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TALES FROM THE DAWG: Team Rider Jordan Small

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After proving last season that it is indeed a “Small” world after all (check out the video edit “Bear Mountain’s Jordan Small’s World”), Jordan Small is returning this season to Bear Mountain as a Team Rider once again!  Last year was Small’s inaugural year as a Team Rider, and as he’s the “freshie” as he liked to put it we thought we’d see what he’s been up to during the off season and get his perspective on Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails (HDHR).

How has Jordan Small spent his summer?  “Hanging out and surfing a bunch!  Took a little surf trip to Indonesia for two weeks with some buddies”, said Small when we were catching up with him now that’s he’s return to So Cal for a summer filled with surfing and skating. ”Also took a little time to go up to Mt. Hood this summer for some snowboarding”.  The thought of snowboarding all year round just made us more jealous here in So Cal as we stare at the dormant features that the boys at Brownie are preparing for this coming winter.

TFTD Jordan SmallThis year will be Small’s one year anniversary as a Team Rider, even though he’s far from the new kid on the block.  “I grew up riding at Bear and Summit while I was living in Lake Forrest.  I must have been 6 or 7 coming up to Big Bear with my Dad and brothers and cousins.  I learned to board at Summit back in the West Ridge Days.”  For the 3 previous seasons before Small became a Team Rider he started filming for Bear’s Webseries Sunday’s In The Park and he has had long history of attending HDHR events. “I’ve done the past 2 years of the event,” said Small. “Last year I got third place and the year before I qualified for the Rail Jam.”

HDHR has always held a special place for Small having grown up around the resort and having attended almost every single event.  “I used to go to them every year growing up.  I was just one of those kids running around the booths trying to get free stuff,” Small said
with laugh.  And always the gentleman on the slopes he finished his remarks with, “I’d like to give a shout out to my sponsors if I could.  Thirty Two, Etnies, Step Child, Dragon, Hobo Headwear, Active and Wend Wax.”

Join us Saturday, September 27th for this year’s 11th Annual Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails. And don’t forget to tune in Next Tuesday for more “Tales from the Dawg” to find out how Bear Mountain and Red Bull Changed the Game!

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Posted: 9/5/14, 8:56am, by Dustin Murphy. See Post


The Riders List for the 11th Annual HDHR!

HDHR NEWS ButtonIt’s awesome to see all the pieces of our Winter Kickoff Party start coming together and of course no Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails event would be complete without the pro riders who inspire us to improve our skills and ride all we can ride! Check out the list of pro riders on the Bear Mountain Official Instagram! Also our list of who will be judging the event has also been solidified. Judges will include Bear Mountain Team Riders Joe Sexton, Scott Stevens & Chris Bradshaw, plus we will have Special Guest Judges including snowboard legend Dave Downing and pro riders Stevie Bell and Mark (Deadlung) Edlund!

Jarred HDHR built shot
In other HDHR news, progress on the all new course set up is coming along nicely! The dirt work on the course is coming to a finish and the scaffolding is starting to be put up! We’re layout out spots for our vendors which will include some of the biggest names in the winter sports industry including mountain sponsors Red Bull, GoPro, Neff, ThirtyTwo, Electric, Wahoo’s and that’s just to name a few!

Join us Saturday, September 27th to join in on all the action and get the best rate for your 2014/15 Big Bear Mountain Resorts Season Pass!

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Posted: 9/4/14, 2:13pm, by Dustin Murphy. See Post


TALES FROM THE DAWG: Way Way Back…

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Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails is now in its 11th year. It’s hard to believe how fast time flies… But what got us to this point here in Bear Mountain history? Even though it seems like yesterday when this event was in its creation period a lot has happened since our inaugural year. Let’s enjoy a little flashback, shall we? Everybody look up at the sky, put on your thinking face, and we’ll start the chime music and ripple your screen…

Way Way Back…

Imagine that it’s 2003… The Terminator has just joined California politics, Tampa Bay has beaten the Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl and the Russian pop duo Tatu hits number one on the music charts with “All The Thing She Said”, but something else happened that year… something much more exciting in the world of snow sports.  Imagine you’re a young boarder, it’s early September and your standing at the Base Area of Bear Mountain and despite the warm weather before you is one of the most amazing snowboard set-ups you’ve ever seen during the Summer months. You are at the first ever Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails!

SG Mag for WEBThe idea behind HDHR came from a photo-shoot earlier that year in the spring.  The shoot was for SG Magazine and featured a slew of female riders (from Roberta Rodger to Alexis Waite) on 10 tons of ice chipped into snow. In the background were beautiful sunflowers setting a perfect backdrop for some beautiful ladies hitting a single flat bar. Click!  A light bulb went off above Chris Riddle’s head (VP of Marketing for BBMR). Why not create a summertime snowboarding event to get people stoked about the upcoming winter?!?!

“We were looking for an event that would accomplish two things,” remembers Riddle. “One, it would act as the first winter event of season and a reason to celebrate the coming snow. Two, it would allow our guests one final chance to purchase their Season Pass at the cheapest discounted rates. Back when we created this event we couldn’t imagine it would have taken off as the premier winter kickoff party of the season in the industry.”

That settled it!  This upcoming event was in the development stages for becoming one big boarding BBQ bash, only one problem remained…  What should we call this event? Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails was chosen to pay homage to one of the Nixon Jib Fests held at Snow Summit (which that year Kevin Jones took home a prize BBQ in), and ever since the name has stuck!

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That first year brought 40 tons of ice and the course was setup into two sections.  The first was made of 3 features in the Scene, including a red tube balance beam and two Jersey barriers. The other was an urban style section using the hand railing that leads to the parking lot in between the Ice Box and the Food Court.  “We took these features from the Junk Yard shoots in the Mack Dawg movie “Shakedown” and used them in the setup”, Clayton Shoemaker remembers. “We wanted to take features from all sorts of photo shoots and video parts that kids were stoked on watching and actually give kids a chance to ride them by tweaking them a little bit after the event.”

The event went down as a huge success and that year Bear Mountain history was made! Join us Next Friday for more “Tales from the Dawg” as we interview Team Rider Jordan Small!

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Posted: 8/29/14, 12:17pm, by Dustin Murphy. See Post


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