Norwegian boardercross rider dies during World Cup practice

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Norwegian boardercross pro Line Ostvold has died following an accident during the Valle Nevado FIS World Cup event in Chile.  The 26-year-old fell during a practice session before the boardercross event. She was taken to hospital and then flown to Santiago but died of her head injuries.  The Hoenefoss rider was World champion in 2002 and had won several World Cup events.

Zoe Gillings wins first boardercross World Cup of season

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Britain’s Zoe Gillings has won the first FIS boardercross FIS World Cup event of the 04/05 season.

In the event at Chile’s Valle Nevado, 19-year-old Gillings beat Kathrin Kellenberger (SUI), Austrian Manuela Riegler and Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) in the women’s final run to win her first World cup event.

Canada’s Drew Neilson took the crown in the men’s event.

Getting in shape for the snow

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It’s that time of year again when you start thinking about your trips to the snow – but maybe not about the energy it takes to do those hikes and take those tumbles.

Now is a perfect time to get yourself down the gym or pounding the pavements to get yourself in shape for the mountains.

Burton sponsors snowboard art exhibit

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Rides of Passage, a unique exhibit of snowboards, will make it’s debut at the 2004 Woodstock Tattoo & Body Arts Festival. Burton has teamed up with the festival to present 125 unique Burton snowboards transformed into artwork by artists including Stash, Futura, Filip Leu, Don Ed Hardy, Aaron Cain, Sean Crofoot, Adrian Lee, Joe Capobianco, Jime Litwalk, Jason D’ Aquino, Mario Desa, Gunnar, Jeff Proctor, Paco Excel, Ron Earhart, and Tristan Eaton. The festival is September 17-19 in Woodstock, NY.

Morzine’s rudechalets launches rudegirls package deal

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The swanky Morzine-based rudechalets is launching rudegirls this season – a chalet package which includes loads of great features to help you improve your riding.

The best thing about this deal is that it runs throughout the season so boyfriends, skiing friends and others can all enjoy a holiday at the chalet while you get the benefits the deal offers.

FIS World Cup season to start in Chile

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The¬†NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup will start in Chile’s Valle Nevado with the first boardercross competitions being held September 16 ‚Äì 18.

Last season, the snowboard cross in Valle Nevado had to be cancelled due to warm weather.

Stay tuned for details of the other World Cup events and their locations.

Film – Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator

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The name Gator might not mean a lot to you. But for a skateboarder in the 80s, Mark ‘Gator’ Rogowski was one of a group of American skaters -also including Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain and Steve Caballero – who became icons of their generation. They were big-earning, party-hard globe trotters with huge sponsorship deals and an army of fans round the world.

Meyen, Pelosi and Bleiler win at TransWorld Snowboarding Riders’ Poll Award

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Three ace ladies won awards at the 6th Annual TransWorld Snowboarding Riders’ Poll Awards last week. ThirtyTwo rider Janna Meyen was chosen Rider of the Year in a poll voted for by 100 of the World‚Äôs top professional snowboarders. Janna had a fantastic season in 03/4 – claiming X Games gold in slopestyle, 1st place at the Triple Crown and 1st in both slopestyle and the rail ram at The Session in Vail. ‚ÄúThis means a lot to me,‚Äù she said when she went to collect her award. ‚ÄúSometimes I feel like I get overlooked. I just love riding my snowboard.‚Äù

Waxing guide

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By Emma and Mike, seasonaires at Snow Valley Lodge in Fernie, Canada
Waxing your own board makes sense. Not only are you going to take more care than any disgruntled ski tech, but it also saves you money!

A good question is, “When do I need to wax my board??” Well, you do if it looks dried out and something like this:

Step 1 – Preparation

Afterlame premiere tour dates

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Robot Food’s latest film, Afterlame, made its World premiere on September 3rd hosted by Westbeach the shop and Bonfire in Vancouver, BC, Canada to a packed theatre of anxious snowboarders. The film was hand delivered out of the Robot Food editing room in Portland, OR that very same morning.

Amongst the audience members to view Afterlame for the first time was rider Chris Engelsman, one of the talented riders from the film.

You have a chance to catch the film before it goes on sale if you live near any of the locations on the Afterlame video tour.