SPRING 2015 #COLDSTOKED WINNERS (and Honorable Mentions)

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Congratulations to the six winners of our Spring #Coldstoked Instagram contest!!! The winners were @youngbex @allietheleon@foundlyfe @posiedonsbeard @ryderpete and @hun_jah! Each of you will receive a brand new Coldsmoke jacket for inspiring us with your photography. Thanks to everyone who posted pictures of their awesome adventures, and don’t forget to submit more this Fall for another chance to win.

See the winning photos and honorable mentions below…

 

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@youngbex (WINNER)

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@vikingr.11

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@ryderpete (WINNER)

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@scottnvh

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@sheilaismagic

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@staciangeliques

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@thebusandus

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@tomasohsnaps

 

@foundlyfe

@foundlyfe (WINNER)

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@alliethelion (WINNER)

@hun_jah

@hun_jah (WINNER)

COLDSMOKE CHRONICLE: ICELAND

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EXPLORING THE CANADIAN ROCKIES WITH THE GREAT NORTH COLLECTIVE

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Last week the Great North Collective loaded up their car with Coldsmoke, coffee, jerky, and camera gear, for a five day expedition through the Canadian Rockies.   David GuentherMike Seehagel and Chris Amat  joined up with fellow Albertans Callum Snape,Taylor Burk, and Jeff Bartlett.  Here’s a selection of images they captured during their five days of driving, hiking, and flying through Canmore Kananaskis and Jasper, two of the most beautiful areas on earth.

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#COLDSTOKED IN #JAPOW

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Rather than lamenting how Japan is hogging all the snow, we sent a crew of Coldsmoke pow hunters including Pascal Shirley, August Thurmer, and Chandler Kane to get #coldstoked in the land of the rising sun. In Niseko our team connected with legendary Gentemstick shaper Taro Tomai, Their early Instagram returns make for good armchair traveling and a lot of envy. Try not to hate…

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COLDSMOKE CHRONICLES: WHISTLER

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“Whistler as I’ve come to know it, is more than a picture perfect mountain town, a vacation get-away, and a seasonal party mecca. Whistler is a small paradise whose natural beauty I appreciate and learn from every single day. Whether strafed with freezing rain or burnished with sunshine, the beauty is never less than breathtaking- picture pure white powder filled bowls on Whistler peak, or Alpha lake swathed romantically with fog. Ask any of my friends and they will tell you I always have to stop and take in the view or snap that gram; as a photographer I can’t help myself, appreciating visual beauty gives me life.”

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THE HUNDREDS GO IN-DEPTH WITH COLDSMOKE

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My good buddie, Luis Ruano, recently took on a great new position over at The Hundreds working on some great things including their newly redesigned blog. It’s looking mighty nice now since they’ve changed things up! As part of the new blog, they’ve started profiling new companies and since Luis is familiar with us here at Coldsmoke, he put together a nice video feature on us. It features brand cofounder and Creative Director, Imani Lanier, who sheds light onto exactly what it is we are doing here.

Thank you very much, Luis, and The Hundreds!

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COLDSMOKE CHRONICLES: BIG SUR NEW YEARS SURF TRIP

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Even as we endure the un-snowiest winter season on record, for us lucky (and smug) Californians, there is plenty of  H2O to be ridden, albeit of an unfrozen variety.  Fun waves, good friends, delicious food, warm Coldsmoke gear, and crisp starry nights, made for an enchanted and memorable Big Sur New Years adventure.  Thanks Pascal Shirley for the great shots.

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SURPRISING BEDFELLOWS: COLDSMOKE, ED RUSCHA & MONSTER CHILDREN

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For the past week as I played the diligent desk jockey here at Coldsmoke Basecamp in Venice, a few of my more fortunate, though consequently much colder and now sniffling colleagues, were in Vancouver, teaming up with the good people of Monster Children for the release of MC #41.

The fruits of their labors where dropped on my desk this morning in the form of a handsome MC volume with a profile of none other than the legendary artist Ed Ruscha on the cover.

It’s safe to say that the interview Ruscha gave MC is the cultural anchor of the volume. And though Ruscha’s presence may at first ring a bit highbrow for a magazine that cut its teeth in the gritty, youth driven, and historically unsophisticated realms of skate, snow and surf culture, the Ruscha interview and corresponding images of his work are surprisingly at home among the artful photography and features, and even the advertisements (our own included) that flank it.

 

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COLDSMOKE CHRONICLES: CATALINA ESSENTIALS

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1 adventurous, seafaring man.

This man’s seaworthy sailboat.

5 companions to help set up sail and bum a ride. Note: One must be a willful volunteer to hold the wheel and keep her eyes on knots (rope, speed).

60 beers. Two bottles of bubbly. Orange juice. Ice.

Bread. Hummus. Meat. Note: No, sharks will not mistake salami tied on string for chum.

Optional, 1 set of binoculars. Because while sharks may not chomp at your toes, pods of dolphins are a sick sight and you’ll want a better look as they frolic behind your boat.

A plethora of windbreakers, sweaters, beanies. The wind whips, the Pacific cools.

SPF.  Those rays, while charming, will smite you.

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1 bag of ginger chews and 1 box of homeopathic motion sickness medicine in preparation for the middle of the journey, which you will promptly replace with non-homeopathic motion sickness medicine at the Catalina General Store for the way back. If you don’t get seasick, call your parents and thank them for your sea-legged genes.

2 $3 kites: multi-colored, bird-shaped. Two because one will promptly drop and flail in the water, string snapping with force of the ocean. Get the other flying, tie to the end of the boat. Name this bird. Be sad when the wind lags and it nosedives. Drink a beer. Look at real birds and layers of their white shit on a rock jutting out of the ocean. Observe that it looks like a finger at the sky. You are along the Catalina coastline.

1 dinghy. This will get all of you (minus those who decide to swim) and your gear to the island after you dock offshore.

3 tents, sleeping bags, flashlights.

1 spot to set up camp.

Dollar bills. Exchange for a bison burger at the only restaurant open, a game of pool, and drinks from the sole bartender on the entire island if it is a Monday at 9 pm.

Board shorts/bikinis. Celebrate night with a swim among jumping fish. Celebrate morning with a dive off a dock into crisp, cool water.

Hiking boots. Wear these while following a trail higher and higher along a Catalina mountain ridge, until you see nothing of the sea, just mist. Realize how quiet the island is, like you are in a waking dream.

A straw hat. Don while piloting the dinghy back to your boat, docked among a handful of watercrafts that hold people who pop their heads up like gophers, sunbathe on their decks, prep fishing gear, nap in their homes on the water.

Sails. The snap of canvas and creak of ropes mean you are cruising back to the mainland courtesy of nature.

Sharp eyes. A ways out, watch as the sun dances along the horizon. A dozen yards away, a large triangular shape will bob, motionless, attached to a something heavy beneath, barely floating, until the shape, which you determine must be a fin, right? grows smaller and smaller in your view and disappears among rolling waves. Ahead, buildings will begin to appear off stretches of sand. The ocean will forever keep its mystery. Catalina was a dream.

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