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  • Ashley Battersby crowned queen at Nine Queens!

    Ashley Battersby finished up a week long session at the Suzuki Nine Queens in Austria by nailing a switch 1080 mute grab. Even though she’d tried this trick in the past, this was her first time to land it… now with a switch 1080 mute grab in her bag of tricks, we’re positive she’ll be unstoppable.

    Full set of results:

    1. Ashley Battersby (switch 1080 mute, switch 720 mute)
    2. Eveline Bhend (misty 720 mute, misty 900 mute)
    3. Kaya Turski (switch 1080 safety, switch 720 critical)
    4. Keri Herman (switch cork 540 high safety, switch 720 safety)
    5. Devin Logan (switch 540 safety, cork 720 tail)
    6. Emilia Wint (switch cork 540, 720 mute)
    7. Emma Dahlström (switch 540 japan, switch 720 mute)
    8. Anna Segal (switch 720 mute, cork 900 mute)

  • Aspen Open Update from Erika Vikander

    Erika Vikander has been traveling so much this season that she has hardly had time to sit still…. a small injury during the Rev Tour forced her into a little bit of R&R, but after just a week, she’s back on the road. Here’s some deets from her travelling last week. She’s out at Mammoth for the Grand Prix this week, so check back for the results on that!

    Erika Vikander at the Aspen OpenMain Street in AspenAfter a much needed week off to let my body do some recovering, we drove back to Breckenridge on the night of Monday the 20th. We had two full days to practice on the notorious Aspen Open course. Early the following morning we got up to make the drive over to Aspen, with a little bit of unexpected weather we were unable to get over there in time to train that day, instead we registered, went back to our place, and let our minds ponder what the course might be like the following day.

    The following day was gray still, flat light, and a little bit of wind, but the jumps were manageable. This is by far the most technical course I have ever ridden, and I have a lot of respect for the athletes who competed on this same course for X-Games. The jumps, were big, and incredibly close together, with different speed needed each time you hit them, it was the perfect recipe to psyche yourself out. I decided that it was impairative to hit all of the jumps in a row at least to feel them out despite the conditions.

    The jumps were hard to clear sometimes, and unfortunately the knuckle of those beasts claimed a lot of talented riders.
    During training I think only about 3 girls made it through the entire course, myself included, so I was feeling about as prepared as everyone else, although I would be unable to do the run I really wanted, due to the lack of space between the take-off’s and landings.

    Aspen Open jumplineOn the road from Aspen for Mammoth!With four days between the training and my actual contest day, I had another day to rest, let my body recover, and watch some of the competition. On Saturday, the men’s slopestyle semi’s were going on, so the girls all snuck in a little extra practice.
    It was almost like riding a different course, the speed was FAST, it was almost scary, I took one run through the course to inspect the features before hitting them. When I came around again on my next lap, I had my bruised heels and tailbone in mind, thinking that landing short on the knuckle would be a season ender. I mentally prepared to go big on the first jump to line myself for the next three with lots of speed, I took the exact same line I had during practice with the same speed, and landed at the bottom of the landing directly on my already bruised tailbone. OUCH. That was all the practice I could handle that day, and I spent the rest of my day sitting in an ice tub.

    A great meal, some water, and ibuprofen had me asleep by 10pm on Saturday night before the contest. My body was very sore the next morning, but thanks to CAPIX I had some impact shorts to wear to help prevent future bruising.

    At the top of the course by 9am practice was over in a flash and went very well, but Aspen had other plans for us ladies, and by the time we were to compete, the winds were gusting in every direction. Wind is a scary element to deal with, not only do you have no control over it, when you get a huge gust mid-jump, there is essentially nothing you can do. With this in the back of all of our minds, we decided to go for it anyways, and the ladies hit the course.

    I was really hurting, but I wanted to make it through the whole course, and at least hit all of the jumps, I accomplished that, along with only 2 other ladies and landed myself in 4th place. I am happy with my performance as this was one of the most intense courses, I have yet faced. I came, I rode, and I conquered my own fears, which is a gold in my mind. Now off to Mammoth for the Grand Prix!

    Akinz, Echelon Snowboards, Capix Helmets, Gatorade,Fydelity, Canyons, Aerial 7

  • Erika Vikander’s Update – Cholula Triple Air & Dew Tour

    Erika has been traveling and competing over the last month and managed to bang herself up pretty good. Here’s her update on her experience at the Cholula Triple Air and Dew Tour in Snowbasin.

