There is nothing better than getting the skate team together for a little session. The Little Canada skate park is less than a mile away from The House Boardshop and the the crew is always willing to get some shots.
When you see someone killing it at the park you may wonder what they’re riding, but there is park etiquette; generally you’ll never ask what other people are skating. It’s weird. That’s why you’ll see some of our team skateboard completes below. Don’t be afraid though, if you ever see Joe and Justin Scherer, Danny Kern or Kenny Peterson at the park feel free to chat them up. They won’t bite.
It takes a lot to be Viktor Simco. Imagine growing up as a skate kid in Texas and then moving to Minnesota. Seeing snow for the first time and feeling an air temperature below 50° must have been shocking, but Viktor handled it well. He took his skate skills and transitioned (no pun intended) it right into snowboarding. Where do you think all of his style comes from?
Viktor Simco Does It Right – Photo by Sean Kerrick Sullivan
For the last 13 seasons Viktor has called a few resorts home; Mont Du Lac, Spirit Mountain, Hyland Hills, and Trollhaugen. Viktor can pretty much be found anywhere with a toe rope. His skate style has landed him on the Rome Amary team, it’s a well deserved position and he’ll only keep going to up from here. Putting time in with film crews Think Thank, Rome Snowboards, and Bald E-Gal Viktor has been around the block and back.
Viktor Simco Droppin’ Big – Photo by Sean Kerrick Sullivan
Being inspired by Andrew Reynold and Bjorn Leines, Viktor has found the true meaning of style and individuality. His Father and Grandfather taught him to think about more than himself. After Viktor’s Grandfather was diagnosed Alzheimer’s and he decided to fight back. Three seasons ago Viktor start a contest called Ollies for Alheimer’s. It’s a high ollie contest that gives all contest proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The furture is looking bright for Viktor. He’s continuing to pursue filming with Think Thank, Airblaster Clothing, Rome Snowboards, and Bald E-Gal. If he ever decides to take time off the snow Viktor will probably be in Brazil sipping strawberry Daiquiris with a grip of babes.
The Bubble Gum Crew is a collection of female snowboarders that love snowboarding, bubble gum, and being with each other. It all started with a blog and snowballed into something much greater. Juggling school and work this wild crew still finds time to enjoy each other’s company while riding and of course, blowing bubbles.
There isn’t a membership fee to join the Bubble Gum Crew; only a small list of requirements and one initiation test. First off you have to be female and secondly you need to chew Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape® when you ride. The membership skill test is hard – you need the ability to blow a bubble the size of your own head.
The greatest part of being a Bubble Gum Crew member is the camaraderie. No one has dared to leave the Bubble Gum Crew. Doing so hurts. If someone happens to leave a wave of termination would follow on their blog, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and Instagram. No one would ever imagine leaving. The bond these girls have is stronger than lock tight binding hardware and they’re not getting loose.
The girls compete every once and a while but mostly ride for fun. It seams that that brands, governing bodies, and event organizers aren’t paying enough attention to women’s snowboarding. Why is prize money lower for women? Why do women’s heats usually drop last in rail jam? Women ride just has hard as men, put their lives at risk, and are on snow the same amount of time. Everything should even out. Luckily there are groups like the Bubble Gum Crew doing their best to make women’s snowboarding better.
Holding down turf at Hyland comes with a price. The House of 1817 is the Bubble Gum Crew’s only rival. Instead of fighting they slap high fives, do trains through the park, and party together. Wells Fargo Bank actually denied a Bubble Gum Crew check card design because they though it was a gang sign. The only weapons these girls carry are smiles and attitudes of complete stokedness.
The Bubble Gum Crew has stayed true to their mission – ride together and chew gum. It’s that simple. If you’re a girl and have friends that ride, start a girls only snowboard crew. Have it revolve around snowboarding and another common interest. The snowboard world needs more girls that thrash together, push each other, and do more than sit on the top of the park. Someday if you’re lucky enough your crew could be cool as the Bubble Gum Crew.
Bubble Gum Crew Members
Hannah Lord There is always someone that’s having more fun than you, usually it’s Hannah Lord. This witty firecracker will keep laugh longer than you can stand and push you off a box if you get in her way.
Gabi Rolstad This girl is beyond sarcastic. If you don’t get it, you never will. She’s all laughs until she hits the snow, from then on it’s all business. Gabi’s a snow gansta’.
Laura Schaefer You wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Laura holds the world’s fastest speed on a snowboard if you ever saw her ride. She rides fast and presses hard – a true killer.
Upside down and inside out is the imaginative creativity of Ryan Paul. A rider who does what he wants and lives life by his own terms can best describe RP. Ryan has a canny knack for riding in ways no one else dreams of; hence the Backside Nollie Frontflip Backside 180 Out on a Down Bar Donkey at the West Coast Invitational at Mammoth in 201o that awarded him $10,000.
Long before instant world fame the WCI brought Ryan, he was riding harder than anyone else. Learning the love at Afton Alps Ryan has constantly been pushing boundaries of riding and style since he started (speaking of style have you seen his Switchback Bindings Pro Colorway?). The 2012/2013 season has already started off great for RP – he landed in 3rd place at the Downtown Throwdown collecting a cool $2,000.
Although Ryan has won tons of cash riding he doesn’t do it for the money. He rides because he loves it. Sure, winning money helps with travel expenses and all of his sponsor contribute, but I’m pretty sure if he was flat broke and riding 7 year old gear Ryan would still be hiking stairs and doing laps everyday.
Gabi Rolstad is the badass of the Bubble Gum Crew. Even though she can’t blow a bubble the size of her head she’s still part of the most feared girls snowboarding crew in all the land.
