SIA 2009 Day 1
28 Jan, 2009
Wow last year in Vegas and it’s not winding down in any way, shape or form.
I flew in to Vegas on Monday night, leaving the snowstorm in Denver that dropped a good couple inches on my way to the airport. I arrived in Vegas, got picked up by Ryan and we headed to the Excalibur (our cheap, fantastically upgraded lodging while in Vegas).
The night started with drinks at Mandalay and people watching. I got a sneak peek of the Nitro catalog excited at the lineup while sitting at the bar. We met up with the Never Summer crew who was sitting just feet from Gene Simmons from KISS and Carrot top. Of course with plenty of drinks, we got photos to take home. Stayed out till 1am dancing and drinking. Definitely a way to start Vegas right!
Tuesday I was up early, with appointments from 9am to 5pm it was going to be a long day on my feet. I met with Signal, O-matic, DC, 686, Jibhunt, Burton, Nitro, Nike, Spy and High Sierra. I started the morning out with Never Summer. It was great to run into Stephanie from Park City who I did an Industry Interview with last summer, we hung out and checked out the lines.
Signal was the first of the day launching their outerwear along with their snowboards which feature more rocker. The coffee was flowing and a good way to start the morning by choosing the snowboard company that makes coffee.
One of the best oufits was the sequined Vegas style Spacecraft man…he proved we are gonna miss Vegas! It’s very clear that reverse cambers were a hot selling board this year, Signals Park Rocker is coming back for 09-10.
Next up was O-matic which I received a lot of comments to check out so it was good I got to them early. The BS technology is new and the company proves that you can have a lot of fun by making fun of the industry. Todd Richards was there, it was great to finally meet him and you’ll see more of him when I have time to put up more from SIA.
DC Snowboards is expanding for 2009-2010, with more boards and getting into the reverse camber technology as well. I checked out the boots and outerwear from them as well.
686 was a must appointment. I rock entirely 686 this year and proud to support them and pay for their outerwear since it lasts. The big collaboration this year is 686 and Krew which you can see them in this photo. 686 is also bringing back the limited edition in another fun design.
me and Stephanie…we are famous
During some downtime while talking with George from Union I got to meet Laura Hader who I thought was George’s wife, Oops! She was kind enough to model with her Nike boot.
The appointment with Burton went very well, there is a lot of time needed to check out the whole line from Burton so I’ll be going back today to finish up with outerwear. The boards have a couple changes, 3 types of rocker coming out.
The bindings feature the biggest changes and new innovations from Burton.
Even though I flipped through the Nitro catalog, just seeing the boards in person are much much better. The line-up is huge this year, with new additions like a female Sub-Pop coming out and new bindings added to the list.
Jon Kooley was on hand to show off his board which has a matching resemblance to him.
Jib Hunt is a new company on the floor this year, I talked to Kyle on Shredunion and met up with him to check out what’s coming out for the softgoods company.
High Sierra was on site to show off upcoming luggage. I always like checking out luggage because it makes me want to travel more. Day 1 of the show was amazing, people had checked out and heard of the blog which is always great. I got to meet people I’ve communicated with in the internet world, face to face contact and meet people I admire that started this industry and have progressed snowboarding.
Here’s to day 2 which starts in about 1 minute!