Sean MacCormac is just like you and me. He puts his (probably very expensive custom sportswear) pants on one leg at a time, then straps a snowboard to his feet, cinches a parachute to his back, and leaps headlong out of a plane and directly into a thunderstorm above Florida.
Surfing and snowboarding are similar enough and attract the same people and require some of the same skills that it makes sense that surfers snowboard and snowboarders surf. This video is a combination of those worlds in that Martin Winkler uses a surfboard to snowboard. It’s like riding waves in the ocean, only if…
If there is no snow to snowboard it only makes sense to hook yourself onto a helicopter and take your snowboarding to the clouds. Watch as stuntman Wildman Adrian Cenni carves on clouds 6,000 feet in the air while the helicopter flings him around at 80mph. It looks so sick. Like a human Silver Surfer or something.
I run, bike, swim, surf, snowboard, paddle, hunt and ride motorcycles. Not only is the Garmin Fenix 3 the first smartwatch capable of keeping up throughout all those activities, but it’s also the first to genuinely help me become better at them.
In 2013, former Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher fell while skiing and suffered a traumatic brain injury even though he was wearing a helmet. The culprit? Some sources blame his helmet-mounted GoPro. Now, Sweet Protection has designed the first snow helmet capable of protecting you from your action camera.
Modern helmet construction hasn't changed significantly since the adoption of styrofoam impact absorption in the 1960s. But new materials and construction methods are improving safety, in some cases absorbing 30 percent more energy than their styrofoam equivalents. And you can buy helmets made from them today.
Want to have fun in the snow outside a ski resort? Then avalanches are going to be a huge risk. 35 people were killed by them in the US last winter alone. But, with a little preparation, a few gadgets and some basic knowhow, they can be survivable.
The fact that Dan Brisse is a profesional snowboarder doesn't make this any less nuts. Dan climbs to the top of a four story parking, puts his snowboard on, gets pulled by a truck to get speed and finally jumps landing on the rooftop of the building across the street. Crazy!
Watch snowboarder Xavier de la Rue arriving to the top of a mountain in a helicopter, then rappelling down a rocky cliff in order to be able to speed down an almost vertical virgin snow tube. It feels exhilarating to watch it—I can't even imagine how it must feel in real life.
You see that speck at the top of the mountain? That's snowboarder Matt Annetts standing on top of a 3600 feet tall mountain face that's so steep it looks completely vertical. And he's going to snowboard down the whole damn thing. And you get to watch him. And yeah, it's nuts. Breath evaporatingly nuts.
It's about that time when when days off mean more time shredding the slopes—or at least trying to mitigate ass-bruising. But before you go, take a look at the thing that will carry you down the hill. That simple board has 45 years of engineering and optimization built into it—all so we can do crazy things with piles…
Winter is coming. Maybe it doesn't seem like it but once the clock ticks a wee bit more, it's going to get cold, it's going to snow and it's going to be SNOWBOARDING SEASON. To get a little taste, watch these guys snowboard down gigantically scary mountains. I will never be this cool.
We just got some playtime with the ROAM, a new action-minded video camera from Contour. Its strong, no-frills design and 1080p video makes it very competitive with similarly-priced GoPros.
We have seen e-ink in plenty of watches and clocks, but this is the first time we have ever seen e-ink in a snowboard.
One of the best things about Winter is a fresh blanket of pristine snow. And the gear that helps you ride down it. Here are some gifts for the powderhounds in your life.
The only thing worse than embarrassing yourself while skiing or snowboarding is messing up your cranium in the process. Enter the Head Impact Detection and Alert System, a sophisticated helmet that both detects and signals brain injuries as they occur.
After testing a banana tech snowboard last year, Lib/Gnu sent me this Danny Kass banana board. With C2BTX technology, the tips are turned down a bit to help with pop. I love it. You should take it off my hands.
Tonight's the Men's Olympics Snowboarding Halfpipe event. Have you heard of Shaun White's personal superpipe in which he compressed the training equivalent of years into a day, mastering insane new tricks that I can't even wrap my brain around?
I just updated my winter outdoor gadget gift list with a number of newly tested pieces of gear. [Gifts for Outdoor Geeks Not Afraid of Sunshine or Sweat. Pictured, the Eton FR 600 Radio in our guide]
Our Snowmodo meetup in Tahoe, CA is on Saturday, chock with snow, gadgets and fun for everyone — even if you can't ski or snowboard. Here's everything you need to know about coming.