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Season Wrap Up with Brendan Gerard

Brendan Gerard DTTD

Hey guys, just wanted to check in and let everyone know how things have been going. Started off the season pretty good, winning best trick at the San Francisco stop of the Downtown Throw Down.

Following that I headed overseas to do some strange mall parking lot demos, armed only with my trusty Capita, for an energy drink company in Turkey.

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Traveled all over Turkey, filming and doing weird demos, got over it, and headed north to film some pow in Austria and Switzerland.

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with Jonathan Nilsson and Nils Arvidsson

That all went cool so we continued north to Stockholm, Sweden to film some rails and what not. Check out this cool little B-roll edit from my good friend Diggles at Method Mag!

While in Stockholm, I linked up with the Transworld crew for a bit (Eiki, Gulli, Jonah, and Mark Wiitanen) and got some shots for their new Nation project. Check it HERE!

After two months in Europe, I decided I’d better get back to Cali, but not before a little rail jam in Istanbul. It was actually huge, they built some humongous 4 story tall scaffolding in the center of downtown Istanbul and more than 10,000 people showed up. We all decided to split the cash prize equally so I walked away with some cash, which is always a BONUS!

I gotta include this, it’s the commercial that we made to promote the event and it couldn’t be more funny.

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Made it back home, not a lot going on though unfortunately. The snow in tahoe as you all know, was record breaking low. Still made the best of it. Got the opportunity to go shoot the Transworld park shoot at Boreal. Check more HERE!

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Anyhow that’s about it, this was clearly way too long. If you’re interested in more, be sure to check out some free entertainment at Warp Wave and Springbreak Snowboards.

I’ll leave ya with cool tunes as well: http://settlersbandcamp.bandcamp.com

-Words by Brendan Gerard

Steez’n for a Reason – Snowboarders in the Meadow

Front Board Brady

6:30 am the mountain was socked in and reports of 40-60 mph gust on the ridge. How the hell do you cancel an event you worked this hard establishing and promoting? It’s the day of the JAM and the features are already loaded on our trailer the weather wasn’t the best but we were committed! It was time to hit the highway and hope for the best. With help of Heeber McNiel and Tj Hires we knew we couldn’t be beaten by some of mother natures Funk!

The Haul

The Haul

When we arrived at the first spot we quickly decided it was too windy, so we headed to a wind blocked area on the top of the summit. “steez treez” it was, today and we carefully started dragging these behemoth sized rails up the snowy hillside. A little weather won’t bother us true snowboarders. Dj Minsart and I had spent soo much time and effort on our new features, carrying up this hillside was the only thing slowing our world debut. With a little shoveling and a quick wipe down of the rails, it was just about showtime and steeze-balls were showing up by the subie load!

Wade, DJ and friends making it happen

Wade, DJ and friends making it happen

We set up some barrels at the entrance to gather old gear for the youth of our city, and a program called projectsnow.org. I knew the community would rally together for this but, I had know idea how much gear they would bring fourth. Thanks to everyone who donated there gear, your a good person, the gear is gonna make it to that right person! (see photo of all the gear)

The reason for steez'n

The reason for steez’n

Andy Crowell with Zunuz shoes, a proud sponsor of Steez’n for a Reason, Was there in full force. He set up a both and hooked up people with swag all day! He even sponsored best trick on the down bar and Brenton Aiken won some shoes. It was a battle for podium slots in that contest. but a smooth 27-on front blunt 27-off took the sneakers home- second place went to thee steeziest Bryce Salazar and third to Park City shred Jeff Spicolli. (Kevin Strande, LM33 really brought some heat as well, tough competition, but a session of epic proportions for sure)

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Brenton Aikin taking first
P: Andrew “Whodat” Guddat

After all those bangers on the down bar it was hot dogg city, thanks to yours truly and Ms Savannah Patton for cookin’ up those 100 hot dogs! Next time we decided to bring more condiments…. and some steaks! By this time the weather was literally perfect out and layers were being shed! It was turning out to be one of the greatest days of my winter. All my friends were there and we were having a great time! After the grub sesh we got back to jib’n and ollie’n over everything in sight. Brewer got sick with it and literally did every trick in the book thru out the day. Heres a pic of dude jus ollie’n a barrel yo’.(photo of andrew) I do feel the need to mention our super bad ass TM Gency Warren front 1′ed the same feature, another highlight of MY day. Thanks to Gency and Eternal for hooking up some shwag and sponsoring the event as well.

