Submitted by Amber on January 14, 2015 at 2:41 pm

If you’re a skier looking to change things up, it turns out your skiing experience can make it easier to learn how to snowboard. You’re already familiar with the mountain resort environment and the concepts of edging and carving, and you’re already used to descending the mountain quickly. With this experience, you can reach the intermediate stage faster than someone who has never been on a mountain, though it’s different for everyone.

The Basic Differences

Though the differences between skiing and snowboarding may seem obvious, keep in mind we just want to be thorough.

– Skiing uses two “boards”, snowboarding uses one (we had to get that one out of the way)
– Skiers have poles to help them stay upright and standing when they’re not moving, whereas snowboarders constantly have to sit or work to remain on edge while they’re not moving
– Snowboarding is a lot easier on the knees than skiing, but is harder on your wrists
– It’s more difficult to get through flats on a snowboards, since you have no poles to help you out
– Snowboards work well in powder and crud, while skis are better in bumps and ice
– Once you’ve figured out how, it’s easier and faster to get up after a fall on a snowboard
– When you snowboard your feet are stuck together, which can be hard to get used to since you can’t step forward or backward to keep yourself from falling
– When you ski you don’t use your feet very much, but when you snowboard a small movement in your ankles can be the difference between standing up and eating snow

Starting Out

It’s always a good idea to take a few lessons, but if you don’t want to invest in those you can watch plenty of online tutorials (like this one or this one), or do some reading on your own.

Some tips to get you started:

– You are going to fall, probably a lot
– Staying low can help with your balance
– Get yourself some knee pads, wrist guards, and a helmet to keep from seriously injuring yourself.

We hope these tips help you out. Let us know how it goes!

Photos via www.bocatc.org and www.snowlife.org.uk

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Submitted by Amber on January 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm

In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, and having already given up on a few of them, I thought it would be a good idea to share Becky Nix’s story for a little inspiration.

Eight and a half years is a long time to keep up with any hobby, which makes Becky’s 102 months of snowboarding so impressive. Her goal is to reach 120 consecutive months, which means she only has a year and a half left to go. According to this article, her love of snowboarding began with an invitation from a friend in the middle of August. Since then she has boarded in Chile, Canada, Switzerland, and Colorado, California, Oregon, and Utah in the US. For a trip to count, she must make 14 turns. September is always her hardest month, since the snow from the previous season is gone and winter hasn’t started yet, but she still finds a way.

Her dedication and follow-through make the idea of going once a month during the regular season seem do-able. We hope this helps you get out there and stick to it!

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Submitted by Amber on January 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

When you think New Year’s Resolution, what comes to mind? Probably weight loss or spending more time at the gym, right? Because of that, learning to do something new or spending more time doing what you love can get overlooked.

Learning to Board

For anyone who has always wanted to snowboard but hasn’t actually gone and done it, make it your goal for 2015! snowboardaddiction.com gives some great tips for beginners. To summarize, they said:

– start in the learners area or “Bunny Hill” near the bottom of the run

– strap in to your board while sitting, facing downhill, then stand up and point your front hand down the fall line

– let yourself come to a stop as you ride into the flats after you’re comfortable controlling your speed and stopping on both edges, try starting at the top of the run

Don’t get discouraged if you fall a lot or if you feel like you’re terrible at it. Everyone has to start somewhere.

For more in-depth instructions, look here.

Spending More Time on the Slopes

It can be hard to make time to board, but there are three small things you can do to move your time around and get out there.

1. Put down your electronics. It’s amazing how much time is wasted in front of a screen. Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, are some of the biggest culprits. Instead of spending your Saturday glued to your phone or binge-watching your favorite show, go board instead.

2. Use a vacation day. You have vacation days for a reason. You may not want to use one so early in the year, but taking one day once or twice for a three-day weekend before the snow is gone is a great way to get some boarding in.

3. Get some sleep. To get the most out of your time snowboarding, make sure you sleep well before you hit the slopes. You don’t want to waste your vacation being tired. Make the most of your trip and stay well-rested so you have the energy you need on the slopes.

We hope this helps you keep your resolutions this year. We’ll see you out there!

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Submitted by Amber on December 24, 2014 at 11:39 am

With some help from worldsnowboardguide.com we’ve found the best places to board this winter.

