Few people are aware that pretty much every snowboard in stock at the local shop is manufactured overseas. You just might be astonished to find that the largest and one of the few snowboard manufactuers that exists in North America is located in Orem, Utah.

Revolution Snowboards evolved from local companies such as Caution, Evoluton and Miller Ski Company. However, it is run by a completely different group of people that what it branched out of—mostly local native Utahns that are avid snowboarders and skiers tthat are dedicated to the cause.

8From the ground up, snowboards are manufactured from high-quality materials, starting with the woodcore that is cut and drilled in a small section of the factory. That’s followed by multiple layers of fiberglass and P-tex being added and fine-tuning the edges. All graphics are printed in house, then pressed at the plant. The many layers are then molded by one of the many presses that heat to thosands of degrees, then cooled.

The one thing that separates revolution from other companies is their custom board team, which consists of everyone in the factory. For cheaper than your run-of-the-mill name-brand snowboard at the shop, you can design your own. You can select your own shape and size, then your own pictures or drawing as personalized graphics. Your very own, one-of-a-kind board. For an example, see the SLUG Summer of Death board in the hand of Jason Gaiencheta on page 40 of October’s issue of SLUG!

Go to www.rideharder.com for Revolution can help you to put together the board of your dreams.

The goal behind Revolution Snowboards is to get their name out there on the market, building the best America has to offer. Bringing American snowboards back to America—especially in Utah. From what SLUG officials saw on a tour of the factory, they have the means and determination to do so. These boards are hand-crafted with pride and quality in mind.

Untitled-9The Revolution team has also installed a TF (traning facility) at the factory that can be used in spring, summer, winter or fall. It is a tower standing at 20 feet tall, dropping to a bump with ledges on both sides and a rail in the center. Believe me, it is intimidating at first. Warm up. Compititions were held there earlier this year—watch for more on this beast.

Revolution Snowboards will also be a major sponsor of this year’s SLUG Meltdown and Winter Games. Watch for events and dates in Josh Scheuerman’s Katchup column in SLUG or the local shop or bar. There used to be a far greater amount of snowboarding manufacturers on American soil just five years ago, but now there are only about 10 facilities like Revolution left in the U.S. Most of the other snowboarding companies moved their manufacturing headquarters to China and countries overseas where labor is cheaper and profit margins are higher. Sweatshops are one of the unfortunate results of globalization, which takes jobs away from the U.S., affecting the economy adversely.

Special thanks to Jared Norby and Brady Fox at Revolution!!! The factory is open to the public on certain days and hours. Just give them a call at 801-223-9500 for info. Revolution Snowboards Manufacturing is located in Orem at 1185 N. 1200 West and their website is www.rideharder.com.

Only buy snowboards built in America!!!

I fell asleep to Schoolhouse Rocks the other night; Maybe Kim Bowerbank should get her son a copy so he can sit in front of the TV instead of annoying the neighbors with his damn skateboard.

[Tyson]For those familiar with the Hanger 18/Marine Products ramp, it is now in the Bowerbank’s backyard (e-mail me for the address and we’ll go skate it! It’s only a Class C misdemeanor). The ramp was taken apart and reconstructed according to the specifications given to the Bowerbanks by the City of Sandy. Prior to the ramp construction, the Bowerbanks received the wrong information on city code. This played a substantial role in the proceedings that followed.

Problem is, one of the neighbors didn’t like the idea of the ramp in his Sandy neighborhood. They claimed that the ramp “sounded like a bus going by,” and was an invasion of their privacy. Furthermore, these neighbors claimed they “couldn’t sell their house because of it” and that the ramp, at 6′ tall, 24′ wide and 39′ long with a 7′ extension, was “against code.” It is with these allegations that a rather entertaining Sandy City meeting was held last month.

The Bowerbank family had some serious guns to stand behind and the support to man said weaponry. The room was crowded and full of people from all ages and walks of life.

Kim (Tyson Bowerbank’s mother) opened the meeting with an extremely moving and emotional speech that only a loving mother could deliver. Then the floor was opened to discussion. Of course, the complaining neighbors came first, armed with an attorney and real estate agent. Numerous friends and family of the Bowerbanks and other neighbors that don’t mind the ramp in the yard followed.

Apparently, the Sandy City Council is a bad influence. They were very understanding and almost every one of them had a story from their life similar to the Bowerbank family’s.

The decision was unanimous. Tyson got to keep his ramp. However, it needed to be downsized to meet city code and needed to be approved by the Sandy planning commission. After the motion was set, chairman Pott offered Tyson the chance to speak. If you know Tyson, his skating speaks louder than he does. Shy, timid and cute as a button, Tyson had this to say:

“Chairman Pott and council members, my name is Tyson Bowerbank. I understand that my ramp is against some city ordinances. However, I need the parts that are against the rules to accomplish my goal. I am not riff-raff; I am an ALPS (Accelerated Learning Program) student at Peruvian Park Elementary. I would really like to keep my ramp; this is a training tool for me and not a toy. I would love to keep my ramp and accomplish my goal to be a pro skateboarder by the time I am 11.”

With the rapid growth of skateboarding, it is great to see the number of parents that support youth. The Bowerbank family are among that number, they would do anything to see their son fulfill his dream.

