Fresh Things Friday: Daniel Cochrane Aka: Burritos and snow
Daniel is a snowboard Journalist, he writes for the angrysnowboarder.com and Arkade magazine out of UT. one of my favorite things about Daniel is that he is a reminder that snowboarding isn’t just a bunch of 12 to 22 year old snot nosed kids trying to backflip off of everything in sight. That snowboarding belongs to all of us and it’s important to keep in perspective that just because you age doesn’t mean you have to stop doing what you love. Everyone i’ve had the opportunity to meet from Arkade is from Utah but they have been nothing but the nicest dudes ever they may never even have been to Minnesota but they sure have the Minnesota Nice, more than a lot of midwesterners. So Thank you for giving your time and energy to help create the media that keeps our snow world turning!
1.) Where I’m from/Where I’m at-
I was born and raised in Alabama and when I was a little snot nosed skate punk kid I thought it was the worst place in the world. However now that I’m older I’ve grown to appreciate it. There were only a few dozen “cool kids” in my town and we all had to stick together. Punk rockers, stoners, hippies, goth chicks, metal heads, indy rockers, new wavers, and skaters .. we stuck together because we were all we had. Now, looking back, I’m able to appreciate how I was exposed to such a wide variety of music and people even within our small group. Unlike bigger cities where kids of a certain clique stay within themselves it was pretty common to see kids in Smiths, Grateful Dead, NoFX, or Slayer shirts all hanging together in downtown Montgomery Alabama. I moved away and honestly never want to go back, but I’m glad thats the environment where I kind of figured out who I was. Now I live in Salt Lake City, Utah and it’s one of the most awesome places in the world. After being here 16 years I still look at the mountains in amazement everyday. There’s world class snow within minutes of my drive way and an amazing local scene of up and comers and established kids. Despite the opinion of almost everyone that doesn’t actually live here SLC has a great underground scene of local shops, parties, and awesomeness. I hear and read about people all the time who are unhappy where they live … pack up and move it really is that easy. The only anchors you have are the ones you create for yourself. Think about it….
2.) Ashbury Bullets -
We are in a cycle of snowboarding where large companies have discovered the profitability of what we do and are slowly acquiring snow related companies to cash in on this profitability. There are fewer and fewer rider owned companies out there and it is extremely important that we as snowboarders support our own. Ashbury is one of those rider owned companies and I’ve been digging on them for a while. The Hakkers and Nima have been great supporters of both my own stuff and some of the other media related projects I’ve worked with.. how could I not support them in return. I’m especially hyped on the Bullet googles which are new for 2013. The Bullets have a spherical lens and a clean simple design. I’ve been rocking them since I was able to score some samples during the past season (Thanks Nima!) and they are sick. Do your self a favor and support companies who reinvest your dollar back into the snow community and not into perfumes and handbags.
3. Arkade Magazine -
Arkade Magazine has been a staple in Salt Lake for several years. It has gone through various incarnations sometimes doing what it needs to do to survive and other times enjoying huge success. I was lucky enough to begin to do some work with them last season as a contributing writer and it has been a blast. It has been a great opportunity for me to give back to snowboarding and to Salt Lake. I’m grateful to be back again this year to continue to help those guys out … they kill it!!! Check out last seasons mags online at www.issuu.com/arkademagazine
4. Mt. Hood-
Speaking of Arkade, me and a few of the Arkade crew packed up and did a quick three day trip to Hood last week. It was the first time I’d been to Hood in the summer and it was awesome. Everyone should try to get out there at least once. One cool thing about Hood is you can do it legit with a hotel or you can go total dirtbag and camp out on the mountain for cheap. It was great to see all the SLC kids even if it was only for a few days. We have already agreed to go back next year and I can’t wait.
5. The age card-
I’m forty and have no qualms about playing the age card. When I’m riding with some of the pro kids at Brighton, or even just some of the countless super sick unknown kids, it can sometimes be intimidating. Those guys are 270 in and out, switch this and that, hard way and pretzels everywhere. I can’t compete with that but I don’t have any worries about tossing out a big method or backside 180 and then remind them that I’m forty. Grow old but don’t grow up. Have fun all your life and follow the path that makes you happy even if sometimes society may place pressures on you to do the opposite. There are plenty of cubicle jockies out there and I think the world will survive if you decide to not go down that path.
