IT’S OFFICIAL—THE ROME SDS VAN GETTING TOWED TO VAIL Written By: RomesRfun
After years of service in support of movies such as FuGnar, The Shred Remains and Amageddon, the Most Traveled Van in snowboarding (aka MTV, aka Rome van) is going to find a new home this coming year. While the Rome van has a long and respected tradition of being parked in Vermont during the off [...]
Rome has been going out to Windells every summer for a pretty long time now. Back before iPhones were cameras and everyone took photos of cats, or what they were eating, or both of those things, and put them on the internet. So there isn’t a whole lot of photo documentation of all the vans [...]
Check out 5 more instagram photos we’ve been stoked on over the past couple weeks! Remember to tag any photos you want us to check out with #RomeSDS and be sure to follow us – @Romesnowboards. @kelsgal put in work last season with our 100 Day Tracker App. @danielisclutch posted a bunch of photos [...]
We just got this note sent over with a few photos from our friend Ben Woody in Washington state after going on a pretty cool looking split trip. Check it out. Ben Varner and I went out to a zone called Eightmile Lake….. it’s a spot in the Stuart Range in the Central Cascades, WA. [...]
Mansfield Splitboarding Trip Written By: RomesRfun
There is, or at least was, a pretty good amount of snow due to a storm we got after the lifts stopped turning. There was around 2-3 feet up there, maybe more, according to some. One of my good buddies, friend of Rome, and head honcho at the UVM Shred Club Jarrett B. decided to [...]
Bjorn has traveled all over the place this season looking for some good snow but has spent a bunch of time in Canada and Jackson, WY. He sent us over some photos of what he’s been up to, and is headed North to Canada again, so stay tuned for some new updates. Bjorn on his [...]
Here are another 5 photos we were stoked on from this past week or so. Don’t forget to tag your shred photos with #RomeSDS so we can check them out. Over 400 shots have been tagged so far, pretty sick! @saryles with a banger French sunset @rome_europe crew still finding some snow at Arlberg. @blackmarket [...]
So picking up on the flashbacks to AK, my second banger day was last Tuesday. It was different than Sunday, which was dominated by big steep lines. Tuesday was just run after run of perfect fun pow runs. We started the day in the Cauli’s. Pictures of the Cauli’s just don’t do them justice until [...]
Instagram has been a pretty fun way of keeping up to date with what’s going on in the world of shred. We’ve been using it for all sorts of stuff like posting up photos from The Shred Remains tour last Fall, the Amageddon trip, and shots that the team have been taking while filming this [...]
So where we last left off we were headed over to Tiekel… which looms over the Alaska Rendezvous Lodge. While you stare out the front door at Billy, you kind of always know Tiekel is right behind you. Monday, the lodge sent a bunch of guides up to do work on the summits of [...]
Great 10 days in AK… There’s probably still snow to be had and with a little refresh here or there: Super Fun Times… I hit the ground a week ago Saturday and the weather really popped on Easter Sunday. We went out to check out Clueland for our first of three awesome days in the [...]
Super fun day at the Alaska Rendezvous Lodge. The snow is for the history books, the weather is epic… different world up here. We took a trip out to Clueland to see if we could stay ahead of the tiger. Here’s a little POV of my first and third runs… Finished the day up [...]
To Do List: ->Make the call to the Rendezvous ->Figure out a way to get to Anchorage ->Rent an RV in Anchorage Just follow those steps and you’re on your way. I pretty much guarantee that AK is having a better season than your mountain… (unless you live in Japan). Here’s the latest photo [...]
Well, somewhat… I’ll admit I blew it last year. There’s a few of us around the office that watch the weather on Mount Washington looking for that first 60 or 70 degree day in the valleys. That first day… that’s the day you go to Tuckerman’s. Some will drive up the afternoon before and sleep [...]
Most of the crew just got back from IBJ 2012 in Colorado, and it sounds like it was a pretty good time. Wizard staff parties, dropping into roof-high quarterpipes, fireworks in the bathroom… and what sounds like some snowboarding thrown in as well. Keep an eye out for an edit dropping sometime in the Fall… [...]
Apres Everyday – Loon Mountain Written By: RomesRfun
A couple of us went down to Loon this past weekend to ride. Place is so legit with one of the best parks on the East Coast and the best park staff (sorry I missed you JV)! I ran into a bunch of old friends who I don’t see enough, good hang. If you go [...]
