Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

Happy Star Wars Day everyone!  Now although I’ve already covered how action sports has crossed into the fandom, I can’t help but add this little tidbit on.  It seems that X Games Austin has decided to celebrate May 4 with photos of a Stormtrooper doing some BMX flatland tricks.
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By Sandy Carson (X Games)

Who’s the rider underneath the helmet?  Why it’s Brian Tunney!  Click here to see more fun photos of him in costume.

Moving onto another corner of geekdom, I happened to catch “Assemble”, a mini movie by Samsung and Marvel and guess who’s assumed Thor’s mantle?  John John Florence!  I can’t think of a better candidate with aerials so high he may as well look like he’s flying, a chill attitude, and yes, “godly hair”.  It’s also quite fitting that the man who plays the Asgardian is an avid surfer himself.

While John John is the only action sports pro in the team, the movie also features mechanical engineer Sasha Blanc working on and riding a motorcycle and the adorable Bobby Martinez getting to the rendezvous point on a skateboard.  I think it’s safe to say that action sports and Avengers go pretty well together… though if we were to assemble a super hero team made up of action sports pro, who would be in it?

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No idea who made this poster  but it’s rad

I never imagined Star Wars and snowboarding would be mentioned in the same sentence, especially since I had sci-fi loving friends diss boarders and action sports loving friends shun all things geeky.  There’s always exceptions though, and earlier this year, ESPN made a Star Wars reference in one of their snowboarding photos.  Apparently these two things are not so much like the light and dark sides of the Force.

This post was inspired a video by Freakin’ Rad. It was actually of freestyle motocross riders in Storm Trooper costumes, which I just loved. Further investigation led to an earlier movie with snowboarders and freeskiers battling it out.

Later I watched Episode 27 of AWSM on Alli, which had pro boarder Todd Richards spilling the beans on the geeks in the action sports world and browsing around Comic-Con. It was cool to see things from his point of view even if the commentary on cosplayers got to be distasteful in my opinion (those Leia cosplayers were more than just 1s, Mr. Richards).

One of the featured videos in the episode was an old Star Wars-themed snowboard piece that I had never seen before (but is apparently well-known): Gnar Wars.

I was impressed and decided to see if there were other collisions of snowboarding and Star Wars. Guess what? Burton Snowboards and Lucasfilm teamed up last winter, and not only created equipment inspired by Star Wars (for kids only, unfortunately) but a themed park with wood carvings of different characters and Jedi-style instruction.  If you’ve got a kid who would like to be a powder padawan, check out the Burton Star Wars Experience at Sierra at Tahoe.