Shades made from a cotton based plastic with classic proof styling VERY fresh. click the link above to check them out and if you cruise around on their page they are giving away a pair before they’re available to the public!
2) First snowboard magazine of the year to show up!
I got my first issue of Transworld in the mail the other day! This is the sign that we truly are getting close it won’t be long until the rest of the world is thinking about winter the way i am!
3)Bones Hardcore bushings:
The stock bushings that came with my new thunder trucks were WAY too soft for me. I picked these up the other day and after riding them they’re PERFECT right out of the box! Saved me from major buyers remorse.
1) Slack line: My friend Denny from wild mountain let me borrow his slack line. Coming from all the activities i love i figured it would be simple to hop up on a fat rope and walk back and forth but it is SO much more difficult than i expected. always awesome to have something to accomplish for the summer.
2) Cruising on bikes: Sarah & i finally got bikes for her birthday & it’s awesome to cover that kind of ground so quickly! Hopefully this can take a little bite out of our gas consumption.
regardless of if it’s on hills or just a smooth bike path feeling the wind against my face and the smooth carves under my feet it’s the next best thing to snowboarding I’m pretty sure i could spend all day just kicking and gliding
It’s super light weight has a better attachment for the camera and it’s now available on amazon.
4) New KIT!
even when i won’t get to ride it for months just getting to slap stickers on it mount it up and think about how fun it’s gonna be to ride has me pumped. & by the way that’s a Rossignol Retox & Cobras might be my top kit of all time!
Sarah Stepped up to this bad boy for stills with 16.2 MP CMOS sensor and 6FPS she should be getting some unreal detail and hopefully even some sequence shots!
with it’s size, the ability to change out the lenses that i can share with Sarah & the amazing depth of field that the DSLR cameras get it seemed like a no brainer to make the switch. the other thing i’m super hyped on is shooting to SD cards means it’s never “too cold”
3)Opteka X Grip:
As soon as i got the DSLR in my hands and started to think about filming riding it became obvious it was going to be awkward to hold. the x grip solves that really quickly it lets the camera get low gives it feet to be set down with out putting the camera in the snow and it’s got a great foam grip on the handle!
CT is a friend of mine that works for Rossignol & Giro Here in the midwest. CT brings a sense of humor and a smile to the game that make me so glad to be a part of the same program as him. CT has some serious credentials as a badass in Boarder x but don’t worry he can still #jibstrong for days. In what little free time he has CT organized and runs the kicker project, the kicker project takes under privileged kids out snowboarding and makes sure they get to experience a little of what we love so much!
1)Giro Battle Helmet
This helmet is the cats pajamas. If cats wore pajamas. Really, when I saw this helmet for the first time, I said sweet. Then I rode with it and I said SWEET!!! It’s a bulletproof, low-profile hardshell. It also uses a sleek fit system that you can adjust and forget about. You can set it up one time and never need to touch it again. It comes in 11 colors.
I think they should call this goggle the One. This goggle is amazing. A gihugic (Gi-Huge-Ick) spherical lens and offers the widest peripheral vision in the game. If you rock a gut, you’ll be able to see your boots with these on. Besides having some of the crispest, clearest optics available, this full field of view goggle is helmet compatible. It comes in 8 frame colors and 5 different lens colors.
Stepping in the Way-back Machine, A friend of mine made a scarf for me. I thought why do I need this thing? Then one day it got cold and I tried it out. The next time I saw her, I thanked her and told her how amazing it was. She said yeah dumbass, they’ve been around awhile now. My friend Sarah made this bandana for me and gave it to me at a snowboard demo. Thinking back to the scarf, I decided to be a bit more open minded. I tried it and I was hooked. It actually keeps you warm (Insert the dumbass part). Not to mention it goes with my color story, which is kind of an inside joke with Sarah, Jerome, and myself.
I first saw this in an airport waiting for my plane and not much to do. For kids on the go, there’s two things you need. One is Gogurt, the second is the Mophie. Sometimes it’s difficult to find a place or the time to charge your stuff. With the Mophie I can run out of battery on my phone, hit a switch and I have a full charge. I never worry about finding a place to charge my phone anymore. Plus, you don’t look like those sad people in the airport holding their phones and chargers. Suckers. They work for iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch, and Android phones. Also, they have your color story covered.