Nibbles & Bits
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.


June 30th, 2014

Matt Margetts’ Instagram selfie for the win

Matt Margetts tossed up this gem on his Instagram account this weekend. The Canuck is seen sporting a fresh pair of Tevas, a nice crop top to show off his midriff and a beautiful summer hat, all while mounting a trophy marlin. Why? Mostly because, “why not?” Well done, Marg. Keep ‘em comin’.

Releated: Chitchat: 45 minutes of bulls#it with Joe Schuster and Matt Margetts


June 30th, 2014

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa had the best wedding entrance ever this weekend

Big-mountain extraordinaire, razor edge spine assassin, and all-season badass Sage Cattabriga-Alosa tied the knot this weekend with fiancé Annie Weinert. His entrance to the ceremony was all-time. Take a look below and marvel in Sage’s excellence.


June 27th, 2014

Kirkwood opens for summer ops on July 4; get rad in California for Independence Day

Do you live in the great state of California, or plan on being there over the Fourth of July? We suggest checking out Kirkwood Resort, which begins summer operations on Independence Day. Enjoy a bit of hiking in the Sierra Nevada; take advantage of 35-mountain biking trails in the Valley and Mountain Bike Park or the 11.5 miles of single track around the resort; or, partake in a rousing game of FROLF (disc golf). Whatever tickles your fancy, spending our nation’s birthday at Kirkwood won’t disappoint. More details on Kirkwood’s website.

Press Release, Kirkwood, California, June 27, 2014:

Summer adventures at Kirkwood kickoff on July 4 offering guests ample outdoor recreational opportunities including mountain biking, hiking, disc golf and horseback riding. The resort also hosts several popular events throughout July and August such as the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) BBQ, the 13th Annual Kirkwood Wildflower Festival and the 13th Annual Thin Air Chili Cook Off.


June 26th, 2014

Who stole Steve Stepp’s skis?

This winter, Steve Stepp’s personal skis were jacked from behind his house in Salt Lake City. He searched for them far and wide all year long to no avail. Luckily, J Skis whipped up a bitchin’ new “Wanted” pro model for Stepp to rip on. Check ‘em out, but be careful, if you buy a pair, your face just might end up on them.

Related: Where has Steve Stepp been? Find out in “They See Me Trollin’” S2E3


June 26th, 2014

Hilarity ensues upon watching epic pond skim GIF

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I can’t get enough of this guy laying down an epic “double pits to chesty” at Arapahoe Basin’s pond skim extravaganza. Plus, the snowboarder packing it in immediately afterwards makes this video that much better. So why not make a GIF of it to watch it over and over again? Crash on, folks. Keep gems like this one coming our way. To watch the full video from A-Basin, click here.

Related: Big Sky’s 2014 Pond Skim recap is full of cringeworthy fails


June 26th, 2014

GoPro goes public, officially on Wall Street

GoPro has reached yet another brand milestone. As of early this morning, the point of view camera company has officially become a public trading item on the NASDAQ exchange on Wall Street. For ten years, GoPro has enabled a unique way for people to capture and share their creative visions and experiences through its array of POV cameras. Join us in extending a congratulations to GoPro and its success in the action sports realm, as this is quite an extraordinary feat.


June 26th, 2014

Don’t miss out, shred with Nick Goepper at Woodward Copper

2014 Men’s Olympic Ski Slopestyle Bronze medalist and X Games champ Nick Goepper will be among the crowd at Woodward Copper from June 30 – July 2. From tweakin’ his inline blading skills, to gettin’ tricky on the Supertramp and rippin’ with campers on snow, Goepper will be found dialing in his tricks all over. Word on the street is that he’s bringing his Olympic medal, too. So don’t miss out, if you’re in Colorado next week, head up to hang and learn with one of the best.

Related: #FreeskierFest invades Woodward at Copper Barn, wild action ensues