be located in the Battery 621 building, which already houses several other action sports brands. The office will feature a full product showroom, allowing buyers to see the group’s full product offers and developments. In addition, Big Fish Media Group will continue to handle all PR activity out of it’s Denver office.

“A US headquarters in Denver will make it possible for us to spend more time with our partners at Sales Guys Inc. where we will focus on creating strong relationships with our specialty retailers and buying groups,” said APO’s Director of Sales Yann Zaccaro.

APO’s riders will now be able to visit the office en route to the mountains in one easy trip to the “Mile High City.” Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg, Sammy Carlson, Kai Mahler, Eero Niemela, and Spencer O’Brien are some of the APO athletes and product testers that will enjoy the close proximity to the heart of the Rocky Mountains.


July 3rd, 2014

Think you could get up after a slam like this?

Twelve-year-olds can bounce back from pretty much anything. These kids definitely throw down, but they also slam really, really hard. Think you’d be able to get up after a yard sale like this one from Tahoe youngster Cody LaPlante?

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Related: Twelve-year-old Cody LaPlante goes huge, slams hard in season edit


July 2nd, 2014

High Fives and POC host Instagram contest, give away sweet gear

The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation has announced that it will host an Instagram contest promoting its new documentary “#KnowYourPark,” a film created to generate awareness and safety within terrain parks. Prize packages from POC Sports, including a POC Fornix Helmet, POC Lid Goggles and a POC Spine VPD 2.0 Back Protector will be awarded to a select participant of the contest.

The rules are simple. All you have to do is post a photo via your personal Instagram that illustrates one of the five points displayed within the film (conditions, features, progression, protection, and etiquette). Be sure to tag @hi5sfoundation, @pocsports and use the hashtag #KnowYourPark. For more information, see the press release from the High Fives Foundation, below.

Press Release, High Fives Foundation:

Today the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation launched its #KnowYourPark Instagram photo and video contest. The social media contest is designed to encourage winter action sports enthusiasts to promote and share their personal photos and videos on Instagram demonstrating safety in ski and snowboard resort terrain parks. The goal of the contest is to engage snow sports lovers and generate excitement for and interest in the Foundation’s B.A.S.I.C.S. #KnowYourPark documentary that will be released worldwide on Thursday, October 16 in Truckee, Calif.

#KnowYourPark is the fourth educational documentary High Fives has produced through its B.A.S.I.C.S. Program Service. It will highlight the following five core values:

- Know Your Terrain Park Conditions

- Know Your Terrain Park Features

- Know Your Terrain Park Progression

- Know Your Terrain Park Protection

- Know Your Terrain Park Etiquette

These core values are the building blocks that the Foundation is using to educate athletes and promote smart decision-making in the terrain park.

The High Fives Foundation has teamed up with POC for the #KnowYourPark contest. In order to enter, photos and videos must be uploaded to the social media platform Instagram, include a tag: @hi5sfoundation and @pocsports use the hashtag #KnowYourPark, and illustrate one of the five core points to be highlighted in the educational film (these points are listed above). Participants doing so will be entered to win a prize package from POC valued at $480. Each prize package will include a POC Fornix Helmet (MRSP: $160), a POC Lid Goggle (MSRP: $200) and a POC Spine VPD 2.0 Back Protector (MSRP: $120).

Three separate contest winners will be selected on August 1, September 1 and October 1. All winners will be announced the following day via the High Fives Foundation’s and POC’s respective Instagram accounts.
In addition to the contest, High Fives will release five, 15-second, film preview videos via the Foundation’s Instagram account and Vimeo and YouTube channels to illustrate the five core values featured in the film. Previews will be released on July 1st and 15th; August 1st and 15th; and September 1st.

“This year, High Fives is on a mission to document and educate winter sports enthusiasts about all aspects of skiing and riding in modern day terrain parks,” said Roy Tuscany, executive director of the High Fives Foundation. “We have identified five core values that encourage smart decision-making and safety as a way to prevent injury when having fun in the terrain park.”

The High Five Foundation’s B.A.S.I.C.S. (Be. Aware. Safe. In. Critical. Situations), program service is designed to promote safety and awareness through world-class fundamentals coaching, education and video presentations to winter action sports enthusiasts of all ages. By working with POC, the High Five Foundation’s B.A.S.I.C.S. program aims to raise awareness about inherent risks and rewards of skiing and riding within the terrain park. The goal of this campaign is simple; promote terrain park skiing and riding with an emphasis on smart decision-making.

Follow the High Fives Foundation and POC on Instagram

Learn more about the B.A.S.I.C.S. Program Service and stay tuned for more information on the upcoming documentary #KnowYourPark at www.basics.highfivesfoundation.org.

The video documentary is supported by these companies and ski resorts: Volkl Skis, Marker Bindings, Smith Optics, SNOCRU, Rome Snowboards, GoPro, Sugarbush Resort, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

Related: High Fives Foundation explains why #HelmetsAreCool in latest installment of B.A.S.I.C.S.


July 2nd, 2014

Yes, Trennon Paynter, you did win Canada Day

Yes, Trennon Paynter most definitely won #CanadaDay with this awesome photo of his lady, her booty and himself. However, NHL star Claude Giroux gave Paynter a run for his money with some ass grabbin’ antics in Ottawa during the national holiday.