NZ Snowboarder mag 60th issue party rocks

B Rok drops it like it's hot, NZ Snowboarder mag party. PHOTO: Martin Cedes

B Rok drops it like it’s hot, NZ Snowboarder mag party

On a Friday night punctuated by incessant rain and the intermittent brooding of thunder we found solace at the Gin and Raspberry, the venue for the New Zealand Snowboarder 60th Issue Party. As the name suggested, the party celebrated the sixtieth edition of the vaunted magazine, twenty one years after the first issue went on sale back in May 1993.

Upon arrival I was rather excited to discover that the $10 tickets we had purchased had entered us into a prize draw with the possibility of winning the extravagantly named Bataleon ‘Disaster’ 155 as well as a host of other prizes. With the prospect of bringing home a new board I contemplated this romantic notion – occasionally sipping my complimentary Corona – as the bar grew progressively busier with patrons of a similar mindset. Within an hour of our arrival the bar had reached capacity; many of the bar staff carrying a hurried expression whilst quickly serving up Fast Vodkas and Jager.

The bar itself was adorned with pieces of snowboarding paraphernalia which honoured various accomplishments from the magazine’s previous issues. Some of this included snowboarding videos of local heroes which had somewhat of a hypnotic effect on me. Other than being hypnotised, we enjoyed the eclectic beats of DJs B Rok and J.West and were also in the company of some of New Zealand’s finest riders (Abby Lockhart, Will Jackways, Christy Prior, Tim Herbert) who have featured in the magazine’s previous issues. A brief look at issues #1 and #60 demonstrates just how much the magazine has changed within the last two decades. The sixtieth issue included articles on Heli-skiing in the Southern Alps, candid backcountry riding and ‘an exploration into urban riding theory’. This being said, the first issue wasn’t exactly crude by comparison, however it was evident that the sport was beginning to grow in popularity at the time, whereas today the sport is hugely popular in New Zealand. Despite being more of a skier myself, I was really fascinated by some of the topics which were covered by the magazine and couldn’t wait to try out my new prize.

Inevitably after spending the night planning future ventures with my new board, I didn’t win the Bataleon ‘Disaster’ 155, thus leaving me without an amazing snowboard for the rest of the season. Oh well maybe next year. Nevertheless, the Gin and Raspberry along with its revellers combined expertly to stage a stellar night of celebrations for NZ Snowboard Magazine reaching such a particularly special milestone.

– DAN CALVERT

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