This trip has been nothing shy of kick ass! Until today. For me that is. So we’ve all been busting our asses getting a lot of really good shots and having a blast. And I know everyone wants to hear nothing but good news about snowboard trips, but truth is, a lot of bullshit can [...]
to go to AK, this is it. My friends at the Rendezvous Lodge outside of Valdez have been posting pics of their set-up… and it’s left me drooling… my countdown has begun. Here’s some pics of the staff working on getting the lodge set-up. (Pics by Seth Stanley) In the Second picture, notice [...]
Viktor is on tour right now with Think Thank. He had a few minutes to send us over some photos and a quick update… From the desk of Viktor Simco: Here are some photos from the first leg of the trip! Stuck around Minneapolis for a day, then chased the snow north where we found [...]
Got another 6 or 7″ on Tuesday with 8-12″ projected Wednesday night through Thursday. If you are on the East Coast, you need to figure out how to get to Vermont. Need proof? Filmed February 28th on a Drift HD camera.
Viktor Simco sent us over this quick recap of the High Ollie party at Mont Du Lac: Mont Du Lac was already one of the raddest places in Duluth to escape all the bullshit and just… snowboard. It has everything; That laid-back country-folk vibe, an amazing park crew (especially Owen from Jambox), a kickass [...]
Quoted from USA Today “Prison inmates who make decals for the Vermont State Police slipped a pig into the official seal, and up to 30 patrol cars wound up sporting the subliminal epithet, the Burlington Free Press tells us. The police emblem features a cow, an evergreen tree and snowy mountains (along with three unidentifiable creatures). Back [...]
Rome SDS visits Tribute Skateboards Written By: RomesRfun
After a long stressful week in Denver for the SIA trade show, I decided to re-route my ticket back to Vermont and stop by my OG stomping grounds, Portland, Oregon. While sampling all the NW fine micro brews and bluebird days at Mt. Hood, I was invited by the owners of Tribute Skateboards to check [...]
Top 10 iPhotos of 2011 Sort Of Written By: RomesRfun
So I got myself a fancy new iPhone after upgrading from one of those old brick type deals last September. I then promptly went on the first leg of The Shred Remains video tour and did some other traveling as well. Here are my 10 favorite iPhone photos from September ’till the end of 2011, [...]
Grand Targhee has snow… and is letting you ride for free if the mountain you normally ride isn’t bangin’ yet. Looks like you just need to book three nights through their reservation system. Winter’s out there.
I admit I ducked said rope. In doing so I accepted the natural risks of the mountain. Additionally, I feel confident that at no time I had put myself or others in danger. I acknowledge that my actions within full view of the lift on a Saturday puts you in a difficult position. Another [...]
Well, winter is happening here in Northern New England. Stowe has been getting snow since about Christmas Day. Through the power of modern snowmaking and grooming, you may not think it looking at your backyard, winter is here. Above was some of the all-natural terrain (no snowmaking, no grooming, etc. ) that [...]
“Thompson Pass is difficult, but still open” Written By: RomesRfun
From the Anchorage Daily News: “We have a drift that’s gotta be 8 or 9 feet high at the station and our transmitter shack is almost completely buried.” The snow wasn’t just falling but blowing around creating white-out conditions. The Cordova Police Department asked drivers to stay off the road for a while said [...]
We pulled a bunch of limited edition screen prints for the sales meeting this weekend. They came out awesome. The crew will be in town. Stoked to get the Syndicate all under the same roof and maybe raise some hell. We’ll see.
Spittin’ Jack with Red Fang and First Chairs at Stowe Written By: RomesRfun
Finally! The snow has hit Vermont and Stowe was able to open for the first day of the 11/12 season!…but not before the Rome Crew headed into Burlington for the Red Fang/Spit Jack show the night before. For those who battled through sleep deprivation from the show, we were happy to see 5 inches of [...]
Dan Marino, Intern Extraordinare Written By: RomesRfun
Dan Marino came up from Florida to help us out with the catalog last season… Sort of. The Real Dan Marino hails from North Carolina, and he is a southern gentleman. He’s also in the running for designing the medal for the X-Games. His includes a bottle opener. The choice is obvious. Check out his [...]
