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journal "SUD OUEST" à la marie d'Oloron pour la f'hivers party 2

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Piste du Sousouéou d’Artouste avec Tonton Wakna dans « Destination Pyrennees numéro 1 »

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Pub Shops Woodstock dans Act Snowboarding par LDP et avec Alex Rinaldi

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Cultzine Octobre 2011 "SAISON" le film Aktaes des Sudwestern sessions

Cultzine Octobre 2011 "SAISON" le film Aktaes des Sudwestern sessions

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Altimag 2011

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CULTZINE JANVIER 2011

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CULTZINE JANVIER 2011

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Réunis pour organiser la première « F'hiver party » d'Oloron : les services jeunesse et culture de la mairie, la nouvelle association Les Amis dal Vertes, la station d'Artouste et le « shred » de Benjamin « Bobi ». © S. Lamarque SUDOUEST+LA REPUBLIQUE

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CULTZINE FEVRIER 2010

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Life style BEACHBROTHER 46 . oli contest (1m passé!)

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CULTZINE DECEMBRE 2010

CULTZINE DECEMBRE 2010

CULTZINE DECEMBRE 2010

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Bros Not Pros: Bobi Brown

POSTED BY : ALEXIS  POSTED ON :  28.01.10 CATEGORY: ARTICLES
Ready for another round of Bros Not Pros? Meet  Benjamin »Bobi Brown » Bonnave. We met him a few months back in the parking lot out by the circus camp when Method first moved to Biarritz. We always saw him rolling through in his sticker-plastered camper van, smiling and throwing up a good ol’ « jah love » peace sign. Apparently that van is his four-wheeled apartment and dude can actually shred pretty hard. From park shaper to music maker, Bobi is involved in many things. We’ll let himtell you all about it.
Tell us about living in a van and making the Pyrenees your winter home and the Basque coast your summer home?
Well, how can I put it… It’s the American dream taken to the extreme in a way. I’m permanently on vacation, parties all the time, the landscape always changes, eye-opening experiences and friends are everywhere… Especially when rolling through the hippie side of the valley, that’s the the west coast ghetto, yo!PhotobucketThe American DreamWhat are the advantages and disadvantages of living a van?
I actually just got a new van but before last winter I basically lived in an igloo: -17℃, stalactites hanging from the ceiling, the sink was a solid block of ice, so were my boots… My dad’s mountain climbing sleeping bag was what kept me alive. And I can’t forget my brave friends who helped me keep the place warm! But that’s all in the past, these days I’m rolling in 4-stars-on-wheels and it’s not just the homies that enjoy spending a night now, hehe.Photobucket Working the wall at the Artouste Park. Photo: Sylvain MariottoHow long do yo u think you’ll do it for or is this a permanent lifestyle?
While my lifestyle/ business keeps me on the road it’s my best option. If one day I want to take the true gypsy route, I will opt for a yurt. Unless I manage to stack some cash in which case I would go for a chalet, barn or a tree house. But what I truly hope for before the world overflows and it costs me 20 euros just to start my car is that clean fuel is available everywhere, or else I’ll be forced to use my electric skateboard.

PhotobucketBobi getting frequent flyer miles the eco-friendly way. Photo: Sylvain Mariotto

Have you ever been kicked out of a parking lot? Tell us about how you convinced them to stay or does a small bill usually do the trick?
I usually find some pretty chill spots to set up and no one ever really bothers me except for loud birds and morning traffic.

Even if the Pyrenees seem like the weaker little brother of the Alps, why do they produce the best riders in the French scene?

It’s true that riders from our mountains are skilled in all aspects of snowboarding.  Even if they ride most of their time in the Alps and beyond, I think our mountains give them some « punch » and a different vision of shredding hills. In the Pyrenees we have less snow but harvest more skills!

