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Interview with evo founder Bryce Phillips

Bryce Phillips is easily one of the most influential figures in the Northwest snow-riding scene. Founder of Seattle’s evo ski and snowboard shop and online retailer, he’s played a vital role in fostering a vibrant snow-sports community, cultivated largely through his entrepreneurial spirit, core company values and passionate staff. Read more

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Evo’s 10th anniversary party

How do you celebrate your 10th anniversary when you’re the premier ski and snowboard shop in Seattle and, thus, the anchor of the local snow-riding community in a city where worshiping winter is more a lifestyle than a sport?

You throw a party for the ages and honor your guests by ushering them into the center of that pulse. Via a red carpet.

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The Art of Flight Seattle Premiere

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The snowboard premiere season in Seattle got off to an intense—and oddly glitzy—start this past weekend: The Art of Flight, the 2-year-in-the-making, $2-million mega production by Curt Morgan and Travis Rice—a film that’s supposed to bridge the gap between the snowboard industry and the masses—played at Seattle’s McCaw Hall in downtown last weekend.

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2011 Crankworx and Bearclaw Invitational revisited

I can still hear the crowds. I can still feel the pulse of excitement surging down the sidelines with each trick thrown in dizzying spectacle. I can still feel the sun on my face, and the immensity of mountains soaring up on either side. I can still feel every inch of the runs from the top of the mountain to the bottom.

Crankworx was a month ago now, but it hasn’t faded.

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New jump on the Paramount line at Duthie Hill Mtb Park

Here are the Round 2 photos of our recent project: a new hip near the top of the Paramount line. The berm after it was ripped out and re-dug as well.

Many more hands helped complete this beast than are pictured. A definite brigade with one ultimate mission: finish construction before the soft afternoon sunlight faded to dusk. The commitment prevailed. Check out the Contour video at the bottom: Billy shredding the line. The artist and his canvas.

Gear review: GNU 2011 B-Pro C2BTX

Simply put, the 2011 GNU B-Pro C2BTX is worthy of the snake skin. The legacy freeride board marks the latest shred-rig sculpted by legendary GNU pro-rider Barrett Christy. Yet, the B-Pro’s textured snake-skin topsheet—and lurking graphic beneath—is more than an exotic allure to the intrepid female ripper. Logically, it complements a board whose cunning instinct is brought to the entire mountain and breath of snow conditions.

With the NW’s schyzo weather this season, I’ve been able to ride the B-Pro in all conditions: hardpack, ice, heavy powder, blower pow, corn, moguls, etc. Overall, it proved agile and poppy, and a stable carving machine. In the deep stuff, it floated, but was responsive.

All in one board, you ask? Yep. For the heavy $539.oo, you get what you pay for—the confidence to charge.

The fined-tuned performance of the 2011 B-Pro takes credit largely from its C2BTX construction design (C2 Banana with Magnetraction)—rocker between your feet, camber out to each end, and those ribbed edges. The camber is responsible for that crisp pop. It also provides steadiness on landings, while bombing hardpack or negotiating hairy lines. The rocker grants smooth carving and easily initiated turns, and even though it’s restricted to between the bindings, it makes the B-Pro sail through powder. I had to put in little effort to achieve a fun ride.

GNU toned down the Magnetraction in their C2 boards this year. I’m stoked. I like those additional contact points for ice, but originally they were too prominent, and thus super grabby. In the 2011, those wavy edges are more subtle. The effectiveness remains, but the overly efficient control (when carving) is subdued.

The C2 design might be her soul, but the B-Pro’s core is solid, too. Mervin’s eco “fast-growing” farmed wood is sandwiched between a light and durable tip and tail. Strong Quasi Glass sheds overall weight, and its triaxial- and biaxial combo aids the B-Pro’s pop. The sidewalls are impact-resistant, and the steel edges extend only along the contact points (not the tip and tail), cleaving more weight. All that translates as such: I can hike easier with this board, than my old heavy B-Nice. I can toss it around. And it should withstand typical abuse—my B Nice lasted long.

The 2011 B-Pro’s sizes are appropriate to a female “freeride” stick:  146, 149, 152, 155. At 5’5″ and 115lbs., I got a 149, which registers a 4.5 flex— sturdy for all-mountain riding, but limber enough for fun in the park. If you’re a parkrat, get a park board. The B-Pro has good crossover, but it’s a freeride machine. Directionally, it’s a true twin. It transfers to switch well, and makes riding switch easy for those acquiring the balance.

Some feel-good reasons to consider the B-Pro: Mervin boards are made in the U.S. with eco friendlier practices, and the B-Pro is a Boarding for Breast Cancer board.

As with my bindings, I researched thoroughly before buying this board, and am thrilled. It’s an adept beast that delivers for the female shredder who harbors the same bold attitude.

Deep pow, surface board.

Lurking in the whiteout

New board: 2011 GNU B-Pro C2BTX

You can almost feel the pulsing angst of this board to get on snow. I mean, look at it. So badass; it’s choppin at the bit to steam things up in the cold. The GNU B-Pro C2BTX, Barrett Christy’s. Tomorrow I’ll take it for a debut ride. Seems a fitting entrance on the stage of the new year. I’ve had to wait for snow to cover up all those rocks at the entrance of International. But patience is a virtue, and proper discretion for new bases and fresh wax jobs.

Anyway, I just wanted to give you a peak at my new “wicked” setup. The top sheet, in fact isn’t gloss, but textured to the snakeskin, making it even more profound. The subtle snakeskin and pink/purple dustings on the K2 Auto Agogos mounted on it creates a fusion of aesthetics.

Hannah Stouffer did the art on the board. I’m a big fan of her work: so fiery, so vehement-at-dawn; have a look here.

But you’re probably curious about the board’s specs (description hat-tip: evo):

149
Flex Rating: 4.5-6
True Twin

Construction and Core:Mervin AG 2 Eco farmed wood core with Sandwich construction and Quasi glass is lightweight, durable, and more responsive than telemarketers. // C2 Banana with Magnetraction Technology is the perfect combination of camber at each end and Banana Tech between your feet // Camber gives the board end-to-end stability and pop for big landings and critical lines, and Banana makes for great carving on hardpack and ice and easy float in powder and variable conditions. To top it all off, the Beans Bio Polymer Snakeskin topsheet is strong, durable, and environmentally-friendly.

Get’s ya all fired up, eh? I’ll report back from the field with an on-snow critique soon.

And, hey—Happy New Year!