Acclaimed Skateboard Creator, Paul Schmitt and Converse CONS Skateboard Ambassador, Eli Reed Lead Interactive Workshop in Beverly

Converse CONS announces its fifth installment of CONS Project: Boston, a series of free community projects designed to inspire the next generation of creative spirits through interactive skate, art and music seminars. Next month’s workshop, focusing on “Making & Designing Skate Decks,” is the last of five in the ongoing CONS Project: Boston series that launched in the summer of 2014.
Encouraging aspiring builders, designers, and skaters to register today, “Making & Designing Skate Decks” will teach participants how to build a skateboard – from start to finish. From sizing and shaping raw wood, to assembling and designing handmade decks, renowned skateboard creator and founder of non-profit skateboard manufacturing organization, CreateASkate, Paul Schmitt, and visual artist, Todd Francis,will lead the daylong workshop with the help of Converse CONS Skateboard Ambassador, Eli Reed.

As one local component of the overarching North America CONS Project initiative, CONS Project: Boston has run alongside other workshops over the past eight months in key cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto. This specialized program, geared towards up-and-coming skate and art talents, offers extensive, hands-on workshops with renowned legends and up-and-coming super stars at no cost.

Aspiring creative actives between the ages of 13 and 24 can apply for a slot at http://consproject.com.


“Making & Designing Skate Decks” / Saturday, April 11 from 11am to 5pm

The Market Skate Park / 206 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915
*Free shuttle rides to and from The Market Skate Park will be provided from Orchard Skateshop in Allston 

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Posted by: Official Genius | April 7, 2015 | Categorized under: Events

4.11 – 2 New England comps

Please help spread the word, collegiate age skate comp in New England with a free best trick contest for all ages to follow.

CST - rye


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4.10 – The Vegas Video Premier


April 10th 6pm at the Clark county Library on Flamingo and Maryland

Free premiere

$5 DVDs

Filmed by: Jordan Gibo

Edited by: Kevin Phelps

Flier by: Josh wheat

AFTER PARTY at The Dive Bar

Music By: Free LSDs BAD TRIP

Posted by: Official Genius | April 1, 2015 | Categorized under: Events, Skateboarding


Bridging the Gap Between Surf and Snow

Ice Coast Challenge
photo Brian Nevins rider unknown

March 30, 2015- The second annual Ice Coast Challenge presented by Pioneers Board Shop went down on March 28th at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton Maine under snowy skies with temps in the mid 30s. Close to a hundred competitors made the pilgrimage to the mountain to be part of surf and snow history. Pioneers Board Shop of North Hampton, NH with the help of Trigger House pulled off the wave inspired course build over the 4 days leading up to the event. The course featured banked turns, a 700ft serpentining spine with hips, air sections, and two barreling wall ride sections.

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Ryan Kittredge

Keeping with the surf theme the event was judged by surf shop employees from around New England. The riders were judged on overall style and flow through a two hour jam. Top riders from each division advanced on to a final where riders were judged on their final two runs. The men and women open first place finisher each earned a 5 day surf trip to Puerto Rico thanks to SASS Global Travel, Rincon Surf School, and Samuel Adams Beer. The event featured an on hill boat bar and huge crowd that came out to watch the event, enjoy the Sam Adams, and listen to all day live music!

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Mike Ravelson

Winners by division as follows.

Menehune Girls
1st Keara Battagliese
2nd Olivia Scola

Menehune Boys
1st Quinn Battagliese
2nd Zachaios Fitts
3rd Gavin O’hara

Legend Mens
1st Shaun Ready
2nd Jason Burrill
3rd Joe Carter

Open Women
1st Sara Lang
2nd Sam Malpass
3rd Mercedes Ortega

Open Men
1st Ryan Kittredge
2nd Parker Szumonski
3rd Jacques Beriau

Special Awards
The Justin Freeman Freedom Spirit Award – Mike Ravelson
The @Spungiesdoorag Award – Ryan Kittredge

Special Thanks to Pioneers Board Shop, Trigger House, Shawnee Peak, SASS Global Travel, Rincon Surf School, Samuel Adams Beers, Powder Jet Snowboards,Burton Snowboards, Monument Snowboards, Snurfer, Electric Visual, Future Fins, Concepts, @Spungiesdoorag, Justin Freeman, Wheels and Waves, Cinnamon Rainbow, Liquid Dreams, Maine Surfers Union, Pisten Bulley, Ripcurl Wetsuits, Hyperflex Wetsuit, Stance Socks, Vans, Carver Skateboards, Sector 9 Skateboards, and everyone who came out to support the event!

