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Brandon Sorel on Burton AK

Burton AK Review

Before heading up to Alaska for the first time, I wanted to be prepared with Burton’s most water-resistant gear and went with the AK 2L Cyclic Jacket and AK 2L Stagger Pant.

The Jacket has a smaller fit than expected, so I went a size bigger than I normally would wear. The Cyclic Jacket has a shell style feel to it, being light and very easy to move in. I would recommend wearing the jacket over top of a few layers to stay warm in temperatures below 32°F, which is also a good reason to get a size bigger than normal.

As for holding up against the elements, the jacket has been great. Wind, rain, sleet or snow doesn’t penetrate the GORE-TEX material, keeping you dry at all times, but dependent on the base layers to keep insulated and warm.

Brandon Sorel

The Burton AK 2L Stagger Pants have been great as well. They have a more true fit than the jacket, and I went with my normal pant size. They have a similar “shell” type feel to them also, making for a great hiking pant. The pants are breathable, lightweight, and comfortable. I recommend a base layer under them for temperatures below freezing (32°F).

When wearing the Jacket with the Pants, there are 3 clips for attaching the powder skirt, which works efficient enough, but not as well as the zipper design from previous years. The elastic adjustments on the inside of the waistband make for a perfect fit on most body sizes. The GORE-TEX material holds strong against the wind, rain, sleet or snow and keeps you very dry all day long.

Words by Eternal Team Rider Brandon Sorel

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!

bryce with socks SM

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

Eternal and Park Pals take over Idlewild Skate Park

Eternal Skate Team and Park Pals

On July 20th and August 3rd, the Eternal Skate Team and Reno Park Pals headed over to Idlewild skate park for a mini skate board camp.  There were about 30 kids in the program that day and most were very excited to try out some of the skateboards that we brought.  There were about 10 extra skate boards, so while every one was not able to skate at the same time, each of the kids had an opportunity to roll around.

Eternal Skate Team and Park Pals

 

We arrived at the park around 130pm and set up our tent.  There isn’t a whole lot of shade in the early afternoon at Idlewild, and it was hot. Our tent was definitely appreciated  by the kids.

 

 

We did a little Q and A about skateboarding with the kids, and many of them knew their way around a deck.  Some had brought their own skateboards, and many were eager to try the ones we had.  Travis, Seth, Jake, Dalton, Nathan, Adam were on hand to give pointers and demo their skills for kids.  Edgar was there as well getting some video. As it got hotter, more kids took water breaks and sat in the shade to cool off while others got their turn on the skateboards.  To wrap it, each Park Pals kids got a sticker and a poster from the crew to take home.

 

Park Pals is a little known program funded by Reno Parks and Recreation and private grants.  The program targets at risk youth that are living in hotels around the downtown area and gives them opportunity to participate in summer activities.  They also provide lunches during the week.    The Park Pals program was almost cut last year, but some last-minute funding came through. If you would like more information, please contact the City of Reno Parks and Recreation department.

 

Below is a video from 2011 about the Park Pals program.
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