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    Further 2012: Stable Snow, Super Deep

    by Ryland Bell

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    Following up on his sat-phone call from last week, Patagonia snowboarding ambassador Ryland Bell called last night with another update from the Bagley Icefield in Alaska. He's there with a crew of riders filming for Further the upcoming movie by Teton Gravity Research and Jeremy Jones. Ryland revs up our anticipation to see the film by describing the conditions they've been hiking to and riding from base camp.

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    Audio_graphic_20px Listen to Ryland Bell call #2 from Bagley Icefield
    (mp3 - right-click to download)

    Visit Teton Gravity Research for more on Further and to watch a preview.

    Further 2012: Greetings from Wrangell-St. Elias

    by Ryland Bell

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    Today, Patagonia snowboarding ambassador Ryland Bell checks in from the largest non-polar icefield in North America. Ryland made his big-mountain debut in the highly acclaimed human-powered snowboarding film, Deeper, and rejoins Jeremy Jones and the Teton Gravity Research team this spring on the Bagley Icefield in Alaska to film Further.

    The crew flew from the Ultima Thule Lodge with legendary bush pilot Paul Claus into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park to set up camp for a month and climb everything they ride. TGR’s Further is set to release in September. The two-year project has chronicled big-mountain snowboarding in Japan, the Arctic Circle, Austria, the High Sierra, and now Alaska. Calling in with the sat phone, Ryland updates us on the scene and the progress of the project so far.

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    Audio_graphic_20px Listen to "Ryland Bell calling from Bagley Icefield"
    (mp3 - right-click to download)

    Visit Teton Gravity Research for more on Further and to watch a preview.

    Portillo, Chile: Snow Product Testing with Josh Dirksen

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    Following up on Monday’s recap of the Dirksen Derby, here’s the latest edition to the Patagonia Video Gallery featuring snowboard ambassador Josh Dirksen and snowsports designer Glen Morden. The guys were testing designs for next fall on this particular trip.

     

    The Fifth Annual Dirksen Derby Supporting Tyler Eklund

    by Aimee Lyn Brown

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    Right about the time contest organizer and Patagonia snowboard ambassador Josh Dirksen yelled go, professional snowboarder Scotty Whitlake fell over laughing, legend Terje Haakosen cracked a smile and 28 shreds of all ages and genders grabbed splitboards and took off running uphill in shitty snow and poor visibility for no prize money and nothing but bragging rights, was when I fell back in love with snowboarding. The best part? I wasn’t alone.

    [Above: Burton team rider Terje Haakonsen on the descent. Photo: Aimee Lyn Brown]

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    Riding Frozen Oceans

    The Patagonia ambassador team is pleased to share today's interview with one of their newest members, snowboarder Forrest Shearer. Forrest joins fellow riders Ryland Bell, Josh Dirksen and Taro Tamai in the lineup. Raised as a surfer at the famed Dana Point, Forrest made the transition to snowboarding with his move to the foot of the Wasatch Range in Utah. We caught up with Forrest recently to ask him a few questions about what has been an eventful year of riding, and his plans for the upcoming season.

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    [Patagonia snowboarding ambassador Forrest Shearer surfs one of his new favorite winter breaks. Photo: Yoshiro Higai]

    TCL: You recently traveled to Japan to film for the new TGR film Further. What was the terrain like and how was it unique?

    Forrest: There was tons of good powder riding and big alpine terrain. A lot of people don't know that Japan gets so much snow – it's insane. I couldn't think of a cooler place to snowboard and experience a different culture.

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    Travel Riding

    The Patagonia crew extends a hearty welcome to Josh Dirksen. Josh joins fellow snowboarders Ryland Bell, Forrest Shearer and Taro Tamai in our ambassador lineup. Josh is widely known as one of the great understated riders in the sport. With over 20 years snowboarding and a pro career spanning over a decade, Josh is one of the few athletes in the circuit who's been riding professionally longer than he can remember. We caught up with Josh recently in Europe, where he spends part of the year, the other parts being spent in the search for snow and surf. He can still be found in his long-time home base of Bend, Oregon a few months out of the year.


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    [Josh Dirksen, enjoying home-sweet-tent - his living quarters during 3 weeks of filming for Deeper in Alaska. All photos courtesy Josh Dirksen collection.]

    TCL:  You have a home in Oregon, a wife in Switzerland and travel all over the world each year. Do you have a favorite place to come back to?

    Josh: These days it does not really matter which place I head back to. It is more important who is around when I get there. I always look forward to seeing my wife, family, and friends wherever they are at.

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    Interview: Snowboard Ambassador Ryland Bell

    Gen4_ambass_bell_f11 We're pleased to welcome Ryland Bell to the Patagonia Ambassador lineup. Ryland is a snowboarder who has spent all the summers of his life on boats in the Alaskan village of Elfin Cove (population 20), where his parents fish commercially. He can't think of a winter growing up when he wasn't riding on sleds, skis, inner tubes or whatever could slide downhill, preferably fast. When Ryland was first strapped into a snowboard at age 12 though, he knew he had found it. The 25-year-old rider now spends winter in Lake Tahoe's Squaw Valley and spring in Haines, Alaska. We caught up with him to find out more about what it was like growing up on a boat in Alaska - not to mention riding some of the steepest, most remote lines being ridden in North America today, some of which were featured in the film Deeper.

    TCL: What stands out the most about your life growing up in Alaska?

    Ryland: The amount of wilderness, and wildlife.

    TCL: What's your favorite and least favorite thing about life as a fisherman?

    Ryland: Favorite thing, being on the water, and the amazing views. Least favorite thing, getting up at 3 in the morning for weeks on end.

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    [All photos: Abe Blair, courtesy Ryland Bell collection]

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