About Sessions

Founded in 1983, Sessions is a leading snowboard and action sports company that designs, merchandises, sources, and distributes high performance snowboard apparel, accessories and apparel for the core, youth-driven sports segment. Sessions was the first snowboarding company to incorporate Gore-Tex fabrics and Recco avalanche reflectors into their products. Today, Sessions has placed itself at the cutting edge of the music, snowboard and skateboard culture. Sessions is one of the last remaining independently owned brands.

The Sessions Team Is - Tim Humphreys, Tara Dakides, Andreas Gidlund, E-Man Anderson, Antti "NAKU" Piirainen, Ian Thorley, Taylor Carlton, Kyle Miller, Nial Romenak, Peter Benchetler and Brett Butcher

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Taylor Carlton with a cab 540 deep in the Sierra

Taylor Carlton with a cab 540 somewhere in Tahoe from brett butcher on Vimeo.

Sessions Canadian team getting after it!

Molly Milligan won the Billabong Flaunt It finals last weekend at Tremblant in Quebec. She took 1st in slope-stlye winning $4000.00 and also took 1st in the rail jam winning $600.00. Molly is heading to the Ride Shakedown next weekend to hopefully continue with her winning streak. Good luck Molly.

Also Sessions rider Dave Fortin took “announcers choice award” at the recent Quicksilver Showdown Over The City. Dave won $1000.00 and a trip to the Coors Light Peak Party in Banff Alberta.

Great work!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Shane McConkey memorial web site


Check it out and read the comments.... Shane will greatly be missed

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sessions' Team Rider and Friend Shane McConkey Passes Away

March 27, 2009

Sessions is extremely sad to announce the passing of long time team rider and friend Shane McConkey. Shane, who has been a part of the Sessions’ family for over a decade and was known for his incredible big mountain skiing and base jumping, passed away on March 26, 2009 from a base jumping accident in the Italian Dolomites.

“Shane did a double back flip in perfect McConkey style. As planned, afterwards, he went to release his skis in order to fly away from the wall and safely deploy his parachute. This is where the jump went wrong. He was not able to release either of his skis. He remained focused on releasing them by reaching down towards his bindings. This put him into a spin/ tumble/ unstable falling style, that may have appeared out of his control, but in reality, Shane was not concerned about flying position or style; just concerned with reaching those skis so that he could get them off and fly or deploy his parachute. He succeeded in releasing both of skis and immediately transitioned into a perfect flying position.” – JT Holmes. Although Shane was able to release his skies he was unable to deploy his parachute in time.

Shane had completed over 700 successful base jumps in his career and was filming with Red Bull and Matchstick Productions when the accident occurred. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew him especially his wife, Sherry, and his 3 ½ year old daughter, Ayla. He will be missed dearly.

Shane McConkey 1969 - 2009

Yesterday I lost a very dear friend... I'm saddened and devastated....... Words cannot express the loss. The last time I was this sad was when I lost my father. My heart is breaking for Sherry and Ayla, their loss is incomprehensible.

I cannot remember the first time I met Shane McConkey but it must have been 15 years ago or so at Squaw Valley. Jimbo Morgan and Brad Holmes told me that I should meet this guy Shane that had big cajones….from our very first introduction I grew to love, respect (and laugh my ass off with) Shane.

Shane was passionate about life. He was funny, friendly, creative, patient, and one of the most loyal friends I have ever known. He was a devoted Husband and Father. I had the unique good fortune to ride with him many times over the past 15 years. Although I could never keep up with him, he would always be patiently waiting for me at the bottom of the run, smiling, ready to ride the lift back up.

Over the past 25 years I have had the opportunity to know and sponsor some of the greatest skateboarders, snowboarders, surfers, skiers and musicians in the world. Shane was the very best of the best. Next to Steve Caballero, Shane McConkey has been sponsored by Sessions longer than any other athlete in the Sessions family. He will be forever missed.

Joel Gomez

Founder and Owner of Sessions

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Antii "Naku" Piirainen Gets Cover and Interview in Onboard Mag

March 24, 2009

Our very own international rider, Antii "Naku" Piirainen, gets the title spot of cover on March's Issue of Onboard Magazine. Naku also scored a 12 page interview in the same mag issue.

Check it out!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Day of fun at North Star

BRETT BUTCHER GOES TO NORTHSTAR from the tree project on Vimeo.

Check out Autumnline's "Montevideo" out this fall!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tim Humphreys takes 2nd at Killington Grand Prix Slope Style!

Hump's run looked like this,
Switch boardslide to frontboard tap to fakie, Half cab 5050 on the down rail, backside 7 nose, front 9, cab 9, switch miller flip over the barrel to finish it off
Congrats Tim!!!!!

