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    December 19th, 2010AndreaCompetitions, Events, News, Snowboarding

    Today was the last day of the first Winter Dew Tour stop here in Breckenridge, Colorado, and with nearly 2 feet of fresh pow blanketing the slopes, it was a nice way to end the four-day-long tour.  Norway’s Torstein Horgmo took first on the men’s side with a score of 96.50.  His winning run included a frontside noseblunt slide to fakie, a switch frontside double cork 10 and a switch backside 9.

    Taking first place in the women’s heat and defending her Dew Tour Championship title was Tahoe’s own Jamie Anderson.  This was her fifth first place Dew Tour finish, which she snabbed with a score of 93.00 and a run that included a back 180, switch back 180, fifty-fifty, back 3 and a corked front 3.

    The full snowboard slopestyle results are below.  Overall, it’s been a great four days, but man am I ready to shred the slopes!  So tomorrow, it’s Keystone for me!

    Women’s Slopestyle Final Results

    1 Anderson Jamie South Lake Tahoe, CA 93.00 23.75 93.00
    2 Van Gils Charlotte Amsterdam, NED 84.50 9.75 84.50
    3 Maas Cheryl Uden, NED 70.00 18.25 70.00
    4 Rukajärvi Enni Kuusamo, FIN 52.25 14.25 52.25
    5 Torr Rebecca Te Puke, NZL 41.75 33.50 41.75
    6 Medlova Klaudia Lipt.Mikulas, SVK 26.25 11.50 26.25
    Men’s Slopestyle Final Results
    1 Horgmo Torstein Trondheim, NOR 96.50 30.50 96.50
    2 Mcmorris Mark Regina, CAN 93.75 56.00 93.75
    3 Guldemond Chas Reno Tahoe, NV 88.50 41.75 88.50
    4 Flanagan Tyler Mammoth Lakes, CA 44.00 84.75 84.75
    5 Thompson Jeremy Elka Park, NY 81.00 34.00 81.00
    6 Østreng Aleksander Oslo, NOR 72.75 48.50 72.75
    7 Willett Eric Breckenridge 26.25 61.50 61.50
    8 Lago Scott Seabrook, NH 55.25 13.75 55.25
    9 Toutant Sebastien L’assomption, CAN 42.00 42.25 42.25
    10 Sandbech Staale Rykkinn, NOR 32.00 12.50 32.00
    11 Kotsenburg Sage Park City, UT 29.25 31.50 31.50
    12 Walker Robbie Melbourne, AUS 22.00 28.00 28.00

    Also, this just in – video highlights from yesterday’s halfpipe event below!

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    December 17th, 2010AndreaCompetitions, Events, News, Snowboarding

    I’m out here in Breckenridge helping out with the first winter Dew Tour stop of the season – its been one heck of a tour so far!  More than 380 riders from 18 different countries are competing in this year’s tour, including Kelly Clark, Elena Hight, JJ Thomas, Scotty Lago, Sage Kostenburg, Mason Aguirre, Jamie Anderson, Chanelle Sladics, and Louie Vito.  This year, the tour opted to follow the new industry standard and debut a 22 foot halfpipe instead of the 18 foot pipe it has used in the past, so we should see some pretty sick tricks over the next couple of days.

    Today, Kevin Pearce made a quick appearance in the village (apparently it is one of his first public appearances since his big injury), and he should be all set for an interview with Fuel TV tomorrow afternoon.

    Yesterday and today, the tour held qualifying rounds, and the men’s superpipe finals are on deck for tomorrow.  Keep checking back for the latest updates!

    To give you a little sneak peak of the slopestyle course, check out the video from Alli below.

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    May 7th, 2010AndreaEvents, Snowboarding

    A couple weeks ago (March 25 – 28) top female snowboarders from around the world all came together for the sixth annual Roxy Chicken Jam at Mammoth Mountain, CA.  The Roxy Chicken Jam is one of the premiere industry events for females, and it plays a huge role in raising the profile for women in the snowboard industry.  And in case you missed the event live, no worries, because you can catch the recap on FUEL TV (schedule below).

