Smash Life

Welcome to Alpental


This was my first year to experience the Smash Life Banked Slalom at Alpental, WA.  It had been years since I rode here, but it was just as I remembered, steep and deep.  As registration was full, I was unable to compete, but as the snow kept dumping, and I was able to ride the radical course a few times, I was far from disappointed.  I was happy to cheer on my friends Janessa Bork and Jacqui Shaffer, who were competing for a spot in the Mt Baker Legendary Banked Slalom, which was the prize awarded to the first place winners of the Open Men and Women's divisions.  Narrowly missing her chance, Janessa placed 2nd, but we all walked away stoked just to be able to experience the event and honor a dear friend of the snowboard community, Aaron Robinson.

Aaron aka A-Rob, passed away while riding in Chile in 2011.  While I never knew him, what I hear from my friends who did, is that he was a connector who brought people together and always shared his enthusiasm for the mountains with those around him. That camaraderie was definitely felt this weekend. Proceeds from the Smash Life events (there is also one at Big Sky, MT) go to  A-Rob’s Plant A Seed Project, an organization that helps the connect the youth of A-rob's native Flathead Valley with the joy of shredding.

Events like this make me proud to be part of the snowboard community in the Pacific Northwest.  It is a special, close-knit group of adrenaline junkies who all share a life-long passion and appreciation of the outdoors.  I give thanks to all those who have been a part of my snow family thus far and for all that I am yet to meet and shred with.  Long live the pow dream!

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Janessa at Alpental

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Jacqui Shaffer happy

Jacqui Shaffer

Janessa Bork dropping

Janessa takes 2nd

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Steep and Deep

Janessa Bork

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Up-side down

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Artist Spotlight - Jo Lundberg

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When did you first start making things?
I started drawing as soon as I learned how to hold a crayon. My fascination with portraiture began in the Catholic Church; my mom gave me paper and pencil  (the only thing that got me to sit still and be quiet during mass) I would sit backwards using the pew as my desk and draw the faces behind me.
Jo Lundberg Art 3
 What inspires you to create?
Beauty and turmoil
People. They are just so interesting.
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What helps you stay motivated?
Coffee, mate, going to art galleries and museums.
How do you keep balanced?  
Surfing and yoga, my friends who tell me to relax, chilaquiles, and Moto rides.
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 How have you overcome fear/rejection to get where you are now?
Focusing on the process and..
Reading books by Brene Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert about fear, vulnerability and the creative process taught me to place greater value on authenticity.
An Anais Nin quote:
And then the day came
When the risk
To remain tight
In a bud
Was more painful
Than the risk
It took
To blossom.
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What project or upcoming event are you most excited about right now?

I'm excited about my latest project, illustrating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorder 5 to meld together my dual professional identities as art therapist/artist. I plan to submit this body of work to the American Art Therapy Association's Conference and to offer a printed version of the manual. I am also excited to be showing work at Providence Portland hospital featuring artwork created on live edge wood slabs. (work featured in photos 2 - 7 of this post)

Jo Lundberg Art 4
Artists/Creators/Inventors that have helped shape your work?
Camille Rose Garcia
Frida Kahlo
Sonia Kasparian
Audrey Kawasaki
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What are you most curious about at the moment?
Hahaha the DSM 5
I'm also curious about neuropsychology
Jo Lundberg Sketch
  Tunes that keep your in flow while creating?
Hot chip
Kendrick Lamar
I'm also a podcast junkie (this American life, the Ted radio hour, the moth, radio lab, reply all, on being, the Savage lovecast)
Jo Lundberg Mermaid
How has traveling helped form you?
Costa Rica- enjoying the simple and good in life: surf, sun, friends, nature, food and culture. Their motto, Pura Vida, is a relaxed, simple way of looking at life. No worries, no fuss, no stress—pura vida to them means being thankful for what they have and not dwelling on the negative.
Jo Lundberg Space Water
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
I'd head somewhere tropical where the waves are good and the boys are easy on the eyes!
But fo real- Norway??
Jo Lundberg Tree
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