Windells and High Cascade Are Merging

Windell’s and High Cascade Are Merging To Form “We Are Camp”.

I wonder if Kevin English and Tim Windell purposely planned to confuse everyone yesterday(April 1st) with their announcement of “We Are Camp, LLC”, seems like a great way to have fun with it anyhow. When the logo popped up on my Facebook feed, I wasn’t sure what it meant, and since it was April fools day, well, I just moved on. It wasn’t until I had a peek over at Boardistan this morning that I realized what actually happened. The two largest summer snowboarding camps in North America are merging to become one.  Windell’s has massive acres and facilities 15min down the road from High Cascade, which lives at the base of Mt. Hood in Government Camp with easy access to huckleberry shakes.  Each camp offers a truly unique experience, and it only makes sense to quit competing with each other.

I had the pleasure of working at Windells’ back in the summer of 2000 and it was the best summer of my life to date. I knew I was lucky to barely slide into a gig as a house monitor, but I had no idea how fortunate I was until looking back on that adventure a decade later. I unofficially wore a vast array of hats that summer including bus driver, skateboard coach, snowboard coach, demo equipment guy, paintball guy, ditch digger, park crew and hot tub cleaner. I did it for pennies, and if I wasn’t four knee surgeries deep at 35 years old, I’d go for it again.

The largest difference in “on snow” atmosphere is that Windell’s has skiing, High Cascade does not.  From the sounds of it, it will likely remain that way, at least this summer. Most notably on the business side, they are both privately owned companies. In 1999Vans (VF) actually bought up HCSC, but then sold it back to the directors in 2004, in which they formed a non profit. There’s a interview with both Kevin and Tim over at YoBeat for the full details.

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Santa Cruz Skateboards x Star Wars Colab

by Mike on March 3, 2014

Star Wars Santa Cruz Skateboard Decks & Complete Skateboards

Peep the full lineup of Star Wars skateboards below!

Skate shops around the world have been receiving these limited edition Star Wars skateboards from Santa Cruz for the past few weeks, and at last this long awaited day has arrived. As of this morning they are officially up for sale. Star Wars aficionados can swoop up on one of four different variations of this awesome collaboration which include:

  • Basic Shred Ready Star Wars Skateboard Deck - Price Range $70 – $80 : These four decks are modern skateboard shapes and come ready to skate in 7.8″  to 8.38″ widths. Choose between Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Boba Fett or Han Solo. We’re not quite sure why Luke, Yoda, Obi Wan or the droids didn’t make the cut here, but either way these decks turned out super good.  All custom graphics never before seen or included on other Star Wars merchandise.
  • Shred Ready Star Wars Skateboard Deck w/ Collectors Blister Packaging, Laser Etching & Authenticity Card - Price Range $115 – $125 : These are the same as the Shred Ready decks above, but come with unique collectors packaging, laser etched serial number, a card of authenticity and a poster of the same graphic. You can still of course skate one, but these are definitely more for the “new in box” collector folks. The packaging is super sturdy and they did a bang up job on the graphics and designs. If you’re lucky enough to ever seen these out in the wild, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Check out Ron Whaley dropping the full knowledge on the Leia deck in this video here.
  • Star Wars Cruzer Complete Skateboards - Price Range $160 – $190 : These five complete skateboards come in a variety of sizes and include Star Wars wheels and either Road Rider trucks or Bullet trucks. The character lineup for these Star Wars cruzers and longboards include Yoda, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader.
  • Darth Vader Inlay Skateboard Decks - Price Range $420 – $430 : The holy grail of this Star Wars collection. These custom handmade decks are laser cut (light saber?) and use a variety of maple, elm and walnut burl to create one of the most epic skateboard decks ever produced in this galaxy.
Full Collection Of Santa Cruz X Star Wars Colab Skateboard Decks & Cruzers

Full Collection Of Santa Cruz X Star Wars Colab Skateboard Decks & Cruzers Available Now At CCS

Whether you’re bullseying womp rats, bombing your local hill, or sessioning the skatepark, there’s a win here for every Star Wars fan.  Most of these should be available online starting today, but I’d suggest supporting your local skate shop if possible. Click the “shop local” link on this page for the full list of retailers carrying these goodies. However, if you can’t find them locally and want to make sure you get in on the action, CCS has them available right now on their site, and there’s currently a $15 off $75 coupon code.  There are also a bunch of them starting to line up on eBay from either prospectors or shops.




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Why You Should Go To LAUNCH SF, Feb 2014

February 18, 2014

I’m fortunate to live behind the Redwood curtain in one of the most amazing yet untraveled regions on the planet. However due to a relatively low population and poor bandwidth, there isn’t much in the means of “tech” businesses here. I’m not blessed with water cooler talks at the office with colleagues, and at most […]

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OutsideOnline.com – A Study Of Controversial Link Baiting

February 6, 2014

To preface this, I think skiing is rad. I prefer snowboarding, but I definitely don’t have anything against skiing, or skiers in general. With that off my chest, over the past week there’s been a questionable article making daily appearances in my news feed titled “Can Snowboarding Be Saved ?”. For reasons I’ll explain here […]

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Six Things I Learned From Google PLAs In 2013

January 23, 2014

While I’ve been using Google Adwords regularly over the past few years, it wasn’t until last year I got involved working on Product Listing Ads (PLAs) for Google Shopping placements. If you’re at all involved in B2C e-tail, you’ve likely heard some noise about this channel over the past few months, some bad, most of […]

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Snowboarders Suing Alta – How It Will Backfire On The Backcountry

January 17, 2014

One of my most positive life changing events was back in 1997 when I embarked on a quest for snowboarding in Utah, and some college too. Every year between October and June I spent as much time as possible in the Wasatch, each season dedicating a larger percentage of those days to exploring the backcountry. For […]

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Wavegarden 2.0, Basque Country Secrets

June 11, 2013

After taking the surf world by surprise about two years ago with this video, the folks behind the Wavegarden have released a new video featuring their Wavegarden 2.0 design, hidden deep in the heart of Basque Country in Spain.   After almost a decade of iterations, Instant Sport claims to have a patent on the […]

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Google Affiliate Network Shutting Down

April 17, 2013

I had an itch to jump into this topic last night when I caught it making the rounds on Facebook, but figured I’d wait until today, mainly to observe the initial reactions.  For a quick recap here…  The Google Affiliate Network or “GAN” is basically a leftover from Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick & Performics back in 2007.  I vaguely […]

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eBay Partner Network Payout Changes Coming Soon

April 9, 2013

A rumor that was leaked a few days ago by a user on the eBay Partner Network forums has been confirmed.  eBay’s affiliate program is once again planning to make changes to their pricing model.  According to Scott Parent’s blog post just moments ago on the ePN Blog, attracting  “new and infrequent buyers to our […]

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Evan Smith’s Experience

March 21, 2013

In recent weeks the word on the street with this up and coming Evan Smith video part.  I’d have to say I’m really diggin this new whole “release your part” thing that’s been going on in the skate, snow, surf world.  Back in the day, we had to wait until the skateshop got VHS copies, then pay […]

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