    The Roxy Chicken Jam women only snowboard contest gathers the world’s best pro riders to compete in both a slopestyle and superpipe competition at Mammoth Mountain. With more than 100 girls from around the world, Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark, Rana Okada, Olympian Elena Hight, X Games gold medalist Jamie Anderson and Cheryl Mass all compete for a chance at $15,000.

    “ROXY CHICKEN JAM 2010” Air Dates:
    Monday, 5/10/2010 8:00 PM ET / 5:00PM PT
    Monday, 5/10/2010 11:00 PM ET /8:00PM PT
    Wednesday, 5/12/2010 12:30 PM ET / 9:30 AM PT
    Friday, 5/14/2010 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
    Saturday, 5/15/2010 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT
    Sunday, 5/16/2010 11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM PT
    Monday, 5/17/2010 3:30 AM ET / 12:30 PM PT
    Wednesday, 5/19/2010 6:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM PT
    Saturday, 5/22/2010 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
    Sunday, 5/23/2010 9:00 AM ET / 6:00 AM PT
    Tuesday, 5/25/2010 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT
    Tuesday, 5/25/2010 11:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM PT
    Friday, 5/28/2010 2:30 AM ET / 11:30 PM PT
    Saturday, 5/29/2010 9:00 AM ET / 6:00 AM PT
    Tuesday, 6/1/2010 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT
    Wednesday, 6/2/2010 12:30 AM ET / 9:30 PM PT
    Monday, 6/7/2010 3:30 AM ET / 12:30 AM PT
    Tuesday, 6/8/2010 9:30 PM ET / 6:30 PM PT
    Wednesday, 6/16/2010 6:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM PT
    Monday, 6/28/2010 12:30 PM ET / 9:30 AM PT

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    February 2nd, 2010RochelleEvents, News, Winter X Games

    The Winter X Games is one of the largest annual contests of the year and is notorious for pushing its competitors to the next level and raising industry standards year after year.  This year was no exception, especially since the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver B.C. are right around the corner. The X Games are a great opportunity for women snowboarders to showcase their skills, while raising the bar for womens snowboarding. There were three female snowboard competitions during this past weekend’s event.  Snowboard Cross, a treacherous, windy, and super fast, five person race, the Slopestyle park comp, and of course the 22′ Super Pipe. The super pipe contest was awesome this year, and the U.S. girls ripped it up. In fact, the girls who podiumed where all on the U.S. woman’s Olympic team. First place went to Gretchen Bleiler, a Colorado local, second was Kelly Clark, and third was Hannah Teeter. Kelly was the only girl to do a 900 and absolutely popped the highest out of the pipe, but it was Gretchen Bleiler who had her trademarked crippler 720, which is sort of like a rodeo, but more inverted and stylish. Hannah Teeter had a great bag of tricks with perfect 540’s as well. Unfortunately, one of my favorite riders, Elena Hight, didn’t medal, though she did kill the Dew tour stop at Snow Basin (Ogden, UT), getting first in the woman’s Super Pipe.

    Slopestyle was impressive this year, with a few different riders than the Super Pipe and plenty of tricks to go with them. The slopestyle course was made up of a rail garden and three giant jumps, stretching from 50′ to almost 70′ to finish off the run. Jenny Jones from Great Brittan won the Gold, Jamie Anderson won the Silver, and Janna Meyen-Weatherby won Bronze. Janna has been tearing up contests for years – she’s 32 years old and making it look effortless over the jumps. She was also the only girl to stick a 900. Jamie Anderson was great on the rails, doing a 360 nose bonk, and she killed it on the jumps with clean 7’s all around. It was Jones, though, with her perfect run with big air and style over all of the jumps pulling the consecutive 540’s with no sketchy landings, who conquered. Also have to give credit to Eero Ettala for the mens, stomping the best run I’ve ever seen in a contest. His first slopestyle run consisted of the double cork 1080, double backside rodeo 900, and then a double back flip. I knew this guy was good, but wow, taking a safe gold with no one even coming close to his score.

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    December 31st, 2009AndreaCompetitions, Events, News

    For those of you who may not know (or simply overlooked our sidebar) Westbound Boarder is a part of a larger blog network called Women Talk Sports, which brings together blogs and Web sites that support and celebrate women in sports.  A few days ago, the network challenged bloggers to write a post highlighting their favorite moments for women in sports in 2009.  As we here at Westbound Boarder never forego a good challenge, we were happy to participate!  For board sports, though, the real challenge is choosing just a few great moments.