Mammoth Mountain

Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Details: Mammoth’s slopes can get busy on the weekends, but it’s one of the biggest resorts in America with over 150 trails. No matter your style or ability, there’s plenty to do on the 3,500 acres the mountain provides.

Vail

Location: Vail, CO
Details: The terrain park has 3 halfpipes and 12 runs. It’s open to skiers, though is frequented almost exclusively by snowboarders. Throughout the season there’s such a variety of terrain, and so much of it that you can find small areas of unridden powder weeks after the last snowfall.

Mount Bachelor

Location: Bend, OR area
Details: This dormant volcano is a unique place to board. It is conical-shaped with seven high-speed quads, which offers 360 degree access to the whole area. Worldsnowboardguide.com said, “Chutes and gullies created long ago by lava flows gives the terrain a shape and contour found in few other places.”

Mount Hood Meadows

Location: Mount Hood, OR
Details: It’s hard to get lost on Mount Hood. You can spend a whole day taking different lines, but know that you are not too far from where you started. There is basic novice terrain as well as

Mount Baker

Location: Bellingham, WA
Details: Due to Mt. Baker’s isolation, large crowds are seldom seen. In fact, if you go mid-week you’ll almost have the place to yourself. The slopes span two mountains, with both providing the opportunity to ride steeps and deep powder.

Squaw Valley

Location: Olympic Valley, CA
Details: Squaw is one of the best-known snowboarder’s resorts in the Tahoe area. It provides 4000 acres of open bowl riding, 6 peaks, 30 lifts, 3 fun parks, a halfpipe, and a total capacity of 49,500 people per hour, you’ll definitely want to make your way here this year.

Jackson Hole

Location: Jackson Hole, WY
Details: Jackson is a high peaked mountain resort that is located in a large valley 10-40 miles wide and 50 miles long. Much of the terrain is rated black, offering some steep sections with trees and long chutes.

Heavenly

Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Details: Heavenly has over 40 years of operation under its belt, as well as some of the largest snowboard/ski acreage in the US. Heavenly is not just for the professionals – there is something here for everyone – but the slopes do favor intermediate and advanced riders.

Beaver Creek

Location: Avon, CO
Details: Though a little expensive, the rolling runs here cater to everyone from beginners to pros, and is definitely worth your time this season.

Did we miss your favorite place to board? If so, let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

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Submitted by Amber on December 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

Our boards are in for the 2014-2015 season, so if you are looking to buy a new board, the time is now! We’ve got our Standard and Pro boards, along with a few new surprises!

Standard Snowboards come in either black or white for $199, and you can get them in all of the following sizes:

145cm
150cm
155cm
158cm
159cm (wide)
163cm

 

Pro Snowboards have a sintered base and come in white with green sidewalls for $250. You can get this board in all of the following sizes:

145cm
150cm
155cm
158cm
159cm (wide)
163cm

 

New This Year
For the first time ever, you can get a Blank Splitboard for $399! Please note that splitboards require special bindings, and (unfortunately) are not compatible with Blank Bindings.

We also have limited edition reverse camber snowboards in the following colors and sizes:

Light Blue – 145cm
Red – 150cm
Yellow – 155cm
Orange – 158cm
Green – 159cm (wide)
Blue – 163cm

 

Be sure to get one before they’re gone!

Back by Popular Demand
Blank Bindings are back! With adjustable straps for different boots, you can change sizes on the fly without any tools! They’re also made with the universal four-hole bolt pattern, which means they will fit almost any board on the market today!

As always, we’re fully stocked with t-shirts and hats so you can represent Blank on and off the mountain. Check them out here!

 

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Submitted by Christian on November 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

Consider your new Blank board a blank canvas. While there are many ways to get artwork onto your board, one of the easiest and most durable is with a vinyl wrap. You make the design, send it to us, we get it printed and installed, and send the board to you, ready to ride.

To make things easier, we have a bunch of templates that you can use to lay out your graphics and get them just right. Download this file for six different formats: Photoshop, Illustrator, EPS, PSD, JPEG, and TIF. These templates are sized for a 155 cm board, but can be used for any size board by running your graphic a little long or leaving it a little short. You need to leave some bleed* over the edges anyway, and the print shop will make sure it’s all good before they print anything.

