It’s been awhile blog, how are you? Things have been going great in my neck of the woods. The last time I posted I was jobless and sleeping in airports. Well, I’m still sleeping in airports but I have a job now as the Photo Editor of SNOWBOARD Magazine. I’m really hyped to be working with such a great group of talented individuals. I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2013 Burton US Open Championships of snowboarding in Vail, Colorado. This was the first time the contest had been held outside of Vermont in 30 years. The first contest that I ever attended was the U.S. Open in 1999. It was such a powerful experience to me that my life was forever altered and a path towards a snowboard-focused life was set. Snowboard Mag was invited by MINI to compete in a media competition in where we used our creativity in five images and words and I am honored to take part in it. I couldn’t explain it in five, so what I did was create a multi-layered photo illustration to convey the visual experience and the feeling simultaneously. Below are the five illustrations, (click on the images to make them bigger). I hope that you find these images to be creative and thought provoking, whether we win or not, I feel this type of creativity falls in line with the vision of SNOWBOARD Magazine and am grateful for the opportunity to represent them and the U.S. Open.
This image explores the contrast between a powder day with friends and the competitive nature of a contest. In reality, first chair on a pow day is competitive but the end results are different. In the image, this is illustrated by the chairlift and the halfpipe moving in different directions but occupying the same dimension. The incredible thing was that at this US Open, these worlds were intertwined because of the snowstorm, which supplied ample powder.
After five years of competing in the US Open, 19-year-old Mark McMorris landed in the top position of the men’s slopestyle event. It’s safe to say that Mark is the new face of slopestyle.
This image explores multiple levels of influence. Although Shaun White won the superpipe competition, 14-year-old Ayumu Hirano’s performance let everyone know that he is the future. The US Open is a stage for athletes to perform at the highest level and an opportunity for the general public to witness it. I know from my own experience that after I attended my first US Open in 1999 as a fan, my life was forever altered and a path towards a snowboard-focused life was set.
This image explores the recent move to Vail from Stratton Mountain after 30 years of hosting the event. After Benji Farrow’s final run, the Vermont native pulled out the state flag and held it proud. It’s important to remember where we come from and at the same time, it’s important to move forward. In the image, the women’s podium with Vermont natives Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter stand in 1st and 2nd place while Jake Burton and Donna Carpenter, also Vermont natives, look on from the left. This marks the 61st halfpipe victory for Kelly Clark, the most wins for any halfpipe competitor ever.
The final night of the US Open is a wild night of entertainment and fun. The stress of the contest is relieved and the festivities move into full swing. Santigold performed an awesome set to the packed Vail village audience, which then transitioned into the after-party featuring Skratch Bastid and Cosmo Baker. The next morning I ran into John Jackson at the Denver airport and captured this moment.
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