    Overall, I think that 2009 was a phenomenal year for women involved in board sports, both on a pro and amateur level.  We saw more women competing in competitions, more women snabbing film parts, and more women being featured in mainstream media, both alone and alongside their male competitors,

    Here are some of our favorite moments from 2009:

    • In January, the Winter X Games joined the US Open in a move to provide equal prize money for both males and females. In a sport where women have always been viewed as second best, this was a pretty huge feat, setting the stage for a great year ahead.
    • Jamie Anderson was named Transworld’s Female Rider of The Year. Who will it be in 2010?
    • Years ago, women who participated in board sports received a dismal amount of press, at best. National press, though? Forget about it! But in October, pro riders Gretchen Bleiler, Hannah Teter, Lindsey Jacobellis and Kelly Clark flew to New York for a Glamour magazine cover shoot. As we all know (or those of us who are Glamour addicts, anyway) the magazine cover typically features A-list celebrities – the likes of Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, and Taylor Swift. To think that mainstream America will see these four women as A-list cover girls is absolutely amazing.
    • During the US Open of snowboarding halfpipe competition, Torah Bright won first place – and the $20,000 prize purse – with her third and final run, scoring an overwhelming 96. Though she fell during her first two runs, she persevered and knocked the third out of the park, surpassing Kelly Clark’s 93.3 score.
    • Little miss shred Lexi Roland celebrated her tenth birthday. Roland, often compared to Shaun White for starting out at such a young age, filmed her first part at age 6, and has been dominating the sport ever since. We’re so stoked to see her ride in ten years!
    • Stan Evans and Jeremy Miller created a snowboard film featuring an all female cast called Stance. One of the first of its kind, Stance featured some of the most progressive riding we had ever seen. Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention Roxy’s Dear and Yonder, a surf film also with a female cast.
    • The team for the 2010 Olympics was officially announced. Go US!

    While 2009 was an extremely progressive year for women involved in board sports, we would also like to point out some of the challenges women still face.  While a handful of women are stepping up their game in the sport, the rest are largely absent from the competitive circuit, as this New York Times article points out.  So basically, we are seeing four or so women, Bright, Clark, Teter, and and Bleiler, dominating, while the rest really aren’t trying anything new.  What we are also seeing, however, is a number of younger riders who will really take things to the next level in years to come.  Women like Jamie Anderson, and Lexi Roland, who are pushing the sport to its limits and setting the bar high.  Will the decade to come be their moment to shine?  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, now won’t we?

    But enough about us, how about you?  What were your favorite moments for women in action sports of 2009?

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    November 4th, 2009AndreaFilms, Snowboarding

    If you look back through snowboard history, females have come a long way from where they were even ten years ago to where they are today, constantly pushing the envelope and upping the caliber of competition.  Recently, Stan Evans (Producer) and Jeremy Miller (Director/Editor) released a snowboard film featuring an all girl cast.  The film highlights the progression of female riding, taking the talents of several different women and combining them into a series of segments to create a powerful story; a story they call “Stance.”

    Though I downloaded and wrote about the film a few weeks ago, I finally got around to watching Stance in it’s entirety this past weekend.  With an all-star cast that includes the likes of Gretchen Bleiler, Jamie Anderson and Torah Bright, I knew the film would be good, but I was even surprised at how good some of the riding was.

    The film opens with Gretchen recanting her tragic experience at the X-games a few years ago, where one minor fall cost her the title but how she learned that snowboarding is more about “being in the moment” than about winning.  Throughout the rest of Stance, the film makers portray just that – a group of pro riders “being in the moment” and living their dreams.

    The film is a really nice mix of backcountry riding and jumps and pipe.  Obviously I was impressed by the usual pros who continue to claim title after title, but my favorite sequence was the second with Kimmy Fasani – her smooth style riding really stood out and she did a phenomenal job filming the part.

    Aside from the riding presented in the film, I also really enjoyed the cinematography and editing of the film.  The makers did a really nice job keeping the film fun but also serious and motivational.  The music was great, and the technique was truly amazing.