When your design is ready, just order your board and add the Custom Graphics to your shopping cart. After you check out and pay, you will get an order confirmation email, showing the custom graphic item. Reply to that email with your custom graphic, and we will work with you to make sure it is formatted correctly and all that technical jazz. Then we take your board from our warehouse over to the print shop and let them work their magic. When your custom board is ready to ship, we pick it up, make sure it looks awesome, pack it up, and ship it out.

It usually takes about five business days to get the board printed and shipped, starting at the time we get the graphic design finalized.

The print shop we use for this is really good at what they do, and regularly do jobs for big names like Red Bull, DC Shoes, etc. They’re all snowboarders too, and will make sure your board is going to look great. These are a few guidelines they sent over to help create your graphics right:

– All images submitted at appx. 75 dpi at 100% size. Meaning if a graphic is going to cover a 150cm deck (overall dimensions of appx. 11.5″w x 60″h) the artwork should be setup at a resolution that when scaled to the full size dimensions it displays at appx. 75dpi. If artwork is supplied at 50% scale (5.75″w x30″h) the artwork should be about 150 dpi; 25% scale (2.875″w x 15″h) artwork should be about 300 dpi. This number can vary up or down a bit, but we wouldn’t want anything submitted lower than 50dpi at 100% size or we run the risk of pixelization and low image quality.

– Artwork should contain appx. 1″ of bleed around all edges of artwork. So, if setup to cover a 150cm deck (overall dimensions of appx. 11.5″w x 60″h) the production graphic should be sized to roughly 13.5″w x 62″h. This is critical in mounting to the deck to achieve a clean bleed and to allow a little give when lining up to the deck. The extra graphic (bleed) is trimmed off during production. Obviously, overall dimensions will vary based on the size of deck. 150cm is only used as an example.

– Artwork should not contain critical elements or information close to the trim edge of the graphic or board. This is also the reason for needing the 1″ bleed and flexibility when aligning the graphic for mounting. Please allow appx. .5″ of ‘buffer’ space between the board (trim) edge and any critical elements.

– If text or fonts are used in the design please convert to OUTLINES prior to submitting. This will ensure there are no issues with mismatched fonts not found on our system.

*The “bleed” referred to here simply means that you should not crop your graphics to the shape of a board. The graphics need to extend off all edges of the board in order to fully cover it when they are applied.

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Submitted by Christian on October 25, 2013 at 10:30 am

Great news for all you eager beavers! We’re ready with a whole new lineup for the 2013-2014 season, including 145, 150, 155, 158, 159 Wide (yeah!), and 163. Everything from 155 and up is also available in a more advanced model with sintered base, for the hardcore riders out there.

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Submitted by Christian on October 14, 2013 at 10:03 am

After five years of making high quality boards at affordable prices, we decided to step up the game with Blank Bindings. We’ve been designing and testing for some time now, and are in production of a limited number of bindings for the 2013-2014 season. These bindings are tuned to make us happy – lightweight, comfortable, and solid all around. They are a perfect fit for our boards, of course, but fit any standard four-hole bolt pattern out there, which is pretty much any snowboard you can find that’s not in a museum. Made to look good on our white or black boards, they sport a stylish grayscale camo on all the comfy foam parts, and sweet, black leather straps. We hope to have them available before the end of the year, but we’ll keep you posted.

 

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Submitted by Jeff on January 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Artist Allie DeSantis has been doing board art for customers for a while now. However, she recently decided to challenge herself by designing her own board. She used a Blank snowboard to do it and the result is stunning. See for yourself.

Allie told us a little bit about the process and said “It was just a challenge for me! It helped me find other ways to create. This was a breakthrough for me, I am so proud of how it came out! I hope you like it.”

We love it.

Check out more of her board art below:

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Submitted by Christian on January 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Check out this photo of one of our “new” Blank riders, David, a retiring engineer. For his retirement gift, his coworkers hooked him up with a customized Blank board. David started riding a few years ago, and at age 67 plans to camp out in his RV at Mt Hood and shred the mountain!

