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Dirty fingers need not apply

  My favorite germaphobe and Active team rider Ryan Thompson (not the NY Yankee’s outfielder) just today got a shot on EXPN.com

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Ryan is an amazing and unique person.  My first impression of him was nothing but interesting. I met him while he was living in SLC, UT with Technine team manager/filmer Cole Taylor.  I knew Cole already, and he’s intimidating sometimes… kinda gangster. At the time I too was sponsored by T9 and filming for their FODT film; and prior to meeting Ryan I assumed that he was a some fresh white kid trying to act all tough, while ironically living in the middle of Utah…  but was happily surprised by Ryan’s normal demeanor. He’s almost too normal. He once had a sponsor tell him he needed an image!  

DISCLAIMER. To everyone in SLC who may take offense to that: -I am not talking poop. I am simply making a statement about the style in Utah. I could have just as easily commented about the “rocker/hesh/hipster” scene there. …but I’ll save that for when I write about Ryan’s fellow Active teammate Josh Mills. haha, just kiddin bud!  

 To get to know him better, go ahead and google his name like the majority of his fans do. Or here, say hi to him if you are familiar to Myspace.com-

 http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=41859786&MyToken=3e0f855e-a81b-4f38-8216-7c82652d0c39 

Now go here and look at photo #6 to see my photo of him: 

 http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/flash/zoomGallery?section=expn&photoGalleryId=3697852Thanks.(If you noticed a change, I had to edit it. I was drinking too much wine when I first wrote it.)

Pizza and Pancakes?

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WINNER ANNOUNCED!!!!!!! POST # 35 MATTHEW PETERS

Active Pro Mike-Mo Capaldi loves Pizza and Pancakes. Weird combo? Yes. Weirder contest? You bet!

Active and Girl want you to step out of your comfort zone and create a video having to do with Pizza and Pancakes. We don’t care what you do, or how you do it, but whoever submits the one Mike Mo likes the best will win a year’s supply of Girl decks. I’ll say it again, a year’s supply of Girl decks. Do I have your attention now? Good.

The rules are pretty loose on this one, so go nuts. I don’t want to spoil any ideas people have out there, but here are some quick thoughts I’ve got to get your imagination going: Film a Pizza Pancakes eating contest, Pizza Pancakes art creation (syrup & sauce paintings?) Civil war battle enactment with soldiers made of dough, (think peperoni battle wounds and syrup blood) I’m not going to give any more free ideas away. Get going! Contest ends January 1st 2009!

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MY OWN TWO FEET

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Mark this date on your calendar:  11/22/2008 8:00PM (sat.)
And Mapquest™ this address:  541 E. 4th st Reno, NV  -which is the new location of the Reno Bike Project.

Now, on that date, go to that location to see the new film from Leeward Cinema called “MY OWN TWO FEET”.  I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve seen some photos from their film trips and also have heard some crazy stories, which all are leading me to believe that this movie is amazing!   The whole idea of the film is great.  They went to a bunch of areas that you can’t access with a snowmobile, so that means you’re going to see all new spots that haven’t been played out by all the other films.  I bet they’ll even have a little documentary feel to show the fun and camping, I hope.

I try to be more environmentally friendly.  When ever I can, I ride my bike around town. Even though gas is a little cheaper, I still like to save some cash for my bar tabs.

Man, I can’t wait to see this film. I think the Reno Bike Project is a small place, so get there early.

SWF Bachelorette star seeks snowboarder.

    I just read on the internet that Jsak (Jesse Csincsak) got dumped from his Bachelorette TV show fiance (DeAnna Pappas) .  That’s too bad.  I hate getting dumped, especially by hot chicks.  She was probably wooed by his professional status when he was on the show, then found out he was barely a legit am.  Well, sounds like I need to dust off my old SC pro model and drop some knowledge on her.  …nah, syke.   

 If you care (I hope not) and are interested in following the story more closely, here’s your info
http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b66994_more_bachelorette_blues_deanna_jesse.html  

Whitey produced music video

  Remember the Kingpin movies?  Or do you remember them as Whitey’s movies?  Some of the Active team used to film with him too; guys like Iikka Backstrom, Andreas Wiig, Scotty Wittlake, and others.  That guy Whitey moved on from making some of the best snowboard movies and is now doing straight hollywood stuff.  Here’s a rad video he made of Red Fang from Portland, OR.    http://pitchfork.tv/videos/red-fang-prehistoric-dog

Master of Muppets

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MDP-People producer interview

I just saw this interview of Pierre Minhondo on the Snowboard Revolution website, and thought I would share.    Pierre is a good ol’ friend of mine.  I used to film with him and Justin Eeles for all the Neoproto films, and then the first People movie.  I also just did an 830 mile bike ride with him a couple weeks ago.     Check this link-http://www.snowboard-revolution.com/rider/Pierre-Minhondo-Interview.html 

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This is totally not affiliated to this post, but I went to the Reno Gun Show a couple days and was overwhelmed with the great people watching there.  First off, Reno has some really diverse and interesting people, but the gun show really brings them out.   This kid’s father was even funnier, but I couldn’t get the shot (photography prohibited said the security).

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By the way, I voted yesterday.  OBAMA!

