U.S. Outdoor Presents: Fast Times At White Owl High

Time flies when you’re having fun, so why slow down? Catch the tasty waves and a cool buzz because the summer has just begun. It is time to celebrate for no other reason than to be in the sun with friends, drinking beer and playing games as surf videos and surf music fill the air with good vibrations.

On July, 23rd, The U.S. Outdoor Summer Surf Party will wash ashore on the beaches of the White Owl Social Club. Your favorite brands such as: Vans, Volcom, RVCA, Brixton, Lib Tech, Billabong, Xcel, VONZIPPER and more will be in attendance. Prizes will be awarded, like a custom Murdey Surfboard and a whole lot more. Sound waves will be provided by the returning Don & The Quixotes and DJ Danny Corn, so don’t miss out. This is sure to be a good time.

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U.S. Outdoor Presents FastTimes at White Owl High

US Outdoor Beach Party!

The time to party is upon us! Time to party as hard as we can before the long summer days fade to long dark nights. Before the heat turns to hundreds of millions of drops of rain mixed with a thick grey fog. Before we switch from tank tops to down jackets and so on and so forth.

… But seriously, it is time for you to hang out with us at Rontoms Bar (600 East Burnside Portland, OR 97214), Wednesday, August 7th. We will be setting up shop and hosting our annual US Outdoor Beach Party that is FREE to attend. Yes, free! There will be games, prizes and drink specials to set the mood along with surf videos and live music performed by The Lonesome Billies and Don & The Quixotes! Whiskey drinkin’ saddle tunes mixed with twangy surf rock? Yes please. Some of our favorite brands will be hanging out too! Vans, RVCA, Xcel, Electric, Murdey Surfboards, Lib Tech, Poler, Volcom and more! IT’S A PARTY, PEOPLE! 8pm, be there.

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2013 Best Snowboards

While others are still enjoying the dwindling heat of fall, you have other priorities. The maturing tradition of anticipating the release of winter’s newest snowboards is timeless among snowboarders. As the fresh models roll off the line and swoop into shops, knowing which snowboard to get your hands on can be a bit overwhelming. That is why we have taken the liberty of identifying this year’s best snowboards. Read up on the low down for what you can call 2013’s Prime Nine.

Burton Custom Flying V SnowboardWhy not kick things off with a classic? The Burton Custom Flying V has become a benchmark that other snowboards can only dream of living up to. Terrain type does not matter as this slick stick has an answer to any and everything on the mountain. Technological evolutions known as the Squeezebox and Lightning Bolts electrify your ride. Amped up and ready to take it all on with a cunning aggression, the Burton Custom Flying V returns for another victory lap. Viva La Burton!


That fella Travis Rice knows a thing or two about snowboarding. It would only make sense Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Snowboardthat his Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro snowboard would also be well versed in launching an assault all over the hill. From the powder packed backcountry to the gnarliest set-ups in the park, it’s easy to see how this all-mountain quiver killer makes the list for one of the best snowboards in 2013, this snowboard is primed to conduct some serious business. Equipped with the renowned C2 Power Banana/Camber Combo Tech, intense Magne-Traction, and an explosive H-Pop Core, Travis Rice’s Pro model from Lib Tech feasts on features of all shapes, sizes, and flavors.

If you are in search of an all-terrain vehicle that has more versatility than a Swiss Army knife with a fold out light saber, look no further than the limited edition Slash ATV-HUB by Gigi Ruf. A progressive shape and rockered design let you push your ride game to unfathomable boundaries. Never have to distinguish between a park or powder day again with the all mountain freestyle skills engrained in the ATV-HUB.

Gnu Park Pickle SnowboardThere are no secrets when it comes to the intended use of the Gnu Park Pickle. Crafted to lay waste to any and everything in the park, this asymmetric freestyle twin banana mashes rails, jibs, boxes, barrels, jumps, and pipes of all shapes and sizes. The reverse camber and Magne-Traction let you venture outside the park too, so you can seek and destroy natural features on the regular. Unparalleled freestyle performance is fresh out of the jar with this season’s Park Pickle.