Tahoe Legends of Snowboarding

Dave Seoane’s Life Sentence lifetime season pass was denied, Shawn Farmer poached the pipe, Tom Burt charged the Palisades on a 25-year-old board, Mike and Tina Basich put another siblings halfpipe win on their resumes, Edgar “Pineapple” Rivera did some spittin’ on the mic, Mike McDaniel sat in the judges chair, former resort owner Norm Sayler hung out at the bottom of the pipe, and Damian Sanders, Keith Kimmel, Amy Roberts, and Joel Gomez were inducted into the Tahoe Legends of Snowboarding and get their names listed on the perpetual trophies kept in the old school lodge at Donner Ski Ranch. (Neither Damian nor Keith showed up to accept their awards. Damian got wrecked on his moto bike, and we think Keith is just shy.)

Throw in Chris Roach, Jeff Brushie, Jim Rippey, Jason Borgstede, Noah Salasnek, Rocket Reeves, Jon Baiocchi, Dave Alden, Bob Klein, and four-time world champion Terry Kidwell on rhythm guitar and you have a rockin’ day on snow with most of the people basically responsible for what snowboarding isy all together on March 14, 2009 for the 5th Annual Tahoe Legends of Snowboarding.

The group congregated at an authentic u-ditch pipe for an old school halfpipe contest, and freeriding on classic snowriding crafts. It was an impressive gathering of snowboarding’s living history that often gets overlooked in the commercial rush to move more units. To those who grew up idolizing snowboarding’s pioneers, The Tahoe Legends of Snowboarding is a chance to remember why we got into it in the first place: hanging out with friends and sliding on snow.

A big thanks to the original Tahoe Legend Don Bostick for making it all happen.

Story courtesy of www.boardistan.com

Tahoe Snowboarding Legends on the Lift

Video courtesy of www.boardistan.com

Tahoe Legends of Snowboarding video....

Tahoe Legends of Snowboarding from brett butcher on Vimeo.

Tahoe Legends of Snowboarding

Donner ski Ranch was one of the first resorts to allow snowboarding and in 1985 held the World Snowboard Championships. Tahoe's roots go deep into snowboarding and every winter the Tahoe Legends pull out their vintage gear and come together to play in the snow, share old story's and listen to some good ole rock. This year the venue for the event was a hand dug halfpipe complete with hits, jibs and bonks. In order to compete you had to meet one of the following criteria below.

a. 1983 – 89 World Championships
b. 1983 – 89 US Open
c. 1985 – Sierra Snowboarding Championships, Soda Springs, CA
d. 1986 – Subaru Snowboarding Championships, Donner Ski Ranch
e. 1987 – 89 California State Snowboarding Series or Ragen’ at the Ranch Snowboard Series.
f. Any OP PRO snowboarding events or the US Open, 1989 or earlier.

Chris Roach, Jim Rippey, Rocket Reeves, Jeff Brushie, Mike and Tina Basich, Noah Salasnek, Joel Gomez, Terry Kidwell and Tom Burt where just some of the legends that came out to ride and hang out.

It was pretty amazing to stand next to the pipe and watch these guys shred the pipe with the same gear and style that they did in 1985. If you are anywhere near Lake Tahoe in March next year, I highly recommend you make it up to Donner Ski Ranch to partake and support the Tahoe Legends of Snowboarding.

Rocket Reeves
Hand dug pipe

Jeff Brushie and Jason Borgsted

Mike Basich took first for the guys and his sister Tina won it for the ladies

Joel Gomez and Dave Seone

Joel Gomez accepting his award for being a Tahoe legend of snowboarding

Monday, March 16, 2009

Check it out... its ganna be a good time!

Dave Fortin wins TELUS Triple Challenge Big Air!!!

Congratulations to Canadian Sessions rider Dave Fortin for winning the TELUS Triple Big Air Challenge this weekend! Dave walked away with a nice check for 3500.00 for his effort!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Congrats to Canadian Sessions rider Molly Milligan!

Molly Milligan took 2nd overall and 1st place in the rail contest at the recent BILABONG FLAUNT IT event at MT Seymour.

Check out the first ever Utah Jazz Jam at Brighton Utah

Zak Hale took 2nd.... Nice work Zak!!!

Open Division Top Three
1. Cameron Pierce
2. Zak Hale
3. Sean Black

Click on the link above to check out the full story

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Miller switch back 1


February has been a great month for Tahoe. Multiple 3 - 5 foot dumps and the snow pack is finally starting to get stable. We woke up at 3:30 the other morning to take a stab at a popular Tahoe jump. We hiked through the dark woods for about an hour and finally reached our destination only to find that Andreas Wiig had beaten us by five minutes. We were a little bummed but than after watching the sunrise and finding a perfect face full of lines to ride the smiles came back and we quickly started to set a boot back to the top of the face.

Sushi and lines... what more do you need?