What sponsors would you not want to have?
Oh, there are a bunch… But I’m not going to rattle off brand names so as to not piss off friends that ride for them. I would just avoid all the brands that are worthless and totally fashion-based, all the uber-corporate companies, and all the fake peace-and-love-faux-eco companies that are getting their product made by kids in sweatshop conditions god knows where…

PhotobucketBackcountry boom in Artouste. Photo: Nicolas Marchionini

What companies should get out of snowboarding?
All the companies that hopped on the bandwagon just to make money off of snowboarding and the energy drink companies that are full of bad ingredients which are too hard to pronounce by the kids that drink them.

Tell us about the Artouste park.

It’s a park in a tiny, chilled resort with only 3 chair lifts. Also, there is sick freeriding terrain with lots of steeps. The park is run by Nico Roullet and Mathias Bellehigue. The flame was passed down to us by the original shaper Jib Létoile. Even if we don’t always have a ton of snow we manage to make some solid jibs and fun lines to ride.

PhotobucketLog slide to gap at the original Avoriaz Stash « biotop ». Photo: Pierre Delerue

What is Kameah Wear and what are they doing different to respect nature?
We piss on the clothes to save water, hahaha, nah, just playing. They make dope clothes in the most eco-friendly way possible, monitoring their water consumtion and using organic materials and bio-degradable inks. They also donate 10% of their profits to charity. The other companies who only give 1% of their profit claiming to make a change are a joke!

PhotobucketIt’s raining rastas in Pierre-St-Martin. Photo: Pierre-Jean Moulis

What else do you personally do to be more in tune with nature and what compani

es are you involved with have a green thumb?
I’m just focusing on consuming as little as possible and recycle all of my trash, which isn’t always easy living in a van. I try to pick up trash wherever I go and participate in mountain clean-up days. I also try to generally educate those around me and especially the youth. A partnership between Artouste and Mountain-Rider is in the works.

PhotobucketTouch wood for good luck and hope you land on your two feet. Photo: Snow Surf

Tell us about the TSC crew, Pyrenium crew, the PYATproject.
TSC Team Deluxe are just a bunch of weirdos that I know, a bunch of great characters that ride/skate/surf. Pyrenium is an association that organizes parties and contests with true Pyrenean flavor. PYAT is a killer video project that I am involved with. You can check out some of their work on www.py-at.fr and on http://www.fluofun.com too.

So you’re some sort of music man too?

Yea, I play all sorts of instruments and I’m down with all types of music. It’s hard to find time when it’s winter to participate in all my projects, so they’re all a bit long-term until I break myself off proper on my board, then I’ll have plenty of time to focus on music, haha. You can check out all my music on Myspace, www.myspace.com/bobibrownmusic , including my projects dé-clique, datamaya and Notw’pwetty gwoup’ featuring Golden and Pierre Delerue.

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Cornice crashin’ and powder smashin’. Photo: Cyril Garrabos


Tell us about some of the other jobs you have to pay for your gas.

Shaper is my main bread maker, but I’m also a trampoline supervisor, bungee jump supervisor, among things and I also help out with a handicapped center. And White Cristal, Kameah Wear, Mundaka Optic, Kinking Gear, Lépiédanlo, Hä?, Giro, Music’Oloron Sk8shop, alternative micro also hook me up.

What is the weirdest thing you ever found in your dreads?

A chainsaw! Haha, nah, I keep them in pretty good shape thanks to my friend Lisa. I don’t know, I find a nugget in them every once in a while.

What is a good thing about not having huge sponsors?

I don’t know. I never really rode for anyone like Burton. I prefer creating partnerships with people and companies whose ideals and ethics I agree with. I’m sure it would be different if I was trying to go to the Olympics, but not necessarily better…

PhotobucketWhen not on the mountain Bobi defends the environment riding his obese hog named Pork Chop and pitchforks all litterbugs. Photo: Sylvain Mariotto

Do you recommend not putting all your eggs in one basket to kids that are just getting into snowboarding?

Well, unless your dad owns a solid business or a ski resort, most definitely not. Sharpen all the arrows in your quiver. Sometimes I wonder how some people commit everything, they’re in for everything they’ve got to such a risky, physically demanding activity…

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Le compte-rendu non-officiel du night-shoot d’Artouste par Sylvain Mariotto

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