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Mike Ravelson

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Joey Carter

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Bryan Johnson

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Zak Earley

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Ryan Kittredge

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider unknown

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider unknown

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Matt Burkett

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Mike Ravelson

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Mike Ravelson/ Brian Sullivan

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Trevor Glavin/ Merrick Joyce

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider unknown

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Trevor Glavin

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Jacques Beriau

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Parker Szumonski

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider Trevor Glavin

Ice Coast Challengephoto Brian Nevins rider unknown

Posted by: Official Genius | March 31, 2015 | Categorized under: Events, Snowboard

Ice Coast Challenge

The Second Annual Ice Coast Challenge is Poised to Bridge the Gap yet Again Between Surfing and Snowboarding, Bringing the Ocean to the Mountain for a One of a Kind Snowboard Event


Bridgton, Maine (March 25, 2015) – On March 28th
surfers will descend on Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine to drop into the Ice Coast Challenge “Wave Course” that is unlike anything ever seen before; created and crafted by Pioneers Board Shop of New Hampshire. A course is being built to mimic the ocean waves created by powerful Nor’ Easter winter storms. There will be bottom and top turn features, floater sections, lined up walls with unique features sprinkled throughout the custom built 600’ dimensional spine ranging from chest to over head high walls & over vert sections to end it all!

The course will allow riders to draw their own unique and creative lines the same way you would approach surfing a wave in the ocean. Riders will be judged primarily on their style, creativity and use of the course. Spectators are encouraged to attend the live event at the base of Shawnee Peak, as viewing the event will be free and open to the public with live DJ’s and bands playing music all day and night.

Ice Coast Challenge

“A ‘Surf Event on Snowboards’ Are you kidding me? Drop-ins, waves, bottom turns, floaters, barreling sections?! This is the kind of thing that Pioneers Board Shop has been dreaming about, and only a company like TriggerHouse, and a resort like Shawnee Peak could help bring something like this to life” says Bryan Johnson of Pioneers Board Shop. “It’s one thing to design this concept on a piece of paper while sharing a drink after a long day at the hill when the waves are flat, but the build plan for something this immense had our heads spinning. It’s so rad to see a project like the Ice Coast Challenge break the mold with such an out of the norm event on this scale.”

This event would not be possible without help from SASS Global Travel, Rincon Surf School, and Samuel Adams Beers, who have really stepped up to headline the event. The prizes and hand crafted trophies for this event are INSANE!!! The top Male and Female competitors will win a stay at Rincon Surf School with airfare provided by Samuel Adams!!! UNREAL!!!

The Ice Coast Challenge also thanks Burton Snowboards, Powder Jet Snowboards, Ripcurl Wetsuits, Snurfer, Hyperflex, Vans, Electric Visual, and an army of local surf shops pitching in to make this event all time!!!!

Ice Coast Challenge

The Ice Coast Challenge event format, registration, schedule, and a complete list of sponsors are available on www.IceCoastChallenge.com. You can also follow the lead up to the events by following the Ice Coast Challenge on Facebook. (www.facebook.com/icecoastchallenge) Stay up to date on snow conditions by checking Shawnee Peak’s snow reports (www.shawneepeak.com)


Posted by: Official Genius | March 26, 2015 | Categorized under: Events, Snowboard

