Interview by Ralph Kucharek
When Parker Duke isn't smiling he's snowboarding. When he isn't snowboarding he's smiling and riding a motorcycle or skateboard, or finely tuning your favorite summer snowboard park at High Cascade.   

When did you feel the most dedicated to ride this season? 

The end of January and beginning of February was when I felt most dedicated to snowboarding. Consistent storm cycles rolled through the Wasatch Mountain Range providing a plentiful amount of powder days. A very large amount of my time was spent riding at Brighton Resort. Frequently utilizing the newly fallen snow during the resets gave myself a newfound comfort in the terrain. I could ride top to bottom without stopping to checkout any cliffs, landings, chutes, etc. As long as the snow was fresh it was good to go. It was a blast.

What was your favorite memory from the winter? 

There was a day I spent in February riding with my friend Jamison from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. at Brighton Resort. It was a mellow weekday with not many people up there. Visibility and temperatures were low, and snow was falling at a rapid rate. You could make your way back to a previous line you made only a couple runs before and it would be filled in. It was too good to leave so we continued to ride until the lifts were done. 

What’s your plan for the spring and summer? Anymore snowboarding? 

I'll be spending my time skating and snowboarding around the Pacific Northwest and California before heading to Mt. Hood to dig for the summer. Lots of time ahead on a snowboard and behind my camcorder.

If you had a magic wand, what is one thing you would do for or change in snowboarding? 

It would be great to not see as many people on their phones while snowboarding. Or just in general. I can totally respect and appreciate social media's role in snowboarding. It keeps it relevant, appealing, and entertaining to the consumer, which in turn is hopefully getting them out snowboarding and hyped on whichever rider or gear they're interested in. 

However, with so much emphasis going into the need of constant and immediate content a lot of the prominent characters in snowboarding that I grew up on are a bit neglected. I'd like to think that a town's snowboarding scene is more intimate, genuine, and diverse from other scenes when they are left to be inspired by what immediately surrounds them, like watching the older group of snowboarders lap the park or hanging out at your local snowboard shop, but this is just a tip of the iceberg perspective on my thoughts about the modern snowboarder. And, although I really admire how "the good old days were" it's great to see snowboarding progress and stay current. None of that would be possible if we just stuck to VHS movies.

So, if I had a magic wand I'd create dead zones on resorts where cameras wouldn't work and you were left with no choice, but to board with your friends.

Frontside 360 on the legendary "Forum" step down.

Interview by Ralph Kucharek

 Beau Bishop at Mt. Baker taking a salmon bake lunch break and letting the mountain settle down after destroying it all day.    

When did you feel the most dedicated to ride this season?

Since we’ve been producing our Turn & Burn web series again this year and released our episodes throughout the winter it has taken some dedication. We have set release dates with Transworld Snowboarding and it has definitely kind of forced me to make things happen even when I am beat up and tired. It’s kind of stressful in a way, but keeps you motivated.

What was your favorite memory from the winter?

That’s a tough one, but I think it was one day I had sledding a zone called “Seagrams” in Whistler. I was out with just a filmer and photographer. No one else from our crew would come out with us that day so our filmer Dave and the photo man Dalby were just shuttling me on their sleds up some morning-light lines, hitting a step down mid day, and more lines in the afternoon until sunset basically. It was just rapid fire and I snowboarded so much that day. I’ve never ridden more than that in the backcountry. I was so exhausted, but got like five shots. The sun was shining and the snow was perfect. Just one of those days.

What’s your plan for the spring and summer? Anymore snowboarding?

I am planning on getting a few days up at the Camp of Champions at Whistler Blackcomb. It’s always a good time up there. I used to coach so it’s fun to see everyone again and that park is always really sick. Last year I made it down to Hood for the Drink Water Rat Race so we will see if I can pull that off again. Otherwise I’ll be working in Whistler, swimming in lakes, drinking beer, and BBQing.

If you had a magic wand, what is one thing you would do for or change in snowboarding? 

It can be pretty expensive for kids to get into snowboarding. So I guess I would want to make snowboarding more accessible for everybody. Lift tickets, parking, and everything associated can be overwhelming for a lower income family to afford. If I change one thing I guess it would maybe be the price of a lift ticket.

 

Backside 720 on the legendary "Forum" step down.

Interview by Ralph Kucharek

I'm not sure if it's what they put in the water in Europe, but Werni Stock is a force to be watched.  As Bonfire's newest addition to the team I am excited to see what he has in store for the future of snowboarding.  Watch as Werni lights up one office home resorts, Mayrhofen with fellow Shredbot Nik Baden. 

When did you feel the most dedicated to ride this season?

I feel the most dedicated during the preseason time of the year. Every day you’re just beyond excited to get on the slopes and do a couple of turns. I love that time of year. Everyone is hyped and passionate about getting back to shredding.

