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P3: Pipes, Parks, and Powder Paperback – October 26, 2004
One of the most charismatic, popular, and talented snowboarders in the world, Todd Richards, tells the story of his life as a skateboarder–turned–world–class–snowboarder, and of the sport that in less than 10 years has gone from underground to the forefront of the Olympics.
In the late 1980s snowboarders were seen by skiers as skate–punks and 'knuckle–draggers' but in just a few years the sport has rapidly gained popularity in ski areas and resorts. By 1994 snowboarding was an exhibition sport at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer; since then it has become one of the most popular sports in the Olympics. Todd Richards was there through it all and, as he tells his story, he shares the history of his sport.
Todd Richards is one of the biggest names in pro snowboarding. Now his image is on PlayStation games, plastic toys and countless magazines. He's won world championships and X Games medals. Known for his wit, work ethic, and front side 900, Todd has helped bring snowboarding out of obscurity and into the limelight. The sport continues to gain momentum through growing media coverage, and no professional embodies the image and attitude of snowboarding better than Todd Richards.
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Todd Richards continues to compete in and win the world's most prestigious snowboarding competitions and is currently producing his second trick-tips video. He makes frequent television appearances but is avoiding a commentator job for as long as possible -- at least until he lands a major role in a future Star Wars movie. He lives with his wife and son in Encinitas, California, and Breckenridge, Colorado.
Eric Blehm is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Fearless and The Only Thing Worth Dying For. His first book, The Last Season, was the winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and was named by Outside magazine as one of the "greatest adventure biographies ever written." He has dedicated his life to telling the stories of those who serve.
- Publisher : ReganBooks; 1st edition (October 26, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060761792
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060761790
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.68 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,714,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PS Probably not a good idea to read this in the summer . . . unless you can go to the southern hemisphere immediately afterward.
I have always enjoyed reading about people who are willing to go-for-it, risk it all to become who they want to be, to be so focused on something that time pretty well stands still in their minds. Todd set his goals way high and went from the kid who didn't want his Star Wars Action Figures to get dirty, to a WORLD CHAMPION SNOWBOARDER, all the while dealing with the demons and doubts swirling around in his head. Todd tells his story well, he doesn't sugar coat the life of a pro boarder. There are lots of perks AND many many nights lived out of a duffle bag. It may be a free duffle bag with a logo on it, a free hotel room and some incredibly fresh pow that no one has touched, but it still ain't home with Lindsy and Cam, it is still, in many ways a job. Mind you, it can be a FUN job, it pays well AND, as he discovered first hand last year, a dangerous job
Not only is Todd an incredible athlete, he is first and foremost an incredible person, a great daddy, husband and friend, none of this fame and fortune has gone to his head. He is still falling asleep most nights plotting and planning his next big move.
So, whether you are a snowboarder, or a wannabe anything or a parent of a kid who does not seem to have a passion, or a person who likes to read about triumph... Do yourself a favor and read this book. Me? I got to run outside and do a frontside grab.... does it count with scissors?
PS. I forgot to say, this is a funny book, LAUGH-OUT-LOUD funny. Well done TR!!!
Here's an awesome story about a guy who started out like a lot of us, just stoked to skate sketchy ramps with friends...but who transformed himself into the top Snowboard Genius somehow. The tales of his formative years are epic, piss-your-pants funny at times. Then once the career starts taking off, a testament to how working your butt off at something (wiring mind blowing tricks) can bring great things, even to a down-to-earth guy from humble beginnings like the rest of us. It is also very interesting to hear about dealing with the industry side of snowboarding from someone who's been there since almost the beginning. Like David Robinson and the Spurs, this book chronicles how nice guys can and do finish first sometimes. We can all share the stoke reading about how TR wins tons of contests, finds fulfillment in life, gets the pretty girl, all without selling out and/or becoming a cocky bastard like so many seem to.
And the pictures, pure sweetness! They're a top-notch complement to the text throughout and really help tell TR's story. From bravely included photos of the awkward pre-teen and teen years where he was an undersized Star Wars junky with a bad haircut to well-shot professional sequences in the pipe, there are tons of stellar images. One thing that comes to mind after looking over the photos: TR definitely could have made it as a professional skater too, no doubt about it. And the moves he's still pulling on skate and snowboard into his 30's will blow minds.
I started reading this book one night where I needed to get to bed early due to an important meeting the next day. Did I get to bed early? Hell no. Stayed up until I'd dusted almost 200 pages! And I could have read it straight through...it is hands-down that good, but the need to be coherent at my a.m. meeting the next day intervened. Bottom line: Buy it now, you'll be glad you did - whether you're a "grown-up", a stoked kid, a surfer/skater/or snowboarder, armchair X-Gamer...whatever.