Frequency Review: Issue 7.2
31 May, 2009
Elias Elhardt captured by Matt Georges on scene in Saas Fee, Switzerland . The shadow of his handplant.
There’s a story behind the cover about this young German boy who was killing it but then he disappeared from the scene because he couldn’t ride from a disease they couldn’t diagnose. Now he’s back and catching up on handplants. Personally I find the story the real beauty behind the photo. I like the photo but I was surprised it’s a cover shot.
The most interesting variety of features I’ve seen in Frequency since catching onto the magazine. With two stories based around riders, Blair Habenict to Gretchen Bleiler the focus of two riders on complete opposite sides of the spectrum. Articles covering South to North, with the southern hemisphere culture in Argentina and the northern hemisphere culture in BC/Alaska with a glimpse into the snowboarding in each. Finally a look at Paul Laca’s archaic photography following his heart into photographs and finding more than what someone could teach him.
Blair Habenicht takes the NW baton
Blair carries on the Northwest riding with a family legacy and being brought up into the world of racing only to determine the powder is where his heart lies. With a college degree and a LBS victory in the younger men’s division, he’s now charging into filming the bigger lines with Absinthe and the smaller fun with Think Thank.
Ohio Extreme to Aspen Dream
Gretchen has crossed the line that many athletes don’t, making it to mainstream exposure beyond the snowboarding world with a variety of corporate and snowboarding sponsors with a focus now on the backcountry riding. From her beginnings in Ohio to being the hometown girl in Aspen, she covers the Olympics, backcountry riding, representing herself and getting hitched in this interview with John Laing.
From Nevada to Alaska, quite the difference from dust covered desolation to snow covered isolation captured with a Pentax 35mm Spotmatic into the life of Paul Laca.
Winter in the Land of the People
Meaghann O’Brien is not only a snowboarder but a descendant of the Haida in the Queen Charlotte Islands of Northwestern British Columbia. She shows a crew of riders what it means to be part of something beyond snowboarding. Just outside lies some amazing snowboarding with pillow fields, cliffs and powder aplenty that they partake in.
Trials, Tribulations, and Tree Riding in Bariloche
Colin Wiseman heads to the southern hemipshere with the South American Snow Sessions to find more than he bargained for. Dr. Death had been spotted in Bariloche, a resort town known as the Aspen of Argentina and Colin was there to ride and take in the culture.
I was surprised to see a Gretchen Bleiler interview, of course it was well done but it seemed too un-original for Frequency to cover it. The overall highlight was leaving the Gretchen interview and finding a write up on Mike Basich and area 241, something that is original and deserving of recognition. A retreat into his own mountain built shred escape where the toilet is outside and just like Mike Basich…it is the true form of mountain man living complete with powder heaven outside the backdoor.
Months ago, Johan from C3 told me he was doing a write up for Frequency on Steamboat and I forgot about it until I flipped open this issue to see it! Cloud 9, Steamboat Revisited covers the back in the day version of Steamboat with the various riders who started it, the locals spots that still exist and the feel of a town where you ride the whole mountain and not settle for one spot. As someone who currently lives here and have been around Johan when he tells “back in the day” stories, it’s certainly changed since his time in the Boat but the feeling of riding a mountain that people drop their lives and move to resort mountain town, to live the good life…hasn’t left.
“Don’t call it a comeback” describes the media resurgence happening in the Pacific Northwest with two films documenting Washington snowboarding at Snoqualmie and Baker. I was surprised that the SoundStrait productions “northwest was one” film was missing from this list, as they also are back in force with a film that highlights Stevens Pass shredding as well as other areas.
There’s a small feature that covers Beartooth Pass snowboarding in southern Montana, where you can ride in the summer in a spot where only the snowboarders seem to pull over to enjoy the summer goods.
Frequency isn’t your typical snowboard magazine, it’s a coffee book style magazine that you can set out and people will check out for months. It doesn’t expire and the content lasts a long time because it covers an extensive, well thought out genre of snowboarding. With just over 100 pages and the majority of them being content vs advertisements, you definitely get a better quality magazine that makes you think about what you read.