With the mountain as your infinite canvas, grab the brush known as the K2 Parkstar and K2 Parkstar Snowboardpaint a masterpiece. Loaded up with a Tweakend baseline for enhanced stability and pressing powers, this jib rocker has been built for any snowboarder who calls the park home, but envisions the entire bump as their playground. Get creative and put your best on display with the K2 Parkstar.


Capita Indoor Survival FK SnowboardThe Indoor Survival FK has become a popular pick for anyone who rides Capita and is in the business of converting others. It’s really hard not to like a deck that’s durable, responsive, and able to excel anywhere you put it to the test. This season, the Indoor Survival FK continues its evolution and features a shape that is flat between the bindings, but kicks up at the ends so you won’t get any catchy hang ups. Made with an eco friendly sustainable core and empowered with rods to increase pop, this freestyle board doesn’t know how to quit.

Sure, it has won some awards, but the Ride Machete is still out to win your heart. Hop on Ride Machete Snowboardthis sweet blade and track straight thanks to the flat shape through the feet, but feel free to get playful with the LowRize rocker shape out towards the nose and tail. Pop Rods deliver an extra boost while the crazy durable Cleave Edge lets you knock this board around a fair bit. The aggressive, fun, surfy twin known as the Machete was built by Ride to last.


The Basic from Yes is everything you need in an all mountain snowboard with nothing unnecessary cramping your style. A true twin set up and a centered stance team with the Camrock design to equip you perfectly for an all out assault anywhere on the mountain. The soft to mid flex flows well across varied terrain so no matter what sort of obstacles come your way, all you have to do is say Yes to The Basic.

Jones Snowboards Flagship SnowboardDestined to make some noise this winter, Jones Snowboards is unleashing a slew of sticks that promise to redefine epic. Drawing balance between power and agility, the Flagship thirsts for endless big mountain freeriding. In fact, this board is unfamiliar with limits as it embraces both high speeds and deep snow so you can charge hard and leave nothing left to be desired. This deck is also available in a splitboard version for both men and women. It’s called the Solution, and it’s just that when it comes to backcountry dominance. Jeremy Jones is obviously legendary. So are his snowboards.

It’s clear there will be no shortage of loaded boards to choose from this season. The only sad part is that there is assuredly not going to be enough days of winter. Embrace all 89 of them and happy shredding everyone!

By Jennifer Frost

Top 7 Skis for 2013

Sadly, planking, (that ridiculous fad of lying flat on some object that you undoubtedly have a few pictures of), has gone out of style. R.I.P. But fortunately, twin planking, (that awesome thing where you fly down a snow covered mound) is still all the rage. In order to guide your search for the perfect set of skis to maximize mountain mashing, we have compiled a list of 7 top twin tip skis for 2013 that exist solely to do your bidding. Much like the snow falls from above, these top 7 were sent from heaven to endow this season with divine glory.

Volkl Gotoma SkisIf you are like the rest of us, you have got a cramp in your fingers from keeping them crossed all summer for a winter packed with powder days. Once those blissful days arrive, you are going to want to saddle up the Volkl Gotama Skis for some serious big mountain riding. Equipped with vertical sidewalls, a torsion box, and a rocker design, the Gotama is fully prepared to take on the most outrageous backcountry terrain, while also remaining versatile enough to charge anything the rest of the hill can conjure.

When you want a full powered weapon that can lay waste to anything it touches, step into Blizzard Cochise Skisthe Blizzard Cochise Ski. Designed for freeriding fanatics, these twin planks stay loose and playful out towards the tips with a rockered shape, but remain flat through the feet so you get intense response. For a smooth, reliable flex pattern, Blizzard has incorporated a CNC 3D-Bamboo Isocore that also keeps the Cochise lightweight and durable. Float powder, crush crud, and burn up the groomers with this ski that has a handle on it all.

Get your behind the scenes pass with the Atomic Access Skis. See what really makes the mountain tick as you explore deep powder through the trees, or uncover some wicked natural features. Atomic loaded up these skis with unparalleled versatility by installing the Power Rocker 10 out in the tips and wood core throughout that delivers a mean combo of durability and stability. Fearlessly mix it up in some rough terrain knowing that the Down-Sidewall L2 construction has got your back. Unlock admission to the entire bump with the Atomic Access Skis.