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Submitted by Christian on November 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

Rachael lives in Alaska and rides all kinds of boards, from snowboards to surf. Her husband is the mastermind behind the airbrushed graphics on this board, and you can see more of his work on his Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Haigh-Designz/321064957938169)

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Submitted by Jeff on November 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

We’ve had a lot of requests for larger sized snowboards and even sold out of a few, so we are happy to announce that we’ve made a new batch for this season! Now in stock are Traditional Camber boards in both black and white, sizes

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Submitted by Hannah on July 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm

If you are strapped for cash this year but you still feel the urge to hit the slopes this year you are in luck. You don’t worry about saving each precious penny this summer because we have some quick tips and cheap places to save your bank account from the nasty OD: overdraft.

Some tips for those low budget boarders to make every penny stretch:

Bring your own lunch: Don’t spend $6 on a slice of crappy pizza in the lodge cafeteria. Bring a good ol’ fashioned PB&J for the mid-day munchies. If you are going multiple times a week that six bucks will start to add up.
Car Pool: Save the environment, bring friends. Driving can become costly, especially if your hill is an hour or two away. Bring your friends and split the gas.
Buy your own gear: If you go snowboarding more than three times this winter, just splurge and buy the gear. Renting adds up quick.
Buy a pass: If you can lay day moolah right now buy a season pass. It’s costly at first but each individual day pass is costly and if you plan on going often make the plunge and become a pass holder. You get your picture on it and everything!

Those tips were free. You can take them to the bank. Now here is a list of the 10 best ski resorts for your buck. Based off price, powder and lift lines.

1. Grand Targhee, Wyoming: For the snow that is like from heaven the price isn’t too shabby. With 3,000 acres of skiing and an average or 500 inches per season, this resort is worth the money.
2. Loveland, Colorado: Being one of the highest ski resorts in North America it tends to open early. Plus the ticket price isn’t too high and the park is pretty good.
3. Bridger Bowl Montana: This non-profit mountain has prices that even you can handle. And the terrain and snowfall is some of North America’s finest.
4. Kirkwood Mountain Resort, California: One of the areas that gets the most snow in North America, the mountain has good powder and small lift lines.
5. Mount Baker, Washington: Covered in fresh snow this is the place to go if you like riding pow. It also has a lot of access to back country areas.
6. Stowe Mountain Resort, Vemont: One of the best mountains in the east coast, this resort actually gets plenty of fresh powder. They boast steep challenging boarding.
7. Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico: Although the powder is less, the terrain is challenging. This resort is not for the faint of heart but still worth the buck.
8. Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Alberta, Canada: Second largest resort in Canada, the light powder and smaller lines push this resort onto the list.
9. Snowmass Mountain, Colarado: The long runs and huge area of available with over 3,000 acres, this resort is easily worth the price.
10. Mount Bachelor, Washington: Good powder since it is located on the drier side of Washington and huge area coupled with cheap pricing makes this a northwestern favorite.

Let’s take snowboarding back from consumers by not breaking the bank this winter! Ride hard and cheap!

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Submitted by Hannah on June 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

So I like to think of myself as a master road trip planner. I get routes, destinations and even gas prices all figured out. Then I leave the rest up for spontaneity. Although I go on about 1/10th of the road trips I actually plan, I feel like I am pretty good at figuring them out. So here are a few tricks to planning the best snowboard road trip extravaganza.

Fill up your car

Not with gas, but with people. If you have a five-seater, fill it. Yeah, it may seem uncomfortable but that will be the time to bond. Nothing bonds two people faster than a puddle of drool on your shoulder. Plus it doesn’t hurt to get a lot of people pitching in for gas. Make sure you have enough room for all your gear too. Which leads me to my next point:

Packing to perfection

Because your car is full of people, packing is no easy task. Pack only what is necessary. Here are some necessary items to bring on your trip:

  • Extra shirts and sweaters: Nothing will be more miserable than running out of clean, dry clothes after spending all day in the snow.
  • Snowshoes: If you want to pass on the lift tickets grab your snowshoes and just hike it.
  • Shovel: For obvious reasons.
  • Snacks: There is no such thing as a road trip without snacks, and especially not a snowboarding one. Keep snacks handy.

Do your research

Check road conditions and gas prices along the route you are planning. It would probably be a good idea to check the weather and snow conditions for the days you will be shredding. It would suck to get up there and it be too foggy to see or there be no snow on the mountain.

Round up on your budget

Don’t go into any sort of road trip thinking, “$350 is all I need.” You are kidding yourself. Even if you have all the hotels, gas, food and lift tickets figured out, there will always be hidden expenses. It’s just a part of life. Plan for the unexpected and you won’t find yourself stranded without the cash to get home.