This year’s Summer of Death series had its number of hitches, but the best part was to watch parents cheer their kids on. Without parents’ support, many of these up-and-comers wouldn’t have the means to get where they are today. Shout-outs to all the parents who supported their kids and the Summer of Death!!!

With the change of seasons comes the change of terrain. Cover those backyard ramps folks (you know who you are). Head on down to Binary at 12577 S. 269 West. And if you know the secret location of the 48 training facility, you’re one happy lurker!

The Utah skate scene is so diverse. From the mini-ramp champ, the vert dogs, street cats, park locals, etc., etc., etc., we look forward to making the next year’s skate season better than ever. And from the looks of the support we got from many of the parents, it will be just that. Utah has bred some darn good skateboarders and hopefully, with parents like Mr. and Mrs. Bowerbank, it will continue to do so.

From the ashes of Hollywood Skateboards, fronted by Chris Markovich, comes the team that DJ calls a ” force to be reckoned with”- Hellrose Skateboards.

[DJ Chavez]Syndrome Distribution, once known for cookie-cutter-type skateboard companies (Status, DNA) is taking a chance with this band of “dirt bags.” The company has been looking for a hesh brand to put them on the map, or as DJ puts it, it’s as if they’re “farting to the wind to see if anyone smells it.”

“Hellrose is an army, a family and a ship to sail on” could be their credo.

The Hellrose tour started here in the Four Corners area, the birthplace of both James and DJ Chavez. The whole team is a family, finally all on the road together, consisting of The Nuge, Chavez, Atkin, J Roy, Ritchie Belton, and a few ams like Paul Otvos … out to destroy and conquer.

“With 12 people in a van, you’re bound to get shit done at every spot,” says Chavez.

The family hit the road from Los Angeles, which is where Hellrose house is located, and came to Utah. It was the first time the whole team had been together. They hit up parks and demos all over Utah, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona, and, of course, bro spots in between. Every one got plenty of footy. The skating was phenomenal. (Watch for upcoming ads and the video!) The ams were reckless tearing anything up put in front of them. And lots of barley sodas and different kinds of tobacco were consumed too, of course.

“We’re not a group of angels,” says Chavez.

After a hard day of skating, seeing the Salt Lake Valley and popping of a few warm-up sodas, the boys thought it best to meet up with Chad, one of the owners of Circle Lounge and Blindside Skate Shop. The “14 scuzzbuckets” arrived at circle after skating all day and not cleaning up, fitting in nicely with the suit-and-tie crowd. The sake flowed all night.

“Sometimes you fall into a coma before you really realize what’s going on around you,” says Chavez. But sometimes a little scuffle outside the bar will clue you in on what’s going on. Chavez offers the timeless advice: “Don’t say stupid shit in front of people you don’t know anything about.”

“Another major highlight of the trip was the huge, huge hacky-sack sessions,” says Chavez. Not your typical Liberty Park drum circle sessions, they were more of rocker-soccer, get-the-fuck-out-of-the-way hacky-sack sessions that became the warm-up exercises on the trip.

Unlike other skate companies, Hellrose is not just another moneymaking scheme. “It’s a project under our own supervision,” says Chavez. The team makes the decisions, the team owns the company. The team is the family. The team is HELLROSE!

Hellrose is a growing army. Anyone who represents Hellrose is Hellrose. It is a movement; it’s straight skateboarding. If you represent, you are Hellrose.

“I got 100 percent Hellrose tattooed across my chest,” says Chavez.

The whole team is set on getting Hellrose tattoos. DJ recommends those trying to get a Hellrose tat to go to Lost Art tattoo and get drilled.

One of the team’s greatest influences was our own Shane “Loco” Justus. “Shane is up there looking out for me,” says Chavez. A life inspiration for all that knew him, Shane always had that smirk on his face like he knew something you didn’t. Shane’s brother Gailon is an exceptional artist at Lost Art and would be just the one to do your tattoo. Tell him DJ Chavez sent you.

Hellrose gives shouts to the Utah crowd, including, but not limited to, and not in any particular order: The lizard, Sean Hadley, Mark White and the Lurkers, Oliver, T-bone Olsen and SLUG Mag.

To conclude, watch for Hellrose in local shops. A tour video will be out shortly and will be followed by a full-length film. HELLROSE: ALL OR NONE! P.S. To those of you selling Hellrose shit on E-bay that DJ signed, be warned, he will find you!

Built to Grind: 25 Years of Hardcore Skateboarding
Independant Truck Company

High Speed Productions
Street: 09.01.04

I’ve never been a fan of Independent Trucks. In fact, the only things I like about Indys are hot chicks that wear their gear and the fanny pack that I’ve had since the eighth grade. I do however, have respect for Independent and the way they have changed and shaped the way we view skateboarding today. A must-have for any true and dedicated skater, Built to Grind is a pictorial as well as an editorial history of Independent trucks. 25 Years of Hardcore Skateboarding is an appropriate subtitle, since Indy has been around to document the sport from the first plank with wheels to what has progressed into today’s skatin’. Big-name pros that have come and gone–those who have shaped and molded skating–and average people who just ride, cover the pages of Built to Grind via pictures, interviews and some amazing quotes. The Hell’s Angels have Harley Davidson; we have Independent and Steve Alba. Looking at this book makes me want to skate to the store for beer. Maybe I’ll dig that worn-out pair of Indys out of that box in the corner and strap them on an old deck, grab a 12-pack and skate off into the sunset. –Rob Packard