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I Am Snowboarding – PORTLAND

Jan. 08, 2010

Nemo welcomes the Jeff Anderson Memorial show “I Am Snowboarding” to Portland! Over 500 friends came to view the art and listen to DJ JOELSKOOL and ¬†snowboard legends, Jamie Lynn’s band, Kandi Coded.

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THE ART

Snowboarding being the youngest of the core sports (surf, skate,snow) the maturation of the art has prgressed in this show to strat to play along side the older siblings. Mark Gonzales has grown from a pro skateboarder to being a contemporary artist. Snowboarding artist are getting there. Mike Parillo‘s sophistication¬†with his strokes, Michael Jager has been part of the XBox brand building, and Kevin Zacher has branched out of snowboarding to having commercial success as a photographer. I look forward to where Ryno, Lenhardt and Haynes will take their craft.

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THE COMMUNITY

Jeff”s be gone for 7 years now and many of the folks in the space never had the pleasure of meeting him. The early memorials of Jeff were with close family and friends. What is so interesting is how the positive energy of that groups love and sincere missing their friend has resonated for years and even into other countries. “Newsweek” writer Ken Auchincloss calls this “event grief,” in which “emotion is the glue that fastens people to an event played out in the papers or on television. Emotions of this sort hardly count as feelings at all; they’re a form of participation. They’re like screams at a pop concert, which don’t signify love or even admiration but just exuberance at being part of the show.” In our often-isolating society, joining others to mourn for a stranger helps people feel connected, part of a larger community and a simple reason for being.

There was a honest sense of community that resonated in the studio, in a small way, bonded the group, just for a few hours. Carpe diem.

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THE GODFATHER

Set up in the back of the studio was a quiver 4 boards. There was no sign explaining what they were doing there. If you knew, you were impressed, if you didn’t you missed a piece of history. Terry Kidwell made the trek up from Tahoe to share his legacy with the greater snowboard community. You could have easily missed him. A quiet man, who in his career wanted his riding to speak the loudest about him, not the antics like other of his era. The very first pro model snowboard EVER, will be auctioned off on eBay during the Olympics in February.
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I AM SNOWBOARDING EVENT AT NEMO HQ

Please Join us this Friday the 8th from 6-10 pm for the I AM SNOWBOARDING event. It is a benefit for the Jeff L. Anderson Memorial Fund and the Brothers Skate Park. LOTS of art and prizes. Art work by: Jeff Anderson, Trevor Graves, Mike Parillo, Jamie Lynn, Mark Gonzales, RYN o, Adam Haynes, Jeff Curtes, Ben Brough, Michael Jager, Danny Zapalac, Blotto, Shem Roose, Cheyenne Eliis, Jared Eberhardt and more
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