The Weekend Shred Adventure – Killington Written By: RomesRfun
We took the shred van down to Killington for some early season shredding and my first day of the season. It wasn’t hard to get a good size crew together for the trip as everyone in the office has been itching to get out. Caf, Grady, Matt, Chris, my buddy Kenny and I met up [...]
I’m planning a bonfire and like a responsible citizen I know I need to call it in to the Fire Department. So I Google “stowe fire department vermont’ and one of the top five results was this blog post about former Rome employee Capt. Al Don’t go changin’ Capt.
Midwest filmer and all around good guy, Tyler Hitchcock payed me 100 bucks to post this link to his re-edit of Matt Hiemstra’s part in So Lame. Matt Hiemstra Re-Edit from Head West Productions on Vimeo. Great job guys!
As you may or may not know, Halloween is typically a week long event in Burlington, VT. Falling on a Monday this year, the holiday started off on Friday because it’s “socially unacceptable” to party in costume on a Monday night. Doesn’t mean we’re not going to, though. Anyway, some of the in-house guys are [...]
The Shred Remains Tour Recap Written By: RomesRfun
Our third film The Shred Remains has traveled across the country gone from east to west and even graced areas of Canada. All with one purpose in mind… That everyone who enjoyed watching the two year project, leave their seats stoked for the upcoming season and excited for snow to fall. But I would be [...]
This is a quick photo of me and Grady filming what will be hailed as probably the best video of all time. It involved some assorted costumes, a 12 pack, a beer helmet, and a multiple re-takes involving shotgunning said 12 pack.
Long time Rome homie Tony Chiuchiolo swing by the office with some of his company’s goodies today, the office is pretty stoked. When Tony’s not making delicious food, skating, or hanging out with his family you can find him running the park at Sugarbush in VT all winter long. Check out Sheeple at http://sheeplemaplecompany.wordpress.com/, order [...]
Tyler Hitchcock dropped by the office from Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he is Owner/Filmer for Head West Productions. He crashed on my couch last night and we watched his new movie So Lame. Nice work man! Check it. SoLame (Full Length) from Head West Productions on Vimeo.
Shawn just got something in the mail that is sure to make some cool wall art / Rome memorabilia. Somehow he got a hold of some sort of either taxidermy place, or a tannery, because we’ve got the actual piece of pig skin that was tattooed with Laurent’s name for The Shred Remains. Pretty cool, [...]
Graphic Design: Kearning and You Written By: RomesRfun
So the other day I was working my Photoshop magic while Dumont was giving me shit for not knowing what kearning is. Apparently all design nerds space out their type in a certain way, which is dumb, because all you have to do is click a button called Optical, or something like that. Anyway, I [...]
48hrs In The Midwest With The Shred Remains Written By: RomesRfun
The Shred Remains Tour hit the Midwest west with a couple days of non-stop shop visits, premiers, parties, more premiers, and more after parties! If you were some of the lucky viewers to catch a sneak peak, or throw back a few with the team we salute you for putting up with our two days [...]
Ah, Boston. Home of the Celtics, Boston Crème donuts, and Fenway. We saw none of these things, yet still had a pretty awesome time. On the way down from New Hampshire we stopped in to hang out with some good homies from NOTB. After some skating on their mini out behind the shop, we rolled [...]
Congregation of Shred Kicks off The Shred Remains Tour Written By: RomesRfun
The first service of The Shred Remains Premier Tour, was held on the University of Vermont Campus in the most fitting venue; Ira Allen Chapel. With Rome Shred Johnny Lazz and AmArmy shred Riley Nickerson at the pulpit, free schwag and a holy shred revival were undoubtedly ready to ensue. Over 300 students crammed into [...]
On The Road With The New Van! Written By: RomesRfun
hahahaha, not really. still the same old van. Much like an aging porn star the old van needed a facelift, so we gave it the automotive equivalent of a botox injection. Classy, right? the team left the office today for the premiere tour of the Shred Remains! Laurent, Lazz, MFR and Riley are doing the [...]
The Shred Remains Montreal Premier Written By: RomesRfun
O Canada! O Canada! The Rome van and team invaded to Montreal to experience life north of the union. With three showings; two at Cinema Du Parc and a third at the L’Ecurie Bar et Table, the city of Montreal got its Shred Remains fix just in time for pre-season jitters. At the second stop [...]