ROCK n’ RAIL

Unless you’ve been in Colorado or Europe, you probably haven’t been or seen any real snowboarding recently.  To fill that void, Boreal just had their 4th annual JPI (Jibassic Pro Invitational).   For the public they even had a big ass patch of snow on the mountain with a few rails and even a jump.  Considering that lack of anywhere being open, they have the best riding anywhere on the west coast right now.

The contest was cool.  Something like 3000 people showed up for it.  The setup was pretty legit, street style and was a jam format. It looked fun.  Reno local am Andrew Brewer beat all the pros and took the cash. After that it was either the local Truckee after party (boring) or to Reno to see the Burton movie premier and a couple rock shows.  A few pros came out, Heikki Sorsa (ACTIVE PRO), Mason Aguirre, Danny Davis, Chris Demolski, Dave Downing, Stephen Duke (ACTIVE PRO), et cetera, et cetera.  “It’s always snowing somewhere” was a cool movie, but what was cooler was that the Supersuckers played after.  They rocked.  Also rocking was Hunks of Metal; a local rock band consisting of a few snowboarding legends, being Shawn Farmer, Bob Klein, Terry Kidwell, and other band mates who I don’t know if they ride.  My ears were bleeding by the time we went partying downtown.

Check the Transworld website to see my photo gallery of the night. Click this link-http://snowboarding.transworld.net/2008/10/27/tahoe-kicks-off-season-with-a-bang/ 

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Heikki Sorsa with a friendly reminder, take note kids.

Stephen Duke

Stephen Duke parties harder than you, unless you’re a total junkie and are borderline dying every night… only then do you party harder.

Icer Air Show

I just ended my 830 mile 10 day bike tour, the finish being San Francisco. Conveniently there were some events going on the day after I showed up.  Red Bull was putting on a soap box derby and Icer Air was having their annual snow contest. Unfortunately they were at the same time. I really wanted to see the derby, but a couple friends were attending the contest so I felt obligated to check Icer Air out.  It was being held in a different spot than the past couple years of inside the baseball stadium. It was next door in the parking lot. The snow contest was very interesting. The riders felt the same. It was a hip with a sling shot cable tow in, real dicey. They decided to split the prize money between everybody. Everybody already felt like a winner since they all received an appearance fee just for riding.  I wasn’t there as a photographer, but I had my little point n’ shoot camera and got a few shots.

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Myself & Nick Visconti.

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Chas Gouldemond.

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pedal people

We’re still pedaling our bikes down hwy 101.  We’ve made it 500 miles so far, crossed the OR/CA border, and stayed in Arcata last night.  This town is cool; a good mix of hippies and punk rockers.  Zac Marben would have totally fit in.  He was originally supposed to go on this trip with us, but bailed the last second.  He would have been a fun camping buddy, since he’s a gypsy type already. Pierre has been telling me about his new People film project with Justin Eels, Gabe L’heureux, & Cory Koniniec, and it’s going to be great.  They aren’t under the Mack Dawg umbrella any more and are going independent.  I’ll have more news on that real soon; big news for snowboard movie fans! I just got confirmation of getting credentials into the Icer Air contest in SF on the 18th.   I saw some photos from Andy Wright of last years contest, wild shit.  I bet the pre and after parties will be insane too.  Perfect timing for the end of my bicycle tour.Well, I’m off for some more biking.  Stay tuned for when I show the photos from this trip; some real jems I tell ya.  Adios! 

Tour de _______

I’ve only got a second here on this coffee shop free internet…

  Pierre Minhondo, Justin “boosty”, and I are day 4 into a bike (pedal) tour down the west coast.  We started in Astoria, OR (Washington border) and are going to San Francisco via hwy 101. 

More info to come soon, if my legs don’t give out or a car doesn’t hit me. 

Yeehaw!!! 

what should I name this tour?

Snow Video Premier Parties

Here’s some photos from the past week’s snowboard movie premier parties. 20080919__072.jpg TWS “These Days”, Think Thank “Stack Footy”, MDP People “Down with People”, viewers.20080917__022.jpg I had a fan, they requested an autograph.  They probably thought I was somebody else though.20080918__042.jpg Lauri Heskari was bet to take up all the table’s drinks in 5 min for a hand full of cash… he did.  Aaron Biittner had the count down.  DC popped into town for a second.  Devun Walsh was there too.20080918__048.jpg Aye Aye!20080917__026.jpg Parking lot pre party shot gun session.20080917__028.jpgGo!20080918__058.jpgJared Johnson converts diesel trucks to run off vegetable oil, and girls like that.20080919__062.jpg Eric Messier from The Fizz.  What do you eat late night, filet mignon?20080919__069.jpg I’m full paparazzo style these days.20081003__125.jpg Nor Cal super rep Eric Wallis and Airblaster’s Travis Parker.  Eric had a barf bucket.   20081003__129.jpgUp and coming snowboard superstar Brandon Cocard and myself all scruffed.  He hated me until a couple days ago, now we’re homies.   Watch him the new Airblaster movie “August”, he’s legit.20081003__127.jpg Nick Visconti and Stephen Duke.  Nicky may have flamboyant style and get freaky on guys on the dance floor, but he’s into chicks and they’re into him.  Duke’s a party animal.20080918__055.jpg This guy had a real edgy haircut.  More to come soon…