Jan 22, 2013
It’s been three years since Snowboard Canada ran its first ever Photo Issue, and it’s easy to see why it’s become one of our most popular of the season—and it’s probably not just the words. That’s not to say we’re not proud of the work of our many writers in this issue—we really are.
It’s just that chances are, you'll be picking up this issue because the biggest words on the cover say “The Photo Issue” and you know what they mean to the inside of the magazine. We’re also incredibly proud to work with some of the greatest photographers in the world—and hell, we’re fortunate enough to have two of them on our masthead as our seniors.
So to all our photogs and to all of you who love snowboard photography, this mag’s for you. Enjoy responsibly.
—Scott Birke, editor
Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find in the photo issue, which is on stands across Canada right now:
Jed Anderson: His way by Andrew Sayer
As a young teen, Jed Anderson pushed the self-destruct button on a promising snowboard career. Starting back at the bottom to do it his way. Much has been said since Jed’s re-invention led him to become the biggest success story of the Internet generation. After gazing into his multi-dimensional life his unorthodox approach to riding makes perfect sense. Jed is many things: an artist, a sponsored skateboarder, a hard-core lead singer who quotes ridiculous rap lyrics, an ambidextrous naturally regular snowboarding screwfoot that legitimized helmets in the street and is cloned around the world. He’s a scene building, Calgary-dwelling, travelling nomad that lives outside the snowboard bubble. He’s a mouthful that speaks his mind....
Pillow psychosis: From straightline to straight jacket by Mark Gribbon, and Feet Banks
Every serious snowboarder is an addict to some extent—the next line, the next hit, the next rush. We steal from tomorrow to enjoy the pow today and sacrifice everything from financial security to relationships to balanced nutrition in order to keep chasing the stoke and that next taste of true freedom. And there’s nothing wrong with that; more people should do it. This is not about addiction. This is deeper and darker and way, way over that line. This is Pillow-line Psychosis...
Anchorless in Anchorage, Alaska by Justin VanDerPolen and Mike Helfrich
In a dingy mancave that resembled my childhood wreckroom consisting of instruments, toys and hockey sticks, Rob Heule, Pat King, Shayne Zwickle, Mike Helfrich and I sat around smoking and drinking beers with our new found friend, Conan. Conan heard of our arrival and offered us a winch to use during our stay in Anchorage. His basement was a jungle of random shit: samurai swords lay about a banjo and ukelale rest in the corner with some other instruments and recording equipment. One hazy night a man burst in while we were in a mid-jam and the music came to a stop as we all look up to the door to see a skinny middle-aged Jamaican American man who proclaimed “boyyyyyyeeeeeeeee ‘tis a frigid one deer tonight mon!” We were shocked because A) we had no idea who he was and came in the side door and B) He was a Rasta...
Contact by SBC’s photo contributors
Cover photo of Ben Bilocq by Oli Gagnon