This week I catch up with two stars of a generation in Hyland Hills history. Two kids who rip: Billy Bjork and Robbie Roethler, They left their handprints on Hyland’s snowboard scene through popular edits, insane parts, killing the park every day (and night) and of course, the legendary 40 minutes of park footy that is the Wildcard movie. Today, we learn what they got from Hyland and where they are now.
When did you guys start riding, and did you start at Hyland?
R: I started riding Hyland when I was 3 actually, got into snowboarding when I was 7 and been shredding ever since.
B: Same exact thing with me. Rob and I weren’t really homies until high school though I remember being jealous of (Rob) because (Rob) learned backflips before I did.
What is the coolest part about Hyland?
R: I feel like the best part about Hyland was the balance between being able to take endless laps and seeing the boys at the hill day AND night.
B: The hot laps are definitely my favorite part about it. Being able to try the same trick 100 times in an hour is pretty awesome, and it’s also pretty convenient for filming.
CCS recently signed on Jaws. “When we were brainstorming with Jaws on how to introduce him to the CCS team, it was hard to think of something he hadn’t already done. Fresh on the heels of his Lyon 25 triumph, we certainly weren’t going to just put out another Ollie. So we decided to put out 20 ollies! The only person who could really pull this off in one day is Aaron and it turns out the hardest part was finding all the different stair sets. Well, that and threading the needle between the tree and building on that 20 stair. Yikes.”
In the most recent NSSA, Southwest Open on the South side of the Huntington Beach Pier Kalohe Danbara threw down one of the best waves of her career. She won her first heat dropping and 8.0 and eventually placed 4th in the final. Check out the photos from here 8.0 ride. Keep it up Kalohe!
In the backyard of Yabuli’s mountain inhabitants, the world’s best snowboarders showed the Chinese spectators riding skills they have never witnessed before. Brandon Davis (USA) convinced the judges with his huge and stylish third run showcasting a Fronstside 1080 Melon, a Backside Double Cork 1260 Nose and a Cab Double Cork 1260 Melon on the kickers. Combined with his creativity on the rails, he scored highest with 88.65 points, deserving the crown of the World Championships of Snowboarding Slopstyle. Read the rest here.
If this is any preview of what Mr Smith will do to Snapper, start placing your bets. After a long-injury-felt season, Jordy’s finally feeling 100 percent. When the Pipe Masters kicked off, we saw a reminder of how proper the man’s rail work is. Remember that Backdoor tunnel to layback jam? It was nominated for maneuver of the year by the WSL awards. While on the North Shore we went for a wiggle at Rocky Point with him, between turns that made out cheeks hurt, he blasted an air easily six feet above the lip at 30 mph. He safely bailed just before landing in the flats in about three feet of water over reef. He told us he would’ve landed it, but he just got back from injury, no need to go down that road again. Here we get him in Durban and Mozambique, cut to War on Drugs and looking sprightly as ever. Jordy’s fully invested in the tour this year. He’s been working on surfing towards points; contest style, rather than ankle ruining punts. Expect to see him displacing a lot of water, linking turns and jamming down the line at The Quiky Pro. When the big man’s on he’s easily a top five surfer.
Read more at http://stabmag.com/watch-water-displacement-by-jordy-smith/#SgHrjiTjkuafmdvz.99
The harshest internet critics call him a “hipster.” No one calls him a bad surfer.
But if anything, this 30-year-old Tasmanian has set the trends, rather than follow them. In fact, over the past decade and some change, it could be argued that no one has better maximized a late start in the sport than Dion Agius. That no one appreciates their time and place in the surf history more than Dion Agius. That no one respects and executes and redefines all the photogenic responsibilities that come with being a professional freesurfer (an action sports model, really) – quite like Dion Agius. Read the rest on Surfline.