What was your favorite memory from the winter? 

I have a couple of UNREAL memories. The best? Preseason powder runs in October at Hintertux, soulshred powder days at Mayrhofen, and heliboarding in Whistler with Torstein. Those are just a few, but I have way more happy memories stuck in my head. I guess those are the moments we live for, right?

What’s your plan for the spring and summer? Anymore snowboarding?

It’s currently May 16th and as I write this it’s dumping here in Austria, so I guess I’ll go rip some powder tomorrow. Snowboarder Magazine's event Superpark at Mammoth Mountain is just around the corner and another Shredbots shoot is also scheduled to go down. Since the Hintertux glacier is in my backyard I plan on getting more days in and shredding until the end of June.

If you had a magic wand, what is one thing you would do for or change in snowboarding?  

I wouldn’t change anything. I love it the way it is. Maybe there are parts I don’t like as much or view differently, but I’m sure others just love it because of those parts. Let’s keep snowboarding real.

Beau Bishop returns to the Bonfire Outerwear blog in winter 16/17's 9th inning stretch with a home run – Turn & Burn Episode 3. Just because it's spring in Whistler doesn't mean spring skiing. Classic blue bird backcountry booters and POV lines make this snowboarding edit a hall-of-famer. Thanks to Whistler Blackcomb and @wildlifedave we are proud to close out the season with a big win on the scorecard. Enjoy.

Interview by Ralph Kucharek

Johnny Brady, Bonfire Outerwear, Snowboarding

 When Bonfire Outerwear's Johnny Brady isn't exploring Tahoe and the west coast with the Warp Wave crew, he's fighting forest fires all summer long so he can enjoy the winter all over again. Thank you for constantly living, eating, and breathing snowboarding, Johnny.  

When did you feel the most dedicated to ride this season?

I think I’d say when I was just at Boreal with my friends at the beginning and end of the season. There was no pressure to do anything, just go snowboarding. That’s when I felt the most dedicated, just riding and no filming, having fun.

What was your favorite memory from the winter?

My favorite memories from the past season were watching Kael Martin, Kyle Miller, and Zander Blackmon snowboarding. It’s hard to put that into just one memory, but watching those guys board was just great.

What’s your plan for the spring and summer? Anymore snowboarding?

I wish more snowboarding. I’ll be in the mountains, but not on snow.

If you had a magic wand, what is one thing you would do for or change in snowboarding?

If there is one thing I could change in snowboarding I would say to make it not as elitist as it is and more accessible for low-income people so that they can partake in the enjoyment and life changing experience that snowboarding is. That’s what I would change and probably the most important. There are not enough people who get to experience it and snowboarding would totally change their lives if they could do it on a regular basis.

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Sleepy styling through the Bomber Bowl Park at Mission Ridge, Washington.

At Bonfire Outerwear we call things what they are, give credit where credit is due and make much of things needed to be made much of... Aspen Rain Weaver's 2016 Full Part is one of those things.

The part below is simply the best snowboarding you've seen lately. Rome Snowboards accurately dubbed him a shred-jedi, we agree; his ability to ride all terrain is of the likes of pro snowboarders from a long long time ago. Aspen stomps for 3+ minutes in Bonfire's Harrison Bib and Beacon Jacket. Press play. 

Aspen Rain Weaver Full Part from Rome Snowboards on Vimeo.

 

Words and photos by: Ralph Kucharek

In 1989, Billy and Teeta Langlands opened the legendary shop we know today, Darkside Snowboards. The shop's roots began down the road from Killington Resort and since then has expanded to Okemo and Stowe. While each location has its own distinct authentic character, they have also played an integral role in nurturing Vermont’s snowboarding community, North to South. The “Dark Park” and Slash and Berm Banked Slalom are two of their grassroots actions that continue to fuel snowboarding in the green mountain state.  

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Billy Langlands (owner) and Tucker Zink (manager) talking shop and berms after Sunday's event. 

On March 11-12, 2017 over fifty competitors braved arctic temperatures at Killington and Darkside's Slash and Berm Banked Slalom. Riders unified together into teams of four to test their edging, jumping, and jibbing abilities in a non-traditional banked slalom. And, in true good-hearted fashion, the proceeds raised from the two-day event were donated to the High Fives Foundation. For the past four years, Saturday’s race is individually timed, while Sunday’s race counts the culmination of each team’s three best times.

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The man, the myth, the Jay "Rosey" Rosenbaum about to snake the line.

The slalom designed and built by Killington Parks' own, Jay Rosenbaum and staff, tried riders through a combination of snow and wooden features throughout the Stash Park. It was the third year I have attended and the courses have all been different and unique, and always challenging and fun. The addition of a mandatory 20-stair firecracker, jibs, quick jumps, and icy berms made navigation at high speeds much more nerve racking. Again, this year’s course did not disappoint. The fate of the coveted “bear” trophies new home and the winning team that would be etched onto it for eternity rested within one timer.   