Larry stopped by the office to work on his part for TSR and hand bleach a shitload of shirts! The project entailed hours of bleeding eyes and burning skin but in the end worked out fine. I am pretty happy that the final product looks so sick but I don’t think either of us will jump [...]
It’s a wrap. Camp of Champions has officially closed up shop for Summer of Shred 2011. Five weeks of snowboarding have never gone by so fast. It was my first time up there, and I have a feeling it definitely won’t be my last. Glad to be back home in Minnesota for now, but nothing [...]
Viktor Simco is finishing up out at Camp of Champions for the summer. It’s been a good ride to say the least, here’s a quick update with some photos that may make you regret not going this summer, and book your ticket for next summer. It’s been a wild summer here at Camp of Champions [...]
Bastards in the Boat – Summer Edition Written By: RomesRfun
I got some more insane pictures from my buddy Jan out in Steamboat. A lot has changed since we lived in a shitty ghetto apartment a short walk from the gondola. We lived on Top Ramon and worked shit jobs so we could support our shred habit. Jan seems to have got it all figured [...]
In a world of emails and text messages, a lot of communication isn’t as meaningful as it used to be. That’s why getting a good old fashioned postcard is pretty awesome. We got this in the mail today, and it’s so sick. A big thanks goes out to all of our homies at Loon Mountain. [...]
When you think of Lucas, or Johann, or Jeremy, or Jonavan, you need to understand who Regis was and when he did what he did… I was watching Lines the other night, and was reminded about Apocalypse Snow, and then it came up in conversation around the office this morning. Before you criticize the extra-curricular [...]
Joe Radano interned here a while back at Rome. We later hired him to do some filming for the Shred Remains, which you’ll see later this fall. Congrats to Joe on his new gig over at Plum TV, where one of his first assignments was working on an edit with Kelly Slater.
This week’s Metal Monday is approved by Laurent. He’s here in the office for a few days with the rest of the team working on some super important stuff. He also knows a thing or two about metal, so I figured I’d get some input from him. Here is an insightful quote from the man [...]
Ahh, summer camp. When thinking back upon my fonder days of youth spent hanging out in the woods, getting eaten alive by mosquitos, failed attempts at learning various swimming strokes, and being forced to do arts and crafts, it seems like perhaps a pretty miserable experience. Not at Windells. I’ve heard a lot of BS [...]
This past winter while at the Rome EU office in Germany I was introduced to the Doner Kebab. Lamb, Chicken and Pork shaved off a skewer, in a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and some kind of tetziki sauce. There are these late night stands and store fronts all over the place and after a [...]
Redneck Heaven: Hanksville Mud Bog Written By: RomesRfun
After dealing with some crappy weather all week, this past Saturday finally cooperated. Mellow temps, smooth breeze and sun for days. On a whim, I decided to join Spit Jack guitar player TomT, bass player/Rome softgoods project manager George and his wife Betsy to hit up the Hanksville Mud Bog. I was promised beers, roasted [...]
Metal Mondays: 3 Inches of Blood Written By: RomesRfun
This week’s Metal Monday is brought to you from the West coast, so I thought it would be fitting to showcase a band from the West coast. 3 Inches of Blood are from Vancouver, and they are pretty much the best. I’d advise you to crank your volume all the way up before listening.
Out at Superpark this year, our Western Canada rep Derek shot over a photo of one of his regional riders Jordan Phillips going ungodly huge on the 7-Springs hip. I had never met Jordan, but got his contact info from Derek, and invited him over for a BBQ at the Rome condo. One of the [...]
Yes, I realize it’s Tuesday, but I was busy being celebrating the best parts of America all weekend. Sorry I’m not sorry. This week’s installment of Metal Mondays is brought to you by a better time. A time when music videos weren’t absolute garbage and when a guy with a beard could drive through a [...]
A bunch of us went to see the Hangover 2 last night, some liked it, some loved it. Ohhh and, If you haven’t heard we are getting some heavy flooding, check out these photos I took on the way into work. Have a good long weekend.