Find the perfect balance

People are either too spontaneous or too rigid. Don’t be either. When it comes to the perfect road trip let your whims take over, but don’t end up spending hundreds more than you need to because you have no idea where you are going or what you are doing. Plan your route. Have an idea where you will stay each day or where you want to end up. If you are really digging a certain mountain, bag the itinerary and stay another day.

 

 

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Submitted by Hannah on May 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Buying a board is a big step and can be exciting if you know what you want. Each snowboarder wants different things so before you buy decide what it is you want to do with your board and what kind of snow your planning on boarding in. Different boards are going to help you rip it in the park than those designed for shredding on the mountain or enjoy the backcountry. So before you buy you should ask yourself these questions: Where will I do the majority of my riding? And what kind of snow will I be riding in?

The most important thing to consider when buying a board is the length. The length is measured in centimeters and depends on a few aspects. One aspect is your weight. Most boards come with size guidelines.

However, a good rule of thumb if a size guide is not available is the longer board goes fast and the short board has more control. Stand the board up on its tail and hold it up to you.

Short (collarbone to chin) – shorter boards lead to more control. Riders who are inexperienced would probably want a board on the shorter side. Boarders who ride in the park would also consider riding a shorter board.

Long (nose to chin) – all-mountain riders love the longer boards. The longer the board, the faster you will go. You forgo some control; however, you get more speed and float on snow.

Longest (nose or above) – if you ride in deep powder, a really long board might be a good option.

The next thing you need to consider is the width of the board. You want your feet to expand across the whole width of the board to ensure control. If your toes or heels hang off the edge of the board you need a wider board.

The size of the board is the most important when picking out a board that is right for you. There are many other variants in the board that you may want to consider. There is the flex of the board, camber and base. Although these are just small things, experienced riders may want to consider these when buying a board.

The camber of your board refers to the arch that extends the length of the board. For a more in depth overview of camber check out this post.

There are two types of bases: extruded and sintered. Extruded bases require less maintenance and wax. The extruded also is easier to fix when broken. A sintered base requires more waxing and maintenance but have better performance. The sintered base requires a regular wax otherwise the performance will decrease.

The flex of the board is basically how flexible the board is. A soft board is easier to control and less likely to catch edges. It’s a good option for freestyle riders. All-mountain riders usually prefer a mi-range flex, which is the most common. This flex is good for a variety of riding. If speed is your name, you will want to look for a stiff board. The stiffer boards are more stable at high speeds. They are also good for riding in powder.

When it comes to finding your perfect board, ignore the graphics and focus on what you want your board to do for you. Find out what aspects are important to you and find the board that fits your needs.

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Submitted by Hannah on May 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Rob Foy visited his daughter’s school for discovery day to speak about his job with Blank Snowboards. He told the class how cool the boards are because you can create your own art on the boards. Each member of the class drew a picture on a white Blank board.

Below is a picture of the board with the classes art. The class did a great job.

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Submitted by Hannah on May 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

The vision of Blank Snowboards is to remove all the excess that comes with the snowboarding culture and focus on the love and passion of the sport.

So, we are creating a video called “Why I Board” explaining all the reasons we love to snowboard.

So we want to hear what snowboarding means to you. Is it to go where no man has gone before? Hit a trick you never have before? Hang with your buds? Get outside? What is the reason that pushes us to walk into ridiculous snow storms, sit on a lift slowly moving upward at 3,000 feet when it’s 5 degrees, wake up at the butt crack of dawn and spend every Saturday and holiday of the winter on a mountain? Everyone has a reason and we want to hear them. Send us a video, a picture or just a comment or tweet explaining why you snowboard. We will compile the clips and comments into a video called “Why I Board.”

Slough off the stuff that doesn’t mean anything and tell the world why you board.

Post it on our Facebook wall here

Tweet it @blankboards #WhyIBoard

Here are a few examples of what we are looking for:

Daniel Video

Hannah Video

Clint Video

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Submitted by Hannah on May 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

If you are new to snowboarding or just looking to upgrade some gear before the next season, here are the basic accessories every snowboarder should have before they head up to the mountain:

Music: No doubt about it, plugging in to your favorite tunes can make you shred harder than anything else. Make sure you have a protective case and good sturdy headphones.