Technine’s King of the Desert

Jaromie Nolan defending his Title / photo by AG photographix

Saturday afternoon, the King of the Desert 2 at Las Vegas Ski Snowboard Resort went down sponsored by Technine Snowboards, Official Genius, McGhie’s Ski Bike and Board, Skatin On Em, JammyPack, Subaru of Las Vegas, SPY, GoPro.. The contest consisted of riders hitting the Technine Feature that was recently added to the hill. Rail, Creeper Rail & 10 foot box were the options on the feature and the riders could hit any of them to show off their skills to the judges. In the end, Jaromie Nolan defended his title with the 1st place win for the 2nd year. Jake Buell took 2nd place and 3rd place to Curren Weber. Best trick of the day going to Ricky Thizz, and a honorable mention to Chris from Powder & Sun who hasn’t touched a board in 12 years! 1st prize was $500 but the other winners got gear, boards, and GoPros to boot!


words and complete photo recap by Ms Tracy Lee

Andrew Brewer aka the most interesting annoucer in the world.


Jake Buell took 2nd place with solid tricks and smooth riding.


Ricky Thizz threw down locking in another Best Trick finish.

drink-beer-crew Tom Bennett aka Drink Beer Crew with some drunken slaying.


George Campoverde showing off his latest full page in Steez.

Posted by: Official Genius | March 24, 2015 | Categorized under: Events, featured, Snowboard

MonGo Smash 2

Jon Mon Media production video recap of the 2nd annual “Mongo Smash” Eagle Point Ski Resort, in Beaver Utah.

words and pics by ms Tracy Lee

The 2nd Annual Mongo Smash at Eagle Point Resort went down last Saturday next to the parking lot of the Upper Lodge.. Mongo and the Park Fab team built a 3 rail set up for the competitors to hit. Due to spring snow so early in the year, many of the competitors chose to hike way past the initial drop in that had been built to gain speed for the box, corrugated, and double barrel rails that had been set up. I made the 4 hour drive up with my buddy Dustin Amato of Official Genius and since practice started around 12 pm so we had some time to get a few runs through the rails in the ParkFab park before heading back to check out the competition..


Girls & Groms were first up with 5 females competing and 2 groms.. Each of the riders did 8 runs; highest total score wins. The contest continued with about 15 male riders hitting the ParkFab set up judged by Mongo, Lane & Conner. The guys tallied the scores and came up with 5 finalists for the mens comp.

The competition was tough as each of the finalists did their 8 runs. The competitors were throwing their flashiest tricks in an effort to secure the $1000 first prize. Gear was awarded to the other winners.


After the contest was done, it was down to the Canyonside Lodge for some hot tubbin’ and some tasty food & beverage..



1st: Lou Macias ($1000)
2nd: Jayson Thiros
3rd: Sam Klein

1st: Kaitlyn Elswick ($200)
2nd: Katie Strong
3rd: Noelle Allen

1st: Jayden

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Tom Sims Retro Worlds Snowboarding Championships


Retro boards. A hand-dug halfpipe. A grand slalom course. Good times, great friends. From March 27th–28th, the 32nd Annual Tom Sims Retro World Snowboarding Championships are coming to Boreal Mountain, CA to celebrate our heritage and community in grand fashion. Past meets present with legends like Chris Roach, Terry Kidwell, and Shaun Palmer riding alongside current pros like Mark McMorris, Danny Davis and Eric Messier.

complete schedule on Boreal’s Website

We look forward to seeing you there.

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5th Montafon Banked Slalom

last weekend, Gargellen, Austria, was once again the theater of the #5 annual Montafon Banked Slalom.
Despite a changeable weather, around 140 racers battled through 21 banks, handshaped by the crew for the last two weeks.
This year riding level made it to the next step with riders like Terje Haakonsen, Stefan Maurer, Christian Haller, Nicholas Wolken, Marco Feichtner, Elias Elhardt or Marco Smolla!
Montafon Banked Slalom2
Overall an exiting event growing every year and giving back to snowboarding.
The vibe at the price giving was pretty electric with The Vagoos on stage to wrap up a day dedicated to what we love the most, sliding sideways surrounded by friends.
Don’t miss out next year edition!

Stay banked.

