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Superpark Showdown

14 July 2010, 00.01 | Posted in Contest, Snowboarding | No comments »

showdown bracket week 5Snowboarder Magazine has been running the Superpark Showdown, an online contest between 16 different film companies that attended this years Superpark. Each company put together an edit from the event and every week there has been a faceoff between two videos where the audience gets to pick the winner to move on to the next week. This week it is between Variety Pack and NuuLife Cinema. Watch the videos and place your vote here.

Bonfire: Pipe to Pipe

17 June 2010, 06.49 | Posted in Contest, Snowboarding | No comments »


Going to be around Hood on July 10th? Then you might as well check out Bonfire’s Pipe to Pipe comp at Windells. It’s a jam style competition open to Ams and Pros with a mix of creative features and hopefully sunshine, could be a good time.

How To: Origami Hat

07 May 2010, 23.04 | Posted in Contest, Random | 2 comments »


Last week when I was up in Portland I swung through a Japanese Garden. It happened to be “kids day” or something like that there, and one of the activities was to make an origami hat out of newspaper. I had to get in on it. A friend happened to document the entire process so now I am sharing it with you.

Whoever can successfully make one of these newspaper hats and send me a picture of you wearing it to, laura@laustindesign.com. I will make a post using your pictures, and send you a surprise in the mail.

Check out the steps after the jump.

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Roxy: Mascot Superpipe Comp

31 March 2010, 07.34 | Posted in Contest, Photography, Snowboarding | No comments »


Personally, I think costumes can make any situation more interesting…. even halfpipe competitions where most of the riders can barely get above the lip. And on Saturday in Mammoth at the Roxy Chicken Jam, that is exactly what went down. For the past three years, as part of the Chicken Jam, Roxy has had this open competition where anyone, and I mean anyone can compete for a first place prize of $3k. It was entertaining to say the least. Since a lot of the riders were barely even airing out of the pipe I decided to take a different approach to how I shot it. Without boring you with too much detail,  I shot most of them so the snow is very over exposed, creating almost a completely white background for the costume wearing creatures to stand out against.  I wanted to do a series of shots that all looked pretty similar just showing the riders costumes… and then there are also some action shots at the end. Tons more photos after the jump… and many more posts from my weekend in Mammoth to come.

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US Open 2010 Photos

24 March 2010, 20.18 | Posted in Contest, Photography, Snowboarding | 2 comments »


Last week I made my way back to Vermont for the 28th Burton US Open. Temperatures reaching the 60s, good friends, and great riding made for an incredible week. It wasn’t all fun and games for me though, I spent a majority of my time there hiking through the wet snow shooting photos… which I definitely can’t complain about. I picked out some of my favorite shots for this post, plus there are links to full galleries where my photos were posted after the jump.

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Quiksilver Cluck Off

05 March 2010, 22.02 | Posted in Contest, Design, Snowboarding | No comments »

Cluck Off Poster

Poster I designed for Quiksilver’s Cluck Off comp going on the same weekend as the Roxy Chicken Jam (March 25-28) at Mammoth in Califonia. Should be a good time, see you there I hope.

King of the Park

04 February 2010, 18.10 | Posted in Contest, Snowboarding | No comments »


Poster I designed for Quiksilver’s King of the Park competition. The photo is mine as well. If you happen to be in Ontario any of those dates go check it out.