Helmet: If you want to ride hard don’t forget to pick up a helmet. It may look silly, but it will make crashing a lot more enjoyable. And don’t pretend like you don’t crash. If you don’t crash, you aren’t going hard enough.

Warm socks: Don’t underestimate the importance of good, warm socks. Keeping your feet warm will keep you on the mountain longer. Nothing can end a trip faster than frozen toes.

Gloves: Pick sturdy, warm gloves that aren’t too bulky or hard to work with. Some people prefer mittens with liners, while others want gloves. It’s all up to your personal preference. But whatever you pick make sure you can do your bindings with ease and without compromising hand warmth.

Goggles: Picking the right goggle is important. It’s too scientific to explain here so check out this site. It will tell you everything you need to know about the goggles you need for the weather you will be boarding in.

Shovel: You don’t need a fancy shovel, but if you feel like making a quick kicker it will help a lot. Any shovel that can collapse or fold in to make it more compact and easy to throw in a backpack will do.

Screwdriver: If your bindings come loose on the mountain having a tool kit handy could save your day. You can purchase small ones that you can carry around in your bag or jacket pocket.

Leash: Yup, you need one. Most mountains won’t even let you on the lift without one. Save a lot of grief by getting one before you get there.

It’s not fun to be inches from the gondola just to be told you need a leash before heading up.

 

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Submitted by Hannah on April 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

Blank Snowboards donated a snowboard to be auctioned to raise money for the Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center. The NOEC is designed to provide children a chance to experience and learn in nature to combat Nature Deficit Disorder.

The snowboard design, done by Star Moose Marketing’s Jen Lee, of a troll on a mountain represents the folklore of trolls, which is a huge part of Norwegian culture. The stories of trolls are told to teach children lessons of living. Lise-Lunge Larsen, a Norwegian born author and story teller said the need for stories is like the need for fire. “While ritual and storytelling now many seem unnecessary for the survival of the body, they are necessary for the survival of the soul.

Like the stories of trolls, the NOEC strives to teach children how to be happy and respectful and find answers to life’s problems in a natural environment. They base their curriculum on the Norwegian way of life called the Friluftsliv or Free-Air-Life. The NOEC works with youth ages 10 through 18 teaching skills from hiking to rock climbing. They focus on children and educating adults to provide support for the youth. For more information on the NOEC visit www.noec.org.

Blank Snowboards is proud to help the NOEC and its attempt to bring children back into the outdoors.

 

 

 

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Submitted by Hannah on April 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

The sun comes out and the lifts shut down, but those muscles you’ve created from all your winter shredding can be kept all year long. Staying in snowboarding shape during the off season can leave you ready to hit the slopes as soon as the snow comes. Here are some tips to stay ready for winter, even in the summer:

Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking is a great cure for the summer blues. It’s a good workout for your legs and as an added bonus it keeps you close to the place you call your winter home — the mountains. Many of the same mountains you shred in the winter are available for mountain biking in the summer. Check with your local hill to see if they offer summer lifts.

Riding other boards
Keep in touch with the feel of a board by trying one with wheels or one in the water, such as a surfboard, skateboard, wakeboard or mountain board. Nothing can compare to the feel of fresh pow underneath a freshly waxed board, but it can keep the boarding cravings under control until snow can be found. And hey, many new boards now mimic the way a snowboard feels, so it will be like you never left.

Aerobics
Endurance is important. Come winter time you don’t want to be about to hit a sick kicker and feel the gnawing pain of fatigue. Running and hiking can help with your endurance and keep your heart going. A good cardio workout is important to keeping in shape.

Anaerobic (Strength training)
If you are lazy or just low on cash and can’t hit a gym very much this summer, here are some things you can do in your own home to strengthen your muscles so you can nail a backside 360 without breaking a sweat or worse, a bone. Pull out some old soup cans or weights and do lunges and squats. These will help strengthen your quads which is important in pulling off a sick trick or just casually maneuvering down the hill. You can also do some calf raises to keep the burn off when your flying down toeside. Your core and arms are just as important when being impressive on the mountain. Make sure you spend some time doing push ups, crunches and planks.

