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Kimmy Fasani Lands a Double Back Flip

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Kimmy Fasani became the first woman to land a double backflip while filming in Silverton Colorado last week.

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“I couldn’t be happier right now,” said Kimmy. “I made an ambitious list of goals for this year and doing the double backflip was at the top of that list. This just further proves that I can do whatever I put my mind to doing. Being surrounded by positive and motivated people is what allows the progression of any sport to happen, and I’m really excited to be doing that for snowboarding. I can only hope the rest of my season comes together like last past week did.”

Spencer O’Brien Joins Nike 6.0 Team

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Nike 6.0 just announced that Canadian Spencer O’Brien joined their team as their “first female head-to-toe snowboarder.” Head-to-toe doesn’t include bindings and snowboards as she’ll only be wearing Nike 6.0 outerwear, boots, apparel and footwear. O’Brien has long been on Burton’s team so we’ll be eager to see if she’s still riding Burton boards or switching up to another sponsor.

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“I’m really excited about becoming a part of the Nike 6.0 team,” said Spencer. “Nike is a company that’s always striving to progress and change the game in not only snowboarding, but every sport. I’m honored
to be the first female signed on head-to-toe and I can’t wait for all the opportunities that lie ahead.

Gretchen Bleiler Won’t Be Competing in Pipe…Much

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In a blog post on ESPN Women, Gretchen Bleiler has announced that she won’t be doing much competing in halfpipe this season. “I’ve decided to eliminate most of the halfpipe competitions from my schedule this season” wrote Bleiler.

As she enters her 10th season of competitive snowboarding, Bleiler explains that she feels she’s in “a bit of a competitive rut” and that the requirements of being successful competitvely stifle creatively. Bleiler is not retiring but seeking change.[[wysiwyg_imageupload:149:]]

Lisa Filzmoser Joins Artec Team

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Lisa Filzmoser has made the short jump from the Elan team to the their sub-brand Artec. She’s the only woman on Artec’s Pro team. Lisa has been busy recently with the launch of her film project True Color Films and a part in Never Get Older.

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Powder & Rails Terry Kidwell – Part 2

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Vice presents the second part of Powder & Rails – Terry Kidwell. They delve more into Terry's freestyle legacy with grainy footage of the first documented McTwist and a discussion on how Terry's riding influenced board design.
 

 

Gigi Rüf’s Nike Commercial

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Nike just released this commercial introducing the new Nike Zoom Kaiju QS “Gigi Rüf”. It's interesting to see what happens when you've got the Nike marketing machine behind you. Watch out Gigi!

Whatever Happened to Tina Basich?

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Ever wondered what happened to one of the biggest names in women’s snowboarding – Tina Basich?

She’s traded in powder for glitter and is now running a crafts shop in Nevada City, California and raising her 3-year-old daughter.

ESPN.com has a full interview with the former pro at http://espn.go.com/action/snowboarding/blog/_/post/5810156/tina-basich

 

(via ESPN)

Anne-Flore Marxer Joins Etnies & Thirtytwo Team

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Anne-Flore Marxer is the newest member of the European team for ThirtyTwo and Etnies. She joins Danny Larsen, Markus Malin, Ville Paumola, Steve Gruber, and Kareem El Rafie.

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Anne-Flore’s response to her new sponsorship: “My boots are made for shredding and that’s just what we’ll do! Glad to count 32 and Etnies as my new sponsor for this winter which is starting today! I’m on my way up to Saas Fee with my stylish 86 Fasttrack boots! I wish us all a deep winter and I’ll see you up there!”