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For the last several years Shred has joined Ski Racing Development and World Cup Supply in the “Fast Skier” Junior Alpine Scholarship Fund, in which young athletes can send us their applications to win a $1000 as well as gear from Shred, SRD and WCS. We are looking for athletes that are driven not just on the slopes but in school and as members of their communities.

Interested athletes may find the application by visiting: www.junioralpinescholarship.com. The application deadline is May 25, 2012. Questions can be sent to: info@worldcupsupply.com – please write “Scholarship” in the subject line.

Ted loves to Shred. He's an Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion ski racer, all-mountain ripper and loves to push his body's limits.

We’ve said it before and will say it again… when you receive images like this from your athletes, you can’t help but get inspired. Here Roman Kuss from Austria sends us some random goodies from his late season action. What more could you want?

  • sweet pow;
  • heli access;
  • newspaper/ magazine coverage;
  • a ton of amazing memories.

He promises a more extensive portfolio, which we’re stoked to see. Thanks, Roman! Keep rippin’ it up.





Stephan works with the SHRED and SLYTECH team and loves to ski, surf, sup and windsurf.

The other day I received from a Shred partner out in Latvia who wrote in about Shred action in his part of the world:

Here’s a pic of our racer Katrina Krumina in GS action. She won the Silver Medal of the Baltic Cup which was organized in Finland – Somutunturi last week. This is event where more then 100 racers from three Baltic states – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are contesting for the Alpine Ski National Championships and for the Baltic Cup overall.

This reminds us that there’s a lot of action going on all over the world, wherever people love to shred. Congratulations Katrina!

Silver Medal at the Baltic Cup

Katrina Wins the Silver Medal at the Baltic Cup

Stephan works with the SHRED and SLYTECH team and loves to ski, surf, sup and windsurf.

Generally I’ve made it through the last couple winters without any major crashes (knock on wood). This week filming with Warren Miller I’ve taken 2 pretty good tumbles. The first I tomahawked pretty good and lost my GoPro so unfortunately I lost all the footage from the crash and the day which was our best. On my second big crash we weren’t filming because the sun was no longer on the face we were skiing, so I took fun run with another GoPro on a line I had already skied. The line was a pretty simple steep face into about a 20 foot cliff band. I was trying to lose a little speed coming into the cliff when I hit a hard piece of snow or a rock and the sluff took out my tails simultaneously. I was fine, just another lesson learned: don’t throw speed checks in the gut where the sluff is going.

Ted loves to Shred. He's an Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion ski racer, all-mountain ripper and loves to push his body's limits.

I’ve always fancied myself as a good freeskier and would watch ski movies totally respecting what those guys were doing but thinking that it wouldn’t be a hard transition and I would be comfortable doing comparable lines. It turns out there is a lot more then meets the eye. First off every race I do I get to slide down the course and memorize where I’m going. Obviously you cannot do that on these lines, so you look at them from the bottom, disguise the line, take some pictures and then look at the line from the heli and take some more pics. Yet when you stand at the top of the line you can’t see anything, or the ridges are way bigger then you thought or the “small” cliff is actually huge or you can see anything until you 60 meters down the line. Outside just finding the line you thought was good, you have to deal with you sluff (mini avalanche that’s normal on these steep lines) and often times you have to ski though or land off features that have already sluffed off which look fine but it turns out those patches of not so awesome looking powder have 3 foot deep ruts and are hard-ish snow. Once you’ve made it most of the way down your line you then have to deal with the bergschrund (mini crevasse) that can be a gaping hole or a moderate sized drop off depending on the line.

Luckily Phil Meier is here, who’s a veteran Swiss big mountain skier, as well as Marcus Caston; a Shred athlete awesome skier and winner of Rahlves Banzai races but very green in this realm too. Phil knows what he’s doing and has dispersed a plethora of advice and knowledge to both of us along the way. Our guides Lel and Rich with Chugach Powder Guides have been extremely helpful as well. I cannot give enough credit to them for helping gauge the lines, finding the good snow and talk us out of doing stupid lines and into good lines.

The first day here was a real eye opener. First filming run Phil lined up a big spine, 4 turns in a slab broke off starting an avalanche that swept him off his feet and into the chute. He deployed his ABS pack and was right on the surface and fine when he came back into site at the bottom. I was standing 10 meters from the crown at the top and was sufficiently scared. Needless to say that ended our first day.

After watching a seasoned vet like Phil take a real ride, we took it back a few notches and have been easing our way back into some of the bigger lines. I’ve taken a few tumbles each of which has taught me a lesson, so that I’m not totally naive to this scene, yet I’ll still admit I’m very green.

Phil Meier one turn before he starts the avalanche

"Spine Cell" where Phil took his ride.

Awesome face.

View from the top of the above awesome face.

Fun leg burner.

Ted loves to Shred. He's an Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion ski racer, all-mountain ripper and loves to push his body's limits.

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Stephan works with the SHRED and SLYTECH team and loves to ski, surf, sup and windsurf.

A few weeks ago Ted Ligety was the star guest at the NATURE VALLEY NASTAR Amateur Ski Championship in Winter Park, Colorado. Competitors from all over the country came down, got outdoors and had fun all weekend long.

And the kids got to see and hangout with Ted. “It’s always amazing when you feel you inspire the kids” said Ted.

Stephan works with the SHRED and SLYTECH team and loves to ski, surf, sup and windsurf.

If you’re a regular visitor of this blog, you’ve probably also either been a Shred Facebook friend of our Profile or LIKED our Facebook Shredders Page. If you’re looking for either of those, you’ll have found that we made some major changes.

It was time to make things a little more clear and simply combine them into one main Page rolled into one. It’s called Shred Optics and it’s available at http://facebook.com/ShredOptics.

If you’re not already a follower, go hit us up and let’s keep in touch. We love hearing and seeing all the ways you love to shred, no matter the sport, no matter the season.

Stephan works with the SHRED and SLYTECH team and loves to ski, surf, sup and windsurf.

From OnBoard Magazine Issue #129. Naku is strutting the Shred Omnibot Synchro in this sweet pic. How the hell does he get his board perfectly in the groove of that structure?

Naku Kickin' the Omnibot Synchro

Stephan works with the SHRED and SLYTECH team and loves to ski, surf, sup and windsurf.

***spelling alert: marco doesn’t heed capitalization norms. ***

short update:

finally i am back home in montafon! i thought i am coming home to shred some slush snow but it started snowing and today i had some sick pow turns- so much fun ( pow in april)- and its still snowing!

about my trip:

i stayed 1 month in backer with werni, chris and justin! we had a great and productive time! the only thing what was not so cool at backer is the weather! it was raining, snowing almost everyday- you now what that means- wet as fuck every day- i don’t thing there is any material who is resistant against that wet weather( maybe rubber clothing’s) the locals call it cascade concrete! as i said we had some really nice days up on the mountain! not to forget, on the way back home i visit the ride office in seattle! thx matt for driving me around!

i think my filming season is over- i had a great season got some stuff and the best thing my body is still in a good shape ( no pain)!

talk to you soon- thx for your support-ride on!
marco

Marco loves to ski, surf, sup and windsurf.
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