Any abs, arms or leg exercises you can do will help. Stay strong and fit and maybe the pain of snow-less days will subside with time. But, if you can’t quench your summer frustrations by working out, try strapping in anyway. Salt Boarding

Because let’s be honest — nothing feels as good as being strapped into your favorite board.

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Submitted by Jeff on April 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

Recently Blank Snowboards was part of a promotional package endorsing the new snowboarding video game SSX. The company Green Demon Laser put together this package for Electronic Arts that included a free Blank snowboard wrapped in an SSX design along with some other awesome gear.

We were pretty stoked about being included in the SSX release because it’s the biggest extreme sports video game release in nearly a decade. For some reason or another, extreme sports video games died temporarily, but with SSX they have come back with a bang.

Video games have come a long way since Blank owner Jason Murphy was involved in the development of Amped and Amped 2 for the original Xbox. Many gaming critics rated the new SSX as a 9 out of 10 or better. Developed by EA Canada, SSX takes you through a race down the nine deadliest descents in the world that definitely raises the bar for extreme sports games. Though the snowboarding season is coming to a close, you can still get your rush playing the new SSX, at least until it snows again.

Check out this review to learn more about the new SSX.

 

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Submitted by Jeff on April 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

Everyone wants to be “paid” to snowboard, everyone wants to get boards and gear for free, but the truth is not everyone can. As snowboarding has become more prestigious and competitive, so have the sponsorships. Because there are a lot of talented young snowboarders out there, gone are the days when all you have to do is wander into the local snowboard shop and boast your skills to the owner to get a sponsorship. There is an unwritten code of conduct for getting a sponsorship, so follow these tips before sauntering into your local board shop.

Skills
First of all you have to have skills and talent. Put in the time and effort on the mountain it takes to polish those skills, but make sure you are a well-rounded boarder. Your specialty may be freestyling, but if you can’t freecarve, you aren’t going far. One of the best things you can do to improve is to have your friends film you and watch it to find things you can improve on.

Know the Sport
Submerge yourself in the snowboarding world. Pro boarders live and breathe snowboarding, so dive in now with these tips:

– Watch snowboarding videos
– Go to contests, even if you aren’t competing
– Know who the pro boarders are
– Learn the lingo

Snowboarding needs to be more than just a sport or hobby, it needs to be a lifestyle. To make it as a pro, you need to start young and go all the way.

Contests
Enter some of your local contests; you have to start somewhere. One of the best ways to get noticed is by winning contests. If you are good enough, sometimes a sponsor will come to you and offer you a sponsorship. But realize in the beginning it may just be free gear here and there; it could take a long time before you make real money snowboarding. You may have to invest a lot of your own money traveling to competitions and on gear before you make it.

Networking
Get to know people at your local shops, resorts, and get to know other riders. Be friendly and outgoing; make sure people know who you are. Soon people will know who you are and then others will get to know who you are by word-of-mouth.

Also follow pro boarders and snowboard companies on Facebook and Twitter. Start chatting with them and build a relationship. You never know what connections and opportunities might present themselves online.

Portfolio
Again, have your friends film you. No one will know how good you are unless you can show them. Not only will you be able to fine-tune your skills by watching yourself, but you will also be building your portfolio. Every sponsor will want to see some footage before making a decision.

Get an Education
Some of you may not want to hear this, but you will want to make sure you also get an education; a snowboarding career can be over after just one bad fall. Some boarders board and go to school at the same time. Pro boarding can be a great career, but don’t bank on it being your only career.

 

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Submitted by Jeff on March 13, 2012 at 8:44 am

We want to recognize Andy Christensen, the winner of our 2012 High School Art Contest! Congratulations!

Andy is a senior at South Fremont High School in Saint Anthony, Idaho. His design was created digitally in Adobe Photoshop and later printed on a board wrap and applied to his prize, a brand new Blank snowboard! We were lucky enough to present the snowboard to him during one of his art classes and congratulate him in person.

For those not familiar with the contest, we asked local high school students to create an original snowboard graphic and post it to our website. The community was then given 2 months to vote for their favorite designs. When the contest ended Andy’s snowboard came out on top with 648 votes!

Thanks to everyone that participated in the contest! You can see the winning snowboard below!

 

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Submitted by Jeff on February 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Jason Wisniewski is a junior in high school living in Pittsburgh. See him shred…

 

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