Media Trip Report in SKI Magazine

Some great shout outs to Storm Day in here! It was a great trip. Can’t wait for winter!

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BASICS Helmet Awareness Video

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Blastathon 2012 Video

This video is too good not have a permanent home on StormDay! Get Involved. You’re the Man Arne!

Huge thanks to Ralph Backstrom for a great job with the edit and filming.

 

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Mag Results- Again!

Unreal results again in the buyers guides this year…Bonafide Number 1 in Freeskier, Ski (two years in row) and goes from number 2 to number 1 in Skiing. Cochise- two years in a row in SKIING Mag! Number 1 Big Mountain ski too in Freeskier. Bodacious and Gunsmoke also slayed it!

 

 

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Boardroom Surf Expo

Well this was one of those weeks I pinch myself because of where my job takes me. I went to the Bay Area first and scored Ocean Beach going off! Then I cruised to LA, surfed some great waves in the morning and visited my key account Sports Ltd in Woodland Hills. These guys do a great job in representing the great line up of Tecnica Blizzard. I then cruised to Docs Ski and Sport Santa Monica, then went to Future Fins HQ in Huntington. What an awesome facility. Thanks to Taylor who buffed me out with some new Jordy Smith Signature fin Protos- sick! Then I washed that down with an evening session at Trestles which was also going mental! Today we went to the Boardroom Surf Expo. I checked in with the guys from Futures and ran into some legends at the show. We got to hang with Maurice Cole at the Patagonia booth and also spent some time with Shawn Vechione from the Cape! Anyway check the pics- it’s weeks like this that make me love my job.

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Fall Sales Meeting…and East Coast Hurricane Swell

I have been with Storm Day Sales and the Tecnica/Blizzard Family now for 23 days and I couldn’t be more excited. I recently had the opportunity to travel back to the East Coast for the Fall Sales Meeting and the 2nd Annual Coldwater Classic. Clem informed me that there was some epic hurricane swell materializing so I grabbed every piece of neoprene I owned and headed out East a few days early. The surf was amazing. We covered all of the basis; reef breaks, beach breaks, point breaks and even one strange place that combined all three into a long right hander. We surfed from Rhode Island to New Hamshire and found better surf than we have seen all summer in California.

We arrived in NH early for the surf, and then had to buckle down to company business, luckily surfing was still included. The Tecnica/Blizzard family couldn’t be more fun. We surfed every morning and evening and still got all of the business done during the day. The sales team is more ready than ever to make sure that every person on the hill can enjoy the wonders of Flipcore skis and Cochise boots. The 2nd Annual Cold Water Classic got under way the third day and saw some serious progression in the surfing. The winner, AKA Ninja of the Year, Pat Sipe managed to pull off a mid wave board change. Here are a few photos of the surf and the sales meeting.

Words by Hunter Claxton
Photos by Hunter Claxton and Frank Shine.

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Arne Backstrom Blastathon 2.0!

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Welcome aboard Hunter Claxton!

I’d like to give a huge welcome to a new addition to Storm Day Sales, Hunter Claxton. I am really fired up and Hunter is going do a great job for us. Please see his bio below!

By Hunter Claxton,

Whats happening world! A little about me, I grew up in the Bay Area skiing weekends at Squaw and surfing ocean beach. I attended college at the University of Colorado Boulder and spent my free time competing in big mountain freeride competitions all over the US. For the last 3 years I have been working in a management position at The Start Haus in Truckee, CA. During that time I have worn the hat of the buyer, bootfitter, sales associate, HR and management. I have learned so much from this experience and will have a lot to contribute in my new role with SDS. In my time with Start Haus, I have become very knowledgeable in the race side of the sport and I look forward to using that knowledge to further grow Tec/Bliz in the race and pro communities in this territory.

I am very excited for the opportunity to work with Storm Day Sales and Tecnica/Blizzard. I have been skiing on Tec/Bliz since January 2008 and haven’t looked back. The product has come such a long way in those 6 years and I couldn’t be more stoked to be representing a product that performs at such an incredibly high level.

In my spare time you can find me mountain biking, surfing, backcountry skiing, and stand-up paddling all over California. I look forward to a very successful, snow filled and most importantly FUN 2012-2013 ski season. See you all out on the slopes!

-Hunter

 

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Miracle March Madness and Radness

Well I must say its been a whirlwind of a season so far here for Storm Day. We had some great events, from consumer demos, hut trips and finally some great pow the first two weeks of March. I finally finished the Cochise 130 review and I think you’ll like it. This is the one new product this season that has been the real highlight for me personally. Still can’t believe one boot does everything this thing does. Light, Stiff, Comfortable and tours with Dynafits…Skis have been off the hook too, the Gunsmoke people are really digging as a more playful option for a resort powder ski. The past two storm cycles though the Bodacious were out in full force on a lot of rippers feet, proving its still the boss of the Blizzard line up.

Soul Poles and Lazer have been big hits too. We’re gonna see a lot of them out on the hill next year as the support from retailers has been great.

We had a trip with about 12 of our friends out the gates of Sugarbowl and toured about 10 miles in the Tahoe backcountry, getting up and skiing down Anderson Peak (8681 ft) to the Lost Trail Lodge where we had a great feed and a few laughs with the bros. Definitely one of the best trips I had in a while.

We got to shred a little with TecBlizz team rider Marcus Caston during the Rahlves Banzai Tour event at Squaw. Marcus is a great kid from Salt Lake City and one of the best skiers I’ve ever seen. American Dave Rosenbarger made the trek over from Chamonix and spent a couple days skiing at Squaw it was great to ski with him. There is a great pic of him he sent when he skied Terminal Cancer in the Ruby’s. We had some great demos with Village Ski Loft, Willard’s Sport Shop and Bobos. This past weekend was absolute mayhem with the Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw all weekend, the costumes were hilarious and the buzzes were even bigger. Thanks Shane!! Well here are some pics of the past few weeks. The forecast for snow is looking good and and we’re just about wrapped up for business so its time to ski!

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-Clem

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January Mayhem

January has come and gone thankfully. Its a busy time of year, and this year with no snow it was a little lackluster. We got some good days of surfing in early January though and then had one decent powder day before SIA. This helped set up the base to at least get most of the mountains open and the skiing improved immensely. We had a great product launch with our dealers for Tecnica Blizzard, Soul Poles and Lazer helmets so that turned out to be a lot of fun. SIA was also very good for us. Next year’s line up of product is amazing. Its been unreal to see how far we’ve come (especially with Blizzard) in such a short amount of time. Tecnica too, its like they keep making the best boots for us and our buddies! Our new boot the Cochise 130 Pro is going to melt some faces next year. I am currently writing a review on it so more to come on that in the next couple of weeks. Anyway check out these photos of the mayhem!

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