Gabi isn’t afraid to express her opinion about the state of women’s snowboarding. She knows how to have fun and rips like a saw blade through a sheet of rotten ply wood. If you see a girl snapping Back 3’s off jibs at Hyland, it’s probably Gabi.
Hannah Lord Hannah is the Bubble Gum Crew’s bubble blowing mob boss. Not only does she hold the world in the palm of her hand, she also hold’s Hyland Hills’ record for largest bubble blown on the towrope.
Laura Schaefer Known to sing Pour Some Sugar On Me on a whim Laura does much more than that, she rides hard and loves it. You can catch her ripping through Hyland on any given day; actually you probably wont, she rides pretty fast.
Comedy, Hannah has it. If you’re not a brick you probably will laugh at every other thing she says. There is one thing that Hannah takes seriously, having fun. If she was a mob boss she’d probably make you laugh before killing you.
Hannah has been a Hyland Hills local since before Transworld and Snowboarder picked up on the spot. She knows every nook and cranny of the place and has slayed more laps than than you can count. Hannah is guaranteed to have a roll of Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape® on her at all times and have more fun than you snowboarding all while doing it with the Bubble Gum Crew.
Gabi Rolstad If you’re quick witted enough to catch her sarcasm you’ll get enough one-liners to make the world’s funniest deadpan trilogy. What isn’t funny about Gabi is her riding, she seriously kills it.
Laura Schaefer Mix a girl, a snowboard, and a roll of Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape® in a bowl and you’ll end up with Laura. With an undying love for winter and fashion she makes even the coolest of cool kids say “rad’.
What does Hurley Fashion Design Intern Laura Schaefer do for fun? It’s simple, she snowboards as often as possible, usually with the Bubble Gum Crew. Laura holds her life together tighter than she holds grabs. Somehow she manages to ride, be present at every snowboard video premiere/party, and attend school full time.
There are two types of snowboarders; those who “ride”, the kind that sit in the chalet all day, and then there’s those who RIDE. Laura is a RIDER, she pushes hard and rides fast. It’s almost impossible to keep up with her with a follow cam. She’s the girl that’s only in the chalet to lace up her boots and that’s why she’s fearless in the park.
Gabi Rolstad Gabi feeds the fuel the Bubble Gum Crew burns. She rode over +100 days last season, thrashed an unthinkable amount of park laps, and chewed her way through 18.5 rolls of Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape®.
Hannah Lord What would you do if you loved snowboarding and bubble gum? Well, Hannah and the girls started their own crew that revolve around both. Girls, gum, and snowboarding will always be a great mix.
It wasn’t long ago that Danny Kern brought Kenny Peterson along on a House photoshoot. It was June 21st to be exact, National Go Skate Day, in Minneapolis. Kenny blew everyone away with his attitude and drive to get a good shots, over and over again.
Fast forward a month and now Kenny is on The House Skate Team. Cheers to you Kenny – thanks for being rad and having such a deep passion for skating. Awesome job at the Midwest Melee. Keep having fun and welcome to the team.
If you ever get the chance to skate in the Midwest Melee, do it. If you ever get the chance to watch the Midwest Melee, do it.
A few years ago we did the 3rd Lair Summer Series with Benny Milam and everyone was killing it. Now, well, you could say things escalated quickly and the level of skating has popped through the roof. Every grom from the Summer Series has grown into bearded who destroy the Midwest Melee.
The 2012 Midwest Melee was a spectacular display of skill and progression and only 3rd Lair could host such a great event. Qualifiers were a bloodbath battle of epic proportions on Saturday, and by the time Semi-Finals and Finals came around on Sunday it was an all out war. In between skater’s 60 second runs the park got flooded for 10 seconds with riders trying to dial in last minute tricks (absolute chaos).
The sweatiest man in the park award went to Danny Kern who thrashed around like there was no tomorrow insight, Corey Millett landed bolts more times than anyone else, and Kenny Peterson ripped his was into 4th place. The Midwest Melee never disappoints, ever.
2012 Midwest Melle Final Results
8 & Under 1st Leif Trasser 2nd Zyler Tracey 3rd Marcus Moore 4th Dayin Sylavong 5th Blayne Kildahl
9 to 12 1st Jasper Steinbach 2nd Matthew Stokke 3rd Lance O’Connor 4th Jakob Amundsen 5th Carter (Enzo) Nguyen 6th Duncan Seltzer 7th Caleb Roepke 8th Jake Shug 9th Anthony Culhane 10th Jack Quarles
13 & Up 1st Ben Fjerstad 2nd Devante Erlandsen 3rd Stone Sullivan 4th Robert Iyer-Erickson 5th Jamiroquai Tyler 6th Dallas Thurston 7th Collin Hartgrave 8th Justin Larue 9th Noah Fjerstad 10th Scott Arndt
Expert 1st Dan Coe 2nd Tanner VanVark 3rd Malik Jones 4th Kenny Peterson 5th Jake Rogers 6th Shalom Larson 7th Jonathon Reese 8th Lucas Fillhouer 9th Timmy Johnson 10th Corey Millett 11th Kevin Heger 12th Tye Halek 13th Eli Rashad 14th Justin Derick 15th Benny Milam 16th Henry Gartland 17th Danny Kern 18th Jace Torkelson 19th Anna Reese 20th Ryan Wood
Of all the Switchback Binding Pro Colorways RP’s is our favorite. Although the Miami Dolphins haven’t been the same since Dan Marino retired, Ryan Paul is bringing the colors back to life. Customize your Switchback Bindings and ride the PR Colorway!