Proof That Dreams Do Come True Written By: RomesRfun
Our very own Jimmy Steak. Me: What the fuck is WUSR? Mary: Before this year, when your pro, semi-pro, or non-existant pro career ended and you transitioned into a semi-real job, there was no competitve snowboard league where you could continue to ride and have fun with your friends. This is why the Washed Up [...]
Jimmy Steak, Intern Extraordinaire Written By: RomesRfun
Here at Rome we love our interns, usually they come in fresh off their mothers tit, a little nervous, not knowing shit about shit. Its our job to break them down before we can build them up again in our image. Once in a while we get an intern that shows up and proves that [...]
Rick and I moved out West at the same time and we would get together for holidays and the occasional shred session. Whether it was Crested Butte or Sun Valley, Rick would always have a bunch of growlers filled with his personal homebrew’s. He’s now living in NH and working as a Masterbrewer for Flying [...]
The sun was shining bright and there is still plenty of snow at the hill so George, Forester, Reid and I, bailed on work a little early today. George got his sled, Josh called Jerry and we all met up at Stowe to get some post season runs in. we started out pulling three and [...]
A few days ago, the SDS held council to shred the ending of what has been a great season here in VT. While some parts of the world got caked with snow, some were left fairly dry. At Stowe, however, we had enough powder days to help ease the suckfest that is….SUMMER. Sun was high [...]
More From The Bastards In The Boat Written By: RomesRfun
I just received an e-mail from Jan: Here are some pics for you. The mountains closed but the beards haven’t come off and it sure as shit hasn’t stopped snowing. We still have 16 ft at the steak on buff. I was in Wyoming this weekend trying to shred some big lines but the weather [...]
I closed down the New York office for the week to head up to the VT headquarters to work and shred this week, since Stowe closes down at the end of the week. Its was pretty cloudy this morning, but the snow was nice and soft. I hooked up with Josh, Dumont, French-tern and our [...]
Forester, Anna, John and the Justin’s say they went riding this morning but we never caught up with them. Started off a bit hard at the top but it was all gravy by the third run. Oh and Paddock came up to show off his brand spankin new Macbook Pro. I guess Forester and I [...]
Catching up with the Ticket to Alaska winners… Written By: RomesRfun
Since my heli time kept getting bumped due to weather, my hang with the ticket to Alaska crew had been limited to just some beers at night. Fortunately I was able to catch up with them the other day and hop in for some cat rides. After the bluebird day, an Alaskan size snowstorm set [...]
The lot was empty this morning until Ron showed up at about 7:55, Josh and Travis arrived minutes later. We were amped from the get go. The Sun was blasting, plenty of snow from the storm two nights before and we had a good crew. We kept adding onto our crew all morning until there [...]
…the waiting is the hardest part. I don’t know if he was thinking about Heli Ops at the time, but we were pretty amped at the end of our safety briefing yesterday, but then as the day progressed, it became clear that the clouds weren’t going to go away. That said, the folks at Alaska [...]
Latest update from Thompson Pass… Written By: RomesRfun
So we’re setup and camping in Thompson Pass… Here’s a time-lapse of us setting up… Here’s some pics from our first day of shredding… We’re here now hanging at Alaska Rendezvous Lodge with Dan Jangigian and the Meiner family… They have a sweet set-up here and hopefully we’ll have some sweet riding pics once we [...]
King Pine and an Early April Pow Day Written By: RomesRfun
I have some old friends from my home mountain King Pine staying up at Stowe this weekend. Actually, the entire staff of King Pine is here, 60 of them came up for their annual end of the season REEB trip (REEB is BEER spelled backwards). Every year, after they shut down their resort for the [...]
Everyone is back from our annual Ride With Rome, a two day event to ride with East Coast snowboard shops, held down at Mt. Snow’s Carinthia Park. Two nights of partying and two days of riding later and everyone around here looks like the walking dead. A couple of my favorite memories (foggy at best) where [...]
So the first part of our crew landed in Anchorage last night and made our way out to Valdez last night… We lost light about halfway through the drive, so here’s some phone pics from our day of traveling… Okay, well hopefully the internet works up in the pass at Tailgate and we’ll [...]
I only took a single photo of this mornings shred session. Here is a chronological list of the lines I got. first run, then 2 down after that we hit up to and for our last run we went to Stowe was so fun this morning!
I had some friends in from out of town so we hit up Bolton for some night shred on Saturday night. I am embarrassed to say that it was my first time. When I was an intern living in Stowe, the guys who lived in Burlington would go three or four times a week. [...]
