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The Latest Interview with Daron Rahlves

In his latest interview, Wend rider Daron Rahlves opens up about the Banzai Tour, his world travels, and his plans for the future.


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Name Daron Rahlves

Nicknames: D, Banzai, D Money

Birthday: June 12, 1973

Home Mountain: Sugar Bowl Resort, CA

Sponsors: Atomic, Red Bull, Spyder, Giro, Sugar Bowl Resort, Contour, Wend Wax, CEP Compression

Films: Warren Miller’s Dynasty, Children of Winter, Wintervention, and Like There’s No Tomorrow;Matchstick Productions; Rage FilmsTGR’s Light the Wick, One For the Road, and Dream Factory

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Favorite music to shred to: Nature

Who is your greatest influence in life? Inspiring people, those who push themselves.

3 things you will make time for? Family / friends, eating, skiing!

3 things you don’t have time for? I try and make time for everything.

If you could have a drink with anyone who would it be? Warren Miller

The Banzai Tour was a huge success this year with events at four Lake Tahoe resorts.  Tell us about how this maniacal event came to fruition, and where you see it going in the future?Thanks! I feel like it was a success and stoked that others notice. I've competed my entire life and wanted others to feel what it's like to stand in the gate, throw themselves down the hill and find out what they are made of.  Skiing in natural conditions and terrain is what we all do.  I wanted to take it to the next level and create an event that rewards skiing fast with others.  Like motocross on skis or a burly ski cross track.  Four at a time and the first one down wins.  This is what I did growing up as a kid before I raced on the World Cup.  I set the course utilizing the terrain available and snow conditions at four of Tahoe's resorts.  For 2012 Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl provided epic venues for the RBT events.  The future could see the RBT expanding out of the Tahoe area, but for now I want to bring competitors and fans here to my area and blow people's minds of the grit, guts and skills our competitors have.  I bet the top athletes from last year can give any world-class freeskier or racer a serious run for it.  This is the ultimate test of going fast on skis and snowboards.

You are in two segments for this years film Flow State, what was the highlight of each trip?  The Kings & Corn trip in the Tordrillos was amazing all around.  To hang out, ski and fish with Tommy Moe and Marco Sullivan was a dream trip!  Three generations of US Ski Team athletes ripping runs at "corn o'clock" and hooking up on King Salmon was lots of fun.  I did crush it over all the boys with 6 Kings in one day.  If we had a tuck off I'm not sure who would win, but we all loved going fast over that carpet of corn! The Telluride trip with Chris Davenport, Jess McMilian and Josh Bibby highlight was the last day I had on the trip.  We got surprised with blue skies after the report was stormy weather to continue. When we finally lifted to ski, I had an hour and a half in the field.  Unfortunately when filming it takes a while to set up and I didn't ski the line I wanted before racing to the airport to make my flight and get back to kick off the first RBT event in Kirkwood the next day. I was given the honors to drop in first on a nice couloir that had blower pow and that made my trip.  To top it off I watched Bibby, Dav and Jess shred it too and we were all high fiving at the pickup zone.

Daron Starring in Snow Film "Like There's No Tomorrow"

Wend rider Daron Rahlves is starring in the world’s largest action sports film - Warren Miller’s 62nd snow film "Like There’s No Tomorrow" - it reaches Jindabyne next week for a special, one-off showing.

Narrated by Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley and shot on location on five continents, . . . Like There’s No Tomorrow celebrates the moments that make up a perfect winter. Tour the world’s most inspiring snowy landscapes, from the rugged peaks of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington to the legendary powder of Squaw Valley, California; from the striking Himalayas in Gulmarg, India to the southern hemisphere’s highest peak in Portillo, Chile. Alaska. Utah. Colorado. New Zealand. Norway.

Watch world-class athletes – including Chris Davenport, Julia Mancuso, Daron Rahlves, Colby West, Sam Smoothy and Seth Wescott – drop lines most of us only see in our dreams and learn, frame-by-frame, how to live . . . Like There’s No Tomorrow.

Like There’s No Tomorrow

Screening at Jindabyne Cinema

Wednesday June 27 at 7pm

One night only - one show only

Monster Energy with Kazuhiro Kokubo

Do you ever wonder how a passion begins? When do you reach that point in which a dream becomes a reality? Did Kazu ever stop and think, "I want to be the next snowboarding superstar"? Monster Energy captures Kazu reminiscing on his upbringing, explaining his passion, and describing how his extraordinary talents got him to where he is today.

WEND Wax definitely had something to do with it. Want to fly like Kazu? Use his Signature Snowboard wax.

Kazu Kokubo Riding at Park City

WEND rider Kazu Kukubo recently went riding with a few pros in Park City. Check out this short video to see what happened! A full-length "I Ride Park City" movie will be released this Fall.


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