Andrew Brewer getting some hang time over the barrel P: Andrew "Whodat" Guddat

Andrew Brewer getting some hang time
P: Andrew “Whodat” Guddat

Next we all got into some jib-low (jibbing limbo). Check some of the photos of gettin down’n low, thanks to Stinky Socks the lowest jib nasties scored some sick socks. Bryce was stoked to get some new socks his feet were stinky, so it was a match made in heaven!

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Bryce Salazar taking home some Stinky Socks from the “Jib-Low”

Hey if you see Sunny Beard tell her shes a sock snatcher!

Workin' for those Stinkys

Workin’ for it
P: Andrew “Whodat” Guddat

Angelo Archeta was there getting wild too, love snowboarding with that guy. My good buddies from all over made it to this event. Multiple rad heads from South Lake Tahoe and even some good friends from Utah made the trek to get steezy. I didn’t hear one complaint, no bad attitudes, it was all good energy and tons of stoked shredders. I was really happy and so was my bro DJ, from MNM Enterprises who provided the rails. We had a bunch more shwag to give out and it was already like 4pm so DJ started to hook up the skiers with rad Moment gear, thanks to Dane Dacus.

The afternoon seemed to fly by, felt like we were only there for a few hours. I guess good music, rad rails, and family fun will do that to an afternoon. It was an awesome feeling seeing all of my hard work pay off from this event, sure cant wait to do another one in the future. Glad everyone had fun, and no one got hurt. A Special thanks goes out to all the sponsors of the event, and the forest service for letting us use the land!

Words: Wade Godi

Photos: Andrew Guddat and Wade Godi

Summit Shred Sesh

With blacked out passes and tourist invasions, President’s Day Weekend leaves many snowboarders in the Reno/Tahoe area with limited riding options, often stuck at home waiting for the long weekend to pass. This year however, good friend and Reno’s own build-to-shred expert, DJ Minsart and team member Wade Godi gathered the team and friends to build a mini park of their own to shred. Loaded with 4 rails hand-crafted by DJ himself, a BBQ and a few cameras, the crew met at the Summit to set up a park run for everyone to ride.
Carrying over features

After a quick hour of set up, the rest of the day was open to shred the hand-built park.

Niko Nakamura   Muscles
Niko’s Gap to Tap                                                     Muscles…He’s a free agent

Brandon Sorel   Hank Le Master
Brandon Sorel Windin’ Up                                        Eternal Employee Hank Le Master

Ryan Stephens   Wade Godi Back Flip
Ryan Stephens Pressed Out                                    Wade’s Back Flip from Pole Jam

In the midst of a banger session, Ranger Rick stopped by to admire the set up and check on us. After a quick reminder to clean up after ourselves, we had the go ahead to keep riding.

Forest Ranger Rick

As the sun grew further West, it was time to pack it up. With 20 to 30 heads to help, the area was packed up in minutes. If you’re looking for features like these to have at your own disposal, DJ is the man to contact, willing to make any custom feature you can think of. Turned out to be a very successful day where no one had to spend money or battle long lift lines to shred!The Crew

Photos by Freddy Sanchez and Gency Warren

Catching Up with Brendan Gerard

So the weather has been pretty bunk in Tahoe obviously.  I finished up working on our entry for the Boreal Team Video Challenge, which our team of Jake Devine,  Andrew Brewer, Danyale Patterson, and I have won.

I headed down to LA to shoot a new ad campaign for Sabre Eyewear. That went great, we shot it on the beach in Venice, no complaints. Following the shoot I headed over to COMUNE clothing companies’ Drop City artist premiere always a good time.

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After a little SoCal sun I headed back north and then a little east over to Colorado to visit the fam in Summit County. We definitely did some family shredding and I struggled to keep up with my 11-year old freakishly good brother Red.


My close friend Ryan Scardigli called me up Christmas day and said he was coming into town to do a story for Method Magazine and Snowboarding Australia on urban snowboarding around Denver. So we spent the next week really cracking trying to get some content together and had a lot of success thanks to the help of locals Brendan Barry, John Hill, Jackson Fowler, and Billy Mackey. Our productive crew got a little too productive and found ourselves in Clear Creek County Jail for a couple nights. It was a surprisingly hospitable experience.

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Brendan's Mom doesn't want her baby in the clink

Anyhow, lots of mischief and mayhem in between and plenty of more to come!

Words by Brendan Gerard

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