Absinthe Films is back with their annual Sphere of Influence Tour to premiere their latest shred flick, Resonance, at the Hollywood Theater on Friday, September 14th, 2012. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm.
Resonance is an artistic celebration of Mother Nature’s 2011/2012 winter and captures the highlights in snowboarding across the globe in backcountry and urban riding with some of the best snowboarders on the planet. Directed and edited by Justin Hostynek and produced by Patrick Armbruster, this unique duo has released a long list of classics; adored by shred nerds everywhere.
The carbon neutral Sphere of Influence Tour is a film premiere event for all ages to meet the featured riders, crews behind the scenes and win prizes. We encourage our audiences to help out Mother Nature by walking, skipping, biking, skating or taking public transportation to the theater as we will also roll up with featured riders in a vegetable oil powered bus at most events.
Tickets are $10.00 and are available at select snowboard retail shops Mountain Shop, Exit real World, US Outdoor, Gorge Performance and will also be available at the door. A portion of tickets sales will go to The Snowrider Project.
For more information on the premiere event, about how we make our tour carbon neutral, the non-profits we donate to, or interviews with riders and crew members, please contact North American tour manager Jennifer Rebbetoy at 760-807-9823 or Jennifer@absinthe-film.com
Visit our website and Facebook page for more general tour information.
Powderwhore’s newest film Breaking Trail is coming to Portland’s Kennedy School Thursday, October 13 @7:30 pm. Come early and purchase pockets full of raffle tickets to benefit Portland’s Snowrider Project.
Raffle items this year include a pair of 176cm Black Diamond Drift skis, a Mt. Hood Fusion Pass and a pair of G3 Onyx alpine touring bindings. Other sponsors include Mt. Hood Meadows, The Mountain Shop, Next Adventure, Voodoo Doughnut, Cobra Dogs, Shuler Surfboards, Patagonia, Cilo Gear and Resource Revival. We thank all of our sponsors and look forward to seeing you at The Kennedy School.
Tickets may be purchased in advance here.
We who choose to slide sideways down a mountain have endured clichéd jabs for years: “How many snowboarders does it take to change a light bulb? One to hold it, one to film it, and the other to say, SICK BRO!” Possibly “endured” isn’t accurate for all as I never identified with the pants-on-the-ground stereotype. The irony now is that I’m well into my 22nd season riding a snowboard-after growing up on skis as a kid-and I feel I’m starting to tow the anti-knuckle dragger line.
Snowboarding is finally old enough to a claim a growing demographic of people over the age of 30 and it makes me wonder just how many people have reached the same conclusion: We don’t identify with the general vibe and attitude coming out of our sport from the “chitlens” out there on the mountain.
Does this mean that, (gasp!) we are drifting back towards the more established, conservative dogma that skiing has always represented to us? A dogma that pushed us to run from skiing in the first place? More often than not I feel no kinship with the current crop of folks strapping into their bindings sporting the current “next big thing” accoutrements which tends to be a mix of plumbers crack, saggy pants paired with some other absurdly large jacket or hoody that, while they may look at home in the advertisement rich, Cosmo sized snowboard mags, don’t seem to cut it when its cold and snowing sideways in your face.
I rode up the chairlift the other day with a kid sporting a pair of 6 finger gloves that one of the cool kid companies has come out with. He pointed out the extra digit to me, stiffly pointed out like rigor mortis. “Pretty cool huh” he snickered. Umm…”no not really.”
So what to make of all this? Am I just turning into another curmudgeonly, old timer of the sport? One who has seen the sun set on his youthful excesses and now just wants to rant about how the good old days used to be? I’ll be the first to admit that snowboarding has progressed exponentially since I borrowed my buddies Burton Elite 160 and gave it a go in the Spring of 1988. Stuff is getting thrown down these days that not only blows minds but also, knees, shoulders and necks. It’s the real deal and it can put you in the hospital or worse if you come up short. Its rad. Its progressive. I get that.
But why does all the other crap that doesn’t matter have to come along for the ride? Do we need all of that to make our sport cool? Shouldn’t the riding just speak for itself? Something to think about the next time you consider throwing down cash for a pair of six fingered gloves.
-Shralp(Snowrider Project volunteer)
Matt Bedrin climbed his 3rd Cascade Peak out of 40 yesterday along with Chris Winter of the Crag Law Center. Way to go guys! Not too shabby for an El Niño year. We hope to tick off a few with you and are praying for snow along with countless others. See you tomorrow night at the Green Drop Garage for Pints for Peaks. Cheers!
We found some great snow in the trees between 4,500 and 6,000 ft. Starting the day in Govy with thumbs out always means a fun bonus descent at the end of a tour. By 2pm the snow lower down manked up some at which point we beat a retreat to Govy for beers and some American football at Snowrider’s Govy branch. Thanks as always Lendog for your hospitality when we sweaty and disheveled dirtbags pound on your door.
The new snow means good things for skiers and boarders but also for local businesses and their hardworking employees. People whose hours have been curtailed due to a lack of snow recently hopefully will have their normal workloads and paychecks back.