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March 2012

  • Shane McConkey: An Unrivaled Innovator and Inspiring Human Being


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Few people in the world approach each day as a blank page, ready to write the story of their life’s ambitions day by day. Revered as the pioneer of freeskiing and ski base jumping, Shane McConkey did just that. In the latest film from Red Bull Media House in association with Matchstick Productions, “McConkey,” a 90-minute documentary in the making for years and due to be released in 2013, celebrates the life of one of the world’s ultimate innovators. Through his professional accomplishments, talent, irreverence, experience and unique outlook on life, Shane inspired countless others. His own life – shaped by complex and rewarding relationships – motivated him beyond the traditional comfort zones of his sports. A husband, a father, and a son, Shane’s enduring character and magnetic personality permeate still today despite his passing in 2009. “McConkey” is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conq...

  • BE Conscious: The B&E Duo Returns With An Inspiring Highlight Reel Of True Ski Dedication


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The B&E Show and Inspired Media Concepts are back with a fresh new edition. In their latest episode: Episode 9 – BE Conscious, Phil and Henrik fill you in on the closing of their winter competitions for the year. Recaps from the last two months of their lives are set to the beats of Eric B and Rakim, providing insight into the minds of these two professional skiers. With stops in Park City, Breckenridge, Europe, Winter X-Games and more, Phil and Henrik enjoyed another jam-packed season.

  • Dumont Cup Wrap-Up: Oakley’s Joss Christensen Podiums, Taking Third At Simon Dumont’s Pro-Am Thriller In Maine


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    It was more like beach than ski weather in Sunday River, Maine this weekend for the 4th Annual Dumont Cup. That didn’t stop some of the world’s best professional skiers and budding amateurs from hitting the slopes and throwing down some of the sickest tricks the sport has to offer. The newly awarded AFP platinum status event is hosted every year by Oakley skier and Maine’s own, Simon Dumont. This year the competition was thick, the weather was warm and the atmosphere was rockin.

  • Dumont Cup Preview: Oakley Skier Simon Dumont Brings All Eyes Of The Ski World To Maine


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Highly touted as one of the best skiers on the planet, Oakley athlete Simon Dumont will host the 4th Annual Dumont Cup this weekend at the Sunday River Resort in the mountains of Newry, Maine. Originally created to showcase some of the best skiers in the New England area, the Dumont Cup has quickly turned into one of the most highly anticipated ski competitions of the year. The unique event allows for both amateur and professional skiers from around the world to display their skills at the highest level. Further proving its importance, this year the Dumont Cup has been elevated from gold to platinum status by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP).

  • Cooking With Gas, Webisode 3: Snowboard Ripper Eero Ettala’s New Edition Drops


    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Eero is back at it, yet again. If two funky fresh webisodes from his series, “Cooking With Gas,” wasn’t enough insanity from our Finnish Ripper…brace yourself. Because the third edition just dropped on Transworld Snowboarding’s site, for your viewing pleasure. Check it!

  • Norwegian Metal: Snowboard Star Stale Sandbech Claims Overall TTR World Snowboard Tour Title, Video Edits Drop


    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The Scandinavians already knew Stale Sandbech as the ‘heir apparent’ to Norwegian Snowboard Royalty. But few actually thought he’d claim the coveted TTR World Snowboard Tour Title so soon – and at such a young age. Including Stale, himself. “I wasn’t really going for it at the start of the season, but then I was leading and thought ‘wow’, maybe I can actually do this!” he said, rocking his Oakley eyewear, apparel and gear. “Now at the end, it was exciting ’cause I didn’t qualify for today – But it is really cool to be part of that legendary list of riders who won it before.” The easygoing ripper is known just as much for having as much fun as anyone – just riding on the tour. But despite his super friendly, typically Norwegian demeanor, Stale’s riding did the fierce talking for itself.

  • X Video: Snowboard Charger Mark McMorris Drops Into Winter X Games Europe


    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Mark McMorris straight owned Winter X Games in Aspen just a short time ago. Riding his massive wave of momentum, Oakley’s rising Canadian snowboard star didn’t let up as the O Team dropped into Tignes, France for Winter X Games Europe. With a solid second place finish in Slopestyle – he savored the success and overall experience of yet another year in France’s majestic Rhone-Alpes region. Peep a quick vid of Mark’s time in Tignes (and some shots of fellow Oakley Snowboard Star Stale Sandbech).

  • Mont Blanc Massif: Skiers JP Auclair & Andreas Fransson Drop Second and Last Webisode on Charging Mountains in Europe.


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    JP and Andreas in the Mont Blanc massif. Some real mountaineering on steep terrain in the mountains around Chamonix. Great feelings in this last episode with climbing, rappel and beautiful views.

  • Dangerous Dark Horse: Surf Ripper Adam Melling’s ESPN Interview


    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    He definitely doesn’t dominate the headlines. In fact, Oakley star ripper Adam Melling barely makes it into the surf mags’ major stories. But make no mistake, he’s as dangerous as anyone on the Tour to contend for the top of the rankings. And it’s not in anyone’s best interest to sleep on this badass Aussie. ESPN recently reemphasized the point with a solid interview – complete with insight on what makes him tick.

  • Winter X Games Tignes Recap: Oakley Athletes Perform Big At 2012 Event


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Oakley athletes were on full display throughout the three days of Winter X Tignes 2012, collecting four coveted medals. Combine those with the 20 medals secured at the Winter X 16 in January; Oakley athletes were able to claim 24 total Winter X medals in 2012.