Line Mr. Pollards Opus SkisYou know what’s not fun? Having to bring a different pair of skis depending on if it’s a powder day or not. Fortunately, the people at Line are committed to injecting the most fun possible into the sport. That is why they teamed up with freestyle-loving, fluff-crushing legend, Eric Pollard to bring you the most versatile powder ski known to mankind. The Line Mr. Pollard’s Opus Skis feature a unique design that floats forwards and backwards effortlessly through the fresh, while also setting you up with 20% additional active edge for more grip when you decide to rip something a little less powdery.

Armada’s best all around ski in their lineup is the TST. It handles everything you canArmada TST Skis throw at it like a stud, as these planks have harnessed all sorts of super powers like AR50 sidewalls, a 1.7 impact edge, an Ultralight core, and of course a rockered shape. It doesn’t matter if it puked powder the night before, or if a flake hasn’t been detected in a week, because the highly versatile Armada TST Ski tears it up in or out of bounds.

Everyone thought that the folks at Rossignol were just a bunch of mad scientists cooking up some crazy ski concoctions, but now, their S7 Ski is the industry’s most imitated model. These groundbreaking slabs paved the path for the revolutionary rocker/camber combo that is now so popular. The Rossignol S7 Ski purées a sweet blend of float and versatility with a Centered Sidecut, which provides supreme edging power that is undetectable in other rockered skis. The original game changers are back for another season of powder slashing good times.

K2 Sideseth SkisSeth Morrison’s continued evolution as a skier inspired K2’s Sideseth Ski. Reflecting Seth’s recent emergence as a technical, big mountain focused rider, this pair of sticks is the ultimate backcountry slaying instrument of destruction. However, given its mild rocker construction and slightly stiffer tail, the Sideseth maintains a healthy dose of utility across a wide range of snow conditions. If Seth Morrison rocks a set of these shredcicles, then you should have no doubt that the K2 Sideseth Ski will spin some mountain magic for you as well.

No matter which set of sticks your mind picks, your heart will be forever grateful as it is filled with happiness with each turn. May your season be filled with endless powder days and more fun than you can shake a pole at.

By Jennifer Frost

Lib Tech Waterboards surf demo this weekend!

Lib Tech will be hosting a surfboard demo this weekend to showcase their new Waterboards (surfboards). Come on out to Pacific City Saturday Aug 25th and Indian Beach Sunday Aug 26th to try out the new waterboards from Lib Tech. The demo is free (with valid I.D. and credit card) and is going to be a ton of fun for all. Share some waves and get some high fives with the Lib Tech sales reps and some of the US Outdoor crew.

If you are at all curious as to why you shouldn’t miss this demo please watch this video and listen to Mike Olsen break down the evolution of the Lib Tech Waterboards.

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The NEW Lib Tech Surfboards (Waterboards) have arrived!

The new 2012/2013 Lib Tech Waterboards are here! Mike Olson at Lib Technologies has done it again with his formula of innovation=performance. Lib Tech will change everything you know about surfboards. These extremely durable, environmentally friendly surf boards are handcrafted in the USA and offer amazing performance and response.

“Each of the 31 pieces used to construct our Lib Tech surfboards are new materials to the surf industry. 30 years of experience crafting and riding high performance environmentally friendly composite surf, skate and snowboards went into designing our unique Surfboards (Waterboards) process, materials and shapes. Each fused homogenous surf structure is handcrafted in the USA with a focus on performance and environmentally friendly manufacturing and materials. Only stainless steel fin screws remain the same. Waterboarding is now fun and healthy. ”

Jeremy and Matty with the new Lib Tech Waterboards

Come on down to US OUTDOOR and check out our selection of these innovative new surfboards before they are gone. Also be sure to mark your calenders for the Lib Tech Waterboard demo coming up Saturday August 25th at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City and Sunday August 26th at Indian Beach.