"A close Japanese friend once told me that snowboarding is such a unique sport, because it shares its own universal language. He says it a language that is understood and recognised by everyone from within. Through snowboarding you travel to a foreign land and you may not be able to speak their language, but here today we can ride together, share a chair lift, we can laugh we can smile, we can YEW! We can create and we can connect, when he told me this it was a saying that really resonated with me. At the end of the day as long as your with you homies, it doesn't matter about where your riding or what the weather conditions, snowboarding will always remain fun... This just what it means to us!"
Wise words of team rider James Fleay, the passion he has for snowboarding not just for the sport but the entire "lifestyle" is the exact reason why we started Blak Headwear FKA Blak Apparel. If this video doesn't make you want to go snowboarding then you might as well chuck you snowboard in the cupboard and leave it there.
Edwin Poulston Rides Cardrona Terrain park open with style! This Raw and un-edited clip showcases Edwins effortless rail style, leaves us wondering how much practice did it take to get this line so down? Practice makes perfect kids, don't be afraid to try new tricks and take a few bails its the only way to learn!
Scotty and his homies have been doing it tough over at northstar and this has us itching for winter to kick off in the Southern Hemi.
Riders: Marky Hand, Tom Harveyson, Scotty Twible & Devan Peeters
Film: Scotty Twible & Devan Peeters
Edit: Scotty Twible
Music: Fu Manchu - Written In Stone
The Spin to win verse Style argument will be one that is sure to split snowboarders around the world for many years to come. We saw the first quad cork ever landed in competition in this years X-Games, the progression in snowboarding tricks over the past five years has been crazy!
Mark McMorris and Seb Toots, are without a doubt two of the best slopestyle riders in the world and combined with Red Bull and Grouse Mountain they got to build their ideal slopestyle course
“The main idea was to build fun features that you can be super creative on, or do tricks that are simple,” said Toutant on the project’s inception. “That's what snowboarding’s about. It doesn’t need to be the gnarliest trick every day.”
Mark McMorris added that “We need to show everybody how fun snowboarding is to get more people into the sport, because what we do on a weekend basis [at contests] is not attainable.”
The boys complete with their chosen Redbull head wear made their way up Grouse Mountain and Australia's golden boy, Scotty James was among some of the best riders in the world to put the set up through its paces.
We highly reccommend watching the Edit, its exactly the kind of media production we have come to expect from the RedBull Media House.
Welcome James Fleay AKA RichGang Gucci to the Blak team, we could not be happier to support such a huge frother. Living in Western Australia he travels further than anyone one else we know on the hunt for that perfect shred session.
We sat down with James upon getting him on board to ask him a few questions.
First of all, Hello and welcome aboard!
We will start with a nice easy one,
When did you first start snowboarding and how did you get into it? Especially seeing tho you live about as far away from any snowfield as you can anywhere in the world?
Well, i grew up and still continue to live in a little country/coastal town called Bunbury. It is located at the lower tip of Western Australia and is very very isolated especially when trying to go snowboarding, around 3712km to the closest snow resort to be precise but hey, we seem to make it work!
I started snowboarding 4 years ago after my mum bought me a Contiki tour to New Zealand for my 21st birthday. We got to snowboard for 6 days as part of the tour.
This is where it all began and by god has the last 4 years been a truly amazing experience!
You have clearly fallen in love with the sport, why do you think that is?
I think the passion for this sport stems back to me spending a big chunk of my life on a board, whether it was skateboarding or surfing I have been riding boards close to 20 years now….. wow! that seems crazy to think.
What snowboarding has given me in return blows my mind, Its not just the actual snowboarding that draws you in, it is all the little perks that come with this great sport. I have homies all over the world now, learned and embraced different cultures & become very independent. This sport has taken me to locations that the mind can not even comprehend….. Hollywood movie type shit!
Tell us about your ride? brand? size? bindings? and why?
Board: 152 Arbor draft
Bindings: Solomon District
Boots: Adidas Samba boots to give me that skate feel.
Stance: Regular, 20.85 inches wide, front 12°, back -12°
This is a very playful setup, very impressed with how well the Arbor has held up and can not fault the thing #Onehunnie
Whats your most memorable experience snowboarding?
It was the 2014/2015 winter season, I was living up at Big White Ski Resort located in British Columbia for the 2nd season in a row. With record low snowfall the mountain was very bare, I found myself wondering off a lot with nothing more than a shovel in one hand and a snowboard in the other. I did this one street build which stood out from the rest of my builds, it was a re-direct into the side of the construction site wall. With security lurking during the day, we could only shoot at night. I called on a few friends that hooked me up with a generator and a heap off lights so we could shoot it at night. My buddy Will Linstead was the man behind the lens and once we got the shot he immediately sent it into Transworld Snowboarding.
At the time Transworld held this competition called YTPC 2015 (Your Turn Photo Contest)
and it just so happened to be a “night time” Theme. Entries were submitted from all across the globe and we successfully made it into the Top 10 with our Redirect shot!
Just 2 years into snowboarding and being featured on Transworld still to this day feels surreal!
Also being hooked up by Blak was a pretty special day also - I got a phone call from Andy saying that they would want me on the team and it just did not seem real. At the time I was at work driving road trains and I clearly remember screaming and laughing for a good hour, passing motorists would have thought I was crazy, so thank you boys.
What are your plans in the coming months?
Me and my boy “E” head back to the south island of japan in a few weeks where we will be concentrating on getting our “Colab Factory” Edits back up and running, catching up with the Homies, eating a heap of dumplings, drinking far to much sake and enjoying the fruits of Japan. We also have a heap of street spots we want to go back and hit this time around which we are looking forward to! mainly we will be filming as much as we can to keep releasing enjoyable content.
OK speed round, we are going to ask you a bunch of random questions to help the team get to know you a little better. We want to know all your favourites.
Backside nose bone or back crail
The Mob - ASAP
Friday, Pulp Fiction
Ludwig Lejkner, Lucas Magoon & Tommy Gesme
Whistler Blackcomb still holding it down.
Chardonnay…. We get white girl out here.
Right now it's that 08 Phantom.
Again welcome to the team and we look forward to watching your shredding and sharing in the passion of snowboarding!