Maybe it’s a result of one too many months since those of us not fortunate enough to have intercontinental travel budgets have seen snow, or maybe it’s because we’re all a little wound up about what that evil scourge the Olympics are going to do to our sport. Whatever it is that’s causing the freeski community so much angst these days, the result is a whole lot of aggro shit-talking and two competing sides of the same coin. The divide between comp skiers and film skiers has seen some serious widening of late, with shots fired from those who believe in REAL SKIING ON REAL MOUNTAINS and those who believe in working out and Paul Mitchell. Logan Imlach chimed in, and Trennon Paynter came back with some not-so-bad parody of the calls for a return to the core of freeskiing, but no one was able to hit it so far out of the park as the TC crew was able to with the release of the latest episode last night.
Virtually everything about PVC Pipe Jocks subverts all the threads of discussion that have ravaged the pages of Newschoolers, TGR and other concerned ski-publications for the past weeks and months. The TC guys are here to set you strait: No matter how much you care about one side or the other of the freeski debate, you’re wrong. In fact, you’re the liar who said he knew who Ian Compton was. They’re gonna have fun, just like they do every year, because they’ve got it fucking dialed. They don’t need to come knocking on NS’s door looking for spare change just so they can go to Sochi to fulfill some subconscious need for affirmation. They’re gonna go shoot an episode whose opener is them taking wood from some recession-inducing housing project and Shane McFalls getting creative in the Wasatch. The entire episode is a lesson in how stupid fighting about skiing is, and how absurd “double cork twelve-sixty” sounds when taken out of context; it’s the smartest thing anyone’s said in a long time.
And that’s why you should watch it, nerd.
Well we spent close to 9 hours in the VanBearPig yesterday with Will Wesson, tracking the every movement of the Yoke Collection Rav-4. We visited post offices, weird Native American monuments, and watched Will eat uncomfortably room-temperature mashed potatoes. We discovered that Jeff Foxworthy is coming to the cultural hub of Wendover, Nevada soon, which is a small pile of casinos stuck in the middle of the desert next to the Bonneville Salt Flats. None of your requests for information or van activities were any good, but we still answered them anyway. Here they are, along with random photos.
Cole Drexler: Is Andy really transgender?
He might be a perv, but we don’t think he’s transgender.
Will: “[Laughing] I guess he’s the only one that can tell you for sure, but I don’t think he is.”
The Traveling Circus familia are rolling around the east coast in Vanbearpig as we speak. We caught up with them at NJ’s own Mountain Creek and joined the feeding frenzy. Enjoy the second angle, poached shots over Shane’s shoulder. Think of it as a really zoomed-out preview of the next episode. Continue reading this entry »
Forget Democrats and Republicans, let’s vote on something that really matters. Last year I did an interview with the TC crew, and they hinted that there might be a Eurotrip in their future. That little hint and a comment dropped by Mr. Garrett Russell suggesting that they should collaborate with the GPSY crew made me think about the collaboration possibilities that exist. The way I see it, there are three kickass crews in Europe that would fit right into a Traveling Circus episode this season: GPSY, Happypro, and Nipwitz. Click the name to check out their respective Vimeo pages, and then vote on who you’d most like to see in a TC episode. In the spirit of American democracy, feel free to write in your own candidate in the comments.
Fine print: This is a totally unofficial vote that I dreamed up on my own.