Women ranking:
1. Sarka Pancochova
2. Cheryl Maas
3. Simone Burtscher

Men ranking:
1. Terje Haakonsen
2. Christian Haller
3. Stefan Maurer
4. Nicholas Wolken
5. Marco Feichtner

Thanks again to our sponsors: DEELUXE, LIB TECH, 686 and ROME

As well as all supportive partners: Method Mag, Stance, Coal Headwear, One Ball Jay, Dakine, Capita Super Corporation, Union Binding Company, VONZIPPER, Ninja Gloves, Schischule Gargellen, Gargellen

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3.21 – Technine’s “King of the Desert 2” at Las Vegas


$10 Rider Registration – 8:30am-9:30am at

las vegas ski & snowboard resort

“The Strip” Las Vegas Snowpark !

$500 Cash Prize for the KinG !

over 3k in product giveaways

Live music by DJ Shred! + opening set by DJ Jay Kapp !

Technine Snowboarding
Official Genius
McGhie’s Ski Bike and Board
Skatin On Em
Subaru of Las Vegas

Posted by: Official Genius | March 18, 2015 | Categorized under: Events, Snowboard

Setting the Record Straight on Summer at HCSC 2015

High Cascade is going to operate six sessions of snowboarding, skateboarding, activities, and fun in Government Camp this June, July, and August just like we have for the last twenty-five years.  


I’ve gotten wind of a rumor going around that camp is being cancelled this summer due to a lack of snow. Let me assure you, we are going to have all six sessions this summer on Mt. Hood. There’s no denying that we have had a shortage of snowfall in the Pacific Northwest. Things aren’t perfect out here, but they aren’t nearly as bad as some are making it out to be. 

complete snow farming

Here’s some of the facts. Many times when it is raining on the lower portion of the mountain, our zone has been receiving snow. HCSC has also been working with Timberline to farm snow in our lane. I won’t bore you with all of the details, but if you are interested in more info, check out these articles:


Snow Farming on Mt. Hood

Summer Snowboarding on Mt. Hood

The Current State of Affairs at Timberline



I am asking for your help to set the record straight. If you hear someone repeating some outlandish rumor that they heard (e.g. “High Cascade isn’t going to happen this year,” “High Cascade is moving to Canada/Argentina/a snow-dome in Dubai this summer,” etc.) please set them straight.  High Cascade is going to operate six sessions of snowboarding, skateboarding, activities, and fun in Government Camp this June, July, and August just like we have for the last twenty-five years.  

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3.28 – Cutting Edge Banked Slalom


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Guest Pro Snowboarders and Sponsors Named for 2015 Summer Snowboarding Camps


March 10, 2015 (COPPER MOUNTAIN, COLORADO) – Join Joe Sexton, Scott Stevens and many more pros on the massive amount of snow at Copper Mountain this summer.  Woodward Copper stockpiled more than 146 acre-feet of manmade snow and 17 feet of natural snow for campers to enjoy on Central Park this summer.  Snowboarders will also be able to learn new tricks on-snow into the new BagJump NIP this June and July.

A day at snowboarding summer camp consists of riding on snow at Copper’s Central Park Terrain Park, time in The Barn and afternoon sessions at the Pavilion Terrain Park. With state of the art facilities, campers can use a Burton ParkBoardTM to learn new snowboard tricks into foam pits, hone in skills on tons of trampolines and spend time skating the transitions indoors.  Woodward campers also have the opportunity to hike, rock climb, attend skate tours, create-a-skate and more.

2015 Woodward Copper Summer Snowboard Camp Dates:
•    June 7 – 13 – Saga Outerwear Week
•    June 14 – 20 – Never Summer and Zeal Optics Week
•    June 21 – 27 – So Gnar, 686, Sandbox, POW gloves and Spacecraft Week with Guest Pro Pat Milberry
•    June 28 – July 2 – Gnu and Lib Tech Week: Grom Week (Ages 8-12)
•    July 5 – 11 – Videograss, Capita, Union and Coal Week with Guest Pros Scott Stevens and Joe Sexton
•    July 12 – 18  – Burton, Anon and Analog Week
•    July 19 – 25 – Ride Snowboards Week with AMs Brandon Davis, Seamus O’Connor and Spencer Whiting
•    July 26 – 30 – K2 Snowboarding Week: Grom Week (ages 8 – 12)

Campers can save $200 by booking before March 16 with promo code 10188. Click here or call 1-888-350-1544 for additional information or to register for camp.


