Danny & Sammy


Danny Kass and Sammy Carlson dropped by Oakley headquarters on Monday for individual photo shoots for their upcoming Fall ’07 goggle campaigns.

Carlson, an X Games Slope style silver medalist, flew down from Oregon, fresh off graduation from Tigard High School, where he threw a post-ceremony party centered around a ping-pong tourney.

While coming up with fraudulent running poses and maintaining challenging arm positions in the Oakley photo lab, Carlson admitted modeling isn’t his favorite part of the job, but, he said, “This one’s mellow. I get to surf. When I go home I have to surf with [Eric] Pollard so it’ll be good to get out there. I just want to hang out on the beach and get a tan.”

But Carlson’s thoughts never stray too far from the snow, as he said he couldn’t wait to get back to Mount Hood on Friday. “There’s tons of snow. It’s going to be real good when I get back. I’m going to learn a ton of tricks this summer.”

Later in the day snowboarding icon Danny Kass took over the photo studio, getting weird in the white space, all in the name of goggle ads. The two-time Olympic silver medalist had spent the previous two and half weeks in Norway, filming with Standard Films and checking out some new zones. “It was kinda late in the season, but we had two really good days, a heli and one huge jump,” said Kass.

Kass will head to Australia later this summer, but until then he’ll be in Mammoth, his home base, running his own company, painting and skating the park.

“He’s always doing his own thing,” says Dingo, Kass’ seven-year roommate. “He’s an entertainer. He always promoting snowboarding in the way he sees it.”

Both athletes modeled the Oakley Fall ’07 Crowbar Goggles, available in September 2007.

Check back to Oakley’s MySpace page later this week for a video interview with Sammy.