Ali and I went to NH this past weekend to say good-bye to her brother Payde, who is moving to Bozeman, Montana. I got thinking about my first move out west, I had just graduated from high school and was intent on living the dream of riding big mountains everyday. My best friend Jan and [...]
DoSomethingEveryDay™ – back from the dead Written By: RomesRfun
Well, it’s been a while, and what do you know, i just haven’t fit much blogging into my life lately. Far more cooking, drinking, working and shredding lately than blogging, that’s for sure. Some of you might remember this project in self discipline I set out to accomplish a while back – to add something [...]
Operations! Your new career in the snowboard biz! Written By: RomesRfun
So anybody who knows me, knows that I work real hard. One might even ask why I work so hard… Well safe to say Friday was one of those days that helps to balances it all out. This was the scene out my window Friday morning at the office, as I was working away catching [...]
French-terns Big American Shred Adventure Written By: RomesRfun
Our French-tern, Antoine and I drove over to New hampshire this past weekend for some riding, snowmobiling, a bit of shooting and a good hang with some old friends. Ali’s brother Payde has been building a sick cabin at the top of one of the mountains that surround their valley. The cabin was strategically placed [...]
Thought I would share some shots that I just received from my boys Jan and Urs Bradley deep in the backcountry of Steamboat Co. I did a Locals Only with Jan a while back, check it out: http://www.romesnowboards.com/news/entry/242/ Keep the shots coming boys!
Hey everybody, Just took a few days to take a Level 1 AIARE course. I have to recommend it to everybody. You might have taken driver’s ed before getting your car, why wouldn’t you take a course before grabbing a beacon and heading into the backcountry. The course started with classroom session. We then moved [...]
A few months ago and about 2 weeks after I got hired at Rome, George (one of our product managers) asked me play drums for his “famous metal band”. When I showed up expecting a full mic’d up drum kit, monitors and pro-sound (as any famous band would have for their practice space), I was [...]
Friday afternoon we jumped on Chat Roulette to see for ourselves what all the hubbub was about. French-tern Antoine was no stranger and acted as our guide. Here are some of the highlights. enjoy the weekend
With a vast majority of the full-timers out of the office for SIA, some of the interns and I were joking about how they don’t have to take my shit anymore. Alexa and Abby whipped this up this afternoon. I thought it was pretty awesome. NOW GET BACK TO WORK!
Ron and Forester have been putting in some late nights getting ready for SIA and ISPO. While Forester has a lot of pixel pushing to do, Ron has a million little loose ends to tie up to make sure trade show setup runs smoothly. He sent me this quick little video edit he made while [...]
People who read the blog know that I’m a techy dude and one of the things I love most of my job is testing new stuff and giving feedback. It’s what the ‘Syndicate‘ in SDS means, after all. Well there was a little car crash on the Mountain Road today in Stowe; let’s just say [...]
So do I, but since I lost my car keys in the two minutes my pocket was open to pull my camera phone out, take the picture, and put it away, I’m not sure I’ll be able to think about this moment with any fondness… [NBD, I have an extra set stashed in the car [...]
Movie Review: Exit Through the Gift Shop Written By: RomesRfun
*This movie review is written by someone who has no business reviewing movies, and also has opinions on art that are expressed without real art knowledge So now that Exit Through the Gift Shop is available on Netflix, everyone here in the office has seen it and are talking about it, and for good reason [...]
Not this kind of Poaching… Nor this kind… And especially not this kind… That kind of poaching, bad. This kind of poaching: Not so bad. A couple years ago I did a review of the Notch on here and I definitely still love it (that board is on the wall of my office, as we [...]
Ya’ know… -Unload all the 2012 Demo Boards -Help a kid with a warranty… while Laurent walks by the drop-jawed kid -Change the Battery on the van before it drives to Western New York… (Misty Shred Remains stuff there) -Skype conference with Europe -New Boards out to the Northwest -Watch Lazz answer phones -Unload the [...]
From my vault… err.. bedroom door Written By: RomesRfun
Followers of the blog may remember that I was at my parent’s house this past weekend. Well, I had to think of Josh’s “Back in the Day” posts when I saw this still on my bedroom door of the house I grew up in.