    The film’s full cast included Gretchen Bleiler, Hana Beaman, Jamie Anderson, Kimmy Fasani, Lisa Filzmoser, Jenny Jones, Torah Bright, Raewyn Reid, Molly Aguirre, Gabi Viteri and other riders, and more info. can be found at Stance’s Web site.  Props to all involved, and I hope there are more all female films to come!

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    October 9th, 2009AndreaBoardalicious

    Snowboard season’s quickly approaching, and of course as the season draws near, so does the online chatter!  We have lots of link love to share, highlighting some of the best content from around the Web and bringing it to Westbound Boarder.  Have something else to share that we may have missed?  Leave a comment below!  And remember… Think Snow.

    • Interview With Jamie Anderson: Jamie Anderson is snowboarding’s latest rising star, and this week Snowboarder Magazine caught up with her for a glimpse of what she’s been up to and what’s next on her list.
    • Louie Vito, He’s Still Dancing: Yes, folks, Louie Vito is still in the running to becoming the next Dancing with the Stars champion (and apparently his hips moved just fine this past Monday).  Read his most recent blog post here.
    • Bike To The Beach With Your Surf Board: I’ve seen several renditions of the bike surfboard rack, but this one takes the idea to new heights… literally.  
    • What? Live and Blog in Aspen… For Free? It’s true.  According to the Denver Post, “A Colorado company is offering a rent-free apartment in Aspen, a ski pass and spending allowances for a year,” and all the chosen one has to do is blog about it.  Pretty wicked; application, please? :) 
    • Tall, White, and “Chunky” Kleptos: This is why you don’t drink and order Craigslist hookers.  Great story, though!
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    February 25th, 2009AndreaSnowboard Camp, Snowboarding

    Well, its Wednesday, and you know what that means… another Wicked Snow Camp Review!  In case you haven’t been following along, we’re profiling one of the top snowboard camps for females each Wednesday, every Wednesday, and this week we’re profiling High Cascade Snowboard Camp (HCSC).

    Thought you couldn’t snowboard in the summer?  Think again.  Thanks to the glacier Timberline at Mt. Hood, Oregon sits on,  riders from around the world can enjoy the resort all year round.  And one of the most well-known camps in Oregon is back again this summer with the 20th Anniversary of their Signature Sessions.

    High Cascade is “an all-inclusive 9-day summer snowboard camp determined to show you the best time of your life.”  What does that mean, exactly?  Well, at HCSC you’ll spend 9 consecutive days riding with some of the best pros in the industry, including Darrell Mathes, Tara Dakides (!!!), Jamie Anderson and JP Walker. (I’m pretty stoked about Tara Dakides coaching this summer.  Being the woman to basically up the anti for lady riders nationwide, if there’s one thing that would push me over the edge to attend HCSC it’d be her.)

    You’ll spend the morning riding with your coaches and then have optional sessions in the afternoon, and later in the day (this is my absolute favorite thing about HCSC) – you’ll meet up with your coach for video training where they’ll analyze your riding from the day and give you tips on how to improve.  Back in the day when I used to compete, I found that video training was one of the best ways to see how you think you ride versus how you actually ride, and then tweak your style based on that.

    Another really cool thing about HCSC is that the camp has optional sessions just for girls, coached by girls, so if you find it intimidating to ride with guys, you absolutely don’t have to.  Sometimes it can be helpful to have a female coach because they understand how women learn and how they need to be taught.  They also have adult camps (this year June June 15 – 23 and August 8 – 15) if you’re 21 and up and don’t want to hang with the kiddos all week.  ALSO (yes, there’s more) they have awesome photo and video workshops if you want to learn the creative art of photo storytelling or filmmaking straight from the pros.

    HCSC has a ton of fun activities in store, including dodgeball, trampoline sessions, paintball and white water rafting (check out what a typical day might look like here), but of course the focus is on the riding.  I must admit, the camp is a little spendy, but its pretty much all inclusive so you get a lot of bang for your buck. (Heck, just a summer pass at Timberline can run you nearly a grand!)  And from what I hear, HCSC is one of the best snowboard camps to stretch your ability and really get you to the next level.

    Fore more information about HCSC, visit the Web site, and check out the dates and pricing here!

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