Thursday, June 20, 2013

Safety Jumps

Snowsports Safety Research Fellowship - University of Washington from Jeff Campbell on Vimeo.

As long as you have good knees and a back in-tact, park yumping is so much stinkin' fun. But it only takes one really bad fck up to ruin park jumps forever. This dude Jeff Campbell, a Stevens Pass loc who I've never met, is out to help improve the design of park booters. I personally know that Stevens Pass could use improvements, especially since they have tons of potential for a super jump line through the waterfall run.

I do think jumps exists that are designed to be safer. Check out some of Mammoth and Keystone edits. Those landings are built so it's difficult to overshoot and the long and tall wedges are built for smooth, controlled airtime. The pushed up knuckle "step-up/over" style certainly helps with a smooth transition and less injuries. Watch some X-Games big air - huge ass wedge, big gap, smooth landing - like they hardly even left the ground.

Anyway I think what this guy has got going on is rad and I'm down with it. Hopefully it will help cut down serious injuries, but at the same time I hope it won't take away from our airtime.

For the article check out Icicle TV.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Day of the Dads 2013

Dads are the best. They teach you life lessons at a young age that stick with you forever. They are the biggest influence on many of our lives. Dads point you in the direction of awesomeness. I'm so thankful and lucky to have Wilfy as my pops. I can only wish to be half the man he is someday. Thanks Dad! Loves ya!

Oh yeah, he shreds too. Thanks for showing me the ways Pops! You the man.

Here's a vid (iMovie) I made for his 51st Bday a few years back. The big guy still slays it!

To all Dads out there.. we salute you, everyday.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Burnt Eyeballs and the Mt Baker SESH YUP 2013

So the 2013 Mt Baker Seshup went down this past Sunday. The day before, me and a couple friends went out to help with the pre-build. When we got there, around noon, nobody was there, and a huge bare spot in the normal run-in was exposed. Also, there was hardly a jump.

Pre shoveling

After about an hour of BSing a few more folks showed up so we started throwing snow at the booter. It was mostly overcast all day, but warm, so I sun screened up, but I didn't have sun glasses or wear my goggles. This will turn out to bite me in the ass.. After about 5 hours of snow shoveling, block cutting and runway construction, we called it a day and headed back to B-Ham. Late that night, I was awoken by an excruciating pain in my eyeballs. It felt like I had hot sand all up in there. Yes, I sun-burnt my eyes to the max, thankfully I didn't go snow-blind, and yes I was aware of snow being reflective. It's just easy to forget when it's cloudy -- and being June (powerful rays).

Woke up the next morning, feeling a bit better, toughed it out, drove myself to the hill and helped finish off the shoveling. A good 200+ folks showed up to hang out, hit the booter, get drunk, whatever.

The rerouted runway took lots of man power.


The first couple of hits on the booter, I couldn't even clear the knuckle, even though I was all-out pointing at the thing. (The run-in was on par with its normal state of a washboarded, rutted, hold on for your life while going as fast as you can kind of deal.) So before hiking up for a third time, my buddy Chris Bowlin offered me some of his warm temp rub-on wax. I slapped some on the base of my CAPiTA TFA, and the next hit, I sailed one far over the knuckle and down the landing -- backwards, up-side-down, death plunge style. Landed straight on my back, and I was completely okay. That's what I love about this jump, lots of gnarly looking wrecks go down, but people normally walk away just fine. 

Anyhow, here's some sweet photos that Brad Andrew took at the event. Big ups to Steven Goodell and everyone else who made this party possible!


Super Styler Kael

Dogs and Methods

Back 1


The Coon

Sandberg Back 1. Dude freaking Rips.

Toe huck it.

Skier Shenanigans

Sarge McCarthy

Genovese kills it

Max Dre. Front cork 7

It happens..

Boner Frodeo, straight to the back


PMac front trees

Bergin-Sperry has one of my favorite methods of anyone

Chris Bowlin too. He knows how to boost

I tweaked a couple..

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Hello Interweb crawlers!

Welcome to the new Wainsworld blog (former/photo blog here)

My name is Matt Wainhouse, originally from Bothell, WA, and a Marketing Student at Western Washington University.

This blog will be dedicated to content based on my life which is dominated by my love of shredding powder (snowboarding). I'll do my best to post photos, videos, and written out thoughts of boardin' and my other takes on life.

I'll start this one off by posting a shameless self promotion of some airtime at Stevens Pass (the home mountain-base).

SwB5/Stevens Pass/Photo: Kevin Hanson
Sweet. Now that's out of the way.. your going to need to follow my Vimeo page right now. Throughout the shred season I'll keep you up to date on how much better we have it here in the Northwest, by showing you some mouth-watering pow edits. Like this one..

Grass-root style of videos featuring legendary riders and locals you've never heard of.. ripping powder like pros.

So keep up with this blog to get some quality, original shred media that you won't find on Transworld. And comment, give me your thoughts, or talk some shit. Have fun.