There is something familiar to VT about the Finger Lakes Region of Western New York. Obviously the hills are a little taller here but the lakes are beautiful there and similarly it’s a great respite from the hustle and bustle. Much about life, work, fashion, etc. is about associations. At essence, what do you want [...]
Let me start out by saying, I don’t really like Woody Allen movies. What I hate more though, are people who respond to a statement like this with a faux-shock “oh…” all condescending-like, as if they understand his smart humor and I don’t. Anyways, I Stumbled on this quote of his and for me it [...]
Meet Joe Bird, This guy lives in my dads neighborhood in NYC. Originally from the next town over from my father in Maine, they quickly became great friends and a part of my extended family. He was homeless in New york for years and he and his brother would catch pigeons in the parks and [...]
A Visual Diary™: Philly to Boston Written By: RomesRfun
I’ve been flying under the radar lately, but I’m back at full strength, and ready for action. I just wrapped up a week on the road with our sales manager Sully, boot product manager Ian “Dr.” Fung, and bassist/soft goods product manager George. We hit the road for some face time with some accounts from [...]
As I laid my head down on the pillow at 3:30am last Tuesday, I was trying to figure out how we ended up on the first day of our road trip. As Paddock eluded to a few posts back. Sully, George, Paddock and I hit the road last week to visit some dealers in the [...]
Day Two we started off at Sartorius Sports in Avon, CT. I also learned that Sully is a man who doesn’t need to eat or rid himself of biological waste. I guess those two things make sense when you put them together, but surprising to me since he’s one of the hardest chargers on the [...]
What does one do when in Phili for the first time? Hit up the best Phili Cheese Steak joint possible! Sully took us to Jim’s Steak where I popped my Phili cheese steak cherry. The damn sandwiches were so good we all considered staying for more, but we had a mission on hand. First shop: [...]
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break. Mine was perfect, quality time with the family, saw some old friends and ate great food. I found this Thanksgiving decoration I made when I was 11 while looking through some old stuff at my dads place.
That’s not a typo in the title, but the name of a pretty amazing restaurant I went to on Friday night. The Wherehouse is located in Newburgh, NY – a literal diamond in the rough. It’s on a 2 block zone that’s been cleaned up nice, and surrounded on all sides with some dicy spots. [...]
Im staying at my sisters place in NYC for a few days, she recently moved up to 125st. Been a while since I spent any time up here, its a cool neighborhood with lots of good food! Snapped this picture of the world famous Apollo Theatre while out and about.
I was over at Cavan’s the other day getting some things ready for ShredTV. He’s been in snowboarding forever, and is one of those guys who archives stuff. The Noah Salasnek pro model from Sims with the skate trucks and wheels was such an important board — Cavan rode it back as a grom working [...]
Dennis Hopper “Double Standard” at the Geffen MOCA LA, CA Written By: RomesRfun
I was out in lovely Southern California for a few days last week, and one of the highlights of my time there was the opening of the Dennis Hopper retrospective at the Geffen MOCA in Los Angeles. This show was important for several reason: It was the first show under new Director Jeffrey Deitch (jeffrey, [...]
Okay so some of us have been enjoying the World Cup here in the office… there’s a bunch of us that grew up playing the game… ze German office is obviously psyched that they are still in it… That said, there is definitely a group of people I’m friends with that are mystified by it [...]
Random Pics from a Winter gone… Written By: RomesRfun
The past week has been super warm here in VT, so I think we can put aside any thoughts of any more late season storms. (Man I swam in Foster’s the other day…hard to think I was riding pow just a few weeks ago)
It’s like 4 am and I can’t sleep right now so I [...]
The new Rome SDS tee shirts are coming off of the presses and we’ll be shipping them soon. They’ll be available at your local shop by July 1. Click on the link in the top right of this page to find the shred shop closest to you.
So a month or two ago, I wrote about Spring rituals…
Well, as much as we might be known for other kinds of spring rituals, we try our best every year to do a good solid Spring Cleaning…
Like a lot of things in life sometimes you just have to commit…when you do, you’ll be more than [...]
Great Times in Stowe Vermont Written By: RomesRfun
On Friday, Darkside Stowe held a “Metal Mini” party to celebrate the opening of the new mini-ramp inside the shop. Beer, BBQ, skating, heavy slams, good people. Such a great start to the off season. Enjoy the low quality photos. Thanks to Paige and Bo for throwing a good time. There were way better skating [...]