  • Shaun White Continues Winter X Games Tignes Domination With A Gold In The Men’s Slopestyle


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Two days, two gold medals; no big deal. Business as usual for Oakley snowboard star Shaun White as he secured his second Winter X Games Tignes gold medal in two days. A day after completely dominating the Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe event in France, Shaun completed the back-to-back gold medal performance, taking the top spot in the Slopestyle event for the first time since 2009.

  • Premium: BMX Ripper Josh Harrington Drops 2012 Video Parts


    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Josh Harrington rips. And wouldn’t have it any other way. Oakley’s BMX charger recently dropped a video from Premium Products, just to reemphasize the point. Peep him smashing Las Vegas, San Diego and Ohio on camera…

  • Bienvenue en France! Shaun White Takes Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe Gold In Winter X Games Tignes Debut


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Welcome to France! Oakley snowboard icon Shaun White dominated the Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe in his first visit to the Winter X Games Tignes. It didn’t take long to for Shaun to secure the gold medal, scoring a 98 in his first run; a super smooth run that included a switch cab double cork, a double McTwist 1260 and an alleyoop rodeo to close it out. His near perfect score set the tone for the day and none of the competitors came close to challenging Shaun’s position on the leaderboard.

  • WTF?! Snowboard Star Eero Ettala’s “Cooking With Gas” Episode 2 Drops


    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    WTF?! As usual, there’s no shortage of “those moments” when Oakley Snowboard Ripper Eero Ettala is involved. Enter “Cooking With Gas,” Episode 2: The second volume of Eero’s wacky escapades and super sick street riding in his web series.

  • Three-Peat…Again! Kaya Turski Wins Her Third Consecutive Winter X Games Women’s Ski Slopestyle Gold


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Twenty-three year old Canadian, Kaya Turski kick started the 2012 Winter X Games Tignes with a gold medal victory. The young Oakley rider was the first ever to three-peat in Winter X Slopestyle, which she accomplished in January in Aspen. Her win in France made her the first ever athlete to DOUBLE three-peat at two X events. Kaya had previously won the Slopestyle gold at the Winter X Aspen Games from 2010-2012 and now she has claimed the top spot for the past three years at Winter X Games Tignes as well.

  • Oakley Riders Rise To The Top At The 2012 Burton US Open


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Amidst thousands of spectators and the world’s best snowboarders, Team Oakley rose to the occasion once again at the 2012 Burton US Open in Stratton, VT – the final event of the 2011/2012 TTR Would Tour. Topping the list of highlights from a weekend full of standout performances were Oakley riders Sebastien Toutant, Stale Sandbech and Shaun White.

  • ASP Pro Junior Surfer Kanoa Igarashi Joins Oakley Team With A Splash


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Fourteen-year-old Huntington Beach, CA sensation Kanoa Igarashi proved an instant success as the newest member of the Oakley surf team. Kanoa teamed up with Oakley in early 2012 and won his career first ASP Pro Junior event, the ASP 1-Star DNA Energy Pro Junior at New Smyrna Beach Inlet in Florida over the weekend.

  • Oakley Skier Pep Fujas Returns To Action With A Second Place Finish At The Red Bull Cold Rush

    Pep Fujas is the first competitor to tackle the Mine Cart rail feature - Erik Seo

    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    In his first ever big-mountain event, Oakley skier, Pep Fujas scored BIG points in the Red Bull Cold Rush competition held in Silverton, Colorado. Pep was returning to competition for the first time in “five or six years” when he snagged second place in the three-day backcountry freeskiing competition. The event is peer judged and includes a variety of events such as Slopestyle, Big Mountain and Cliffs.

  • “It’s Wrapped Up!” Lindsey Vonn Wins Her Fourth World Cup Ski Title


    Posted over 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Lindsey Vonn continues to prove her status as American ski royalty. Adding another award to her expanding trophy case, Lindsey secured her fourth overall World Cup title, becoming the first American to achieve this feat. Phil Mahre had been the only previous American to win three overall World Cup titles; Lindsey is now in a league of her own.

  • Mont Blanc Massif: Skiers JP Auclair & Andreas Fransson Drop First Webisode on Charging Mountains in Europe


    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    JP Auclair may be a bona fide freeskier. But he can fully get down in the cuts. Oakley’s ski team standout – along with fellow Oakley skier Andreas Fransson – dropped the first episode of their new series, “A Chamonix Style Ski Week in the Mont Blanc Massif.” Follow the two O chargers as they share their thoughts and feelings on skiing deep in the mountains (Europe) in the first edition.

  • Side Hits: Snowboard Star Torstein Horgmo’s New Video Edit


    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Torstein Horgmo is up to no good, again. Oakley’s Norwegian snowboard star just dropped a new edit: “Contour Cruising Side Hits” (Cozy Side Hits) in Whistler, B.C. And yes, it’s lined with plenty of steez.

  • Adriano De Souza Kick-Starts his 2012 WTC Campaign with a 2nd Place Finish at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

    Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

    Posted over 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast culminated in dramatic fashion with Oakley’s own Adriana de Souza surfing head-to-head with perennial ASP World Title contender Taj Burrow.

  • Over the Moon: Young Surf Ripper Matt Banting Claims Pro Junior and 6-Star Victory at Inaugural Australian Open of Surfing


    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Matt Banting is over the moon. He said it himself. Oakley’s young surf team standout dazzled the massive crowds on his home turf at the first-ever Inaugural Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach late February, claiming victory in the Pro Junior Division over Tim Macdonald, then emerging triumphant in the 6-Star Contest just a day later.

  • ‘Cooking With Gas’ Drops, Eero Ettala Throws Down in Episode 1


    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    We still don’t know why Eero picked the title ‘Cooking With Gas.’ But the Oakley Snowboard Team Ripper’s new web video series is funky, entertaining and the riding is just flat out sick. And that’s all that matters. Episode 1 has officially dropped. Check it!