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Killington Parks staff watching Sugarbush Parks own Richie Pic blasting by.
   

Closing the most recent chapter of Slash and Berm history was the “Darkside Dream Team." After 100 runs the team of hometown heavy hitter Tim Major, Darkside store manager Tucker Zink, Mike Fanning, and dark horse Tucker Speer proved to be the quickest team on the mountain. They wrote and closed the most recent chapter in Darkside Snowboards history by dominating the podium and keeping the title within the family. In the end, the coveted bear continued to stay in its den at Darkside for 365 more days until next years Slash and Berm Banked Slalom. Until next time and cheers to your local snowboard shop.  

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Tucker Speer. The quickest competitor of the day.  Do you think it's because he is a tucker?

Results:

Overall Woman

Rachel Stem - N/A

Overall Man

Tucker Speer - 1:13.56

TEAM:

1st - Darkside Dream Team

Tucker Speer -1:13.56

Tim Major - 1:13.64

Mike Fanning - 1:14.08

Tucker Zink - 1:16.87

2nd - The Fifth Phase

Ralph Kucharek - 1:14.10

Evan Ricker - 1:15.96

Jesse Gomez - 1:17.81

Jay Rosenbaum - 1:19.56

3rd - Board Barn

Wyatt Mosher - 1:16.72

Mike Murphy - 1:18.46

Will Mercer - 1.18.51

Nate Dunn - 1:25.46

Note: Bonfire Outerwear's Ralph Kucharek is a veteran banked slalom competitor. Supposedly, Bonfire's Kane Pant and Klamath Jacket improve speed on all terrain, proving they are tried, true, and tested. 

Ralph Kucharek scores a 10-point wave at Sugarbush's Sidesurfers Banked Slalom! Tantamount to Mt. Baker's Legendary Banked Slalom, this event brings out many of the East Coast's finest up-and-comers and fondest OGs. Edge control maestro and Bonfire Outerwear rider Ralph Kucharek brought home the bacon in Bonfire's Harrison Bib. Check out the full recap and gallery on snowboardermag.com!

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P: Ashley Rosemeyer

Sidesurfers Banked Slalom 2017 Recap from Sugarbush Parks on Vimeo.

 

Bonfire Outerwear, Big Boulder Resort, Bonfire Axe Jam, Snowboard Pants, Snowboard Jackets

Bonfire Outerwear and Big Boulder are set to host the Bonfire Axe Jam this Saturday, March 25th at the Big Boulder Park in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania. The event takes place on the heels of Winter Storm Stella, which dumped three feet of snow in the Mid-Atlantic last week, even prompting a few rare avalanches in the Pocono Mountains.

The Axe Jam is an open, jam-style snowboarding contest on the custom Bonfire branded, larger-than-life Axe feature in the Big Boulder Park. The event features a pro purse of $400 for best jam and $100 for best trick throwdown, and will be judged by Bonfire pro teamrider Ralph Kucharek. The Axe Jam is also supported by Celtek. 

The Bonfire Axe is a first-of-its-kind custom 15-foot, solid feature developed by Pat Morgan and the park staff at Big Boulder. The Axe is an auxiliary logo for Bonfire and a nod to the brand’s heritage of craftsmanship and quality. Utilizing an actual log from the Pennsylvania forest, the Axe, an iconic brand piece, has been a hot park feature the entire season.

Bonfire connected with Big Boulder, one of the East’s top five snowboard parks, as the official outerwear sponsor of the Big Boulder Park crew this season. The relationship, forged between Director of Freestyle Terrain Pat Morgan and Bonfire’s Tim Swart, sparked further involvement for the 17/18 season, extending beyond Big Boulder to include other Peak Resorts property Mount Snow in Southern Vermont.

Said Swart, “We’re excited about our involvement with Big Boulder all season and the Axe was a dream for us. What started as a cocktail napkin sketch ended up becoming reality, getting built by Pat Morgan and his stellar crew at Big Boulder. The Axe Jam is a no-holds barred salute to what’s fun about snowboarding.”

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Bonfire Outerwear has a pedigree of excellence. We've led outerwear innovation, endorsed pivotal snowboard films, and outfitted many of the greatest snowboarders of the past three decades. Today is no different. Beau Bishop and Dustin Craven prove in Turn & Burn Ep. 2 a prowess for pure snowboarding. Ingenuity and talent meet Whistler's endless winter in what is sure to be an edit-of-the-year. 100% snowboarding and 100% Bonfire, this edit rips!

For more on Beau or Dustin, and for Bonfire Outerwear's full catalog click HERE.

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