…and I didn’t have the one I had been using today.
Dedicated readers of the blog will know that I’ve done a few splitboard adventures in my time. Long story, but one of our team riders needed one and since he “gets shots” it’s safe to say I had to give up the board I had…
Rock and Roll Tuesday : Ice Cube !!! Written By: RomesRfun
Yep, this weeks selection for Rock and Roll Tuesday is Ice Cube. I know his music is not classified as Rock and Roll, but his attitude sure as hell screams Rock and Roll! If you have to deal with the cops this week (like I had to today), blast some Ice Cube to get [...]
Easter Boarder – 10 years ago… Written By: RomesRfun
EB just posted this commercial they had on TV 10 years ago on their blog. Good friend, Rome team manager, filmer, movie maker divulged to me with unspoken trust I wouldn’t spread it around that he was the man in the video at about 17 seconds…well, that’ll teach him to trust me I guess. [...]
And you thought you were cool… Written By: RomesRfun
…when you scored that PBR beanie…
We have a ton of snow here in VT and the nice weather doesn’t want to quit…
Don’t get caught in a NIMBY mindset…you may have grass in your back yard but winter’s been happening… and now for the best tim eof the year: spring, with parking lot BBQ’s to match [...]
After the worst drive of all times ( exploded tyre in the first hour (2 hours delay for fixing it), snow chaos on the roads in Germany and Austria (another 1-2 hours delay), ending up at a mountain pass between Italy and France that was closed (4 hour detour drive, at that point it was [...]
Here’s a few photos from our trip in Japan.
This is how the menus in the restaurants looks like. It gets confusing.
So you sometimes end up with something like that. This is whale.
This is a dry turtle. They grind it and they eat the powder with water…
Hitting soft jumps, Parking Lot BBQ’s, spring events, the list goes on…
One classic New England spring ritual is heading to Tuck’s. To do Tuck’s right, you keep your eye on the weather and try to grab the first sunny 60 degree day of Spring.
Due to the awesome weather we have been having in March, that [...]
I have decided to put Myself through a Self Control Test…
I am not gonna Drink any Soda or Eat any Candy for the Rest of the Season, if I can do that then im pretty sure I can do everything i put my mind to.
The Longest time with out this stuff has been 2 days [...]
Rock and Roll Tuesday : Motley Crue !! Written By: RomesRfun
We have a guy in our office whose lady friend slept with every member of Motley Crue before she graduated high school… Granted, this was back in the mid eighties and I cannot include all the details I just heard… but it was a good enough story let the Crue have their turn on Rock [...]
Down at Loon Mountain for the 10th Annual Last Call event with Eastern Boarder Written By: RomesRfun
Cavan and I headed down to Loon Mountain for the 10th Annual Last Call. We showed late Tuesday night, with no real plans of where to stay or anything, just assuming stuff would work itself out. EB came though and hooked it up with a couch and one of those awesome beds that [...]
Former Rome intern Dan “Jiggy” Janjigian checking in from the land of shred up here in Valdez, Alaska. I’ve bounced out of Jackson Hole for the spring to work on Thompson Pass at the Alaska Rendezvous Lodge as a jack of all trades: apprentice guide, bartender, maintenance man, occasional diesel technician; an all around doer [...]
After the contest (i took it very easy since i´m just not ready yet after my injury to do a good run on a 7 jump course) Tyler Charlton and me got a chance to go heli-ing with Oakley, it was sooo sick! Tyler and me had only been in a helicopter once before – [...]
Deep Pow and Bonfires in Valdez Written By: RomesRfun
If you are up in AK, you’re probably doing something like this….
Photo: Sharif Zawaideh
High pressure has hit and with blue skies the heli-fun is in full swing.
Photo: Dustin Carroll
But what do you do when the sun goes down? You throw a party and have a big ass bonfire. The kind of bonfire [...]
A post calling out all you East Coasters… Written By: RomesRfun
So March was crazy warm here in VT, and when it was happening, we all knew that we were seeing days off the end of the season. It was almost like March was doing an impression of April…
Starting with closing day, April’s been doing a good impression of March. I was trading texts with [...]