"Drive" is the new single from Matt’s latest album.
Matt Costa is from Huntington Beach, California. He has four independent releases: a self-titled five-song EP in 2003, a six song EP titled The Elasmosaurus EP in 2005 , a full-length CD/LP entitled Songs We Sing in 2005, and a second full-length CD/LP entitled Unfamiliar Faces in 2008. Both full-lengths were released via Brushfire Records.
The event designed by snowboarders for snowboarders was abruptly bought forward this week. True to the moto – It’s on when it’s on! A decision was made to bring the main event forward to the only sunny day forcast. And what a day it was!
It was a cracking turnout from both riders and spectators alike! Everyone was there to witness the battle of who was going to claim the Waengl Taengl Trophy for 2011.
Defending champions “Team Absolut” took the trophy back to their home town in Styria last year, but this year they were challenged by 2 homegrown Aesthetiker teams – local names like Steve Gruber and Chris Kroell. During training, “Absolut” team captain Herby Thaler took a stack and injured his shoulder forcing him to pull out of the event. This weakened the defending champion, clearing way for a new podium.
The Ride Shakedown Returns To Snowqualmie This Weekend
Pros and Ams alike prepare for the international snowboarding competition that will earn them $35,000 cash purse
Seattle, March 15, 2011 – This March, thousands will flock to the Summit at Snoqualmie, WA, to experience the second annual edition of the RIDE Shakedown, an international snowboarding competition now held in Canada, the U.S. and Germany. Keeping with its unique jump-to-rail jam contest format, both amateur and professional athletes will take to the course in an effort to win their share of the $35,000 purse.
Now a part of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour at the 4star level (www.ttrworldtour.com <http://www.ttrworldtour.com> ), the jam-style event held in Canada, Germany and the USA is known for its impressive urban rail features and 50-foot jump only unveiled to the athletes the day of the competition. The RIDE Shakedown is the only major snowboarding event that features a big air jump followed by a rail set up, in addition to the popular “jam format” competition that allows riders to choose their judged run.
Eric Willett (center) in 1st place. Photo: Shem Roose.
Vans Team Riders Iouri “iPod” Podladtchikov and Eric Willett wrapped up the TTR World Tour contest series right over the weekend, with iPod grabbing a second place finish in the Men’s Superpipe and Eric taking the win in Slopestyle.
Despite battling nasty weather conditions all weekend, both riders put down solid runs to earn their spots on the podium. With his second place in Superpipe, iPod also scored his second consecutive 2nd place in the TTR World Standings for the season, while Eric moved up to #7.
Launching in Tignes during the Winter X Games week, looking sideways is a new project which aims to bring art, photography, music, film making and riding together in an ongoing series of events, exhibitions and, of course, rocking parties.
Snowboarding’s (boardsports) relationship with film, music and art is undeniable - from the classic video parts that inspired us all and introduced the soundtracks of our roadtrips, to the art and graphics which adorn boards, tshirts and the stickers that we leave in hard to reach places everywhere we go. The surf, skate and snow industry is built on a culture of rampant creativity. About time then, for a project which celebrates this… and gives a little back.
In today’s society, it’s hard to imagine calling a female a beast without getting a nice slap to the face. Hana Beaman’s a beast, though — a beautiful, graceful beast, but she’ll shut down a male ego in no time flat when she steps on her snowboard. And she has been known to head butt people from time to time. If Tara Dakides was the first female to hit the same jumps and rails as the boys, Hana was the one that picked up the reigns where she left off. We caught up with Hana to talk about dating rock stars, her new web series, and shredding in Alaska. - By Matt Vanatta
If you’re anywhere in the Northeast this month, don’t miss the Empire Backyard Party presented by Vans. It’s all going down in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Canada on March 19th. The jam format street rail contest goes from 2-9pm, with an after party from 10pm - 3am. And if you know anything about French Canadians, it’s worth going up there just for the party. BBQ and beverages available during the contest, which has a total cash purse of $20,000! Now that’s a whole lotta looines. Vans Canadian Team Riders Will Lavigne, Benji Ritchie and Phil Jacques will be there, along with every other East Coast jibber extraordinaire. Don’t miss your chance to go head-to-head with the best and win some chedda. For more info, check out www.thinkempire.com.
View of Tetons from Grand Targhee, WY. Photos: Compass Media.
There are not many resorts in North America that can offer a lift-accessed backcountry experience. These are places where you can find bottomless, untracked powder turns all day long with very few, if any other people around. Mountains that feel like your own private playground. Silverton, Colorado, Mt. Baker, Washington and several in Canada would probably make that list. But among the hidden gems is a special place called Grand Targhee. Grand Targhee could very well be the best-kept secret in snowboarding.
Although technically Grand Targhee Resort lies in Alta, Wyoming, it can only be accessed from Idaho, or what locals have appropriately dubbed, “Wydaho”. Bordering Idaho on the western slope of the Teton Mountains, Grand Targhee is the oft-overlooked cousin of neighboring Jackson Hole. Despite lacking the vertical rise and massive size as Jackson, Grand Targhee boasts over 500 inches a year of incredibly light, cold Wyoming snow. And the best thing is, there’s hardly anybody around to ride it…