    Erika Vikander and Max Peters at the Dew Tour Snowbasin
    After a rough couple of days traveling back from Southern California from the Cholula Triple Air, where I bruised both heels and my tailbone severely, I was more than disappointed to know that I wouldn’t be totally healthy for the last stop of the Dew Tour.
    I made it back to Park City with a day to rest and ice before the Dew Tour practice started the following day, I was having trouble walking, and couldn’t think about how much landing from a big jump would hurt so I went by Surefoot to get some insight and custom footbeds from their friendly staff. I am flat footed anyways, so I needed to get this done, and I was finally in enough pain that I just went for it.
    After gathering those, and some compression shorts I religiously iced all evening in hopes I would feel a lot better the following morning, unfortunately, I did not.

    Erika Vikander on a rail at dew tourI decided while driving up to Snowbasin around 7am on another gray day that I really need to listen to my body and take it easy, although taking it easy in my mind is not exactly what the doctor would order. Training went pretty well despite the flat light, and my lack of riding the prior days, but as I went to hit the jumps the first time, I cased off the up box- cannon feature. Ouch. That was about all I could handle and at that point I realized I needed to just get through this and take a few days off for the sake of my body.

    I haven’t been injured much throughout my career, but injuring something as debilitating as your heels and tailbone is enough to send chills down your spine every time you take a step. I have a high pain thresh hold, but this was something that was simply not worth pushing through, ultimately making it worse, and would probably prevent me from competing for the rest of the season.

    Regardless of my condition is a privilege to be a part of the Dew Tour and especially the finals. I knew I couldn’t hit the jumps, nor withstand too much pounding on my heels but I didn’t want to completely drop out, so I got up early went to the top of the course and had to look at this competition in an entirely different fashion. When you go into something knowing you are not physically in a state to be doing so, your mind does funny things. Your mental state of mind makes up a bigger portion of your snowboarding than many may think, and it is extremely hard to overcome mental “blocks” you put up in your head. Learning to over come and push through these mental blocks is something one must do everyday while training, and especially with competing.
    In the end after taking my two runs through the rail sections, I ended up in 12th place, not my best showing, but I am still proud to say I pushed through the pain and dropped in, after all thats what we are supposed to do as athletes right? Push the limits?
    Thanks a ton to all of my sponsors and family who support me in everything I do!

  • Otterbox banners at XGames

    If you’re out at the X-Games, check out these awesome banners from Otterbox featuring two of our team riders, Erika Vikander and Ryan Hryckiewicz. Yay for Fort Collins business collaboration!

  • Erika road trips to Rev Tour

    Having driven to Park City the previous day from Colorado, I squeezed in enough time to Ride at Canyons to stretch my legs out before heading to Tahoe on Monday the 9th of January.

    Erika Vikander at Lake TahoeWe left around 10am after stopping by Starbucks of course. Anyone who knows me knows how addicted to coffee I am so there will be many more references throughout this post. The skies were blue, the road was clear, and we had my one and only Highlander set at a comfortable 78mph cruise control.Tthe speed limit is 75) With about 500 miles of open road in front of us, we thought it was necessary to set out at a diligent pace. Fortunately for me, I just got an I phone, thanks to my stepdad, so I had lots of entertaining things going on during the drive. I have become an instragram user as well so we took a ton of pictures.

    Upon arriving, I was devastated to see how little snow there was in Tahoe, I had heard there wasn’t any, but it’s hard to believe until you see it! We checked into our place at the base of Northstar, and got to bed early to get ready for training the next morning.

    Another beautiful spring-like morning in California had us up on the mountain around 9am. The course wasn’t open until 10, so we had a bit to check out the other features on the mountain. The rail line that was setup before you got to the course was really fun to play around, and get warmed up on, but the course was the place to be if you were trying to ride park.

    I had a great day training on the course, and felt pretty good. Considering I didn’t compete until Friday, I didn’t want to push it too hard. A few more days of fun in the sun and Friday had already snuck up on me.

    It was a crisp bluebird morning the day of the 13th, and the course was incredibly fast. I had no complaints about the course which consisted of; two options up top, on the right was a down box to a flat-down box, and to the left was a down rail, to a really fun wall ride. To finish it off was two jumps. I chose to hit the left side because the judges had determined it was the “more difficult” line of the two. I had a blast weaving my way through the course, and got two laps in before the contest started.

