Hot Dawgz And Hand Rails 2014

Last weekend was the 11th Annual Hot Dawgz And Hand Rails at Bear Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lakes, California. It’s the first snowboard contest in North America, always full of wild fans, and one of the best ways to kick off the season. This year over half of the contenders were friends like Ryan Tarbell, Lucas Magoon, Frank Bourgeois, Justin Mulfurd, Jaeger Bailey, Scotty Vine, Luke Haddock, Mariah Dugan, Riley Nickerson, Jordan Smalls, Johnny Lazz, Tommy Gesme, Brandon Hobush, Chris Bradshaw, and Dead Lung. The fact all these homies were riding in the contest made photographing the event a lot more enjoyable. I covered the event for Transworld Snowboarding and was able to have my long time friend Keenan Cawley write the story and tahoe bud Danny Kern film the edit. Check out the photos below and peep the full photo gallery and video at http://snowboarding.transworld.net/photos/johnny-oconnor-wins-2014-hot-dawgz-hand-rails.

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Half-Cab to 50-50 to backflip 180 off by none other then Scotty Vine.
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Johnny O’Conner front boards on the flat barrel early in the contest.
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Can you still be considered part of the midget mafia if you’re six feet tall. Justin Mulford.
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Only Lucas Magoon can look good while snowboarding on his back.
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I told you the fans were crazy. Right?
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Long time friend and Big Bear local Ryan Tarbell is going to win this event one of these years.
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Brandon Hobush takes the high road over the turf grass.
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Mad people come out to spectate, but mostly to drink beer and get free stickers.
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Johnny O’Conner (1st), Denis Leontyev (2nd), Luke Haddock (3rd), Mariah Dugan (1st Women’s), Zach Rawles (best trick).

Frank Bourgeois 2014 Stairsmasters Full Part

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Frank Bourgeois switch backside tail blut pop over to backside lipslide in Quebec, Canada.

Frank Bourgeois is a mean snowboarder hailing from Quebec, Canada and although you might not be able to pronounce his last name you won’t forget it anytime soon after watching his Stairsmasters 2014 part below. The photograph above I shot during my trip to Canada with Frank and the Brothers Factory crew. It is the first one images to be released from the trip with the rest appearing in snowboard magazines this coming winter.

Corey Smith and Mike Parillo “Neon Daze and Winter Waves”

For a week this fall I photographed Corey Smith and Mike Parillo making homemade snowboards for a new collaboration project called “Neon Daze and Winter Waves” presented by Spring Break Snowboards and Asymbol. See more photos, get info about the project, and even buy one of the snowboards by checking out the following articles at Transworld and Asymbol

Mike Parillo and Corey Smith stand with freshly cut out boards.
Mike Parillo and Corey Smith stand with freshly cut out boards.
Mike Parillo sands the perfect side into a deck.
Mike Parillo sands the perfect side into a deck.
The hands of Mike Parillo at work.
The hands of Mike Parillo at work.
Corey Smith spreads an even layer of fiberglass on some snowboards.
Corey Smith spreads an even layer of fiberglass on some snowboards.

Smokin Snowboards in Japan

In January I traveled to Japan with the Smokin Snowboards team consisting of Deadlung, Lane Knaack, Kyle Clancy, Will Bateman, and Jake Rose to snowboard street and powder. The trip was a lot of fun and I got to meet a bunch of cool new people. Click on the following link to see all the photos I shot and a video that was made by Matt Mead http://snowboarding.transworld.net/1000219679/photos/smokin-japan/.

The team gathers for a quick group photo after making it to Japan.
The team gathers for a quick group photo after making it to Japan.
Dead Lung snaps a Nollie off the green wave.
Deadlung snaps a Nollie off the green wave.
Kyle Clancy gets a line right off the side of the road.
Kyle Clancy gets a line right off the side of the road.
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It would puke like this for about an hour every day.
It would puke like this for about an hour every day.
Will Bateman
Will Bateman.
Lane Knaack, Jake Rose, Dead Lung, Kyle Clancy, and Will Bateman before hiking to get the goods.
Lane Knaack, Jake Rose, Deadlung, Kyle Clancy, and Will Bateman before hiking to get the goods.
Exploring the city by night.
Exploring the city by night.
Will walks out of the temple in downtown Toyoko.
Will walks out of the temple in downtown Toyoko.