Visit CopperColorado.com for lodging steals, event details, everything Woodward Copper and more. Stay connected all year long at www.facebook.com/CopperMtn or @CopperMtn on Twitter and Instagram. Keep up with Woodward Copper at www.facebook.com/WoodwardCopper or @WoodwardCopper on Twitter and Instagram.

Media Note
More info, broadcast-quality photos and video footage of Woodward Copper are available here.
For more information, contact:
Ashton Maxfield

Stephanie Sweeney
Copper Mountain Communications
970-968-2318 ext. 38849

Posted by: Official Genius | March 10, 2015 | Categorized under: Events, Snowboard

Zappos Park Jam

Congrats to
Matt Schaeffer, Draven Gardener and Steven Wells for placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and

Ricky Crilley – Best Trick – “Frontside Boardslide through the kink.”

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Snowboarders Skipped School and Work to Celebrate Snowboarding at Brighton Resort on 3/2/15

SALT LAKE CITY, UT  (March 3, 2015) – From the looks of the crowd gathered to watch 163 snowboarders compete in the 7th Annual ThirtyTwo Day event yesterday, you would think school and work were canceled for the Holiday.  Schools weren’t officially closed in honor of the Holiday this year, but maybe they should be next year.  Brighton Resort and ThirtyTwo put on this free event to give everyone a chance to celebrate snowboarding with Banked Slalom and Rail Jam contests.

Ranging from a three year-old to a Grandpa, Snowboarders of all ages and experience levels gathered at the base of Milly to celebrate ThirtyTwo Day 2015.  Thirteen year-old Jade Thurgood was certainly noticed by the pros as well as the rest of the contest attendees with her backflips in the rail jam.  The pros in attendance included Chris Grenier, Scott Stevens, Brandon Hobush, Jeremy Jones and Seth Huot.



Chris Grenier booking through the berm


ThirtyTwo degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature snow is made, and that’s just what happened making it a pow day.  Hailee Mattingley pushes off for a good start in heavy snowfall.



The Banked Slalom course was very technical, and Stephanie Feld used finesse to make the podium.

ThirtyTwo Day combines the rider’s place in the Banked Slalom event with their place in the Rail Jam for the overall win. ThirtyTwo Team Riders Chris Grenier, Scott Stevens and Brandon Hobush judged the Rail Jam.



Tristan Dominating the ThirtyTwo Rail for the Win

Overall ThirtyTwo Day Results:

1. Nick Kolkman
2. Everest Arnold
3. Drew Elm

1. Madison Blackley
2. Hailee Mattingley
3. Stephanie Feld

Banked Slalom Results:

1. Griffin Siebert – 40.68 seconds
2. Seth Hout – 40.90 seconds
3. Everest Arnold – 41.48 seconds

1. Stephanie Feld – 46.43 seconds
2. Gillian Montgomery – 47.82 seconds
3. JeJawn Allen – 47.85 seconds

Rail Jam Results:

1. Tristan
2. Nick Kolkman
3. Dilly

1. Hailee Mattingley
2. Jade Thurgood
3.  Madison Blackley

For the latest on ThirtyTwo and Brighton, connect with the brands here:
·      Twitter/Instagram: @ThirtyTwo and @BrightonResort
·      The Web: ThirtyTwo.com and brightonresort.com
·      Facebook: facebook.com/ThirtyTwo
·      Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ThirtyTwovideo

Photo Credit for all photos above: Gillian Montgomery.

About ThirtyTwo:
Established in 1995, ThirtyTwo was created by snowboarders for snowboarders.  Rider-owned and privately held since day one, ThirtyTwo has led the snowboard market with new and never before seen innovations in technology, performance, comfort and eco-friendly initiatives.  All ThirtyTwo products have been tested and approved by the best snowboarders in the world.  For additional information, visit thirtytwo.com.

Posted by: Official Genius | March 4, 2015 | Categorized under: Events