    Max Peters and Erika VikanderUS Revolution Tour

    I was 3rd to last in the heat of about 30-40 girls, so I had a long time to try to stay warm, and focused. Being so early in the morning, I knew people would have trouble putting a run down due to the shady conditions on the course, so I played it pretty safe on my first run, and qualified 2nd for finals.
    When finals started the top 6 ladies were gathered at the top around 11am the sun was just peeking out around the trees to light up the course for us. Again I was 4th to drop so I had to stay entirely focused, and warm while waiting for my other competitors to take their runs.

    I stomped both of my runs, but in the end I played it just a little too safe. I took third on the podium behind some very talented girls that were really fun to watch. Lots of respect to all of the other women throwing down on this course, it was wildly entertaining! I did my research before awards and found there was a Starbucks conveniently located right in the village where awards were being held so once again, I got some coffee.
    We left early the next morning to head back to Park City, arriving a little later than expected we were both so tired at the end we had to hit the hay. Now, off to to Breck for some training, big jumps, and S.I.A.

    Thanks to everyone at the REV TOUR and NORTHSTAR for putting on a wonderful event, as well as a thanks to all of my sponsors for your support (Gatorade, Capix, Akinz, Fydelity)

    Erika Vikander on podium at US Rev Tour

    And one special thanks to ECHELON SNOWBOARDS for making this trip possible for me!

  • Update from out West – Claire Hewitt-Demeyer

    In this sad sad winter of no snow, the land out west, AKA Tahoe has been getting the worst of it, but Claire hasn’t let that stop her, she’s filling up her weekends with rail jam time. Here’s a little update from our western team rider, Claire Hewitt-Demeyer.

    I am competing in the USASA rail jam series for 2011/2012. USASA has hosted two events in South Lake Tahoe so far. The first competition was held off of HWY 50 by Reagan beach. A lot of locals came out to compete and have a great time! On 12/3/11 twenty five competitors came to Tahoe for the 1st USASA rail jam series. I took 2nd place in the event. The second USASA rail jam was hosted this weekend 1/6/12, this event also was a competition to get an invite to the Winter X Games in Aspen Co. I took 1st place, Natasha Sagucka took 2nd, and Julianne Brackett took 3rd. Along with taking 1st place I took runner up for the invite to the Aspen winter X Games. I hope that you can all make it to the 3rd event on 2/3/12 go to

    Claire Hewitt Demeyer rail jam
    (photo by Nathan Vetter)

    I did two competitions this weekend the other being the Volcom Peanut Butter Rail jam. Volcom’s 1st stop of the Peanut Butter and rail jam was at Sierra Resort in Tahoe. The set up was a lot of fun: a down flat down, pole jam to pole bonk, and a down rail. There was a lot of great talent that showed up for event. Everyone gave it their all! Here are the results of the competition: Girls: 1st Rebeccas Bruce, 2nd Fancy Rutherford, 3rd Julianne Bracket, 4th Claire Hewitt-Demeyer, and 5th Tasha Sagucka. The top five finalists of each division got an invite to the championship in Mammoth Ca, April 21, 2012 for a winning of $20,000.

    I want to thank my sponsors: Flow Snowboards, Akinz Boardwear, Essi Eyewear, and Shred Betties Magazine.

  • A little wakesurfing for ya

    Akinz team rider Kim Kirch and friend Monica Thatcher getting after some wakesurfing while waiting for the snow to start falling again.

    You take your car to work and I’ll take my board! from kimkirch on Vimeo.

  • HoodLife with Erika Vikander

    Newest edit from the summer from Erika Vikander.

    HoodLife with Erika Vikander from Alice Owens on Vimeo.

  • Summertime in Oregon

    Team rider Erika Vikander spent the majority of her summer up at Mt. Hood trying to get in some epic summer riding and training, but the thing about summer is that when it rains, it makes it hard to pretend that winter hasn’t ended yet. Here’s how she spent some of those days off the mountain.

    “Oregon is truly one of the most majestic places I have ever traveled to. Low clouds, rolling green mountains, thick forest, cold rivers, and amazing hot springs just to name a few things that took place while I was there this summer. I did a ton of snowboarding too, but thats not what I made this edit about. This is more for fun to show what the lifestyle is like up there when you’re NOT riding. And let me tell you, it’s a lifestyle I could definitely get used to.” — Erika “The Viking” Vikander

    Woodsy Shenanigans with Erika, Jonny and JP from erika Vikander on Vimeo.

