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The Nick Goepper Story: Rags to Riches

'DOWNDAYS' featured Wend rider Nick Goepper on their Freeski Eurpoean Website. 
“Nick Goepper broke out onto the scene at last year’s Dew Tour, but the road to freeski super stardom hasn’t always been easy. Between hating skiing when he first took up the sport to “hustlin’ candy on the school bus” to make enough money to support himself, learn Nick’s life story and how the kid from the Midwest made himself into a contest sensation by simply outworking everyone else.”
 

Nick Goepper at the 2012 Dew Tour Mtn. Champs

Wend rider Nick Goepper chatted with 'Stack news' before he headed off to compete, taking them through his THOUGHT process before performing at the iON Mountain Championships. 

 

 

STACK: What are you looking forward to most?
Goepper: I look forward to landing my runs in front of the crowd. I also look forward to all the stoked fans and people cheering.
STACK: On the flip side, is there anything making you nervous?
GoepperThe only thing in that regard would be the weather. But it looks like we are going to have pristine weather for this contest, so there is nothing else to worry about.
STACK: What do you think is your greatest strength or skill in this competition?
GoepperI would say my ability to land my runs top to bottom. Also, the amount of time I spent on my skis this summer. I worked really hard and got some good practice in for this winter.
STACK: What’s your game plan going into an event?
GoepperI keep a good mental mindset, make sure my body is feeling good, make sure my equipment is tuned and then I'm off.

Lindsey Jacobellis Athlete Profile

Wend family member, Olympian, AND Gold Medalist, Lindsey Jacobellis, let's us peek into her life off-season in her current hometown Carlsbad, California. You'll sure be impressed by her avid board riding skills off the mountain. Check it out!
 

 

Kazu Kokubo joins Adidas Pro Team

Adidas is officially upping the ante, unveiling a team that will make it a serious contender to become one of the biggest brands in snowboarding. Jake Blauvelt (who was already on the team) will now be joined by Keegan Valaika and WEND rider Kazu Kokubo, which might explain why the pair of them parted company with Burton over the summer. They’ve also signed heavy hitter (and Transworld Rider of the Year) Eric Jackson as well as Yes girl Helen Schettini and Gnu’s jibbing jedi Forest Bailey. How’s that for some seriously heavy hitters?
The announcement came out yesterday, and interestingly, it didn’t come directly from Adidas, but via the athletes’ social media feeds. As well as being a clever way to let the news leak virally, the decision to announce their participation this way fits with Adidas’ emphasis on collaboration, something they see this as key to the brand. It’s also indicative of their softly, softly approach similar to the one that has seen them grow so successfully in skating, which has to beat coming in all guns blazing.
As such, the only thing we’ll be seeing from Adidas this year is the ‘apres shred boot’, designed with the help of Blauvelt. The first of their snowboard boots proper won’t be unveiled until next year’s tradeshows, in time to make it into shops for winter 2013. If the launch means they’re going to give serious resources to the likes of E-Jack and Kazu, we’re not complaining. That’ll surely just mean more of this kind of radness!

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