The Sunday Morning Series
Three PowderJets hand painted by Scott Lenhardt, Available at Milosport SLC
I was in Vermont for Christmas and stayed at my go-to guest room above the PowderJet shop in Peru.
It’s cozy and warm, with a comfortable bed and a TV/VCR resting atop a wooden crate filled with all kinds of VHS hits. It’s my favorite spot to escape to and get a solid night’s sleep, although there's no bathroom unless you put on some slippers and go into the house which is cold and might get the dog barking. I usually just go out the side door of the shop and stand in the snow.
I was able to tap into the early/mid 90’s mindset where I would paint trippy faces without thinking too hard because I was young and high on life.
Jet had been asking me to paint something on a few boards he made that were bound for Utah, and I finally had some time.
Being in that spot up in the woods of Peru brings up a lot of memories for me. It’s right down the road from Bromley Mountain. It's where I had my first real job in the ski rental shop (working with Jet) and also where I learned how to snowboard. I also met most of my closest friends there. It’s a very sentimental place and just driving by there feels good to me.
Conceptually, I was thinking of how to give a nod to this place I was in and to Utah, the place they were heading to. So you’ve got Bromley, which is referred to as the ’Sun Mountain’ because it's the only resort around that faces the South and gets blasted with sunshine all day. And then you’ve got the Sundance Kid who resides in Utah and loves independent film. Is that a stretch? Probably. But Jet bought it and I was able to tap into the early/mid 90’s mindset where I would paint trippy faces without thinking too hard because I was young and high on life.
I'm also a huge fan of the television show ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ which you can catch only if you’re an adult and wake up early on Sundays. It’s a slower, chiller version of 60 Minutes often spotlighting musicians and artists. The show's logo is a cool sun with a face on it.
To reflect Utah's incredible snowboard history, I wanted the stance and sidecut to be set back a bit, like the classic Wintersticks, which were designed for surfing the Wasatch mountains
When Benny at Milosport asked me to send a few boards out, I knew that we needed to deliver something special. Scott's one of my closest friends and he's by far the most creative person I know, and an amazing artist. We grew up riding together in Vermont, and Scott has a distinctive, strong style. Since PowderJet doesn't do production graphics though, we've never collaborated on a board graphic. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally work together on something cool. Each of these 3 snowboards is a unique piece, there will never be another like it. We're calling them the Sunday Morning boards.
These shapes are designed for Utah conditions and terrain, with sintered Ptex bases and stainless steel edges. To reflect Utah's incredible snowboard history, I wanted the stance and sidecut to be set back a bit, like the classic Wintersticks, which were designed for surfing the Wasatch mountains. I love the shape of those boards, all flowing curves that just elicit dreams of long, high speed powder carves. I also love the independent spirit that they represent. There was no mass market to please back in the day, he was just making what seemed like the right craft for his mountains. I think that's a beautiful way to approach board design...
Painting Photos - Jesse Loomis
Action Photos - Shem Roose
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I am also a huge fan of the television show ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ which you can catch only if you’re an adult and wake up early on Sunday.