  • Summer Camp Time with Erika Vikander

    Summer Camps are going on all over the country and our ladies crew is coaching all over the country. Lil’ Kim Kirch was out at the Kansas City Watersports teaching an all girls Wakeboard Camp with Melissa Marquardt at the beginning of June. Team skier Ashley Battersby will be out at Windell’s all summer. And team rider Erika Vikander just made her way out to Hood, but not before making a stop at Woodward at Copper to coach the adult session.

    Copper Snowboard camp ladies groupOver the past couple months I have been looking forward to being a “guest pro” for Woodward at Copper’s first session sponsored by So when June 13th rolled around, I was more than ready to hop in the car and drive to Summit County for adult week at Woodward.

    The campers arrived on June 14th and had the day to settle before a welcome dinner that evening. After the dinner the wonderful staff at woodward took the time to walk everyone through the facility and the schedule for the next day. I am still in awe as to what an state-of-the-art facility they have to offer. With real snow jumps, and an airbag outside, to multiple trampolines, foam pits, and snowflex jumps in the barn, Woodward offers a variation of features for all ability levels.

    The following morning was the first day on snow, the excitement was in the air as we all loaded up the buses after breakfast, which was supplied all week including lunch and dinner! (Thanks Woodward!) When we got to the snow, we had a little time to check out the features and decide whether or not we wanted to hike, or take car laps, I opted to take advantage of the car laps and not tire myself out hiking in the hot sun. First day was pretty mellow as everyone was getting their legs back, and I had some work to get accomplished as well. I showed up to camp with several awesome products from my sponsors; NICHE SNOWBOARDS, GATORADE, AND AKINZ to give to the campers. Niche had given me a snowboard to specifically give to the girl I thought deserved it the most, and I had already made a decision the first day. Just as anxious as the rest of the campers, I had trouble sleeping that night and couldn’t wait to get back on snow the following day.

    Teaching board slides at Woodward at CopperWe woke to a beautiful sunny morning. With the sun dancing on the iridescent mountain-tops it was one of the most inviting spectacles I have ever seen. Fifteen minutes later I arrived back at breakfast got my coffee and was back on the bus being shuttled to the hill. There were a couple of other invited pro’s there, and I had the chance to get to ride with those guys, which was awesome! Woodward was also flexible enough to let me interact as much or as little with the campers, and especially the female campers. I gave pointers where I could, but most of the girls were separated into all male groups, so I went around to the girls and let them know that the following day we were having an all girls group and it was ON!

    Before leaving on Thursday, myself and the two other male snowboard pro’s were invited to stay after the campers left and have a private photoshoot in the park. We were all so excited to just be able to ride without a lot of people there, but we also got snowmobile laps on the park! What an end to an already amazing day. WOODWARD you really outdid yourselves there! And a huge shoutout to RYAN SABOL for taking great shots! That evening there were some fun activities geared towards the adult campers, I came out and spectated for a while at the beer pong tournament, we had some fun!

    Erika doing a method at Woodward Summer CampFriday was the last day of camp, although the spirits were up, the mutual feeling about camp being
    over was a sad one. Determined to make sure the girls specifically had a good time, I grabbed each one from their separate groups, and formed our own. I wanted to work, but also make it fun for the girls, so I told them that I would give them each prize packages for really trying new things. Every single girl in my group took at least 3 huge steps up their personal ladders, which is more than any coach can ask for. The looks on their faces at the end of the day was priceless, and it feels awesome to get people stoked on something you truly love as well. The day flew by, and we barely had enough time to hit the jump, before we started the highest high-five contest for the entire camp. Everyone participated and had so much fun, the pictures will justify.

    After the on-snow session we came down to “The Edge,” to have lunch, and do the giveaways. I had prize packages put together for all the girls, and the seemed pretty stoked! I had one snowboard to give to a girl, as well as Scott having bindings and boots to giveaway. Lisa Collier was a camper in my group from New York who clearly deserved a new setup, she had a great attitude, and was riding a setup straight from 1997. Upon receiving her new setup, she wasn’t sure what to do, cry, laugh, jump, scream, or just stand there in total disbelief. In the end she was so excited and it was rad to see what an impact you can make on someone’s life. Around the same time we had cases of Gatorade show up for the campers and staff to enjoy… Thanks Tera!

    Hope everyone had as much fun as me and comes back for the session at Woodward at Copper! THANKS ESPECIALLY TO AVRAN, GATORADE,NICHE, AKINZ AND OF COURSE WOODWARD FOR HAVING ME!